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Courage is something I have been thinking about a lot over the past year. I think sometimes we mistake courage for being fearless. But I like to believe the above quote. That to be courageous is to take on something even when you are fearful.

People still tell me it was a courageous thing to do to move to a completely new country where I didn’t know anyone all by myself at 21. To leave the familiar behind. But you know what? I’m not sure how courageous it was given I was excited and eager to move to a whole new country and start a whole new life. I think the fear sunk in a little later but I conquered it all the same. In the last couple of years, I personally think I’ve lived the most courageous life ever.

It started with having the courage to leave a dead-end relationship and realising there was no future. Sure, it was comfortable but there were a lot of cracks. The fear of the unknown probably made me stay in it longer than I should have. But when I finally faced my fear, I realised it was so worth it. 2013 was the epitome of a courageous year for me. I lived out of my comfort zone. I pushed myself to meet new people. To seek new adventures. To expand my social group. All of these required managing my anxiety and trying to live a life worth living.

Being courageous has expanded my life. It has given me new friends. It has given me wonderful adventures. It has given me a whole lot of memories to cherish. It has taught me that I can survive. That fear is not necessarily a paralyser and we can choose to live in spite of that fear.

Most importantly, being courageous has shown me a new me.

How do you live your life courageously?

Do share!

***This post is part of the April A to Z Challenge and the Ultimate Blog Challenge. You can find my other posts here***

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • Zita
    April 3, 2014 at 6:48 am

    Good on you! And I have enjoyed watching your courage unfollowed!! I wish I lived more courageously!!!
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    • Zita
      April 3, 2014 at 6:49 am

      That should say unfold not unfollow! Damn autocorrect! Lol…

    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 6:54 am

      Thank you! It’s still doable you know… πŸ˜‰

  • Zita
    April 3, 2014 at 6:48 am

    Good on you! And I have enjoyed watching your courage unfollowed!! I wish I lived more courageously!!!
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    • Zita
      April 3, 2014 at 6:49 am

      That should say unfold not unfollow! Damn autocorrect! Lol…

    • Zita
      April 3, 2014 at 6:49 am

      That should say unfold not unfollow! Damn autocorrect! Lol…

      • Psych Babbler
        April 3, 2014 at 6:54 am

        Haha! I tried to figure out what it meant… :p Thanks to autocorrect I have a new nickname among my group of friends…

    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 6:54 am

      Thank you! It’s still doable you know… πŸ˜‰

  • Ananya Kiran
    April 3, 2014 at 7:07 am

    You are so right ! Well written πŸ™‚
    Courage was something I never had.
    It was born within me when my fears increased.
    It was the option, I chose to survive.
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 7:09 am

      “It was the option I chose to survive” — I love that! So true…we can choose to give up or fight! πŸ™‚

  • Ananya Kiran
    April 3, 2014 at 7:07 am

    You are so right ! Well written πŸ™‚
    Courage was something I never had.
    It was born within me when my fears increased.
    It was the option, I chose to survive.
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 7:09 am

      “It was the option I chose to survive” — I love that! So true…we can choose to give up or fight! πŸ™‚

  • Pinky Poinker
    April 3, 2014 at 7:18 am

    I admire you for what you did. I would find it difficult to move cities let alone countries. Mind you I did go back to University as a single Mum of 5 kids at 40 years of age so that was a bit brave.
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 7:20 am

      A bit brave? That’s amazingly brave!!! Kudos to you! πŸ™‚ I am lagging behind in commenting on other blogs…hopping over to check out your three days so far…

  • Pinky Poinker
    April 3, 2014 at 7:18 am

    I admire you for what you did. I would find it difficult to move cities let alone countries. Mind you I did go back to University as a single Mum of 5 kids at 40 years of age so that was a bit brave.
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 7:20 am

      A bit brave? That’s amazingly brave!!! Kudos to you! πŸ™‚ I am lagging behind in commenting on other blogs…hopping over to check out your three days so far…

  • Rhondi St.Onge Peacock
    April 3, 2014 at 8:30 am

    This is the third letter I have visited for and I am so very impressed by your insight. I look forward to reading more. Just stopped by (again) from A-Z… Cheers.

