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Writing Your Story: Inspiration to Overcome Fear

Have you ever believed in something so deeply, fought for something so unbelievably risky, that you feel like you may just combust from the effort?

Because this dream, this life you see for yourself, this reality you’re already living in your mind, would be such a devestating loss if it fell apart?

Many of us get to this point, only to turn back around.

The imminent depth of emotion scares us to death, so we retreat to the comfort of certainty.

The threat of such a devastating loss breaks us before it ever has a chance to become our experience.

We save ourselves from overwhelming pain, but in the process, we deprive ourselves of breathtaking beauty, staggering amounts of joy, and the realization of our full potential.

I know what it’s like to tell yourself that the process will be too difficult to complete, that it’s not worth the work it will take, that doing all that it will take will exhaust you beyond repair.

I know what it’s like to feel like you might just break.

I know that you’re feeling like there’s no way you can sustain this push, that you’ll just fall apart if you don’t choose to stop trying.

But you know, as well as I do, that if you stop trying, you’ll look back and feel the same loss (if not worse) knowing that you gave up. The regret you’ll feel will trump this fear, and the knowledge of what could have been will be overwhelming in its own right.

When you feel this terror, this panic that drives you to give up, remember why you started at all.

Your life deserves to be everything you dream it CAN be.

You deserve to live an adventure of epic proportions.

You deserve to live and breathe to your own grammy-nominated soundtrack.

You deserve to experience every iota of your life in hypercolor HD.

You are writing your story. How moving do you want it to be?


I want to express my deepest gratitude to you for reading Strong Inside Out and making it the community it is today.

As you probably know, I’m working on an epic project at the moment that requires much of my attention, which unfortunately leaves me with less time to write here.

Knowing what I would suggest to each and every one of you if you were to reach out to me for help on being spread too thin, I have decided to take my own advice and cut back on posting temporarily.

For the next few weeks, I am going to decrease my posting schedule to one time per week. This will give me more time to devote to the quality of each post, and to focus on my big project. I think you’ll understand when you hear about it very VERY soon. :)

Thank you for all your support and love. It strengthens me every day.

Stay strong guys,



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6 responses to “Writing Your Story: Inspiration to Overcome Fear”

  1. Tammy R says:

    So glad to hear that you’re all stoked up for your new project! I love that kind of energy.

    My husband and I just took a break and went to grab some tea at a local cafe, and we just had a similar conversation to the ideas in your post. We said that instead of just adding things continually to our plate, we have prioritized the “big items” and do not regret any choices we have made. (Well, maybe thinking we were super-rich 10 years ago – which we were NOT – and buying a house and car within a year.) I do not recommend that and wish we hadn’t done it. But, with regards to health, work, and fun, we have been constantly working towards onward and upward.

    Can’t wait to hear what your new project is!

  2. Sarah Woods says:

    I love your work Amy, I try to read each and every post. But, I have to admit I’m relieved you won’t be posting as often as I haven’t had the time to catch up on your posts for ages.

    I also have a question for you ( I’m really stuck with this), my Cousin (19) has come out of a hospital as she’s been struggling with depression (something I’m all too familiar with). I don’t think it did much by what I’ve heard. I’m wondering if I can help in any way. She lives far from me should I write a letter telling her about my own struggles? At the moment I’m doing nothing and I hate that.

    Sarah Woods.

    • Amy says:

      I like your positive spin on my decreased posting schedule! Thank you! :)

      As far as how to help your cousin in a way that speaks to her, that might take some guess and check. Since she’s 19, I strongly urge you to introduce her to To Write Love on Her Arms (the nonprofit I donate to). They encourage peer support and speak to the younger generation much more fluently than any hospital or school counselor I’ve been involved with. Maybe send her a shirt from them, with a note of your love and support? Is she close to you already? If not, it could come across as preaching. Either way, here’s the link to their site so you can check it out for yourself:

      I really hope she finds the support she needs. Please feel free to give her the info for my site as well. I’m happy to help however I can!

  3. Sarah Woods says:

    Thanks Amy, I had a feeling you would give me some great ideas and guidance. I’m not super close to her as she lives quite far away, but we are a supportive family and when I see her we click. I’ll check out that site, write to her (a bit personal and discreet) and include the links.

    Thanks for your help, I know you’ve got your plate full so I really appreciate it.


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