I have a good friend who just launched her own blog. She was telling me what the theme of her blog was and I asked sort of jokingly, “Does my blog have a theme? I feel like it’s all over the place.”
“Sure,” she said. “It’s about putting yourself out there.”
Putting yourself out there
Not, I admit, one of my inborn tendencies. I’m an introvert by nature (*gasp* I know!) and I don’t like being the center of attention and I especially don’t like taking risks. Doing this whole Pure Romance consultant gig and then starting this blog are not the sorts of things I would have ever imagined myself doing. If you remember my Breaking Through video or my Anxious to Awesome post, you know that I’ve had my fair share of junk holding me back in life. Fear of failure, shame and self-doubt were always huge for me.
The beautiful benefits of taking risks
Signing up for Pure Romance was a risk. I didn’t know how it would turn out. I didn’t know if I would be good at it. I remember being super duper nervous before parties (I still am sometimes), but the more I did it, the more confident I felt. The more confident I felt, the more people responded to me. The more response I got, the bolder I became.
It might not just be Pure Romance, it might be part of getting older, becoming a mom and needing to sometimes just say, “Screw it all. I don’t care what other people think.”
Needless to say, I think my friend is right. This is a blog about putting yourself out there. That’s definitely something I encourage all of you to do. Take risks. Little ones if you need to as you gain courage. Have fun with it.
Little things you can do today to put yourself out there:
- Smile at strangers.
- Wear that outfit that you love but don’t think you can pull off.
- Start a blog and say what you really feel.
- Make a goofy video of yourself and upload it to YouTube.
- Confess your guilty pleasure on social media.
- Tell someone that you love them.
- Pick a theme song and sing it really loudly every chance you get.
Me and self-doubt: We’re never ever ever getting back together
A couple of years ago, some other Pure Romance consultants and I would challenge each other to lipsync contests. We filmed this one in the car outside of an Arby’s before a corporate training. I look like an idiot. I don’t care. I had so much fun.