I Am Brave 30 Day Challenge Day 20 6-14-2018

(I almost forgot this series. Maybe I should have called it 30 Month Challenge:)

 I Am Outgoing


Commit to one uncomfortable conversation today.


Sometimes it seems I have uncomfortable conversations every day. Okay, that is an exaggeration, but you get what I mean. Sometime any conversation is uncomfortable. In my much younger days, I couldn’t speak at all (mentally not physically). My voice was trapped inside. My voice is now free, but there are still hard conversations.

The hardest ones are with my kids. It’s hard to show tough love and compassionate love at the same time. Tough love? Hardly. My ideal of motherhood is my mother. And what would she do for her kids?


How do you argue with that? I work on finding a middle ground, doing for my kids and yet not enabling them. I want them to have their own lives.

Yesterday, I had the same conversation with my youngest which I seem to have ever day.

“K, I need you to pick up all the trash in your room and throw it away.”

He nods.

An hour later.

“K, are you picking up your trash?”

“I’m working on it.”

Another hour.

“K, please get to your trash. Do I have to stand in the doorway to make sure it gets done?


“Then do it.”

“I am.”

Needless to say, this morning all the trash was still ensconced in his room.


Back to working on a middle ground.


“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”

Sylvia Plath


I am eager to invite others to take part in my brave adventure because though it all, memories and goals are much more satisfying when savored. From best friends to complete strangers, I listen sincerely because each perspective brings its own unique value.  An attitude of understanding removes limiting barriers and allows for mutual constructive growth. I always seek to recognize the potential in others and will encourage them in their own brave intentions.

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Portland OR 97232

One thought on “I Am Brave 30 Day Challenge Day 20 6-14-2018

  1. Children are great initiators of difficult conversations. The one you have listed above happens in most families I think. Certainly did in mine and I hear my own kids saying the same things to their kids. I recall I used to say to my kids, “Let’s go and find the carpet’ when it came time to actually get their room cleaned up. I found the girls the hardest in that regard. One of my boys though seemed to exist on the theory that if an item fell out of his cupboard then it automatically went in the wash. That used to drive me crazy.
    But difficult conversations don’t get any easier. My youngest son lives with me and every so often I have to chat with him about his behaviours, and that is never easy as he is 31 years old.


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