She Believed She Could………

How many times have we talked and dreamed about doing something, only to find ourselves doing a whole lot of talking and very little doing?  It’s fun to imagine something that “might be” or “could be”, but without action, it will just never be.

This last week my mom, Grandma Jane, was selected as one of the 100 finalists (out of 10,000 entries) for the 45th Pillsbury Bake Off Contest with her recipe for “Biscuit Corn Cakes with Goat Cheese and Blackberry-Thyme Sauce“. The grand prize is $1 million dollars, yes, you read that correctly, $1 million dollars.  In late March 2012 she will be flown to Orlando, FL to compete with the other 99 finalists where the contest will be televised on Food Network.

See…….there she is on the finalist list…….Jane Michel from Houston, TX.  I am so proud of my mom for achieving this great honor.  Not only am I proud that she is such a fabulous, creative cook, but I’m proud of her for entering the contest and going for it!  
She and I had talked about entering the bake-off contest for many years.  We’ve dreamed of what we would do with the $1 million dollars and how neat it would be to end up on television.  The difference is that, while mom and I did a lot of talking about this, she actually up and DID something to make it happen.
The odds of someone being selected in the top 100 are very slim.  Almost so slim that one would think, why even bother entering?  But in order to make your dream a reality, you must believe and put your dream into action.  Besides, 100 people had to be selected and who’s to say that it couldn’t be you?   
So I guess the point of this blog post is to say that if there is something you have been dreaming about, what are you going to do?  Keep dreaming about it or do something about it?  Even if the odds are not in your favor, I would suggest the latter.
Congratulations, Mom!
We are so excited for you!! 

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  1. That’s amazing! What an achievement. Say congrats to your mum and keep us updated along the way! 🙂

  2. That is Awesome! Yeah for your Mom 🙂

  3. Oh I needed to hear this today! There is something that I have been trying to do for quite some time, but still have not accomplished… I have tried, but you have made me want to try a little harder. What a great example your mom is for all of us! Congrats to her and I hope she does well!

  4. Congratulations to Grandma Jane, what an accomplishment! I will be keeping my fingers crossed for her that she wins the whole thing!

  5. Wow! Your mum is the little engine who could…”I think I can, I know I can.”

    Many congrats to her on getting so far and we will all be there to cheer her at the station when she goes all the way, toot, toot!

  6. How exciting-wishing her luck in the finals next year!

  7. That is so cool! How exciting to be a finalist!

  8. Very cool! Love your quote; so true!

  9. awesome! how exciting is that?!

  10. Wow! Congratulations for this big and so special chance for your mom! My compliments to her and you to support her! Continue the dream!

  11. That is so cool! I bet you and all your family are just excited about the whole thing. I know I would be!

    Congrats, and good luck in the final round!! 🙂

  12. Woohoo, congrats to your mum! i’m sure I’ve seen the finals of one of these on TV, it looks very intense, so good luck to her!

  13. Yay! Congratulations!

  14. WOW now that is some good news for the day!!!! Congrats!!!

  15. Very cool! I wish her the best of luck.

  16. Woo Hoo!!! How wonderful. Hope she wins the WHOLE kt & Kaboodle. Best of luck to her.

  17. That is awesome!! Way to go Jane!!

  18. Congratulations to Grandma Jane!! All the best to you..and Good Luck!!

  19. How great! I am always “wanting” to do things but never taking the plunge. After getting married and moving to a new city, I’m doing my best to change that. Here’s to your mom for making it this far, and good luck to her (and to all of us trying to get our own acts together!)

  20. Congratulation Grandma Jane!You can do.I cross my finger for you!
    Congratulation Lindsay you have awesome Mom!