Dream Outside of Fear Pt. 3 – Birthday Edition
Wow! I am officially 27 years old! Time absolutely flies! It seems as if the last 10 years of my life have happened so quickly. I distinctively remember my 17th birthday just like it was yesterday. I remember it because my grandmother, who always meant the world to me, had a stroke a few days before my birthday and was in the hospital when I turned 17. I don’t think I ever felt more vulnerable on a birthday ever in my life! Now flash-forward 10 years and I feel a different, yet similarly intense since of vulnerability as I did 10 years ago. This time because I have decided to practice what I preach and truly “Dream Outside of Fear”. I have taken on life changing ventures in the last few months, and although I am beyond excited about my next level, I am honestly terrified at this very moment as I walk toward it. Each day I feel a distinct feeling of fear of what’s next and excitement because I know that I am one step closer to many of my dreams.
I want to share with you what I’ve learned about “Dreaming Outside of Fear” over the past few months, and how when you set your intentions on next level living you better be prepared for all the hard work, trials, and dedication it takes to get there.
Time to Glow Up
As dreamers we have to allow ourselves to go after our next level, even when we are not sure how it will all come together. Giving ourselves the option to walk into a new light and shine is the only way we will grow into the person that is able to reach those big dreams we have.
I have spent the majority of my 27 years of life living in West Virginia, and although no one ever guesses that I only recently decided to take a step out on faith and move to DC. I spent the last two years living at home with my mom and aunt, and although I am so very thankful to have family and friends I can count on in WV, it was time for me to spread my wings. It has been quite an adventure over the last few months, but I can feel the growth happening since I made my move. It was time for me to move on from my comfort zone and into unfamiliar territory. Nothing great comes from comfort. Move on and glow up.
Be Careful What You Wish For…God Will Give It To You!
When you have big dreams, sometimes it feels as if you will never reach the level that you can actually attain them. We have to remember that all things happen in due time, and although everything may not show up in your life the way you specifically envisioned it, keep your mind open to how God can make things happen for you in unique ways.
Since I was in high school I have told people about a dream I have to live bi-coastal. I have always wanted to live part of my time on the East Coast, and a part of my time on the West Coast. To be honest I am not even sure where that vision for my life came from initially, but it has been a vision for my life for many years. Recently I began working with an amazing Life Coach, and she urged me to learn more about a Life Coaching Certification program that she had went through. It happened to have training sessions starting on March 26 in San Diego. After looking into the program, praying, and consulting with my wonderful roommate, I decided to go for it! So now I will be spending at least one weekend a month over the next six months in San Diego, California! Bi-coastal living right? See what I mean? Although it’s not nearly as luxurious as I had envisioned all these years (well not yet at least), it’s absolutely a dream come true! It involves its own set of new challenges and obstacles for me to overcome, but that’s all a part of the journey.
Embrace the Fear
Fear has a purpose in our lives. It is our warning signal that we are stepping into something unfamiliar. Fear plays an important role in our survival as human being’s, but we can not allow it to stop us from living the life we dream of. There are so many people in this world living below their own greatness because of fear. They are afraid they won’t be good enough and they are afraid they won’t know how to survive outside of their comfort zone.
My comfort zone is a great place, just as yours probably is too, but neither of us will ever achieve any thing great living in that space. We may achieve a few things here and there, but imagine what life is like outside of that fear. What if we can take that fear and harness it into hard work and effort? Imagine the great things that would come from that. Right now I am swimming in fear. I am sometimes sitting with so much fear of the unknown that it brings me to tears. I don’t always know how I am going to make things happen, but I have decided to harness that fear and allow it to motivate and encourage me rather than hold me back. At this point I am figuring things out creatively because I have to, because the fear is pushing me to find my next level.
In the 27th year of my life I declare that I will allow the feelings of vulnerability and fear push me to my next level. I’m moving on to a next level that I can be proud of and that would have my grandmother smiling down from heaven about. A next level that in 10 years I can look back and say, wow you have come so far! Will you challenge yourself to do the same Dreamers?