My Pinterest account is the epitome of myself.
Each pin, whether it be an outfit, recipe or gorgeous beach in the Mediterranean, represents a small piece of me. A visit to my pinterest is similar to jumping straight into the realms of my imagination. It is an encompassment of all the ideas I hold near and dear.
One of my most prized boards is the one titled Quotes (I know, so creative). I’m sort of a quote junky when you get down to it. I love how a simple statement holds such an incredible amount of power. The quotes I have saved demonstrate my outlooks and passions. They’re motivating and empowering.
Two specific quotes stand out and have stood out to me for years. They’re literally written on a sticky notepad on the desktop of my MacBook.
Do one thing everyday that scares you.
Your life unfolds in proportion to your courage.
I’ll let that sink in for a second.
At first glance, these statements may seem irrelevant. Like sure, okay, I’ll do one thing every day that scares me. I’ll go skydiving or face my fear of spiders. Sure, that’s great too, but these words mean something SO much more.
It’s all about the little things. If you absolutely hate public speaking, do something that scares you and be the first person in class to present. You may love the idea of chopping your hair off and getting platinum blonde highlights, but you’ve always been too afraid to commit. As Nike says, just do it. You may end up loving the outcome. Go try out that spin class at your gym even if you’re afraid you’ll have to stop half way through. By the class’s conclusion your legs may be numb, but you faced your fear so that’s all that actually matters. Without challenge, there is no change. Just imagine the impact this quote will have one year from now if you actually did something everyday that you find intimidating.
The second quote holds a similar magnitude. It expresses the bigger picture. “Your life unfolds in proportion to your courage,” ran through my head as I drove to the first day of my internship this summer. I was so, so, so nervous. My internship is at a local news station in my hometown. A channel that I have watched as far back as I can remember. The anchors and reporters hold careers I aspire to have someday. Plus, they are local celebrities. As I arrived at the station the intimidation was heavy. Do I turn the car around and pretend I’m sick? – well duh no of course not. Suck it up, get over yourself and act like a grown up (this is much easier said than done). I faced the facts, that the only way you can grow as a person and get anywhere at all is through overcoming your fears.
These two quotes put extra pep in my step as I walked through the newsroom doors. It’s honestly amazing the things you can do once you overcome the barriers you create in your own mind.