• Samantha Jones


Updated: Feb 28, 2019

As I was trying to convince myself it was time to get out of bed this morning, I opened my phone and started scrolling through my newsfeed. My typical morning routine as my eyes tell my brain it’s actually time to start my day.

I stumbled across a quote by Terri St. Cloud that read…”If everything really is fear or love, I can so easily see my fear right now. And it's my love I want to shine. Over and over again I turn to myself and ask 'What am I doing right now? Is it fear or love?' And I gotta tell ya... a lotta times the answer is fear. And that just won't do."

And it hit me. I’ve been trying to find the courage to post my blog for weeks, months even. This is a project I have been working on for months on end, and yet when the time came to finally launch it, I froze. I sit here every day trying to find something to perfect. Finding more excuses not to put myself out there.

But today… today that changed. That quote by Terri St. Cloud hit me so hard I practically lost my breath. “What am I doing right now? Is it fear or love?” And let me tell you… I have definitely been practicing fear over love. And like Terrie said so plainly, that just won’t do.

So here I am, determined to let my love shine over my fear. I introduce to you... My Passion Project: Blonde Routes.

It's a scary thing, to be completely open and vulnerable. It means showing the good, the bad, and the not so pretty. But I believe the world needs more of that. The world needs more authenticity. It sounds simple, sure. But nothing about being authentically yourself is simple. It means being imperfect... and as Brene Brown defines, it means "letting go of who we think we're supposed to be and embracing who we are." It means letting your love shine over your fear

Nothing about being vulnerable is easy, but it is something I aim to cultivate in my daily life. And it is what you will find here at Blonde Routes. Let today be the last day that I practice fear over love. Or rather… let today be the first day that I recognize when my fear overshadows love so I can change course and let it shine.

Do you ever find yourself blinded by fear? What is it that keeps you from being your true, authentic self? I pray today is the day you realize the world needs more of your love. I hope you never forget that love trumps all.



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