A year of BRAVE

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.

Recently:

I applied for Becky Higgins’ Project Life Creative Team.
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I didn’t get it. Obviously.

But I tried. I carefully chose and re-photographed a small handful of layouts from the last couple years. I don’t remember what I wrote in my email, but I did my best to make clear my unique point of view and how my layouts are different than everyone else’s (I mean, HELLO! My husband is a recording engineer and he contributes photos and journaling to our PL book!).

Not good enough, apparently. Which is totally understandable. I haven’t looked at the work of all the new team, but I’m sure Becky had hundreds (or thousands) of applicants.

I’m excited to continue with Project Life in 2014. But it will be just for us, not for a creative team or other business commitment.

What BRAVE thing have you done recently?

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A year of BRAVE

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.

Recently:

I have been participating in Elise’s #mileaday challenge so far this month!

Mile a Day challengeTruth time:

First day I ran about half of it (including downhill right after leaving the house). My legs/shins/ankles were SORE for days afterward, so I just walked my miles.

BUT my little loop around my neighborhood is actually 1.3 miles so let’s just call it even?

I am not even a little bit athletic. Other than school-mandated Physical Education classes, I have never really worked out on a regular basis. I have gone on a hike here and there, but that’s really it. Making this tiny little commitment every day has been a 180-degree change from my usual computer-working, novel-reading, too-hot-in-the-house-to-clean life.

Are you doing Elise’s Mile A Day? How have you been BRAVE recently?

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Bravely being brave

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2013 has been my YEAR OF BRAVE. We have 2 months left in the year and I am more or less satisfied with how I’ve lived out the year, but I can’t imagine quitting being focused on BRAVE starting January 1. Can BRAVE be my One Little Word for the rest of my life?

My year of brave ….. So far some of the brave things I’ve done this year (in no particular order)

  • got all my ducks in a row to quit my day job
  • QUIT MY DAY JOB (the biggest goal of the last 3 years finally achieved!)
  • went camping with Andrew for the first time ever
  • applied to the official Project Life creative team for 2014
  • emailed several big big names for collaborative help on a couple different projects
  • made the definite decision to dissolve my photography business and quit (for now) my family blog
  • released my big big blogging ecourse that I’ve been planning for years
  • started rebuilding our backyard myself
  • started writing and doing the research for my second novel

… and lots of other small things.

I’m learning a lot about being brave. Small little bursts of courage, one after another, can lead to big changes. 2013 has been a fantastic year for both Andrew and me, all because we are committed to being brave.

I’ve loved having Kam go through a year of brave with me. I love having that accountability and constant reminder. And, honestly, having someone else expecting you to do brave things somehow makes each brave choice slightly less scary.

“Life shrinks and expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anaïs Nin

I’m excited to see what the rest of the year holds. I’m excited to see how I can bring being BRAVE into my choices next year. I’m excited to see what my BRAVE choices this year will develop into in the future. I’m really proud of what I have done so far this year.

If you want to have a YEAR OF BRAVE, check out some of these resources below:

How has your 2013 been so far? What are you proud of yourself for?

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A year of brave

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 Sunday (or so) I want to post 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.

Recently:

TREES  001I decided I’m going to trim back some our trees in the backyard. They’re totally out of control and hitting the house and will only get worse. But I kept putting off doing something about it because I don’t know anything about trees …

I’ve finally come around to the realization that I’m not going to break anything. I’m not going to kill the tree by doing it “wrong” … and really, even if I did, I’m not in love with the tree anyway.

So I put on my real shoes, climbed up there and with a handsaw just started cutting through the big thick branches that were growing against the house.

As of right now there is one more big branch I want to take down, and I’m almost done trimming down the already-cut branches (keeping the bigger pieces for firewood).

I feel like I’ve taken the first step toward making our backyard livable. Although there’s so (so so) much more to do, at least I’ve taken the first step.

