I was much braver when I was younger.
I said goodbye to my friends and family and moved to Seattle from Japan when I was 18.
I wasn’t afraid. I just knew that’s what I wanted to do. I knew we’d stay friends and family even if I was no longer there physically.
I was SO excited for my future in the U.S. None of the “what-ifs” could’ve held me back.
(And I wasn’t asking a lot of what-if questions back then 😆)
As I got older, it’s become scarier to take risks.
Changes are hard because letting go of what’s safe and known is scary. The older I get, the more I’m attached to what’s “mine.”
I have more to lose.
But I still say yes to things that are scary.
Some things are small, like should I be wearing overalls? Would they make me look like a weird 40-year-old teenager?
You be the judge. I think I look pretty cute in them. Ok I may have posted this because I do look so cute 😀 haha!
And really, who cares?? I’m sure you have much more important things to worry about than my outfit choices 😂 I know I do!!
(But what’s up with my left hand in this pic? 🖐 It wasn’t a bad Photoshop job, I swear!)
Other decisions have more serious and long-lasting consequences.
Like, quitting my job 4 years ago to work in Honeyberry Studios full-time.
(👆In this case, Dave was the true brave one.)
When I hear a little voice in my head say, “Don’t do it! It’s dangerous. You’ll fail and everyone’s gonna know about it!!,” I have to pause.
I remind myself of what I’ve heard on a podcast once that the regret of not doing something is much worse than the regret of doing something.
So when I created a bunch of new work for my 2020 calendar (coming in October!), this message resonated with me the most.
Here is the thing – I tend to deflect when someone tells me I’m brave.
I think, “No, I’m not brave. It’s no big deal. It happened because of _______ (my parents, my partner, my situation, my age, my luck, fill in the blank!)”
Do you do that, too??
(Did you notice I did that earlier when I mentioned it was Dave who was the brave one when I quit my job? 💁🏻♀️ Correction: It took both of us to be equally brave to make that decision.)
I’ve been practicing owning my own bravery – no matter how small it is.
The more I notice myself being brave, the more confident I feel in business and life. And it helps me put myself out there more and share my gifts with others.
See? It’s a win-win.
You’re brave, my friend 💛
ps. My new collection offers this and other encouraging new designs 😘 Go get inspired today.