Currently, there are over 600 bloggers participating in the 31 Days challenge.

Whoa and whoa.

And I have scanned the buttons of every.last.one of those. You see, I want to learn a lot this month. I want to listen to these women [and men!] talk about their area of expertise. In fact, throughout this month I’m going to share with you other 31 Day series that I’m reading, just case you want to pop over and check them out.

But here’s the thing. Courage isn’t my area of expertise. 

When I decided to join up and write for 31 days of October, I went through a list of options, things I think are more expert-like for me.

31 Days of life in Scotland! If you’ve been around here at all, you’ve suffered through about 100 days of life in Scotland, so I thought that would be a bit of a cop-out. Though, trust me, I will still be talking about Scotland.

31 Days of Singleness! Barf. I mean, someone else is writing that and I think that is great, but you and I both know that I would fail at this. It would be like watching a rollercoaster almost go off the tracks repeatedly. We’d all be puking before Halloween.

31 Days as an Author! Truth be known, you probably all know a lot of authors, and most of them are way better than me. But I will be talking about writing this month, because it takes courage.

31 Days in Nashville! Nothing would ensure I waste this month in Edinburgh like writing every day about Nashville. [Dear home, I miss you.] Maybe we’ll be Nash-focused next year.

But in all honestly, I never got real far in any of those ideas. I knew all along. I knew it was courage.

I’m not the bravest girl. In fact, this month we have some guest post writers who are legit brave. I’m not quite that. But I am striving for it. Searching for it. Hating it and loving it at the same time.

So why did I pick 31 Days of Courage?

Because it doesn’t take an expert to tell you this stuff. Talking about courage isn’t a conversation about what you need to get, learn, have, make, or create.

It’s a conversation about remembering what you already have.

In the end, a lack of courage is a lack of understanding – understanding who you are, how you are loved, and the eternal impact you can make.

So this month, I’m not an expert telling you about A Life Of Courage. I just hope to remind you of who you are. And how deeply you are loved. And of the eternal impact you are making every day.

Then someday we’ll all look back on this month and realize that THIS is when everything changed.

In the timeless words of Kevin McCallister:

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Who I’m reading: Marisa’s 31 Days of Wedding Planning. Not only is she one of my BFFs, she’s crafty and thrifty and engaged. Three things I hope to be someday. 🙂