Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway?

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Over the past two weeks I have received some truly wonderful emails from a handful of you gorgeous readers. Like, really wonderful. Make me cry, hug the closest person, twinkle in my eye all week kind of wonderful.

But after a few days, something weird started to happen. I suddenly realised that those emails came from people. Real people. Who read my words. Real people who are learning from my screw-ups life lessons.

And it scared the shit out of me.


I wanted to delete my blog. Run for the hills. Get on the first flight to a remote island in Thailand*. Forget I even had a blog.

(*But that’s normal here.)


What if I let you down?
What if I stop being funny/amusing/quirky/helpful?
What if I never was any of those things in the first place?
And all the kind comments, wonderful subscribers and members of this special community are really just the creation of a complex internet scam and tomorrow I wake up to find my bank accounts have been emptied by a friendly Nigerian lady named Caroline?


I was afraid. (And dramatic.) But mostly afraid.

Afraid to look silly. Afraid to disappoint you. Afraid to reveal too much.

But I have been afraid before. Fear has seen me close a business. Fear has seen me ignore emails and opportunities and phone calls. Fear has stopped me from improving myself.

So this time, Fear, I see you and I feel you, but I’m doing it anyway.

I’m not going anywhere. I have a ridiculous passion for writing, for helping people, for learning more about slowing our homes, simplifying our lives. I enjoy this too much to stop, particularly for a reason as flimsy as fear.

How about you?

  • You may be afraid of calling that long-lost friend, because she could hold you responsible for the breakdown of your relationship.
  • You may be afraid to start decluttering your home, because you could lose too much of yourself along the way.
  • You may be afraid to take care of your body, because you could give up, stumble or look silly.
  • You may be afraid to tell your partner that you need time to yourself, because he may not understand that it’s about you and not him.

But today, I say to you, feel the fear and do it anyway.

If you weren’t afraid, what would you do?

11 Responses to Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway?

  1. Hi Brooke,
    You are spot on. I closed my blog because I thought people would think my words were silly. A friend who didn’t know I had a blog once commented that people who had blogs needed to get a life and why did they think anyone would be interested in what they had to say anyway and a few more very degrading things about bloggers.What did I do? I came home and deleted all my posts. Her comments have stuck with me and yet I love to read what others have to say. I get a kick out of seeing “slow your home” pop into my inbox. I’m grateful that you take time in your day to help me create a more pleasant atmosphere in my home. I admire the effort you put into your blog. Lead on girl!!!!! You have many followers waving the banner for you with gratefulness in their hearts.
    Blessings Gail

    • Gail, I’m so sorry you had to listen to a friend (unknowingly) belittle something you’re interested in. I’m sure she didn’t understand the weight her words were carrying, but still – that sucks.

      I’m grateful that you take the time to visit with me, and grateful for the special tribe we’re forming – of people who get it. It brings tears to my eyes. so thank YOU!


  2. Hello Brooke :-)

    Agree with Gail ( but disagree with her friend) Blogs like yours make a difference! You touch people who you may never know. I’ve been going through a rough patch, and reading you thoughts once or twice a week has made me pause and think about my life in ways that I hadn’t before. It’s like having a friend reach out through the iPad.

    As for what I’d do without fear – I have absolutely no idea! I wonder what that says about me :-P

    • Thank you, Jamtart. For both your kind words and for telling me a little bit of where you’re at right now. It’s great to know that you’re finding some positivity here, and I hope I can keep it up for you and all the other readers I may never know about.

      (And, by the way, I love that line – “like having a friend reach out through the iPad.”) I hope your rough patch ends soon. xx

      Maybe the fact that you don’t know what you’d do without fear means that you are already fearless?!

  3. My goodness…the times I have felt like erasing everything I’ve written, feeling embarrassed about it or just that it’s not good enough…I love your blog Brooke, please keep it going x

    • You, my friend, have nothing to be concerned about – your blog, and writing is wonderful!! (And thank you for the kind words.) xx

  4. Great post! I recently had a similar reaction (running away and hiding) when I found out that a friend’s kid and my grown-up niece count me as their hero. Me? Big screw-up me? But you got to hang in there and not be self-conscious about anything. Susan Jeffers had it right when she wrote “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway.” Stepping out of your comfort zone is stupidly scary, but you never get anywhere if you don’t move.

    • But what an amazing compliment, Karrie! To be called someone’s hero is really beautiful stuff.

      Also, your comment is totally inspiring to me. “you got to hang in there and not be self-conscious about anything.”

      “Stepping out of your comfort zone is stupidly scary, but you never get anywhere if you don’t move.”

      If ever I’m feeling flat or hesitant about moving forward, I’ll be coming back to your words. Thank you. x

  5. I stumbled upon your blog by accident one day & fell in love with it. I too love to see it in my inbox. I’ve just been away for three weeks & had over 200 emails to read. Most of them just got deleted but I’m working my way through all your posts. Wish I could send you a screen shot of them all lined up wIting patiently for me to get thru them. I was scared for a bit when you thought about deleting your blog. It has given me new perspective. Take that fear & punch it the chops!! Lol

    • , even Gerry Ford said the dude had nothing to do with 9-11, blah blah. Can we now have a National Day of Realization? Maybe Pelosi should introduce a Resolution framing that stuff out perfectly? Speaking of bizarre, Field–what is up with this Rocky Balboa thing and your city? Frankly I think the place has so much else going for it than to ressurect and diefy this bama?

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