Becoming Bold in 2021
My Word of the Year (#WOTY) for 2021 is BOLD. In case you missed it, you can read my original post here:
Bold in the choices I make, bold in my blogging, bold in how I speak to myself, bold in decisions I make, bolder in relationships….Tweet
At the start of each month I plan to reflect on the previous month and how I’ve dealt with being BOLD. I see it as a learning experience and it helps me have a focus for the month/year. I loved doing this last year when my word was Jump.
Here’s my bold photo for March
I’m wearing my new Be Bold, Be Brave, Be You t-shirt and had fun playing with some photo editing to get this ‘pop’ look.
What did March show me in terms of being bold?
Brave – I was brave in March by facing my fears of going to the dentist for the first time in a while! Due to my dentist’s location during Covid, I was reluctant to venture there and just kept putting it off. Now, I have to tell you that my dentist is the loveliest man and when I finally made an appointment to see him, he didn’t rouse on me, he calmly asked how things were going, commented on my lovely yellow shoes and checked my teeth, knowing how anxious I can be sitting in the dentist chair. They understand my, I’ll admit it, sometimes irrational fear, and treat me accordingly. Luckily there was nothing wrong with my teeth and I was up and out of the chair within 10 minutes – smiling once again!
I bought myself a new t-shirt saying just that – Be Brave, Be Bold, Be You – and I smile whenever I wear it.
Old memories – with all the scandals coming to light in Australia (in Parliament House and many other work places) at the moment; the talk about inappropriate behaviour; and the recent March4Justice protests; I was reminded of some awful situations from my time working in a men’s correctional centre. The feelings of rage returned as I’ve watched the news and heard the stories. I was one of only a handful of women working in a very male dominated workplace and often felt the need to assert myself, but when I did, I was labelled as being ‘hysterical’, ‘hormonal’, ‘angry’, or just plain ‘out of my depth’ and ‘aggressive’. In fact I was often the one being ‘professional’!
When I first started in the Education section all those years ago, someone told me I’d be eaten alive – I was never too sure who they meant – by the inmates or the officers. As usual this type of comment spurred me on to prove them wrong – and I was there for 22 years – only finishing up when the State Government decided to outsource Education provision to ‘cheaper’ providers (don’t get me started on that one) and making me redundant at the age of 56.
I could tell some stories about inappropriate behaviour, suggestiveness, innuendo, downright rude and wrong comments and to this day the feelings of rage build up when I think back on some of these situations. I was lucky to have the support of my staff and others but generally it was a case of just put up with it and try not to let them know how much their words and actions affected me. It was a form of bullying and wore me down at times but I had to get on with things and cope as best I could. Let me just say, my issues involved staff and inmates, so it was a challenging place to work at times. I’m sure things are changing now, it’s a cultural shift that has to happen.
I’m so glad that I am out of the workforce and don’t have to put up with this type of behaviour any longer, but I know I was brave and bold when I had to be, even if I was quaking in my boots while putting on a brave face.
Learning new things – despite turning 60 late last year, I am still learning new things. I’m a work in progress! A new thing I’ve done this month is convert some of my posts into a podcast – yes I’ve added a new way of sharing my words. Listening to a podcast is like listening to an audiobook and is great for those who like to listen to something while walking, driving, ironing, or cleaning.
Not every post is suitable as a podcast but I’m having fun learning a new skill and putting myself out there – another example of being bold! I don’t like the sound of my own voice but I’m pushing through that! I am thankful for Sue at Women Living Well After 50, who has a very successful interview podcast series and has recently introduced Micro Monday podcasts to her list of offerings. She has been very helpful and encouraging, not to mention inspiring! You can find my podcast here: Life Inside Deb’s World – although don’t get too excited, I’ve only recorded 2 episodes so far! But it’s a start and all great journeys begin with one step 🙂
This all started when I saw a post on WordPress about turning your blog posts into a podcast using Anchor, and I followed through with it. I honestly couldn’t believe how easy it was. It only works with WordPress.com sites so may not be available for those who are self hosted. You can read more here if you’re interested.
Ditzy – You may be surprised to hear that I can be ditzy! I am sometimes serious and focussed but I can also be silly, forgetful and plain old ditzy. I like to consider this a strength but it’s not always the case 🙂 Being bold calls for me to be honest, so I’m acknowledging this trait, right here, right now!! We are all bold in our own way!
Life isn’t meant to be lived perfectly…but merely to be lived. Boldly, wildly, beautifully, unintentionally, imperfectly, magically lived.Mandy Hale
So that’s my BOLD story for March!
I’m planning to continue to review my WOTY each month – what I’ve managed to achieve, how I’m feeling, what I can change or maybe find new things to add to my list. Feel free to make any suggestions on how I can embrace being bold (and beautiful) 🙂
Before you go
I hope you’ve enjoyed my latest edition of Becoming Bold, please let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.
I’m also a guest over at Leanne’s Cresting the Hill blog, talking about Cultivating a Bold Streak. It was great to look at my word of the year in conjunction with her word of the year, Cultivate, and combine them for a different perspective. I always like being a guest and appreciate the invitation to share my thoughts in this way. Pop over to Leanne’s post and say hello!
Are you feeling bold too? Tell me how you’re going.
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A tragic accident at age 17, resulting in a Bravery Award from the Queen, didn’t deter Debbie from travelling the world. A young retiree, after being made redundant from her 22 year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre, she now loves reading, blogging, riding her ebike and a good cup of tea! Also known as Granny Debs to her 4 grandchildren.
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