This is my niece Jessica, or as she prefers to be called, Merida. First off, can we talk about how adorable she is?! And she’s even more beautiful on the inside. I love her sweet heart!

Have you seen the movie Brave? Merida is the main character. She’s full of spunk and ideas and she’s BRAVE!

Among other aspirations, she wants to be Merida at Disneyland when she grows up. And with her gorgeous, red curls and fair skin–she’s a natural! She’s also working on archery {and getting really good!} and plans to do some horse riding in the near future.

Jessica, er I mean, Merida is determined and working hard to reach her goals. She’s one brave six year old.

I feel like some days, getting out of bed requires an extra measure of bravery. Then there are things throughout the day and week that require bravery. I don’t want to let fear hold me back. I don’t want to not do something because it’s scary. I want to push myself, engage, try to new things, love well {even when it’s scary} and live life with courage.

Today I’m working on scheduling tests for David that will mean he’s uncomfortable and has to stay in the hospital a couple nights. And I’m scared. But we need to see if his body is working. I want him to be healthy and to thrive.

I’m working on some new designs that are stretching me creatively and it’s intimidating. But exciting.

I’m working on a session for a conference that I’ll be speaking at in a couple months and it’s terrifying. But I want to do it.

Maybe later I’ll go bury myself under lots of blankets and hide from the world. but right now I’m jumping in and letting it be hard.

I want to be brave.

Are you facing any challenging or intimidating situations?