Being Brave by Being Bold

First things first. Speaking our dreams into the world is scary. It is one of the most vulnerable things we as humans can do and, often, we shrink back within ourselves, believing that life is safer by keeping our deepest desires close to our chest. Free from the speculation of others, the criticism of the crowd and the potential rejection of the world we so long to impact with our gifts, goals, and dreams.

Second, if you are anything like me, asking for help from others is terrifying. I’m a do-it-myself, I’ll-find-a-way kind of girl, so having to reach outside of myself to ask others to lend a hand feels not only unnatural but uncomfortable.

I am undeniably passionate about encouraging others to use their gifts and pursue their dreams. It just never occurred to me that others would be so willing to jump in on mine.

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Be confident in what you’re doing. If you’re not going to be confident, you might as well not be doing it.

Aretha Franklin

 

Grace for Myself

Confession: I’m not good at vacationing. You may read that and chuckle, or think that I’m being dramatic, but it’s true. I’m terrible at stepping away, powering down & taking a break. When it comes time for vacation, my perfectionist nature starts to freak out underneath the surface. “I can’t step away until everything is…

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If there is one thing I have learned in my years on this planet, it’s that the happiest and most fulfilled people are those who devoted themselves to something bigger and more profound than merely their self-interest.

John Glen

Passion and Purpose

What are you passionate about? We’ve all heard it time and time again: You will invest your time in your passions. Recently I’ve come to learn how my generation may be missing a key detail of what passion really means. When I think of what I’m passionate about – what fills me with purpose and excites…

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We get more joy out of the hard-fought unforeseen successes than we ever could from the ones that everyone saw coming.

One very wise stranger

Always Good

Today feels somber and heavy. Perhaps it’s the never-ending cold grey skies that have lingered too long and the rain that sweeps across the ground with an air of melancholy. Or the saddening news of a bill that was passed in the late hours of the evening that hurts and dismays educators. Or the canceling…

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On Autumn Leaves & Letting Go

“The trees are about to show us how lovely it is to let the dead things go.” -Anonymous It’s certainly Fall here around Kentucky, with foliage transforming into brilliant colors around every corner. The first few cold nights have rolled in around, and the trees have begun to shed their beautiful leaves. It always struck…

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Writing… Again

These words were originally penned on January 4th, scrawled onto a yellow legal pad as I felt the floodgates open and words begin to bubble up like a spring. Then fear, and false humility, and a little bit of arrogance kept them on the paper. With strong encouragement by those who absolutely know me best,…

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