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Big news! The Things I’m Afraid to Tell You movement which started as a simple post and spread by Ez, has landed on the pages of The Huffington Post.

I’d like to applaud everyone who has pushed themselves to be more honest online. I hope that going forward people feel more comfortable being real outside of this series too.

In honor of the movement, I’m excited to give away a Jess LC Be Brave print. It seems fitting to honor the series with this intention since courage is definitely required to really push past boundaries and share our less-than-perfect sides.

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To enter to win the print, please comment on this post sharing one thing that you have been afraid to tell people – which you haven’t shared online yet. And if you have done a Things I’m Afraid to Tell You post on your own blog, by all means, feel free to link to that as well!

Comments will close June 6th and a winner will be randomly selected on June 7th. 

 

 

 

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  1. Congrats on the Huffington Post feature!! The series has been so liberating (I went ahead and joined up on my own page – http://dreamgreendiy.com/2012/05/18/the-things-im-afraid-to-tell-you-series/ ). But it has also been so EMPOWERING to read other bloggers’ fears and realize that I’m not all by myself.

    A never-been-told thing I’m afraid to say? Sometimes the fear of what others say about me behind my back keeps me up at night. Why can’t I just be stronger than that…?

  2. Congrats on the Huffington Post feature!! The series has been so liberating (I went ahead and joined up on my own page – http://dreamgreendiy.com/2012/05/18/the-things-im-afraid-to-tell-you-series/ ). But it has also been so EMPOWERING to read other bloggers’ fears and realize that I’m not all by myself.

    A never-been-told thing I’m afraid to say? Sometimes the fear of what others say about me behind my back keeps me up at night. Why can’t I just be stronger than that…?

  3. Megan

    I’m posting my Things I’m Afraid to Tell You post this week (Friday)! Congratulations on making it to the Huffington Post; what an honor!

    I’m afraid to tell people that I’m afraid I’ll never get married or be in a healthy relationship.

    Meg
    @MissMegasaurus
    http://www.glamoroushustle.com <– to read more about what I'm afraid to tell you!

  4. Megan

    I’m posting my Things I’m Afraid to Tell You post this week (Friday)! Congratulations on making it to the Huffington Post; what an honor!

    I’m afraid to tell people that I’m afraid I’ll never get married or be in a healthy relationship.

    Meg
    @MissMegasaurus
    http://www.glamoroushustle.com <– to read more about what I'm afraid to tell you!

  5. Jessica

    Jess, huge congrats not only on the Huffington Post write up, but for this new movement of open transparency on the internet… so refreshing!

    Something I’m afraid to tell others: I am almost 25 and have NO life savings… Sure I try to rationalize that I spend my money traveling to see friends, and decorating my apartment, but I have to do my best to hide the anxiety it gives me…

    Thanks for allowing the internet to be a more inviting place & I love this giveaway!
    xx
    Here&Now

  6. Jessica

    Jess, huge congrats not only on the Huffington Post write up, but for this new movement of open transparency on the internet… so refreshing!

    Something I’m afraid to tell others: I am almost 25 and have NO life savings… Sure I try to rationalize that I spend my money traveling to see friends, and decorating my apartment, but I have to do my best to hide the anxiety it gives me…

    Thanks for allowing the internet to be a more inviting place & I love this giveaway!
    xx
    Here&Now

  7. Amanda

    I have truly enjoyed reading these posts. They make me feel braver just by reading other peoples’ braveness 🙂

    One thing I’m afraid to tell: How much debt I’m in. I’m 22 years old and my student loan debt totals between $30 000 and $40 000. And I have no idea what I want to do as a career and no idea how I’m going to pay it off.

  8. Amanda

    I have truly enjoyed reading these posts. They make me feel braver just by reading other peoples’ braveness 🙂

    One thing I’m afraid to tell: How much debt I’m in. I’m 22 years old and my student loan debt totals between $30 000 and $40 000. And I have no idea what I want to do as a career and no idea how I’m going to pay it off.

  9. Karlita

    I want it! I am afraid i have a design blog and it has been 2 years since i live here and i havent finished decorating. Embarrasing! And the images i have shared from my home have not been super liked. I am not happy with my work yet neither.

  10. Sometimes I think my entire blog should be called Things I’m Afraid to Tell You. I’ve written about postpartum depression, quitting breastfeeding, and that I didn’t like my daughter’s birthmark when I first saw her.

    One thing I haven’t shared is that I want to quit my job. My boss reads our blog, so it’s tricky. Also, your personal hygiene is probably better than mine. I don’t brush my teeth every day or wash my face every day. Gross, huh?!

    Would love to win!

  11. Sydney

    Ah! How exciting for you! The universe and you are clearly aligned with each other, well done! The thing that I am scared to share online is that I am desperately afraid that I am not meant to be a midwife (which I speak very highly of on my blog) and that I am misguided and that I will fail miserably. Also that lately I have been so deeply tired because of this that it’s hard to get out of bed and I’m frustrated by that.
    Thank you for inspiring women to be open and honest with each other, truly.

