Funny thing, I didn't quite plan to do another Brave Dame post so quickly. However, with the comments from the last one, and my work schedule this week - it just is kinda happening. Last night, as I thought about what I wanted to speak on - putting yourself out there - came to mind.
Not in a dating sense, though if that is where you're at in life - then jump in. More so, in a, "take life by the horns," type of way.
When I went through my break up this past October, life really had me down. All the things that filled me with joy and happiness just seemed to not be enough. I had let another human complete me, and when that portion of my life was taken away - I didn't know how I could ever move on. All the things in life that made me happy seemed sub-par because this person wasn't there anymore.
Once I stopped thinking about him and HOPING he would realize, before it was too late, what he was missing out on (because by the way, I am a DARN GOOD CATCH!); and started focusing on me, I started to have goals for myself, aspirations, new dreams, expectations and ultimately HOPE for ME.
As soon as you have HOPE to get through whatever sticky situations life throws at you, you can start to develop your FAITH to actually see it come to pass. You trust yourself enough to know that you can beat the situation and come out victorious in the end. You believe that there are brighter and better days ahead.
When I found my HOPE, one of the things that I wanted to do for myself was get involved. I wanted to do more. I wanted to put myself out there. I wanted to meet new people. I wanted to learn new things. If you know me personally, you would laugh at me when I tell you that I'm shy. No one ever believes me, but 'tis true. Get me in a crowd of people that I don't know, and you can be assured I will not be the once to break the ice.
A little over a month ago, I was presented an opportunity to join a book study at my church. There were a ton of book studies to choose from that covered various topics from the Daniel fast to Dating Jezebel. I knew I wanted this to be my first step in getting connected to the church and reaching some of the goals I had hoped for, but I was still scared. I ended up joining the Chazown book study and I couldn't be happier. The facilitator is truly an inspiring woman that is full of love and the other ladies in the group are just as amazing and full of life.
After getting over my fears and taking the plunge, I am now so happy I went through with it. Not only am I learning new things about life and myself through this book study, but I've also been able to meet a few new women, become more involved in the church and most importantly - have the courage to put myself out there even more. Heck, I even enrolled in my first skillshare class, The First Steps of Hand-Lettering: Concept to Sketch (Lettering I) (PS: Click the link and get a $10 discount on the class, and I too will get a credit).
C. S. Lewis said, "Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny." I know I'm well on my way to that extraordinary destiny and I encourage you to, "...hear the melody of your future, and have the faith to dance to it today," so you can start to live out your extraordinary destiny too!
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