2013: Are You “All In”? {& thoughts on being BRAVE}

Ok so… 2013 is really here and we’re almost halfway though January already.  That’s just… weird, right? (or am I just old??).

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Today it is GORGEOUS  and sunny and 80*.  Winter is confused and so am I.  

A couple of weeks ago the temps had been hitting the low 40s at night and only got up the the low 60s during the day for at least a week (that is cold here in Florida, y’all).  So, while most of the year I am in t-shirts, shorts and my Crocs flip flops,  I am also used to layering up when we get these little cold “spells”.

I sit outside on our back patio almost every single day and work and write my posts.  I can see the little lake and watch my herbs and veggies grow in our patio container garden.  My home “office” is basically outside where it’s quiet and peaceful.

So, it was 3-4 weeks back when this cooler weather set in. Littlest (AKA Mr. Fearless) decided that he realllly wanted to go in the pool, and he asked several times a day (like 100 times) for a few days in a row.  I kept telling him the water was just too cold (and I wasn’t going to waste a gazillion gallons of propane to heat it, either).

In-ground pool water is pretty chilly at this time of year compared to what the kids are used to in the Summer so I tried to distract him with other activities and ideas.  And the iPad.

But he kept badgering me about it – he would not let it go.  So I did what any great Mother of three (who was trying to finish a blog post) would do.  I told him to go get his bathing suit on.  Enough already.  I figured that once he felt the water he would change his mind real quick-like.  Not to mention, I wasn’t winning the 2012 “Mother of The Year” award at that point anyway, so…

Well, don’t you know, Mr. Sassy Pants was back outside with his bathing suit on and shirt off in less than a minute.  All on his own.  It was only like 64* out, for the love!  I was (most likely) wearing yoga pants and a sweater and slippers AND my fuzzy robe!!

So I said, “Ok, you’re out here. No dipping a toe in – you have to jump in at the deep end”.  Thought that might scare him a little…

But that is exactly what he did.

Without. Hesitation.

I wish I had a picture.  He swam the length of the pool and then proceeded to have a perfectly glorious time playing in the pool and in the (un-heated) hot tub by himself for about an hour. Crazy kids!

But it has really had me thinking over these last few weeks.  Littlest has always been my “brave” boy.  My daring adventurer (who is SURE to be the first one to break a bone, I just know it and try not to think about it!).  He is fearless , almost to a fault, sometimes!

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Zip Line, Summer 2012

He laughs in the face of “danger”…

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Mr. Fearless


And, looking back, I used to be pretty darn brave too.  I’ve traveled all over the country for work.  I cannot tell you how many times I have flown West Coast and back and then also abroad 12 times – many times by myself.


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On a bus in Germany – January 2012. Well, I look pretty fearless, right?? I was just cold. lol

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Feeding some “scary” sting rays in the Caribbean in March, 2012

Over the years, I was never afraid to meet new people or speak my mind .  I started new business ventures.  I bought, renovated and sold houses on the side. I WAS pretty fearless and brave!

But lately… I feel like I’m really not so brave anymore.  I think sometimes we grow up and we start holding back.  I’m sure part of it is just maturity  (I am not jumping in to a freezing pool, mmmK?) but don’t you think that a good part of it is just plain fear?  What if someone doesn’t like my ideas?  What if they don’t like ME??

The doubts swirl around in our heads and at some point we DO hold back and we stop putting ourselves and our ideas out there because… well, what if we fail?   Yes, we hold back.  And eventually… we just stop “jumping in”.

When I started writing online it was something I had been thinking about doing for a while.  So, in being here and doing this, I “jumped in” in my own way.  I took a risk that I am happy to say I do not regret.  Well, not yet anyway. 😉

I am SO looking forward to growing and to learning and, in turn, sharing those learnings with you all.   But, yeah.  I’m a little scared too.

Guess I should take some tips from this guy…

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Littlest doing a “David Lee Roth” impersonation….

Nonetheless, I have decided that 2013 is the year that I am “ALL IN”.   While I’ve had my share of success over the years, I have certainly had some business and financial failures too!  But I’m not giving up and I won’t let any doubts or fears stop me from achieving my goals.  Life is scary sometimes and I intend to scare it right back (to “Claire-ify it!” , if you will).

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”  – Deuteronomy 31:6

Be “Brave”, my dear friends.  2013 is your year to shine.  Or maybe just to get organized.  Or to start following a budget.  Or just to figure it all out.  YOU know your goals and I know you can achieve them.

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Littlest pretending to have a bow and arrow like Merida in the movie “Brave”

In closing – at one point during Littlest’s (cold) pool adventure, he stood up on the deck and proclaimed (quite loudly, actually) that this was his own “Sunday Party”.

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He threw his own private “party-of-one” and he had a blast.  Without ever once wondering who “was watching” (or if that bathing suit made his butt look too big, etc.).  Now I don’t know where he got that “Sunday Party” idea from but I love my little crazy brave man, so I will go with it.
If for no other reason than that he “jumped in” without hesitation.

Any big goals for 2013?  Any fears?  Would love to hear your thoughts, plans and goals.  I just know this year has a lot in store for us all!




  1. says

    Yes, yes, and yes! I can not wait to hug your neck! We are all in this together, my friend. And together we will hold hands and jump right in! I’m honored to be on this journey with you. xo

  2. says

    What a wonderful writer you are! I am inspired…and will attack my goals for 2013 fearlessly! We will be moving to Tampa sometime in 2013 and have many goals to accomplish here at the house to get it ready for sale. Was an 8th grade teacher for years, took a year off, and fell in love with the junking business! Here I am 12 years later still enjoying it. I decided to do what makes me happiest…miss “my kids”…and the math, but love my new life! Looking forward to following you. Denise from The Rusty Gate Antiques and Vintage Chic

    • Claire says

      Thanks so much for your sweet comment, Denise! I will definitely have to get up to Altamonte (Adjective Market) or Clermont and see your “junk” before you move!! I just love all of those things. My goal is to try and do a couple pieces of furniture this year – a little out of my element (what the heck is is chalk paint? Or is it milk paint I need? Or.. wax?? – LOL). Glad to connect with you! :)

  3. says

    Hey Claire, chalk up another follower from the Let’s Get Social Sunday link-up. I love how you incorporated your name into the title of your blog. I made up a word for mine…”porchervation” – being an observation made on a porch. Looking forward to a wonderful 2013! :O)

  4. says

    I’m so glad we’ve met, and become friends Claire! Your brave little man is very smart! When I was about 2-3 months into blogging I started comparing my blog to others too much. I’ve stopped doing that and I’m enjoying just being me and going with my gut! I hope you have a great time at your conferences. If I still lived in Jacksonville I might join ya :( Great post!

  5. says

    Hi! I am up here in the now frozen tundra (Chicago) and have to admit that I am a wee bit jealous of the whole pool concept (heated or not). In reading your post I am reminded of what my daughter once told me (she was 6 at the time): “Mom, it’s hard to make friends sometimes isn’t it? (I just nodded). Well, take some advice from Barbie: A stranger is just a friend you have not met yet!” When it comes to Blissdom and other great conferences and gatherings, I can assure you that you will make some life long friends. Can’t wait to see you there! :)

    • Claire says

      LOL “tundra”! We do love Chicago but we did freeze out behinds of when we were there for Valentine’s a few years back! That’s a great story about your daughter. I love it. Looking forward to meeting you at Blissdom, friend! :)

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