Day 3: what are you afraid of?

3 Jan

Still soaking in the spa and wonder of Washington sites here in Woodinville.

Justin and I just finished a couples massage — our first together and Justin’s very first massage ever.

He had tons of questions about how it worked —- Do we wear clothes under our robes?  Where exactly do they massage?

I was reminded of my first spa visit.  The questions, the nerves, the unknown.

And, that, I suppose is really the biggest barrier to trying new things — the unknown.

So that’s why this year and this new promise is all about taking away the fear and going after my goals not just fearlessly, but with love in my heart — be it professional, personal or just plain fun.

Just putting myself out there is really the hardest part.
And then, of course, following through.

Today, I was inspired by Justin’s total commitment to try something new.  We giggled in our robes as we dressed down to our naked bodies and hopped onto each of our designated massage beds.

I was so happy to share my new-found joy with him.
Even more so, I was reminded of another reason why I love him — he’s just not afraid.

There are many things I am not afraid of — I can give a speech to 3,000 people, but ask me to hold a spider and I turn into a crying mess.

There’s even scarier stuff  — like taking a chance, sticking my neck out, trying new things, swimming in the ocean, failure, disapproval, embarrassment … the list goes on and on.

As I sit here in my comfy robe, all warm inside and out, it makes me wonder about this fear thing — just what is it all about?

I know one thing:  this is the year where I will find out.

What are you afraid of?
I would love to know.

P.S. Thursday night I will be talking with the funny and fabulous Janette Barber on Janette’s Show SiriusXM Stars Chanel 107 about The Promise 365.

P.P.S. Hope you can tune in!  Don’t have Sirius?  Get a free Sirius trial here.

4 Responses to “Day 3: what are you afraid of?”

  1. konyd January 3, 2012 at 9:27 PM #

    I love what you are doing, Jamie, You are such an inspiration, I adore you. Had the honor of meeting you at the Chicago Women on Fire, in April of 2010. That’s when I fell in love with your spirit. Just this morning I am writing a blog as well and hoping to link our blogs,
    My challenge, of what I am afraid of is being Magnificent, shining my light as bright as I can. I have no problem shining my light on others, but when it comes to me that is where the fear, resistance held me back. Not in 2012, as this is now my intention to “Embrace my/your true Magnificence. Thank you my dear for being you the Magnificent YOU!!!!!
    You are making a difference in a it is rippling out into the big ocean. Love you Kony dengel

  2. Jen January 3, 2012 at 9:46 PM #

    I am completely, utterly, and irrationally fearful of needles. I’ll handle (almost) any of your spider situations but will need to sit down if anyone mentions needles. It’s embarrassing really. I could write my own blog about how I hate needles.

  3. sschaeff January 4, 2012 at 4:06 AM #

    Dear James, I love this promise! Thanks for leading us through this important process. For me, I’m terribly fearful of something I can’t quite name-loss? I’m with you on your journey…

  4. kate January 4, 2012 at 11:21 AM #

    I am deathly afraid of snakes. I also fear disappointing the people who love me.

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