Living Fearlessly: 3 Ways to Skydive Without Jumping Out of a Plane

BY: - 14 Aug '14 | inspiration

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When was the last time you went skydiving? Never? Yeah, me neither. Nor is jumping out of a plane on any of my bucket lists. But I’d imagine that the adrenline rush and freeing feeling that people get from doing so, one can get the same effect and skydive without jumping out of a plane. How is that possible? Simple. By learning how to be fearless.

“Living fearlessly means fearing less that which you don’t know than you do dying without using your gifts to light up the world” ~Julian Kiganda

By taking a look at the top reasons people skydive in the first place, we will also see that we can achieve the same things by learning how to skydive without jumping out of a plane. Why? For the following reasons.

1.  To overcome fear your fears: For some, skydiving is a way to face their fears. I’ve definitely faced many fears in my life, especially over the last few years. But none of them included jumping from over 12,000 feet in the air. I’ve learned that if something scares me and it’s holding me back from achieving a goal, then I find a way to “do it afraid”. The fear never goes away, it just gets easier to manage as we face it.

For me one of my biggest fears was public speaking. But as I started to discover my purpose, I realized I was going to have to find a way to get over this. So the first step I took was getting up in front of 500 women at a conference to share my experience about the weekend. For me, that was about as terrifying as jumping out of a plane. So go out and do it afraid (whatever “it” means to you).

2. To get that adrenaline rush: When you experience an adrenaline rush, that fight or flight hormone kicks in. I experience that every time I go to Zumba class or bootcamp. But more importantly, I also get that when I make that scary sales call, or launch a new product or service. The increased breathing, the sudden boost of energy can be good things. When I can cross off a big goal or help someone else cross that finish line, it’s a big boost of energy and motivation for me. But getting on a good roller coaster has the same effect on me.

3. It’s fun & exciting: I’m all about having fun and I love to do things that excite me. But when I think of these two words, skydiving is no where close to even being a thought, let alone making my list.  I understand that what’s fun and exciting for one person may not be for another. For me personally, I get a thrill from the simple things in life, like visiting places I’ve never been, and seeing/experiencing things I’ve never seen. When was the last time you did something really fun and exciting? If it takes you longer than a few seconds to answer, chances are, you’re long overdue.

In my own experience, I feel on top of the world, and I have a sense of freedom when I face my fears and do the things that excite me and fulfill my sense of purpose. While some people truly enjoy skydiving for the reasons mentioned above, those of us who have no intention of doing so can still achieve the same outcome.

BMWK: What are some ways you face your fears or get an adrenaline rush that excites you?

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Christine St. Vil wrote 153 articles on this blog.

Christine St.Vil is co-author of the Whose Shoes Are Your Wearing: 12 Steps to Uncovering the Woman You Really Want to Be. A happy wife to an amazing hubby of 8 years, and homeschooling mother of three, she teaches moms how to FLY (First Love Yourself). She uses her corporate background to work with women who are ready to start a new business, accelerate their career growth & design a life they love. She's on a mission to help moms to battle the mom guilt epidemic, so they can begin to put themselves first on their never-ending list of priorities.

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11 Ways to Cheer Yourself up When You’re Feeling Down

BY: - 15 Aug '14 | inspiration

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Lately, I’ve had a persistent case of the sads. Over the last several weeks, I’d stopped answering most calls from friends and family and become increasingly recluse. It came to a point where my friends threatened to show up at my house and force me out (one of them may or may not have actually done this). I know I’m not the only person in the history of ever to experience feelings of overwhelm and sadness. I also know that it’s not uncommon for these feelings to go overlooked as we continue to press on with our day to day activities; That’s why I put together this list of 11 ways to cheer yourself up when you’re feeling down. Try one, two or all of these ideas and get your happy back!

  • Shake your groove thang: We all have that one song that when it comes on you can’t help but dance and sing along. Make a mix of your favorite songs and get those hips movin’ and booty shakin’. Even if you look like a drunken frog when you’re dancing, you’ll be having fun.
  • Take a walk: A change of scenery can be a great mood booster. Walk around your neighborhood, stroll through the mall or head to a local park.
  • Break a sweat: It’s no secret that exercise increases endorphins. Endorphins produce a positive feeling and the results of working out (looking and feeling better) will boost self esteem. #winning
  • Get crafty: Whether it’s, painting, sewing, pottery or making jewelry, tapping into your creativity can be a fun way to lift your spirits.
  • Laugh: Watch one of your favorite comedies, or read entries on a favorite funny website. When I need a good belly laugh, I’ll watch a classic comedy like Coming to America or head over to Awesomely Luvvie and laugh myself to (good) tears.
  • Use a land-line: Call up some friends, order some takeout, pick a favorite movie and just hang. No need for a serious conversation (unless you’re in the mood), just have fun and enjoy the company of the people who make you smile.
  • Get inspired: Start a Pinterest board of inspirational quotes or images that you can sift through when you need them. Here’s one of my recent faves:

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  • Focus on the light: When you’re in the middle of the storm, it can be so hard to keep your focus on the clear skies ahead. Take some time to make a list of the things that are good in your life or of the things you want to accomplish (or both). Focusing on the desired result will help put things into perspective.
  • Be still: Pray, meditate or just sit quietly and focus on all that you have to be grateful for.

‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – php.4.6-7.niv

  • Take back your power: Remember this, true happiness comes from within. The only person who can make you happy is you. Keep in mind that the actions of other people can only make you feel how you allow them to.
  • Don’t be afraid to get professional help: Sometimes we just can’t shake those feelings of overwhelm or sadness. If you’ve tried everything you can think of to lift your spirits, it may be time to turn to an expert. There is no shame in seeking out a professional to help you work through whatever is making you feel down.

What say you BMWK fam? How do you cheer yourself up when you feel down?

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T. Espinoza is CEO at The Style Medic. She's the Diva next door, the girlfriend who always looks Fab but doesn’t spend a bundle. She works with the active, focused Diva who wants to look fly, save time and most of all, save money. T. can help you streamline your wardrobe, maximize your budget and take your style from flat-lined to FABULOUS!

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