How I Stay On Track With My Dream

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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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Creating Drema BoardsJust being open to the idea of change is a big step for many.

For me, once I formulated the idea of my dream I decided to remove my focus from any major thought which brings up fear, worry, concern, anxiety, stress etc and keep it off by flipping my brain chatter to something I am grateful about.

I am often amused by the imaginary fences we build around our hearts.  But then I’m tired of that old dog pen.  There is much love in my life, so it’s easy for me to be grateful.

Especially from my son, Brian.

Gratitude sets the tone for my thoughts and allows me the clarity to come up with simple ideas about my dream. It puts me in a place where I can allow myself the space to be open to my dream without fear tapping me on the shoulder.

The next step for me is believing my dream is attainable.Dream board food

I must believe that I can achieve it in order to avoid any disappointment and loss of motivation because I set up an unrealistic dream.

This is where the exercise for remembering the things you loved doing as a kid brings a clarity about what fulfills our soul. If we set our expectations too high for ourselves (at an unreasonable level beyond where we see ourselves) based on something that doesn’t bring us joy, then we set ourselves up for failure. Some even call this the “peril of perfectionism”.

One way to avoid a possible crash and burn is to focus on the process rather than the destination.

If we only focus on being the perfect [insert your dream here], then we are focusing on the end-result and most likely losing all enjoyment of the activities that go into being [insert your dream here].

Walk around the parkThis blog is our attempt to enjoy the process, and have some fun along the way. ARE WE HAVING ANY FUN YET? But who knows, maybe the people reading this will think “Wow, if that nutty redhead and her group did that, then [insert your dream here] should be a walk in the park for me!” 

My first dream assignment this week is to attend a Toastmasters Meeting before the next 8 Women Dream gathering in February.

As it turns out, there’s one at my church every Tuesday from 11:30 to 1:00.

I got up this morning and went for a three mile hike at Annadel State Park, which is something I used to do every day, then stopped.

It was so beautiful. I wondered why I let this habit go.

Dreaming has it’s benefits.

Keep on dreaming –


  • Kim

    You’re a natural motivator for us all, and hopefully you’ll get motivation from the group for you.

  • The biggest obstacles to success are often self-imposed negative thoughts and habits, which can lead to dissatisfaction with your job, minimized self-worth, and feelings of a lack of control. Fortunately, you can change these negative thoughts and habits just like anything else that doesn’t work, but you must decide to make the change, which is exactly what you are doing. When you practice stopping negative thinking and habits that don’t work and decide on a new direction, you can regain your sense of satisfaction and reach new levels of success in your life. Best of luck with your dream Catherine.

  • I love Spring Lake too!