Hi! Welcome to my blog. Even though this blog has nothing to do with this, I am kind of a Sci-fi nerd. So, I thought I would tell you about me with a little e help from my friend Yoda. (Honestly didn’t know my friend was doing that with my face when she took this picture.)
“On many long journeys have I gone. And waited, too, for others to return from journeys of their own. Some return; some are broken; some come back so different only their names remain.” –YODA
I have had a lot of difficulty in my life. This blog is pretty public, so I won’t go into everything, but the emotion you will understand, because we all share it. I have known fear, pain, abandonment, grief, loneliness, insecurity, lack, failure, and betrayal. We all know these, because they are part of what we experience in this long journey on earth. It took me awhile to realize that these things weren’t what defined me. In fact, they were never supposed to have happened to me. I was made for a better place. I was created for perfection, but ended up in an imperfect world. Because this is true for all of us, these emotions are like a shock to our system. We were made to be perfect, and always be with God. Thankfully, He made a way to return in His Son. Everyday, I choose to step back into line with the person I was truly made to be. It is a constant choice, but an incredible life. It is the life of a dreamer.
My friends laugh at me when I say I am passionate about something. It isn’t that they don’t believe me, they do. I just tend to be passionate about a lot of things… And not in a flash in the pan sort of way. I am genuinely a very passionate person. God blessed me with a very big heart, and I end up wearing it so everyone can see it. I am really inspired by things. I love to inspire others as well. Last year for Christmas, I got all of my closest friends different types of boxes to match their personalities and called them dream boxes. I want others to dream.
“Do, or do not. There is no try.” –YODA
But, I think I finally got to the place where I realized that even though passion and inspiration are important, they aren’t enough. I love dreams, I promote dreaming, and my personal desire is to teach people to dream big, but I don’t want it to stop there. At the end of life if someone refers to me as “one who had big dreams,” will it be all that inspirational if I never reached any of them? I don’t think it is enough. Maybe some people are content with the reaching, but I am not. I want to stop straining for the top shelf and go get a step stool! So, that’s what I did. I didn’t stop dreaming, but I started turning my dreams into goals. I started making plans and paths. I stopped waiting for that “someday when” and grabbed my dreams by the throat and wrestled them to the ground! I am making “someday”, today.
“If no mistake have you made, yet losing you are … a different game you should play.” –YODA
So, if you are finding yourself in the position of always dreaming of who you are and what you were meant to be, but never able to get there, I understand. I have been there too, and it can be very discouraging. It can feel like you are stuck permanently, but everything you want is out of reach. You maybe feel like you have done everything right, but still can’t win. Your dreams start feeling like impossible wishes and pipedreams. If you are there, like many people are, you have a few choices.
You can quit dreaming and wonder why you can’t have what others have found. “Hope deferred makes the heart sick” Psalms 13:12.
You can keep dreaming, but in the way that makes you wish on every star and hope something comes along and changes everything for you.
Or you can go after your dreams in a way that is intentional, strategic, and productive. You can make your dreams work for you.
Easier said than done? Well of course it is. If it were easy everyone would be doing it. I am not on here telling you how easy it is. I am here to tell you that it is possible. That with some work and sacrifice you can do it. But you need to know something before you run off and start working up a sweat. You can go do a bunch of hard work and still get nowhere, if you don’t know what to put your hard work into. The key is knowing what steps to take. And with someone by your side helping you know where to put your effort, the work is no longer useless drudgery. It soon becomes enjoyable, the way work was intended in the beginning, because you see results quickly. Then the sacrifice is nothing, and it seems easy because you can reach your dreams. That is a feeling no inspirational poster can prepare you for.
What you need is a mentor. Someone who is walking the road just enough ahead of you to be leading, but not so far ahead that they keep losing you. I would like to propose that I might be that person. Maybe not today, maybe you need to get to know me and weigh it out, but maybe soon when you are ready to stop straining and start really moving. “May the Force be with you.”
My name is Danielle Rainbolt. I graduated with a BA in Cross-Cultural Studies (which is a Theology, over-seas missions, and Social Science hybrid). I am experienced in leading, mentoring, equipping, and understanding all kinds of different people and personalities. My passion is to see others reach their full potential in the body of Christ. I believe that God has amazing plans for you and I would like to help you realize your destiny.