Project: Dreamcatcher!

“Everyone has a dream. What’s your dream?”

Pretty Woman

Do you have a dream you’ve always wanted to pursue?

– Is there a fantastic vacation you’ve been dying to take?
– Do you want to become a proficient cook?
– Do you want to become good at a sport, like golf or tennis?
– Do you want to write a memoir, a screenplay, or a novel or be published somewhere?
– Do you want to act in a local play or production?
– Perhaps you want to learn how to upholster a couch? Learn how to sew?
– Do you want to become a beekeeper? Or raise your own chickens?

As women, we tend to put ourselves last. We also tend to listen more to naysayers, I believe. Or as Keanne put it: “The Dream killers.” But the good news is: women have a few secret weapons. What are they?

As I’ve seen in the past two years of blogging, we have:

1. A strong sense of community
2. Deep wells of supportiveness we can tap into at times.

Mel of Stirrup Queens pointed me to an article about how the movement around “Lean In” has shifted towards creating groups of women who can help each other in their career paths, and help them to attain leadership positions.

What if we created something similar here? What if we could HELP EACH OTHER to attain our dreams?

This is where Project: Dreamcatcher comes in. This will be a summer-long project dedicated to furthering our goals and making our dreams come true.

Are you interested?

I’ve had a dream for about a year. I want to stay focused on it and make it a reality. What is it? I will reveal it, next week!

Want to participate? All you need is a blog and a dream. You can take part as much or as little as you want. I will host a topic each week to try to help us better understand how to get to our dreams. Each week, I’ll assign you to watch one Ted Talks to help inspire you, make you think and to take steps and do the work needed to achieve your goal!

1. Week One:

Define your goal. Write a post announcing your goal. Watch this short (3 min) Ted Talk about a better way to set a goal: try something new for 30 days!

2. Week Two:

Define the steps necessary. Write a post announcing what steps you will take to make your goal a reality. Watch this Ted Talk about how following a video gaming model is a better way to accomplish goals.

3. Week Three:

Set up a goal schedule, with deadlines to help achieve your dream. Write a post detailing your schedule.

4. Week Four:

Start hitting your deadlines and doing the work needed. Write a post about detailing the work. Watch this Ted Talk about what motivates us and how to tackle an adventurous project.

5. Week Five:

Delve into the nitty gritty of the work you are doing. Does it feel like work? Watch this Ted Talk about the virtue of hard work from an Olympian athlete.

6. Week Six:

Avoiding the duldrums. Procrastinating is super easy when you are doing something that comes last. How do you avoid burnout? Watch this Ted Talks about WHY we procrastinate and what can we do about it…

7. Week Seven:

How to jumpstart your creativity, especially when you are feeling like a failure or have met too mcuh rejection? Watch this Ted Talk from Elizabeth Gilbert.

8. Week Eight:

Wrapping up: are you close to achieving your dream? Has the journey been worth it? What do you plan to do next?

Please note: you can jump in or out at any time. You don’t have to participate each week.

I hope to have people joining in!! And please, spread the word via Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. The more the merrier.

Finally, you don’t have to be a woman to join in 🙂 All are welcome!



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48 responses to “Project: Dreamcatcher!

  1. My dream is to marry Willy Wonka and move into the Chocolate Factory with him. then I can stop doing IVF as we would have hundreds of little Oompa Loompas. That is not too much to ask for. Actually, I’m a journo and live my working life around deadlines… the fewer deadlines in my personal life, the more relaxed I am!

  2. I love this idea. I’m not sure if I have something I want to focus on right now but I do love the idea.

  3. I think this is an awesome idea! I love it. I already wanted to spend the summer working on our back yard and that is a huge project that I haven’t figured out how to even think about tackling. This project will give me the impetus to figure out what I want to do and actually following through! Yay!

  4. This is an awesome idea and I will try to participate when I can. I always appreciate new ways to help motivate me to work towards my goals and hold me accountable. 🙂

  5. I love this! Now I have to figure out what my dream is!

  6. SRB

    DUDE. This is AWESOME. I’m going to give this serious thought and pick a lane. I need something like this to focus, rather than survive each day.

    • “…rather than surviving each day.” EXACTLY. That is exactly why I wanted to launch this: it’s so easy to get lost in the weeds. I can’t wait to hear what you come up with 🙂

  7. Terrific idea, and what a fabulous bundle of TED talks!

    Maybe my dream is to deliver a TED talk. Hmmmm…..

  8. I want to feel better about myself. I think I can work towards that.

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  11. I love the idea, but I need a goal. I’m going to try to participate!

  12. I am busy working on my dream of writing a book. 🙂 and anything else to make money so I can stay home with Nicky. I think that is my real dream and I am making it a reality.

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  14. This is very inspiring. I recently started a writing course and could do with some real goal setting since it’s distance learning and all up to me to keep the momentum going. I’m in, thanks for hosting. Also, now I’m really curious about your dream!

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  16. My goal for this “summer” (rainy season in Bogotá) is to make significant progress on my dissertation. I’d love to have something like 3-4 chapters drafted by … when is summer “over”?

    I’m in 🙂

  17. p.s. I can’t wait to find out what your secret project is!

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  20. I think this is a great idea (& I think I know what your dream is…) 😉 — not sure what my goal would be, but I find it generally inspiring to read about what others are doing. 🙂

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