Bold. Brilliant. Beautiful.

Sometimes I live small and not authentic. I’m not proud of this but it is true and human of me. I wrote a bit about this a while ago, here.

This feeling of living small seems ironic coming from the girl who has taught life skills to prison inmates, a girl who has jumped off a 345ft tower and has backpacked solo around Europe. However, it is the truth because the older I get, the more I realize that some people never forget your mistakes, some people wait in the wings to deftly crush anything they don’t understand and that life or people aren’t always fair or kind.

But this week, in reading through some blogs, I came across the idea of Bold. Brilliant. Beautiful.You. I first saw it here at This Heart of Mine. She summed up the concept very well and while it is initially embarrassing to post and front that this year I am aiming to be Bold. Brilliant. And Beautiful, I’m going to do it anyway. And you are welcome to join me to see what happens.

For Bold. I want to learn to talk on the phone again to someone other than my husband. I am afraid of the phone…it makes me feel like a 14 year old. It doesn’t make you feel that way? Good for you. But for me, it freaks me out. So if you get a phone call from me where I awkwardly breathe into the phone after saying hello, please just start talking until I can recover and become human again. I thank you in advance.

For Brilliant. I want to surround myself with people who are actively participating in their lives. Sometimes I feel I want to live more authentically but am not sure what that looks like. To this end, I will be creating a series called,  “Participate in Your Own Life.” These will be short feature stories of people who have actively chosen to participate in their life, whether that means starting a new business, going back to school, having a child, getting married, moving abroad or whatever it is.

I am looking for collaborators in this endeavor. So if you have a story or know someone with a story, please let me know. I’d love to hear about the intersections in your life where you faced a fear, moved forward and choose to participate instead of be a bystander in what happens to you.

For Beautiful. I want to create beauty in my life and in my home. This includes tackling those home improvement projects that have been on the back burner. All you DIYer’s inspire me and I want to try a hand at creating beauty and order in my home.

This also includes paying homage to my body, the vehicle that makes so many of my other goals possible. I want to complete a 5k, enter a bike race with my son and focus on creating a strong and healthy body for the active balanced lifestyle I want to enjoy.

I’m blushing as I let you into these goals, can you see it? But smallness is not in the cards this year. So welcome in and let’s see what we can make of this. #boldbrilliantbeautiful


  1. says

    Hi Patti! This is a wonderfully bold post. Putting things out there make it less daunting, right? I love your phone goal. After we meet in SLC I bet we'll want to touch base on the phone. I am a BIG phone girl. BIG. πŸ˜‰
    Your project is a wonderful idea and gives a venue for people to share their stories. I look forward to following and learning more about it. I often tell myself to participate in my life fully. Even more fully than I already am. It means so many different things to people to truly participate in their lives. And yes to self care. Yes yes yes! Do it!

  2. says

    Patti! So honest. It makes your goals seem more attainable to put them out there. Knowing what you want to do and feeling empowered to do so is what this project is all about! Hooray! I love your idea about Participating in Your Own Life. I wonder what is means to different people to truly participate in their lives. Good luck with the project! πŸ˜‰ Self care is so important. Time for all of us to get that inner and outer beauty more in sync πŸ˜‰ You've got this! Go Patti!

  3. says

    I see no inauthenticity here. You must be hiding it. Your project sounds very cool. Me? I just had a baby in March at 46 yrs old. I have been there with the phone thing. I love event decorating. My husband does event lighting. DIY projects are a chance to have fun and learn and be proud of yourself. Isn’t life just one gig DIY project. Look very forward to connecting. Maybe Skype in a year?

  4. says

    Hi Patti! you are one of the most amazing women I know. If I can help you in any (or all) of the areas, you can just call me πŸ˜‰ In other words, let me know how I can support you. This will be amazing!

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