  12. Sydney

    Ah! How exciting for you! The universe and you are clearly aligned with each other, well done! The thing that I am scared to share online is that I am desperately afraid that I am not meant to be a midwife (which I speak very highly of on my blog) and that I am misguided and that I will fail miserably. Also that lately I have been so deeply tired because of this that it’s hard to get out of bed and I’m frustrated by that.
    Thank you for inspiring women to be open and honest with each other, truly.

  13. Huffington Post? Good for you! Hopefully good for Jess LC too! Congratulations.

    As far as a Thing I am Afraid to Tell You, I am a perfectionist and expect every single person in my life to do something my way. It’s a terrible personality trait that was highlighted to me by my therapist (yes, I went to therapy for a bit) and I am really working on it day by day. I want to be a better, less demanding, less critical version of me. I am a work in progress.

  14. Huffington Post? Good for you! Hopefully good for Jess LC too! Congratulations.

    As far as a Thing I am Afraid to Tell You, I am a perfectionist and expect every single person in my life to do something my way. It’s a terrible personality trait that was highlighted to me by my therapist (yes, I went to therapy for a bit) and I am really working on it day by day. I want to be a better, less demanding, less critical version of me. I am a work in progress.

  15. What am I afraid of? Looking like a fool. I’ve always been lacking in the confidence department, which is odd given that I was a cheerleader for 12 years and now teach group fitness…and write a blog where I put myself out there for all to see. Maybe that’s me being brave. Love the poster.

  16. Megan

    I absolutely love this movement! It’s so refreshing and honest.

    Things I am afraid to tell you.. When I moved to another state it sucked up all of my savings that I was so proud to have. Now I’m struggling with money for the first time in my life.

  17. Megan

    I absolutely love this movement! It’s so refreshing and honest.

    Things I am afraid to tell you.. When I moved to another state it sucked up all of my savings that I was so proud to have. Now I’m struggling with money for the first time in my life.

  18. Jess, great work on getting this started. Yet another example of how being genuine and honest goes such a long way when connecting to readers.

    I’m Afraid to Tell You, my dear internet friends, that there are days when it feels like I’m completely faking it… online and off. As if I’ve been dropped off in a foreign land in the wrong body, where everyone else is living amazing lives, and I’m left standing in the middle of some wild mess, smiling and pretending like everything is alright.

  19. Leslie

    That is great news, I have loved reading all of the blogs about Things I am Afraid to Tell You, there were so many ones I could relate to.
    I did a post and it was so hard to narrow it down to just a few. You can find a link to my blog post here,
    http://www.fashionablechicks.com/2012/05/things-im-afraid-to-tell-you.html

    So to add more more to the list…
    I am scared to death of success, I feel like I wont be able to handle it or I wont be able to do a good job. I have so many ideas flowing and I truly want to live out my dream but I often wonder if my talents aren’t real! Isnt that awful? I love to paint but would never sell in a gallery because of the criticism, I love to help style people but what if Im not successful if I make that my full time job. Maybe my creativity only lives in my head! I soooo want to make the jump but Im paralyzed! Truly paralyzed!

    There, I said it!
    XOXO,
    Leslie
    Fashionable CHICKs

  20. Leslie

    That is great news, I have loved reading all of the blogs about Things I am Afraid to Tell You, there were so many ones I could relate to.
    I did a post and it was so hard to narrow it down to just a few. You can find a link to my blog post here,
    http://www.fashionablechicks.com/2012/05/things-im-afraid-to-tell-you.html

    So to add more more to the list…
    I am scared to death of success, I feel like I wont be able to handle it or I wont be able to do a good job. I have so many ideas flowing and I truly want to live out my dream but I often wonder if my talents aren’t real! Isnt that awful? I love to paint but would never sell in a gallery because of the criticism, I love to help style people but what if Im not successful if I make that my full time job. Maybe my creativity only lives in my head! I soooo want to make the jump but Im paralyzed! Truly paralyzed!

    There, I said it!
    XOXO,
    Leslie
    Fashionable CHICKs

  21. Emily

    I struggle every day with being present and patient. I sometimes spend whole days just wishing they were over so that something I’m looking forward to could be closer.

  22. Emily

    I struggle every day with being present and patient. I sometimes spend whole days just wishing they were over so that something I’m looking forward to could be closer.

  23. Love this. Kelsey has been pushing me to post some ‘things I’m afraid to tell you,’ and of course, it scares me.

    I still might do a post, but here are 2 for now: I worry about what other people think of me and I blow dry my hair.

    I would tell you more, but I think I need a ‘Be Brave’ print hanging in my home before I will be able to…

  24. Love this. Kelsey has been pushing me to post some ‘things I’m afraid to tell you,’ and of course, it scares me.

    I still might do a post, but here are 2 for now: I worry about what other people think of me and I blow dry my hair.

