Today I turn 24. For me, my Chapter 24 starts right now and I’m planning on doing a couple things differently over this next year.
Two years ago I moved to New York starry-eyed and hopeful with a suitcase full of dreams. Two years ago today Unafraid began on a whim and a wish. Its been a whirlwind of a ride since then.
Over the past two years this blog has become much more that I intended it to. I have come to realize that Unafraid has become part of my journey of self-discovery and healing. It’s not just a blog anymore. Unafraid2Dream has become my mirror: a space where I’ve had to face myself by learning who I really am and facing some fears.
I’m so grateful to those who have been with me along my journey so far and for all of the undeserved love that is constantly showered on me. I have the most incredible people in my life. My friends, my family, and the people that have come across my path throughout my life have cause me to grow in ways that I would never have imagined and remind me to love myself for who I am. And to those whom I have never met, but have been reading my blog, showing me support, and sharing words of encouragement I cannot say thank you enough.
None of us are perfect. None of us really have it all together and that’s okay.
Our flaws, – our habits, personality traits, and quirky differences – they make us unique. Our flaws make us who we are. Let’s not hold back okay? Can we promise each other that? Let’s give the world all that we’ve got. Flaws, quirks, and all.
We’ve all been holding back in some way. I know I’m not the only one. We’ve been avoiding difficult conversations that we need to have, shrinking into the background because we’re scared of the spotlight, and hiding our talents because we don’t want the responsibility that comes with using them.
It’s time that we stop hiding. It’s time that we stop filtering our authentic self.
Over this next year, in my personal life and with Unafraid, I’m promising myself that I will only give my best. I hope that you are willing to take the same challenge. I’m not sure yet what my best looks life, but life is a journey right? We’ll figure it out.
This next year will be amazing for both of us. I can just feel it.
Love and light,
Felecia Shanice ❤
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