Acknowledging and overcoming your fears is one of the most painful parts about being human.
  1. Dogs
    As a child, I had been chased down the street by an aggressive boxer. Up until two years ago, the fear curtailed my daily activities. I took a part-time job as a dog walker and fully immersed myself in the dog world. At first, I was hesitant to the idea, but it turned out to be one of the most rewarding jobs I've had to date. Being around dogs taught me a lot about honesty and vulnerability.
  2. Public speaking
    Imagining a crowd in their underwear isn't the best advice. I joined the debate team in high school reluctantly. I felt a sense of shame and embarrassment when I couldn't present a project in front of a class without stumbling over my words.
  3. Failure and rejection (love & work)
    I've gotten much more comfortable with expressing myself openly once I realized (16) that rejection is only a possibility. Mantra: "No one is a mind reader."