During one of the toughest times in my life, I would write “be brave” on my wrist as a reminder that I was strong enough to push through each and every day. Those two words helped in many small ways. During these blue seasons, finding ways to persevere through the fog was so important! On days when my depression was heavy, simply getting out of bed and going to class was a struggle. One of the only things that got me through these times was a painting class. During my years at Belmont, I rekindled a love for art that I had long forgotten about. Painting had always been a passion for me that I learned from my grandmother. On those rough days I would use the energy from this passion as a means to power through, and I would take courage in knowing that even just getting out of bed to go paint at school was brave.
So flash forward a few years, a couple of busted relationships, low points, and bad days later, and I've finally found my true self. Being brave now meant coming to the realization that I didn’t need anyone by my side to be “happy.” Me, myself, and I were more confident than I had ever imagined and completely capable of being strong and independent.
This evolution may have taken a few years, but it wasn’t until recently that I realized those small words written on my wrist during a tough time had finally become an integral part of my essence. As I wrote “be brave” I actually became brave and learned how to persevere and fight for the life I knew I could have. I went from BE BRAVE to I’M BRAVE!
BRAVE because I had the courage to move away from home/family, buy a house, and start a new life and job here in Nashville.
BRAVE because I learned that I’m capable of being alone, single, and building my life without someone by my side.
BRAVE because I wake up everyday and fight hard to be authentic and honest about my struggles.
BRAVE because I take care of my fur baby Ellie and would protect her at all costs.
BRAVE because I’m ME.
"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."
We all feel afraid from time to time, but we also all possess the courage to push through those fears. Don't let your mind, social media, school, work, etc rob you of your confidence. Extend yourself some grace when things are tough and ALWAYS speak kindly to that girl looking back at you in the mirror!
Remember to always be you.