The August Challenge

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Fear.

I don’t care who you are or where you come from, we all struggle with various fears on a daily basis. It’s one thing that unites us all, but it’s also something we don’t talk about very often. Instead, we often hear much more about hate, anger, jealousy, and criticism which only further leads to more fear. What if we just started talking more about what scares us?

Fear can be crippling. As someone who has suffered from chronic anxiety my entire life, I know that all too well. If left unchallenged, our fears can multiply. I personally fear failure, mistakes, judgment, health of myself and loved ones, not being worthy or deserving, disappointing myself and others. I even fear that I won’t be able to overcome my fears. Sometimes fears are on a smaller scale, but they seem difficult nonetheless – going out to see friends, making a difficult phone call, or getting back into an old sport. Fear can be motivating, “Oh I don’t want to mess up my speech, so I’m going to practice every day this week.” or demotivating, “I messed up and feel like an idiot, so I won’t make myself vulnerable again.”

Because of our fears and in spite of our fears, I’m making a special challenge for the month of August. This month I’m personally challenging myself and any of you who are interested to take control of our fears, whatever they may be!

From the wise words of Eleanor Roosevelt, my challenge for August is to do one thing a day that scares you.

The beauty of this challenge is that YOU define it. You make the rules and decide what is challenging for you. We all know ourselves better than anyone and it’s up to us to define this challenge in a way that meets our own needs.

I currently have some things in my life that are holding me back and I’ll be working daily this month to challenge fears and negativity and make room for personal growth.

To keep myself accountable, I’m logging my daily feats on a calendar each day. By the end of the month, I’ll hopefully have a log of large and small fears that I overcame. The end result is intended to build confidence, inspire new personal challenges, and remind ourselves that we are more powerful than we know.

How to participate

As always, let me know in the comments if you’d like to join in! I’d love to hear about what fears you’ve overcome all month long, so feel free to leave a note on my blog or Facebook page and tell me about it. If you write a recap at the end of the month on your blog and send it to me, I will try to compile all of the links in a post so others can read about your journey too. I’d love to hear about your experiences!

Last but not least, here are some quotes on fear to get us inspired: (source)

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”
― John Lennon

“Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.”
― Jim Morrison

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”
― Marie Curie

“Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.”
― C. JoyBell C.

For more inspiring quotes, see my quote page.

If you are looking for more personal work, my Gratitude Challenge, could work hand in hand with this month’s challenge.

Here’s to August!

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1 Willow August 1, 2012

Great idea for a challenge, Angela! When I saw you were announcing a challenge, I literally thought ‘well, there’s no way I’ll be able to participate this time… I’ve got way too much on my plate!’ but that fits so perfectly with the theme. I’m preparing for my wedding, and have just over a month to get everything together (and I’m making my cake!). Talk about fear! I have a very big voice in my head telling me I can’t, or that I’ll fail, or that something will go wrong… and an even bigger voice urging me to just elope and get it over with! Pulling off a celebration with the family is definitely a fear I’ll be tackling this month. Thanks for the motivation!

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2 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy August 1, 2012

I just got married two weeks ago, and I felt so many emotions before my big day too. The time goes by so quickly, so just enjoy it. No matter what happens, at the end of the day, you will be married and it will be perfect!

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3 Meghan August 1, 2012

I’m getting married in 2.5 months and I’m terrified. Thanks for the motivation with this challenge, I’m definitely going to participate, even if it scares me!!

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4 Willow August 1, 2012

Thanks, Emily! I know it will be wonderful in the end. :)

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5 Alex @ Brain, Body, Because August 1, 2012

I was married in early June and definitely understand your fear. Everyone said, “It’s crazy now, but the day will come and it will be absolutely perfect, no matter what happens.” I didn’t belive it.

…but it’s true :)

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6 Olya August 2, 2012

Talking about marrige and fear..I was scared to death couple years ago when taking responsibility for making flowers for my niece wedding! Turned out well…There is russian folklore for this “eyes are affraid but hands are doing..” Good luck with your cake, you’ll be fine and, anyway, any mishaps will be remembered later on more than all smoothly going stuff :)

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7 RachelRuns August 1, 2012

I’m in!! Thank you so much for this post! I’ve been struggling for the past 9 months or so with food anxiety and anorexia, but am working toward my recovery. It has put a huge weight on my life and has had a huge impact on my family relationships.. I was never close with my parents so I denied having a problem to them, and in turn my parents end up causing even more anxiety for me. Even though I know they are just worried about me, its difficult to handle especially since I’ve denied it so long and tend to be a little stubborn about accepting help. I’m working on rebuilding myself and overcoming my anxiety and I’m ready to move onward and upward so this is exactly the type of challenge I need :) You have always been an inspiration to me and have already helped me through a lot!!

p.s. your new layout looks amazing! i love it

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8 Ash August 1, 2012

What a great challenge idea! I have suffered from anxiety for about 8 years now. Driving has always produced tons of anxiety, so I think to start off the challenge, I’m going to start of by driving to the grocery store and doing some shopping!

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9 Carolyn @HealthKitten.com August 1, 2012

My scary thing is to change careers.

I worked as a web developer 10 years ago, but got out of that career after a horrible job experience that sent me running for the hills to do anything different. “Different” ended up being an executive assistant and moving into a pro bono coordinator at a major law firm. While I love doing this work as I think I’m helping people in some way, I’m increasingly at odds with the direction and environment of the workplace. Turning from the place that wanted to do good for others into a place that puts profits, working and paying clients over all else.

Thus my scary thing is bringing my skills to a 2012 level and switching jobs! To top off the scary sundae, I gave myself a deadline of October to do so. Pretty damn frightening, if you ask me!!

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10 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy August 1, 2012

I love this challenge! I’m going to do my best to write my conquered fear down everyday. My biggest challenge this month? Saying “no” and doing what’s best for me, instead of trying to please everyone else. I suffer from anxiety too, so I think this will be good for me!

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11 Wendy August 1, 2012

I was looking through the comments for some inspiration about how to challenge my fears and this is perfect! I can really relate to the your fear of saying no when you need to. Thank you!

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12 sarah August 1, 2012

This post is perfect timing. I’ve just come to realize his much anxiety I have on a daily basis and I am ready to do something about it. Count me in!