    I would tell you more, but I think I need a ‘Be Brave’ print hanging in my home before I will be able to…

  25. Dana

    I’ve been so inspired by the series, it has pushed me to say everything that I’m afraid of online – it inspired me to (finally!) start my own proper blog. I’ve always felt that I didn’t have anything to say but ‘things I’m afraid to tell you’ showed me that even the most seemingly perfect bloggers are humans – scared, unsure, and sometimes unfulfilled, just like I feel. At 22, just finished college and with no job prospects, no idea what I want to do, and a whole ton of debt, I should be paralyzed but these posts have showed me that it is okay to be terrified, that it may in fact push me to way better things. I made my self a goal to start a blog exactly a month after graduation, I’ve been trying to write down ideas and possibilities to write about and I could not be more excited to start. I am so excited to start being brave about my fears.

  26. Dana

    I’ve been so inspired by the series, it has pushed me to say everything that I’m afraid of online – it inspired me to (finally!) start my own proper blog. I’ve always felt that I didn’t have anything to say but ‘things I’m afraid to tell you’ showed me that even the most seemingly perfect bloggers are humans – scared, unsure, and sometimes unfulfilled, just like I feel. At 22, just finished college and with no job prospects, no idea what I want to do, and a whole ton of debt, I should be paralyzed but these posts have showed me that it is okay to be terrified, that it may in fact push me to way better things. I made my self a goal to start a blog exactly a month after graduation, I’ve been trying to write down ideas and possibilities to write about and I could not be more excited to start. I am so excited to start being brave about my fears.

  27. Erin

    I’ve really appreciated this push for honesty, especially in the blog-world where it is sometimes more tempting to feel inadequate than to be inspired.

    I am afraid to tell you that in my job, where others depend on me in difficult situations, they will learn that I don’t have all the answers at the time when they need them most.

  28. anne

    This series has been so cool. If and when I write my own post, it will be about how I am afraid to tell people that I struggle with anxiety.

  29. anne

    This series has been so cool. If and when I write my own post, it will be about how I am afraid to tell people that I struggle with anxiety.

  30. Ingrid

    I adore this series & I have had such a fun time reading many of the posts! It’s certainly scary thinking about the things that we keep hidden from others.

    I am super scared that I won’t be successful. It seems that I keep pushing but I’m not where I want to be. I compare myself to my friends and sometimes I feel so behind in the game of life.

    My legs are seriously ugly! Sometimes I feel so guilty that I hate my legs as they do what legs are supposed to do! It prevents me from wearing cute skirts, shorts & dresses without being totally petrified of what other people will think.

  31. Ingrid

    I adore this series & I have had such a fun time reading many of the posts! It’s certainly scary thinking about the things that we keep hidden from others.

    I am super scared that I won’t be successful. It seems that I keep pushing but I’m not where I want to be. I compare myself to my friends and sometimes I feel so behind in the game of life.

    My legs are seriously ugly! Sometimes I feel so guilty that I hate my legs as they do what legs are supposed to do! It prevents me from wearing cute skirts, shorts & dresses without being totally petrified of what other people will think.

  32. Jamie

    Just discovered your website and I love it!

    One thing I’m afraid to tell you is that I’ve moved to a place where I know absolutely no one for the first time and I’ve never been this lonely. I moved to a small, southern, religious town and I’m terrified I won’t meet anyone who values the same things that I value.

  33. Jamie

    Just discovered your website and I love it!

    One thing I’m afraid to tell you is that I’ve moved to a place where I know absolutely no one for the first time and I’ve never been this lonely. I moved to a small, southern, religious town and I’m terrified I won’t meet anyone who values the same things that I value.

  34. Kristi

    Thank you for starting this amazing and terrifying challenge—it’s exciting to see how the movement has grown! I’m afraid to tell you that I’ve been struggling with my faith. I still believe strongly in a higher power, but I’ve been wrestling with some of the “rules” of faith—do this, don’t do that, and whatever you do, DON’T be “bad”. What exactly does “bad” mean, anyway? Aren’t we all “bad” in some way?

  35. such a great poster – and such a liberating series. at times, anxiety can run my life. it’s scary to admit, even to myself.

  36. such a great poster – and such a liberating series. at times, anxiety can run my life. it’s scary to admit, even to myself.

  37. bethany

    Congrats on being featured on HuffPo! I’ve been trying to be more honest on my blog the last several months, especially when it comes to grieving the loss of my mom. There are days when I’m just not okay, and the only thing that has helped me admit that is hearing from other people who aren’t okay.

    I think the thing I’ve been afraid to tell people is that I’m having trouble paying my bills right now. Every week we’re squeezing the last few pennies out of our bank account to pay minimum balances, and my husband is trying desperately to find more work. Things are looking up – I just made a transition from full-time to part-time at my office job to take on a big freelance job that will be paying more – but it’s going to be at least another month before we’re financially comfortable again and it has my nerves frayed. A Be Brave poster hanging around the house will definitely help me get out of bed in the morning…

  38. Steph

    One thing that I am afraid to tell people.. Let’s see.. I am afraid that once I leave my hometown with my son to attend graduate school, I will fail with either my son or school. Being a single mother is hard but it’s especially hard when you do not have confidence in yourself.

