For the past couple of years, I have been trying to be very reflective of my life; analyzing what has worked, what hasn't worked, and making course corrections along the way. And each year, I assign myself a new word. In the past, I have kept my word to myself. Perhaps out of fear of judgement, fear of ridicule, fear of failure. And as 2016 rolled in, I again assigned myself a new word. Only this time, I want to share my special word with all of you. Because, as I looked back, I realized that the reason I never shared carried a common theme................ "fear."
: to be afraid of (something or someone)
: to expect or worry about (something bad or unpleasant)
: to be afraid and worried
It only seems fitting that this year, 2016, I chose FEARLESS as my word to lead the way. According to Webster's dictionary, the definition of fearless is " not afraid. very brave." Friends, let me tell you now...that is anything but true for me. I often times find myself paralyzed by fear, to the point of struggling to get out of bed some days. But the difference is that this year, I am moving forward, despite my fear. And to me anyway, that counts as being fearless. In two short months, I have quit two very secure dental hygiene positions, networked with more wedding professionals than I did all of 2015, hosted a wedding photography giveaway, doubled the amount of wedding bookings and second shooting positions from last year, and I wrote this (very scary) blog post. Let me be honest with you friends. I have been so very afraid every step of the way. But I keep reminding myself that it is okay to be afraid. God and the universe are taking care of me, and that gives me the space and the confidence to be fearless despite the fear. There will be good days, and there will be bad days. But each day I find strength in my word. FEARLESS.
I welcome all of you to share in the journey with me. It is one hell of a ride.
What about you friends? Do you have a word for 2016? What is it? What are your struggles? What are your strengths? You are not alone! We are in this together :D