Planning for Abundance: Dream, Girl Enters 2016

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DMBy Diana Matthews

[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]I[/dropcap]t was like being a little kid again. Rolling up my poster paper and sliding an elastic over it to keep it in place but I wasn’t heading out the door to catch a yellow school bus, I was starting my morning commute into downtown Calgary.

Abundance planning is something that’s new to me but not completely foreign. So when Dream, Girl co-founders Komal and Erin announced at the beginning of January that the three of us would be making and sharing dream boards to plan for the year ahead, I was inspired by the creative opportunity in front of me.Being only a couple of weeks into 2016, our minds were filled with resolutions, goals and the very real deadline of Dream, Girl’s launch in the Spring. Komal had just moved to New York City to work alongside Erin, and I was working at getting my brain around the incredible new experiences waiting for me in the year ahead. 2016 is going to be a big year for us, the film, our audiences and the Dream, Girl movement and it was time to plan.[divider type="short" spacing="5"]

[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]S[/dropcap]ince being brought on to the team last May to work remotely as the tour director for the film, I’ve received emails from over 180 individuals around the world who want to host screenings in their area and bring the documentary to their communities. It’s been exciting, humbling, and inspiring to experience such an outpouring of support from women and men who see the value of this film and its messages.

Up until this point, the most I’d heard about the film industry was how hard you have to sell your product and its message, knowing it will be an uphill battle almost the entire way.

My experience on Dream, Girl has been the exact opposite.

Securing our funding for the film through Kickstarter has presented us with so many unique and amazing connections all over the world. Dream, Girl was made because the audience wanted it to be, and the amount of gratitude we have for the people who believe in the power of this movement is insurmountable. Coming into a work environment where I meet and collaborate with like-minded individuals has been a dream come true but sometimes, I find myself getting in my own way when it comes to absorbing and expressing the love and support offered to me.[divider type="short" spacing="5"]

[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]I[/dropcap]mposter syndrome is something I have struggled with for many years. Feeling like what I’ve done isn’t enough, worrying that what I’ve done is wrong, or convincing myself that I simply don’t belong are all thoughts that I battle on a day-to-day basis.

[pullquote align="right" cite="" link="" color="" class="" size=""] These women are succeeding because of who they are, not because they’re trying to emulate or act like men; we are embracing and embodying our own identity and allowing that to inform our decision-making. These women are the role models we deserve.[/pullquote]

When the excitement of building out my abundance board subsided, I began to feel very uncomfortable with just how I was going to find the balance between demonstrating the overwhelming gratitude I feel for this work and where I hope to go with it, and not sobbing into my poster paper in an “I’d like to thank the academy” moment.

Overcompensating by feeling like I’m constantly not enough is a something I often find myself doing.

Planning for the year ahead (and then some) became not only a conversation about pragmatism but also about spiritual openness, emotional awareness and an unwavering commitment to what we are creating and who we are creating it for. The result was a lot of tears, deep laughs and thoughtful daydreams as we shared our posters. Articulating what abundance looks like and means to us as individuals, we talked about our plans for the future as a team to share in our visualizations. After that conversation, we began a call log in which we outline our goals for the week and cross them off as we achieve them.

During the week, we check-in with one another to see how we’re doing. When the following week rolls around, we talk about what we achieved and the next steps. It’s a very simple process that has deeply impacted my workflow and feelings of anxiety. It’s helped to deal with my imposter-y feelings in a way that I never believed possible. Crossing items off a to-do list and seeing the tangible progress of your own work is incredibly rewarding. I feel like a contributor and our productivity as a team has increased in every way imaginable.

In the following weeks, we not only established a comprehensive plan for our tour but Erin and Komal finished the rough cut of the film! In the late hours on a Friday night, I curled up in my bed and watched Dream, Girl, bearing witness to the journeys of powerful and inspiring female entrepreneurs. I connect to this film on a deeply spiritual and emotional level, so much that it’s sometimes difficult for me to put my feelings into words.[divider type="short" spacing="5"]

[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]O[/dropcap]ur first and foremost concern is to serve the story and by extension, serve our audience. As we plan out the tour, make decisions on the creative aspects of the documentary, and reflect on what we’re developing, I find myself constantly thinking about how this movement is going to impact other women and what I hope audiences feel when they watch it. After I seeing the rough cut, I felt a strange shift take place. I realized that I’m part of the audience and that I need Dream, Girl in a visceral and profound way.

These women are succeeding because of who they are, not because they’re trying to emulate or act like men; we are embracing and embodying our own identity and allowing that to inform our decision-making.

These women are the role models we deserve.

I see myself reflected back through Dream, Girl and I believe women and girls are going to feel seen and heard in ways they never have before. Dream, Girl is on the cusp of huge breakthroughs. We’re ready for the abundance and we can’t wait to share in it with you.