I've read some good books lately. The kind that just really stick with you. That you keep thinking about days after you read the last page. My husband knows Shauna, Rebekah, & Annie because I talk about them like they're my friends. (And I really think we would be friends if I knew them in real life.)
Right now I'm reading Let's All Be Brave. And it is just one of those books that I'm going to keep thinking about. That's something I love about a book. It isn't just a mass of pages or words you read on a kindle screen. It's more than a physical item. It's something that becomes a part of you. It changes who you are & plays a role in your story.
I don't guess I really thought much about bravery. But now, I'm seeing it everywhere. And maybe most importantly, I'm seeing it in myself. I've never thought I was a brave person. And I still don't really think that. But I can look at my life now & see little moments of bravery. Moments I'm proud of. Moments when I made the right decision even when it was hard. Even when it was scary.
I see this when I chose a college where none of my friends were going. When I joined a sorority even though it was really out of character for me. I see this when, after college, I moved to a city where I knew one person, for a job that was nothing like what I wanted. But that proved to be just where I needed to be. When we moved to California, we left all our family, all our friends, everything that was familiar. And I think that was brave. Six months after we were married. When everything was still new. And that was a good decision.
Most recently, I've seen this with our shop. Before I talked to Rachel about this big idea (that just keeps on growing), Grayson told me he thought I should do it. He spoke bravery to me. When we tell someone else "you can do it," we instill a little bit of bravery in them. When we hit "publish" on that first item, not knowing if we would even sell a single thing, that was brave. Every time we advertise by reaching out to a blogger whose name people know, that is brave. Every time we try something new that we've never done before, that's brave. And I'm proud of us for that.
I want to keep taking the brave steps. I want to dream big dreams & follow where those take me.