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Be Scared and Do It Anyway

“Be scared and do it anyway”

   I don’t know if I should attribute that to Brene Brown or Elyse Meyers but it was my mantra this week.

   I’ve spent the last month since buying my short school bus decorating and tweaking and hanging around in my driveway.
  I travel for a living. I’m a travel blogger and have been around the world with my 9 yr old since she was six months old. We even had a tow behind trailer at one point that I taught myself how to drive and back in from YouTube videos. Travel is kinda my thing.
But, I have battled cancer the past two years. My travel confidence was shot. I wanted to slow down and my daughter was asking to camp more. The bus seemed like the perfect answer. But we had yet to leave the driveway.
Wednesday night around 11pm, scared and nervous and underprepared, I booked two nights at a campground 2 hours away. I knew I had to go far enough that I wouldn’t turn around and drive home if it got hard. So we woke up the next day, packed up food and dogs and I figured, worst case scenario, we’d sleep in a metal tent and drive home.
I wanted to cry leaving the driveway. I dreamt the brakes failed (they didn’t). But- It rained 80% of the time we were there. Our foster dog slipped her collar and went chasing another dog. I didn’t sit back in my seat the first 45 minutes of driving. BUT- I did it. We did it. And now I know I can do it. And that’s how I’ve built my confidence through each challenge Ive set for myself as an adult.
It would be easier to stay home.
But I want to live my life. I don’t ever want to say “oh I wish I’d tried that” when I’m 80. So, if you’re scared, it’s ok. That doesn’t mean you can’t still try.

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