    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 8:31 am

      Thank you Rhondi for your kind words! πŸ™‚

  • Rhondi St.Onge Peacock
    April 3, 2014 at 8:30 am

    This is the third letter I have visited for and I am so very impressed by your insight. I look forward to reading more. Just stopped by (again) from A-Z… Cheers.

    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 8:31 am

      Thank you Rhondi for your kind words! πŸ™‚

  • Rajlakshmi
    April 3, 2014 at 9:38 am

    It’s inspiring how you have overcome all the fears and apprehensions… Maybe situations make us courageous… Sometimes it’s deep inside us and comes out only when faced with tough times
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 9:43 am

      Thanks Raj…it was scary shit at first but it was something I just had to do for myself. And I’m so much happier for it! πŸ™‚

  • Rajlakshmi
    April 3, 2014 at 9:38 am

    It’s inspiring how you have overcome all the fears and apprehensions… Maybe situations make us courageous… Sometimes it’s deep inside us and comes out only when faced with tough times
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 9:43 am

      Thanks Raj…it was scary shit at first but it was something I just had to do for myself. And I’m so much happier for it! πŸ™‚

  • floodproofmum
    April 3, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Wow that certainly was courageous – moving countries! Well done, you have followed your dreams and everything has worked out for you πŸ™‚
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 7:33 pm

      Haha…thanks…I still don’t think it was that courageous! But I certainly am fortunate the path I have taken is working out. Sure there are bumps along the way but it’s worth it! πŸ™‚

  • floodproofmum
    April 3, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Wow that certainly was courageous – moving countries! Well done, you have followed your dreams and everything has worked out for you πŸ™‚
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 7:33 pm

      Haha…thanks…I still don’t think it was that courageous! But I certainly am fortunate the path I have taken is working out. Sure there are bumps along the way but it’s worth it! πŸ™‚

  • Danny Simon
    April 3, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Wow! You seem to have been through quite a lot! Love that quote… you truly cannot avoid fear but choosing to act right through it requires a lot of courage…n there’s no life without taking a few risks, is there? Great post

    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 7:42 pm

      Thanks Danny…I still don’t reckon it’s as much as some people I meet but it’s my journey and I’m trying my best… πŸ™‚ And it’s funny you mention taking risks — wait for tomorrows post… πŸ™‚

  • Danny Simon
    April 3, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Wow! You seem to have been through quite a lot! Love that quote… you truly cannot avoid fear but choosing to act right through it requires a lot of courage…n there’s no life without taking a few risks, is there? Great post

    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 7:42 pm

      Thanks Danny…I still don’t reckon it’s as much as some people I meet but it’s my journey and I’m trying my best… πŸ™‚ And it’s funny you mention taking risks — wait for tomorrows post… πŸ™‚

  • Irene Waters
    April 3, 2014 at 11:29 am

    I can’t believe how similar our two posts are. I just put mine in Facebook and saw yours there. Great minds think alike I thought but until coming and reading your post I did not realise just how similar we are. Totally agree with your courage post. I’m going to follow as I’m intrigued as to how your adventures pan out. Well done on being courageous. Cheers Irene

    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      Haha…great minds do think alike Irene! πŸ™‚

  • Irene Waters
    April 3, 2014 at 11:29 am

    I can’t believe how similar our two posts are. I just put mine in Facebook and saw yours there. Great minds think alike I thought but until coming and reading your post I did not realise just how similar we are. Totally agree with your courage post. I’m going to follow as I’m intrigued as to how your adventures pan out. Well done on being courageous. Cheers Irene

    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      Haha…great minds do think alike Irene! πŸ™‚

  • Rajrupa Gupta (@IRajrupa)
    April 3, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Wow! You have been through quite a lot. Facing one’s worst fear is the most courageous thing indeed! Not many of us have it.
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      Thanks Rajrupa…it’s been an adventurous time! πŸ™‚ Everyone has courage…you just have to find it within…

  • Rajrupa Gupta (@IRajrupa)
    April 3, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Wow! You have been through quite a lot. Facing one’s worst fear is the most courageous thing indeed! Not many of us have it.
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      Thanks Rajrupa…it’s been an adventurous time! πŸ™‚ Everyone has courage…you just have to find it within…

  • Annie
    April 3, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Hey! Thanks for stopping by my blog πŸ™‚ Great choice of word there. 2013 was the most courageous I have ever been too… I quit my well paying, cushy job (one that I LOVED at that!) for literally… the unknown. I don’t think it was like me at all, because I am the kind of person who likes being in control, and has their life planned out for the near future at all times.

