Take Some Brave Steps

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Take Some Brave Steps


Take a quick look at the calendar…there are only 5 months until Christmas. Yep, I had the same reaction when I received a newsletter in early May reminding me that now is the time to prep my online shop for the holidays. The newsletter went on to say how I need to start stocking up on packing supplies, perfecting any sort of special wrapping I’m going to include, that I should be looking to take new photos for items, and securing ad space. My eyes bugged out as I quickly scanned the room for a calendar…I still had time, right?


Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the rockstars who are working on whatever it is people are supposed to be doing to prepare for the end of the calendar year…I also get that the “holiday rush” starts in September for many online sellers. Totally get it, I’ve been there – I was the one in line at the post office everyday, I was the one adding extra cards to packages, and I was the one placing those “last-minute” gift orders for my loved ones.


But let me tell you how I felt after reading the newsletter: like a failure. That, for some reason, I wasn’t going to catch up…do you know that feeling? Like, here I am cruising along, doing my thing. and boom, I’m ugly-crying in the emergency lane while everybody else speeds by. I felt like I was taking too much time researching and planning and whatnot and not enough time actually doing anything. I felt like I was holding myself back by making too many plans. 


It’s time to move into traffic and whatever other “get moving” metaphor speaks to you.


It’s time to:

  • pay for that gym membership
  • cancel the movie channels
  • say “no thank you” to the free soda refills
  • register that domain name
  • step up to the registrar’s desk at the local college
  • step away from project that just isn’t working out (so you can come back with fresh eyes)

Time to take a brave step.


The hardest part of a journey is the first step out the door. You can spend months planning, saving, re-planning, preparing…but for some reason, taking that step over your threshold is the hardest step. Maybe  you step outside and run back into the safety of your house to do one last check to make sure you have everything (but really, you just want to be back where it is familiar and safe), or maybe you keep going knowing you can get help along the way, if needed.


So let’s do it.

Let’s take that brave step and get this show on the road!


What brave steps have you taken lately?
How do you feel about The F Word (failure)?

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  • Jen August 7, 2013, 10:13 am

    My brave step is to start blogging again and not let the planning part overwhelm me. My first goal is one post a week and I will see how that goes!

  • Kristin Tweedale August 9, 2013, 12:36 am

    I’ve found that when I’m feeling like a failure, its generally because I lack perspective. I can’t see all the good things that I’ve done, or all the positive things that have come about. Even if though things don’t look exactly how I imagined they would — and they’ve usually turned for the better (and definitely more interesting).

    I think taking that first step to break out of the cycle of perceived failure is probably one of the bravest things I’ve tried to do in a while.

  • Jen August 21, 2013, 4:20 am

    This post is fabulous, and made me stop and take a deep breath (love the description on the ugly crying… Been there!)


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