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Are you brave? I never thought I was until recently. Let me explain.

I have seen so many Facebook posts lately of people claiming to be bored during this Corona pandemic. Truly, I shake my head at these posts. Bored is a luxury I haven’t seen in many years. But, I am going to say something that may come as a complete shock to some, and if not you, your kids most definitely. Being bored is good.

Yes, let me repeat myself.

Being bored is good! 

Did you know that so many wonderful things happen in your mind when you are bored? I am not a scientist, so I can’t go into great detail about it all but these people can if you care to read.

When you are bored, that is when your mind is allowed to create.

For me, being bored resulted in my now career. Out of sheer boredom and a little bit of desperation, I  was driven to start a brave new adventure: writing, and I never stopped. Writing is now my career. Albeit, not a very high paying one (yet!!), but one that makes me rich on life, and gives me something to look forward to every day.

So, I say use this time of “boredom” to be brave!

If you want to be the next best contemporary dancer this world has ever seen, then start by breaking it down in your living room. Or if you want to be the Food Network’s next Top Chef, it isn’t going to happen if you don’t learn how to cook first. I highly recommend this cook book. And no, Joanna Gaines isn’t paying me to say that, but it would be cool if she did. I recently started using it and like the recipes, so I’m sharing.

Want to write the next great American novel…guess what! Gotta put the words on the page first, and I recommend this list of books to help you out!

“But Erin,” you say…”What if…what if I suck?”

And guess what I say?! “So what?”

No one can see you besides the people in your home and your cat. And who cares what they think? They already know you’re a little cuckoo right? And they still love you. And if they don’t, it’s time to lose them, but that’s another blog post.

But in all seriousness, the first time you ever do something, YOU WILL SUCK. Let me say that again. YOU WILL SUCK. But that’s OK. That’s how you learn, that’s how you get better, and that’s how you keep pushing, and keep going until one day you don’t suck and you’re ready to share your new talent with the world.

So, if you want to run a marathon, lace up those shoes, baby! Remember to stretch. I learned that the hard way, and I even created a Pinterest board dedicated to such sport.

If you want to create beautiful art, pull out the paint brushes and paint. All you have is finger paints from your three-year-olds stash, that’s OK. Use it! Promise you’ll pay him back in Cheetos later.

Whatever it is you want to do, give yourself the permission to suck, and most importantly give yourself the permission to BE BRAVE. But please don’t, and I repeat, please do NOT give yourself permission to go another day putting that thing that you truly want to do off. Life is not guaranteed. Tomorrow we might not be here, and you wouldn’t want to spend your last waking minutes regretting the fact that you never gave yourself the permission to have fun and really live.

So again, Go! Be Brave! I want to see you rock that thing you want to do, because who knows? I might be your best customer or your biggest fan one day. And when you get really famous, you can tell everyone it was because I encouraged you and they should buy my books. (Just kidding…kind of)

But first,  you have to give yourself permission to start.

So go! Now!

 

XOXO,

Erin

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