    Before I quit, I also gathered the courage to go tell my boss, who I greatly admire and have learnt many things from, that this was the end of the line for me here, because there is nothing else for me to learn anymore. ‘The fear of the unknown probably made me stay in it longer than I should have.’ — this describes perfectly what happened to me with my job as well!

    Great post, look forward to coming here often! πŸ™‚
    Annie.
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 8:30 pm

      Welcome here Annie! πŸ™‚ I did read that about you — I think that takes a lot of courage to quit your job and know that you’ve reached the limit in terms of learning! You might enjoy my post for the letter D. Thank you so much for sharing your story! πŸ™‚

  • Annie
    April 3, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Hey! Thanks for stopping by my blog πŸ™‚ Great choice of word there. 2013 was the most courageous I have ever been too… I quit my well paying, cushy job (one that I LOVED at that!) for literally… the unknown. I don’t think it was like me at all, because I am the kind of person who likes being in control, and has their life planned out for the near future at all times.

    Before I quit, I also gathered the courage to go tell my boss, who I greatly admire and have learnt many things from, that this was the end of the line for me here, because there is nothing else for me to learn anymore. ‘The fear of the unknown probably made me stay in it longer than I should have.’ — this describes perfectly what happened to me with my job as well!

    Great post, look forward to coming here often! πŸ™‚
    Annie.
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 8:30 pm

      Welcome here Annie! πŸ™‚ I did read that about you — I think that takes a lot of courage to quit your job and know that you’ve reached the limit in terms of learning! You might enjoy my post for the letter D. Thank you so much for sharing your story! πŸ™‚

  • Cheryl
    April 3, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    It takes a lot of courage to change something that’s not working. The older I get, the less I want to waste my time and the more I want to live my life more fully. Good for you!

    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 8:31 pm

      Oh Cheryl, I so agree with you about living life fully…that’s what I’m trying to do! πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing!

  • Cheryl
    April 3, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    It takes a lot of courage to change something that’s not working. The older I get, the less I want to waste my time and the more I want to live my life more fully. Good for you!

    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 8:31 pm

      Oh Cheryl, I so agree with you about living life fully…that’s what I’m trying to do! πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing!

  • sugandha
    April 3, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Every morning you come up with something positive for us to carry through the day. It is important to be courageous… I am trying to build it up in my personal life at the moment. I think I will look back to your post for support.
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      Thanks Sugandha! I’m glad it’s been a positive journey so far… πŸ™‚

  • sugandha
    April 3, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Every morning you come up with something positive for us to carry through the day. It is important to be courageous… I am trying to build it up in my personal life at the moment. I think I will look back to your post for support.
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      Thanks Sugandha! I’m glad it’s been a positive journey so far… πŸ™‚

  • Sharon
    April 3, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Loved your story of courage. I didn’t get which country you came from and went to! That is brave anyway you look at it! Enjoy the challenge. Visiting from A to Z Challenge! It took courage for me to start it!
    Have a great day wherever you ended up!
    Sharon
    Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA here

    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 9:25 pm

      Whoops…sorry Sharon. I moved from India to Australia at 21 to pursue further studies. πŸ™‚ Thank you for your lovely words!

  • Sharon
    April 3, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Loved your story of courage. I didn’t get which country you came from and went to! That is brave anyway you look at it! Enjoy the challenge. Visiting from A to Z Challenge! It took courage for me to start it!
    Have a great day wherever you ended up!
    Sharon
    Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA here

    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 9:25 pm

      Whoops…sorry Sharon. I moved from India to Australia at 21 to pursue further studies. πŸ™‚ Thank you for your lovely words!

