Becoming Brave

My whole life I’ve always loved adventurous endeavors. However, I never really was one to partake in the so called adventure. But I loved the idea of it. Lately I’ve been realizing that it’s a spirit of fear that’s holding me back, and the spirit of fear comes from the enemy. The enemy’s job is to steal, kill, and destroy and I don’t know about you, but I sure as hell don’t want the enemy to have that kind of control over me. So I’m determined to break the spirit of fear the enemy has place upon me. I’m becoming brave.

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Becoming brave can be something different for every single person. For me it has been a few select activities/experiences I’ve done. I’m here to share them with you and encourage you do something maybe you’ve been too scared to try.

1. I got a tattoo. 

I KNOW! I GOT A TATTOO CAN YOU ACTUALLY BELIEVE IT? Well its for real. Having a tattoo is something I’ve literally always wanted. But I convinced myself I didn’t want one because honestly I was too scared to actually do it. Well you can read all about my first tattoo here. It was definitely an experience to remember.

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2. I went to the fair by myself.

I LOVE the fair and if you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time you might have seen that here. I didn’t have anyone to go with and I had a day off so why not? At first, I thought maybe I should wait for some people to go with me, what if I see people I know, what if people think I’m weird and have no friends? WELL SO WHAT. I like the fair and I wanted to go. So I did. The whole time I was having a blast, and I kept thinking how awesome it is to feel so comfortable with myself to actually go to the fair and ride the rides all alone. image4

3. I went on the ferris wheel. 

I don’t do ferris wheel’s. But my cousin really wanted me to go. I did and I didn’t die! It wasn’t my most favorite experience but I made the most of it. This is my I’m actually terrified but I went on the ferris wheel anyway look.

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Like I mentioned earlier, becoming brave will look different for each person. Some of you may think all of these are the pettiest things but for me, it took a lot of courage and boldness. A little bit ago I saw a picture I took about 4 years ago. It’s crazy to see how this picture now applies to my life when back then I was still dabbling with only the idea of bravery.

10353564_10203492314102241_313337241552395547_nI pray this post has been encouraging to you and that you can start taking the necessary steps to breaking the spirit of fear. I’d love to hear all of your stories about bravery. You can connect with me here, instagram, facebook, and twitter.

 

 

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Own Your Life Chapter 1

I like reading. I like the idea of reading. I enjoy my quiet time but getting into a book is really difficult for me no matter how much I want to read. I bought this book titled “Own Your Life” by Sally Clarkson and I have finally decided to start reading it. So here is a little encouragement I have gained from chapter 1.image1-1

Clarkson spoke a lot about her experiences in life and how she got to where she was and it was quite promising to see how such a successful woman has had some serious life struggles. Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one who has had this certain struggle so I don’t see any way of coming out of it. I know it seems silly but I’m sure each and every one of you have had that thought.

She referred to life as a puzzle which I loved. Each season of your life is a piece in the puzzle and you can choose to strive for a completed puzzle or live with a broken puzzle. Basically saying that your life is ultimately up to you.

I’ve had a blessed life and sometimes I feel as though it’s not fair that I have been blessed with this amazing supportive family while others are struggling for the support of their loved ones. But since diving into this book I’ve already come to the realization that my experiences in life are no less than anyone else’s. My “puzzle” may be at a different stage than others but it doesn’t mean that I can’t help people. Although my story is different it doesn’t discount the pure intentions of my friendship.

So far I definitely recommend this book and I look forward to sharing each and every chapter with you all. If you bought this book or have read it before I would LOVE to hear your thoughts!

 

 

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My First Tattoo

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I’ve always liked the idea of a tattoo. Something so personal permanently cemented onto your body. Tattoos are not for everyone and I respect that. I always thought I would never pull up enough boldness to actually do it. But there I was, thinking I was there only supporting a friend, sitting in “the” chair about to acquire something so permanent, so personal, and so fun. I almost don’t know how I ended up there. But I did, and there were legions of emotions pouring out and I didn’t know how to express all of them at once. So I was calm, yet anxious. I was confident in the tattoo I chose. I always knew if I were ever to get one this is what it would be.

During the process I was in oceans of pain. It was so small and didn’t take very long but boy did it hurt. I was in so much pain I thought to myself “what am I doing to my body and why would anyone voluntarily do this to themselves?”. But ultimately I was happy I did it. This was a huge step for me to take and I thank God he gave me the boldness to do it.

I chose a cross because I wanted something biblical. I wanted to be reminded everyday of why I am here on earth. For a long time, I thought about an anchor. But personally I feel like that was just a trend or a phase and it would fade quickly. Sure enough, I was right. I chose a cross because it’s so timeless and classic. The cross is the first thing I think of when I think of my savior. The cross is my reminder of how much God truly loves us.

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I also chose my wrist because I wanted to be able to see it. I want to be reminded every single day of how I want to live and who I want living through me. This may seem like a long post for such a small thing but every tattoo tells a story and I would love to hear yours!  You can connect with me here, on twitter, facebook, and instagram.