I chose this photo because I feel like that is what fearlessness looks like, but the truth is, even as this photo was captured – I was fearful. I’d never done (and probably will never do again lol) a photo shoot on the beach, in a swimsuit, a bikini no less, and I was butt-cold freezing lol. It was a public beach so there were other people around, so that didn’t help. But I actually took these photos as a project for me and truth be told, as a gift for Bryan. Yes, they came from a boudoir photo shoot by none other than The Boudoir Divas, whom I highly recommend – Marissa Boucher is a natural at what she does, making you feel empowered, beautiful, and confident all at the same time. Sorry, I digressed, but honestly, I have to share what I love. It’s part of who I am. So back to my word – fearless. FEARLESS. LESS FEAR. And that’s my goal for 2019. To have less fear, MORE FAITH. Because the truth is, everyone feels fear sometimes. But the secret is even though you feel the fear, you DO IT ANYWAY. You take that leap of faith, that step towards the unknown, that move that could change everything. It doesn’t matter that I have an MD, am a mother to 3 children who are alive #holla #winning, am a wife, am a CEO and entrepreneur of a successful skincare business, some would say – I am human, and I have fears.  Saying yes to that skincare business, starting a family, leaving my medical practice – all done, with fear.  Even launching this website, this blog, I had and have major fears. What if I can’t do it? What if I have nothing to say? What if you’re reading this wondering why I even have a website, a blog, anything important to say? What if nothing makes sense? What if nobody likes what I’m sharing? What are people going to think? What are they going to say? What if it’s all just some sort of ego trip, like it’s all about me? What if people don’t really get what I’m trying to say, where I’m coming from? What if I get negative comments? What if they judge me? Well… I am making a choice again today to feel the fear and DO IT ANYWAY. So I’m sharing this site, my blog, my story, because if it can even help ONE person out there, then it will be worth it. But the issue of fear seeps into all the other areas of my life too. My children. My family. My friends. Health. Global concerns. Career. Identity. Purpose. Calling. And these fears could cause me to stumble, to be paralyzed (“analysis paralysis” anyone?), to leave me feeling indecisive (which I already am prone to, of course), or worse, to make poor decisions for my family, my children, my circles of influence. And that is why my word for the year is fearless. The Bible says this in 2 Timothy 1:7 “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (That last one is truly a tricky one for me – “of sound mind” means “sane, mentally healthy” and sometimes I don’t feel like that especially when I have 3 kids clamoring around me) This verse is a prayer of mine this year and every year going forward. Because I do know this to be true too – fear is a liar. Fear has stolen opportunities, chances, dreams, families, even lives. And my guard is up. And yours should be too. Don’t let fear rule your life, mind, heart anymore. Choose to be fearless. Choose to walk by faith, and not by sight. Let your faith be bigger than your fear. “Fear and faith have something in common. They both ask us to believe in something we cannot see.” ~ Joel Osteen. Fear should never be the reason you do something or the reason you don’t do something. Life is too short and valuable for you to waste being fearful. I hope you can face whatever 2019 brings head on, courageously, with a spirit of fearlessness. Let’s do this, friends ❤ xoxo, mel~