I’ve been a fan of SpongeBob for about 12 years now; yet, if anyone had ever asked me why I was so interested in the show, I would not have been able to give them an answer. Slapstick comedy is not one of my favorites. And I’ll admit I find myself rolling my eyes about as often as I find myself chuckling when I watch that yellow sea critter. Still, there’s something about this darn cartoon that keeps reeling me in. The other day while I kicked back in bed and watched an episode with my son, I figured out what the allure is for me. SpongeBob is my inner child.

This often annoyingly positive and bubbly character is bursting with a zest for life that I sometimes feel zip through my own veins. He is naive to the point that he has almost created his own indestructible little world where he and those he loves always pull through, no matter how crazy the situation. Isn’t that essentially what we all want… a place to call home where we feel safe and content, knowing our family is strong enough to handle anything?

Lately, I’ve been questioning how best to achieve our American Dream. I’m learning that the only way it’s going to happen is if we sit down and make it happen. It’s going to require developing a clear vision what we want, what really matters to us and what we would rather do without. Then we need to come up with a plan that will reach those goals. Finally, we need to make it happen and put that plan into action.

This seems simple enough, until I sat down and realized my vision is not as clear as I thought it was. I have an idea of what I would like to achieve out of life but sometimes it seems as though I have all the pieces to the puzzle but haven’t figured out how to fit them all together to make the pretty picture. Worse yet, the picture on the front of the box is so tiny that it’s really not much help.

Hence, American Dream Maker was born! This is a place where I can lay out all the pieces as I work on the next chapter of my life: being a wife, a mother, a productive American citizen. It’s a place to help that vision grow – a place to make my American Dream.

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