Well hello there! It feels so good to be back here with you all.
I want to tell you about the really good, great news in my life. I am letting go of living small. Oh my, that even feels a little scary just typing it, because of course, as soon as I put it out there I do need to actually LIVE it!
So here goes, for the next 40 days (Lent for those of you who practice), I'll be doing something that SCARES me once a day. And what’s the best part? Maybe I’ll even do a little bit more, because that’s how we’re wired right? We get started and then, the momentum just keeps us going.
Today I'm planning to write a really tough letter to someone I need to forgive. This is a relationship that I have given away my power to over the years and allowed their story to overshadow my own. Definitely played the victim role in this one and I'm not proud of it, but I'm also unwilling to let it continue to happen. Rather than ignore this and pretend this relationship doesn't haunt me, I'm taking charge today. (I just hit the send button)! Woohoo! Here's to creating change, having the tough conversations and being the woman I know I CAN be, thanks by the grace of God.
After that, I'm planning to set into motion a week's worth of scary tasks.
Where did this idea come from? Well, truth be told, I can trace the idea from Donald Miller's Storyline Conference, to Bob Goff, to Jia Jiang and then back to our family tradition of Lent. Needless to say, after an truly inspiring weekend all about putting our lives and dreams into ACTION, when I thought about what to give up for Lent this year and I immediately recoiled at the idea of giving up my fear and comfort...I realized I just had to DO it.
The time has come to live large and take the risks that I've just been too afraid to take for one reason or another. Now I know that for my daughter, one scary thing might be picking up a spider...we'll see if that happens.
I wonder what scary looks like for you? Do you know? I wonder what gives you goosebumps or makes you think, oh anything but not that! I dare you to do it anything. Don’t get me wrong. Not recklessly. I dare you to mindfully approach your fears, look them in the eye and say “I’m no longer afraid of you.” The pain and discomfort of living small is no longer worth it. More importantly, I’m worth MORE. What might happen then?
Will you join me, encourage me, rally with me and nudge me over the next 40 days? I promise to show you exactly what scary looks like to me, and maybe, you'll get a few scary ideas yourself.
As someone brilliant coined in our online accountability group - I'd love for you all to hold me gracefully accountable. Will you do that for me?
Be well and most of all, be INSPIRED,
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