I’m participating in the Ultimate Blog Challenge. It’s proving to be quite a challenge, that’s for sure. Today’s “suggested topic” made me pause for a moment. I shrugged, and thought “why not go all in.” I’m throwing myself into it! It’s all about a quote that inspires me.
I am not afraid. I was born to do this.
My favorite quote “I am not afraid. I was born to do this.” Everyone’s heard this quote at some point in life. Recently I became intrigued as to when Joan of Arc uttered these words. The quote is legendary, but it recently started showing up on tons of jewelry, and various other items. I went trolling through the internet and stumbled across a website, Maid of Heaven. It has all of Joan of Arc’s quotes, along with quotes about Joan of Arc. I went through each quote, amazing stuff in there (and I’m not what you would call religious). I came to the quote I believe is “the quote” that morphed into my favorite quote:
As Joan was leaving Vaucouleurs a woman asked her: “How can you make such a journey when on all sides are soldiers?”
“Je n’ai pas peur des soldats, car ma route m’ a été ouverte, et si les soldats viennent, j’ai Dieu, mon Seigneur, qui saura comment libérer la route qui mène à Sieur le Dauphin. C’est pour cela que je fus nais.”
“I do not fear the soldiers, for my road is made open to me; and if the soldiers come, I have God, my Lord, who will know how to clear the route that leads to messire the Dauphin. It was for this that I was born!”
Clear the route
I adore the history behind the quote, as well as how it morphed into my favorite quote of all time. Again, I’m not religious. However, I believe my friends and family who have passed over are always with me; giving me the knowledge of how to “clear the route that leads” to where I need to go!
When I started:
- to write my book
- my business
- to choose being a MOTHER first, business owner second
I always chanted “I am NOT afraid. I was BORN to do this,” in my mind.
After chatting with TWO friends who happen to be mediums, I decided to write my first book about being frugal. They had no clue I had wanted to write this book, just three people other than me knew about this book. You’re supposed to finish the book, they said. Just do it, each of them said. After telling people I had written this book, and was publishing it, everyone rolled their eyes and said “good Luck.”
My retort “I’m not afraid. I was born to do this. WATCH ME.”
Guess what? It’s finished. Purchase Finding Your Frugal Way on Amazon.com.
I told people I was starting a class to teach people, here on Long Island, how to shop a little differently in order to be more frugal. It’s a “low-stress” way of using coupons to food shop, along with a more calm approach to shopping online and saving, sometimes earning, money. Again, I got the “you’re nuts” look from people who didn’t understand why I’d want to do that, since that extreme couponing has such a negative image. First, I’m not extreme couponing – I’m not a supporter of that (sorry to offend those who extreme coupon). I do simple things that save me money, but don’t take over my life.
Watch me succeed
My usual response to the nay sayers is “I was BORN to do this. It’s my gift to share with others who truly want to save money, but not give up the things they love, like Starbucks. So WATCH ME succeed.” And the first classes are starting TWO MONTHS ahead of schedule, because of the feedback we have received from our “audience” on Long Island! Small classes, learning hands on how to save money without losing themselves in coupons and spreadsheets!
My go-to quote, the one that just fires me up and gets me motivated is always the same: I am NOT afraid. I was BORN to do this. Scream it sometime, in your car, on your travels. It feels REALLY good. I do it with the kids in the car, I don’t care. If my kids learn anything from me, I want them to learn that THEY CAN DO ANYTHING THEY BELIEVE THEY CAN DO. To never be afraid and to know, they were BORN TO DO THIS!