A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about my new passion, project, and book called FEARLESS. The idea of Fearless hit me like a ton of bricks-- it was a classic light bulb moment.
I share my story: I share the journey, the struggles, and successes that come along with it. I want to take what I have learned and taught myself and try to help other people. I did not have the money for all kinds of therapy, medication, personal training, nutritionist, etc. so I turned to the best resource I knew about; my mind. I know that knowledge is power so therefore I decided to learn all that I could about all of the aspects I want my life to improve in.
Changing my life was great, but it provided no purpose-- no mission. Slowly, people would email or contact me making a comment about my blog or my journey, and in my heart, I wanted more than anything to help them. I do not have a lot to offer with a big, fancy education and career title, but what I can offer is a real, raw, and cheap approach to living the happiest and healthiest life possible for you. Which is provided through my real, live experience and continuing my education to better understand the science and genetic makeup of our bodies. My passion was then born.
As I was thinking about everything: this blog, my story, my pain, food addiction, the mindset of positive thinking, my fitness tips, my recipes-- everything I wanted to include into the book, I had no idea what to name it. What is something that defines me? What is something that I can portray to the world about what is included in this book and guide?
Finally, it hit me.
All of my life I remember being known for my looks. I believe a lot of people are if there is something "unique" or "different" about them. Mine just happened to be: "Oh the fat girl?". Years and years of "the heavyset girl", "the fat girl", "the big one with glasses".
When I was in high school and bullying heavily began, I stayed true to myself. People would tease me about my looks, my clothes. Yet, I never changed. A family member even told me once "Well if you're being bullied so much because of how you look and how you dress, why don't you change it?". There was no way in hell that was going to happen. I would rather take the bullying than change who I am. So that is what I did.
Every year I still did my schools talent show; be it singing, gymnastics/acrobatics, or dancing. Regardless of how many people laughed or made fun of me. I did it because I loved it. I remember in 5th grade I did a ballet dance to the "Little Mermaid" and in 8th grade I danced to Whitney Houston's "How Will I Know?". I probably looked a flaming hot mess out there on stage, but I did it because it was fun and I enjoyed it.
I have a crazy, happy, positive outlook on life, even with the pain and struggles I have been through. That is because I know there are SO many people who have it worse than I. I thank God everyday for waking me up, in my apartment that I love so much, with my health, with the ability to go to work, to live in a country where I am free to dream and chase, and where my worth and value is not measured by marriage. I can go and make anything happen. That is why is despite hardships and pain, I love my life. I never let pain or problems take over my mind, I let the solutions and moving past it, take over.
I taught myself to never dwell on problems, but find solutions. I learned to always find the "ray of light" in every obstacle or problem I encounter. I learned the power of my mind. Then one day, I created a blog. I decided I would be honest and share my pain and struggles... even though I was scared to death. I thought by being open, it would help me-- or maybe even someone would relate. So I took the chance.
The led me to create FEARLESS. Because I am not a fat girl. I am a girl who is FEARLESS.
Upon finally coming up with the name, I thought to myself "Why just make a book called "Fearless"? Why not engage everyone-- because being fearless is for everyone. It does not matter what you want in life - go for it, and be fearless. I want to know how my friends and readers are fearless.
What have you been through in life and preserved form that has made you fearless? Maybe it is your fashion choice, a career you have always wanted, a relationship you knew was right but no one else did, overcame domestic violence, abuse-- we all have a story. We can all be fearless.
Next Thursday, June 19th, I will host a link up. On your blog, write your fearless story, and then link it up with Thursdsay's blog post. If you do not have a blog, you can still share your story. Email it to me along with 1-3 pictures if you want, and I will post it on a new blog I created for #BeFearless, and link up each post individually.
This link up never expires. I am creating a "Fearless" page that will go next to my "About" page. On there, your entries will always be displayed. So even if you are not ready to share your story, or you are just now getting the courage to live fearless, you can find hope and inspiration always on that page, and share your story, if you ever choose too.