Leaping with your Fear!

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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Change exhilarates and awakens, takes us to dizzying heights, yet like most of you, it terrifies me. The natural essayist and thinker John Burroughs is widely credited with the quote: “Leap and the net will appear.” For years now, as I grapple with my own trepidation in various situations these words linger.

Sure. I imagine myself courageous, defiantly embarking on novel journeys and excursions, only to hear the mutterings of fear and self doubt. How can you leap? Where will you go?

As I confront these concepts, a central truth emerges. Wait. Leaping is not the absence of fear, but the will to live within it, unchained. One is always fearful, hesitant, cautious, but the authentically courageous embrace fear. It propels them forward.

Go ahead. Leap with fear. What you discover on the other side could transform your perspective, your world.

Are You Moving but Standing Still?

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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Nothing in life is arbitrary; even when stuff gets messy or uncomfortable, we must listen. The lesson is there. So earlier this week, when the elevator kept moving, but stubbornly refused to open, I fumed; I sighed, thinking about all the work I needed to do, and then I began thinking, what’s the lesson here?

Are you ready? You can move, but remain still, mired in the muck of low self esteem and despair. As my good friend Shelly says, “The best time to think is when you are stuck, forced to breath.”

As a writer, I believe in the power of metaphors. Perhaps your elevator is a job, stifling view of yourself or judgement you must release. Walk into the freedom of genuine movement.

Take stock of people and situations in your life. Are they enriching you, or diminishing your energy? If it’s the latter, begin to work on a strategy (writing out specific steps) to release them, beloved. We must become more, for ourselves, our children and the world.

It’s All Motivation!

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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Every second is motivation. Each situation, negative or positive, from being snubbed at the office to receiving accolades. The larger question becomes not merely what motivates us, but how do we unpack it? How does the motivation live within us, and ultimately transform our situation (if we remain awake)?

Not long ago I sat in a meeting, my contributions on a particular project ignored. Fuming internally, I sat in silent acquiescence. Yet a few seconds later something beautiful transpired; I actively rejected the other person’s perception of me, releasing the energy of fear and self doubt, welcoming a space for imagining novel possibilities.

As a young woman of color I am frequently rendered invisible through myopic thinking and the prism of stifling stereotypes, refuting these requires a steely determination rooted in a growing awareness of my own potential.

Here is our challenge, friends. Start viewing various moments (particularly negative ones) as motivation to evolve more profoundly in relationships, career, family and life.

Perhaps your time is increasingly constrained. See this as an opportunity to become adept at time management.
Remember, it’s all motivation, remain open and aware.

As you go about your week ask this question: How can I transform a negative experience into a positive source of motivation?