Is this YOU?!


We are not just one thing.

We are made of multiple facets that we can harness and live life fully.

We think we can be great with one thing. It’s so linear. We never thought we can excel in multiple ways but we actually can. Just harness  it.

When we’re  told to do something, just do it. For  things that scare us, actually, represent  amazing possibilities.


Is this YOU? To be  truthful, this is not fear, it is excitement misunderstood! That flurry of feeling in your gut that make you jump out of your seat. Then do it! This is the possibility! It can only happen if you take the first step, then whoa! That’s  it…the “whoa” that that gives us is access to much more of us…. because truly,  there is much more of us.


Yes, it is true that we need to:

-Dream big.

-Play a bigger game.

-Break down our goals into smaller steps.


Oh my gosh, it’s possible! That, what scares us,  could actually  happen.

Now, don’t be one of those people asking God: “please let me be a millionaire” everyday but don’t  actually buy a lottery ticket.

I am telling you that you are smart, not stupid. So, live your life now! You want to be who you want to be? Take the first step now. Not tomorrow, now! Then….breathe.



My Inspiration:

Where are they now episode about the cast of The Different World. The moment when Debbie Allen was asked what were her current projects. She referred to her multiple successful directorship TV shows while maintaining her first love, dancing. Wow! I was inspired about that I can be great in multiple ways because I am not described as just one talent but a multiple, creative individual and can be who I want to be in multiple ways….and be successful.


Comments (46)

  1. Arnold Pacis - Reply

    April 6, 2015 at 10:59 am

    To live a “big life” is to live a life of purpose. Finding my purpose is my significance.To live it with impact not impression. The greatest tragedy in life is not death but life without purpose.

    • Mahal Hudson - Reply

      April 6, 2015 at 5:03 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Arnold. This is powerful: “the greatest tragedy in life is not death but life WITHOUT purpose.”

      You just bottom-lined this blog for us. Thanks!

  2. safationtheblog - Reply

    March 31, 2015 at 2:43 am

    Perfect and timely read for me. I need to stop underestimating myself and start dreaming big. Thanks for sharing Mahal.

    • Mahal Hudson - Reply

      March 31, 2015 at 7:05 pm

      YES! Love that you acknowledge the fact that most of us doesn’t do: “I NEED to STOP underestimating MYSELF!

      Well, thank you for taking the courage for us to say that. Awesome!

  3. Jeri - Reply

    March 6, 2015 at 1:09 am

    Dreaming big got me a long, long way and then I settled into life’s routines and dreamed smaller. After a major life shake-up, I’m ready to start dreaming big again.

    • Mahal Hudson - Reply

      March 7, 2015 at 8:38 pm

      Way to go Jeri! Yes, it’s time to play a bigger game in life – again and again!
      Thank you for sharing your wisdom.

  4. Sabrina Q. - Reply

    March 4, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Great post. As a woman, I feel I do lots of daily “to dos” but they do not help get me to my overall life goal. So, this year, my goal is to simplify all areas of my life to better help me stay on target. Love “Awake My Soul” Image. Thanks for sharing.

    • Mahal Hudson - Reply

      March 4, 2015 at 5:43 pm

      Thank you Sabrina for sharing your insight.

      For us women, when is “enough” enough?

      My business partner in the All Women Retreat said that same thing: this year is a year of her overwhelming possibilities while being “loving” to oneself.

      Goodluck to your empowering journey and awakening of your soul.

  5. Tuhin - Reply

    March 4, 2015 at 10:36 am

    You have forced me to think on this issue after a long time…Thanks for this motivating post, Mahal
    Dreams give us a boost to lead our life and hence we should make it large

    • Mahal Hudson - Reply

      March 4, 2015 at 5:40 pm

      Thanks Tuhin for allowing yourself to be inspired!

      Playing a bigger game boost us to a higher level of existence.

  6. Pamela Chollet - Reply

    February 27, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    This is one of my favorite quotes on dreaming by Michelangelo:
    “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark”.

    I think people have vague dreams about their wants and the result is the “dream” is so far away, up there somewhere unreachable. Saying, “I want to be rich”, isn’t specific? If you don’t know where you’re headed, how will know if you’ve arrived?

    • Mahal Hudson - Reply

      February 28, 2015 at 2:40 pm

      Thank you Pamela for sharing your wisdom. I’m sure Michaelangelo is the perfect example of: dream big, create big and be big. Wow! We can be like that too!

  7. Marquita Herald - Reply

    February 27, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    I love your example about how people dream of becoming a millionaire by winning the lottery but never by a ticket – SO true! There are so many reasons why people fail to follow through on their dreams, sure to some degree there’s fear of failure and for a few fear of success. But I think there’s another reason we don’t often consider and that’s if we go for our dream we may find out we’re not the person we thought we were.

    It’s like the person who is passionate about telling “their” story, but they either just keep fine tuning every detail over and over in their mind and never start writing, or they keep writing but never finish because if they finish they may learn that nobody cares about this story that has come to define who they are and what they stand for. That’s far scarier than a simple fail.

    • Mahal Hudson - Reply

      February 28, 2015 at 2:38 pm

      You are right Marquita…it’s to make things happen….let ideas take into action. Our passion is way too good not to materialize, right!

      I felt the same way when I first started Avant-garde. I thought about every detail, process, paperwork, etc to start a business…seems like wrapping my idea in a pretty little box with a golden bow without testing the concept and talking to people about it first. Lesson learned.

      The bottom-line is: we can’t hoard great things…we need to spread the message…so we need to go out in the world!

  8. Safariontheblog - Reply

    February 27, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Nice article Mahal! I really needed to read this.
    You have motivated me with this post.
    Thank you!

