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Scared Great

“Always do what you are afraid to do.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have spent most of my life paralyzed by fear, making choices based on what others would think, what I felt I was expected to do, and what I believed I could do perfectly. I rarely challenged myself to go outside of my “box” for fear of failure, criticism, rejection, … you name it. Well, yesterday, as I read my Facebook friend’s status, I realized her month of gratitude had come to a close. For the entire month of November, she posted a status each day of something she was grateful for. I thought it was an awesome idea and a real challenge. I mean, it’s a lot easier to gripe via Facebook than to be positive and find thirty things that you’re happy about, much less to commit to doing it publicly. So I thought to myself, “Hmmm… I wonder what can I commit to for a month.” Then I heard, “do it afraid.” The words of my dear friend—and fellow blogger—Danielle Navonne, rushed back to me from our conversation earlier that night. We had talked about how fear was keeping me from making major advances regarding my new children’s book. So, I decided last night that I will commit to facing my fears every day for one month.

For the entire month of December, I will push myself to do one thing each day that freaks me out, totally terrifies me, and pushes me forward, exposing the greatness within me. I am going to “scare myself great!”

Why don’t you join me? For the entire month of December, do something each day that you’ve been putting off because of fear—something that you know you should be doing, or have wanted to do, that will push you forward (not backwards ;)). This month just started so just do two things today, that terrify you and you’ll be caught up. 😉 Whether it is to join a meetup group for songwriters, sign up for that half marathon, finally say “hi” to the cute chick in your building, or pass out flyers to strangers for your upcoming book signing, do it.

I learned yesterday, as I walked up on strangers handing them flyers, that the stories we tell ourselves about what is going to happen when we put ourselves “out there” are typically far worse than what actually happens. The gas station attendant didn’t yell, “GET OUT OF HERE! NO SOLICITING!” and throw my flyers on the ground. She actually said, “Good for you! I’m glad to help. Put your flyers here on the counter, where people can see them.” Surprisingly, most people were very happy for me. I’m glad I overcame myself and did it.

Publicly outing myself about this on my blog was my challenge for today, although, I may do a few more terrifying things before I go to bed. (It’s a little addictive once you get going.) I think this will be great for you as it is already paying off for me. So, what will be your terrifying thing, today? Tell me below, how will you scare yourself great?

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No Apologies

The Creator designed each of us with different finger prints for a reason. It’s as if “He” was giving us ten constant reminders to be the individuals He created us to be. But we spend so much time trying to fit into a mold of who our friends want us to be, who our families want us to be, and what we believe society expects us to be. The reality is that self acceptance begins with… you guessed it, yourself. The only way to live a life of true joy and freedom is to be the real you, the person you were created to be, with no apologies.

Today, I created a design for a t-shirt that I have been fighting against creating for some time. I kept thinking to myself, “who am I to say this” and “who am I to think I can just create a word and expect it to become a movement?” People are going to be questioning my intelligence and saying to themselves, “That’s not even a word.” But today, I got up and said to myself “2012 is the year that I am unapologetically me.” I thought to myself as I was posting my design on my facebook page, “Beyonce’ created a word (“bootylicious”), Lil Wayne coined the term “bling bling” and Martin Lawrence has the whole globe saying, ‘You go, girl’, why can’t I say  “unapologetically me?” And with that thought, I decided to stop holding back. If I’m not willing to do me, how can I tell anyone else to do it?

So that’s the story behind this design. Of course, there’s a part of me that’s still a little self conscious about it, but the greater part of me wants to be free to do what’s on my heart regardless of people’s responses. I definitely hope you will like it, but more than that I hope you will embrace the message—that life is not about everyone else (in the sense of fitting in). Life is about being who you really are and sharing that great truth with the world around you.

This is my first big step into my new outlook for 2012. I resolve to make 2012 the year that I am me, with no apologies. How about you?

P.S. Here’s the tee. 🙂

"Unapologetically Me" Tee

Live life authentically, with no apologies.

 

 

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