Permission to Dream Journal: Write, Collage, and Play Your Way to Living the Life of Your Dreams [NOOK Book]


What would we do if we knew we could not fail? In our busy and often overbooked lives, it is sometimes dif? cult to discern what our true dreams and passions are. The Permission to Dream Journal is designed to help readers discover their dreams and to aid them in achieving them. As the founder of Femail Creations and the booming home-party business, Barefoot Parties, Lisa Hammond brings her own success and wisdom to readers with The Permission to Dream Journal, along with quotes from other great role models like ...

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What would we do if we knew we could not fail? In our busy and often overbooked lives, it is sometimes dif? cult to discern what our true dreams and passions are. The Permission to Dream Journal is designed to help readers discover their dreams and to aid them in achieving them. As the founder of Femail Creations and the booming home-party business, Barefoot Parties, Lisa Hammond brings her own success and wisdom to readers with The Permission to Dream Journal, along with quotes from other great role models like Oprah Winfrey, Dolly Parton, Helen Keller, Eleanor Roosevelt, and others. In this one-of-a-kind journal, sections include Remember Your Dreams, Building Your Dreams, and Living Your Dreams. Each section begins with a wish list and various prompts like "What is your craziest dream? What would it take to accomplish it? Make a to-do list. Put your passions at the top of the list," followed by blank pages for Dream Doodles and Creative Collaging. The Permission to Dream Journal sets out to motivate readers not only to dream, but to make their dreams happen on their own terms.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781609251222
  • Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 842,740
  • File size: 467 KB

Meet the Author

Lisa Hammond is the founder and CEO of Femail Creations. She is a past recipient of the Small Business Person of the Year Award as well as the National Association of Women Business Owners Woman of Distinction Award for Woman Entrepreneur. She is the author of Dream Big, Stepping Stone Cards, and the Permission to Dream card deck. She lives in Las Vegas.

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Permission to Dream

Write, Collage, and Play Your Way to Living the Life of Your Dreams

By Lisa Hammond

Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC

Copyright © 2008 Lisa Hammond
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-60925-122-2


Discover the World Around You & Within You

"Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country."

Anais Nin

Scince not everyone is a born dreamer, I am going to start out with something easy—vacations! We all dream about those! What does your dream vacation look like?

Where do you want to go? What places do you want to see? Describe these with as much detail as possible. Who is with you? Or will you go on this adventure alone? How will you get there? How long will you stay? Describe the food and the accommodations. Write with great pleasure about this trip!

Find pictures in magazines of all the places you want to visit and clip them out and put them in your dream journal. There are no budgets when we dream. Think grand! Clip away! Any picture or photo that makes you go, ahhhh.... should be added to your dream journal. If that tropical island with the lone hammock is calling to you put the picture in there. If the image of the private fishing trip to Alaska makes you grin from ear to ear, add that photo to your journal. If it's the ski trip to Vail that you have always dreamed of, find as many photos of your dream vacation and add them in.

Include pictures of everyone you want to have along on this dream vacation with you.

"My favorite thing is to go where I've never been."

Diane Arbus

What country or place have you always wanted to visit? Why?

When I realized that the only question at hand was, 'How do I define pleasure?' and that I was truly in a country where people would permit me to explore that question freely, everything changed. Everything became delicious."

Elizabeth Gilbert

What do you like best about the experience of traveling alone or with a group of friends?

"I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list."

Susan Sontag

Is there some exotic destination that you always dream about? What do you imagine it would be like to go there?

"A good traveller has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step."

Lao Tzu

Do you prefer long weekends out of town or long, luxurious journeys, and why?

Adventure is worthwhile in itself."

Amelia Earhart

If money were no object, where would you go, and with whom?

Would you take a trip around the world? Discover small charming villages? Hang out in cities full of fascinating history?

"Human beings are more alike than unalike, and what is true anywhere is true everywhere, yet I encourage travel to as many destinations as possible for the sake of education as well as pleasure."

Maya Angelou

Do you prefer to walk on the seashore or climb mountains? What about that experience appeals to you?

"Spend the afternoon. You can't take it with you."

Annie Dillard

Can you find an adventure in your own backyard?

"I feel we are all islands—in a common sea."

Anne Marrow Lindbergh

"Keep things on your trip in perspective, and you'll be amazed at the perspective you gain on things back home while you're away ... One's little world is put into perspective by the bigger world out there."

