New Beginnings

Today is a BIG day.

It’s a new beginning for me. I’m launching a website and starting a blog.

It’s very exciting, but also a little scary.

Okay, it’s more than a little scary, but I am doing it anyway.

You see, I made a decision to choose love, not fear.

Here is what I mean.

I love talking to people. I love writing. I love sharing ideas, and forming connections with people, and having discussions about finding passion and purpose and living authentically and joyfully. I love coaching and guiding people as they shift mindsets and see new possibilities and take action that propel them toward their full potential and the lives they are meant to live.

This new beginning has been long time in the making, and I’m ready for it! I’m ready to put myself out there, to reach and serve and connect with a whole lot of people, like you. :)

But then, the fear set in…the fear of judgment and criticism and failure. I really have to put myself out there…into cyberspace, where anyone and everyone can form an opinion about me?!

What if people don’t like what I have to say? Or worse, what if they don’t like me? After all, I’m not just putting my thoughts out there, but also my feelings and vulnerabilities and heart…the whole shebang.

(Seriously, have you read some of the comments below news stories on Yahoo? It makes me cringe.)

So I guess there are two choices before me: I can either dare to step up to do what I love, and put myself out there in order to allow myself the opportunity to help even just one person, or I can continue to play small so I don’t run the risk of judgment and criticism.

We all know what the right answer is, but to pick it can be surprisingly difficult. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve picked the other answer simply to avoid fear.

But today, I pick love. I choose to look at my fear straight in the eye and say: “Thanks for the concern, but I’m going to give it a shot anyway…”

…because new beginnings are not just about the start of a website or a blog.

New beginnings are also about courage: to decide that today is going to be different than yesterday, to choose the kind of person you want to be, to take steps toward what you want and love, despite the fear and the doubt and the uncertainty.

It isn’t always easy, but it is super simple.

Every moment you get to decide what you believe in, how you act, and what you choose. Every moment brings with it the possibility of a new beginning.

So today, instead of fear, I choose a new beginning and journey for myself.

Luckily for me, this new journey will not be without great companions. I hope that this is also the beginning of many great connections with people like you, so we can support and encourage each other as we grow and expand into our respective authentic and highest selves.

I look forward to facing fears, seeing new possibilities, and choosing love together!

Are you about to embark on a new journey? What new beginning would you like to make in your life?

Share in the comments below. I look forward to “meeting” each and every one of you! :)

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Comments

  1. This is such a wonderful post Jarlin. I see self love as taking action, even in the face of fear. You did it — showed up in the world to help those that you care about.

    We need you out here in the world. So excited to see where this journey will lead you personally, as well as all the people you will help.

    Hugs,

    -Pam

    • Jarlin Sung says:

      Thank you so much Pam!

      BTW, thanks so much for featuring April in your newsletter. She is awesome! I love how serendipitous things turn out! :)

      Hugs back,

      Jarlin

  2. Bea Boxley says:

    Jarlin – Your post touched my heart. I wish you courageous blessings and love as you bring your gifts into the open.

    Richest blessings,
    Bea

  3. Woot! Way to go Jarlin. Congrats on the new website and this new beginning. You’re off to a brilliant start. Really stoked for you. Can’t wait to see what happens next. Choose love, baby! :)

  4. And when you do what you love, Jarlin, look what beauty results!

    Congrats on this big first step, looking forward to seeing where you go with all of it!

    C

  5. Jennifer Lyle
    Twitter: Jljennifer
    says:

    Jarlin, This is a magnificent beginning and website. Congratulations. It seems to me that your first step out into this new world is in full blossom. Your blog topic is timely for me, as I’m in my periodic cycles of fear and doubt and uncertainty. So today I’ll just say, “thanks for the concern, but I’m going to continue on anyway.”

    • Jarlin Sung says:

      Thanks Jennifer! I love that you CHOSE to “continue anyway” today. :) Just take it one day at a time, even one moment at a time if necessary. Glad we’re making this journey together!

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