Author Catherine Hughes

Be a success by sharing your dream and talents online!

Last updated on January 22, 2015
Author Catherine Hughes
I was raised with the belief that “the good life” was all about finding a secure job, the right house, the perfect man, then life would be great.

I tried.

The universe had other plans.

Every “secure” company that I worked for completely vanished in the first few years.

I swear it wasn’t me.

The right house disappeared after the divorce from the not-so-perfect man (he was human) and life as a single mom wasn’t so great, especially when each company you found closed within 2 years.

Frustrated, I decided to go back to the beginning. I began to explore all the activities I loved as a kid through age 30.

One day I remembered how much I loved managing my high school newspaper and directing dance recitals in my living room from the age of 3.  I pondered if there was a way that I could combine my love of performing and my love of publishing into a paying career.

We’ve all heard the saying, “Do what you love and the money will follow,” but how many of us really believe it when we hear it?  I decided to test this theory by bringing more “play” into my life to experiment with creating adult versions of what I loved doing as a child.

Author Catherine Hughes' 3-speed Betty Beach Cruiser Bike

I found out that I love riding a three-speed retro bike without a bike helmet and hopscotch can be fun if you play for real jewelry.

Gardening feeds my soul and laughter is my best medicine. Dancing calms my spirit, reading makes me think and Toastmasters cures my need to perform in front of people.

Gardening fuels my dreams - my new blue garden bench

But the most important aspect was that I fell in love with running an online publication (called “A Week In The Life of a Redhead) – just like I once loved assembling the high school newspaper.

And I took that newspaper from running in the red to running in the black with advertising sales and I began to wonder if I could make money blogging.  I have left the corporate world and I now live the life of an entrepreneur and freelancer.

I love it.

I started the 8 Women Dream blog to teach what I have discovered about doing what makes you happy and making money online.  I encourage you to take a chance on yourself and play at what you love. In Sept. 2008 I formed this group online.

I have a belief that if we help other people acquire their fondest dreams, then our own dreams come true in the process.

If you don’t believe that play is an important part of the dream process, then I invite you to watch this TED video –

My dream story day is Sunday evening.

But I’ve been known to fill in when a dreamer needs some time off from writing.  I’m a workaholic, so I’m always looking for a reason to write a story and post it on 8 Women Dream.

I am open to your feedback about how we can improve the site and your experiences on 8 Women Dream.  Here at 8 Women Dream, we don’t strive to be perfect. We strive for happiness. But if you find a typo, we’d love for you to tell us. We can all use more help with our dreams.

You can email me at catherine(at)8womendream(dot)com with your thoughts.

Catherine Hughes

Here is a collection of some of my dream stories here on 8 Women Dream —

  • Interview With Kelly Swanson Motivational Speaker NextFem Podcast Features Kelly Swanson Motivational Speaker I had the pleasure of being interviewed on the NextFem podcast with Tara Padua. The topic was harnessing the power of story. It includes a little of the personal side to what I do and how I got here. It feels like the perfect thing to share with my ...
  • One Easy Way To Get More Professional Speaking Gigs Having a hard time getting more bookings in professional speaking? Just like it takes money to make money, it takes bookings to get more bookings.  But all you need is one and you have an easy way to get more. How? LEVERAGE. This means that you try to use that one booking as leverage to get more.  Here are ...
  • Why Most Motivational Speakers Fail At This Job Why So Many Motivational Speakers Are Broke Out of the hundreds of speakers I have met in my life, it amazes me how many are unable to sustain a financially viable business. In short, they’re broke.  I feel their pain. I remember those years when I didn’t make any money. There were more years than I’d ...
  • Finding Happiness When A Dream is Delayed I have been an overachiever for as long as I can remember (since birth, I think!). So when a dream takes longer to manifest than what I’ve hoped or anticipated, it can be challenging. I’m used to setting goals and making things happen! And my favorite speed is the speed of light. I like to manifest things ...
  • 9 Reasons Why It Is Hard To Dream Big Doing what you love, and dreaming big, is well, complicated. How do we trust what we are going after will be something in the end that we really want? How do we know it’s the right dream? And why is is so hard for some of us to find out what it is we dream of doing? Why ...
  • Advice To Dreamers Feeling Demotivated What is it then that causes dreamers to slowly begin to drift away from their dreams like a boat set adrift without an anchor?  I read somewhere once that motivation is hard – failure is easy. But maybe it is a built in mechanism carried over from our cave-women days to protect us and keep us ...
  • How to have a Positive Mental Attitude About your Big Dream Do you struggle with taking real steps towards making your dreams come true? Do you start to work on your dream, then give up as soon as it becomes difficult? Successful dreaming is being clear about exactly what we want–right down to the look and feel of it and this process requires that we eradicate any negative thoughts that ...
  • Don’t Envy the Dream — Live One I received nine phone calls from her today, a low for our average day spent answering questions and sharing memories. Three years ago, I was told she would only live six months to a year. She’s a stubborn depression-era survivor and a retired registered nurse who has outlived two husbands. Doctors be-damned. These past three years have ...
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Catherine Hughes, Be an Online Success

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.
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