  • Carrie-Anne Foster (thatdizzychick)
    April 3, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    I love this one. Pinned it, too πŸ™‚ It’s a great photo, great message, and a great story.

    Carrie~Anne at That Dizzy Chick
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      Thanks Carrie-Anne…photo was from a recent weekend away. We were lucky enough to have our backyard overlooking the lake.

  • Carrie-Anne Foster (thatdizzychick)
    April 3, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    I love this one. Pinned it, too πŸ™‚ It’s a great photo, great message, and a great story.

    Carrie~Anne at That Dizzy Chick
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      Thanks Carrie-Anne…photo was from a recent weekend away. We were lucky enough to have our backyard overlooking the lake.

  • G Angela
    April 3, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    I liked this post on courage, and I am inspired by your courage, at such a young age. I was courageous to make a choice to go ahead with my pregnancy not knowing how the child is going to be, as the doctors predicted that i may have special child. I continued with fear and insecurity and had a down syndrome child. I loved him and enjoyed his company for 7 years and i had the courage to let go of him, when he was contracted with bronchal pneumonia.

    I continue my life with my 13 year old daughter and I believe that my life has a purpose, even though it sometimes hurts me when i think of my son ..

    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 9:27 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing your courageous story Angela…it means a lot! You are still courageous in living your life without your son…it must be really hard!

  • G Angela
    April 3, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    I liked this post on courage, and I am inspired by your courage, at such a young age. I was courageous to make a choice to go ahead with my pregnancy not knowing how the child is going to be, as the doctors predicted that i may have special child. I continued with fear and insecurity and had a down syndrome child. I loved him and enjoyed his company for 7 years and i had the courage to let go of him, when he was contracted with bronchal pneumonia.

    I continue my life with my 13 year old daughter and I believe that my life has a purpose, even though it sometimes hurts me when i think of my son ..

    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 9:27 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing your courageous story Angela…it means a lot! You are still courageous in living your life without your son…it must be really hard!

  • S(t)ri
    April 3, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    My favorite quote <3 C is indeed for Courage and Coffee too πŸ˜›
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      Haha…C is for Coffee for sure… πŸ˜€

  • S(t)ri
    April 3, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    My favorite quote <3 C is indeed for Courage and Coffee too πŸ˜›
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      Haha…C is for Coffee for sure… πŸ˜€

  • Julie Jordan Scott
    April 3, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Courage is one of those intense C words. I almost used it for the Bold Writer but went with Commitment and a quote very similar to this one, actually. Perhaps Rollo May and Mark Twain met over tea someplace in heaven? Or maybe hot toddy’s? Who knows. Your boldness shines through your story.

    I’m grateful you shared it here. Happy A to Z!
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      Oh I do like Commitment too…it takes courage! πŸ™‚ Off to check out your quote and your blog. Thanks for your lovely comment…

  • Julie Jordan Scott
    April 3, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Courage is one of those intense C words. I almost used it for the Bold Writer but went with Commitment and a quote very similar to this one, actually. Perhaps Rollo May and Mark Twain met over tea someplace in heaven? Or maybe hot toddy’s? Who knows. Your boldness shines through your story.

    I’m grateful you shared it here. Happy A to Z!
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      Oh I do like Commitment too…it takes courage! πŸ™‚ Off to check out your quote and your blog. Thanks for your lovely comment…

  • Archana
    April 3, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Kudos to you! Courage is something we all must have especially women. You have what it takes to succeed. Good Luck and God bless!
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  • Archana
    April 3, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Kudos to you! Courage is something we all must have especially women. You have what it takes to succeed. Good Luck and God bless!
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  • S. Katherine Anthony
    April 3, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    I’ve always loved that quote. Such a simple and powerful truth to it!
    Good for you for facing fear and inspiring us with your own courage. I’m glad you now have that chin up and are enjoying making new memories. Go you!
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  • S. Katherine Anthony
    April 3, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    I’ve always loved that quote. Such a simple and powerful truth to it!
    Good for you for facing fear and inspiring us with your own courage. I’m glad you now have that chin up and are enjoying making new memories. Go you!
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  • Pooja Mahimkar
    April 3, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    hmm… the courage to finally give in and explore the unknown is difficult and more power to you for having overcome that!

