Treat Your Dream Like Cyber Monday

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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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Celebrate Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday is a marketing term born on November 28, 2005 from a press release entitled, “Cyber Monday Quickly Becoming One of the Biggest Online Shopping Days of the Year”. This marketing ploy was a long shot that shouldn’t really have received any attention . . . except for some unknown reason, it did.

And the rest, as they say is history.

What does Cyber Monday have to do with dreaming big dreams?

Well, . . .

1. Showed Fearless ingenuity: went with a gut feeling about a marketing trend, bootstrapped off the idea of Black Friday and fearlessly launched the idea without looking back.

2. Seized the moment: recognized a trend, which was more and more people shifting to shopping online. They contemplated how to ride that trend.

3. Ignored negative feedback: They received both positive and negative publicity and ignored the nay-sayers.

4. Stayed with it over years: The name, along with the trend took about 3 seasons to really begin to gain legitimacy. and Cyber Monday teaches dreamers to . . .

1. Be fearless when going after your dream. Find a way to feel your fear and do it anyway. Take a chance. Take a risk. Do something bold.

2. Seize your moments. Don’t hesitate, don’t “think about it”, don’t second guess your dream.

3. Learn to ignore the people who tell you it can’t be done. Keep in mind what kind of feedback is useful (like people telling you how to fix a problem you are having) verses telling you to “just forget it”!

4. Give your dream time. Give your dream at least three years time. In 1987 when Jim Carrey was a struggling Canadian comic wrote himself a check for $10 million. He dated it Thanksgiving 1995 and added the notation, “for acting services rendered” and placed it in his wallet. It would take him 7 years to get there. Could you stick with your dream for 7 years?

As we roll into the holiday season I want to remind you to celebrate your traditions in spite of the economy, in spite of how things may appear. One of the best Christmas’ I ever had was when Brian was 3. I was recently divorced and lost half of my household furnishings. It was going to be a lean Christmas.

On Christmas Eve I stumbled upon an old box in my bedroom closet filled with all the gold and dark green balloons leftover from my wedding 5 years earlier. For some reason I started to blow them up. Since they were party balloons and intended for helium, they blew up into something resembling huge golden eggs and giant dark green Christmas lights.

Brian was fast asleep in his bed. I blew up one balloon after another – for hours – until my entire living room was a sea of gold and green balloons. They sat at about 2 feet high across the room.

In the morning, I awoke to hear Brian squealing with giggles as he opens his bedroom door and begins wading through the living room, completely buried in a sea of balloons. I ran out of my bedroom and began throwing balloons into the air and we got so lost in play that we completely forgot that it was Christmas morning. We had the best time, and to Brian – Santa was magic.

To date, it is one of my favorite Christmas memories.

These winter holidays are about cuddling through the cold with those we love and remembering how precious this gift of life is. It’s time to go after your dream. 2011 is coming fast . . . have you thought about making it your dream year?

Here’s to Cyber Monday dream lessons and holiday memories.

What is your favorite holiday story?


  • Heather Montgomery, CEO & serial entrepreneur

    Cath – thanks for the reminder that the relationships in our life are key.

    I am looking forward to lots of family this Christmas – those experiences always make the holidays memorable!

    Hugs – Heather

  • Remy,

    It’s amazing that some of our “less” commercialized Christmas’ end up being the ones we remember the most, especially if they bring to light simple pleasures.

    The bottom line is we are here, our children are healthy and we have the opportunity to make the day whatever we wish it to be. Sometimes we forget what a gift it is just to be alive.



    • Remy, Photographer & CEO of Cornerstone Creative

      and as we were having dinner last night, talking about our plans for the holidays – and how simple of a Christmas it was gonna be, he said, without looking up from his plate ” Mom, whatever we do, it will be great. You are the best mom ever – that is all that matters.”
      bwahhhh! xoxo Rem

  • Mariska

    I was worried!!! Your site was down for several days and dream was misspelled on your banner strip thing! Glad to see you are back and I can catch up on my favorite website!!! I am excited to see who your new bloggers are for 2011! -M

    • Yes, we experienced some technical difficulties in beefing up the back end for traffic – all is better now. Thanks for always checking on us!


  • Remy G

    My favorite holiday was the year my Brian was 5- we were living alone, and it was 79 degrees on Christmas eve. We put on our shorts and went to the park across the street and played all day – fed the ducks, skipped rocks, and had an ice cream. We kept telling each other how special it was that Santa ordered such a wonderful day for us! thanks for the reminder. xoxo Rem

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  • Ben

    Merry Christmas ladies. Keep dreaming!