Naomi E Lloyd
Naomi lives in Portsmouth, Hampshire, with her husband and two boys . She is a writer, photographer, and charitable ambassador for YouCanFree.Us, which focuses on rescuing trafficked women.
Following The Dream! Naomi's Thoughts:
I grew up with a mother who plastered the downstairs toilet with feel-good positive sayings on pretty little cards she blu- tacked around the walls. Everyone in our house knew them off by heart. They were ingrained in your very psyche. From Walt Disney's mantra :"If you dream if you can do it"; to the classic "Desiderata" poem, urging you to be on good terms with all persons, there was no escaping these motivational quotes. I think I took it to heart more than the rest of our family members though. I even took over a school assembly at the age of sixteen, where I themed the whole half hour on this concept of believing in your dreams, full of stories of good and bad dreams that have shaped history: from Mandela reaching his dream of building a rainbow nation; to Hitler, causing disasters with his dream of an Aryan nation. It all came down to a simple word, or perhaps two, whichever way you choose to look at it - a 'dream' or a 'desire' . When the desire for a dream is big enough, nothing will stand in its way.
I have played with these ideas for years and have been, at times, if I am being honest, a little frustrated. There is nothing more irritating than hearing someone talk about having a dream over and over again and then not actually going ahead and making the steps to achieve it. I wanted to be a photographer - I set up my photography business and I love it and all the experiences it has, and continues, to bring to me - but....and it is a big 'but'....my super dream, the really big one...was always to be a writer. And so....here it is.....Enjoy!