Think about some of your biggest dreams. What goals do you hope to accomplish this year, next year, and even in the future? Maybe they have to do with making a sports team at school next year, meeting one of your favorite celebs this summer, getting into your top college choice one day or even traveling around the world when you get older! It’s fun to imagine the possibilities, right? Well, Camila Cabello thinks so, too! And even though it may seem like most of her biggest dreams have already come true, she tells J-14 that no matter what’s going on in her life, she’ll never stop dreaming about her future…and neither should you!

Camila says that dreaming about things is what keeps her going. “I have so many big dreams!” she opens up. “I think everyone should. I mean, it’s so important because then you have something to work towards — your dreams should motivate you!”

So what are some things on Camila’s list that she hopes to check off down the road? “Winning a Grammy would be cool!” she reveals. “I also want to move to New York one day, but I don’t know if I could handle the cold.”

While Camila says those two goals are constantly on her mind, neither one of them are actually her biggest dream. Instead, the singer says her biggest dream revolves around her family. “They’re worked extremely hard since coming here from Cuba and have always been there for me,” she explains. “They’re the ones who taught me what hard work is and that anything is possible, so it’d be incredible to to say ‘thank you’ to them in a big way for everything they’ve done for me.”

Camila tells us she’s thought about what she wants to do for her family for a long time and says she’s come up with the perfect plan. “I’d love to build a house for them one day!” she smiles. “That would be amazing to be able to do that. That’s my real dream!”

And she knows exactly how her mom will react when she does it. “My mom cries whenever I do something good, so she’ll tear up for sure,” she tells J-14. “It’ll be such a special moment and I know my sister will cry, too — especially if the house has some type of pool, because ever since we were little, we’ve wanted to live in a house with one.”

Although some haters may tell Camila that she’ll never be able to build her family a house, or even that her singing career will fail, she knows to ignore them. No one can get in the way of her dreams! “I’ve had people try to discourage me before,” she confesses to J-14. “It’s hard when someone tries to tell you that you can’t do something, but you can’t let them stand in your way.”

So if you’re facing people who are trying o block your dreams, Camila’s best advice is to keep pushing forward. “I think it’s always a really big character building point in a person’s life when they do something that they believe in despite what everybody else thinks,” she explains to J-14 exclusively.

“I think that’s the thing I’m most thankful for is that I’ve learned to think for myself, be myself, follow my passions and do what I believe in despite anybody else’s opinion, negativity, or criticism.” You go, girl!

Interview and story by Morgan McMurrin. “Camila Cabello: ‘I have so many big dreams!’” originally appeared in the July 2017 issue of J-14.

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