Brave or Not Too Brave?

I had a moment of self-doubt recently. I found myself thinking, “BraveGirlArise, ha! Who am I kidding? I’m not brave.”

So, I decided to evaluate my year. Had I really been brave?

As I reflected on the things I did this year, I realized I AM BraveGirlArise. I have done brave things this year.

For starters, I started this blog. I put myself out there, writing from my heart. There have been some subjects that took some guts for me to write about. I have admitted my own struggles in hopes of helping others realize they are not alone. Whether two people read my posts, or two hundred, doesn’t matter as long as it helps someone. I started a blog this year, and I love it!

I said good-bye to things, many things. My husband and I started minimalizing our household. It was quite a struggle for me. I’m a very sentimental girl. I had so many keepsakes, like boxes and boxes of keepsakes. I made a lot of progress letting go of things this year, and I look forward to continuing to work on it next year.

I wrote a book and started my own publishing company. My book is no longer for sale, as it was causing complications I had not intended for it to cause. However, I still published my own book, and I have other books I want to write and publish. Now I know I’m capable of doing that.

I started my journey with essential oils, and they are changing my life. I decided to jump right in and begin replacing toxins in my home with natural products and oils. I had looked into essential oils for several years, but I kept putting off using them. I am so glad I finally decided to try them.

I changed jobs this year. I had to step out of my comfort zone for that. I had to learn new things and meet new people, and it has been a blessing.

I made a lot of new friends this year, through my blog, my new job, and through using oils. I have talked to others across this country and even a few in other countries. I have learned to speak up and connect with others.

I became brave enough to say NO this year. I learned to say no to opportunities that did not fit me. I’ve said no to doing things just because others think that is what I should be doing. I’ve said no to explaining myself when it’s not necessary or beneficial.

I became braver in setting goals and dreaming big. I used to think I had to “keep it real” and set “achievable” goals based on my current circumstances. Now I know I can dream big. I can expect better and bigger things to happen in my life. And the bigger I dream, the more likely I am to achieve bigger goals.

BraveGirlArise? Yep. That’s me. That’s who I have become.

I’m so very grateful for the growth I have experienced this year. I am also grateful to all who have helped me grow this year, including you, reading this right now. Thank you!

Be brave!

Be blessed!





Author: Ashley

Midwest girl. Enjoying life with my husband.