Most days my mind is consumed with all the things I’m not doing well in life, how maybe I’m missing the mark, or am just not quite in touch with God’s perfect plan for my life (as if God is hiding it from me).

I’ve been thinking the last two days about what to write about for this week’s blog post. I so desperately want to be a writer, influencer, podcast-er, speak-er, all the things. I’m pretty sure I should listen to Brene Brown’s TED talks on the daily in order to truly muster up the courage to really step out in that arena and try and fail and try again.

So today, I’m going to write about trying.

Last summer I spent some time working with a Coach to explore my different interests in a sabbatical season. I knew I could return to physical therapy, but I’d also come to enjoy writing, missionary care, yoga, and more.

So, this past year was my year of try.

I started brewing my own kombucha.

I started teaching yoga.

I built (sounds way more intense than it is) a website.

I dated online for the first time in my life.

I spent months learning about missionary care.

I hosted and performed a missionary debrief.

I tried snow skiing this winter.

I’ve been trying to write a book

I attended two writing conferences.  Declare Conference  &  Writing for your Spiritual Life

I guest appeared on my friend’s podcast (she’s so cool).  episode here

… and so on

Here’s what I’ve observed about myself.

1) I’ve never given myself the space or freedom in my adult years to take the time to try so many new things

2) When I show up in a space that is new to me (all of the above), I rarely expect myself to be perfect. When I don’t expect myself to be perfect, I’m able to show up in a more authentic and humble way. I just show up, give it what I’ve got, and that’s enough.

3) When I am free of the chains of perfectionism, other people around me feel so much freer to be themselves too.  

I hope that I always create the space and conjure up the courage to try. What is something you’ve tried this year?

Photography: Lauren Neal.

Photography: Lauren Neal.