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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’s Sunday.  God I love Sundays.

Sundays are my day – my day to relax and do whatever I want.  The church I attend holds services from 8 in the morning through noon and then at 7 pm at night.  They are meditative services – quiet, peaceful – very different from the Catholic church I grew up in.  No pressure to go in the morning unless it is a beautiful, sunny day.  In the winter, it’s easier to go at night.

Sundays, I usually take a long walk with Boonie the terrier dog.

I pet the cat.  I wear socks outdoors.  I go bra-less and feel my boobs sag to my knees.  Who cares.  At least I have breasts big enough to fall.

I read.  I write.  I explore the Internet.  I dig in the garden.  I shower at 3pm sometimes.  Spend all day in my PJ’s.  I eat dark chocolate. I write bad poetry.  I don’t shave my legs. I don’t answer the phone.  I have breakfast for dinner.  I go through my wallet.

While glancing at the pennies in my coin purse (it’s Sunday so bite me) I notice Heather’s Christmas gift to me.  She gave me a Barnes and Nobles gift card to go buy the book the FabJob Guide to Become a Motivational Speaker.  It seems it isn’t a book they carry in stock, and it’s one she wants me to read.

I think it should come like the bed in a bag: motivational speaking in a purse.  Make it a Louis Vuitton with big straps to carry around all the crap I have to say.

I spent part of today looking through the Internet at this little ole dream of mine.

Do you know that if you Google “How to become a motivational speaker.” Google returns 1,530,000 hits for how to be a motivational speaker?  Where in the hell was Google when I was failing Calculus?

I was thinking of some of my favorite motivational speakers: Les Brown, Wayne Dyer, Rev. Dr. Edward Viljoen, and Phyllis Diller.  Yeah laugh.  I’m some combination of these people with a redhead’s attitude. Last year I came close to working for Marci Shimoff.  I was close, even before I worked through the exercises that lead me to thinking about this for a dream.  I Googled them all and thought about the times I saw them speak.

But . . .

What is my spin on this topic?  What could I talk about to a group of people that might actually have to sit and listen to me talk?  Many think I give great insights on raising kids.  Others think I always have the positive way to look at life’s problems.

Mostly… I laugh, drink red wine, dance and clean my bathroom in the nude when there’s a problem to solve.  These things will get you through anything in life – trust me.  Along with a nagging teenage son, good friends and a mother who really should be Jewish. (Yes mom I love you dearly).

Oh yes, and maybe throw in 7 friends and a club.

Oh OK . . . I have all that.

Never mind.

I’ll get back to working on my dream now.

Keep on dreaming –


(Catherine’s dream is to be a motivator and published writer. She is testing her theories on motivation with this blog and the seven other women who have volunteered to be a part of her dream project. Catherine also writes about her life as a mom at the blog A Week In The Life Of A Redhead. Someday, she would also like to be invited to speak at TED as the next Erma Bombeck Catherine usually writes the weekly motivation posts which are published late Sunday evenings for the following week)

  • My wife and you have a lot in common. I am going to tell her about your blog project. She likes to talk as well, and I think she could be a public speaker like you. This way she can “preach” to other people besides me. *grin*

  • Catherine

    Kim, you are so kind. I swear the world will be trying to send you to New York after reading your posts on this blog. For someone who claims not to be a writer … you sure have a style. I like the photos. I can’t wait for all of us to see you off on your grand adventure. I just hope airport security has forgotten about the time I … never mind.

  • Kim

    Catherine, I like to listen to you talk as well as read your stories, they’re both inspirational and entertaining!! You have the gift for sure. You can practice your speeches on me anytime….;) Kim.

  • Catherine, there is always someone out there willing to help and teach you: