Monday, October 10, 2011

Courage To Fly

hosted by Stephey Baker
Stephanie asked the question  
"Have you ever taken a risk on yourself? 
Pushed off the branch and flew 
into uncharted territory with nothing 
but inspiration fueling you?" 

Where do I start? 
The list is long, so I will chose some of my favorites. 
The ones that altered my life.
The very ones I took a chance on myself, all alone, 
completely on a leap of faith…
entirely and wholeheartedly believing in myself. 
Sometimes impulsively with wild abandon. 

I honestly believe that we are responsible 
for creating the strength of our own wings to FLY

Oh yes, of course I had support from friends 
and family, but they will tell you 
that I am pretty hard headed and do it my own way anyway. 
I am not afraid to try something new in uncharted waters. 
I am not afraid to fail. 
And when things do not go as I planned, well, 
then it has always been another opportunity for growth. 
One more feather in my wings to fly higher, 
stronger and further. 

You see, all my life, I have tried to squish in as much as I possibly can. I want to make the very most out of the brief visit we have here in this place we call Earth. 
So what if things change? HELL YES!! 
Time to refine. Pull up those bootstraps. 
Dust off those wings, open them up real wide 
and flap just a bit harder. 
Come on…fly with me for a while…

I joined the Team in Training for Leukemia and walked a Marathon. It took me 8 hours and 13 minutes and I raised $8000. HELL YES!!

I auditioned for a part in the stage performance Vagina Monologues and landed a huge part…never had acting lessons in my life. HELL YES!!

I divorced, bought a home on a tiny Caribbean island in Mexico, remodeled my home and began to mend my broken heart. HELL YES!!

I decided to be brave during my sons two deployments to Iraq, and be the strong mother to support him and conquer my own fear of letting him go. HELL YES!! (he is now home safe and sound) and I am still brave. HELL YES!!

I sold my tropical paradise, returned to my birth state of Texas and bought a Bed & Breakfast. HELL YES!!

I once again opened my healing heart. This took a minute, as I wanted to be sure not to crack wide open all over again.  The moment I allowed the love to enter, accept and experience was the moment love began to flourish and I was flying again higher than ever before! HELL YES!!

I just started a new food service business operated from an Airstream Trailer converted into a commercial kitchen. HELL YES!!

 And now I can officially say this 
out loud and proud...
Another self supporting business in which I continue 
to explore my passion for photography

Deb Did It Photography

Because right now is all we have. 
This very moment. 
Please join me in making it count.

quote by Terri St Cloud
To be whole, let yourself break.
To be straight, let yourself bend.
To be full, let yourself be empty.
To be new, let yourself wear out.
To have everything, 
give everything up
~Tao Te Ching~


Anonymous said...

Oh Deb,
I just love, love, love this post.
Your spirit is so...
Rich and alive.
Love form Eva

foxysue said...

Your flying is contagious, it makes me want sprout wings and lift off!

Actually this is a repetitive dream of mine, flying, I could never understand why we weren't given wings!

Sue x

Anonymous said...

Love ya... your blog, and the message you send to all women to believe in themselves and FLY.


windrock studio said...

Do I absolutely love these images of you flying, kicking, dancing? Am I completely smitten with your story, your words, your brave heart?

Hell yes!!!!

Thanks girl.

Sandra Marie said...

Oh my can just feel your HELL YES with every word you read in your post! You're photography is just so beautiful and inspiring. This just made my morning...THANK YOU!!

Bonita Rose said...

loved reading this.. u are brilliant and wonderful... I wish we lived closer.. I need someone like u in my life for those times when doubt starts creeping in and mean girls say things and I begin to falter.. xo hugs xo bonitarose

Kristen ( said...

Hell yes!!!!!! So glad I got to find your blog on this blog hop. I love the way you live :)


Reena said...

Nothing greater in the world than to be free in spirit ... sometimes it takes us a while to find that grove, but when we do ... ahhh, so sweet!
Thanks for a wonderful post!

rebecca said...

my darling....
hanging on the vision and strength of yOu!

i will return to savor you longer at the end of my teaching day.

love love love!

Cheryl said...

You're the only woman I know who flies. I'm glad we're friends. I love your post. Thank you so much for being YOU. I love you.

Brandi Hussey said...

I love this. Your entire life has been a series of flights!

Kim Mailhot said...

You are an amazing heart flyer.
I love you, winged one.

Meri said...

I love you girlfriend - HELL YES!

stephey said...

Hell Yes! Very inspiring post. There are so many parts that I found my inner bird singing a song and that song was Hell Yes! chrip chrip. My favorite part is this "I honestly believe that we are responsible
for creating the strength of our own wings to FLY" - so true. I think a lot of people over look this, that we are the ones responsible to create what we want in life. We are the ones responsible to create our response to the things in life we don't want. We're the only ones who truly have the power to take to the skies! Now all we have to do is acknowledge our wings and start to soar!

All My Best,

P.S. I know life is busy and sometimes hectic and to know that you chose to give your time and energy to this hop - is deeply appreciated. Thank you so much for adding your story to our hop and sharing your insight. here's to soaring!

Sonya McCllough Lockridge said...

Hell Yes! enough said ...

Alexis Yael said...


beth said...

HELL YES.....and to have hugged you in person will always be one of my greatest gifts....HELL YES

P.Christakos said...

Oh, my... you make me cry. I mean HELL Yes, you make me cry. The cure for anything...a Deb moment. xoxox

kelly@thebluemuse said...

Love this, Deb. I am in a place right now where it is time to pull up the bootstraps and get a little stronger. I love the way you wrote this, love hearing of your journey through life. Wow. Thank you for this.

tracey said...

I'm late to this party, but I so enjoyed this post. You. Are. Awesome.

Gayle said...

savoring......and SAVING
this post..........Thanks.

Dianne said...

What an amazing journey!

VS said...

Hell Yeah to flying high & not letting your fear keep you grounded!!!
Hell Yeah...

sheri stewart said...

Since meeting you i knew you were magic. I love everything i know about you so far and cannot wait to work with you.
love love