Dreaming Big

When you dream, dream big.

Now, let me tell you about a big dream of mine. Ever since I was about 17 years old, when I was just a young and naive teenager, I’ve wanted to create my own makeup line. I’ve always had a thing with makeup and beauty products in general, probably from watching my mom doing her own makeup since I was little and thinking how glamorous it all looked to me. But the idea about creating a makeup brand came from an article I read in Seventeen magazine about the founders of Hard Candy and Urban Decay who started their brands from home when they were only in their 20’s. I thought to myself, hey, if they could do it, I could too!

Like I said, I was a naive young girl :D

Anyway, the dream was forgotten for a few years when I was busy with other things. Until one point in my life, where I seemed to have lost my track and I started asking myself again: what is it really that I want to do? What are my dreams? My goals? And then, the makeup line thing reappeared.

That time, because I was older and a little bit more experienced, I started to really think about pursuing this dream. I went online to do some research, asked people , even approached someone and asked whether he wanted to fund this “crazy” idea (he said yes, but I’m pretty sure he didn’t have any idea the amount I was really asking for :D). I wrote down the ideas I had for the line. What products I wanted to create, the names of the brand, how it’s going to be marketed, even down to the names of the shades! (Yeah, I was way ahead of myself :p) But then the more I tried to find a way to make my dream come true, the more I realized that I am far from ready to make it happen. I knew nothing about starting my own company and I didn’t even have any background in cosmetic or retail or any of the business related to this dream of mine.

So I wrapped it neatly and put the dream in a little box marked “For later”. I then searched for a job that is still related to my passion but one that is still realistic and within my scope of skill and experience. Which was how I landed a job in one of the biggest makeup brands in the world, MAC Cosmetics. But that’s another story for another time :)

So why am I bringing it up now out of the blue? Because, even though I am now doing something which I completely love: writing about beauty, managing my own company, meeting and working with great people and other great things which I’m fortunate enough to experience, I never give up on that one dream.

I don’t know if I’ll ever make it a reality. Maybe I won’t. Maybe I will get a chance to do it and become successful. Or I take a shot at it and fail. It’s all in the future and no one knows what’s gonna happen. But one thing I do know is, I will always keep that special little box in my heart, just like I still keep that old Seventeen magazine which gave me the inspiration in the beginning. Because I believe that no matter how far I’ve run, no matter how many things I’ve achieved in life, I should still look back, from time to time, to remind myself what got me running in the first place.

How about you? What is your big dream and do you think it’ll ever come true? Do share :)