Life Cycle of a Dream

Pull up a chair, have I got a story to tell you!



Today I am  finally to pulling back the curtain on a BIG project that I have been working on. This is a big step of faith that I needed to do today when I realized how much I needed YOU!

Months ago,  I gave myself permission to pursue a DREAM. It was an idea that I had mentioned casually on and off, you know, the “pipe dream” kind of dream?

This is how it has played out in my brain:

1. Wouldn’t is be cool if I could… (dreaming)

2. What I really want to do is… (hopeful)

3. Maybe I could do this… (optimistic)

4. I’ll just to test the waters… (scared)

5. I am going to commit to this… (resolved)

6. Am I really going to commit to this? (er, not so resolved)

7. This is waaaay harder than I thought it would be. (where’s my EASY button?!)

8. Can I do this? (poop, doubt cycle starts all over again)

9. I am going to commit to this and am even going to tell people about it. (brave, scared, nervous, excited. leave town right after I share it.)

10. Growing is a good thing and I need my peeps (you all) with me to help me grow. (relief and gratitude)

I am still mid-lifecycle as you can tell.  Taking action steps towards your dreams, turns out is a roller coaster of emotions and takes a large amount of perseverance (especially when it is a BIG JUICY dream)

Tune in (and find out what it is) and then tell me if you have struggled with throwing down your own roadblocks towards your dreams!

I am going on DREAM trip to Paris this week (big-late-birthday-insert-confetti-trip)  This will be the view from my apt below! Come with me!! You can follow me to Paris on Instagram or Facebook 

While I am gone be sure and WATCH any videos you want to see, when I come back I will be working on “listen” mode focusing on podcasts and the video availability  will come down.

While you are at it, follow The Armchair Parisian, who has a fabulous new website. She is my personal tour guide on my big trip! All pics courtesy of BJ Lantz, who I didn’t even KNOW was The ArmChair Parisian at first!! She has designed silk scarves in the spirit of  romance that she has with this great city!

Notre Dame



  • Rosalina says:

    I think that your idea is amazing and wish you luck with your new business venture. Remember any type of art whether paintings, bags, shirts…etc helps people to feel good, to be inspired, and bring happiness. These are important and the ability to bring happiness and inspiration through your creations and designs is an awesome thing. We all need things that inspire us and make us feel good. Wish you much success!

  • Kristin Nicholas says:

    Hi MOnica – Love the new podcast format. Hope it is easier for you. Have a fantastic trip to Paris. I know you will. And good luck w/ the bags, etc. It is a huge job bringing something like that to market!
    XO Kristin

    • Monica Lee says:

      Thanks so much Kristin! I am glad podcast will work well for you! I hope you are doing well!

  • Bee Eastman says:

    Monica, if anyone can follow their dream it’s you. You’ve been teaching us how to do what we want, now I encourage you to follow yours. I’ve been living with the “I don’t have any money” for years as you know. And no money has appeared in the Bank! Best of luck, don’t overthink your plan, just go for it. There will always be someone that cannot afford your brand but that should not hold you back. I’ll be following you through Paris on Instagram, I love it there. Bon Voyage ?? Bee.

    • Monica Lee says:

      Thank you so so much for your encouragement and wise words, Bee! It really means a lot to hear it! I will eat a macaroon in honor of you!

  • Jo says:

    How inspiring and exciting! I’ve only tuned into smartcreativewomen recently but am already hooked and catching up on previous videos. Although new to the site it’s already clear that you are focused and have enough energy to get the new line of bags off the ground. I look forward to hearing about the journey as you go – good luck and well done for getting a big stake in the ground through sharing :o)

    • Monica Lee says:

      Yay! Jo, So nice to hear from you in the comments-welcome to our fun! Thank you for understanding that the stake was big too!

  • Ooooooh you LUCKY Girl!! That will be such an amazing trip! It’s on my bucket list to travel all of Europe, can’t wait to see photos from all your adventures 🙂 And it’s funny I saw this in my inbox today because I JUST finished a painting of the Eiffel Tower, yesterday, what a coincidence!

    • Monica Lee says:

      I am feeling very lucky, and blessed to be able to make this trip!!! I love this art-wonderful clouds, so imaginative!!!

      • Thank you so much Monica! And for sharing and inspiring all of us to follow are dreams and live life to it’s fullest 🙂 I’m always excited to get your newsletter in my inbox, it’s always so full of great information and inspiring to us women entrepreneurs.

    • Meghan Irene says:

      Wonderful painting Megan! I love it!

  • Big Fan says:

    I miss your smile and great facial expressions. Bring back the video. Hope you are not really going to pull the old videos!!!! So much VALUE. Why not package them for sale?

    Have a great trip!

    Gosh… I just drift when it’s voice only….
    Don’t know that I will be as engaged in the future.

  • deannadares says:

    Yes! You are on the road! And thanks for reminding all of us that we have to persevere through fear, vulnerability and uncertainty to achieve any creative dream. Those feelings aren’t a sign that we need to stop, but to keep going. I have the book Fearless Creating by Eric Maisel on my nightstand for this very reason 🙂 Have a wonderful time in Paris!

    • Monica Lee says:

      Thank you for saying that! And I may check out that book myself!

    • Meghan Irene says:

      This is a great reply full of motivation in itself. I am in the process of reading “Girl Boss” right now but, that will be my next pick! 🙂

  • Corrie Wessman says:

    Have a blast!! What a new way to step into the next chapter in your (creative) life. Thanks for sharing and being so honest!

  • Susan Grassi says:

    You did it Monica! Put it out there….I believe in you. Fabulous you 🙂

  • Meghan Irene says:

    Eeeek! I am so excited for you Ms. Monica Lee!! You are going to go far and accomplish wonderful and amazing things! I just know it!! <33 YAY!

  • Jen says:

    Monica, You are amazing! I am so happy for you! Handbags and Paris…what could be better? You go girl! You keep on developing and creating…your brand will be a reality before you know it. Thank you for everything you’ve done for the creative community! And you have encouragement and support anytime you need to share. 🙂

  • Lyla Jake says:

    Wow! You have a fabulous sense of style, so I will be on the lookout for your designs! I am not even a “handbag person” – but you have built a trustworthy brand, and I hope to be one of the first buyers!

  • Good for you! Wishing all the luck and look forward to following you on your new adventure (both in business, and in Paris 🙂 You're an inspiration!

  • Megan says:

    Congrats on moving forward with your dreams! I think handbags is the perfect fit for you and cannot WAIT to see what you’ve come up with! I’ve been following with you on your Instagrammed view of Paris and it just looks magical. I’m sure you’ll be taking a ton on inspirations home with you! 🙂

  • Catharine Freeman says:

    Kudos to you. Always inspiring and striving.

  • Melissa AuClair says:

    I love this episode- listened to it twice. Thank you for being so vulnerable and brave. I can not wait to see your handbags!

  • Great Podcast Monica!!!! You are just fantastic!!! During my long stitching days I became addicted to your Podcasts.

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