EP. 47 Battling in the Arena For Your Success


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Brene Brown, through her “Call To Courage” special on Netflix and her best-selling book “Rising Strong”, has brought a new perspective to my view on succeeding on a debt-free journey. She quotes Teddy Roosevelt who said, “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly.”.

Brene interrupts that quote into battling for success + whole-hearted living in the arena of life. Being vulnerable and going against the grain of society, being willing to fight our way to our goals, and being willing to have dust and sweat on our faces along the way. When we live this way we are being brave and are daring greatly with their lives. We are going to battle for what matters most to us.

In this episode, I share about:

  • My biggest takeaways from Brene Brown’s Netflix special “Call To Courage” + her book “Rising Strong”

  • How Brene’s teachings can be applied to your Debt-Free Journey or Intentional Living Journey

  • Why you need to chose courage over comfort

  • Who needs to be on your list of feedback givers

  • How to find your own path to wholehearted-living

  • What you’re battling against on the arena floor of your life

  • Why the messy middle is so scary

  • Encouragement to keep going, even when you fail or fall along the way

Memorable Quotes:

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." -Teddy Roosevelt

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I'm the wife to my high school sweetheart, Daniel, + homeschooling momma to our 3 girls. I'm the Budgeting Coach + Motivational Speaker behind A Sunny Side Up Life.

My family used to be in $490k of debt + living paycheck-to-paycheck, but after we hit rock bottom everything changed for us!

Now that my family has become debt free + gained financial freedom, I want to help your family do the same! My passion is inspiring women to live abundant lives through budgeting, intentional living, and positive thinking.

I offer a jump start into budgeting with my free 8-day Declutter Your Budget Challenge + full budgeting experience with my course, Your Sunny Money Method.

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