Fear

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Father’s Day. We were so blessed this year to spend the day with BOTH of our fathers. That hasn’t happened in a very long time, and even though it meant that it is now 11:20 pm and I am just now sitting down to blog, it was well worth it!

Wes and Zoe

Even though we don’t have actual children yet, I will give a quick shout out to the worlds most awesome fur father! We had a blast this weekend spending time with one of our fur children at the beach. She was spoiled rotten.

 

Recently I have been thinking a lot about fear. You know the things that hold us back from going after what we want. For the longest time I lived in fear that I would never be able to be a faster runner. I thought I was stuck in my normal “happy” place when it came to pace.

I finally decided to face the fear that I would fail in my big goal, and go after it. It took a while to convince myself that I could do this but slowly but surely I did! I am already seeing my times for easy runs slowly go down and doing workouts I never thought I could accomplish.

Bigger Than Your Fear

Recently I’ve been going through another situation that has caused that fear to creep back in. I’ve been toying with the idea of going after a big goal I have had for a while. It’s scary because it isn’t really a simple goal. It will require a tremendous amount of work on my part.

It will require completely stepping out of my comfort zone and going off into the complete unknown. I’m still not sure what my decision will be, but it has made me see how important fear is.

Change and Fear are Scary

Fear can hold us back, it can keep us down and it can keep us from going after our dreams. In some ways however, fear is also a way to show us where our passion lies. It is a sign that we are taking off and going down a road less traveled. That we are going after something that we once thought wasn’t possible.

Fear is  a way of showing us what is important. It is a way of pushing ourselves to a new level, a new point and to help continue to further ourselves in life.

Overcome

Even though fear can be terrifying it is also a way of reminding us we are alive! Sometimes we get so caught up in a routine and the day to day that we forget simply to live! Fear makes you feel alive, it makes you challenge yourself and it reminds you once again of the important things in this world!

It can inspire us to act, it can inspire us to think and it requires you to do something!

 

My challenge to you this week is to embrace fear. Look at it as something that will make you better, something exciting and something that will require you to take action! We shouldn’t be afraid of fear – we should be excited for what it can bring!

 

Is there something in your life that you fear?

How was your weekend?

About Sara

Welcome to my blog! My name is Sara and this blog documents my journey as a wife and a runner. I train hard and put my heart and soul into my running. My life is a crazy journey full of ups and downs, and I am here to share it all with you!

12 comments

  1. Great post! I am embracing some big fears as well. In August I am leaving New England, my friends, my family, my horses, and the shoreline, to move across the country to live in Utah and go to graduate school. So many fears about being a student again, about missing my family, about the move, the distance.

    Thanks for the encouragement! Here is a good quote too relating to the matter:

    ” Go confidently in the direction of our dreams. Life the live you imagined”. Henry David Thoreau.

    Lets ditch the fear and go confidently ;)

  2. I have always said that my biggest fear is of failure so I totally get where you are coming from. This fear has most definitely held me back in some ways and it’s a really difficult one to overcome. I find myself starting things and not following through with them because of my fear of failure. Somehow it’s easier for me mentally to quit before I have the chance to fail. Something I’m working on getting through every day!

  3. Great point, Sara! I’m excited to see what decisions are in store for you. I have faith in you, and know you’ll do the right thing! Glad you got to spend a fun day yesterday.

    Love the pictures – do you know the sources? Would love to use some of those in the future!! Happy Monday!

  4. Looking back on my 20’s the decade consisted of me confronting one fear after another. I kind of hopr my 30’s proves to be the same. I believe confronting fears leads to growth and ultimately new confidence and new accomplishments. I completely agree that paying attention what we fear can clue us in to what’s important.

    Great post!

    • I am learning to do this more and more as I get older! It’s so amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it and face your fears!

  5. This post comes at a great time for me! I am trying to make a big decision career wise by the end of the week, and I have a lot of fear in my decision. I love that you said, fear is a way of showing us where our passion lies… that sums up a lot for me. These are some great quotes for me to think of this week!

    • Good luck in your decision! I know it is hard sometimes, but I have found that we often know what we want deep down it’s just fear that is holding us back! Let me know how it goes!

  6. I’m definitely afraid of failure too…it’s making me really nervous for when I add in speedwork in a few weeks. Good luck with your goal!

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