be brave. show up.

I’m not even going to sugar coat it… Last night it was hard for me to sleep after the Terrorist attack on France.

Preparing to leave my kiddos for longer than I’ve ever left them and going into the unknown, it brings a certain amount of worry to a Mother’s heart. It just does, there’s no way around it. Then you go and add yet another senseless, mindless, heartless and hate filled terrorist attack and that just adds another element I wasn’t planning for yesterday.

Europe is my home, France is so familiar to me, it’s hitting *way too close to home* for me.

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t consider backing out of my trip as I lay there in the wee hours of the morning. I told myself “no one would judge you, no one would think less of you” and I played the scenarios over and over in my mind.

In the end, somewhere around 3am I drifted off to sleep. Heavy hearted. Sad. Confused.

The last thing I had read before putting my phone away was this, my friend Sunny posted it. “You have within you right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you.” – Brian Tracy

When I woke this am, I felt a little better about things. I felt that my subconscious mind had dealt with a lot of my emotions, I was feeling prayers for peace and grace and as I woke, just asked that it would be clear to me this morning as I woke what I was to do.

The very first thing I saw when I opened up my phone was a quote from the amazing Brené Brown. So simple. So clear. 4 words.

bebrave show upBe brave. Show up.

Yep, that’s it right there. Be brave.

Brave is my secondary #onelittleword for the year. I’ve come to realize that really, Grace and Brave often go hand in hand. Often for one, you need the other & so here I am… One sleep separates me from my flight to Uganda.

One sleep and 9,000 miles.

I’m ready.

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About Mary

a wife, a mother, a friend, a daughter, a sister, a photographer, a traveler, a reader, a dancer, an oil enthusiast, a lover of life!