  39. Steph

    One thing that I am afraid to tell people.. Let’s see.. I am afraid that once I leave my hometown with my son to attend graduate school, I will fail with either my son or school. Being a single mother is hard but it’s especially hard when you do not have confidence in yourself.

  40. Alyssa

    I’m afraid to tell people that I’d much rather stay in, watch tv, and hang out with my cats then go out at night. I’m 25, and for some reason, everyone excepts (or seems to demand) that I go out and party at night and hit the bars on weekends. I’m an introvert and enjoy a nice, boring night in to a complicated (and normally stressful) night out. I also work a full-time and a part-time job, with over $100,000 in student loans: I’m too tired and broke to go out.

  41. Alyssa

    I’m afraid to tell people that I’d much rather stay in, watch tv, and hang out with my cats then go out at night. I’m 25, and for some reason, everyone excepts (or seems to demand) that I go out and party at night and hit the bars on weekends. I’m an introvert and enjoy a nice, boring night in to a complicated (and normally stressful) night out. I also work a full-time and a part-time job, with over $100,000 in student loans: I’m too tired and broke to go out.

  42. Val

    What a wonderful thing to draw together a community. It’s so easy to put on your mask every day and pretend that everything is ok. The truth is we all have things going on in our lives, no matter how pretty things look on the outside. I hope that people are encouraged by the honesty of others. Something I’m afraid to tell people is that I’ve recently started working through the affects of emotional and relationship abuse from my childhood. It’s been a scary process for me to start and I know that I need a strong support network, but I’m having a hard time talking about it. And I’ve started reminding myself every morning to be brave…

  43. i just quit my job to pursue my dream of photography, and i’m so afraid i’ll fail at what i’ve always wanted to do…i’m trying to fight that fear with positive thinking (this is my ‘year without fear’, haha), but it’s an uphill battle that’s hard to discuss – no one likes to think about their potential for failure.

    i’m really glad we’re all talking about these fears, though…in a way it helps to know that at least someone out there knows + cares that you’re struggling, and that life isn’t always perfect (especially in blogland!). 🙂

  44. i just quit my job to pursue my dream of photography, and i’m so afraid i’ll fail at what i’ve always wanted to do…i’m trying to fight that fear with positive thinking (this is my ‘year without fear’, haha), but it’s an uphill battle that’s hard to discuss – no one likes to think about their potential for failure.

    i’m really glad we’re all talking about these fears, though…in a way it helps to know that at least someone out there knows + cares that you’re struggling, and that life isn’t always perfect (especially in blogland!). 🙂

  45. Laura

    I have really been enjoying these posts where people talk about things they are afraid to share. While I was freelancing, had stretches with no work, or not enough work, and I always presented myself as busy and successful. It is hard sometimes to not just always put positive news out there.
    Thanks for getting this going – I’m glad it has been a success.

  46. Amanda

    I’m scared to death of wasting the limited amount of time I have doing something that isn’t what I want to spend my time doing. I’m also scared to tell people I was/am wrong.

  47. Amanda

    I’m scared to death of wasting the limited amount of time I have doing something that isn’t what I want to spend my time doing. I’m also scared to tell people I was/am wrong.

  48. Adriana

    How truly perfect is this giveaway! I’m a children’s therapist, and the thing I’m afraid to say our loud is that my clients are braver than I think I’ll ever be. They are so young and have already survived so much (I do trauma therapy) and yet they are still so eager and willing to engage. I learn so much from their bravery every day.

  49. Adriana

    How truly perfect is this giveaway! I’m a children’s therapist, and the thing I’m afraid to say our loud is that my clients are braver than I think I’ll ever be. They are so young and have already survived so much (I do trauma therapy) and yet they are still so eager and willing to engage. I learn so much from their bravery every day.

  50. Pat Upton

    While I have told some people, I am afraid to say it to those I love. So I have made my husband tell them…I have cancer.

  51. youngmi

    i am terrified of taking risks and failing. i see all these amazing things that the people around me are doing and i feel like i haven’t found my “amazing thing” yet and i worry that i never will because i’m too afraid of failure and too insecure about my abilities. or that i just don’t have an “amazing thing”! that would be the worst!!

  52. youngmi

    i am terrified of taking risks and failing. i see all these amazing things that the people around me are doing and i feel like i haven’t found my “amazing thing” yet and i worry that i never will because i’m too afraid of failure and too insecure about my abilities. or that i just don’t have an “amazing thing”! that would be the worst!!

  53. Liesl

    Just reading the posts here I feel like I’m not alone! The thing I’m afraid to tell you is that even after 5 years of amazing personal work and growth, I still cannot get over my need to be right…and it pains me to be so aware of the impact it has at work and in my personal relationships, and yet feel helpless to do anything about it.

