Life is tough; it is not a bed of roses for everyone. But it’s in our hands to make life good, to make life fruitful. Sometimes life throws you difficult choices and we have to take those difficult decisions. You have to dare to stand up to fears and make those choices. You have to Dare to Dream.


 “Life hold special magic for those who dare to dream” – Unkown

Instead of worrying about the future, take care to live today. Instead of complaining about what you don’t have, what you want, the pains and hardships start practicing gratitude, start being thankful for what you have. You have yourself, you have your talent. Find out what you are passionate about, realize your own talent – when you give wings to your talent you can go places.


When my son was born I was very clear on one thing – I wanted to be the hands on mom. I wanted to see him grow up. I don’t consider my parents or in-laws as default ‘care-takers’ of the child that I wanted to have. Nor do I want a maid or a crèche to look after him. I took a decision to quit my job so that I could be with him. Does that mean I am not ambitious? Does that mean I didn’t like my career? Does that mean I don’t want to work? It means none of them. I love working. I cannot sit still for hours and not work. Quitting the job and not having your salary getting credited every 30th of the month was a big step. But I believed in myself and my potential.

I am working for myself, I have always loved writing and designing. When I am falling back on my skills to work for myself I am enjoying my journey. It is a long journey I probably have to work double of what I was previously at job, but I find this very satisfying – because I get to be with my son, I am working, I am paying my bills.

“Don’t just dare to dream, dare to live your dreams.”

I am taking part in the A to Z Challenge 2017. Are you?

  1. Amazing Life
  2. Believe in Your Self
  3. Celebrate Life


29 Comments on Dare to Dream – Step 4 to a Meaningful Life – A to Z Challenge 2017

  1. Shalini
    April 5, 2017 at 12:57 am (2 years ago)

    And I salute you for taking that big bold step of quitting your job. It was really hard for me too, especially when I had the offer of working in Canada for two years. I couldn’t do it! I had to read this today, Tina. There are moments when I doubt myself. I think I will come back to read this post whenever I feel so the next time! Take care.
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  2. Sheethal
    April 5, 2017 at 2:32 am (2 years ago)

    Hats off to you for taking the decision which felt best to you. it needs courage to do that. When one believes in themselves and their talent to do things, they could be happy in whatever situation they’re in.
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    • tinabasu
      April 5, 2017 at 8:37 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you Sheetal. Yes a big decision and a long way to go

  3. Shilpa Garg
    April 5, 2017 at 10:43 am (2 years ago)

    A friend had written a lovely quote in my college slam book and I remember it still. It said, somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true. So yes, dare to dream!!
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  4. Shweta Suresh
    April 5, 2017 at 10:54 am (2 years ago)

    That’s a really motivating post. I turned down the job that I received during campus placement because my dream was to study more. One year down the lane, I’m awaiting admission procedures for post graduation. And I’m really glad that I decided to follow my dreams rather than take up the job then!

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    • tinabasu
      April 5, 2017 at 11:58 am (2 years ago)

      That’s great Shweta. Chase your dreams – it makes you happy.

  5. Tupeak Hope
    April 5, 2017 at 11:18 am (2 years ago)

    “Don’t just dare to dream, dare to live your dreams.” – Great quote!

  6. Mocktail mommies
    April 5, 2017 at 11:54 am (2 years ago)

    You dared to dream and had the courage to live it!!! Way to go!! Hats off to your spirit.

  7. Swathi Shenoy
    April 5, 2017 at 2:28 pm (2 years ago)

    Quitting job is really is a big step to take. Hats off! If we don’t dream, then we can’t achieve anything. Nice post 🙂
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  8. Geets
    April 5, 2017 at 3:49 pm (2 years ago)

    More power to you, Tina! Doing all of it single-handedly is a task! And yet you do it with full energy!

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  9. Mayuri Nidigallu
    April 5, 2017 at 6:02 pm (2 years ago)

    It is very important to know your priorities, knowing which allow you you dream. After after knowing your dream, following it and working towards it. And you are doing just that. Bluey will never be the same age again and knowing that you spent time watching him grow and made memories will be a feeling you will cherish.

  10. zainab
    April 5, 2017 at 7:44 pm (2 years ago)

    dreaming is important. because unless we ‘dream’ how do we go get it?
    Great post!

  11. Anki
    April 5, 2017 at 10:12 pm (2 years ago)

    It’s so nice that you said you are working on yourself, dreaming is absolutely beautiful, but by the time I came to the end of this post I realized, working towards fulfilling that dream is even more important. This was a delight to read Tina, reminded me of so many little things I dream to do (they are little but they mean a lot to me).

    • tinabasu
      April 5, 2017 at 10:25 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you so Much Anki. Yes making that dream a reality is a nice feeling

  12. Anmol Rawat
    April 6, 2017 at 12:09 pm (2 years ago)

    I always preach the same! If you don’t dream, how can you ever achieve anything. Even if you do, how can it bring that happiness that comes when you achieve a dream?
    The present generation needs to dream. We are too lost in doing our day to day jobs that we have stopped dreaming and working for that.
    Nice post Tina!
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  13. Preethi Venugopala
    April 6, 2017 at 3:08 pm (2 years ago)

    I am glad that you took such a decision. I did the same too and have not regretted my decision even once. 🙂 Bluey deserves his mom’s love completely. Chasing your passion is living fruitfully.
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  14. Ravish Mani
    April 11, 2017 at 2:15 pm (2 years ago)

    Well said, Tina, that when you give wings to your talent you can go places. Loved your choice of quotes. Van Gough is superb.

  15. Asmita
    April 29, 2017 at 4:00 pm (2 years ago)

    I started working because I had to support my family and I am really proud of who I have become. I know it wasn’t easy at first, living yourself, paying the bills, taking care of yourself but I think I am doing just fine.

    Giving up your job because you wanted to spend time with your kid is just wow. Not many people do that nowadays.

    More power to you Tina 🙂

    apsster @ Little Heart Speaks


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