Midge’s Mumblings on Awakened Hearts: I have been afraid my whole life. Afraid of drowning, afraid of being poor, afraid of being stuck, afraid of change, afraid of being rejected, afraid of looking foolish…. you get my drift. So what did I do? I went on a trip to the Grand Canyon to ride some rapids, I invested in an out-of-state college with a scholarship, $45 in my pocket and a bunch of loans. I continued to challenge beliefs I had been taught and bought book after book and programs to open my mind and expand my horizon. I spoke my truth, came out to family, friends, coworkers and my community. I wrote two children’s books and self published them when publishers didn’t want them. I showed up in the world authentically; and sometimes I looked foolish.

F.E.A.R has also been called False Evidence Appearing Real. I have always said, YES; yes through the fears. I didn’t really know for sure how I would get the money for 4 years of college or my graduate degree. I didn’t really know for sure if I would drowned in the river and I didn’t really know for sure if I would survive coming out as a Lesbian in the South; but I did know that saying YES stopped me from being stuck and opened the doors for what I wanted.; authenticity, integrity, compassion, courage and respect. Uncovering my fears that could have ruled my life and diminished or extinguished my purpose was the only way my Yeses have turned into successes! I bossed back the fear, said yes, and stepped into my authentic power. I hope you will too!