For the past couple of years, I have thought about writing a weekly blog.  My plan was to use the Soul Coaching® Oracle Card deck as my inspiration, a set of cards that I love to use for myself and others.

The key word in that whole paragraph was ‘thought’.  It never happened.   I would have too much fun on New Year’s Eve to actually get up and write my new weekly blog on New Year’s Day.  So it stayed as a thought, and I promised myself each time, that next year would be the year.  I guess that 2013 is that year, because that is exactly what I have done!  Of course, I have cheated a little and written this on New Year’s Eve, but the intention of a weekly blog has started, and I intend to carry it on!

Towards the end of 2012, I found that I wasn’t really myself.  I had a job that I really didn’t enjoy, and I wasn’t as active spiritually as I wanted to be.  I knew something needed to change, but I didn’t know what.  I don’t know if you’ve ever done this before, but I started a conversation in my mind with one of my spiritual teachers, who is still living.  Now, I do often speak to spirit, and my guides and helpers, but sometimes asking someone in my mind who is living helps me greatly.  She asked me a question, “What do you really want to be doing?”  The answer came back to me quicker than I thought, and it was easy; I want to be a writer and a teacher.  Whilst the answer may be open to anything, for me it was what I have wanted to do since I was a child.  I can even remember my make believe class in my bedroom, where I would mark their work!

How does this relate to courage?  When I decided again that I would write my weekly blog, this was the first card that I pulled.  I thought it was very appropriate card to start with, because I would need courage to start the blog and stick to doing it weekly.  I would also need some help, because whilst right now I couldn’t be a teacher, I knew I could be a writer.  I remember at school being told that I could do anything; I was just a little lazy and needed a push sometimes.  I believe that when you are in the right place, and at the right time, things will happen that will help you along on your path.  Just after Christmas, my friend, Laura Clark emailed me to remind (and encourage) me that a 31 day blogging challenge was starting on the 1st January.  I always love a challenge and something to keep me going, and this is what I’m doing – I am going to blog, not only weekly with the oracle cards, but daily for the whole of January, so that I can be the writer that I want to be.

Courage for me isn’t about standing up and doing something scary, something that you wouldn’t normally do, it’s about taking one step to make your dreams a reality.