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How to live daring greatly

Life is big AF. We can live as big as we choose.

As long as we choose to show up fully in our lives, and in our bodies.

Showing up fully in our lives means bringing who we are and what we stand for to the table, everytime, it means being vulnerable and taking risks.

Showing up and living fully in our bodies, well, for some of us, that may be easier said than done. For some of us, showing up in our lives and facing and overcoming failures and rejections is easier for us than showing up fully in our bodies. I talk about these topics and more, and share my own successes and struggles but only with my subscribers (they’re too personal for social media 😉 Read them by —> signing up for my emails. <—

 

When we really embrace our bodies and love them for what they are and what they enable us to do in our lives, without snide comparisons or remarks, that’s living fully in our bodies.

When we allow our self worth to be dictated by how we feel about our bodies, we don’t show up fully in our lives. Not going to the beach because we feel insecure in a bathing suit, not enjoying time in the park with our loved ones because we’re terrified of wearing short shorts or a sun dress that shows off our dimpled, cellulite or large thighs. When we allow the ways our bodies look to define who we are as people, as less than a whole person because of said cellulite/dimples/thick thighs, well, we are selling ourselves and our loved ones short.

We are failing to show up, fully, as we are. This is easier said than done, I know, I mentioned that already didn’t I?

When we place so much emphasis on the way our bodies look VS what our bodies can do, we miss a critical point. Our bodies are the vehicles that carry us through our lives! Our bodies lift heavy things (repeatedly), they carry us up mountains, through the parking lot to the store, they help us move in and out of our lives in the most mundane to the most extraordinary of activities.

I’ve been re-reading “Daring Greatly” by the wonderful Brené Brown. She opens the book with a speech given by Roosevelt aptly called “The Man in the Arena”

An arena can be every and any area in your life in which you choose to show up and be your authentic self. We show up in our careers, relationships, and with our bodies. I talk about all of these arenas and give strategies and tools for them every week in my exclusive emails. You can get on the list here —-> signing up for my emails. <—–

The speech begins with …”It is not the critic who counts…” Meaning, it is not the person standing on the sidelines refusing to show up, authentically, in their life, or with their bodies, their relationships, etc.

It is not the man,

“…who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while DARING GREATLY so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

SHOWING UP is hard AF. It’s vulnerable and can be scary. Walking into the gym when you haven’t been in one in years is scary. Loving your body, fully, at first, can be scary. When we show up with our truth and live fully, we are taking risks.

But nothing great can come from choosing to not show up and live our truth.

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