For those of us who don’t have a living father to spend the day with, or to send a card to, Father’s Day can be a day of remembering and reflecting on the first man to help shape our lives.
I was lucky to have a father who pushed me to dream big. In an era where many women only went to college to snag a husband, and many women were told they didn’t need a college education to be a housewife or secretary, my father always told me I could be anything I wanted to be. I have distinct memories of him saying that. It was only many years later as an adult that I realized how unique that was.
That auspicious start to my life has served me well. I think I came out of the womb wanting to be an interior designer, but I didn’t just dream of being a designer, I dreamed of owning my own business (I now have a successful interior design firm). I didn’t just dream about owning my own business, I dreamed about being internationally renowned in my field (still working on that dream).
My dad passed away before I became a successful designer but I have no doubt that he is still cheering me on and helping me out when he can. Thank you, Dad.
To all the Dads out there who have little girls (and also little boys) help them to dream big. Teach them to follow their dreams and know that they are worthy of their dreams. You will be the most loved person in their lives for it (at least once they are no longer teenagers).
And to all the little girls, and grown women, who have yet to start dreaming big, I’m here to push you to start the dream today! Never think that you aren’t worthy of having a big dream, or a fulfilling life. Dreaming big is a way of life. Dreaming big will dramatically change your life. You deserve the big dream.
All the best,
Interior designer and dreamer