My 2014 hasn’t started with the bang I thought it would. Instead of jumping around like Rocky when he makes it to the top of the stairs, I’m doing something closer to limping. Don’t worry though, I’ll live. I love setting goals but I’m still struggling with defining mine for this year. It’s unsettling. It’s part deciding what I ‘should’ do, part concern I’m reaching too far, dreaming too much and part ‘my Kindle is locked and loaded and I wanna read it’. I’m not ready to throw in the towel on the year quite yet however. :) There is still hope for 2014.
Some friends and I are starting a year long project today called Bold. Brilliant. Beautiful. You. As mamas, creatives, entrepreneurs and all around do-everything women, we believe it’s important to take time to consider ourselves. With everything else we manage, take care of and do, we know it’s imperative to remember our wants, hopes and dreams. Because we matter. We do!
When I started this blog, my daughter was a curly-topped 18 month old. I reveled in being a mom and was surprised I seemed to get it (I’m still surprised). But I felt like the me part of my being was disappearing or at least was being totally ignored. So, I jumped head first into creating this space despite knowing next to nothing about it. Web platforms, coding, HTML, photography, image editing. Nothing.
It grew, I grew. I learned a little bit about a lot of stuff and here we are today. I’m still dreaming and scheming, still learning and still googling everything I don’t know. Even when I’m tired and stressed and have taken on too much, I continue to be happy I took a chance on myself. I am thankful I fostered the creative side of myself. It’s who I am. The opportunities I’ve had, the joy I feel, the people I’ve met, the community I am part of, it’s all worth it.
So for this year, here’s what I’m thinking:
For boldness, I’m taking steps to bring a few offline ventures to life. They are both still very much in their infancy. I’m hoping after I get through the next few weeks, I will be able to get down to the ‘getting it done’ part. They both frighten me because I’m not sure what I’m doing. I lack knowledge on how exactly to accomplish them. But I’ll learn. I’ll figure it out. And I will enjoy the journey.
For brilliance, I am going to perfect the art of balancing this year. Haha! I’m just kidding. Perfection is not possible. However, I am going to work on finding harmony. I know how to work very hard. I also know how to completely let go (i.e. become the sofa and read endlessly). But there is somewhere in the middle, where there is work and play, rest and wakefulness, solitude and togetherness, and that is where I want to be. If I do happen to come upon a perfect formula, I’ll let you know.
And as for beautiful, I want it for my soul. I want to champion for the sake of others and their dreams. I want to support friends and strangers alike and lift them so they too can learn what they can do. I want my family to see love and acceptance when they look at me. And I want to be home for my children. Their guide, their example, their advocate. Forever and always.
But it’s hard to dream. Hope can be painful. I know it first hand. I have a dreams I hold close to my heart because if I took them out, the pain of their uncertain attainability shreds my heart to pieces. I know they will come to be someday but the fact that that time is not now is painful. Dreaming does not guarantee success. Big plans and hard work can still end in failure. But here’s the thing – we don’t have to do it alone. Bold. Brilliant. Beautiful. You. is to encourage and support each other. It’s to be that little voice at the end of the day that says ‘you can still do it’ when you’ve lost your voice. We can help each other.
So let’s breathe deep and dream big. The sky is the limit. You are worth it. You are worth believing in. You are worth taking a chance on.
Here’s where you come in. A call to action if you will.
Snap a pic of you, a selfie, upload it to Instagram and add the hashtag #boldbrilliantbeautiful. You can declare your aspirations for 2014 or just show the group your sweet face. If you tag me (@thisheartofmineblog), I’ll leave you a message!
I want to see you. I want to learn about you. I really do! I want to know what you are thinking, what your goals are for the year, what you hope to do for you. I want this to be an amazing year for both of us.
Throughout the year, I’m joining forces with some of my blogging friends to motivate and encourage ourselves and others to be bold and step out from behind the lens, projects, and mama status to show ourselves. That’s right, we’re doing something just for us.
And we’re inviting you to join us! Each of us has something bold, brilliant and beautiful inside. The #boldbrilliantbeautiful project is a support group for all of us seeking to be real and vulnerable. No judging, no questions, just support and words of encouragement.
Be a part of the project by using #boldbrilliantbeautiful on instagram and twitter to find other women like you, who are looking to make 2014 their best, most authentic year yet!