  54. Liesl

    Just reading the posts here I feel like I’m not alone! The thing I’m afraid to tell you is that even after 5 years of amazing personal work and growth, I still cannot get over my need to be right…and it pains me to be so aware of the impact it has at work and in my personal relationships, and yet feel helpless to do anything about it.

  55. Melina

    I’m afraid of making mistakes, like I will profoundly screw up my life if I go to a party or get a tattoo. I am still young and I haven’t really lived, and I’m afraid that my insecurities will keep me from ever really living.

  56. Torrie

    Congrats on getting the Huffington Post to notice this blog trend! It’s amazing!

    I’m afraid to admit that my dad still hurts my feelings and I’m not over our broken relationship. I play it off pretty cool most of the time, but I still have times where I just realize how much I wish my dad was a real father and I’m not over his lack of interest in my life.

    torrielynn@live.com

  57. Torrie

    Congrats on getting the Huffington Post to notice this blog trend! It’s amazing!

    I’m afraid to admit that my dad still hurts my feelings and I’m not over our broken relationship. I play it off pretty cool most of the time, but I still have times where I just realize how much I wish my dad was a real father and I’m not over his lack of interest in my life.

    torrielynn@live.com

  58. Patty

    I’m afraid I’ll never get over the hump and let go of how the past has affected me. I feel as though I’m mentally in between the life I grew up with and the life I could have (the life I choose for myself). I’m finally coming to terms with my childhood and am aware of how I allow my past to affect my adult relationships, but I’m scared to let go and let others into my heart, even though I know it is a part of life and I am strong enough to get through anything.

  59. Patty

    I’m afraid I’ll never get over the hump and let go of how the past has affected me. I feel as though I’m mentally in between the life I grew up with and the life I could have (the life I choose for myself). I’m finally coming to terms with my childhood and am aware of how I allow my past to affect my adult relationships, but I’m scared to let go and let others into my heart, even though I know it is a part of life and I am strong enough to get through anything.

  60. Jenny

    Amazing how easily truth spreads when people are willing to be real about it, huh? So cool about the Huff Post.

    I’m afraid to tell people that I quit my job as a teacher so that I can spend more time writing while travelling the country working for my husband and his band. It feels really selfish.

  61. Jenny

    Amazing how easily truth spreads when people are willing to be real about it, huh? So cool about the Huff Post.

    I’m afraid to tell people that I quit my job as a teacher so that I can spend more time writing while travelling the country working for my husband and his band. It feels really selfish.

  62. Jess

    I have been so impressed by this series, and I applaud everyone’s honesty. The thing I’ve been afraid to share is that I worry that I’ll never be successful and that it’s my own fault.

  63. Jess

    I have been so impressed by this series, and I applaud everyone’s honesty. The thing I’ve been afraid to share is that I worry that I’ll never be successful and that it’s my own fault.

  64. shayla

    I’ve got a post started for “Things I’m Afraid to Tell You,” but in the meantime, here’s something I didn’t intent to put in my post and haven’t posted online yet:

    I am afraid to tell you that I worry, nearly everyday, that I won’t ever fall in love. I don’t think I’m afraid to fall in love, but I’m worried that I won’t see it standing right in front of me or that I’ll push it away.

  65. Sarah

    I’m loving the “Things I’m afraid to tell you” movement! There are several, but if I had to pick one I would say its that I am 26 and seriously live paycheck to paycheck with no savings. I’m trying really hard to set money aside, but living expenses are just so high where I live and I never want to tell my friends that I can’t do something because I can’t afford it.

  66. I plan on doing a post in the future, but here is one, I am afraid to tell you that I am scared of committing to anything. It is a fear I have had for ever. I switched majors 7 times in college and have never been in a real relationship. I am afraid I don’t have a settle down bone in my body. I push every guy away and tend to like guys I know I can never have so it would be easier to walk away when my commitment-phobia bug bites. Committing to JostWrite is a day by day crawl through the mud experience.

  67. I plan on doing a post in the future, but here is one, I am afraid to tell you that I am scared of committing to anything. It is a fear I have had for ever. I switched majors 7 times in college and have never been in a real relationship. I am afraid I don’t have a settle down bone in my body. I push every guy away and tend to like guys I know I can never have so it would be easier to walk away when my commitment-phobia bug bites. Committing to JostWrite is a day by day crawl through the mud experience.

  68. Erin

    I’m super shy! I need to recite those two little words every day – be brave

  69. Erin

    I’m super shy! I need to recite those two little words every day – be brave

  70. Lexi

    Congratulations on the Huffington Post feature!

    I am afraid to tell the internet that I was exploited as a child and worry that pictures and videos of me being exploited will never be erased from the internet.

