New Year’s Dream Jar ~ What is Your Dream?


I know most of you associate me with yummy recipes, but for me, soul food is the most important food, and I make it a point to feed my soul often. 

I don’t know about you, but for me, the New Year’s resolution thing, just doesn’t work. I was looking for a positive alternative, that doesn’t focus on results… and I believe I’ve found it.  Pure inspiration, the New Year’s Dream Jar.

For most people, the question, “What is your dream?” never comes up. We do what is expected of us from day to day, and get on with the business of living our lives. For most of us, dreams are just that; fantasies, relegated to sleep, idle daydreaming, and Disney movies. But dreaming has never looked like such a practical, powerful step: What recent research is telling us is that dreams inspire learning – not the sort of rote, superficial learning that will help students pass state standardized tests but then disintegrate, but real learning that inspires deep, meaningful, life-changing mastery and purpose. Learning that inspires positive change both for the individual and their community.

Recent studies have found that the areas of the brain most involved in high-level problem-solving are engaged when we daydream, and as one study on the brain and daydreaming found, “When unoccupied by external demands, the human mind often works with particular rigor.” That rigor, when motivated by passion that comes from within (so-called “intrinsic” motivation), is the key to learning. Everyone from Stanford psychologist and Mindset author Carol Dweck, to the flow-theory creator Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, to my magic-obsessed 13-year-old, know that passion-driven projects are where magic – not to mention true learning – happens.

What is a Dream Jar?  Well, for me, it is a jar holding items, that signify my wishes and dreams…. and my son and I put have put together our jars. Imagine you could do/be/have anything you wanted.  That nothing is impossible.  What would it be? Then gather some mementos that symbolize these dreams, for you.  For example, if you wanted to open a treehouse hotel, you might gather items such as tree branches, a feather, and some chocolate mints (signifying the mint that you get on your pillow, at hotels.)  Then seal up your jar, and decorate, if you like. Set it in a place that you will see it often, reminding you of your dreams.

There you have it.  Happy New Year! 

What will you put in your Dream Jar?


by Christine Crawford

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  1. CasieJarret

    I love this. I have been looking for an alternative to the usual new years resolution thing.

  2. Moncler Jacken

    wonderful post, thank you.

  3. Suzie Z

    Nice post, thank you for sharing.

  4. Irv Egnass

    Absolutely wonderful!

  5. Christine Crawford

    Thank you. Come back soon, for more posts like this one!

  6. Tiffany

    Fantastic idea. I’m going to do it today with my whole family. Thank you.

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