As each January approaches, I become really energised and optimistic about the year ahead. I like to set goals and consider changes I can make to achieve the most out of the next 12 months.
This year started in just the same way and I was browsing through YouTube for videos on setting yourself up for a positive approach to the new year.
One video, or more specifically, one quote, really stuck with me. In one of MuchelleB‘s videos, she asked the question: ‘Did you choose courage over comfort today?‘.
I later learned all about Brené Brown, the origins of that quote and her incredible writing but right from that very moment something stuck with me. That’s how I wanted to live this year – and, to a greater extent, my life.
So I scribbled it down wherever I could and tried to remind myself of this motto as often as possible.
As we’ve reached the halfway point of 2019, I wanted to look back on the last 6 or 7 months and consider what I’ve done to live by this new idea.
Courage can come in many different shapes and sizes so what’s brave for me might not be for you, and vice versa, but here’s a rundown of what stands out for me personally!
Starting a blog
I’ve wanted to start a blog for AGES, and after a few failed attempts, I had become pretty good at talking myself out of the idea. However, at the beginning of this year I’d had enough and decided to just go for it – and I’m so glad I did!
Again, another bucket list idea that I thought I’d never get around to doing. I felt like this would be a huge accomplishment to really prove to myself that I was being courageous so I booked a flight, on my own, to Venice… and now I’m hooked on solo travel.
Seeing a therapist
After a not-so-great experience with my first therapist, I was a bit apprehensive about seeking another and decided just to work on myself, alone.
However, a recommendation came about and I decided to give it another go. I really clicked with my new therapist. It’s helped me to be way more open and accepting of myself – which can only be a good thing!
Meeting new people
Prior to making changes to work on my confidence, the idea of meeting new people was hellish. I’d be so nervous and expect the worst – and that’s not to say I don’t get nervous still but I’m much better able to ride out those jitters and actually look forward to meeting new people.
As a result I’ve been able to make new friends travelling, work on creative projects with people and plan for future adventures!
Doing a photoshoot
The awesome images in this blog post are by the lovely, talented Madison Brooke.
She reached out to me on Instagram about working together on a shoot and the old me would have run screaming from the idea. But hey – having courage means saying yes to cool things that might scare you!
I had a great evening chatting with Madison and she’s managed to capture some great photos in which I don’t look awkward – it’s magic!
Coming off medication
I’ve worked really hard on growing into the person that I both want to be and know I can be. It does take time and some tough work but one of the key things aims was to get a handle on my mental health.
By focusing on a whole range of things that play an important role in my life, I have been able to make changes that have lifted a weight off my shoulders and made me more self-assured.
As a result, I’ve recently come off medication for anxiety and I’m really happy that I feel in a good enough place to do so.
I’m excited to see what the next six months will bring and how I can keep challenging myself to choose courage over comfort.
How have you been brave this year? Share your thoughts in the comments!