Dreams Have no Expiration Date
Dreams have no expiration date, so dream big! You never know what will happen. Just read my story. Never in my wildest dreams! But, I did dream!
There’s No Expiration Date on Dreams
Yep, that’s my original quote. Dreams have no expiration date. Most everything in our world now has an expiration date. Just look on the packaging of everything from foods to beauty products and household goods. Good until ‘xxxx’. Now, don’t get me wrong. We need this on some products. But, I don’t think we need that expiration date on dreams when it comes to humans However, more folks than not think that applies to people, too. But, I defy that thinking!
The Power of Dreaming
Y’all know dreaming and the power it has. When we were little kids, we had these vivid technicolor imaginations that we called dreaming. We’d fancy ourselves to do about anything and become whatever we could think we could be. From super heroes, athletes and chefs to singers movie stars and world renowned doctors. Somewhere along the road of life, we got body slammed and stopped believing that anything is possible after a ‘certain age’. Yes, most anything is about possible, no matter what age. Yeah, yeah we have to be within reason. I mean if I’m 90 I might not be able to win the Boston Marathon no matter how hard I train (unless there’s a 90 year-old category and I just might start training!). But, most of our dreams can happen with hard work, teams of support and the belief that you can reach that pinnacle.
Live the Life of Your Dream
For some people, the later years are like having a dimmer on life. Things start to ‘fade’. You lose that energy to keep fires kindled and dreams igniting and growing. But, you don’t have to accept that. Just because you’re a certain age doesn’t mean you can dream and make things happen, search for new frontiers, journey into those new places of your world that you think you might want to explore. And, these dreams don’t have to be the grandiose ones of our youth. They’re simply benchmarks and challenges we give ourselves that keep us moving towards a goal. Goals are what make life interesting. So, whether it’s the dream of dressing in leather pants, boots and a jacket at the age of 70 or sky diving, I say make it happen.
That’s exactly how this dream of mine came about. I found it on the website ‘Dream Jobbing’. It was for the ‘Best Home Cook’, and it was the chance to cook for a week on a national TV show produced by the Hallmark Channel. Home & Family TV is a two-hour daily (five days a week) show about everything from food, DIY to landscaping, decorating, entertaining and more. It’s for me the morning TODAY, CBS Morning Show or Good Morning American minus the news and weather. So, I threw my hat in the ring. Now, I knew I’d probably be one of the ‘most mature’ as in chrono age applying. But, that didn’t deter me from entering. Nothing better than decades of experience cooking and serving thousands of family and friends to be considered ‘best home cook’.
Dream Big Dreams Come True
The entire process of this ‘dream’ was a lot of work. It required immense time and unbelievable support. I was fortunate enough to get that support from my social media family. Yes, many of them who know me only as ‘Ally’ of Ally’s Kitchen. Most have never met me in person. Never tasted my food. But, they believed in me. They love what I have done to inspire them in the kitchen and with entertaining, so they jumped on my dream wagon and were instrumental in getting me to be named one of the six finalists on the show.
What happened for the nearly ten days I spent in Los Angeles filming the show and competing was surely a ‘dream’. But, no, it was real! I appeared on the show twice. Once solo as me cooking and presenting my Croatian Cheesecake. Then on the second episode in a ‘cook off’ with the other five finalists. Although I didn’t win, and, yes, I was disappointed, I still considered myself a winner. So many of you sent beautiful messages to me regarding the show and what I did. It just made me glow and sparkle knowing that my peeps had devoured and enjoyed this magic carpet ride as much as I had.
Making dreams come true means risking. Risking is scary. You don’t know what can or will happen. You can’t precisely predict. But, it’s always worth the exposure and chance because it’s more about the journey there. The memories that are made, the friendships that are created, the new world that you ‘see’, and for me, it was on the set, behind-the-scenes at Universal Studios and meeting the co-founder of Dream Jobbing are all totally worth the ‘risk’. Had I not taken the risk, I’d not have any of this to write about with you.
