What Every Woman Ought To Know About Emotions

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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 I tried to buy the 2009 Writer’s Market, but Barnes and Nobles were sold out, along with every other book I wanted.  I purchased a pedometer and a calendar of Ireland (another dream).

I posted on my own personal blog at A Week In The Life Of A Redhead, and could tell I haven’t been writing much these past three months.  I tweaked this blog and nagged the team when it was their time to post.  Did I actually do anything related to becoming a motivational writer and speaker?

Yes. Don’t faint.

I’ve been thinking about what gets in the way of many women.  What is often our greatest asset and our biggest detriment: emotions.  Emotions misdirected can take us down a dark path toward pup tents, Near Beer and a guy you swore you’d never talk to again. Really.

I’m getting an idea that strong emotions, fueled in the right direction, towards the right idea, can catapult us to greatness.  While strong emotions flamed in the wrong direction can decimate everything in our path, causing us to wake up one day and ask: How in the hell did I get here?

Before I was diagnosed with Hashimotos Disease and ultimately succumbed to Hypothyroidism I went through a long period of thinking I was going slowly crazy,  My hair was falling out,  I was cold,  I was exhausted (but not tired) and my mind raced a thousand thoughts a second – not all of them good.

Luckily, I was fortunate enough to recognize the emotions I was having were not innately who I really am.  This knowledge propelled me to push my doctors for an answer.  The answer was that I was sick.

The right thyroid meds cleared up many of my symptoms and quieted the negative, racing thoughts.  There is a saying among thyroid patients called “Thyroid Thinking.”   It’s the name we give the thoughts we know are the low functioning thyroid talking – not who we really are.

Knowing this about my thyroid (and my feelings) gave me the ability to change my thoughts.  Knowledge is power.  Now … I’m not just a crazy redhead anymore.  I’m a crazy redhead with an excuse.  But seriously, I know what to do when negative thoughts appear and how to shake them.

This week I pondered what could happen if we steered our emotions (even if negative) in a direction which creates a positive outcome.  What if our emotions are actually attempting to tell us valuable information about the state of our health and whether or not we are doing the right thing?  If emotions are our fuel, then fuel can be used to fly a jet or set off an explosion.

It’s what we do with the fuel that makes it safe – or not.

Vincent Van Gogh once said, “Let’s not forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our lives and we obey them without realizing it.”

What if we began to realize it?

In the meantime, I swear I won’t be drinking any Near Beer.

Keep on dreaming –


  • Careful Red, Van Gogh also said, “I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.”