Sacred Change to (Finally) Live Your Dreams

Over the last few weeks, I keep finding these old failed plans I made to start traveling. One from February 2021 about how I could work remotely. I had lists of questions: What would it take to have a completely remote business? How do I live in Airbnb’s? Another document from over five years ago: a map with highlights over the big cities I wanted to live in – San Francisco, New York, Seattle, and so many more. It felt a little like finding an old journal or a love letter, taking me instantly back to a time where that dream – and my own sacred change – seemed way too big for me.


I mostly remember the doubts of those days. That feeling that my dreams were too big for me. I imagine my younger self walking along a tight rope, holding their spine straight and arms rigid as they precariously balanced on this thin wire. They wanted so badly to “do it right” and avoid a massive fall. A fall into what? I don’t imagine they knew. All they could see was the darkness below. A darkness that whispered that everything you love about your life won’t exist if you live your dreams. 

The darkness never speaks so clearly in the moment though. Instead, it fills us with ideas that inspire big, hard emotions. It panics at the concept of spending that extra money on the experience. The idea whispers at 3 am about how stupid you are for buying a van to live in when you never even went camping as a kid. Just me with the van? OK, fine.

You get my point. Our whispers are triggers that tell us we live in some domino style life. Like if we make this one choice, it all falls apart. 

I’m writing this letter today to tell you that voice is not real or true and this van dream is living proof. As much as I look around and grieve losing all my stuff as I pack things into piles to donate or store, I grieve even more for the time I’ve spent believing in a detrimental self-support system. The time I spent listening to that tiny voice in my head that could talk me out of anything – even my dreams. At it’s darkest, it would try to talk me out of living my life at all. 

While I know most of you think “well, I could never live in a van,” the point here isn’t about convincing you to live my dream. It’s about convincing you to live yours. 

There will never be enough or a right time for you. There will also not be great consequences to you choosing to live. Do not believe that tiny part of you that thinks if you take one week off or spend that money that somehow it will all fall apart. 

See, while we stare down change as enormous and challenging then try to avoid it, we forget that we are scared because of the energy that goes into change. We forget that in order for everything to change, we have to buy in. It won’t just happen to you – your dream, the downfalls. We don’t live in some mathematical system where every quantifiable input has an output. 

Your mind is so powerful. You are a powerful creator – and the way it feels? That’s up to you. 

So what if instead of treating our dreams like ticking time bombs, we made our dreams and the change that comes before them sacred like a special quiet routine or our favorite to-do? Sacred like church or our beliefs? Sunday morning records and coffee? Holding this change as if it deserves as much space as the doubts (because it does)? 

Hell, I’d say it deserves even more space. 

So today I want you to take a second to write down your dreams. To admire your life. To dive into the depths of the sacred change before we go into a new year where you’ll feel so tempted to try to create a new you. Don’t wait. Your sacred soul change isn’t waiting for the calendar to say 2022. 

Then take on the change. Your life, the love in your life, and the dreams you have, will survive you changing. The fear of change comes from this voice deep inside of you who thinks that what you love can not survive your dreams. That isn’t true, so I suggest we get off the tight rope where we believe we will fail and lay in the grass to dream.

See you there? 

PS – My letter this week is about a great realization. If you’ve heard anyone say “no one wants to work,” or maybe you said it yourself? Read this week’s blog post here.  

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Katrina Kibben is the Founder and Principal Consultant of Three Ears Media. For most of Katrina’s career, she has been a marketer living in a recruiter’s world – listening to both sides of the talent equation to understand the real issues and find solutions for engaging and hiring better people. Today, she uses her technical marketing know-how and way with words to help both established and emerging brands develop and deliver content that fuels smart recruitment marketing that makes the right people apply.

Katrina has written for Monster.com, HR.com, RecruitingDaily and many other digital publications. She is a recognized leader in recruiting and employer branding who speaks regularly at conferences around the world.

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  1. “Do not believe that tiny part of you that thinks if you take one week off or spend that money that somehow it will all fall apart.” Just have to comment that this really resonated with me. This was the year that realization came crashing down on me like a ton of bricks when my spouse passed away. We were supposed to travel to all these great places all over the world and we never did because of never taking time off or spending the money to do it. I’ll travel and go to all those places, but I’ll always have the regrets we didn’t do it together. It’s hard not to look back and think of “what if”, but the future remains unwritten and the realization is crisp that no one’s guaranteed a certain amount of time on this rock. “There will never be enough or a right time for you.” Seize the day and all that. And good luck to you on your new adventure!

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