hello 2017



“Are you feeling a bit shaken, maybe stirred, maybe fearful and doubtful and completely, utterly, wildly terrified? Good. Keep going.”

Victoria Erickson


I have a new mantra for 2017. I read an article last week written by a man who can’t move anything but his face. He shares seven incredible life lessons, and the one that stood out to me most is: fear = fuel. Take what scares you most and turn it into positive energy, motivation. I’ll be honest – there is a lot scaring me, both at home, and in a broader sense, like the (broken) state of our country. Personally, I’m facing finding a more suitable home for my family, recovering financially after my husband was unemployed for five months last year, dealing with a recent diagnosis of adenomyosis (first time I’m disclosing those two facts publicly), deciding on an educational path for the kids, and strengthening my marriage after four years of survival mode with twins. These fears and concerns didn’t disappear at the stroke of midnight.

I’m not suggesting that I live in constant fear, but these issues have been a bit paralyzing recently. Instead of letting these fears continue to fester and frighten me, I’m facing them head on in 2017. Fear is incredibly powerful – I’m going to harness the energy and channel it, letting it propel me forward. My actions and decisions will be motivated by, but not made in, fear. I’m going to light a match (or two, or three) and set my fears on fire. So let the internal inferno begin, and hopefully the flames will light the way to a brighter future. I can already feel a difference – just changing my mindset has boosted my courage and lit a fire. Burn, baby, burn. Do you have fears you’d like to set ablaze, or a new mantra to share?


  1. I’m so with you on fear = fuel. I have a constant fear as a small business owner that I won’t have enough work to provide the income I need. This year, I hope to use that fear to branch out in ways I never have before and to go after work that would be more lucrative than what I’ve targeted in the past.

    • Using fear as motivation is really powerful Kirsten – I can relate. I’ve let fear propel me with a few business decisions lately, and it’s really paid off. I’m thankful for your support, and know that I’m here for you too.

  2. I am constantly inspired by your courage. Sharing what is raw and real with the world, with your people, with perfect strangers is exactly what keeps us so intricately connected during these divided times. This year, I hope to share more – more of my time, my love, my failures and my triumphs. Knowing that there are so many suffering in ways unimaginable makes sharing my own struggles feel unimportant, or unworthy, but ultimately it is what binds us. Cheers to a brighter tomorrow! xoxo.

    • Thank you so much Megan – I do my best to be as transparent as possible here, knowing we all have battles. Mine seem oh so small in the scheme of things, so I hesitate to share them, but if it helps someone else open up or not feel alone, then it’s worth it. Not to mention (selfishly), it’s cathartic! Connection and community are everything, now more than ever it seems.

      Happy New Year. xoxo

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