The Ultimate Video For Dream Inspiration

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Catherine Hughes

Director of the 8 Women Dream Project at 8 Women Dream
Catherine’s dream is to make 8 Women Dream the premier online publication for women looking to pursue their dreams. She is a published author, a freelance writer, and a guide for those who want their dreams to come true online. Catherine would someday like to be invited to speak at TED about her observations about her 8WD project inviting women to take a chance on their dreams. Wine was required... Catherine posts on Sunday evenings and fills in dream stories as needed. If you aren't sure how to comment on this story, click here.

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It was a long week, a week of new choices.

Starting with the fact I did not attend Toastmasters, but instead went shopping for a green tie and made an early dinner for my son’s last dance.  Sometimes as moms we make choices for our children over ourselves. It happens.

I stopped eating gluten and switched to mostly salads.  I was diagnosed several years back with Hashimotos Disease, which lead to Hypothyroidism.  I have known for a long time that eating gluten causes inflammation in our thyroid diminished bodies.  I was told it held the secret to getting a handle on this disease.  It was time to let flour go.

Below Dr. Hyman talks about the care we Hashimotos sufferers need to take with ourselves.  If you are suffering with hypothyroidism, you will find him inspirational.  It’s hard to find doctors who know what they are doing with this disease.

If I am going to inspire and motivate, then I need to lead my example.

Sugar is next (gulp – hear Catherine’s brain screaming noooooooo – not that too).  To support this process I attended a FA meeting this morning.  FA is all about living flour and sugar free while eating to maintain blood sugar.  It’s eating that adds more volume to my meals.  The people there tell some amazing health recovery stories.  I will go again next Saturday.

I have found in this process of dream planning that it is in the adding we move forward in our lives and not by subtracting.  More positives lessen the negatives.  I’m not loosing bread, I’m gaining volumes of delicious fresh vegetables.  I’m not loosing sugar, I’m gaining energy.  I’m not fighting negative thoughts, I’m just adding so many positive thoughts that I don’t hear the negative thoughts at all.

The same can be said for adding seven women in my life who’s dreams make me show up in my own dream plan DAILY.  No pressure here.  But I have found that isolation is the killer of inspiration.  I must be brave and light the way for these seven women, who put their faith in my abilities to help change their lives in ways they never thought possible.

Just watch me.


(Catherine’s dream is to be a motivator, motivational speaker and published writer)

  • Kim

    I bet you will change our lives along with yours, you already have! You’re very determined and it’s contagious. Good luck with the sugar. I don’t know why that’s the hardest thing, oh yeah, because it tastes so good!

  • Catherine, the writer and motivator

    Dr Hyman is often on PBS another good thyroid doctor is
    Dr Hotze in Houston:

    And thyroid exercises:

  • I hate it when I know something but have apparently chosen to forget it….and why is it usually something good for me. Thanks for all of the reminders though! I know I have been trying hard for a couple of weeks now and making very small progress, doing the things I know I am supposed to do will probably help :)

    BTW – Does Dr Hyman have a book or any literature for reference purposes?

  • Wendy

    Hi Catherine,
    Good luck with the food changes. I have known several people who have been successful with FA and I admire your courage to take it on. It is ironic that we live in a part of the world where we struggle with food abundance when most of the world struggles to survive. Living healthy is one of the areas of my life I also hope to conquer.
    I am looking forward to seeing the movie on Thursday. It seems to relate to that struggle of being a good “Mom” and still having a dream beyond. And Yes! In response to your comment, I do need your support and the groups. I have been in isolation too long and need to learn to develop friendships and support groups.