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…just writing out that title scares me. To death. Since about December of 2010 I have had this idea of doing a video blog series. All last year I felt guilty for not doing them when I knew I should, but fear would always get the best of me. Doubt would creep in. And as though fear and doubt weren’t enough, insecurity would suffocate any last bit of chance it had of actually happening.

“What if they think I’m a dork?” (which, clearly, I am)
“But I reeeeeeally hate my speaking voice. I sound like a man….but a man on speed. Cause, you know, I talk way too fast.”
“What if I don’t have anything to say?”
“What if I’ve lost my touch to connect with an audience?”
“What if I am held accountable to every one of my words?”

and lastly….

“What if this actually goes somewhere…?”

Paralyzed by all that “what ifs”, I have done nothing to start up this series that has been rolling around in my head for over a year. I am always pushing others to get out of their comfort zone and take risks, encouraging them with stories of how I have done exactly that and succeeded when taking the risk. But it’s much easier to revel in the risks and successes of the past than to risk again and chance failing. So I stayed comfortable at my desk, blogging only with written word.

About a month ago I decided that I’d had enough and was ready to put an end to all this fear crap. Seriously, since when did I become a person who gave in to fear and insecurity?

Therefore, I introduce to you “Refocus.” Refocus is a new series I will be doing every week with short inspirational, motivational, and encouraging stories from my life and lessons I’ve learned. There is no rhyme or rhythm to how it will all pan out, but instead of trying to work out the kinks ahead of time, I decided to just dive in head first and work out the nitty-gritty as I go.

This is Refocus.

Make sure to check back next Wednesday at noon for another edition of Refocus video!

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  1. Emilia Jane says:

    YAY! Love this for you girl. What cool stories 🙂

  2. Jillian Tree says:

    loved this! Alicia you are so cute. Way to step out there & be an encouragement <3

  3. Angelsea Urban says:

    YES!!!!!!!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT! Awesome job Alicia! Can’t wait for the next one! Congratulations on taking a huge leap forward! SO SO excited to see what God has in store for you next! XOXO

  4. robyn says:

    Thank you for posting this! It’s a wonderful message. I’m glad you didn’t let doubt and fear win.

  5. Katie says:

    This is awesome!!! Love this video Alicia!

  6. Way to go Alicia! This is an awesome series! I just recently did the same thing…video blogging and what a way to step out of the comfort zone! I wish you nothing but success in all that you do!

  7. AnnaLisa Banuelos says:

    I love this. So encouraging. Fear and all the “what if’s” sounds so familiar to me. Thank you for stepping out on faith and doing what you are suppose to. 🙂 P31 love.

  8. Lisa Dunkin says:

    This is awesome, Alicia! Thank you for the encouragement. Good “seeing” you, too! It’s been years. lol 🙂 Always love your blog and photos. Love you, girl!

  9. Thank you for facing your fears, telling them to step aside and moving forward with this! God-given words of encouragement (often told through tales of our experiences, such as your climb) are never wasted!

    I found your blog via Karen Stott’s and was captured by the references to Denmark and Italy — you see my 21 year old daughter just moved to Denmark to study and just yesterday she Skyped me to ask where I would recommend they travel to in Italy (where she is planning to spend her spring break).

    Anyway, however God caught my attention and got me to click over this way, I am glad I did. Thanks!!


  10. Jeanna Grayce says:

    So proud to know you and call you friend. Great video blog, look forward to seeing many more. Your talents are endless, from encouragement, singing and photography…you got it all girl. Sending lots of love.

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