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13 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table August 1, 2012

I really love that last quote. Perfect reminder today – it’s been a really tough/challenging work week.

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14 Jessica August 1, 2012

What an inspiring idea for a challenge! You left out my favorite quote about fear:
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I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.
(Dune)
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15 Melissa August 1, 2012

Yay, Dune!

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16 Victoria August 1, 2012

Great timing for this challenge! I start professional school in just under a month, and I’m already anxious about the new people I have to meet, and all of the things I’m going to have to do. This will be really motivating!

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17 Kathy August 1, 2012

We all allow fear to hold us back sometimes. I try to hold on to these verses to help me through. We need to let go of our fears in order to rise up higher.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
The fear of man brings a snare: but whoso puts his trust in the LORD shall be safe. Proverbs 29:25
What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me. Psalm 56:3-4

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18 Dana August 1, 2012

Amen. God and His Word is enough for any trial!

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19 Julia H. @ Going Gulia August 1, 2012

This is such a great post. I actually mentioned something similar at the end of a recent blog post: don’t let anything hold you back. Going into my last year of college before the “real world”, I definitely can see how I might be dealing with fear a bit more than usual over the next year. But like you said, I should use it as a motivating factor!

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20 Alex @ Brain, Body, Because August 1, 2012

I’ve noticed a few other bloggers writing more introspectively lately and I absolutely love it. Really looking forward to this challenge!

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21 Tricia August 1, 2012

What a great way to start August! I’ll definitely join in because I’ve been letting fear control my life for too long.

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22 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 1, 2012

Oh my, I could go on and on about this! Great theme for August, Ange. There are a few things holding me back from opportunities at the moment but some of these quotes (and your challenge) are inspiring me to move forward. Writing them on post-its now! :)

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23 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh August 1, 2012

This is a great idea! I feel so stagnant in my progress right now so maybe I need to look fear in the eye and pump up the volume!

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24 Radha August 1, 2012

Have you read My Year with Eleanor by Noelle Hancock? A great book that goes with your challenge. .

Love your new blog banner. <33

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25 Juliana August 1, 2012

Challenge accepted! Off to compile a list of my fears…

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26 Sloane@stregthinfreedom August 1, 2012

I can’t tell you how excited I am for this challenge. This month is going to be a difficult one, and as a fellow sufferer of chronic anxiety, I have a tendency to let my fears really hold me back or drive me into unhealthy behaviors rather than just face them. I love the John Lennon quote you included! After I first went to ED inpatient treatment I got at tattoo that says “Love drives out fear” to always remind me that fear is an inhibitor, but looking at the world through a lens of love is freeing. I got the quote from The Four Agreements, but have since found it in the Bible too, and the JOhn Lennon quote reminds me of it as well. Thank you so much for sharing this challenge! Good luck on all your accomplishments–I can’t wait to see what you do and can’t wait to participate!
xoxo

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27 Fearful August 1, 2012

This is just the boost I needed today! I have a few things I fear that I plan on getting over this month. Thanks for the push. :)

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28 Laura August 1, 2012

What a great challenge Angela! This is exactly what I need this month of August before returning to my last year of undergrad in September. I also struggle with anxiety and your previous posts have inspired me to continue on in learning and growing. When I read your posts about anxiety and issues in University they made me realize “this is me!” and I sought the help I needed. Once again, reading your blog has offered me new inspiration with this challenge!

My biggest fears are social and healthy anxiety as well as fearing failure. This month I want to challenge myself rather then remain in my comfort zone. You are an example of how taking a leap of faith has great rewards (your career change) and that ultimately trusting yourself is the way to go.
This month I am going to trust my instinct rather then chose fear (and comfort).

Have a lovely day :)

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29 Emily August 2, 2012

I am SO with you on your fears! I am going into my junior year as an undergrad and I always put a ton of pressure on myself to be “perfect” in school, but my biggest fears are definitely social and health anxiety. I tend to avoid social situations where I don’t know anybody, but I realize that this is holding me back from having a truly full life-challenge #1! My health anxiety tends to revolve around the health of my family (not so much myself) and I constantly worry about something “bad” happening to them-challenge #2! Like you, I am going to challenge myself to step out of my comfort zone, just live, and see what happens! Good luck to you!

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30 Laura August 2, 2012

Avoiding social situations with people I don’t know used to be my BIGGEST issue. It prevented me from going to parties or meeting up with friends and I would often make excuses. I started confiding in my best friend about my anxieties and she has become my wing woman. Whenever I am nervous I talk to her about it and she usually talks me into going haha or comes with me. Once I started getting used to it meeting new people became a lot easier. I still struggle with this but it’s a lot better now that I have confided in friends and push myself.

The competitive nature of University puts a lot of pressure on students academically and social pressure can be tough too!! I think it’s just important to remember school is not the end all be all of life and that balance is necessary. Grades won’t suffer if you take time to enjoy yourself.

Good luck to you too!

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31 Elle August 19, 2012

I know what you mean. I have such a fear of social situations that I usually avoid them…unless I absolutely have to. Even commenting on this blog fills me with a sense of fear…nervous about what people will say, what people will think. Making new friends puts me out of my comfort zone. I guess it’s the fear of rejection. I know I’m late in the game with this August Challenge (as I just found this amazing blog) but I so need to challenge myself in life and not let my fears stop me from having a full and rewarding life.

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32 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 19, 2012

Hi Elle, I’m glad you commented. :) Thank you! I hope you grow to feel welcome here. Goodluck with your goals.

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33 Gloria August 1, 2012

You can count me in! I’m a shy girl, and fear wins most of the time. I graduated from CSNN (Natural Nutrition School) about a year ago with an interest to pursue my own practice, or anything related to the nutrition field, and here I am still working at a gym as a receptionist. I think I’ve been working there for 4 or 5 years now. I really need to get out of my comfort zone..
Thank you for this :)

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34 Samantha August 1, 2012

Life of fear-
For many years I have really struggled with weight. I grew being told that I was FAT and STUPID. So last year when I had finally lost 50 pounds and had 40 to go, the unthinkable happen for us. We got Pregnant. I had no idea I was pregnant for 21 weeks of it. We had a HUGE move and I had stopped working out. So I thought ” crap I am getting FAT again! ”

After years of trying for a baby and losing 1, we adopted last year. Many say thats why it happen. But the hardest part was I was over EVER being pregnant. I had my baby and Adoption was great for me. I got the prize with out the getting HUGE part. Well now I am HUGE and gained almost 40 pounds and due in 3 weeks.
I have not enjoyed this process at all. I FEAR the delivery and the pain. My anxiety is so bad that I haven’t celebrated the journey at all. My family just keeps saying..” you should be all rainbows and smiles and on cloud 9. Your not as fat now you have a baby growing.” But how can I switch from thinking I am Fat when I was this big just 2 years ago and I fought so hard for so long. I FEAR I will struggle to get the weight off and that I will always be FAT.
So this month this challenge couldn’t of become at a better time. Every day I will pick what scares me that day and deal with it. Tonight is my baby shower, Time to try to get excited about Pain.