  71. Tori

    Even though this goes against my feminist beliefs and my good reason, I secretly want to get married at a young age. It would take a lot of stress away from social situations and I really just can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with someone! (It’s a bit painful for me to admit this but it is part of being a human).

    I love the print–simple and inspirational.

  72. Tori

    Even though this goes against my feminist beliefs and my good reason, I secretly want to get married at a young age. It would take a lot of stress away from social situations and I really just can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with someone! (It’s a bit painful for me to admit this but it is part of being a human).

    I love the print–simple and inspirational.

  73. jamie

    i am very afraid of disappointing people.

  74. jamie

    i am very afraid of disappointing people.

  75. so grateful for this series! i still want to do a post on it on my blog.

    sometimes i ruminate on decisions i regret to the point of feeling desperately discontent. it is so futile!!

  76. Kelly

    Congrats on Huffington Post – that’s awesome! I’m afraid to tell people that my husband and I are in a pretty dark place right now and I don’t know what’s going to happen. It’s so hard.

  77. Kelly

    Congrats on Huffington Post – that’s awesome! I’m afraid to tell people that my husband and I are in a pretty dark place right now and I don’t know what’s going to happen. It’s so hard.

  78. Andrea

    I am very bad with money! There I’ve said it. But I am working very hard to change that.

  79. Andrea

    I am very bad with money! There I’ve said it. But I am working very hard to change that.

  80. Lori

    Congrats on the Huff Post feature! One thing I afraid to tell you: I regret getting my three tattoos. I’ve been afraid to say this outloud because I don’t want to hear anyone say back to me, “Oh, I told you so!”

  81. Allyson

    Congratulations on the Huffington Post – that is major! One thing I’m afraid to tell: I’m not my ideal size. I’ve spent all of college struggling with gaining then losing then gaining weight. I don’t even like to put photos of myself on my blog because if I don’t like myself, why would anyone else.

  82. Allyson

    Congratulations on the Huffington Post – that is major! One thing I’m afraid to tell: I’m not my ideal size. I’ve spent all of college struggling with gaining then losing then gaining weight. I don’t even like to put photos of myself on my blog because if I don’t like myself, why would anyone else.

  83. Ana

    Hi. Congratulations.
    Right now I’m afraid to say out loud that my mom is not ok. She is bravely fighting breast cancer and this poster would be the best thing for her to see everyday when she wakes up or goes to sleep.
    thank you

  84. Ana

    Hi. Congratulations.
    Right now I’m afraid to say out loud that my mom is not ok. She is bravely fighting breast cancer and this poster would be the best thing for her to see everyday when she wakes up or goes to sleep.
    thank you

  85. McKell

    This is scary.

    The main thing I am afraid to tell anyone is, I am not happy in my marriage. It is something I am working at, but I have even been afraid to admit that to myself.

  86. Emma

    I’m afraid to tell people that I have an auto-immune disease. I don’t want to be treated differently.

  87. Emma

    I’m afraid to tell people that I have an auto-immune disease. I don’t want to be treated differently.

  88. Jessica Thiessen

    What a great giveaway! One thing that I’m afraid to tell people is that I have a hard time controlling my anger. Thank God that I have a patient and helpful husband.

  89. Lindsey Watts

    Something I have trouble admitting to myself and others is how bad I am with money, I just spend spend spend, and hope that it works out in the end. Need to work on that.

  90. Lindsey Watts

    Something I have trouble admitting to myself and others is how bad I am with money, I just spend spend spend, and hope that it works out in the end. Need to work on that.

  91. I’m kind of open to a fault (I believe they refer to it as “oversharing”), but one thing I haven’t shared is that I’m on anti-anxiety meds after a really scary experience with a stalker. I don’t know why I don’t tell people — they’ve really fixed that broken part of me that was scared to even go outside for a while, but it still seems like a stigma to me. So it’s the one thing i *don’t* readily share.

  92. erin

    this is great! something i’ve been afraid to tell people…i have no idea what my next step is & I’M OKAY WITH THAT. please stop telling me what you think i should do with it & just let it happen.

  93. erin

    this is great! something i’ve been afraid to tell people…i have no idea what my next step is & I’M OKAY WITH THAT. please stop telling me what you think i should do with it & just let it happen.

  94. Daniela

    A thing I’m afraid to tell you: Sometimes I worry that I won’t push myself to my fullest capacity because of laziness. I watch way too many hours of TV in a day.

  95. Daniela

    A thing I’m afraid to tell you: Sometimes I worry that I won’t push myself to my fullest capacity because of laziness. I watch way too many hours of TV in a day.

  96. Meris

    One thing that I’m afraid to tell people: I just graduated and I’m terrified that I’ve chosen the wrong profession.

  97. Cathy

    Congrats, Jess! This is going to come across as really shallow in comparison to others, but I’m afraid of gaining lots of weight when I get pregnant. And more so that I won’t be able to lose it afterwards. Weighing more than my husband doesn’t sound particularly sexy.

