This blog post was sponsored by BMO Harris but the opinions are completely my own based on my experience.
When you wish upon a star…
You’ve probably heard the lyrics to this famous Disney song before, but for many of us, it can be hard to believe. We all have dreams and goals and a vision, but oftentimes, they can seem so far in the distance that they will never come to fruition. I, for one, have felt this way before. Growing up, I saw myself being a television personality with my own talk show ala Oprah Winfrey and Ricki Lake—I just knew that if I worked hard and mastered my craft, I would get there. But reality crept in, and that story was not meant to be.
I became a mother right out of high school, and because of it, I had to put my dreams on the back burner in order to provide for my son. Weeks turned into months and months turned into years, and my dream became one deferred. After losing my job just five years ago, I revisited my goal of wanting to be a media personality. I began working on my personal brand, TheCubicleChick.com, and out of it, came a realization of what I always wanted to do. It took over fifteen years to get to this point, but I learned that it is never too late to launch your dream.
Even if you are a late bloomer, anything can happen and anything is possible.
The same can be said of Catherine, a 91 year old BMO Harris banking customer who invented GlamorEyes, a cosmetic eye shield that helps women apply mascara and eye shadow without smearing and the mess of access color ruining your look. She invented this awesome makeup device when she was 81 years old, and had been working to bring her invention to households all over the world.
What if Catherine would’ve let her age stop her from launching her dream? We wouldn’t have her fabulous product, and she wouldn’t have been able to see her dream come to life. Catherine is a testament to hard work, determination, and working towards her dream despite any obstacles that may have come her way.
BMO Harris assisted Catherine by not only offering solid banking advice, but helped her create a professional video that she could use to show people what GlamorEyes is and how it can be an essential beauty tool for women across the globe. With this visual tool, she can share the awesomeness that is her product.
The #HelpGiven that Catherine received was invaluable.
Check out the video below to see Catherine’s story: (feed readers, click here to view the video)
In order to make our dreams a reality, it takes not only an incredible work ethic, but a helping hand or two (or three) is necessary. When you have people pulling you up, cheering you on, and working on your behalf towards a common goal, it can be a game changer. We all need these types of people in our corner who assist us behind the scenes so that we can thrive and grow and persevere.
When I was starting my business, my father was my silent partner and helped me a lot with branding and creating a voice that resonated with working parents. He also invested in me monetarily and paid for my hosting, outsourced graphics, business cards, and other branding materials that helped me stand out amongst other people in my genre. Without this help, I am not sure how I would’ve launched my platform and community, and I am truly grateful for his advice, investment, and sacrifice. He is no longer here with us, but his memory lives on through the people he helped when he was alive.
Let’s all make a pact to help and assist others reach their goals and dreams during the holiday season, and beyond. #HelpGiven is a way of life 365 days a year—it is never too late to launch your dream.