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Reaching for the Moon and Well Laid out Plans…

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Reaching for the Moon and Well Laid out Plans…

As a family we all are each so different.  Our hopes and dreams are different.  Our goals, different: I want to be a published writer; Dustin wants to open up a men’s dressy casual clothing store and be a published author as well; Michael wants to be a diplomat; Jalynn is considering a high school drama teacher or a performer; Kurtis to teach high school theater as well; and Mark to be a pharmacist.  We are all working towards those goals every day.  Supporting each other.  Celebrating the little successes along the way, and picking each other up when we are down or feel like we failed. 

This week Mark and Dustin chose a place to live.  Portland, Oregon. Mark was offered a pharmacy job in that town, and he took it.  We are all very excited, things are going to change for my family.  Mark’s accomplished goal of being a Doctor of Pharmacy is the catalyst for where we are all going to live one day.   I want to move with them now, but know it is not the time.  Jalynn still needs to finish high school and Kurtis college.  All in good time.  We are all setting goals and accomplishing the little ones, one at a time.  Things will happen for us!  I know it!  I feel it.  But here’s the deal; No matter our well laid out plans things change.  We need to be flexible.  Adjust.  Be willing to sacrifice here and there. 

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A year ago, I made this magazine cover of my family, our family really relates to the movie The Family Stone , and I was in a Photoshop class.  I was playing, dreaming. I finished the cover and posted it on Facebook I wrote in the comments: Dream the Dream…A magazine cover I created for when: Mark is a Pharmacist, Dustin’s fiction book is published, my creative non-fiction book is published, Michael is on Broadway, and Jalynn is a college student majoring in whatever her heart desires! Yes, we even want to be on the cover of a magazine! 

Things have changed since I made that magazine cover in 2011, but what hasn’t, is that we dream BIG.  It’s like my mom always said, “Leisa, reach for the moon and you may get the stars, reach for the sun, and you get the moon.”    About this time of year, last year, my son Dustin jerked me out of bed and said, “You’re not going to do this to yourself Mom. You’ve got to pick yourself back up.” Giving me encouragement, Dustin and Mark took me to lunch at the Iron Horse and discussed my writing.  They gave me that push I needed.  They started talking to me about my book, our family’s story, the importance of it, and why I needed to keep going.  On my mirror in my bathroom is a quote from my son Dustin, “The only failure you will ever have is if you never write it. So keep writing.”  I think my whole family has taken on this motto in some way or another.

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About the Author: Leisa Greene’s passions include writing about music, theater, film, food, art, family and friends -- all of which are supported by the community of Missoula and an IV line of dark-roasted iced coffee. She is the English Department’s Administrative Associate of Graduate Admissions at her alma mater, University of Montana; the editor-in-chief of Indie It Press; and the author of a memoir manuscript currently titled EARLY OUT. Her other writing consists of short essays (Brother Townsend and A Jamboree Family), playwriting (The Beckett Syndrome) and screenwriting. “The only regret you will ever have is if you never write it. So, go write it Mom. “ – Dustin Nelson, my son

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