Crunchy Betty’s Food on Your Face for Acne and Oily Skin. Written. Edited. Cover designed (ps – thank you, all of you who offered to help … I started messing around myself and magically ended up with something I loved, so I didn’t have to bother any of you.)
68 pages. Over 35 recipes tailored just for acne and oily skin. Tons of information, ideas, and tips.
But that’s not what I want to talk about.
I Don’t Care If You’re Afraid. Do It Anyway.
This book has me terrified. I’m not exaggerating.
I keep telling myself, “More people read the blog you post to several times a week than will ever read this book. You write words that people read every day. There is nothing to fear.”
Like that’s supposed to make me feel better.
It doesn’t. Because, every time I write a blog post, I am terrified. Will anyone like it? Did I say something stupid? How many people will unsubscribe because I missed a typo? What if I offend people? No one’s going to like it. Don’t hit publish … don’t hit publish … don’t hit … CRAP! I just hit publish.
This clarity came tonight, though, when I was contemplating the release of the book. All those fears? I’ve tried to pretend they don’t exist. I panic, hit publish, and then block it all out until the next time.
Instead, I should be learning from them. What do they teach me about myself? How can I let them disappear? Am I ready to fall through the ghost, instead of ignoring it?
Be Brave Enough to Fall Through the Ghost
My cat went through a sneaking-out-the-door phase. He’d run and hide, and eventually make friends with the neighbors and tourists. He reveled in his naughtiness, gleeful in the freedom. Until it started raining.
The first day it rained, he ran out the door and got stuck outside for an hour. And then it happened again the next day. Now, he won’t even go near the door. Even though it’s sunny, he’s still afraid of the rain.
He’s afraid of what’s outside now, and that’s keeping him from experiencing something new (and, yes, I’m happy about this development, because now I don’t have to worry and yell “come back, dummy!”)
Out there is not known. Out there is where bad things might happen. But you know, through experience, that in here is safe and comfortable. Why mess with that?
Those feelings you get – when you’re afraid of looking a fool or making a mistake – those fears aren’t to be ignored or resisted. They’re to be looked at fully, in the face.
You learn from them. You feel through them. And then at some precious moment, you fall through them as if they were a ghost. With every fear you face, you strip away the false conditioning and learn more about your true reality than you can believe.
All those thoughts and fears and boogery feelings, they teach you about your real self. It’s like looking in a foggy mirror as it slowly starts to clear. Sometimes there’s still a ghost standing behind you, but it’s a little less scary every time.
Yeah. You Guys Have This Already.
Some might argue that what we’re doing here is based in fear. Switching over to all-natural products. Taking precious time out of our days to create something (when we could just pull it off a store shelf). Choosing this incredibly complicated path because our other options might (or might not, depending on who you talk to) cause cancer, or reproductive issues, or worse.
That’s so not how it is.
See, the way I see it, you all are courageous. You’re bucking the norm. With every recipe you try, you’re embracing change. And it may not always be fearlessly (like, say, going no ‘poo), but it’s always courageously.
You’ve got this fear thing mastered. Whatever curve there is right now, you’re all ahead of it.
Think about how much you’ve learned about yourself in all your experiments. Think about how much you’ve learned about the nature of your own health; the reality of your own abilities; and the effectiveness of nature, despite all we’ve been taught to the contrary.
You already know how to fall through the ghosty fears. Now keep going.
Don’t Turn Back – Remember Your Intention
So, full circle here, I want to check on how you’re doing with your September Intentions.
There is no doubt in my mind that a good portion of you felt some sort of fear, if your intentions were to try something new. Did you push through that fear (no matter how small and seemingly insignificant)?
Have you followed through on what you intended to do?
Or do you need to stand in front of that mirror, again, and let the fog clear as you’re doing the thing you’re afraid to try?
If you’ve faltered – or if you didn’t even set an intention for the month – don’t fret. It’s never too late to start. Like, today would be a great day. Chop chop.
In fact, I challenge you now to choose one intention to do something that you fear doing. And then learn from it; fall through it as if it were a ghost.
I wrote a book (and a blog post). What are you going to do (or have done) that scares you?