"Sometimes you can't move forward until you come face to face with the fears that have been holding you back."~Me
After feeling suppressed and even trapped at times, I needed to leave my comfort zone in order to get to a better place both physically and emotionally. Being pushed to overcome fears in order to stand up for myself and move forward. Fears of consequences, making the wrong decisions, steep learning curves and even security.
I can clearly see now where facing each of those fears has been the best for me every step, every time.
I shut the door on people and environments that were not good for me; opened up opportunities; gained more job skills; and stood up for myself more times than any other period in my life.
In every situation where I face a fear and put myself in a new situation or environment, I meet amazing people that inspire me to find my voice more and more while fighting for what I believe in. I've formed new relationships with people that have the same values, morals or beliefs that I do. Those with the integrity and character that I strive for and want to associate with.
There have been no regrets when looking back this past year. I believe I needed each experience, situation, person and lesson to be where I am right now. Every fear I face leads me to opportunities to use my voice to fight for what I believe in. Facing our fears does move us forward!
"It takes more courage to reveal insecurities than to hid them; more strength to relate to people than to dominate them; more integrity to have thought-out principles rather than blind reflex; more character to do what's right than to follow the crowd."