“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” ― Coco Chanel

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Vulnerability is something that has never come easy to me. Finding the balance between looking weak or strong, desperate or self-reliant, crazy or collected is an unfavorable battle in my mind when debating to be vulnerable.

Because vulnerability is not second nature to me I continually have to be conscious of showing up in moments and allowing myself to feel fully and express candidly. In moments of what feels like vulnerability I find myself questioning if I am offering my genuine-self or if I am still trying to protect my ego, my sensitivity. When did I start censoring and stop sharing?  Even with all my efforts to be vulnerable it doesn't always feel courageous or freeing, sometimes it feels more like shambles of defeat or second-guessing, did I share too much or did I not share enough? It usually being the latter.

I am still working to find my confidence with being vulnerable in hopes to connect with others, connect with myself, and gain a new perspective. It's rarely perfect or works out the way I think it should but sometimes you just have to start somewhere in hopes of acknowledging your inner voice.


Friday, August 4, 2017

"Stop being so afraid! That’s really what strikes me when I look back — the sheer amount of time I spent tangled up in fears and doubts that were entirely of my own creation… Focus more on learning than on succeeding — instead of pretending that you understand something when you don’t, just raise your hand and ask a question. You’re a smart girl, and chances are if you’re confused, plenty of other students are too. And for heaven’s sake, let yourself really fail once in a while — not some tiny little mistakes here and there, but big, glaring, confidence-shaking, dark-night-of-the-soul-inducing failures. Understand that no one — especially folks who are truly successful — simply coasts from achievement to achievement. The most accomplished people in the world fail and fail big. That’s how they learn so much and grow so quickly and become so interesting and wise. In short, stop trying to be someone who will impress everyone else, and just focus on being and becoming fully, sincerely and passionately yourself.” — Michelle Obama

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