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35 D August 1, 2012

Hi Samantha,
Good luck with your upcoming delivery. Many women struggle with this fear, it is the fear of the unknown. But, you can look at all of the mommas out there and know that they made it through delivery- you will too. It may not be easy, but you can do it!! Women’s bodies are designed with birthing in mind!

As far as the weight anxiety – I would recommend this book. I sat down and read this book cover-to-cover without stopping – it is fascinating and I think it will provide you with some peace :)
http://www.lindabacon.org/HAESbook/

Joy to you!

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36 k August 1, 2012

Check out to blog or Facebook page birth without fear. Great empowering information!

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37 Leann Schuering August 1, 2012

Love this. Count me in! Fear has been holding me back in a lot of ways, and I am just now realizing it.

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38 Bronwyn August 1, 2012

Great Challenge idea. I need someone to really push me into doing some of the things I’m terrified of. I definitely have had some serious anxiety issues over the years, and I’ve just begun really wanting to deal with them, so this challenge comes at the perfect time.

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39 leatitia August 1, 2012

This is a good idea. I’m in!

Today’s first challenge is a big one for me: Visiting a daycare for the first time for my son. What to ask? What to look for? How to act? How to impress? A lot of unknown for a first time mom. Here we go…

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40 Katie @ Fun Fearful Female August 1, 2012

I read this post and smiled! I recently started a blog called Fun Fearful Female & was going to issue this exact same challenge to myself and my readers in August. Great minds think alike, right? I’ve loved following you on your journey & look forward to hearing more about how you’re challenging your fears this month. Cheers to overcoming fears! :)

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41 JMK0316 August 1, 2012

Angela, this couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I’ve struggled with massive anxiety for the majority of my life (of the main “If I can’t be perfect and just completely outstanding in absolutely everyone’s eyes then I might as well not even do it at all” type). I decided in May to leave a job that was the latest in a long line of advancing positions in the field I thought was perfect for me and would give me the life I wanted and needed. After using the time off to get back to the small things that keep me sane (running, yoga, baking, etc.), I’ve decided to finish school and rebuild my life from the small, important things up, rather than from the large, amorphous things down. I finally figured out that it’s probably better to do the things that make me happy every day than it is to have things I think I want, and beat myself up because I can’t find the time to do the things I love. All that said, classes start in ~3 weeks – I’m excited! But fearful – that my chronic anxiety will again take over and I won’t be the best me I can be, that my recovered workout and healthy eating routine will be what falls by the wayside as I fit classes, studying, and work back into my daily schedule, that I won’t be magnificently talented at the field I hope to pursue (personal writing/cultural journalism – or something along those lines), and the oddest fear I can name, that I will continue to be fearful and not take the risks necessary to succeed and be the outstanding person I believe I am. Thank you thank you thank you for being somehow telepathically connected to me and posing this challenge for August of 2012, just when I need it. I’ll try to keep you updated :D

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42 Alyssa August 1, 2012

I like this post. Funny timing too.. I recently became aware of my ability to sabotage positive opportunities that I’ve had, just because a small aspect of them seems really scary to me.. so I flake out and avoid the situation. It’s a good reminder that I need to be helping myself with my struggles. If something scares me, it’s so easy to turn the other way and avoid it, but I can’t live my life doing that and unfortunately I won’t be able to conquer my dreams if I do that. :)
Thanks for posting this!! FYI it sounds like we have a lot in common when it comes to this issue.

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43 Joanna August 1, 2012

What a great idea! But I’m scared to do it! More reason to join the challenge :) I love the feeling of facing a fear. You feel so much weight lifted off your shoulders.

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44 Christa @ Edible Balance August 1, 2012

Angela – I adore this post and the challenge! I just can’t do anything more food-related, my routine is tricky enough!

There are definitely areas I need to step out of my comfort zone and take some risks. I signed up for a distance learning course for nutrition and I have been petrified to open the books I received over a month ago! I have a huge fear of failure, I haven’t been in school for over 15 years and wasn’t a very good student either… nutrition has become a passion so it’s time to dive in, crack open those books and continue pursuing it :)

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45 Amy August 9, 2012

Hi Christa,

A few years ago I made the very scary decision to switch from a liberal arts major to dietetics in order to pursue my passion for nutrition. I was never particularly strong in science and terrified of the courses. But I jumped in …now I’ve just graduated and i’m about to start my internship to be an RD. I know i’ve found my path. Keep fighting for yours it’s worth it :)

<3 Amy

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46 shelby August 1, 2012

wonderfully timed, beautifully presented.. i will be logging on my iphone. what a perfect time to go to costa rica in 2 days : ) thanks angela!

shelby

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47 Alicia August 1, 2012

This is exciting! I can always use some extra self help! Recently I was forced to pull my special needs son out of public school based on how badly it was hurting him emotionally. My fear is not being disciplined enough to teach him at home and the challenges that will arise. I will start this challenge by writing out our schedule and by researching new curriculum to help me with him.
I can’t wait to think up all the fears I want to face this month.
Thank you

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48 D August 1, 2012

Alicia,
Good luck on your journey. There are homeschooling support groups which may be of help, you may want to research some in your area.

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49 Kom@hungryhealthygirl.com August 1, 2012

I love this idea and especially like the quote from joybell. I also like what you said about fear sometimes being a good thing, but sometimes being a bad thing. That is so true.

