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Face Your Fears in The New Year with This Life-changing Mantra

December 15th, 2016

The year is wrapping up and I think I speak for a lot of you when I say, oh boy, what a year it has been. For me, it was filled with a lot of change, growth, unexpected adventures, hard conversations, many hours of reflection, and lots of time spent outside of my comfort zone – all which I welcomed with open arms. If you read my column regularly, you know how much I believe change is a great catalyst to evolving.

In thinking about the message that I wanted to end the year on, I wanted it to be positive, honest, forward, and hopefully change your perspective. So I leave you with this: Choose your hard.

What does that even mean? Every day we are faced with a lot of choices and opportunities. Some of them seem so unfathomably hard to explore that we may shy away entirely. I can’t take that spin class because I’m so out of shape that it’ll be too hard. I can’t have that tough conversation because I’m not sure how it’ll end. I can’t start my own business because I don’t even know where to start. I can’t KonMari (Marie Kondo) my place because I don’t have time to organize.

Does any of that sound familiar? If so, I want you to consider the other side of what seems hard…

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11 Comments under :: Face Your Fears in The New Year with This Life-changing Mantra
  1. daeyz says:

    Aah this was a great read, thanks for being motivational, and you’re completely right! It’s time to stop waiting!


  2. I can completely relate to this post and I love your advice! 2016 was a hard year for me, but I learned a lot in the process. Sometimes hard is not necessarily bad. I’m looking forward to all that 2017 has in store for the new and improved me!

  3. Carrie S. says:

    Such a great post! This year was one of hard conversations and the repercussions (and growth!) from them. I’m looking forward to 2017 with renewed clarity, and dammit, I’m looking forward to a little KonMari time!

  4. npharney says:

    A really great read, so many I identified with and I really need to get going on without psyching my self out

    – Natalie

  5. Kelly Krause says:

    “Hard is not necessarily bad” — totally agree! Happy Holidays!

  6. Libbynan says:

    This was much needed reality for me. I’m having major surgery on the 28th and have been told to take the next three months off. This is not how I roll, but I have no choice. Facing it has been really bumming me out. “Choose the hard!” If I can convince myself that I chose this, maybe I can make the most of it. Choose healthy, choose needed changes, choose new ways of thinking and being. Thanks, Kelly, for kicking my butt.

  7. Samantha Lee says:

    I like to live by a kind of similar (what’s worse) mantra – will I regret doing this, or will I regret NOT doing it? More often than not I find I’ll regret not doing or going for something, and that makes the decision for me!

  8. Kathryn says:

    Amen! “The highest reward for man’s toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it.”
    – John Ruskin

  9. Vrinda says:

    Thank you for this! I needed this.. 🙂

  10. Ah, this is so great! For the longest time I was avoiding what I truly wanted because I knew it would be a hard journey. Often we choose one path in life because it’s the path of least resistance. But that’s no way to live. We must stop waiting and act now! 🙂

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