Thursday, December 17, 2009

Accepted for Dream Year - Yippee!!

I am thrilled, honored and excited beyond words! In October I went to the STORY Conference in Chicago. The conference motivated and inspired me. Ben Arment directed it, so I began reading Ben's blog and following him on Twitter. In November, Ben posted about a unique opportunity he was offering for 2010 called Dream Year.

Ben describes Dream Year as ...
A 12-month process that's designed to help you bring your God-given dream to life.
You bring the dream.
I'll be your dream coach.
As a community of 20 participants...
We'll make it happen.

Trembling I applied. 

Today I received an email from Ben Arment that said -

Welcome to Dream Year!

From January to December, 2010 - Ben will coach me to help make my dream come true. I just reread what I wrote in the application to Ben's question "What is your dream?" It sounds and feels audacious ... but Ben said "Dream Big."

I’ve learned to live in the tension of celebrating miracles (big ones and everyday ones) while being real about the disappointments I live with. I want to use that to inspire people and give them hope. Hope in the midst of disappointment. Hope when life doesn't turn out like expected. My dream is to do this by finishing/publishing my memoir and by speaking - around the world. I feel 'fully alive' when I share my story - whether its to 2 people or 200 people. I feel about speaking (and running) like Eric Liddell says he feels about running in Chariots of Fire, "I feel God's pleasure when I do it." 

I guess, in a year - I'll know how successful (or not) Dream Year was. In the meantime, I'll have a lot of work to do.

Tonight I'm excited and exhausted - so I think I'll start with a nap to prepare ...

10 comments:

S. Etole said...

What an exciting opportunity for you.

Barbara Parentini said...

Hi Janet~
I am so excited for you! I believe your dreams are going to come true this year. God blesses effort and you have much to give to the world. I look forward to seeing what God is about to do in your life.

Merry Christmas,
Barbara Parentini

Rachel H. Evans said...

Yay!!!!! I'm so, so excited for you, Janet! And I'm especially pumped about your memoir. Sounds like you've got a great coach, but please let me know if I can help in any way. (My agent might like dibs on this one!)

Looking forward to following your progress on this journey. You must keep us updated!

iamlilysmom said...

Janet, I am so excited for you! I'm sure God has great things in store for you this year. Wow, what an incredible opportunity! I can't wait to read all about them :)

Terrace Crawford said...

Congratulations. It'll be a good year.

--Terrace Crawford
www.terracecrawford.com
www.twitter.com/terracecrawford

Candace Jean July 16 said...

Congratulations! I can't wait to watch your dream unfold!

Janet Oberholtzer said...

Thank you all!!

I'm honored and humbled ... at this opportunity and at your comments.

katdish said...

Janet,

Fantastic news! Praying for you to reach many and fulfill your dreams.

FaithBarista Bonnie said...

I am so happy for you, Janet! I just said a prayer for God to bring your dreams to come true in the coming year! How exciting! To be chosen among so many for this oppty ... It must be time for the plans to unfold... YEAH!

Becky said...

just found you and started following looking foward to hearing how your dream comes true!!