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50 Rosalie August 1, 2012

Your challenge (and past personal challenges) is the catalyst I need to officially set my own goal of fighting my eating disorder-related fears this month. I go back to university a month from now and this is my chance to really face the anxieties and discomforts I have with weight, exercise, binges, calorie counting etc. (extensive etc. ha) before moving in with six people who don’t know my issues. Thanks, Angela, you’re definitely an inspiration and a role model of mine.

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51 Emily @ www.main-eats.com August 1, 2012

That sounds like such a great idea! I have found myself becoming more anxious as I get older and it is freaking me out which makes me more anxious! I’m looking forward to pushing myself and seeing what you will do to overcome your fears this month! Good luck and empowerment to us all!

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52 Julie (A Case of the Runs) August 1, 2012

Nice challenge! I just blogged about learning to swim, something that always makes me uncomfortable (but Jillian Michaels always says to be comfortable with being uncomfortable). Planning my wedding also scares me, but must be done. I even get scared when I push myself too hard during a workout… ha ha.

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53 Amanda August 1, 2012

I am definitely in! I am dealing with resentments and fears in therapy right now, and it’s amazing how hand-in-hand those two things go! My therapist has me keeping a list in a journal – my fears “page” is 5 pages long (my strengths page is 5 lines long, just to show you how far down the rabbit hole I am!) I am going to spend the month at home and in therapy digging into my fear of failure (and, ironically, success), my fear of my body/weight issues, and my co-dependency. Thank you for this!

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54 Erica { EricaDHouse.com } August 1, 2012

I’m definitely in! I need to take some time and think of something I fear to challenge myself by this month.

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55 Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy August 1, 2012

what a great post! so true — fear can paralyze us — I’m with ya!

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56 Wendy August 1, 2012

I’m in! I have a fear of failure. It holds me back from a lot of superficial things and not-so-superficial things. I’m going to start writing a book. I read tons and tons of books and sometimes I think, I can write better than that. But deep down I’m not sure. I certainly don’t expect to be published, but I need a creative outlet and I want to give it an honest try. If nothing comes out on a page, then at least I tried.

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57 hayley August 1, 2012

this is such a perfect and brave idea. im in!

today im already facing a fear- headed to the ob-gyn for my annual check up, which i, for some reason, always am fearful of. im also going to a new dr ive never been to.. eek. in about 45 minutes.

it’s pretty empowering to think of facing a fear each day. i too have general anxiety in life, and would love to release it from my days.

i love that quote by c. joybell.

the time has come to face the fears!!

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58 catherine August 1, 2012

Hey Angela,
I love the idea of this post, and it’s funny because just yesterday I decided to take the plunge and start a blog. Definitely scary for me, but it was something I really wanted to do, even though I’m not exactly sure which direction the blog is going to go in.

I’ve written a post today about another challenge I’ve set myself, to read a book per week for the rest of the year. I was nervous about writing this post, and it’s quite long. I’m still nervous about how the blog is going to go, but your post here gave me a little bit more confidence :)

You’re definitely an inspiration when it comes to ‘doing’ things, rather than talking about wanting to do them! So thanks for that.

Here’s the link to my blog if anyone is interested: http://thattwopointoh.wordpress.com/
I feel like it’s definitely flawed at the moment, but am hoping with some more work, (and readers who give feedback?) I can find a good flow for it.

Catherine xx

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59 Heidi kokborg August 1, 2012

I think it is a really good challenge Angela :) I am in recovery of an eating disorder, and the lst three weeks have been really hard – I have had a huge relapse, and i has been really hard on me. Right now I fear that I won´t ever get out of my ED but I will keep on fighting. I think that I am staring to realize that I too deserve to be happy and have a healthy relationship with food and excercise, but it has taken me 7 years to realize. My eating disorder has ruined so much for my during the years, and I am scared to death that I cannot recover even though it is my biggest wish. So your challenge really has the perfect timing, and I am going to try even harder in August. And by the way you are such a big inspiration to me Angela – I am only 18, but seeing your journey is really helping me, and you help me feel like I am actually more than my ED, which is amazing. So thank you so much! :)

I apologize for any spelling mistakes or grammar mistakes – I am from Denmark :)

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60 Heather August 1, 2012

What an awesome idea!!! If you get a chance listen to the song “Uncaged” by the Zac Brown Band, amazing and inspiring lyrics! The most appropriate one being “everyday find a way to face my fears” :)

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61 Liz August 1, 2012

Love this challenge, and so great that each of us can personalize it to work for us. I’m taking this challenge head on – just have to get a list of fears, small and large, together!

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62 RosieB August 1, 2012

Just found your blog & I’m so glad I did. I really like this challenge because I suffer from anxiety as well. Mine started about ten years ago after I had a horrible panic attack during a time in my life that I had a lot going on. I’ve gotten a lot better over the years but I still limit myself because of the fear of having another panic attack. I think this challenge is a great way to help me get pass those limits.

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63 Alissa N August 1, 2012

I really love this idea. I am afraid of sharing my fears, my fear really runs deep. I am totally in, and will do a post about it at the end of the month. You rock, and I love the new site design!!!

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64 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning August 1, 2012

Wow- I love this idea! And once a day? Whoa. That would really force me to identify just how many “fears” I have that control me.
I recently quit my job as a teacher of 7 years to pursue my passions in another career. It scared the heck out of me- but I did it. But now, I’m kind of scared to “find happiness” through this new career change!
I’ve been away for a while- love the new blog look!

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65 Denise Thaller August 1, 2012

Two posts received today about challenges, must be a sign. I’m in. I lost 70 pounds last year and have been maintaining, learning about healthy and whole foods, and really expanding my cooking skills. However, I have a fear. A fear of increasing the calories I eat and regaining the weight. I’m hungry all the time. I also think it’s starting to effect my moods. I want to challenge myself to eat more GOOD quality food and feel more satisfied. To that end I’m going to face my fear of eating more and gaining the weight back and learn how to maintain by eating more than 1200 calories a day. At the same time I’m going to take the Blood Sugar Challenge on divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com. AND start a blog about it all. Thank you so much for the inspiration. I’ve been reading your blog for a few months now and love it.

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66 Hannah (Balancing on Two Feet) August 1, 2012

Too funny that you are starting this! A close friend and I actually started our own challenge yesterday! We each listed 5 negative things/behaviors/people we don’t want in our lives anymore and then listed 5 things we are replacing them with . We are committing to this for 30 days!

