DailyRi 007: My Wildest Dreams Unleashed
I HAVE WILD DREAMS, & I’M READY TO LET THEM LOOSE.
MY DAILYRI 005 WAS CALLED “IN DEFENSE OF DREAMERS,” AND IT MAINLY FOCUSED ON DEFENDING OUR RIGHTS TO DREAM & DREAM DARINGLY. I wrote ABOUT HOW I USED TO BE SCARED TO discuss MY DREAMS BECAUSE I THOUGHT THEY WERE CRAZY. AT THE END OF THE POST, I SAID I WOULD LIST MY DREAMS OUT SOMETIME SOON. although i have a plethora of personal & spiritual dreams, for the purposes of this post, i’ll be sharing my professional dreams only.
I DON’T KNOW IF YOU’RE READY FOR THEM, BUT I PROMISED, SO HERE THEY ARE.
MY WILDEST DREAMS unleashed:
LONGTERM (10-30 YEARS)
CREATE A DIGITAL multi-MEDIA platform THAT IMPACTS MILLIONS OF PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD BY PROMOTING THE POWER OF STORYTELLING, SELF AWARENESS, & GRATITUDE
UNDER LEAD WITH GRACE, TRAVEL TO SCHOOLS & UNIVERSITIES AROUND THE WORLD & CONTINUE ENGAGING DEEPLY WITH THOUSANDS OF YOUTH AROUND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT, SELF-ADVOCACY & STORYTELLING
UNDER LEAD WITH GRACE, RUN A FUND THAT SUPPORTS UNDERSERVED YOUTH OF COLOR THROUGH FULL RIDES TO COLLEGE OR FUNDING FOR EARLY STAGE VENTURES
UNDER LEad with grace, OWN A VENTURE CAPITAL FUND THAT SUPPORTS UNDERSERVED ENTREPRENEURS OF COLOR
under lead with grace, CONTINUE IN MY FATHER’S LEGACY AS A SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR SOUTHERN LEBANESE COMMUNITIES (I DON’T KNOW ENOUGH about what this community needs/will need TO COMMIT TO AN ACTION PLAN/approach right now. & refuse to IGNORANTLY ASSUME THAT THROWING MONEY AT PEOPLE IS THE BEST WAY TO SERVE)
after i retire, open a really pretty coffee shop wherever i’m living & use it as a community space to promote artists’ work (music, poetry, artwork, books, etc.) & provide a comfortable space for people to work & meet. hire young people as baristas, creative directors, interior designers, managers, event planners, etc.
SHORT TERM (NEXT 2-10 YEARS)
LAUNCH A DIGITAL EMPIRE FOR & BY DEARBORN (INCLUDING A BLOG, PODCAST, VLOG, CLOTHING LINE, & MORE), CREATING SPACE FOR THE MEMBERS OF OUR ARAB/MUSLIM COMMUNITY TO TAKE PRIDE IN OUR IDENTITIES, SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER, HEAL FROM THE ISSUES THAT UNIQUELY AFFECT US, & REWRITE PARTS OF THE GLOBAL NARRATIVE ON ARABS/MUSLIMS.
PREPARE THE PLATFORM TO BE RUN ENTIRELY BY YOUNG PEOPLE (AGES 12-21), KEEPING THE PLATFORM CURRENT & PREPARING OUR YOUTH FOR CAREERS IN THIS DIGITAL AGE. (OFFERING THEM PAID INTERNSHIPS IN CONTENT CREATION, DEVELOPMENT/CODING, MARKETING, DESIGN, ETC.)
SHORTEST TERM (BEFORE 2020)
BRAND “DEARBORN GIRL” (dg) AS A MEANS TO PROMOTE PRIDE & SELF ACTUALIZATION IN OUR UNIQUE EXPERIENCES AS ARAB &/OR MUSLIM WOMAN LIVING IN OUR DENSELY POPULATED COMMUNITY. LAUNCH DEARBORN GIRL, A PODCAST THAT FEATURES AN ARAB &/OR MUSLIM WOMAN AND HER “DEARBORN GIRL STORY” EACH WEEK. SELL HIGH QUALITY, fly DG MERCHANDISE.
land a summer 2019 internship at vaynermedia working under gary vaynerchuck doing whatever; meet as many people as possible here, document my experience & continue to craft longterm vision
gain admission into the google podcasts creator program with my brother ali & work on expanding dearborn girl into a more general podcast for dearborn
THIS YEAR IS ALL ABOUT DOING.
i’ve always been a dreamer. i’ve always had lofty goals & “what ifs” swimming around in my head. i know that i am extremely fortunate & i know that i am meant to live a life full of service. but the weight of my dreams & potential to create impact used to terrify me: what if i mess up? what if i can’t follow through? what if i fail? what if, what if what if…
WHAT IF I CRUSH IT?
i’ll continue to dream daringly, but this year, i’m putting my thoughts into action. finally. when i fail, i’ll fail fast. because i have things to do, places to go, & people to impact. writing down my goals was super helpful in getting me to commit to my dreams, & in showing me just how much i have already worked to build a foundation for even my loftiest aspirations. so excited for what’s to come, & grateful to be documenting this journey. stay tuned.