In life, you are given a test that teaches you a lesson.

"In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson." Tom Bodett

It is safe to be my truest self.

I’ve been journaling a lot lately and taking time for myself, making my own growth and development a priority. I’ve also been reading an amazing book, and been inspired to dig deeper than ever before.

I’ve written a love note to money (I highly recommend it).

I’ve uncovered some sneaky limiting beliefs.

I’ve created new affirmations for myself (like the one above) to help me let go of the old stories I’ve been telling myself.

It’s been liberating to let go of old baggage and find a new and more empowering truth. It’s also been scary as hell.

Those stories I’ve been telling myself for decades are safe, comfortable, and familiar. Even though I know without a doubt they don’t serve me, at least I know what to expect from them. They are like a friend I’ve outgrown but can’t seem to fully cut ties with.

This time, though, I’ve cut the cord. I’ve said a final farewell and replaced them with a more loving and complete story.

Of course, The Big U wants to make sure that I’m not just going through the motions; that I’m truly integrating it all and learning the lessons I need to move forward. Generally the lessons come through in the journaling process, but yesterday, it came in the form of an offhand comment from a loved one. And it took the wind out of my sails.

In trying to understand why this particular test came up, and what lesson I was meant to learn, I realized something important: When we step outside our comfort zone, or change our behavior in some way, our loved ones will try to pull us back into the safe zone.

Change is scary.

Those around us want to see us safe and protected.

The good news is that those two things don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

Remember this: it is safe for you to be your truest self, to step into your power, and to let go of what (and who) isn’t serving you anymore.

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