  • Pooja Mahimkar
    April 3, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    hmm… the courage to finally give in and explore the unknown is difficult and more power to you for having overcome that!

  • Philip Michaelson
    April 3, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Great post. Very true! We only get one shot at life and there are no rewards for regret.

  • Philip Michaelson
    April 3, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Great post. Very true! We only get one shot at life and there are no rewards for regret.

  • Sreeja Praveen
    April 3, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Courage is the best option we can choose to live a meaningful life. It is a choice, always. C for courage, n choice. πŸ™‚
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  • Sreeja Praveen
    April 3, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Courage is the best option we can choose to live a meaningful life. It is a choice, always. C for courage, n choice. πŸ™‚
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  • Aditi
    April 3, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Loved the post! Being courageous expanded your life – I can relate to that and completely agree!
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  • Aditi
    April 3, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Loved the post! Being courageous expanded your life – I can relate to that and completely agree!
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  • Caro Ness
    April 3, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Couldn’t agree with you more!

  • Caro Ness
    April 3, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Couldn’t agree with you more!

  • nabanita
    April 3, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Wow that must have taken some courage…Goon on you girl…Well let’s see for me the first thing that comes to my mind is dousing the flames when I was on fire…And after that day I somehow saw a lot of things clearly…that was courage for me in the literal and figurative sense…

    Random Thoughts Naba
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  • nabanita
    April 3, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Wow that must have taken some courage…Goon on you girl…Well let’s see for me the first thing that comes to my mind is dousing the flames when I was on fire…And after that day I somehow saw a lot of things clearly…that was courage for me in the literal and figurative sense…

    Random Thoughts Naba
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  • simple girl
    April 3, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    At this juncture of my life, I am desperately want to be courageous. Though that is not happening at the pace I want it to be, nevertheless I am trying towards it …
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  • simple girl
    April 3, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    At this juncture of my life, I am desperately want to be courageous. Though that is not happening at the pace I want it to be, nevertheless I am trying towards it …
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  • Shail
    April 3, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    I agree with the Mark Twain quote. And you seem to have done the same. Kudos on that. I was a very meek and docile person who turned around when the need arose. Perhaps if not forcd, I’d still be that meek person being pushed around? But now I can’t even visualize that possibility πŸ™‚
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  • Shail
    April 3, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    I agree with the Mark Twain quote. And you seem to have done the same. Kudos on that. I was a very meek and docile person who turned around when the need arose. Perhaps if not forcd, I’d still be that meek person being pushed around? But now I can’t even visualize that possibility πŸ™‚
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  • Suzy
    April 3, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Feel the fear and do it anyway. Good on ya PB. Excellent post and Courage is a good choice for C. I love the pictures you put at the start of your posts.
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  • Suzy
    April 3, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Feel the fear and do it anyway. Good on ya PB. Excellent post and Courage is a good choice for C. I love the pictures you put at the start of your posts.
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  • Beloo Mehra
    April 3, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    That is indeed a great quote from Mark Twain! Good to know a bit more about you through this “courageous” post. I like how you ended this post about finding new you through courage. Some years ago I did something that my mother thought was unwise at that time, but there was something inside me that kept pushing me to take that plunge…an inner courage that tells you all will be well, just go for it!
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  • Beloo Mehra
    April 3, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    That is indeed a great quote from Mark Twain! Good to know a bit more about you through this “courageous” post. I like how you ended this post about finding new you through courage. Some years ago I did something that my mother thought was unwise at that time, but there was something inside me that kept pushing me to take that plunge…an inner courage that tells you all will be well, just go for it!
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  • Shesha Chaturvedi
    April 3, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    You have explained courage here perfectly! It is certainly not easy to move to a new place all alone, I could never think of doing so. Yes courage is breaking the hard shells of comfort zones as and when needed… πŸ™‚
    P.S. Loved the quote and image πŸ™‚
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  • Shesha Chaturvedi
    April 3, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    You have explained courage here perfectly! It is certainly not easy to move to a new place all alone, I could never think of doing so. Yes courage is breaking the hard shells of comfort zones as and when needed… πŸ™‚
    P.S. Loved the quote and image πŸ™‚
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  • swathi shenoy
    April 3, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    well written pb πŸ™‚ am learning to be courageous!!

