I’m Dawn Marie.
I’m a 30-something, straight forward, rural Iowan with big, positive dreams. I love running to help clear my mind and soul, squeezing in a good sweaty workout to kick some stress. My style is simple and rustic. I am fueled by kitchen dance parties with my three beautiful girls, and I love me some barn wood. Mmmmm – Yes! I can’t live without my Mama Tribe, Amazon, Target, and good music. I’m obsessed with off-the-beaten-path eateries and have a passion to pursue big dreams!
Where can you find me?
In a small community in Northeast Iowa, married to my hog-farmer best friend. We have three beautiful little girls and I am so glad they have the opportunity to grow up in a small ag community where they are around livestock (hogs, a few stock cows, and far too many barn cats). I love being their biggest fan in whatever it is their heart wants to do…at that minute.
As I stated earlier, I have big, positive dreams. I thrive on recognizing and cultivating potential in myself and others. I have a huge desire to serve the world and grow responsible, kind human beings. “My people” see me as a “super nerd” with all things organizational. Yes, I’m the one that gets excited about a new tote, clutter-free counters, and a rocking hot closet! Positive influencers make my heart happy and I absolutely LOVE to see others prosper using their natural abilities (that’s the developer in me). I truly believe our biggest power is the gift of giving and that is what makes me whole.
My motivators are having goals and creating and executing a schedule to keep my family on beat. Knowing what’s on the horizon minimizes stress. Well, who doesn’t want to kick some stress out of their life?
In my former life, I was mentally a bottom feeder. I told myself, “I’m not good enough” or “ I’m not smart enough”, and other lies I’m learning we all tend to tell ourselves. I was overly critical of everything. I was stressed out, and just going through the motions to get to the next “task”. Sadly, I thought I was being pretty positive on the outside until I really looked in the mirror and saw how I was treating everyone around me. I was missing out on beautiful moments with my girls just by rushing and always being concerned with what was next. My life was becoming a checklist of duties to reach my goal of hitting the sack. I was taken aback when I began to notice this way of thinking in my 5-year old. Sound familiar? I know I am not the only busy mom with this lifestyle.
October 2014, was when that “Mac truck slammed into me”. I had a “lump” removed from my neck which turned into a complete thyroidectomy – yeah, they took the whole thing. I knew it would happen when the surgeon read my biopsy and made the statement, “I’ve never had to take the whole thyroid without prior knowledge. This will be a quick removal of the right side and will all take less than an hour.” Famous last words. If one out of a million will have something “bad” happen, I’m that ONE. So after a 3-4 hour procedure, waking up in recovery, and directly facing the clock, I just knew. I needed to stop going through to motions of life and start LIVING IT! We only get one chance. I was going to enjoy what I do and leave positive pathways.
You can learn more about these details in my blog post, “2nd Life Begins”. I had an awakening and began gravitating toward positive influencers and conferences. After several self-help speakers, books, and courses it just CLICKED! Momentum was building for me to finally realize my passion.
Do I struggle?
YES. It’s a daily struggle to have the conscious mind to do ‘all the things’. Sticking to my end goal of a happier life for myself AND my family keeps me accountable. I fall off the wagon, but I have a support system and simple steps in place to put me back on track. Each day is a reset. Mental edits keep me focused.