Make a Brave Push

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I decided that this was going to be my year to be brave. I started in January with my heart and mind open to trying new things, connecting with new people, and most importantly: getting over my fears and documenting my journey.

I signed up for Ali Edwards’ One Little Word ecourse and one of the assignments was to set an intention for each month having to do with the word I chose, in this case: BRAVE,

I’m feeling a little intimidated by this intention: Make a brave push.

Sure, I’m a fan of taking action. But it’s what those words insinuate that has me hesitating.

It makes me think of this quote:

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.
The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

Thomas A. Edison  (tweet this)


I took a chance and decided it was time to come up with my Comfort number – the dollar amount I would like in my account before I would feel comfortable and confident about quitting my desk job to pursue other things…like a different desk job, traveling for a little while, or taking Campfire Chic full-time.

It’s a scary number. So my brave push is to work toward that number if I want to reach it in the next few years. I’m thinking three years, but four is more realistic).

Some ways I started working toward that number:

  • Changing my direct deposit information so more money goes into my savings right away – If I don’t see the money in my checking account, it’s like it’s not even there!
  • Launching two more 30 Days of Lists and the Simple SEO for Creatives Scorecard
  • Quitting my yoga studio after they increased the monthly fee
  • Carpooling to work every chance I get
  • Bringing my lunch to work (PB&J is my go-to right now) and more meals at home
  • Projects in the pipeline (get on the mailing list to be the first to know about these)

I have a long way to go, especially after some unexpected expenses over the past few months, but I’ll get there soon enough and it’ll be a great day when that happens. Making small changes has really helped me stay on track and I hope to make a few more changes throughout the next year to make greater strides…to make a brave push.

When I first wrote this intention, I had climbing in mind – pushing my physical limits, pushing myself to train and get better at this hobby…funny how things change.

Are you looking to make a brave push? Here are some resources to get you started:


What are you working toward?

How are you making a brave push toward your goals?

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2013 Brave One Little Word

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  • Trina Curran October 7, 2013, 5:54 pm

    I think that BUILD has given me the push. I feel like I’m finally getting where I want to go…it will take some time, yes, but I’m headed in the right direction. Finally.

  • Alex October 7, 2013, 7:16 pm

    I’m working towards a lot of things (actually I think this is at least half the problem), but for now I’m trying to concentrate on foundation: clean home, discipline, health, and finances. Oddly, there’s a lot of connection, so it feels like one goal.

    Thank you for this post! My numbers, too, are scary, but it’s probably the way it should be, if any change is to occur. :-)

    • Kam October 14, 2013, 9:14 pm

      Those are fantastic, especially the clean home. It surprises me how quickly my apartment falls apart if I’m not constantly on top of things. Let me know how it goes!

  • Michaela Cristallo October 8, 2013, 5:10 pm

    I was in the exact same position as you about two years ago Kam! It is possible! I did many of the same things as you mention in the lead up to leaving my full time job – savings via direct transfer, bringing my lunch, cutting out unnecessary expenses. The other thing I did (and still do) is take out my spending money in cash each week, once I spend it then it’s gone! It’s far easier to keep track of that way.

    I saved the money, quit my job a little over a year ago and now work part time two days a week and spend the rest of my time working on all my creative projects! It’s THE BEST!

    Good luck! I know you can do this! :)

    • Kam October 14, 2013, 9:09 pm

      When you take out your cash, do you feel like it’s easier for you to spend it because you know it’s already out of your account?


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