Dreams like geese

I’m daring to believe
that my dreams
(especially the one that’s scary to say aloud
even as it squawks and honks and soars inside me
like some kind of crazed, wild goose)
are not only possible, but meant to be.
I’m daring to believe that it’s destiny –
all this commotion in my heart –
and that maybe squawking goose-like dreams
are the most likely dreams of all to come true.

I’m daring to believe that I deserve all the good stuff,
that my desire, my fear-wrangling,
my (fraught and zig-zaggy) forward motion
qualifies me for the top of whatever mountain I climb.

I’m daring to believe that my dreams
(and yes,
especially the big one that makes my insides hum,
that quickens my pulse and quiets my soul at the same damn time,
that makes me ache and swoon and shimmer with possibility)
are truth.
My truth. As only I can know it.

I’m daring to believe that my daring to believe
is all the invitation the universe needs
to put on its dancing shoes
and dance with me.


Last week, I wrote about the little bit of magic I felt making a to-do list for me and the universe. On the left side are the things I can start doing immediately to achieve my dreams, and on the right side are the things I’m going to need a little help with – the universe’s list.

Would you like me to make you one? I’m offering them now in my Etsy shop: custom “Me & The Universe To-do Lists.” You tell me what you want each side to say, and I will create an original, one-of-a-kind, 9×12 inch piece especially for you – hand lettered and inked. I’m excited to do this for people; it’s like holding your hand while you dare not only to dream big, but to take action on your dreams as well. And for the month of January, type the coupon code DREAMBIG when you check out, and get 10% off your entire Etsy order.

On Twitter today, someone wrote, “In 2014, let’s all take care of each other.” I like that. Let’s.


There’s a lot more coming to the shop in the weeks ahead: “next purchase” discounts, new art, a bunch of very cool birthday cards, and some crazy love designs just in time for Valentine’s Day. And that’s just what’s in store for January.

2014 is going to rock!


  1. Nancy on January 2, 2014 at 9:46 am

    How exciting to see you in 2014!!! I have been thinking a lot about you, and I love this poem. I’m going to order the to-do list; just need to ponder the list for a bit. I had a peaceful and lovely New Year’s Eve, and then my inner critic and alarm turner-offer kicked it into high gear yesterday and today. Today I’m laughing *with* them because maybe it’s a good thing they’re working overtime at the beginning of the year. I’m going to love them into a better space!

    Love you!

    • j on January 2, 2014 at 9:56 am

      Oh wow, I’m crazy about “I’m going to love them into a better space!” That can apply to so many things, right? Just this morning I realized I’ve slipped into this really negative place around a particular relationship in my life, and I resolved, as I brushed my teeth (because all the best resolutions happen during teeth-brushing and shower-taking) to be more positive. Now I’m going to “love us into a better space.”

      Makes me smile just writing that. Thank you, Nancy!


      p.s. I can’t wait to do your list. Know that it will be infused with So. Much. Love.

  2. Lyn Girdler on January 2, 2014 at 9:55 am

    LOVE this poem. Of course.

    • j on January 2, 2014 at 9:59 am

      Of course you do, because you’re one of my living, breathing examples of what “daring to believe” looks like.

  3. Cynthia Fassett on January 2, 2014 at 10:17 am

    I love this so much! <3

    • j on January 2, 2014 at 12:06 pm

      Thank you, Cindy!

  4. Lance on January 2, 2014 at 10:17 am

    I’ve enjoyed dancing with you for well over a year, now.

    Happy New Year. Hope 14 is twice as good as 13 for you.

    • j on January 2, 2014 at 12:07 pm

      Thank you, Lance! I definitely hope the same for you!

  5. Karin on January 2, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Oooh I love this. The poem, the art writing offer, all of it! Now if only I can think of what exactly I’d put on such a list.


    • j on January 2, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      You should absolutely think about what you’d put on a list like this, Karin; it’s weird how much of a relief I felt doing it. And also, you never know what my pop up and surprise you!

  6. Pam on January 2, 2014 at 11:54 am

    I love the poem.

    Great idea to do custom lists for people! That will be fascinating.

    Looking forward to birthday cards. 🙂

    • j on January 2, 2014 at 12:10 pm

      You’ll love the birthday cards, I promise. I’m searching out a good recycled paper stock vender, and then I’ll launch with six new cards, all but one are designed and ready to roll. Super excited!

  7. Joanne Marie Firth on January 2, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Hi j and Happy 2014. I’ve been away for a while now, wrapped up in all sorts of non-creative thoughts and doings. Just shuffling along, getting through one day into another only to shuffle along a bit more. I’ve closed off the part of me that sees potential and inspiration. Coming here today feels like a refreshing shower of brilliant colors and rejuvenating, heady scents that reach me deep inside, waking up what has been asleep. I am so trilled with your renewed dedication and your bold confidence which is telling you that you absolutely deserve to make it to the top of your art. Not only deserve it, but there is no doubt in your mind that you are well on your way to getting there and not a fucking thing will stop you. You are lighting fires everywhere with your beautiful work. You lit one here, right now and for that, I am grateful to be a part of your world and have the privilege of knowing you and your work. I feel excited and hopeful. Can’t wait for more! xo

    • j on January 2, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      “Coming here today feels like a refreshing shower of brilliant colors and rejuvenating, heady scents that reach me deep inside, waking up what has been asleep.”

      I couldn’t ask for a better response, Joanne. Thank you so much for commenting to tell me that. Moving forward into 2014, I’ve felt so strongly the energy that comes from shaking off old stories and limiting ideas. More than ever before, I’m feeling that new years “blank slate” feeling, inside and out. (Well, maybe more of a canvas and page than a slate!) Time to let loose my most creative self.

