For the month of January, I’ve committed to posting every day, having accepted the 30-day challenge.
This is day 22 of 30.

I’m in week 2 of Brene Brown’s Living Brave semester and today’s lesson revolved around vulnerability and finding your anthem. Brene talks about going into the arena, but instead of gearing up to be ready to fight, it’s about gearing down and walking into the arena to be seen, open and vulnerable. And this arena anthem is the song that you want to hear as you’re readying yourself to walk up those stairs and into the glaring light of day.

I loved how she brought music into the lesson and figuring out my anthem took no more than about 5 minutes — I didn’t think it would be that easy, but this song popped into my head and I immediately knew it was a perfect fit.

My anthem? Well, y’all know I’ve got a bit of a country twang hidden deep inside and my anthem leans that way as well: Follow Your Arrow by Kacey Musgraves. And Kacey delivers these words of wisdom with a wink and a smile, her dry humor and wit enveloping the song and making it just really fun to listen to.

Follow Your Arrow is all about not worrying what other people think — because no matter what you do, they’ll be able to find something bad to say about you if they wish — and being yourself instead. Be the person you want to be, follow your arrow without letting other people’s opinions get in the way.

And it can be so hard to be unapologetically yourself! But putting on the armor of being the person you think someone wants to see doesn’t allow you to live in an authentic and wholehearted way.

I love the bridge of the song … it always gives me chills:

Say what you think
Love who you love
‘Cause you just get so many
Trips ’round the sun
Yea, you only
Only live once.

What would your anthem be?


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