Updated June 4, 2022 . AmFam Team
You’re a one-of-a-kind dreamer, with a dream just as unique as you are. There’s beauty in novelty, but sometimes being a dreamer that strays from the status quo can feel a little lonely. Achieving your dream can seem extra challenging when so few are making the journey with you.
Take Angela Laughlin for example, an American Family Insurance Agency Owner who aspired to follow in her dad’s footsteps doing car restoration and modification — a historically male-dominated industry. That may sound pretty intimidating, especially when there are few women role models. But Angela was able to break through! She shared her story with us, along with her top tips for making space in the car restoration industry by finding creative resources and skills to pursue her passion.
Still trying to figure out what your dream is? Start by looking within: What is something you’ve always loved – even as a kid? Before adult tasks like jobs and bills got in the way, what made you happy growing up?
For Angela, days spent working alongside her dad on cars was what got her excited for the day. While she remembers other girls her age reading Teen Vogue, Angela grew up reaching for Car Craft magazine. She and her dad worked on her dream from a young age.
“I wasn't quite 14 when my dad and I bought my first car, a ‘66 Chevelle,” Angela recalls. “When we started building it, it was a great bonding experience for us. When I was growing up, my dad was really busy, so to spend that time with him was huge!”
Building that Chevelle when she was 14 was a pivotal moment for Angela in finding her passion.
“My dad picked that car because it was a car he wanted in high school and couldn't afford,” Angela says. “I actually still have it. It’s a very desirable classic car. After we bought it, I had people offer to buy it before we even started doing anything to fix it up, and I’ve had a lot of offers over the years. But I would never get rid of it — not with all the memories I have from building it with my dad.”
Whether it’s exploring what you love to do today, or revisiting something you enjoyed growing up, following your passions can lead you to pursue a new dream.
And there you have it! Whether you dream of breaking through barriers or achieving something that’s never been done before, you can still get all the help and resources you need to get to reach your goal. Because your unique dream deserves unique support.
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