How To Dream Against All Odds

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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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I am sometimes disconcerted by how quickly time passes.  Yesterday I am in college, then *blink* I am 48 years old.  Yesterday my son is cooing in my arms, then *blink* he’s asking me to drop him and his teenage friends off at the movies. I was lost for far too many years searching for a way back to the person I was before my dad died.  But the truth is: we can’t go back.

I stopped dreaming big in 1983 when I decided it was time to go to work full-time and get on with life.  I left college to be a full time wedding consultant.  It paid the bills.  It wasn’t until I held my son Brian in my arms for the first time did I feel the joy of a cherished ream come true.  I tried for five long years to get pregnant and finally the universe heard the ache in my heart and blessed me with a pregnancy.  I wanted a boy more than anything, and being twice blessed, I delivered a boy.

Ever since that moment I have become a different person.  I now view the world through a child’s eye.  It is said that making the decision to have a child is momentous.  It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.  Since my heart is already out there walking around vulnerable to the world, hell, then why not go after a dream?

Besides after birthing a child with a Charlie Brown head, everything else is a cake-walk.

I am lucky these days to work in an inspired environment with uber-creative people.  There are moments where Heather and I do nothing but discuss big ideas and share innovative books to read.  The possibilities seem restrictive only by time – not ability.  It is from these discussions that 8 Women Dream was born.

We were deep in discussing Timothy Ferris’ book, The Four Hour Work Week when I began talking about the idea of bringing a group of women together for the sole purpose of changing our lives by going after something fulfilling – and possibly against our norm.  So here we are.  The odds say that only 20% will see this project through to fruition.  The stats predict only two of us will succeed.  I certainly want to break the odds and see all of us achieve something substantial.

I was thinking about this and my original conversation with Heather this weekend, when I came across the following at The Do Lectures website:

It seems Timothy Ferris is singing our song.

I believe we can do it.

Brian does too.

Until next time-


(Catherine’s dream is to be a motivator, motivational speaker and published writer)