“We are all on the adventure of our life, with no idea where we are going exactly, what we are doing, or any other details to the story. I’ll keep you posted on where the wind blows me, but in the meantime, start charting out your own expedition and keep me posted where you end up. Who knows, maybe our paths will cross on our journey back to our very own Never Never Land” (Alexis Jones, I AM THAT GIRL, 148).
Chapter 5 of I AM THAT GIRL by Alexis Jones is entitled “Be Bold.” Being bold means taking risks, standing up to people that doubt you, and fighting for what you want. Jones covers all of this and more, and it’s empowering and also enlightening. This novel will allow you to personally develop immensely and is a great read for anyone on their happy and healthy adventure. 🙂 ❤
Here are my favorite quotes from the chapter:
“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it” (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 137).
“Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did” (Mark Twain, 137).
“To live boldly is what separates those who are truly the authors of their own lives from those who allow their story to be dictated by others. To live boldly is to choose what you want out of life and then to stalk it, chase it, and not rest until you’ve captured it” (140).
“But the world desperately needs you to be awesome, to dictate life on your terms, not sitting down, waiting for someone else to give you direction or permission” (143).
“We are all unique, and each and every one of us has something different to bring to the table” (Marja Harmon, 145).
“It’s the reason why the story of Peter Pan is so beloved–to remind those of us who have lost our way that a world of possibility and wonder lies just two stars to the left and straight on till morning” (146).
“No matter where you are in life […] don’t let anything or anyone hold you back from what you really want. If you’re not happy, then change something–do what you have to do to stay true to yourself” (147).
“You miss a hundred percent of the shots you never take” (Wayne Gretzky, 152).
“Sometimes, we’re not listening when God, the universe, or whatever you believe in is trying to tell us something, and beating a dead horse does us no good” (153).
“Boldness requires you to be the real deal. It requires that you are what you preach. The product of being authentically confident is that you get to be bold” (158).
“I believe we can only get ourselves so far with preparation, and then there is that last leap of faith required to make up the rest” (159).
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase” (MLK Jr., 159).
“I encourage you to snoop around that area of your life and to feed your faith and spirituality the best way you know how” (160).
“My faith allows me to be bolder than I could ever be with all the preparation and memorization in the world. I believe that if something is meant to be, it will. That means I get to be courageous because I know that when things don’t work out as planned, I’m still precisely on the path I’m supposed to be on. Even though I don’t always understand it at the time, I trust things will unfold perfectly and not even I can mess up what I’m meant to do in this world” (162).
“I believe you have to do the legwork, you have to chase down whatever you want trusting that the desire has bee placed on your heart for a reason; you have to fight for your passion, your dreams, and chase down everything you can to make them your reality. Then you patiently wait for God and the universe to show up for the last 10 percent, trusting that whether or not that last 10 percent looks like you thought it would, it works out exactly as it should” (163).
“We can really only control and care about our own actions. We can’t control what people think or say or how they choose to feel or act. We can’t control what happens the moment we walk out the front door…” (163-164).
“Part of dreaming is being content where you are at in this precise moment, choosing happiness now instead of your happy being contingent on “when all your dreams come true” (167).
“If you can forget everything you’ve heard about the way it’s “supposed” to be, and trust that it will be exactly as it should be, you will be able to live a more satisfying life” (169).