Monday Words: If It Doesn’t Scare You…

Monday Words: It is okay to be scared. The Fresh Exchange

Leading up to launching this new direction for TFE I was pretty fearful. I wasn’t sure how readers would feel and I was scared things wouldn’t come together as I hoped. As I wrote the post for last Monday to share with you what our vision for TFE was, I realized I didn’t remember the last time I had really been fearful creatively. It reminded me how important it is to dream big, reach beyond where we feel capable, and leap with our eyes closed unsure exactly of what we will find below. I began TFE with many great creative fears and it was always intended to be a space where I felt creatively free, but at some point, I stopped taking as many risks. I stopped because I was fearful of leaving the box I thought applied to building a successful blog, which lead me to stop feeling I could risk anything creatively.

There are numerous reasons as I have stated both in this post and this month’s newsletter why I chose the word Awakening for March, but as I have gone deeper and deeper into the content for this first month, I realize I am in fact experiencing myself creatively awakening. Seasons come and go in our world just as much as they come and go in our own lives. The important thing is recognizing seasons whether in life or in our environment and opening our eyes enough to see when they are upon us, shifting, and shaping us.

This last week I realized that here I am experiencing my own. After many months of being creatively stagnant, I find myself at a place of becoming creatively alive again. I am waking up to who I am and feeling clarity and strength these days. I am learning to own what I feel I am meant to do and to always look for the places in my life where I need to push, challenge myself, and take a risk at times. In this case, this new direction for the blog is a result of taking many months of being aware of myself and my heart. I now am reminded of the beauty that comes from challenging ourselves and how important it is to keep transforming, refining, and growing in every aspect of life.

I hope signs of spring are showing up for you whether the snow and cold are dissipating or you are feeling your soul coming to life in a new way. Happy Monday my friends. Get up and go today. Do something that scares you.

Tomorrow we will be sharing a body scrub recipe to help get you ready to awaken your skin this month. 

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  1. Happy Monday to you too! I completely agrree with you on this one. Most of the times, going outside our comfort zones is what makes us better. Love the new direction of TFE btw!

  2. I agree with you completely! I’m very excited to see the new direction you take this blog in, and I admire you for pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone and challenging yourself beyond the success you’ve already achieved.

    I was having a similar conversation with my boyfriend and his brother yesterday afternoon, and we agreed that, despite the discomfort that comes with being challenged, there really is no opportunity to grow without it. And what would be the point of life if we weren’t pushing ourselves and growing as time continues!?


  3. I absolutely LOVE the new direction you’re taking on your blog! It’s just… gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your world with so many. 😉 I’ve been dealing with some fears about all kinds of new projects… that usually means it’s exactly what I’m supposed to be doing. Keep writing… your blog is one of my favorites. 🙂

  4. Another great read! I look forward to Monday words, a deep breath in the beginning of the week. I was just talking to my mom over the weekend about living comfortably. How i need to be uncomfortable to be comfortable. If I’m not pushing myself out of my comfort zone on a daily basis, I’m not growing. Reading this post today, was another inspiring thought.
    Best wishes to you both in all the new creative ventures you embark on!

    Rob Hopkins.

  5. I often find that the things worth doing are the scariest. When I want something that much, I am vulnerable to the thought of failure, but to not make an attempt out of fear will always be the greatest regret. so as scary as something may seem, if I know it’s something I want, I tell myself to be scared and do it anyway! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  6. I was reading this post twice. Couldn’t find the recipe at the first read! Then I realize that it will be revealed the next day! Guess I was too positive!