“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela

Miro the Brave almost didn’t exist despite my desire to create it in the summer of 2015. Despite the countless hours I spent planning and creating. Despite having just about everything I needed to go live; I felt stuck.I doubted myself, my vision, my gifts – all out of fear. I stalled the process for over a month and became consumed with questions. I wondered if my thoughts would resonate with others. I feared that I would expose too much of my personal life and become subject to judgment. I was afraid I’d run out of content or become so bogged down with daily living that Miro the Brave would fall by the wayside. I was afraid that I just wasn’t good or interesting enough. The blogging landscape has changed so much since I started my first blog 8 years ago and I wasn’t sure if I had what it took to keep up. I compared myself to my peers and people I didn’t even know.

“For God has not given us the spirit of fear & timidity, but of power, love, & self-discipline.” {2 Timothy 1:7}

It’s so easy to forget about what makes you unique and start to focus on others but I’m here to remind you that you are enough. Your fears don’t have to exhaust you. You are worthy, creative, smart, and resourceful. Celebrate what makes others special but remember that you, too, are just as special. Whatever gift you possess, whatever talent or passion or project that’s on your heart…keep working towards it. Consult with people you love and trust to help keep you accountable to your goals. Push your fears to the side and make the jump. The timing is hardly ever perfect and you may never feel 100% ready but it’s okay – be brave in spite of the fear you may feel.

“I praise you because I am fearfully & wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” {Psalm 139:14}

I haven’t completely mastered taming my fears and self-doubt but I fight hard to remain content and in my lane – everyday. I’m learning to appreciate the road that was paved just for me. Miro the Brave may never have a million subscribers. I may not gain a massive social media following but my desire is to share positivity with others and learn as much as I can from those around me. I’m aware that my writing style, my thoughts, and my pieces of work may not resonate with everyone but my prayer is that it touches someone.

 “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement;if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” {Romans 12:6-8}

My challenge for myself (and for you) this week is to tackle that to-do list head on. You may be hesitant or afraid of what has been placed on your heart but be brave enough to start then continue working on your goals, whatever it may be. You wont regret it.