We wear it on our shirts, have it on mugs, hashtag the heck out of it.
But what does it mean? What does it mean to be bold? And who even cares?
Let me back it up a bit.
All of my life, I’ve played it pretty safe. I’ve never really been one to make waves, be the center of attention – I’m happy to blend in and be in the background. It felt safe. It wasn’t scary. But I know I missed out on some pretty great opportunities in order to stay in my comfy little bubble.
Kathie (mom, as I call her) and I decided to restart Anchored Collective in 2018. I was nearing the end of my maternity leave with my daughter and was dreading the thought of going back to my job of almost 15 years. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed my career in safety, but at this time in my life, I felt called to be around more for my family. My dad had said for a while that we should start Anchored up again, and after a few discussions, we decided it felt right for us to do that.
BOLD MOVE (see what I did there?)
Then came the questioning and doubt – how are we going to do this again? What are we going to do differently this time? Are people going to even be interested? Who are we to think we can make this successful? These thoughts creep in all the time. It’s SCARY and totally out of my bubble. I have to PUT MYSELF OUT THERE and try. And fail, and try again, and maybe fail. But will it kill me? No. If I don’t try and fall flat on my face – I really won’t learn or grow or anything. I’ll just stay in my bubble and have never really LIVED my life as I’m meant to, to my full potential.
In the beginnings of our relaunch for Anchored, my mom sent me this bible verse,
Joshua 1:9 ‘This is my command – be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your GOD is with you wherever you go.’
It resonated with me. The simple truth of it.
So, naturally I went to Pinterest to see what cute quote picture I could post as the wallpaper to my iPhone 😊 and this photo came up:
And I thought to myself, be bold. I can do that. I can be strong, courageous and BOLD. And so can other people, they just might need the reminder, like I do. This is going on a shirt. And a key. And a mug. And whatever else I can put it on because I want to see it all the time and REMEMBER to not let FEAR stand in my way. That I can do hard things, I can do scary things, and I can do them because I have God with me every step of the way. I have my Family with my every step of the way. And I have Friends with me every step of the way.
This season of life can be hard. It can kick you when your down and it can seem like there is no end in sight. But you have it in you. You are STRONG and COURAGEOUS and BOLD.
You need to remember it and live your life with that boldness burning inside of you.