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Do what you are afraid to do.

“Always do what you are afraid to do.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

This simple, yet powerful quote resonates deeply. It is plastered on the front of my journal, a gift from one of my colleagues. It is the gift that keeps on giving.

Fear can be quite annoying!  In my life, I admit that I have let fear navigate my journey.  It infiltrates my ability to act, whether that means telling someone how I feel, or choosing what I do (or don’t do).  Fear is paralyzing.  It has greatly affected my relationships, decisions, and behaviors.

Most of my fear can be associated with how I perceive myself and the world around me. Perception is defined as “a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view.” Simply, perception is how we look at things. And after all these years, I have finally come to face the enormous power that perception has over my wellbeing.

I have a choice on how I perceive things. I can use a negative or positive lens. The choice is mine. When we choose to perceive things in its negative form, we lead with fear. When we choose to perceive things in a positive or hopeful form, we lead with love. Today, I choose love.

I’m hoping that if I work through some of my fears and choose to lead with love, then my mental state will improve and my overall wellbeing will flourish. So I will work to do the things I am afraid to do.

How? Every time I do something that I’m afraid to do, I will write it down on a strip of paper and put it in my “do what you’re afraid to do” mason jar!  Hopefully I will have this thing filled in no time!

Now off to find a mason jar…


Mary and Marissa will be facilitating a wellness and leadership retreat for high school girls Spring 2016.  This experience will cover topics of fear and love, along with other topics that will help each participant develop their voice in order to show the world who she is.  LEARN MORE!

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