Are You Robbing Yourself Of Happy Moments Too?

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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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Over the past three days I’ve hiked about 9 miles.  Besides being extremely stiff and sore, I am taken back by the mental chatter which transpired comedy_and_tragedy_masksin my head while I walked.  In my mind I would hear things like you should do this more often or why did you let yourself get this far out of shape or you used to walk this in half the time and so on in that scolding mother-like tone until suddenly I realized I was missing out on the beauty of the mountains surrounding me.  I was struck by the fact I wasn’t happy for myself  for showing up and hiking again.

Why do we do this?  It made me wonder about the reasons we rob ourselves of happy moments when life is so preciously short.

I had trouble finding a Sunday video tonight because I am still questioning why we allow these negative tapes to play in our heads and nothing in my search seemed to satisfy my questions.  We can be such great friends to other people, but not to ourselves.  How is it we can be great lovers to others, but not be an incredible lover to ourselves in return?

I finally settled on this TED video by John Francis, who for almost three decades has been a planet walker, traveling the globe by foot and sail with a message of environmental respect and responsibility and for 17 of those years he did this without speaking.

While doing all that walking, I wonder what thoughts went through his head –

No matter your thoughts – Keep on dreaming!


(This week Catherine worked on the marketing of this blog, hiked Spring Lake 3 days this week and meditated every day – in the mornings and evenings.  Catherine’s dream is to be a motivator, motivational speaker 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)

  • Kim

    I’m so proud of you for walking!! If I can ever get my butt up that early, I will join you.