Find Your Dream: How Catherine Hughes Polished My Travel Dream (Part 1 of 2)

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Dreamin’ ain’t easy, my friends. (Don’t let the breezy palm tree picture fool you.) Just ask any one here at 8 Women Dream. They’ll tell you. Dreaming sucks–sometimes. It’s not all pool-side hammocks and wishing upon stars on a white-sand beach. Dreaming, and for me, travel dreaming, requires work.


It requires (brutal) honesty. You have to be clear with yourself if you are really doing something that you are passionate about–or if you are dreaming the dreams others expect you to do. You have to look at yourself in the proverbial mirror and ask those lame questions everyone dreads in a job interview:

“What are your greatest strengths? Your biggest weaknesses?”

“What can you be the best in the world at doing?”

And finally, “Do you really want this?” (This one usually comes after the job interview is over and the analysis kicks in.)

Part of dreaming is like going to this nerve-wrecking job interview with yourself over and over again. “OK, self, what skills can you bring to this dream? Why are you the best person for this dream?” This is all, of course, if you really want to live out your dream–and why not? We all deserve to live our dreams. Just make sure it’s the right dream for you.

That’s what I have learned in blogging here over the past year: I have to be honest about what dream is the best fit for me.

What dream is going to keep me up all night, make me lose track of time when I’m involved in it and not feel like it’s hard work? That’s what I have to find. And with the help of Cath Hughes, 8 Women Dream creator, I found it. I finally found a dream to pursue–hooray! It sounds cheesy, but I am being honest with you. I struggled with dreaming this past year.

I am finally OK admitting this, because I think more women need to hear it.

It’s OK to mess up.

It’s OK to get off track.

It’s OK to not have a clear direction.

We all tend to over-promise from time to time. Our digital lives make it really easy for us to post glamorous photos of lives we all might not lead. (Ever seen someone not looking their best in a Facebook profile pic? Exactly. We always see the smiling sunset shots of people on tropical islands, but we never see their rainy days.) If we don’t talk about the rainy days, then we are not being honest to you and to ourselves.

I promise I won’t lead you, or this post, into a Seattle fog, but I wanted to be upfront with my travel dream journey. So if you are up for starting with a fresh slate, we can live this travel dream together.

“So what is this new travel dream for 2012?” you ask.

You’ll have to check back later today when I reveal the second part of this post: My 2012 Travel Dream.

See you then!


  • Katie

    It’s all so great to hear, Cath!

  • This is so true Katie, “It’s OK to mess up. It’s OK to get off track. It’s OK to not have a clear direction.” I think this is the true dream process.

    Because you grow and change, and that growth/change brings with it a different perspective.

    As I told you on the phone, 8 Women Dream has completely changed since we started in in Heather’s dining room in 2008. What started as a local group of women expanded into the bay area and then across the U.S. We’ve become popular on the Internet and directed our dream stories to helping others understand the dream process and helping them along with achieving our dreams.

    We’ve come to share our highs and lows, roadblocks along the way. We raised our standards and worked hard at providing content that people will enjoy reading. It has been a process and now 8 Women Dream looks nothing like it did — even from 2009 & 2010.

    There are many paths to finding your dream and making it come true … and you’ve just started your journey and you will have so much to share.

    I can’t wait.