  98. Cathy

    Congrats, Jess! This is going to come across as really shallow in comparison to others, but I’m afraid of gaining lots of weight when I get pregnant. And more so that I won’t be able to lose it afterwards. Weighing more than my husband doesn’t sound particularly sexy.

  99. Anne

    Here’s mine: even though it seems like I’m exceeding everyone’s expectations and doing everything right for my future career, I actually don’t know what I want to do with my life. Phew, now it’s out there!

  100. Anne

    Here’s mine: even though it seems like I’m exceeding everyone’s expectations and doing everything right for my future career, I actually don’t know what I want to do with my life. Phew, now it’s out there!

  101. mkbruin

    I’m afraid that I will be a bad mom (when the time comes). Both my parents have pretty terrible biological mothers (but awesome stepmoms) and I’m afraid that somehow that being a bad mom is in my DNA. I love children, but I worry that when I have my own the bad mom gene will come out. I know it is sort of irrational, but it’s one I don’t really know how to even share with my family to get any sort of reassurance.

    Other fears posted here: http://www.bruinetteinwonderland.com/2012/05/things-im-afraid-to-tell-you.html

  102. mkbruin

    I’m afraid that I will be a bad mom (when the time comes). Both my parents have pretty terrible biological mothers (but awesome stepmoms) and I’m afraid that somehow that being a bad mom is in my DNA. I love children, but I worry that when I have my own the bad mom gene will come out. I know it is sort of irrational, but it’s one I don’t really know how to even share with my family to get any sort of reassurance.

    Other fears posted here: http://www.bruinetteinwonderland.com/2012/05/things-im-afraid-to-tell-you.html

  103. Cyd

    One thing I’ve been afraid to discuss online is that I’m in the midst of a divorce (which I touched upon in this post – http://www.thesweetestoccasion.com/2011/12/2011-reflections/) and some days I’m afraid I won’t be ok. I’m afraid I’ll never find that kind of crazy ever-lasting love we all dream about. I’m afraid I’ll let the fear of loneliness consume me professionally and personally. So far, I’ve been pushing every day to keep going, to keep growing and to make a better life for myself than I ever knew possible. Maybe it’s that same fear of not being ok that will be precisely what drives me to be ok, but nevertheless, the fear persists.

  104. You rock, Jess! Glad your genius is going viral!

    I am afraid to tell you that I don’t always “have it together,” that I cry when I’m stressed, and that sometimes I resent working on my dissertation.

    I don’t mean to seem ungrateful for educational opportunities, but sometimes it drains me to the point of delirium. I don’t recognize myself.

  105. You rock, Jess! Glad your genius is going viral!

    I am afraid to tell you that I don’t always “have it together,” that I cry when I’m stressed, and that sometimes I resent working on my dissertation.

    I don’t mean to seem ungrateful for educational opportunities, but sometimes it drains me to the point of delirium. I don’t recognize myself.

  106. Kellee

    Congrats on the post, Jess! I’m so happy to have been part of it and keep encouraging others to write their own! My TIATTY post is here, since you were kind enough to suggest links! http://kelleerich.com/things-im-afraid-to-tell-you/

    I’m afraid of success. I know that sounds odd – I used to think I was afraid of failure and that’s why I didn’t try harder at getting the things I wanted in terms of working hard to have a more fulfilling life. But I’ve realised that the thing holding me back from living the life I want to all this time is that I’m afraid I’ll succeed and that I won’t be able to handle it.

    Thanks for the giveaway – the print is beautiful and just the perfect message. I’d love to look at that every day 🙂

  107. Kellee

    Congrats on the post, Jess! I’m so happy to have been part of it and keep encouraging others to write their own! My TIATTY post is here, since you were kind enough to suggest links! http://kelleerich.com/things-im-afraid-to-tell-you/

    I’m afraid of success. I know that sounds odd – I used to think I was afraid of failure and that’s why I didn’t try harder at getting the things I wanted in terms of working hard to have a more fulfilling life. But I’ve realised that the thing holding me back from living the life I want to all this time is that I’m afraid I’ll succeed and that I won’t be able to handle it.

    Thanks for the giveaway – the print is beautiful and just the perfect message. I’d love to look at that every day 🙂

  108. Katy

    Love your blog!

    I’m afraid to tell people that historically I’ve been bad with my money and have credit card debt that I’m paying off. It’s manageable, but it’d be so much nicer to put that chunk of money into a savings account versus paying down old cc debt each month.

  109. Katy

    Love your blog!

    I’m afraid to tell people that historically I’ve been bad with my money and have credit card debt that I’m paying off. It’s manageable, but it’d be so much nicer to put that chunk of money into a savings account versus paying down old cc debt each month.

  110. (Please delete previous post…I listed my email as my url!)

    I have been afraid to say “I love you” and then regretted not saying it!