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67 Jennifer August 1, 2012

“I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
I have come to realize that fear is a tactic the enemy uses to hold us back from what God really has for us. Through Christ I can over come fear, anxiety, depression, and heartache. If I try to do something on my own I will continually fail or succeed then eventually go back to my habbits. But by having a relationship with Jesus and relying on him to get me through this, I can overcome anything. It’s only through him that we can have TRUE victory. Freedom is so sweet! All you ladies rock! :)
I love all your posts and recipes Angela! Keep up the amazing work.

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68 Leesah August 1, 2012

I have been doing a lot of self discovery over the last few months and I came to the realization, literally a week ago, that I lived and based most of my life decisions on fear. That alone was a fearful concept to me. Starting today, I am joining your challenge, which I will chronicle on my own blog, to ensure I start living life to the fullest and taking charge rather than fading into the background. What makes it better is that, my 32nd birthday is coming up near the end of August and I cannot think of a better gift to give myself then my own life, free of fear for the first time. Thanks for giving me the extra push and I look extremely forward to following your journey as well.

Leesah

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69 Kelly August 1, 2012

I’m definitely in!
Fear keeps me back from so many things in life. Mostly mine is about judgement, not wanting to disappoint myself or others, failure….ah the list goes on.
Because of all my fears I hardly ever challenge myself. There are so many things that I’d like to accomplish someday but I never try them or I try them and am not perfect at it right away and then quit. I love the idea of this challenge :)

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70 Sharla August 1, 2012

I SO needed this today. Thank you and I am taking the challenge – may not be sharing much and may fight many of the same ones every day, but I’m in :)

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71 Aileen August 1, 2012

Great challenge. I am launching my own business and have lapsed into old fear patterns lately. Thanks for the reminder. I have also wanted to cut my hair short, but am afraid it will make me look fat. That is crazy. I’ll start with the haircut.
Aileen

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72 Catalina @ Cake with Love August 1, 2012

I am in, I am very scared of swimming, and I know I am missing a lot, so maybe I can make it happen in August! :)

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73 Katelyn August 1, 2012

LOVE this idea, girlfriend! I will definitely be in.

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74 Katie August 1, 2012

I’m in!

Like many of your other readers, I’ve also dealt with anxiety (although undiagnosed), and would love to overcome some of my fears. The first one is fear of the doctor! Thankfully I rarely ever get sick so I don’t have a need to go, but it’s meant that I don’t go for routine check-ups for fear of what they’ll tell me. (This does not include the eye doctor or the dentist – both of whom I love). I have scheduled an appointment with a dermatologist beginning of next month. Scheduling the appointment is the first step (and already I feel better). :)

It’s so nice to know you’re not the only one suffering from anxiety.

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75 Maria August 1, 2012

What a great challenge! I’ve been saving and saving so that I can quit my job and find a job I’m more passionate about so maybe this is the month to finally make that change. I’ve been reading your Career posts over and over for motivation, so I want to thank you for that and for this challenge. Onwards and upwards, right?

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76 Emily August 1, 2012

I would love to join in! We’ve got a few months of change coming up in our family and it’s not easy. I’m writing an eBook, and I’m afraid of failing, I’m attempting to make a complete transition to vegan which is scary since both sides of our families are BIG meat eaters, they don’t believe you can’t get protein from a different source, so anyways I’m in!!!!

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77 Averie @ Averie Cooks August 1, 2012

We all have fears – fears of being inadequate, not doing enough as a mother, as a wife, as a daughter, sister – are we ever enough to all the people who count on us? Well, I worry about that. Not a fear per se, but a worry. I think your challenge is awesome.

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78 Brittany @fusethegap August 1, 2012

Oh I just love this!! I am up for it – have a lot of big scary things coming up this month!! Just conquered a huge one yesterday and released my blog and site that I’ve been working on! I struggled with disordered eating patterns for a while and I talk about it there in hopes of inspiring other women and redefining what it means to be fit and healthy. There are so many things I want to do with it and my business and they all include stepping out of my comfort zone so this is perfect! Thanks for the inspiration!!! Good luck on your journey this month!

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79 Rebecca @ Blueberry Smiles August 1, 2012

I love this challenge!! I let my fears affect me WAY too much and I spend way too much time worrying. Everytime I do something that scares me, I feel so amazing. A great challenge and I’m excited to take part.

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80 Brie August 1, 2012

Love this idea! And I love the new blog design!

On a side note- this morning I have been trying to visit your “popular recipes” page via the link in the top right welcome box, but unfortunately my computer won’t load the page and brings me to the error message “Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage.” I’ll click through and find the page on my own, but just thought I’d give you a heads up in case others were experiencing the same issue.

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81 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 1, 2012

Hey Brie, Thank you so much!
Sorry about the link not working!I’m sure that was my doing, hah. It will be fixed shortly. :)

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82 Danielle August 1, 2012

Gosh, what a great post! Fear is a common trait in my life. With that said, I seem to continuously invite it to stay as every time a new opportunity that crosses my path scares me, I know I need to try my best to tackle it. Based on my previous experiences, it is these that are the most rewarding. And yet, fear still keeps me up at night sometimes… that I have to work on :).

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83 Rebecca R August 1, 2012

Hi Angela,
I stumbled upon your post in what seems to be an act of fate, since I literally just took the first half of my graduate comprehensive exams about an hour ago. I too have struggled with chronic anxiety my whole life, and my biggest fear is a fear of failure. In fact, before I read this, I was obsessing over my exam questions, wondering in fear if my answers were “good” enough and the prospect of them not being “good” enough and failing. I worried how I would feel when that time came. What my friends and family would think. How I would have to start over. Then I read your blog, and realized this was something I needed to get over this month. There are things much worse than failing an exam.

I also struggle with a fear of air travel, and I am going to visit my parents far away in California next week. Getting on a plane is a huge fear of mine, so I will certainly be put to the test this month.

I love reading your posts every week. They are inspiring to me, and sometime always seem to relate to something I am experiencing myself. So thank you for making your voice heard :)

-Rebecca

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84 Stephanie @ The Fitness Adventures August 1, 2012

Great idea for a challenge! I will gladly participate. :)

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85 Helen August 1, 2012

Angela,

I’m in! I love your blog not only for the recipes but for things like this, the motivational stories, words of wisdom, and posts that make me challenge myself. Recently I’ve been making a lot of life changes and this is the perfect encouragement to make sure I keep pushing forward despite my fears. Thank you so much for what you do, you make a difference in many lives, mine included.

