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It Starts at the Start

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“…the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena…” – Theodore Roosevelt.

“From a place of victory, through much adversity.”

I’ve wrestled with the best way to start this blog, contemplated the first step again and again, but because there’s so few moments I can actually remember in my life as a moment in which my life was absolutely different afterwards, I’ll start with one of those moments where my life actually did indeed change significantly.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt.

The book Daring Greatly, starts with that quote.

That book changed my life.

This blog post is the place I forgive myself for ever being the cynic, and step out into the moment as the one creating. 

Vulnerability for me functions like cleaning my mirror when there’s been dirt and false aspirations written on it without my permission.

Vulnerability looks like believing you’re enough to live your biggest dream.

You’re biggest dream starts with the vulnerable step to claim it as yours.

Love starts at the start.

“Loved people, love people”- and forgive me Reader, I know this is jumping around quite a lot, but we’re going somewhere important, with a lot of good sights to see along the way.

I wish you knew how hard this is to write this.  I’m coming to understand that this is indeed starting.  I keep opening Instagram and scrolling for odd and varying lengths of time to procrastinate starting in the face of that fact. 

There is the thought that this might not work out.  There’s apprehension and excitement if it does.

 This isn’t me transparently telling you how much the fear of failure has held me back in my life.  This is me realizing how much I’ve denied ever experiencing fear, or having limitations in the face of it.

I’m realizing I’m finally doing something that makes my heart come alive.

This is Loved People:

We are a media company built on broadcasting the narrative of internal wholeness, and external wellness, while retaining the audacity to say,

 This is,

Indeed,

a process.

We are here to add value to you and promote testimonies of people who are walking the path of self-love, of wholeness, and giving from a lifestyle of abundance.

Our goal is to provide a platform that demonstrates the simple steps we believe in.  To demonstrate what healthy, real, authentic, vulnerable, and courageous love looks like in the day-to-day lives we live, and the power it is actually capable of.  We’re here to market whole heartedness, and sell you joy through this journey.

This, Reader, is my greatest ambition so far, and as poetically as possible, I’m letting you see the apprehension that comes with it.  Brining you to the moments on stage, behind the curtain, knowing that once that light turns on- IT’S ON.

Back to vulnerability:

It ‘sounds like truth and feels like courage.’  It’s hanging every excuse up, and trying for it anyways.

I think for me, the word vulnerability didn’t have any merit for so long because I had a skewed and overcompensating ‘macho man’ narrative of what vulnerability is: physically weakness.  While it’s true that physical weakness is a vulnerability in like fighting or something else manly like that, vulnerability is not limited to simply things with grunting.  My favorite definition says that vulnerability is: uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure.

How wonderful a moment to step into the opportunity of risk, against uncertainty, and expose your biggest dream to the possibility of coming true.

That is why vulnerability, and embracing it, is vital to a lifestyle of wholeness, of self-love, of producing anything that truly has worth to your soul.

Reader, I think writing about vulnerability is like breaking the fourth wall, or taking a picture of a picture; it’s one thing to do it by demonstration, and tell you the things I wrestle with, but to both tell you the importance of vulnerability, while in turn, put my money with my mouth is, is indeed a process in need of grace.

Loved people is a vulnerable business for many reasons.  I’ve heard them all several thousand times in the past two years I’ve worked on stewarding the vision.

How does a good party start?  It starts with you feeling it.  It gets going when we’re all done dancing.

One of my favorite quotes is this,

“Let me make the songs of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws.” – Andrew Fletcher

That man understood something better than I do.

Now, however, is the time at the piano for hashing out lyrics.  Now is the open invitation to feel the rhythm, to stick around for the journey, to shout out when you feel like shouting, and keep on toe tapping till we’re all done dancing.