Back in graduate school (shout-out to you Masters in Counseling Psych I’m not using!) in order to be certified to *lead* counseling groups we had to participate in group sessions.
It was then I realized (the super obvious notion of) even helpers need help.
Even coaches need *coaches.*
Flash forward 20+ years and, when I hit a ok. so I know what I’m doing TODAY but where is this path headed? moment, I knew precisely what to do.
I turned to a life-path carver (AKA coach) of my own.
A few weeks ago we had our first skype session during which he said (following what felt like a dramatic pause):
What I hear you describing is BRAZEN. You’re brazen. What does brazen mean to you?
He posed the question in that inimitable way of all good life-path-creator-helpers:
He didn’t want my thoughts immediately—he wanted me to mull.
He wanted me to mentally chew on the word
in the same way Charming loves UP his PinkPuppy girlfriend until I settled upon a “personal” definition.
And masticate I did.
I pondered various interpretations:
1. boldly shameless
2. unrestrained by convention
3. marked by audacity
1. to face and overcome boldly
2.to make (oneself) bold or brash
I realized–although I initially giggled when I heard the word—BRAZEN captures what I live day-to-day and what I strive to teach my daughter.
To me living brazenly is:
- Putting myself FIRST. BOLDLY. It’s the knowledge if I don’t take care of my needs before “doing unto others” & slap on my oxygen mask first I’m unable of caring for other people in my life.
- Owning it. I work my ass off. I’m not really just “lucky.” I’m absolutely grateful and possess no arrogance–yet I don’t pretend simply because we women are supposed to purport not to know our worth.
- Flyinging my FREAK FLAG. It’s waving that thing because it’s who I authentically am and *not* for the
shock valuesake of flying a flag.
- Boldly do unto others. Serving others. Celebrating others. Shining the light on others. As I blog and as I live.
I’m brazen (quite frankly–who knew?).
I’m blogging and living as a way to invite others to live BRAZENLY alongside me.
Today, however, we’re starting back at the beginning.
At the start.
I ask you to share with me:
What does BRAZEN mean to you?