    • Mahal Hudson - Reply

      February 28, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      Thank you! You inspired me with your comment. It feels god when you know that your message influenced their life…even for a moment. Thanks again!

  9. Kire Sdyor - Reply

    February 25, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    This is too deep and too close to home for a Wednesday night. Going to read this again in the morning. It resonates deep within me.

    • Mahal Hudson - Reply

      February 26, 2015 at 10:04 pm

      Thanks for dropping by Kire. Please let us know what showed up for you after you were able to get some rest, I am interested.

  10. Mina Joshi - Reply

    February 25, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    I really needed to be motivated today so thanks for this Post. I will try to dream big and hopefully achieve what I am planning to do.

    • Mahal Hudson - Reply

      February 25, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      Thank you Mina. You just proved my value, thank you.

      I hope you share your own inspiration to others. Keep the fire burning!

  11. William Rusho - Reply

    February 25, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    I have to say the best advice, is to Dream big.
    I have tried to attain great lofty goals, and have failed miserably most of the times. But that once time, that one instance where I achieved something great than I thought I was, makes up for all the failures in the past.

    • Mahal Hudson - Reply

      February 25, 2015 at 3:49 pm

      We think, we become….somewhere along that line with what you just said.

      You made a great point about perceiving failure as part of our pathway to success. Thanks!

  12. Tim - Reply

    February 24, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    As many others have said before me, if you are going to dream at all you may as well dream big; why not.

    • Mahal Hudson - Reply

      February 25, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      Absolutely why not?! Thanks Tim for the emphasis.

  13. A.K. Andrew - Reply

    February 23, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Dream big and you might just get there. Dream small and that might work for you too. But whichever way do follow your dream.

    • Mahal Hudson - Reply

      February 24, 2015 at 5:17 pm

      Yes, the bigger the dream, the bigger the payoff. Thanks for stopping by.

  14. Erica - Reply

    February 23, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    I love the picture and the quote you have at the top. And yes, you make a great point. It isn’t enough to dream big. You actually have to take action to make it happen. Thank you.

    • Mahal Hudson - Reply

      February 23, 2015 at 7:40 pm

      Thank you Erica for stopping by. It has been a common theme nowadays about playing a bigger game and it’s actually a great reminder for all of us that we are worth more than we think of ourselves – so it’s time to play it big baby!

  15. Ramona McKean - Reply

    February 23, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    I agree with all the above comments, especially the ones about taking action. Proverbially speaking, it’s when the rubber hits the road that you can go places! 🙂

    • Mahal Hudson - Reply

      February 23, 2015 at 6:49 pm

      Thank you Ramona, yes, it’s only when we take the necessary action where we can see movement.

  16. NameLaurie Hurley - Reply

    February 23, 2015 at 12:18 am

    It’s all in our state of mind. Think small, you get small results. Dream big and DO big, and the results are greater. Positivity and belief in oneself goes a long way to success. Nice post.

    • Mahal Hudson - Reply

      February 23, 2015 at 6:50 pm

      Thank you Laurie! Yes, the power of the mind can move mountains as long we start exerting the effort to do so.

  17. Jacqueline Gum - Reply

    February 22, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    The bigger the better, right? But I also feel that you need to act on those dreams…not wait for the to happen to you, but rather YOU make the dream happen!

    • Mahal Hudson - Reply

      February 23, 2015 at 6:53 pm

      Yes, the bigger the better! Well, the bottom-line, for me, is we need to dream bigger because we are so capable AND just simply take the steps in moving into action. And yes, it is possible and real.

  18. Christine Larsen - Reply

    February 22, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    Mahal, one of my all-time favourite sayings comes from the great Henry Ford –
    ‘Whether you think you can, or think you can’t… either way, you’re right’.
    Applied to anything that confronts me in life, it’s an immovable challenge.

    • Mahal Hudson - Reply

      February 23, 2015 at 6:54 pm

      “it’s an immovable challenge” – Love that! Thank you for your wisdom Christine.

      My yearning for those who reads this post will be inspired into action and play the bigger game.

  19. Donna Janke - Reply

    February 22, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    We all have multiple facets. Timely post for me because I’ve been wondering if I need to narrow my focus to one thing and give up on some other things I care about. While it is possible to spread oneself too thin, I agree we can excel at multiple things. Thanks.

    • Mahal Hudson - Reply

      February 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm

      To narrow or to broaden? Thanks for sharing your journey as to the aspect of what you can truly become. It is amazing to think we are so capable and creative.

  20. Ken Dowell - Reply

    February 22, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    To live this way, I think you have to try to not overthink things. Taking the first step becomes harder and harder the longer you wait to make the move.

  21. Beth Niebuhr - Reply

    February 22, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Definitely we need big dreams if we are going to do bigger things. Nice article.

    • Mahal Hudson - Reply

      February 22, 2015 at 5:17 pm

      Thank you Beth! Yes, dreams are possible no matter how big it is. Just like Lenie said, action is required because we are a possible outcome of what can become.

  22. Patricia Weber - Reply

    February 22, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Timely read for me Mahal. I’ve been thinking about this lately – am I playing too small, not going for the big dream? Thanks for stoking the fire.

    • Mahal Hudson - Reply

      February 22, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      Thanks Patricia! Wow! Timely comment too.

      Time to play a bigger game. Time to dare greatly.

  23. Lenie - Reply

    February 22, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    This is true – when we dream big, then act, amazing things can happen but we do need to act.

    • Mahal Hudson - Reply

      February 22, 2015 at 12:34 pm

      Thank you, Lenie. To be is to do.

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