Gail Rubin Bereny

I dare you to make your dream vacation a reality

Create Meaningful Work that Matters to You

"To love what you do and feel that it matters—how could anything be more fun?"

Katharine Graham

What is your ultimate career? What does it feel like? If flexibility is important to you, how could you create that for yourself? What does meaningful work look like for you? What are you passionate about?

Do you want to have the flexibility of working from home? Or do you want a corner office in a skyscraper downtown? What does your perfect office look like? Find pictures in magazines of offices that speak to you and clip them out and put them in your dream journal.

"I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship."

Louisa May Alcott

If you knew you could not fail what would you do?

"Right now you are one choice away from a new beginning—one that leads you toward becoming the fullest human being you can be."

Oprah Winfrey

Do you want to work for someone else or be your own boss?

"One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn't pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself."

Lucille Ball

Do you like to work with numbers or work on creative projects?

"Nothing will work unless you do."

Maya Angelou

Are you a morning person or a night owl? What works best about your natural rhythm?

"If you really want something, and really work hard, and take advantage of opportunities, and never give up, you will find a way."

Jane Goodall

Do you like to work alone or with a team?

"Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it."

Madeleine L'Engle

Really be honest about this question ... Are you a self starter or do you work best with more structure?

"Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be."

Grandma Moses

What are you so passionate about you can't wait to get out of bed in the morning?

"Life isn't one straight line. Most of us have to be transplanted, like a tree, before we blossom."

Louise Nevelson

If you were guaranteed you would succeed, what business would you start?

"No person has the right to rain on your dreams."

Marian Wright Edelman

How much money do you want to make each year? What would that much money allow you to do?

"Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning."

Gloria Steinem

"No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit."

Helen Keller

I dare you to make your dream career a reality!

Consider This Your Leisure Permission Slip

"I finally figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it."

Rita Mae Brown

Have you forgotten how to have fun? I dare you to get a dictionary and look up the word leisure! Just the word leisure sounds decadent, doesn't it? Probably because for most of us, it's a pretty foreign concept. It's time to relax, stop thinking, and just play.

What adventure or hobby have you always secretly wanted to try? Have you always wanted to learn how to paint? Do you want to play with clay? Learn to sculpt? Plant a garden? Scuba dive? Ride a bike? Make a pie? Run a marathon? Collect stamps? Learn to sew? Take guitar lessons? What does your heart desire?

Find pictures or words in magazines, newspapers, books, or wherever you may find them, don't edit or sensor, just clip and paste and add them to your dream journal. You will start to see a story or pattern emerge to guide you toward your inner playful self. Deep inside there may be an artist or chef or snowboarder trying to get out. Have fun with this!

"I'm not funny. What I am is brave"

Lucille Ball

Create a life list! What 25, 50 or 100 things do you want to be sure you have done in your life?

"Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich."

Sarah Bernhardt

List some of the things you loved to do as a child.

"As long as one keeps searching, the answers come."

Joan Baez

What talent do you have that all of your friends compliment you on? What could you do to nurture that talent?

"Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else."

Margaret Mead

When was the last time you signed up for a class to learn something just for the pleasure of it? What would you like to learn how to do?

"To create one's own world, in any of the arts, takes courage."

Georgia O'Keeffe

Do you undervalue your skills and talents? Why?

"The ultimate of being successful is the luxury of giving yourself the time to do what you want to do."

Leontyne Price

What hobby have you always wanted to try? What about it appeals to you?

"While you are experimenting, do not remain content with the surface of things. Don't become a mere recorder of facts, but try to penetrate the mystery of their origin."

Isabel Allende

If you were guaranteed to be great at it, what sport would you play? What about it appeals to you?

"Golf is a game of coordination, rhythm and grace; women have these to a high degree."

Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Have you ever wanted to try painting, glassblowing or sculpting? Or some other art or craft? What stops you?

"I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn't photograph them."

Diane Arbus

If you were guaranteed to be great at it, what instrument would you play?

"I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it.

I want to have lived the width of it as well."

Diane Ackerman

When was the last time you put yourself first? What gave you the courage then?

"Very early, I knew that the only object in life was to grow."

Margaret Fuller

"That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way."

Doris Lessing

I dare you to make play time a reality in the life of your dreams!

Your Inner Circle of Friends and Family

"To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right."


What do you want the relationships in your life to look like? Who are the people you want in your life? Who do you want to attract? The people in your life should be there to support and nurture your dreams.

Describe the kind of relationships you envision for yourself. Play with this, find pictures in magazines of the kind of people you want in your life and add those to your dream journal.

