I could cry. 

I now have a local coffee shop. 

Late last year I’d just sent my boyfriend a photo from a new coffee shop and he replied: “I’m glad you like your local”

And it dawned on me in that moment – I have a local coffee shop. 

I’m living the dream. Or, at least, I’m living my dream. 

Let me explain. 

How do you picture your ideal day?

When I’ve pictured my ideal day or lifestyle, it’s tended to always include walking to my local neighbourhood café. 

If you’ve spent even a short amount of time with me, you’ll get the significance of coffee for me (if not, go check out this post and this one too). 

I’ve had some sort of variation of the local café experience but I’ve not had one within walking distance of my home for seven years now. My favourite places are a little further afield (albeit completely worth the distance). 

Until now. A new little cosy spot opened a few months ago. 

What is already present in your life?

What I really felt in that moment receiving my boyfriend’s text, was that dreams really do come true. 

I think too often we’re chasing the next thing, worrying about something else before we really take notice of what we already have in our lives. 

For me, in that moment, I was on the brink of chasing the next thing. The work in front of me. My schedule for that week. Concerns over future plans. 

Yet what took hold of me in that moment of texting exchange is that I had all that I wanted.  

And yes, a local coffee shop may not be that important to you. But to me it’s a metaphor for how I’m experiencing my life.

A metaphor for all those times I’ve imagined what my ideal day would look like and feel like. A recognition that that feeling can happen anytime if I’m willing to take notice of it. 

Are you pausing to take it all in?

Without my boyfriend’s response I don’t think I would have paused to take it all in. I would have just gone on with my day. 

Yet his words really invited me to fully feel it. And I couldn’t help but want to cry. 

Tears of joy. Tears of gratitude. Tears of appreciation. 

I believe that dreams really do come true. And I also believe you can have big dreams, small dreams and every dream in between. 

How you make them come true starts with you being willing to pause. To reflect. To take notice. 

You have to feel it to know it exists. 

How will you choose to feel your way through your life?

First published on www.thedaisypatch.co.uk/blog.


  • Danielle Brooker

    Joy Coach and host of Let It Shine podcast

    The Daisy Patch

    I say I help people reclaim their lives from ‘busy’. But what I really do is teach them how to have a deeper relationship with themselves and connect with more joy. Having got stuck and burnt out myself (in a great job I didn’t feel great in) I retrained as a Life Coach and certified Meta Dynamics™ Practitioner (think deep, lasting change). Now I get lit up by anything related to human behaviour, positive psychology, mindset, neuroscience, yoga, meditation, Ayurveda and body-mind connection. I write about what you can do to bring more wellbeing into your life, the kind that lasts, and that gets you living less on autopilot and more on purpose.