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86 Lynne August 1, 2012

I’m in! Like so many others, I suffer from anxiety and although I’ve come a long way recently, I still need to push through some stubborn fears that are holding me back.

I love this idea and I think a lot of us are going to benefit from this challenge.

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87 Christina August 1, 2012

I have this strange fear of swimming at the pool in my gym. No clue why but it terrifies the crap out of me! I can’t even make my self walk into the pool area!

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88 Stephanie August 1, 2012

This is so great! I’m in the same boat as a lot of other girls on here, about to start my final year of undergrad work. I’m excited to go into this challenge and bring it with me on my family vacation (to Canada, actually!) and even with me to school at the end of the month.

Hopefully after challenging myself every day for 31 days straight it’ll be like second nature!

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89 sarah August 1, 2012

LOVE THIS…just what i needed.. will definitely be joining you in this challenge as i challenge my eating disorder thoughts and shutdown ed responses to these thoughts :) thankyou!!!

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90 Krysten August 1, 2012

I’m so apart of this! I can’t believe myself sometimes, for this past I have. I am a risk taker and sometimes I had held back from doing what I know I’m capable of, which is jumping into the unknown. I changed my whole life this year, well last month to be honest. I worked at a job I originally loved, and have been there for 3 years. It started about a year ago to take a turn for the worst unfortunately. I had to switch positions, and felt stuck there, and was so ridiculously unhappy. My career goals basically had to be put on stop. Because this job blocked me from being able to do any of that. So I was making sandwiches and pizzas, with all this meat on it daily, talking to rude people and very sad. Especially with myself, knowing I was keeping myself in this place. I was afraid though, of course to leave, because I had such great benefits. I had insurance a huge discount, and other things…. that I didnt want to let go of. But sometimes, happiness is way more important than those other things. I decided one day after coming back from vacation, and really getting a chance to see the beauty in life again, I came back to work the next day. and I put my 2 weeks in. I could not be in this place anymore that was making me so unhappy.
I am so thankful I had an opportunity to see what I was doing when I was on vacation, I got to clear my mind and think, and finally realize when I got back, that this was not for me, and I will find a way, somewhere else. And surely enough, I have. I work at a raw vegan restaurant now that is alllllll about Gratitude :) and has changed me for the best! I get to be in a place that is so healthy for my mind and mood and body. This place is so amazing. But I would’ve never had the opportunity to work there, if I wouldn’t have taken a risk to let go of this other terrible job. Yes it was scary, because it was change. but since then, everything and I mean soooooo many things have been happening for me, in this perfect alignment, clarifying that I am indefinitely in the right place. All because I made a change. took a risk and jumped. : )

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91 Eva @ committed2nutrition August 1, 2012

What a great post, Angela! I am so in on this… my #1 fear, and I hate to admit it, is judgment, ie, the judgment of others. I fake it a lot, but I tend to care way too much about what others think. I obviously have my own blog now, but struggled a long time before starting it because I didn’t think mine would be good enough, and that I’d be judged negatively. This is something I really want to work on, so what better time than now. Yeah August!

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92 Emily August 1, 2012

Okay, so I’ve been an avid reader of your blog for almost a year now and you were actually one of my biggest inspirations in starting my own. This is my first time commenting though (finally!)
I LOVE this challenge. It’s actually something I’ve been working on a lot recently and this will definitely give me the extra push to keep going. I’m in! <3

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93 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 1, 2012

Thank you Emily, I appreciate your comment! Going to check out your blog :)

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94 Sarah August 1, 2012

Really perfect timing. I was checking your blog to distract myself from my biggest source of fear – not hearing from my daughter when she’s with her dad – and I know it’s gone from being normal mom-worry to representing something much bigger. Maybe a month of facing smaller fears will help me deal with this.

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95 Apple A Day August 1, 2012

I’m so glad you are doing this challenge! getting out of my comfort zone is something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately.

I want to challenge myself to do the things I love without stopping to think if I can, “really do it” or if I “deserve” to be successful and happy.

For me this week it meant signing up at my local yoga studio as a volunteer. Yoga is becoming more and more a part of my life. I love the way it has helped me handle anxiety and chronic pain and repair my body image and my broken relationship with my body. I’d like to eventually become a yoga teacher and help other people find peace within their bodies and minds. But I keep thinking that I’m not fit or grounded or zen enough to be a yoga teacher, that I won’t be able to teach other people anything. Volunteering at the studio is my first step in saying yes to this passion of mine. I was afraid I wouldn’t belong there but everyone has been so kind and welcoming! My thing that scares me will be allowing myself to explore and become immersed in this world without worrying about failure.

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96 Aubrey (celebrate your food!) August 1, 2012

The timing of this challenge could not be more perfect. I’ve been thinking a lot these past few weeks about this very subject, specifically about my fear of failure when it comes to attempting new creative endeavors (right now that would be songwriting and photography). It’s the worst and definitely getting in the way of achieving what I want to. Will try your suggestion of logging daily feats on a calendar – I hope I can keep it up all month!

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97 Theresa August 1, 2012

This is a great idea for a challenge. I have some work to do on my fears, so this challenge comes at the perfect time.

Also, I haven’t commented yet, but I wanted to say how much I like all the changes to the blog.

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98 Pizimac August 2, 2012

Just needed this post this morning as I have a 6mth job review and I have a bit of negotiation to go through and I am SO NERVOUS! I am also in the middle of getting some professional help with my chronic anxiety and it is a slow process. You’re right though, nobody talks about this stuff. Wishing everyone bravery this morning to confront our fears!

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99 Jillian August 2, 2012

Love this! I am in :) I read through your ‘about me’ and journey the other day- very inspiring!

