I Challenge Us To Step Over Our Obstacles and Keep On Dreaming

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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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Merriam Webster defines the word leader as something for guiding fish into a trap.  Really.  When the other 7 women of 8 Women Dream first started down this blogging – chase our dreams – show up for your dream – come on I really mean it – show up for your dream project of mine you would have thought I was dragging them into the killer whales mouth.

Death was eminent.hanging on to your dreams

It was my fault.

Shoot me.

I am happy to now report that I think most of them finally see me as the cheerleader behind their dreams.  I believe in them.  I believe in their dreams and the positive power having a dream can have on our lives.

There will be no death of their dreams on my watch.

But to say this dream process is easy – or a slam dunk for any of us is an understatement.  Sometimes life can get in the way.  There can be money issues, job problems, illness, marital problems, kids, divorces, non-supporting family and all the speed bumps which appear on the road of life.  Many of us dreamers have experienced some (or even several at once) of these bumps while working on our dreams.

Maybe this is how it is suppose to be.

You might be surprised to learn that for some dreamers homelessness has been associated with the chasing of their dreams.  These people include Hillary Swank, Charlie Chaplin, Jim Carrey and David Letterman.  Some even experienced homelessness with their families, yet still held on to their dream. Daniel Craig (007) reportedly slept on a park bench in London when struggling as an actor.  Debbie Reynolds lived in her Cadillac for a while after divorcing Harry Karl.


It’s also here in the land of dreaming – Michael Jordan was cut from his High School varsity basketball team his sophomore year in high school. Dr. Seuss first published book was rejected by 27 publishers. The Beatles were rejected by the Decca Recording Company who said, “We don’t like their sound and guitar music is on the way out.”


This person had to work to support his family after they were forced out of their home; His mother died; He failed in business;  He was defeated for legislature; He lost his job and couldn’t get into law school; He declared bankruptcy, and spent the next 17 years of his life paying off the money; He borrowed from friends to start his business; He was defeated for legislature again; He was engaged to be married, but his sweetheart died and his heart was broken; He had a nervous breakdown and spent the next six months in bed; He was defeated in becoming the speaker of the state legislature; He was defeated in becoming elector; He was defeated for Congress then defeated for Congress then was defeated for Congress again; He was rejected for the job of Land Officer in his home state; He was defeated for Senate; He was defeated for Vice-President; He was defeated for Senate for the third time …

And then, this man, Abraham Lincoln was elected President of the United States.

Maybe the dream is also about the story.

Steve Young thinks so and wrote the book Great Failures of the Extremely Successful: Mistakes, Adversity, Failure and Other Stepping Stones to Success who himself failed college four times; discharged from the army after three months; divorced; fired from 23 jobs in one summer; failed businessman; losing contestant on The Dating Game; dropped from four literary agencies; and received hundreds of  film, television and book rejections.

We should celebrate our obstacles, fears, doubts and exhaustion.  Success may be just a day away.

And look on the bright side – I’m not living in a car with my ex and my son – sleeping in the passenger side.

Step over your obstacles and keep on dreaming.


(This week Catherine worked on continuing to clean up her posts on A Week In The Life of A Redhead,  hiked Spring Lake 1 day this past week, walked her neighborhood every morning and ate healthy dinners. Catherine is in the process of transferring her Toastmasters meeting to a closer location & group.  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.  Catherine posts on Friday afternoons and writes the weekly motivation posts which are publish late Sunday evenings for the following week.)

  • Catherine

    I do this for all of you for all of the reasons in your comments – and I go to sleep at night happy because I have helped you.

  • Danelle, the equestrian

    Wow! So many comments, so many happy people you’re making. Thanks for the post. Its good to know that the speed bumps on my dream road are part of the whole thing. I think the dream is about the story; sort of like, “its not the destination but the journey”.

  • colleen

    I love how when we call to the Universe to send likeminded, motivational, inspirational souls to us, to provide us with what we need right now, the Universe listens and obliges. And here I find myself. You have no idea how much I need to be here, absorbing and reflecting on your words tonight. Thank you. Thank you.


  • Kim

    I mean I’m inspired to be more…yeah you get it.

  • Kim

    You are a positive, uplifting, beautiful person, and I inspire to be more like you. Keep up the great work!

  • Wendy

    Great post and thank you for being such a positive dedicated leader! Julie and Julia was just what the doctor ordered and the meeting with the group at the winery was magical. Beautiful setting and great company!

  • I think you’d be a great motivational speaker. I actually think you, as a part of this project, already are!

  • Inspirational story! Thanks for sharing! You need to come to Canada.