wear it * courage + a scarf

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this is my new genet scarf.  i’m pretty in love with it.  i love the colors.  the pattern.  the comfort.  and the courage i wrap myself in when i wear it.

yes, courage.  courage is a constant theme for me.  i’m always looking for it.  praying for it.  hoping for it.  wishing for it.  pondering it.  and lately, taking it.

most of the things that i’ve done, seen or been apart of that have been monumental in my life, i’ve been slightly afraid of.  you know the chances, opportunities, and situations that your heart screams yes to but your mind talks you out of.  this is how i seem to deal with anything and everything that is great, good, and full of potential.  me, myself, and i usually do an exquisite job of convincing, “no you can’t do that.”  i’ve taken many passes on opportunity.  adventure.  change.  and, on living life, really.  but lately, my heart has been whispering louder than my chatty mind.

i have a pretty amazing opportunity ahead of me.

little did i know that blogging about a scarf last fall would have me crossing the ocean and two continents to ethiopia this summer.

in august, i’ll be joining a group of bloggers and traveling to africa with fashionABLE and Mocha Club.  we will be blogging real time and sharing stories about amazing women that make these very scarfs and in doing so are making a better life for themselves and their loved ones.  finding and taking courage themselves.

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i took the courage to say yes to ethiopia.  and, i’m honored, thrilled and so excited to go!!  but, if i’m honest, authentic and real with you than i can’t leave out the part about being a wee bit scared in the actual going.  i’ve been to africa before.  i’ve traveled near and far, many times and again.  maybe it’s the far factor?  far from my loved ones.  far from life as i know it.  and a far way on a plane (those that know me well, are probably in shock that i’m going just based upon the flight alone).  but this is one of those things (opportunity, just isn’t even the right word), that i know i’m supposed to do.  one could call the invitation coincidence, luck, or even chance.   but i don’t think those words work.  i just know, in my knowing, that this trip, is on my life map.  that the stories of the women that i’m going to meet (and share with you) will be a part of my story.  i’m not sure how all the dots connect but i know they will.  and so . . .  i’m going.

i’m going in the strength that i have.  and that is enough.

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we only learn courage by couraging (as brene brown says).

i’m going to find, take, and learn more courage on this adventure.  i’ll take it in the going.  i’ll find it in the women i’m going to meet, who are no doubt brave in ways i’ll never have to be.  i’ll learn it by my traveling companions who will be new friends and have stories of their own to share.  and, then i’ll do some sharing.  i’ll share their stories.  the adventure.  the couraging with all of you.  and beyond that type of sharing, i hope to, in some way or form, share courage with those i meet a long the way.

while i was in london, i heard someone say, “we spend our courage in life, so we constantly need to be encouraged.”  as you are spending your courage away (in big and in everyday kind of ways) i hope these words encourage you.   that whatever you are up against, jumping towards, or saying yes to, that you will go in the strength that is yours.  it may seem like not enough (it always feels that way).  but when you do the thing, you’ll be taking the courage you need and find yourself couraging more and more (yourself + others).

there is more to this story.  more to share and more to, yet, be written.  i hope you’ll follow along.

xo . trina

and if you are feeling dis-couraged.  tired.  worn.  cold, even.  maybe get your own genet scarf.  wrap yourself in strength.  warm yourself in knowing you are not alone.  that someone an ocean away is finding courage, themselves, in making that very scarf.

p.s.   you can follow along on our travels by keeping up with this blog + following the hashtag #blogABLE

photos taken by my little la la!

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Responses

  • Ahndea May
    Commented on June 19th, 2013 at 12:08pm

    Trina! This is so exciting! And yes, I do know you and AM a bit shocked you are taking the flight! But I have also seen you be willing to take more risks and adventures over the last year and I have to say I am proud! Can’t wait to see what God does in you and through you on this trip… and can’t wait to see how it will shape your story! xoxo Ahndea

  • Trina
    Commented on June 21st, 2013 at 9:35am

    thank you, friend. means so much. i’m excited to see the very same things! xo . trina

  • Shayla
    Commented on June 19th, 2013 at 3:33pm

    This is SO wonderful Trina, so excited for you and look forward to hearing all about your adventures!

  • Trina
    Commented on June 21st, 2013 at 9:29am

    thank you! xo . t

  • sabrina
    Commented on June 19th, 2013 at 4:43pm

    what a wonderful story & exciting opportunity! lovely words at a time when i’m needing a lot of courage. thanks for sharing! /s.

  • Trina
    Commented on June 21st, 2013 at 9:29am

    thank you! sending hugs and courage your way. xo . t

  • katie//salt+pine
    Commented on June 19th, 2013 at 4:55pm

    I loved this post because I could really relate! Part of the reason I took a break from blogging was that same nervousness…I was too scared to embrace some bigger things. But you are totally right! The biggest opportunities in my life (and the ones I am most proud of) have been when I’ve been totally freaked out. So I think I will order the scarf (I’ve had it pinned for ages…) and get me some courage! :)

    An acquaintance of mine has been traveling to Ethiopia numerous times over the past year and has shared wonderful stories and photos. So much so that she has me imagining a trip in my future. I know you will have an amazing time! Good for you, Trina! xo-k

  • Trina
    Commented on June 21st, 2013 at 9:28am

    hi friend!!! yes, order that scarf! don’t be afraid to embrace the bigger things. i feel the same way …somedays, i catch myself and think what in the world am i doing. somedays even feeling a little stuck with big things in front of me but then there is this knowing that there are some pretty awesome things ahead and i just don’t want to miss out. so i’m learning to just do it afraid. i still feel afraid but i hate feeling regret, even more. whatever is ahead of you…. you can do it, katie!!!!!!!!

    and thank you for sharing about the aquaintance of your yours that travels to ethiopia. i love hearing this …. i hope you have the opportunity to go. the one thing i know about those kinds of trips is how much they change you. in the best kind of way.

    hope you are having a happy summer with your sweet family! xo . t

  • heather
    Commented on June 20th, 2013 at 10:54am

    beautiful! i will love reading about your trip and cheering on your courage and that of the women who make these gorgeous scarves! the best advertisement for a piece of clothing ever! :)

  • Trina
    Commented on June 21st, 2013 at 9:23am

    thank you! means so much! xo . trina

  • Autumn Carton
    Commented on July 5th, 2013 at 11:27pm

    I love this! Courage is hard sometimes…my husband and I are learning how to be courageous through our blog. Your heart will be filled with so much joy because you chose courage! So so excited for you!

    xoxo, Autumn @ courageouslove.net

  • Trina
    Commented on July 9th, 2013 at 8:53am

    courage.. is so hard. at least for me. seems like when i try to take a courageous step then i have to fight for it even more. thank you for your kind words and it warms my heart so much to think this little blog is adding meaning in one way or another! xo . t

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