still taking BRAVE steps

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Even though my “Year of BRAVE” is technically over, I still want to consciously make BRAVE steps. All the time.

Ali has talked about this with her own One Little Words – words from previous years stick with her. I am 100% finding that to be true. It’s hard to shake a whole year of developing a new habit and mindset. Especially when it has all worked out so brilliantly!

Making the brave choice is ALWAYS in the forefront of my mind. Always. Is it braver to say yes to an opportunity to expand my reach or to say no because of opportunity cost? Is it braver to attend a social function (because I’m an introvert) or to stay home and work on my novel (where I want to move my career)? These are the kind of questions I (repeatedly) filter through my BRAVE One Little Word AND now my NURTURE One Little Word.

For example … In the last couple months I:

  • filed the paperwork necessary to dissolved my photography business
  • filed the paperwork necessary to create my small online media business that will serve as the umbrella for several smaller sites.
  • spent money to join a group of writers (more on this later this month)
  • committed to writing a short story for an anthology (even though I haven’t written a short story since about… 2004).
  • registered a new URL for an author site (more on this and the above as I have news)
  • asked people to unsubscribe from an email list
  • braved Lowe’s by myself, looking like an idiot, trying to explain what I needed for a plumbing project even though I didn’t really know

…. and probably more little things here and there that I am not remembering because being BRAVE is so much more part of my life than it was a year ago.

Last year I spent a lot of time thinking and weighing options and really trying to figure out what works best for me. This year the decision-making is getting easier, but still scary as hell. I’m coming up on a year of being 95% self-employed and I still love it. Even though we have *far* less money than before. Even though I *still* only see Andrew an hour or 2 every other day.

Are you trying to take a BRAVE step? Trick your brain. Tell yourself it’s only temporary and you can always change things back.

Some of these ALSO fall under my NURTURE One Little Word. I’ll write about that soon!

What BRAVE steps have you taken lately?

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  • Nancy June 9, 2014 at 9:14 am edit

    I’m sure you didn’t look like an idiot at Lowe’s. They’re trained to help with things like that.

    I changed out my first faucet about 20 years ago. I’m not sure I’d do much more with plumbing than that because of the risk of water leaks, but I was proud of myself for doing it.

    Right now I’m trying to decide if I should apply for a new position where I work. Lots of pros and cons. I’m not too worried about whether I get it or not. If I don’t get it, then I can trust that it wasn’t in God’s plan. The big concern is what if I get it and it’s not what I thought it would be.

    Will the various evening/weekend hours cut into my personal life too much or should I stay in my current job longer since it gives me more freedom in my personal time?
    Will I be able to have a positive impact on the new people that I’m working with?
    Is it the best place for me to use my skills and talents or should I wait for something better/different?
    If I apply and don’t get the job, will it impact my relationship with my current boss?

    So I’m praying for wisdom on what to do.

    I don’t have too much trouble with the small “brave” steps, it’s those life/career-changing ones that are more difficult to know which direction to go.

    My sister says, “I wish God would just write it on a post-it note or something.” That would definitely make things easier. :-)

  • Manasa June 10, 2014 at 4:29 am edit

    Last year my husband and I took a brave step. We decided to uproot our happy and secure lives in the US to move closer to our families in India. It was a difficult decision; we weighed the pros and cons of staying and moving. Finally, we chose family over all the comforts in life.
    Living in India is a bit of a challenge. There are problems galore- traffic, pollution, population, corruption and sometimes the very families for which we chose to move. But the benefits of living so close to home have far outweighed the difficulties, for us and most importantly for our 2 kids. I’m glad we took that brave step.
    Every day is a test of our patience and strength and I choose to actively participate in our new adventure instead of letting the circumstances control me.


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