Live: Stare Fear in the Face

Stare Fear in the FaceRight now with the economy the way it is, with uncertainty ahead, an election coming up, gas prices soaring, and many lives unsure of what exactly is going on, it’s easy to become risk-averse to everything in our lives. It’s time to batten down the hatches, tighten the proverbial belt, pinch some pennies, or wait till things clear up, right? Fear seems to be in the air these days. And when we are uncertain, we tend not to move. On anything. Even on something like saying to your mother-in-law what you really want to say.

It’s easy to cave into fear. Fear keeps us from many things: pursuing more fulfilling job, trying new foods, traveling to new cities or countries, starting a relationship, reviving an old one, calling someone we had an argument with, giving in, beginning a new chapter in our life….change.

Fear is so easy to get comfortable with and accept in our lives as an excuse for not doing the things our hearts call us to do.

But in the end when you look back, will you have regrets of the things you didn’t do? Will you wonder if you made something of this big beautiful gift of life you’ve been given? Will you know that you lived with all the courage you could muster? Will you try the goat cheese? :)

Today, I want you to dig in deep, look yourself in the mirror, and ask yourself, “What am I afraid of?”  List it. That’s right….write it down. Write yourself an e-mail, type a letter to yourself, or journal it. When you give voice to your fear, you can look it in the eye and say, “no. not this time,” or, you can begin to do the work to overcome it one baby step at a time.

“Somehow we all know that to play it safe is to lose the game.”

-Erwin Raphael McManus

Live. Take some chances. They don’t have to be grand, they can be small. What are you waiting for? Make a plan to overcome your fears one at a time and live the life you’ve imagined. Time waits for no one.

All my love,

Kelly Taylor


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