What it means to be brave

I’m really excited to revive my guest post series today, because a) I somehow always get fabulous submissions like today’s and b) I’m crazed as hell and happy to occasionally let others do the content creation for me. Today, I share with you the lovely Ashley Wilhite of Your Super Awesome Life. She’s an ambitious entrepreneur, a talented writer, an insightful life coach, and a dedicated runner. (She just ran her first marathon last week!) And her post couldn’t be more fitting for what this space has been about lately, so I’m going to let her do the talking about being brave.
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Have you noticed when people say “You’re so brave,” what they don’t seem to notice is that you’re trembling inside?

They see you embarking on a solo vacation, sharing your story with others, asking for a raise, or doing some other monumental thing that they perceive as outside of their comfort zone.

But they can’t feel how your stomach is full of butterflies and your toes are tingling with fear. They can’t see that your palms are sweaty or that your mind is racing with anxious thoughts, questioning whether this a huge mistake.

That’s the thing about bravery, though. It feels like fear, but it looks like courage.

One of my favorite authors, Brene Brown, says, “You can’t get to courage without walking through vulnerability,” and that encapsulates it perfectly.

To everyone else, you appear confident, fearless, and heroic. But on the inside you feel nauseous, shaky, and hesitant. You feel vulnerable.

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When I think about what it means to be brave, I think about being afraid, but doing it anyway. I think of the times I wanted to quit because I was scared. I think of the moments when I didn’t know how it would end, but I kept going anyway.

I think of the months when I was floundering, trying to start my business. With a heart full of passion, ambition, and determination, I threw myself into this new adventure. I started before I felt ready. I jumped in before I knew how the chips would fall, before I had all the answers, and I figured it out along the way.

I think of the moment when I launched my newest program, Cake for Breakfast. I believed in the power of what I had created, but I was still scared to share it. It’s a vulnerable thing to put yourself and your work out there for other people to judge. Looking back, it was one of my bravest moments, but at the time I felt exposed and insecure.

I think of the day I ran my first marathon. I woke up knowing I would run 6.2 miles further than I had ever run before, but I didn’t know how I would make it through. I felt nervous, but I started on the course with the other runners, put one foot in front of the other, and kept going until I crossed the finish line.

Bravery isn’t a magic spell you cast upon yourself. It isn’t a matter of ignoring your feelings or never being afraid. It’s about trusting yourself, locking in on your faith in your ability to follow through. It means pushing through your fear and choosing to hold on to courage instead.

 

Your Super Awesome LifeAshley Wilhite is the founder of Your Super Awesome Life, where she coaches 20-something women and helps them figure out what the heck they want to do with their lives + find the confidence and courage to actually go through with it. She is a huge fan of hot pink nail polish, sparkly cupcakes, and only doing what feels good. You can find Ashley and get your free copy of her e-book “The 5 Things That Hold You Back From Living A Life You Love” here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Karaoke time in the season of lerv

Shockingly, it’s already been a month since LAST month’s Karaoke Ring of Death, and this month we’ve got a theme with tons of potential songs to sing, promising for a very interesting round indeed. We’re doing Love Songs/Anti-Love Songs for the month of February. That’s right– either one (or in some people’s cases, both)!

This month, I’m hosting Lorn from Czech You Later. This is Lorn’s first time participating in the KROD, and she’s chosen an Adam Sandler love song, straight out of the movie The Wedding Singer. It’s a sweet song, and Lorn and her special guest make it even sweeter!

Also, make sure you check out my passionate Steven Tyler impression at Alexandra’s blog at The Tsaritsa Sez. Chick’s awesome, so you’ll want to check out her blog anyway, but what was essentially my informal American Idol audition should be some added incentive for you.

Make sure you refresh Sara’s blog at Sara Swears A Lot for the updated master list of videos. Sara once again put KROD together for us all, so she’s the one you should be thanking for having your ears blessed with such melodies. Thank you, Miss Sara.

And finally– Lorn!

hey all… this is lorn from czech you later and i’m super thankful to my host cassie! this is my first foray into karaoke blogging, but i was pretty excited to participate after my friend jimmie (from tales of a traveling texan) posted her awesome video last month. although i was a little bummed to miss last month’s theme, there were still plenty of good choices for this one! i originally had wanted to choose “somebody kill me” from the wedding singer (so i could kinda combine jan and feb’s themes), but then i decided maybe something a little less crass was actually a good idea…. so i ended up with a different song from the movie! 🙂 (which incidentally is one of my favorite love songs of all time.) this month my sister is visiting me here in prague, so she’s making a guest appearance in the video. she did such a great job… i wish she could be here every month… anyway, hope you guys enjoy and be sure to stop by my blog to see the dazzling vocal stylings of the adorably funny bianca (bianca and the b-sides)!