"Love is that condition in the human spirit so profound that it allows me to survive, and better than that, to thrive with passion, compassion, and style."

Maya Angelou

Who supports you on your journey? "Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light."

Helen Keller

What traits are most important to you in your friends?

"No person is your friend (or kin) who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow and be perceived as fully blossomed as you were intended."

Alice Walker

Who can you count on to tell you the truth?

"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members, ... a heart of grace and a soul generated by love."

Coretta Scott King

Which teacher most affected your life? How did that person inspire and support you?

"If facts are the seeds that late produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow."

Rachel Carson

"The first rule of holes: when you're in one, stop digging."

Molly Ivins

Do you believe family of origin or bond is more important?

"Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place."

Zora Neale Hurston

Who makes you laugh? Write about this person.

"People shop for a bathing suit with more care than they do a husband or wife. The rules are the same. Look for something you'll feel comfortable wearing. Allow for room to grow."

Erma Bombeck

Who would you want on a road trip with you? Why? "Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge.

Audre Lorde

What does your ideal inner circle look like?

"People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Who do you want to grow old with? Describe her/him/them?

"The central struggle of parenthood is to let our hopes for our children outweigh our fears."

Ellen Goodman

"Help one another is part of the religion of our sisterhood."

Louisa May Alcott

I dare you to make your dream inner circle a reality!

Your Vision for Your Dream Home

"If I were asked to name the chief benefit of the house, I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace."

Gaston Bachelard

What does the home of your dreams look like? Where might this dream domestic abode be located? How will you decorate it? What will this space feel like?

Where do you want to live? In a city? In the country? Near the sea?

Do you love modern design? Or are you drawn to traditional decor? Have you ever given yourself permission to decorate your home the way you want?

Your home is your canvas and should reflect who you are. Remember we are dreaming here, describe in detail the kind of home you want in your life.

This is the space that should most nurture you. Your home should be your sanctuary.

Find pictures in magazines of homes that resonate with you and clip them out and put them in your dream journal.

"Your home should rise up and meet you."

Oprah Winfrey

If money were no object what kind of home would you build?

"My kitchen is a mystical place, a kind of temple for me. It is a place where the surfaces seem to have significance, where the sounds and odors carry meaning that transfers from the past and bridges to the future."

Pearl Bailey

What kind of yard would you have?

"Where thou art, that is home."

Emily Dickinson

What is your favorite color? Has it always been your favorite? Why are you drawn to this color?

"The house a woman creates is a Utopia. She can't help it—can't help trying to interest her nearest and dearest not in happiness itself but in the search for it."

Marguerite Duras

How would you decorate your dream home?

"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."

William Morris

What is your favorite piece of furniture that you own or would love to own? What about it do you love?

"When you dwell in a house you mislike, you will look out of a window a deal more than those that are content with their dwellings."

Mary Webb

"From quiet homes and first beginning, Out to the undiscovered ends, There's nothing worth the wear of winning, But laughter and the love of friends."

Hilaire Belloc

If you could have a vacation home, where would it be? Why?

"I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves."

Anna Quindlen

"There is nothing more important than a good, safe, secure home."

Rosalynn Carter

If you could live anywhere, where would you live? How might living there change things for you?

I dare you to make your dream home a reality!

Excerpted from Permission to Dream by Lisa Hammond. Copyright © 2008 Lisa Hammond. Excerpted by permission of Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Table of Contents


Discover the World Around You & Within You          

Create Meaningful Work that Matters to You          

Consider This Your Leisure Permission Slip          

Your Inner Circle of Friends and Family          

Your Vision for Your Dream Home          

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  • Posted December 19, 2010

    The Best Journal Ever!!!

    This Journal Helped Heal My Spirit At A Difficult Time In My Life When I Had Stopped Dreaming!!! I Dare Ever Woman Who Is Tired Of Holding Themselves Back To Purchase This Journal & Make Their Dreams A Reality!!

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  • Posted January 9, 2012


    This is the best gift that you can ever give a woman with big dreams. Or stopped dreaming. This journal helped me overcome depression, anxiety, & stress. I was able to organize all of my thoughts, dreams, and desires in this beautiful journal. I don't leave the house without it. I buy this gift for complete strangers who may be having a hard time. And I also buy it for my close friends & family....Get This Journal & Bless A Woman Who Needs A Pick Me Up!!!! DREAM BIG....

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