(Andrew’s proud of me for doing manual labor, too :)  )

What BRAVE things have you done recently?

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A year of brave

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 Sunday (or so) I want to post 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.

Last week:

I went camping for the very first time as an adult.

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As I write this, I can still feel an ache in my back and legs from sleeping on the ground and hiking this past weekend and I’m contemplating my next BRAVE act this year.

Andrew and I went to Yosemite with Campfire Kam and her boyfriend to go camping for the weekend….. Andrew’s and my very first time camping together (even though we’ve been together for 12+ years). And my first time camping in probably 15+ years.

The aches in my calves and the scratches on Andrew’s leg …. Those are all just evidence of being brave. We could have just stayed home last weekend. We could have saved the gas money and done work around the house and then watched Netflix just like we always do. But instead, we decided to take a (teeny tiny) risk and go camping together. I lived unshowered for a few days (I love showers and my thin hair can’t handle not being clean). I hiked almost 4 miles (half of it uphill). I learned what is required to protect your food and campsite from bears.

All stuff outside of my comfort zone, so I count it as brave.

What BRAVE steps are you taking?

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One Little Word: July project

 

And I want to be sure to get as much out of my year (and this word) as I can …. so I signed up for Ali Edwards’ One Little Word class from Big Picture Classes.

July’s project for the class involved picking a random number of days, and noticing how your word entered your life (or didn’t) for those days.

Ali’s example involved post-it notes, but I decided to use the baseball card We R Memory Keepers page protectors I bought at the beginning of the year for the class.

Cut out the pieces of paper, taped them up on my wall with Freckled Fawn washi tape, and pulled down one card every few days throughout July.

They looked pretty up there, blank, though.

you can click through for a larger image….

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I actually took 4 of the cards to Colorado with me – I really loved having that small reminder to try new things even when we were on a more-or-less low key vacation.

I know it’s a little weird to have to turn the page to read the back of EACH card, but it doesn’t bother me a whole lot.

This page will go in my BRAVE 2013 book – where I am housing all my One Little Word projects AND my Find Your Voice projects this year, as well as a couple other things.

How’s your year going? Making BRAVE choices?

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A year of brave

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 Sunday (or so) I want to post 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.

RECENTLY:

Just because I haven’t been posting weekly, doesn’t mean I haven’t been making brave choices.

In fact, I was taking all kinds of BRAVE steps just to get ready for the BRAVEST thing I’ve ever done – quit my day job.

And now that that big BRAVE step is out of the way, I feel like every single thing I do is brave because of the context of living without that net of a bi-weekly paycheck …. But I also feel like nothing I’m doing is brave because it’s nothing compared to quitting my job.

I’ve been explaining my plan out loud. Not that I need to justify myself to anyone, but just having to explain all the parts and the plans and the yes-I-can-make-money-with-this is being very vulnerable.

I’ve had to make brave decisions and brave choices based on our new reality – Can I commit to a vacation in March? Will we be able to make enough money before then?

And on the totally opposite end of BRAVE – a couple weeks ago Andrew and I drove 16+ hours in one day. Over 1000 miles. Honestly, it was kind of scary to be reliant on our car for so long, so far from our comfort zone.

But it was so fun and I’m so glad we did.

What BRAVE things have you done lately?

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One Little Word: BRAVE mid-year

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So to encourage that I signed up for Ali Edwards’ One Little Word workshop.

As many of you know, I very recently quit my day job to be (mostly) self-employed – basically the BRAVEST thing I’ve ever done in my life.

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that June’s One Little Word project involved reflecting back on half of a year’s worth of focusing on your word.

For my June project, I made an 8×10 print of a photo of me taken on my very last day of the day job (from Persnickety Prints) and just included that across from my June worksheet (blank pdfs included in the course material).

 

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Please visit these other One Little Word participants also writing about their mid-year reflections:

Do you have a One Little Word this year?  How’s your mid-year progress?

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Julia Cameron

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george lois

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