I've been thinking about blogging for a long time, but just like some of us when it comes to doing something new, self-doubt crept in. What if I'm not knowledgeable enough? What if people don't care about what I have to say? What if I make silly grammatical errors, because of my self diagnosed dyslexia? What if I just don't match up to the writing standards of other bloggers? The questions have rung over and over and over...
This and many other things have crippled me for years. But what I've found even more crippling, is having something to say and not saying it. Holding all of those thoughts, feelings and ideas on the inside, and just not letting them out can be really frustrating.
I recognised a couple of years ago the power of vulnerability, which to me means the ability to share your true self wholeheartedly for the benefit of yourself and others.
I'm highly inspired by the work of Brene Brown who in her words describes vulnerability as "having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome." She also says
Before discovering this I'd always perceived my vulnerability as a character flaw and something I should avoid doing/being.
As the weeks and months go by you'll begin to unpack why I say that, but also why choosing to embrace vulnerability has been crucial to my growth.
This blog is the first of many things I'm doing in light of "showing up" where the outcome is unknown and out of my control. But I feel like it's necessary for overcoming my self-doubt, creating local and national impact, and encouraging you to do the same.
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