      I’m so glad you’re feeling it too.


  8. lunajune on January 2, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    rock on my friend, rock on
    you’ve worked so hard
    you are he(art) based regardless
    go make a big sign
    and let it sparkle and shine

    can’t wait to see where 2014 will take you !

    • j on January 3, 2014 at 10:06 pm

      Thank you, June! I like knowing you’re right here with me.

  9. dehill4711 on January 3, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Love, love this Judy!! I also love your List and that you are asking the Universe for help. I have been working on my own “List” in my mind but have yet to write it down. I think I am scared because it may mean that those things will possibly happen. Well, you have not only inspired me to write them down but I will promise to have them printed on a special card made by your talented hands and with your he(art)! Love you Judy and Happy, happy New Year!!

    • j on January 3, 2014 at 10:10 pm

      Di! I’m so happy to see you here!

      Isn’t it funny how our fear of success can sometimes be just as debilitating as our fear of failure? One thing I’m absolutely sure of: the world will be a better place if you’re living your dream. xoxo

  10. Estrella Azul on January 4, 2014 at 6:35 am

    So well-phrased! This needs to get printed and on my inspiration board right away. Especially these last few lines, as I am looking down at what path I should follow, or where I want the one I make for myself lead me.
    “I’m daring to believe that my daring to believe
    is all the invitation the universe needs
    to put on its dancing shoes
    and dance with me.”

    • j on January 5, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      Sometimes picking the path is the hardest part… or maybe it’s that whatever part of the journey you’re on always feels like the hardest part. 😉 Good luck!

  11. Nina Badzin on January 5, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    What a great start to the year and such a cool gift idea!

    • j on January 5, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      Thanks, Nina! It’s kind of working so far. I’m excited!

  12. Annie Neugebauer (@AnnieNeugebauer) on January 6, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Lovely poem, and fantastic idea for your shop!

    • j on January 8, 2014 at 10:05 am

      Thank you, Annie!

  13. Naomi Wittlin on January 8, 2014 at 8:34 am

    What you wrote in your email about consciously choosing to create and connect resonates so much with me too. I didn’t realize it until yesterday, when I did both of those and felt that it was a superb day, that those two things help me thrive and feel very much like self-care.

    Have you ever considered that the reason your dreams come to you at all is because they are little nudges from the Universe? Of course you deserve all the good stuff! You, yourself, are good stuff and you are putting more into the world all the time, just by being you.

    • j on January 8, 2014 at 10:08 am

      I had the same realization around “creating and connecting.” Not only are my best days filled with both, but I can pull myself out of funk by tapping into those two core desires. I’ve had days when the only thing that saved the day was pushing aside all the stuff I had to do, and creating simply for the love of it. And it makes it easier when I go back to the stuff I have to do.

      And thank you, Naomi! YOU are good stuff too. Must be why we connect so well! xo

  14. David Doodleslice Cohen on January 8, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Love it!

    • j on January 8, 2014 at 10:09 am

      Thank you, Doodle Man! xo

  15. terri on January 8, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Hello There, You! You Woman of such talent and insight who uplifts and causes great stirrings of insight in all who co,e into comtact with you whilst You are listening to a goose inside your own head and seeking to do just that with yourself. You are quite the wonderful, silly little goose yourself, you know ? 🙂
    Please, please do a doodle of those last few lines…”I’m daring to believe…” As they are Very, Very awesome, as is the entire poem.
    Love reading your ramblings as they always seem to cross paths with the ones in my head. Now go out and do this year the Big Big that is not going to be so scary once all is said and done. My money, and better, much better yet, the power of the Universe and those that Love You, is on YOU.

    • j on January 9, 2014 at 10:46 am

      That’s a wonderful idea! I will absolutely doodle those last few lines. Thank you for suggesting it! And this is why I LOVE my community of love warriors. (Well, it’s one reason. There are many.)


  16. juliafehrenbacher on January 10, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Holy, HOLY! I can’t stand the beauty of this…

    I need to come back and back and read this again and again. Oh my gosh, J – you have my insides leaping…

    • j on January 10, 2014 at 11:21 am

      Thank you, Julia! My own insides have been leaping lately too. <3

  17. Alarna Rose Gray on January 13, 2014 at 3:55 am

    Judy, I really like your poem…especialy where you ended up with it…

    I’m daring to believe that my daring to believe
    is all the invitation the universe needs
    to put on its dancing shoes
    and dance with me.

    This one is begging for a drawing to go with it!

    And what is it about geese and following our dreams? Some time ago I had a goose related dream that I somehow equated with my creative journey. Even wrote a post about it. Seems like there is something symbolic about these crazy wild birds, taking flight.

    So here’s to your 2014, Judy – and taking flight 🙂

    • j on January 13, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      Yes, I will definitely doodle or draw or paint something to go with those last few lines. Stay tuned. And thank you. I wish you a soaring 2014 as well. xo

  18. Chris Edgar on January 13, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    I’m a definitely a big fan of your calligraphy, J, assuming that is the artistically correct term for the stylized type of writing that you do, which is probably a completely unfounded assumption. But anyway, that’s a long-winded way of saying that I like the way you make letters.

    • j on January 13, 2014 at 6:32 pm

      I actually don’t know the definition of calligraphy, but I suspect I’d at least need to use a calligraphy pen to qualify. I think what I do is just called hand-lettering. But thank you! I love to do it! In fact, I just put up a set of 6 new birthday cards in the shop, all of them hand-lettered.

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