My sincere loving and passionate wish for you is to embrace the belief that ‘dreams have no expiration date’. Go out there and grab what you want. Make it happen. The hardest part is that first step. And, whatever happens after that, consider yourself brave, daring and winning because you didn’t stand on the sideline of life. You jumped into the arena. And, that’s where life happens.
Love you sister and your vast knowledge and enthusiasm and skill. You are simply amazing❤️
My sister, you have always been my resounding inspiration. No, you’re amazingER!!! xoxoxo
Love the story! Keep them coming!
Dearest Suzette!! Thank you! It’s good to know you enjoy them, so, yes, I’ll keep them coming! xox
Just what I needed to read today!
I think that as women, life partners and mothers we often put our dreams on the back burner to support others…often finding that after the kids are gone, we’ve retired or have experienced relationship changes that our dream buckets are empty. It’s never too late to start dreaming again or to take those old dreams out, brush them off and start working on them. Yeah, maybe you won’t run the Boston marathon but you can bet your life there is a race out there looking for you to join in..the Universe abhors a vacuum don’t live an empty life ‘cause like it or not she’ll find something to keep you occupied.
Love you Ally, always an inspiration🥰
You have hit the nail square smack dab ON THE HEAD! Well said, my friend! Love this. There are lots of “races” out there for us to join in regardless of our age or stage of life. Just the trying makes it so very worthwhile and takes the doledrums out of life! Chase those dreams however large or small…if not for anything else, but just to say I ain’t dead yet!! lol! love you back and thanks for YOUR inspiration xoxo
I love your stories…well …your real life stories. Inspirational! You are an enjoyable writer and your personality, passion, and purpose pop right off the page and make us all feel like one of your special people! Thank you! Write more…I want to read more!
Ohhhh, Merry…you make me feel so good! Remember this was the event that Tiff shared w/me. Oh, gosh, we had so much fun. We have much to say and leave as a legacy before we turn off the lights. YOU need to write more, too! Love you Merry girl xoxox And, thanks for taking time from your busy schedule to read!
In the 20 years I’ve known you, you’ve always been the person I aspire to be like when I grow up.
Mara, those are the kindest most supportive words ever. Thank you. I think we all aspire to replicate traits in others, and, I know, I’ve found many in you when we worked together that I knew I wanted to keep in my world. Sending lots of love and hugs. I know the kids are grown. Looking at old pictures makes me reminisce of those wonderful skits and dramas we did together, parties on the lawn, and more. xoxo ~allky
Heard this dream story before and we love it each time. You are the best.
Awwhhhh, Devinder and Debbie! Thank you! You’re the dreaming trailblazer! I mean keeping up w/you is a race, and I love it, my friend!! xoxo
Oh my Ally sweet girl how you have always always inspired me❤️ Your love for life and all the people in your life makes you a shining star! I believe in God’s perfect timing and He continues to bless you and make you you even More amazing! I will always love you….and watch you soar on that magic carpet to new adventures❣️ GCM for the win💋💗💋💗
Oh, sweet Lori, yes, GCM for the win! We come from a time when all we had were our dreams. Not money. No connections. No trust accounts. Not networking. Just elbow grease and dedication! You do the same to inspire me, gorgeous friend. I’m so glad we have each other. Food is our DNA forever! xoxo Love you girl!
I am so happy for you and I have followed your amazing journey! I am so happy that we have met in person!!! You are so talented, I am sure you have many more amazing experiences in your future. And I hope our paths cross again one day!!! Sending you hugs and love!!
Dearest Ronna, It would be a huge immense and wonderful gift to meet again some day…hey, hopefully, before I hit level 8…yikes, did I say that!! Thank you for your love and support…we’re part of the granny pack forging a new trail for those young whipper snappers behind us now in their 30s and 40s xoxox Hugs and love back atcha!