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You’re Allowed to Break-Up with Your Dreams: How To Know When It’s Time to Let Go

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The other night as I was sitting on my couch watching the SAG Awards with a glass of wine in my hand and my husband next to me. I thought about how I used to dream of being an actor attending award shows, walking the red carpet, and being nominated for Best Performance by a Female Actor. It was a dream I chased for almost an entire decade.

If you follow me on Twitter, then you had a glimpse into what inspired this post. For the first time watching an award show for film and television, I felt so content just watching. I leaned over to my husband and told him, “I love what I do”. Because after nearly ten years of pursuing an actor’s dream, I let it go to chase a different dream. It was intimidating to admit that acting didn’t fulfill me anymore, but none of us should ever waste our days just going through the motions.


Teenage Dream

I attended my first acting class when I was 14. I booked my first 35mm student film (meaning I did it for free) when I was 17. At 19, I moved to Orlando to attend university and hopefully make it to more auditions. At 21, I booked some print work and small commercial roles. For several years, I attended monthly or weekly acting classes (which are still the only thing I truly miss) and I felt pretty damn good when I booked something, no matter how small. I went through this same routine for years.


Time to Let it Go

But something changed. My agent would call, and a shock of anxiety would rush through my body. I’d drive to auditions with tears in my eyes. I felt nauseous walking into a casting room and a rush of relief would flood my body when I walked out. I’d sit in a green room on set and feel miserable. What was wrong with me?!

And then it hit me. I didn’t like what I was doing anymore. I hated the auditions, I disliked the judgment every time I walked into an audition, and I despised the way I judged myself. Even when I booked something, my soul wasn’t satisfied. It was like I was chasing this dream because I didn’t know anything else.

There seems to be this stigma around letting go of something before you’ve accomplished it. Like, if someone doesn’t succeed exactly as they’ve expected, they feel they have failed. I refused to feel that way about this. Why would I want to keep pursuing something that left me so empty inside?

Does any of this sound familiar to you? Is there a “dream” you’re chasing that gives you more anxiety and stress than pleasure? Do you wake up feeling lost, but keep going through your routine? Are you scared to tell your loved ones that something you wanted so bad doesn’t light the fire inside you anymore? Hey, it’s okay to admit it. 🙋


The Break-Up

That’s exactly what it felt like. Letting go of that dream was like breaking up with a relationship I struggled to make work for nearly 10 years. But when you think about it, relationships don’t work unless you do. And I wasn’t working hard enough in this relationship because I didn’t care enough. I gave this dream my whole heart when I wanted it, but falling out of love is a real thing. It took months of contemplation, tears, and meditation to accept that I wasn’t “giving up” on my dream, but that I was whole-heartedly letting it go because I didn’t love it anymore.

Breaking up with anything, or anyone, in life can be terrifying. Many of us thrive on being comfortable or doing what we “know”. But isn’t it much worse to live a life that doesn’t bring us satisfaction and joy?

It's okay to change paths. At the end of the day, your happiness is a priority and you should never be chasing a dream just because it's what you've always done. Letting go takes courage.Click To Tweet

And suddenly, I felt free. I had an education, a comfortable office job, a new husband, and the world in my hands. For the first time in my life, I felt like I could do anything I wanted to do.


Chasing a New Dream: The Weekend Fox

The desire to start a travel and lifestyle blog was something that had been sparking inside of me for 2 years before I actually launched The Weekend Fox. It’s scary starting something new. As much as I wasn’t enjoying acting, I knew the process. I knew what to expect at my auditions, how to practice my craft, and who to trust along the way. So diving into the blogging world was a world of unknown. It took me several months to take the tiniest steps, but with a good coach and mentor, I took my sweet time adjusting to this new dream.

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And now that the 9-5 dream has dissipated, I’m chasing the full-time blogger life and I’ve never worked harder in my life. I feel a rush of excitement when I hit “publish” on a new post. Connecting with my readers, and other bloggers, fills my soul and keeps me pushing for bigger and better. I finally feel like I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing and that is the greatest feeling in the world.


Follow Your Heart

As humans, we continue to grow, develop, experience new things, and feel. Our dreams, passions, and desires are allowed to develop with us. Life-changing events could totally alter our direction and that’s okay. Change your mind. And then change your mind again.

I will never allow myself to feel trapped by a dream again. If one day I wake up and realize I’m a miserable blogger with no passion, heart, happiness, or drive, I’ll immediately address those issues. And I’m not saying every time I go through a “funk” I’m going to throw away a dream and start something new, but I refuse to waste my days just going through the motions. Don’t settle. your heart.

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If you take one thing away from this post, know that letting go of your dreams does not mean you failed…

It means you have courage and you’re brave.


The Weekend Fox Advice:

  • Don’t make drastic, impulsive decisions, but acknowledge your feelings and desires. Write them down. Figure out the why.
  • Talk to someone you trust. My husband and parents are my support team. I always confide in them and listen to their perspective.
  • Eliminate the “noise” from other people that don’t matter in your life. I saw a Facebook status from an old high school acquaintance that bashed those of us that chose to create a life in our hometown. As if, because we didn’t move across the country or backpack through Europe, we were failures at life. It bothered me, at first. And then I remembered that their opinion isn’t allowed to have any control over my life.
  • Your dreams cannot be too big or too small. They are your dreams.
  • It’s never too late to change your mind, take risks, work harder, learn more, or choose happiness.

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Stephanie Wheeler Mechtel

Sunday 28th of January 2018

I think so many people push through their unhappiness because there is such a bad stigma for “failing” but life is too short to waste your time on something that doesn’t make you happy anymore. We are all constantly changing and it is ok when dreams change too! I remember when I was in gymnastics so many people continued the sport even after you could tell their heart wasn’t in it anymore. I know it is hard to “break up” with your dream but I think this outlook makes it a little easier. That dream will still always be a part of us, it is just a separate chapter. You are very insightful!

Crystal @ Dreams, etc.

Saturday 27th of January 2018

This is so true! Sometimes our dreams are no longer our dreams. We have to be okay with saying goodbye, letting go, and moving on to our new dreams and passions.

Katherine @ The Weekend Fox

Sunday 28th of January 2018

EXACTLY! There can be a grieving process, but in the end, it's the greatest decision to chase whatever fills up your soul. <3

Rachel Loza

Friday 26th of January 2018

This is super insightful! I've been holding on to something for a while and it's time to let it go!

Katherine @ The Weekend Fox

Sunday 28th of January 2018

Yes, if you were waiting for a sign, this was it! ;) Keep chasing whatever lights the fire inside of you!

Taylor Smith

Friday 26th of January 2018

This is an awesome post. I totally get what you are saying!!!

Katherine @ The Weekend Fox

Sunday 28th of January 2018

Thanks, girl! Keep chasing your beautiful dreams!

Lisa Laker

Friday 26th of January 2018

Peoples opinions used to control my life too until a client of mine posted on facebook about how hiding our talents are really taking away God's glory. At that point I decided that what I do with my life is for His glory and nobody else's.

Katherine @ The Weekend Fox

Sunday 28th of January 2018

Aw, I love that! Isn't it amazing how Facebook can be a dark hole or a wonderful light?! So happy you're finding your path. <3

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