Will You Be Chasing Dreams At 91 Years Old? BMO’s #HelpGiven Story

*This blog post was sponsored by BMO but the opinions are completely my own based on my experience.


Dreams can come in any size, at any time and at any age. Whether you are a kid just starting to come up with ideas or 91 years old, everyone should be able to work towards and follow their dreams. Most of us at some point run into a bump in our path, and that is when a helping hand can help keep us on the way to our dreams.

Will You Be Chasing Dreams At 91 Years Old? BMO’s #HelpGiven Story

How long will you chase your dreams? This holiday season BMO is helping give a few special customers a hand up towards their dreams to keep them alive and moving. Check out Catherine’s lovely story, a 91-year-old woman who has a dream for a new beauty product. Her local BMO banker who is also a  friend is reaching out to give Catherine a special helping hand to help her reach her dream to see her product helping women put on their makeup in a way that is beautiful and mess free. Catherine describe’s BMO’s help as “the most exciting surprise of her entire life!” I hope when I am 91, I still have dreams and surprises that are the most exciting of my entire life.

My #HelpGiven Story

Have you ever had someone give you a helping hand? I know I have and I was so thankful when they did. My husband and I have moved around a bunch of times for his career. There have been several times when we have found ourselves living in an entirely new city without knowing a single person. This can be exciting as we explore new places, but can be difficult when the holidays come around.

The very first time my husband and I made a big move, we found ourselves alone for the holidays. We were chasing our dream as a couple but very lonely and also quite broke. I was trying to land my first real professional job in a very big city, and the days looking for a job were long and lonely. One of my husband’s coworkers also had no family close by and invited us over for the holiday. This may seem like a small gesture, but to us, the invite meant the world. We had been feeling very down missing home and had even considered moving back to where we had grown up.

During that holiday, we have never laughed so many times. Our new friends opened up to us and we had a lovely holiday. We stayed in that city for my husband to finish grad school, and then both couples moved on to the next big job. Over the next nine years, all four friends would continue to help support each other through many moves including one that was international. Despite no longer living in the same city, we still celebrate Christmas together every year. Had our new friends not been there to give a helping hand, my husband and I may have given up and moved back closer to home. Through the help of our friends, we were able to find the strength to explore many new places and meet many more good people.

Help does not always come where we expect it and the best help is not cookie cutter.  A helping hand is personal between the giver and the person in need and is led with the heart. BMO is helping to make some dreams for some special customers come true by reaching out a helping hand.

In the spirit of the holiday season, how have you given help to someone you know? Has anyone ever given you help in some way that was unforgettable? Leave me a comment and tell me your story!

Image Credit: Brett Sayer

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  6. This reminds me of the remark that my husband coworker told him. My husband is currently pursuing his masters at age 46. The guy told him what’s the purpose of getting a master’s at his age. I told my husband to tell him that education is never a late thing to pursue.

  7. I think it is never to late to chase your dreams. I have a friend who is going threw a hard time being a single Mom of four kids. Her five year old has Autism and is non verbal. I take her meals and watch the kids so she can get some time to herself.

  8. I hope I make it to 91, and yes of course still dreaming big. We see a lot of families come and go living in a military city. I have made so many friends and I hope we can continue to make more. We quickly become their family.

  9. When I was 18, I was in a new state where I didn’t know anyone and my husband and I were fishing for our dinner while wondering how we would afford putting gas in our car to get to work the next day since we had one more day until we were paid. A man pulled up and began fishing with us and without us saying a word about money he insisted my husband take $20 to take me out for a dinner because he enjoyed our company so much, we tried to give it back but he wouldn’t take it and he didn’t even know that we actually used it for gas. Now that we are much better off these days, I like to pay it forward!

  10. Very lovely program and a sweet story. We recently moved as well, and the first people we met invited us to their Christmas party as well. I thought it was very nice of them to include us and we were introduced to some new people that we ended up becoming friends with as well.

  11. Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    This was such a sweet story. I hope that at 91 I will be chasing my dreams still as well. I love that even with age, ambition never dies.

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