courage to be yourself

oprahNew year, new resolutions, new efforts, new season, new conversations.

Oprah Winfrey said ‘you get in life what you have the courage to ask for’ How long does it last though? We have seen the struggle that she has had year after year with her resolutions and them not coming to pass.

I often find courage easily on January 1st, but what about autumn, winter and spring.

How long until fear creeps in and our resolutions fade and we find ourselves in the midnight hour regretting the plan that didn’t work?

They take over my heart sometimes. They render me useless.

How about you?

How do I step forward and stick to the commitments I have made to myself and others?

One of my greatest fears in the past has been the fear of what others think of me. How about you?

This January first, 2013, what do you fear?

What stops you from achieving the pursuits you detail?

This year I am determined to find the courage to face some of the resolutions that have repeated on me year after year. I am determined to rest in the moment, yet dream for a better tomorrow. This year I want to be a more present friend, wife and mother, not allowing a distractedness to take over my nearest relationships. This year I want to make health a priority first and foremost. This year I want to read more, worry less, meditate often, fret less, love more, criticise little.

EE Cummings said once ‘It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are’

Ernest Hemmingway said this ‘Courage is grace under pressure’

Jesus said this ‘I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.’

2013. let’s do this.

With grace, acceptance and most of all courage.



(Amanda released her second book today at, its a downloadable e-version ‘Capture: 30 days of inspiration- desperate for change’ go visit and start the journey today)

About Amanda

Amanda Viviers has published ten books and is a presenter on radio across New Zealand and Australia. She is also the co-founder of Kinwomen; a network created to inspire women to start conversations that matter. Head of Narrative for Compassion Australia, she is driven by a passion for social justice, she loves supporting projects for women in developing countries. Teaching women to live creative lives, beyond the circumstances, is something she pursues daily. Wife of Charl and Mum of Maximus and Liberty, she lives a creative life, longing to see people live inspired. Pinterest/ Twitter/ @Mandaviviers Instagram: @amandaviviers Facebook: @amandaviviersperth