    do drop by
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  • swathi shenoy
    April 3, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    well written pb πŸ™‚ am learning to be courageous!!

    do drop by
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  • Sushree Dash
    April 3, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    On the other side of being courageous lies a rediscovery of our true self πŸ™‚ Good one indeed ….I hope every one musters up enough courage to move on in life …..
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  • Sushree Dash
    April 3, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    On the other side of being courageous lies a rediscovery of our true self πŸ™‚ Good one indeed ….I hope every one musters up enough courage to move on in life …..
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  • Shailajav
    April 3, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    It’s the first few steps in a new zone that scare us the most. If we overcome that, then the courage to do well propels us forward. I am so glad that you did what you felt courageous about. And Life is after all, one courageous adventure after the other. πŸ™‚
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  • Shailajav
    April 3, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    It’s the first few steps in a new zone that scare us the most. If we overcome that, then the courage to do well propels us forward. I am so glad that you did what you felt courageous about. And Life is after all, one courageous adventure after the other. πŸ™‚
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  • Soumya
    April 3, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    And cheers to the new you! Over coming fear is the first step of victory! πŸ™‚
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  • Soumya
    April 3, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    And cheers to the new you! Over coming fear is the first step of victory! πŸ™‚
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  • Sheethal
    April 3, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Courage is something I’m yet to gain!
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  • Sheethal
    April 3, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Courage is something I’m yet to gain!
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  • Obsessivemom
    April 3, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Courage sets you free, isn’t it? All the time we spend being scared we stop ourselves from doing so many things but once we gather the courage and go out there we’re capable of almost anything. I find your post very inspiring.
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  • Obsessivemom
    April 3, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Courage sets you free, isn’t it? All the time we spend being scared we stop ourselves from doing so many things but once we gather the courage and go out there we’re capable of almost anything. I find your post very inspiring.
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  • Cheryl Malandrinos
    April 3, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    Wonderful post. Congratulations on all you’ve accomplished. I love that quote from Twain too. I think the way I live courageously is by not giving up with my writing. I have two books published with two more under contract, but finding an agent yet hasn’t been successful. Still, I keep plugging away.

    Wishing you the best.
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  • Cheryl Malandrinos
    April 3, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    Wonderful post. Congratulations on all you’ve accomplished. I love that quote from Twain too. I think the way I live courageously is by not giving up with my writing. I have two books published with two more under contract, but finding an agent yet hasn’t been successful. Still, I keep plugging away.

    Wishing you the best.
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  • Michelle Liew
    April 3, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    You took a huge leap of faith…but it was a great decision! A great share!
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  • Michelle Liew
    April 3, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    You took a huge leap of faith…but it was a great decision! A great share!
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  • Kathy
    April 3, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    It takes courage to do what you did. Amazing. Some days I think it takes courage to just get out of bed and face another day…LOL Inspiring postβ™₯

  • Kathy
    April 3, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    It takes courage to do what you did. Amazing. Some days I think it takes courage to just get out of bed and face another day…LOL Inspiring postβ™₯

  • Kimberly Gauthier
    April 4, 2014 at 12:10 am

    I haven’t often wished I was brave enough to leave behind the familiar and start fresh. Today, I love my life and I wouldn’t dare leave. But there are other hurtles to overcome, like my fear of conflict. Last year, I was hit with opportunities again and again until I finally started finding tools to help me get over that fear. Today, great opportunities are finding me, because I got a little more courageous.
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  • Kimberly Gauthier
    April 4, 2014 at 12:10 am

    I haven’t often wished I was brave enough to leave behind the familiar and start fresh. Today, I love my life and I wouldn’t dare leave. But there are other hurtles to overcome, like my fear of conflict. Last year, I was hit with opportunities again and again until I finally started finding tools to help me get over that fear. Today, great opportunities are finding me, because I got a little more courageous.
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  • Sitara Nair
    April 4, 2014 at 12:18 am

