Personal Musings

Fearless: Word for the year update

fearless is not the absence of fear jf gibson

Okay, so I’m a little late with my mid-year update but I’ve been busy. I’ve been launching the copywriting side of my business and throwing myself head-down-bum-up into client work, and I’ve also been studying novel writing with the Australian Writers’ Centre. As well as the usual ground-hog-day activities of course. But, as I always say, better late than never!

As you know, my word for the year is Fearless. I blogged about it here, and then in a little more detail here.

My take on fearless isn’t the absence of fear, but more the courage to move through fear in order to reach the other side. It is about taking risks and pushing past my comfort zone.

So how am I going so far?

I think I’m nailing it to be honest, and I have noticed a great change in my attitude and day-to-day contentment as a result.

Here are a few examples of how I’ve been fearless so far this year

– I’ve launched my copywriting business Making Words Count (and only yesterday its Facebook Page).

– I’ve put my blog out there to family and friends. This was a huge source of fear for me, but now, I’m comfortable with who I am and with anyone reading my blog. I am what I am and that’s that. If you don’t like it, or think I’m weird, I’m okay with that.

– When people ask what I do, I say I’m a writer. (Anyone who is a writer knows just how BIG this is!)

– I’ve put my manuscript out there to be critiqued in the novel writing course. After struggling with the first critique a little while back, I’ve worked through the issues and realised it’s an essential process that only makes my writing stronger. Although, there are still issues, I’m really enjoying the process and the feedback. I can see how my work from draft one through to now has improved dramatically. And I can see, somewhere on the horizon, it will soon be ready for submission to agents/publishers.

– On a more personal note, I’m making an effort to be a better person and to find contentment and satisfaction in every day. These daily goals below, which are the first thing I see each morning, have been a key factor in this and have helped approach each day with a fearless frame of mind.

jf gibson writer be fearless goals


Yes, fearless is working for me.

And I’m loving my take on fearless so much, that it isn’t just going to be my focus for 2015, I’m packing it in my bag of life for evermore.

Did you choose a word for the year?
And how’s it going?