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100 Kathryn August 2, 2012

At first when I read this I couldn’t think of what I was afraid of right now. I mean I’m afraid of a number of things, but I’m making an effort to change a lot of things already in my life I just wasn’t sure what else I could add to it. Then I realized something that I am afraid of doing that I really do want to do. I’ve been wanting to write a novel for years. I get ideas, write them down, and then I come across a road block of uncertainty and I am overwhelmed at the idea of trying to attempt something as so big as writing a novel when I at the very least don’t even read that much. But I got a dream the other day that inspired me again, and as I was writing it in my journal I decided I wanted to try it again. This happened shortly before you posted this, but now I realize it is a real fear to not be good at something. I really want to travel and I know if I aspire at a profession such as writing then I could really reach my goals. I am studying to become an architect so I’m not sure if I can add writing classes to my schedule easily. I guess I am afraid of going all in, to really go for it, and invest time and effort into such an endeavor I’m not even sure I have any sort of a talent in. I guess this month then, if I’m going to tackle one fear, I guess I better get writing :)

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101 greenthyme August 2, 2012

Great post Angela. I think we all have things we can work on. You’re brave to put this out there and I think it will help many people see they are not alone in their fears or anxiety. We all have it to some degree. I like the new look around here by the way!

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102 Shana August 2, 2012

I just started a gratitude challenge! Perhaps I’ll tackle this one next!

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103 Meredith August 2, 2012

Great timing for this challenge! I just did the scariest thing I think I’ve ever done – two weeks ago, I decided to not return to school in the fall and pursue my dream of becoming a yoga teacher (and eventually opening a yoga studio)! Now that I don’t have a clearly defined path (i.e., graduate school), life is a bit scarier – but a whole lot more exciting! I’m also travelling out West alone for the first time ever, which I’m sure will bring up some fear and anxiety, but also excitement. Thanks Angela for all your inspiration :)

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104 Mikki August 2, 2012

I love that you inspire us to be better! I just saw this now but I am so in and I in fact did something yesterday that was scary. I too have things that are holding me back but I never framed or worded it like. Now that I see it like that I am anxious to conquer those things and make me stronger.

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105 Stephanie August 2, 2012

I’m in, love it! Yours is one of the first blogs I ever read and got me to start my own blog.

I am getting ready for a major move in the next year, and like some of the others realize that I want more out of life that a soul destroying job, so hubby and I are attempting both to do a total life rehaul in our early 40’s without having to start life from scratch! Scares the hell out of us both as we have built our life up so far and are moving to a new country and starting from scratch. We both feel there has got to be more to life than working 12-14 hours a day, commuting 3 hours and being stressed out all the time.

Thanks for sharing!
x Steph

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106 Laura Lise August 2, 2012

Love this idea. Count me in!

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107 Zestful Lou August 2, 2012

I’m going to change this challenge a little to be this: In August, do ONE thing that scares you.

I am going into my second year of teaching students with moderate to severe autism and I’m terrified to the point where I’m sick to my stomach. Last year was SO difficult. I keep saying to my fiance “I can’t do it. I can’t do this again.” But that attitude is not making things any better. My goal for August is just to get back into my classroom without QUITTING!

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108 Alex @ Healthy Life Happy Wife August 2, 2012

What a great challenge! Conquering fears is definitely hard but this challenge is a step in the right direction!

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109 Heather August 2, 2012

Great idea! I suffer from anxiety and am slowly learning over time to overcome it. This challenge sounds perfect for me. Already have a few ideas in my head…

By the way, your blog has been such an inspiration since I found it a few months ago. Thank you Angela!

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110 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 2, 2012

Thank you Heather, I’m so glad to hear that!

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111 Sarah August 2, 2012

This is so completely relevant to me right now, I’d like to join you on this journey!

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112 Ann August 2, 2012

I cannot tell you how much you have affected my life Angela! I gain so much from your blog and all that you offer here. Because of your guidance and example, I am running my first ever 10K next weekend, I have slowly but surely dropped extra weight that I had put on over the years, and my negative body image and food-related anxiety has decreased tremendously! I also feel less moody and generally peppier with all the new exercise and veggies in my life. I’m flirting with the concept of going vegan, honestly if it weren’t for family and friends and social issues I would, but hopefully I will get there. My husband and I eat vegan about 75% of the week now, and I have never felt better.
I probably think “what would Angela do” like ten times a day, and am happier than ever with the changes I have made in my life. Really girl, cannot thank you enough.
Just had to tell you that.
Also, your new blog layout is beautiful, and your No-Bake Chocolate Avocado Torte is the best thing I have ever put in my mouth. I am impressing many family members and friends this summer with it!
You’re my Oprah–
Ann

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113 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 2, 2012

Ann, you are so sweet! Thank you for your kind words, it means the world to me. :)
Congrats on all the healthy changes you are making in your life, no one can do that, but YOU!

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114 Christine (The Brighter Side of Life) August 2, 2012

I’m in!

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115 CIndy August 2, 2012

I love this challenge. I’ve long been a believer that fears are like bullys – you just need to face them and they’ll back down. As I was reading the post, I realized that there are a couple of fears that I haven’t faced….now I will. My fears of regaining the weight I dropped and being alone are being called out on the mat!

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116 Eva August 3, 2012

What a wonderful idea! I’d love to join in if that’s still possible.
I have fears aplenty, of which the upside is that I will have plenty of things to chose from each day ;)
Thanks again for this action-idea; I think it’s a truly wonderful idea. Very positive!

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117 FlowerChildYoga August 3, 2012

I read Brene Brown’s book, The Gifts of Imperfection. It is a fabulous book, really unique in it s insight into human behavior and emotions. She is a shame researcher and talks a lot about courage and shame resilience. I think you would love the book.

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118 Sam August 3, 2012

I’m in! One of my goals for the summer was to try a new food item or recipe every week that I would otherwise be intimidated by. So far the results have been amazing! I also am getting my hand back into directing plays and am quite nervous about starting that again! Can’t wait!

