Tuesday, March 4, 2014

On Being Bold. And B.R.A.V.E.

The end of February snuck up on me. Does it manage to do that because January feels so long and cold, then in comes February only 28 days and full of celebrations? And, I guess, the house might have added to the crazed passing of another month. Anyways, how'd February and being the bold part of B.R.A.V.E. go?

Good as far as me taking on those opportunities in which boldness was required. Though there's a few I've shied away from that need to be addressed. Regardless, February was lived in bold. I decided to host a #sayyesproject Instagram challenge (and am filled by the participation thus far). I spoke about my faith and associated doubts candidly with Kate and the Doubt&Devotion link-up was born. I rapped on camera for my little brother's birthday. I stopped offering sponsorships in an effort to create space and time for other opportunities as well as create boundaries between blogging as a craft and as an outlet. I got pulled over and taught I'm less important than... everything. I moved from the house I've known as home for decades to a house Mr. T and I will now get to make home. I started talking about how hard the mysteries of house buying were to me. And, I wrote a marriage letter to Jason that begged me to bring down walls and be vulnerable.

My birthday is this month -have I mentioned that yet? So I'm focusing on the engaged part of B.R.A.V.E.. Engaged in celebration, engaged in these last few weeks before I hit 25 (which feels big and adult-like), engaged in my work -both professionally, personally, and spiritually.

March also brings Lent with it. I love Lent. I've grown up Christian and remain so, but Catholic blood runs through my veins (Popsicle was an alter boy) and I have such a love for the liturgy and structure of the Catholic church. Thus, Lent has been something I've loved to observe over the past few years. While I have dedicated myself to being thankful publicly in the past and to more time in the word and to less TV, this year I've decided to give up sleep. Not in the no sleep for 40 days way, but in the I will rise in the morning before my run and get with God. I will stop the snooze-fest and start in His word with His goodness. I know this will bring my level of engagement with Him to a whole new level and I'm excited to see what the days will look like with Him at the helm of it.

That said, engage this month. Please. And, if you're doing the #sayyesproject Instagram challenge and want the prompts uploaded into your iCal please email me and I'll send you the amazing prompt calendar that Mrs. Laura Beth made! (It's her birthday month too!)

And, how did February go for you?

12 comments:

  1. Oh girl...I cant tell you how much I need to follow in your footsteps. I am HORRIBLE at getting up early to dive into the word. I know it would drastically create a difference in my day. I need to get to bed earlier and wake up earlier to be with Him and Him only. So thankful for you and your encouraging posts!!

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  2. theblahblahblahgerMarch 4, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    I love that 25 feels grown up! :-)

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  3. I love Lent, I feel like it's the time of year that I feel closest to God. I'm giving up Facebook because I feel like my time could be used better in other ways that aren't mindless scrolling. I found this list yesterday and I immediately thought to show you when I read this post!

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  4. Happy March! I love your Lent goal..morning quiet times are the best.

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  5. Are you Lent-ing anything? I'm hoping my body clock will just set itself to wake up early after the first two weeks....

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  6. I'm going to be so mature then. And so good at making responsible decisions.

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  7. I'm not sure which day you're asking about but: Lent starts tomorrow! The #sayyesproject IG challenge is all month. And my birthday is the 22nd. Wahooo! :)

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  8. I was saying to someone the other day, I feel like it's the time in my life where I get to over-indulge in Him. And, I know, it should be all year, but I'm not that good, so Lent it is. And this year I feel like it's going to be so fruitful and different than years past. Also, I saw that you're doing FB -YOU GO GIRL.


    And, can you email me the list? I want to read!

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  9. You can do it! I can do it! I'm a little bit nervous about the whole thing -if I'm honest- but I know that it's going to be fruitful despite the less sleep thing... Also, COFFEE.

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  10. Oops! I thought I copied the link in haha! I'll email it to you later!

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  11. First of all, happy birthday MONTH. Second, you've accomplished SO much in your first 24 years that I am confident that your next 24 will be AMAZING! You've been BRAVE, BOLD, and sooooo many more lovely adjectives that describe you. You should feel extremely proud to be such an incredible person. It's been a blessing to have "met" you in our journey of life!

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