Tag: brave

Step Into the Fire (Pt. 1)

Today I did something way out of my comfort zone that I’ve envisioned doing for a while, but had been too scared to attempt. 

It was one of those things that I really wanted to do, but kept talking myself out of by mentally postponing it. “I’ll do that when I have more time/lose some weight/am stronger/blah blah blah.” You ever play that game with yourself? The one where fear wins and desire loses? Yeah. That game sucks!

Anyway- in my role as an empowerment expert, I am all about encouraging people to keep reaching for their big dreams by taking small steps forward. Being a little risky. Taking a leap.  Trusting yourself.  So how could I possibly keep holding myself back from just trying this one thing? 

Deep breath. Heart pounding. I had to go for it! I enlisted the help and skills of a trusted friend, we set a date, and I just freaking went for it.  

And OMG it was totally awesome!  

I’m exhilarated from the whole experience, and so glad that I stepped into the fire today. Because the truth is, if we don’t go through the fire, we can’t burn off the old beliefs that hold us down. 

So… What was my thing? More importantly- what is your thing?

Next Week: Step Into the Fire, Part 2

#MondayMantra In Full Color 

It’s hard to imagine a time when technology only allowed for broadcasting images in black & white.  Like Dorothy waking up in the Land of Oz, a wonderful and magical place where anything is possible, so too can we explore what it means to follow our heart’s desire and discover some amazing things along the way: Courage, Wisdom, and Love.

How strange then is it when we choose to hide our true colors and live a muted, toned down, restricted life?  How much more empowered would we be to face our fears and follow our hearts anyway?

Today, I want you to try this mantra as you take off the filters and live a more authentic life: “I will live today in full color.”

#FridayFeels Brave

It’s been the kind of week where I am questioning my every decision one minute to pushing my own limits the next. Question. Push. Question. Push. Mild panic. Deeper questions, push back harder. I have a message to share, and it equally emboldens me and terrifies me.

It’s the driving force behind my new health and wellness project, The Cocoon – Empowered Transformation, and the reason I have been videoing myself doing a series of workouts- even though I don’t have a model’s face, a trainer’s body, and a studio to produce high-quality videos. 

It’s just me, my message, and occasional photobombs from my cats. (Apparently they love it when I practice yoga.)

My message to myself, to other women, and ultimately to girls growing up in a world where enormous pressure to look a specific way in order to be valued is this: Bravely love yourself, exactly as you are.

  
In this photo, I was 30 lbs heavier than my “goal weight”. Even though at that point I had already dropped 50 lbs, I still didn’t feel “good enough”. What kind of nonsense is that?  What kind of pressure do we put on ourselves to look a certain way, and what kinds of horrible things do we say to ourselves when we don’t measure up? It’s crazy. It HAS to stop.

So, I will dig deep and pull on my big girl panties and bravely love myself- exactly as I am. I will be vulnerable and real and I will cheer you on and walk beside you as you learn to bravely love yourself, too.