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Cultivating Dreams: How Trials Bring Dreams to Fruition

Let me share a bit of my journey with you. As I pursue my dreams, I am filled with excitement and anticipation. I have a clear vision and a strong sense of purpose driving me forward. But as soon as things start to fall into place, challenges begin to appear, seemingly out of nowhere.

At first, I feel discouraged. Why does it seem like every step forward is met with an obstacle? It took some time, but I have began to reframe what we consider "obstacles". Obstacles are trials, testing the legitimacy of my plans. They exist to help me see if I am on the right route and if I am truly committed to my dreams.

I see a parallel in my gardening efforts. A garden requires consistent care and attention. When the rain comes, it brings a bountiful harvest, but it also brings weeds. Just as I have to harvest my crops, I must work harder to remove the weeds. Just as my dream starts to take form, I must put in extra effort to overcome the challenges of life.

Remember, both good and bad often coexist in our journey. This principle is crucial: with every step forward, we may encounter obstacles that test our dedication. This testing is good so we can see if we are on the right path, if we need to pivot, or commit to the plan even more.

If you are facing trials on your journey, know that they are a part of the process. Embrace them, learn from them, and let them challenge your resolve. (Scroll to the bottom for growth opportunities!)

Stay Rooted,


Shanelle Koroma is a mental health therapist, life/wellness coach, and Co-Founder of the Ujima Retreat Center.

Growth Opportunities for the Dreamer (Champaign County):

  1. Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC has free virtual workshops from July 9th-24th.

  2. 2024 C-U Black & African Arts Festival are accepting vendor applications for businesses intersted in expanding their market presence.

  3. RISE 217 Entrepreneurship Edge is having a networking event on July 19th.

  4. Champaign County Chamber of Commerce & Champaign County Black Chamber of Commerce.

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