    You know courage sprouts when you are challenged to push your fears down…..
    Wonderful….girl….the move to step into a foreign land
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  • Sitara Nair
    April 4, 2014 at 12:18 am

    You know courage sprouts when you are challenged to push your fears down…..
    Wonderful….girl….the move to step into a foreign land
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  • belindareger
    April 4, 2014 at 12:39 am

    Good to know your so courageous, I am courageous but, tend to fail at times. I need that push. Very nice post and love your writing.
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  • belindareger
    April 4, 2014 at 12:39 am

    Good to know your so courageous, I am courageous but, tend to fail at times. I need that push. Very nice post and love your writing.
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  • Shine Kapoor
    April 4, 2014 at 12:53 am

    Life is all about courage, I do not let my fears dictate my actions. Nice post!

  • Shine Kapoor
    April 4, 2014 at 12:53 am

    Life is all about courage, I do not let my fears dictate my actions. Nice post!

  • Richa Singh
    April 4, 2014 at 12:57 am

    Courage is normally one the few things precursor to all elements in life. Every single quality starts with it..
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  • Richa Singh
    April 4, 2014 at 12:57 am

    Courage is normally one the few things precursor to all elements in life. Every single quality starts with it..
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  • Lisa Williams
    April 4, 2014 at 1:01 am

    Great post! I wished I have lived more courageously when I was young and went as far as looking for another job in another state where I knew no one, nothing panned out so I stayed put. I’m happy with my life now, I’m married and have two beautiful daughters. I always encourage my kids to be courageous and try things they aren’t sure they will like or get out and meet new people.

    I applaud you!
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  • Lisa Williams
    April 4, 2014 at 1:01 am

    Great post! I wished I have lived more courageously when I was young and went as far as looking for another job in another state where I knew no one, nothing panned out so I stayed put. I’m happy with my life now, I’m married and have two beautiful daughters. I always encourage my kids to be courageous and try things they aren’t sure they will like or get out and meet new people.

    I applaud you!
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  • Gunilla Redelius
    April 4, 2014 at 1:25 am

    That’s a great quote! It’s true that certain things look courageous for an outsider, but isn’t for ourselves, and also the other way around. You never know what kind of fears other people are fighting with, inside. I enjoyed reading this post!
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  • Gunilla Redelius
    April 4, 2014 at 1:25 am

    That’s a great quote! It’s true that certain things look courageous for an outsider, but isn’t for ourselves, and also the other way around. You never know what kind of fears other people are fighting with, inside. I enjoyed reading this post!
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  • Debbie
    April 4, 2014 at 1:45 am

    You certainly were very courageous to accomplish all that you did. Congratulations!
    I’m not quite so brave, but slowly am leaving my comfort zone more and more to pursue the writing muse. Best wishes for your further success.

  • Debbie
    April 4, 2014 at 1:45 am

    You certainly were very courageous to accomplish all that you did. Congratulations!
    I’m not quite so brave, but slowly am leaving my comfort zone more and more to pursue the writing muse. Best wishes for your further success.

  • PNA
    April 4, 2014 at 2:51 am

    Way to go PB! It requires courage to step out of our comfort zone, it takes courage to see that things are not working out and take a decision.. that’s courage.. very well written

    xoxo
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  • PNA
    April 4, 2014 at 2:51 am

    Way to go PB! It requires courage to step out of our comfort zone, it takes courage to see that things are not working out and take a decision.. that’s courage.. very well written

    xoxo
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  • Drusilla
    April 4, 2014 at 3:16 am

    Am so happy I discovered your blog through the A to Z Challenge. Your posts are soothing and you ask profound questions.

    I’m living courageously right now by writing a book. Check out this Loved As If, about being orphaned as a little girl, living in a brutal abusive family, searching for healing, and finding it. The painful experiences are difficult to write about but it’s even harder to write about is how God stayed w/ me & cared for me even when other people didn’t.

