How A Movie Changed My Perception Of Following Our Dreams

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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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This week a few of us eight women attended a movie premiere of Who Does She Think She Is, a documentary which explores how women often make difficult choices between Mothering or working; between a child’s well being or our own own; and between responsibility or self expression.  This wonderful film by Academy Award winning filmmaker Pamela Tanner Boll features five women who refuse to make these choices.  They show another way to be both a mom and an [insert your dream here]:

Their film was one of my motivations for the week.  I am awed by the women featured in this movie.  They reveal such bravery when facing the obstacles to their dreams.  They move me to shout my message from the rooftop: LADIES – FOLLOW YOUR DREAM.

The second piece of motivation came in the form of a paperback book called Following The Whispers (Creating a Life of Inner Peace and Self-Acceptance from the Depths of Despair) by Karen Walker.  Her publicist at Bascom Hill was kind enough to send Eight Women Karen’s book to read and review on this blog. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to promote another woman pursuing her dream.

Dawnda will read and review the book first, followed by Alyse, then Heather, Kim, Wendy, Veronica, Danelle and me. Each of us will mention the book and our thoughts after we’ve individually completed reading the book.  Hopefully this will give Karen Walker quite a bit of exposure on Eight Women Dream. There is a Buddhist saying, “If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path”. May Karen enjoy great success with her book.

And this week if you are doubting yourself, remember the saying, we only grow as high as we reach, or go as far as we seek, or see as deep as we look, and become only as much as we dream we can we be.

Just keep dreaming.


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

  • Kim

    I loved the movie and meeting everyone there. What a great idea!

  • Dawnda

    Love this post – I received the book (thanks for dropping it off) and will start it shortly.