A year of BRAVE

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A year of brave

This year I’m going to be BRAVE.

Sometimes BRAVE means doing something brand new, sometimes it means doing that thing you’ve been putting off for months.

Every so often I have been posting about something BRAVE-ish I’ve done recently – to keep myself accountable to actually DO something AND to remind you being brave is not always lion taming and hang-gliding. There’s a lot of little BRAVE things I’ve been doing along the way too.

Making 2013 my YEAR OF BRAVE has been genuinely life-changing for me.


I have been writing beyond by ability.office  002

I had this idea for a novel that I would totally love to read. I’ve been thinking about it for the last year or so, and in (around) October I started writing it.

And I don’t think I can do this. I don’t know if I can do this. I think the concept+execution is beyond my skill level and is slightly too ambitious for me.

I can’t do this, but I’m doing it anyway.

I KNOW this draft is crap, but I’m going to finish it. I KNOW I may have to scrap the whole thing, but I’m going to finish it. I KNOW that this whole project is beyond my writing skill level, but I’m going to finish it.

I don’t know what will happen after I finish this first draft. I may try to revise it. I may just put it aside.

We’ll see. But I’m going to BE BRAVE and finish this first draft. It could be a failure. It could be a “learning experience” …. it could just be the very first baby step of something super awesome. We’ll see.

What BRAVE thing have you done recently?

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  • barbara eads December 22, 2013 at 4:45 am edit

    Good for you! I don’t think it matters one bit the results of your book, just that you are doing it! Do keep us posted.

  • Kim December 22, 2013 at 10:28 am edit

    That is awesome! Congratulations on starting something so big and wonderful – good luck and have fun with it! :)

    My big brave? I just finished a stint of therapy, something I’d never done before that was way out of my comfort zone, to help with a Big Conversation (that comes as a result of a big load of crap that I’ve been dealing with for a long time now) that I need to have in the new year. That conversation will require a lot of bravery on my part too, but I don’t dread it quite as much as I did before, nor am I as scared of it, or its recipient, as I was. It’s pretty exciting to do big things like that. Big time confidence builder.

  • kat December 27, 2013 at 5:25 pm edit

    This is super inspiring. I appreciate posts like this that are honest because so much of being creative is being brave enough to fail. If you aren’t brace enough to fail, you will never reach your full potential in any creative endeavor and that’s the hardest part! Thank you for sharing your brave journey!


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