Wow the day has arrived, yes my first ever blog post.
I want to begin by sharing with you an amazing quote which I first read at the beginning of Brene Brown’s book Daring Greatly.
The phrase Daring Greatly is from Theodore Roosevelt’s speech,Citizenship in a Republic. This is the passage that made the speech famous:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again,
because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause;
who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly . . .”
Since reading this book I decided to be more courageous, to challenge myself to use that 20 seconds of amazing courage that visits me. To let myself be vulnerable.
Today I, Karen Main, boldly and proudly am stepping into the arena.
So how did I get here, to be the proud owner and author of a blog?
This has been an idea that began growing deep inside me years ago. I have made notes about it, dreamed about it, chatted to friends about it. Then I decided to do something about it.
I grabbed that seed of an idea and I planted it, deep into my being. I loved it and nurtured it until it grew too big to hold onto.
It was time to either let go of this incredible idea or to grow it outside of me for all the world to see.
The decision was tough and yet once made felt so right. I felt invigorated, rejuvenated, scared, nervous and courageous.
I was planning to join an enormous community that I have admired for so long.
I was planning to put myself out there, in the arena and it felt amazing.
I kissed my little seed and brought it out into the light.
It was time for it to grow more.
I found us some nourishment and I signed up for an ecourse by one of my favourite bloggers Liv Lane .
I chose a spot to plant it, a home, a website, and worked with the amazingly patient Michele Bergh to build its foundation.
Then I added my own rich soil as I prepared to plant it here on my website
We needed some sunshine and my logo was made with thanks to the incredible work by Greta at Colour and Spice
I hold now in my hand something that is fragile and yet can stand strong.
My own dandelion.
Ready and waiting for me to lean in and softly and sweetly blow the seeds of my messages to ride the wind currents.
I invite you to open up your window by subscribing or visiting here often and to lean out and catch the seeds as they drift past.
This will be my place where I endeavour to shine a light on my everyday moments and capture the breathtaking in the familiar.