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119 ashley August 3, 2012

Great challenge! I’ve had moderate to severe anxiety since my father passed away, now it’s finally time to stop being afraid! Thank you for this challenge! :)

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120 Alex @ Raw Recovery August 3, 2012

This is great timing because I am going through a really bad, horrible, heart-wrenching breakup and need to do things to gain back my confidence. Thank you for this

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121 Bek @ Crave August 3, 2012

This fits in perfectly with my current life circumstance- trying to overcome my ED issues, depression, anxiety etc. I love this! Can’t wait to read what you do :)

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122 Rebecca August 4, 2012

Hi Angela,

What a great challenge! I’d love to give it a shot since I’ve been feeling lack-luster lately… I used to do things that scared me all the time. In 2007, I ran my first marathon despite being afraid since I don’t have a “runner’s” body… I won that marathon. In 2010, I attempted to reach the 2012 Olympic Qualifying standard for the marathon and nearly did… but I have been injured ever since. In 2012, I graduated with an MFA with a thesis–a book– that tells my athletic story (a story I’d always been afraid to tell.) And so… now what? I still believe I can be an athlete, however, and this month will be the month I start to run again. Maybe as a way to kick off my challenge, I can say I’m going to ride a self-supported century today (a little over 100 miles.) I’ve done the distance before, but not the route. Cross your fingers I get no flat tires! :-) But, I’ll get off the bike and do my forty-minute run-walk and hopefully the pain in my body will be a little less than the day before. Thanks for a great blog that promotes a positive self-image and a positive outlook on life. .. and some kick ass vegan recipes!

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123 Marcy August 4, 2012

Congratulations on working to overcome your fears. You are an inspiration. My favorite quote related to this is one by Ralph Waldo Emerson, which I borrowed in my blog’s name: “Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”

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124 Sasha August 4, 2012

This really couldn’t have come at a better time. After spending all of July in the hospital, my dad just passed away one week ago. I’ve always been quite anxious and have been dealing with some major anxiety over the past month. I am extremely fearful of facing life without my dad. I know just getting through each day of this month and facing all of the unknowns will be a huge challenge.
I probably won’t be doing a strict daily version (it would be too much for me right now), but am feeling very motivated and inspired by your challenge (and all the great comments too) to tackle a few things this month that I’ve been putting off due to fear.
Also, I’m very glad for the link to your Gratitude Challenge. I definitely need to do this now! I’m hoping that focusing daily on the things I am grateful for will make each day a little bit easier.

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125 Maria August 5, 2012

I love these sentences from a Course in Miracles:

Nothing real can be threatened.
Nothin unreal exists.
Herein lies the peace of God.

I use these to remind myself that whatever I fear cannot really threaten my true self. My essence, that presence and love that we all share, is impregnable. Remembering this helps me face my fears head on. Watching the mind that is afraid. Feelin the fear and then doing it anyway.

Great challenge. Thanks!

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126 Maria August 5, 2012

I love these sentences from a Course in Miracles:

Nothing real can be threatened.
Nothin unreal exists.
Herein lies the peace of God.

I use these to remind myself that whatever I fear cannot really threaten my true self. My essence, that presence and love that we all share, is impregnable. Remembering this helps me face my fears head on. Watching the mind that is afraid. Feelin the fear and then doing it anyway.

Great challenge. Thanks!

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127 T August 5, 2012

Hi Angela, I have followed your blog for years now and am taking your August challenge head on. You have inspired me to start my very own blog! I have wanted to for a long time but have never been able to muster up the courage! Thank you for your non-stop inspiration!
-T

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128 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 6, 2012

Congrats! Glad to hear that :)

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129 Keri August 6, 2012

I climbed a mountain this weekend. 13,223 feet. And I learned (and blogged about):
I’ve always thought that climbing was a good metaphor for life. So what is it about this climb that can illuminate the shadow aspects within me right now? I’m obviously okay with a challenge…but I’m not okay with regret. Taking a wrong step. Failing. Falling headlong into an abyss. I’m not so good at faith–will this ROCK hold me? I’m not so good at accepting help–(I snapped at A. the one time he held out his hand to help me down). And I really hate letting other people down or feeling like I’m not living up to their expectations of me.
These are all fears I have to work on. These are all fears that I put energy into, and therefore result in a lack of energy I could be putting forth to bringing kindness into the world. So even though I don’t have another mountain to climb in the next week. I’d like to take on these fears that I found lurking within the shadow self. To write about them, to bring them out in the open and call them by name. To know them, and acknowledge their presence. And then to let them on their way.

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130 Leslie August 7, 2012

As a generally shy and anxious type I have found advocating for animals has forced me to face my fears. As a volunteer leafleter for Vegan Outreach & Mercy For Animals I hand out information about factory farming at colleges & busy street corners. Talk about fear, the first time I faced thousands of meat eaters with the “controversial” information that we can be healthy without eating animals I almost turned around and went home. But it has been 5 years now and I am still leafleting! This Saturday I face a scary challenge, leafleting a parade in Chicago that has a million people attending. I have not been able to find any other volunteers to help so am doing this on my own. Wish me luck!

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131 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 7, 2012

Amazing Leslie! Goodluck this weekend, I know you’ll rock it. :)

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132 Leslie August 13, 2012

Thank you Angela, the parade went well! Despite my initial nervousness the crowd was very friendly and receptive and I was able to hand out 550 Mercy For Animals/Vegan Outreach leaflets on factory farming. Many people stopped with questions and several people said they opposed such cruelty to animals and were giving up meat!

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133 Jenny Willden August 9, 2012

I have been participating in this challenge without knowing it! I just started a new work opportunity, which scares me a bit, and I just went stunt flying with the Blue Angels in an airshow. Terrifying, but awesome! I am planning to chronicle it on my blog.

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134 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 9, 2012

I can imagine the guts it takes to do both, congrats!

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135 Lara August 9, 2012

This is a great challenge. I have generalized anxiety disorder, which means that I worry about anything and everything! Consequently, I have a lot of fears that I am constantly working to overcome.

August is a perfect time for me to start this challenge as I am spending the first three weeks of the month in Europe. While to most this would simply be a dream vacation (and it is to me as well), it is also so much more for me, given my anxiety. Travelling, eating different foods, staying in other people’s homes, and trying things that I never have before is exciting, but also a little nerve-wracking for me.

As a result, I have been doing AT LEAST one thing a day that scares me since I got here, before I even heard about the challenge! It is a bit unnerving and has caused my anxiety to increase somewhat, but I’m also having a ton of fun and creating new memories. My goal for the second half of my trip is to contiue to do the same, while also quieting the fearful voice in my head that so often limits my potential. Mind over matter.

Good luck to all of you as you take on this challenge!

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136 Erica Selby August 10, 2012

I want to join!! I don’t know where to start. I have similar fears. I have already posted the link to this page on my facebook and a few people are interested in the challenge.

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