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“I have been working with Heather for the past several months on opening myself up to finding my Beloved. I met a new guy and we went on a 10 hour first date! This has never happened to me before and I felt so relaxed and comfortable, open and connected. I could remain grounded in my own body, stay present (and not move into crazy mind chatter), and yet connect in a fun and flirtatious way with this new man. I am feeling the release of old layers of fear around being hurt in relationship and the need to protect myself falling away. Who knows where this new connection will lead but being able to connect in this way and follow my heart and my inner knowing is POWERFUL!”
by L.D., 36

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Feel the Fear & Do It Anyway!

I made the above commitment a few months ago at a seminar facilitated by the amazing Jennifer Powers. I said I would push myself boldly out of my comfort zone in order to grow. At the time, it sounded like a fantastic idea.

Then, the work began.

As one writing contract wound down, an opportunity presented itself to grow my skills in another, powerful way--coaching. It would require going to an office, learning brand new skills and creating another way of being. It would require leaping far out of my comfort zone so that I could have more of an impact on people. So that every day, I could support individuals across the country in achieving their dreams. It has been an amazing and rich experience, as I've spent the summer success coaching non-traditional college students through an incredible company, InsideTrack.

And this was just the beginning.

Since committing to "feeling the fear and doing it anyway," I followed my inner guidance to walk away from relationships that no longer serve my long-term growth, move into a home that would allow me to be (and "be" in my favorite part of Portland!), and allow new people into my life in new and surprisingly different ways.

Whew!

In addition, my writing began to evolve. I started writing poetry again. I began pitching to editors on articles I was passionate about. My book project (passed in the final review by Lyon's Press -- you guys are missing out!) has taken on new life, as my coauthor and I refine it AND stay true to our vision.

This feeling the fear thing is not easy. It's uncomfortable. It hurts. It makes me scream and cry and in general act like a 5-year-old. On the flip side, I am living - I am feeling. Every day, I'm discovering my truth in a fuller and deeper way.

I'm leading the life my life deserves to live:
-Connecting with like-minded individuals on a daily basis who inspire me.
-Supporting and coaching amazing people.
-Writing what I love.
-Engaging only in relationships that serve my highest good (and the highest good of the other).

The clincher to all of this? I never imagined it would be so fraught with intensity, emotion and grand ephipanies. It is richer, deeper and more heart-chakra expanding than I ever anticipated.

Isn't life grand?!
Leave a comment here about how you're feeling the fear and doing it anyway...

Happy Writing!
xoHeather :)
  • Anonymous

    What a grand post. Thanks for sharing!

    -Courtney

  • Alyssa

    You go girl!!!
    When I'm feeling scared or start second guessing this unsure-where-the-next-gig-is-coming-from path, I am inspired by you – we've got to hang together & keep each other true to our souls and following our hearts, I swear it makes the world a better place! Thanks for helping me keep on keepin on!
    xo
    ~Alyssa