    The second courageous way I’m living is by working to raise the funds to self publish my book.

    Other than that, just living requires courage every day. I look forward to checking in on your blog again & again.
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  • Drusilla
    April 4, 2014 at 3:16 am

    Am so happy I discovered your blog through the A to Z Challenge. Your posts are soothing and you ask profound questions.

    I’m living courageously right now by writing a book. Check out this Loved As If, about being orphaned as a little girl, living in a brutal abusive family, searching for healing, and finding it. The painful experiences are difficult to write about but it’s even harder to write about is how God stayed w/ me & cared for me even when other people didn’t.

    The second courageous way I’m living is by working to raise the funds to self publish my book.

    Other than that, just living requires courage every day. I look forward to checking in on your blog again & again.
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  • Inderpreet Kaur Uppal
    April 4, 2014 at 3:47 am

    It is all about faith in one’s own self. The mind might be confused but the heart will guide you.
    Great post and you Go Girl!!
    All the best for a great life on your terms!.
    Health and Happiness Always.
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  • Inderpreet Kaur Uppal
    April 4, 2014 at 3:47 am

    It is all about faith in one’s own self. The mind might be confused but the heart will guide you.
    Great post and you Go Girl!!
    All the best for a great life on your terms!.
    Health and Happiness Always.
    http://inderpreetkaur.blogspot.in/2014/04/color-not-kind-i-like.html
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  • maggie
    April 4, 2014 at 4:11 am

    So good! The beauty is you are never prepared to be courageous, it just happens and then there is no looking back.

  • maggie
    April 4, 2014 at 4:11 am

    So good! The beauty is you are never prepared to be courageous, it just happens and then there is no looking back.

  • Stephanie Smith
    April 4, 2014 at 5:47 am

    That was an awesome post. If you never take the risk and be courageous to do something different then your with alot of “what ifs”. Twelve years ago I got married. I was so scared to ever marry because of my parents divorce. I took the courageous step and said yes when he proposed to me.
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  • Stephanie Smith
    April 4, 2014 at 5:47 am

    That was an awesome post. If you never take the risk and be courageous to do something different then your with alot of “what ifs”. Twelve years ago I got married. I was so scared to ever marry because of my parents divorce. I took the courageous step and said yes when he proposed to me.
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  • Nibha
    April 4, 2014 at 7:24 am

    Loved the quote! and I’m loving your A-Z posts! They are filling me with new motivation and inspiration!
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  • Nibha
    April 4, 2014 at 7:24 am

    Loved the quote! and I’m loving your A-Z posts! They are filling me with new motivation and inspiration!
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  • Stephanie
    April 4, 2014 at 10:01 am

    I completely agree! I know people who say they “aren’t afraid of anything.” But that, to me, either means they aren’t being truthful with me, or themselves. If you acknowledge your fears, and face them head on – that’s courage! Thanks for sharing!
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  • Stephanie
    April 4, 2014 at 10:01 am

    I completely agree! I know people who say they “aren’t afraid of anything.” But that, to me, either means they aren’t being truthful with me, or themselves. If you acknowledge your fears, and face them head on – that’s courage! Thanks for sharing!
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  • Kathy
    April 4, 2014 at 11:51 am

    I’m not courageous enough to live in a foreign country. Even when I was 21 (which was a long time ago, although it seems like just yesterday!). Good job! Keep up the good work, and courageousness πŸ™‚
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  • Megan
    April 4, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    First of all, you are a fantastic writer. Thanks for sharing your story- you ARE courageous! I think my weight loss journey has been a courageous one. I have pushed myself to new limits!
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  • pinksocks
    April 4, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    May you stay courageous πŸ™‚
    All the best.
    Visiting from A-Z

  • DeToutCoeur
    April 4, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Beautifully written post – enjoy the A-Z challenge too – look forward to reading more of what you do πŸ™‚
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  • Maanne Lopez
    April 5, 2014 at 5:14 am

    I did something that took a lot of courage, but before I prepared myself that what I’m about to do may or my not be a happy ending. I was really holding back but I don’t want ‘What Ifs’ anymore. Glad I held to that little courage πŸ™‚
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