To me, being fearless doesn’t mean being without fear. I believe being fearless is taking on the things that scare you most. Being fearless means being unafraid and unapologetic about who you are. It means being brave enough to identify what you fear and facing it head on, even when your instincts tell you to run away.
Fearlessness is something that I believe should be admired, which is why I’m so excited to share my latest series with y’all: Fearless Friday! Every Friday, I’ll be sharing stories of brave people and how they’ve faced their fears.
Today, I’d like to introduce y’all to one of my best blog friends ever, Nina from Hugs and Lattes. Read her fearless story below!
Hi! I’m Nina, a lifestyle blogger at Hugs and Lattes. Hugs and Lattes is my space where I encourage positivity (which, according to the red lines that pop up every time I write that, is *not* actually a word) and grace through humor and stories.I love hugs, I love lattes. I want to share both with the world.
What does being fearless mean to you?
Fearlessness is the ability to step outside of your comfort zone and embrace something new. To be fearless is to be bold and have confidence in your decisions.
Share a story where you had to overcome a fear.
One of the biggest fears/insecurities of mine was embracing who I am both in person and in writing. I grew up an extraverted social butterfly without a filter. When you don’t have a filter, you often embarrass yourself by sticking a foot in your mouth. I did this (and do this!) often. By the time I was in college, I thought I was this awkward weirdo with secret low self-confidence. I don’t think people noticed because I am a person who exudes confidence. Deep down, however, I didn’t like who I was.
I care a lot about what people think. So when friends/ex-boyfriends would say things about me or to me, I took it to heart.My senior year in college, I began dating this great guy who saw the true me, and encouraged me to become more of myself and to love myself.
Now I am confident in who I am. Yes, there are still things I want to improve about myself. But I embrace my loud voice; I laugh off the fact I run into walls and doorways all the time; I have become more bold in my opinions and in my writing.
I don’t think I’ll ever truly know who I am because we are always changing. But I always want to love myself.
Whose fearlessness do you admire and why?
I admire anyone who is bold enough to tell the truth in love and embrace who they are.
This is such an English major answer, but I truly admire Mary Oliver’s fearlessness. Mary Oliver is a poet who pens simple but impacting poems about vulnerability and seeking truth.
What song makes you feel fearless?
I didn’t really like this song until I watched this video. This sweet girl made me tear up. If she can be fearless, we can all be fearless.
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