  111. Ashley

    I’m afraid to tell people that I don’t think my boyfriend will propose for at least another year and a half. Which doesn’t see that long, but when everyone and their mother asks you every other week. It is petrifying to let people know it’s farther way, when they think you should already be engaged or already married. We’ve been dating for three years. To some people that’s an eternity to be dating.

  112. Ashley

    I’m afraid to tell people that I don’t think my boyfriend will propose for at least another year and a half. Which doesn’t see that long, but when everyone and their mother asks you every other week. It is petrifying to let people know it’s farther way, when they think you should already be engaged or already married. We’ve been dating for three years. To some people that’s an eternity to be dating.

  113. annabel

    I teach creative classes and often feel I am not good enough, I have achieved some success but always feel like a fraud. I know that I am not and that these great things wouldn’t happen unless I was good at what I do, I just cannot shake that feeling of not being good enough! Maybe being told I was not good enough as a child set me up for that! I know that I will always encourage my children and compliment their creativity so they will never feel that way!

  114. Kirsten

    I appreciated your article and glad it’s getting some even greater circulation. Kudos!

    I’m afraid to tell people that I’m not as confident as I may seem.

  115. Kirsten

    I appreciated your article and glad it’s getting some even greater circulation. Kudos!

    I’m afraid to tell people that I’m not as confident as I may seem.

  116. kelli

    i haven’t told everyone that i’m pregnant yet. far to soon. even if i was further along, i would probably be too scared to make the announcement online.

  117. kelli

    i haven’t told everyone that i’m pregnant yet. far to soon. even if i was further along, i would probably be too scared to make the announcement online.

  118. Phoebe

    Congrats!
    I was linked here from Creature Comforts, so here goes: I have been afraid to tell people that my career choice might be a mistake, and that I don’t have what it takes to fulfill my dream (mentally and physically). Phew, I can breathe a little easier now that it’s out.

  119. dieda

    I’m afraid to tell people, that I take daily afternoon naps. Everyone around me is so busy and always complaining and/or boasting about their timetables. I’m a nightworker, so I usually stay up until 3 am. I get up early in the mornings and take a nap in the afternoon, when I’m least productive… See, I’m being defensive about it. When I miss a call, because it was during nap time, I make something up…

  120. dieda

    I’m afraid to tell people, that I take daily afternoon naps. Everyone around me is so busy and always complaining and/or boasting about their timetables. I’m a nightworker, so I usually stay up until 3 am. I get up early in the mornings and take a nap in the afternoon, when I’m least productive… See, I’m being defensive about it. When I miss a call, because it was during nap time, I make something up…

  121. Brenda

    I’m often afraid to say “I’m sorry” when I’ve done something hurtful, which is particularly frustrating since I say it lots of times when it’s unnecessary.

  122. Brenda

    I’m often afraid to say “I’m sorry” when I’ve done something hurtful, which is particularly frustrating since I say it lots of times when it’s unnecessary.

  123. Monica

    No one else knows that I run to maintain my sanity. It’s not about races or fitness or anything. It’s all about my mental well-being.

    Thank you for the great giveaway and for the chance to get my secret out there.

  124. Monica

    No one else knows that I run to maintain my sanity. It’s not about races or fitness or anything. It’s all about my mental well-being.

    Thank you for the great giveaway and for the chance to get my secret out there.

  125. Denise

    Here goes: I’m not sure I want to have kids. Depending on the day, my husband and I think we want to take the plunge, but more often than not, we just look at each other and say “I think we’re okay as we are now. Why change it?”

  126. Denise

    Here goes: I’m not sure I want to have kids. Depending on the day, my husband and I think we want to take the plunge, but more often than not, we just look at each other and say “I think we’re okay as we are now. Why change it?”

  127. Kim

    I work for a really conservative, family run company and so I’ve been finding myself afraid to say anywhere that I’m liberal, support gay marriage and will vote for Obama.

  128. Kim

    I work for a really conservative, family run company and so I’ve been finding myself afraid to say anywhere that I’m liberal, support gay marriage and will vote for Obama.

  129. Jill

    Beautiful blog. Most days, I am just scared of failing.

  130. Jill

    Beautiful blog. Most days, I am just scared of failing.

  131. Allison

    I’m currently unemployed but I’m afraid to apply to jobs because I’m afraid of the rejection. It’s a very bad cycle.

  132. Jenny

    I’ve been basically wearing yoga pants and tshirts for the past 2 months, I’ve just not been feeling good about my age/weight/looks in general. My pesky inner perfectionist is rearing its ugly head and if I don’t feel like I can look “amazing” every day, then why even bother. Ugh.

  133. Jenny

    I’ve been basically wearing yoga pants and tshirts for the past 2 months, I’ve just not been feeling good about my age/weight/looks in general. My pesky inner perfectionist is rearing its ugly head and if I don’t feel like I can look “amazing” every day, then why even bother. Ugh.

  134. I actually think mid-life sucks…at least so far. Everyone online says it rocks, but I’m still waiting.

  135. I actually think mid-life sucks…at least so far. Everyone online says it rocks, but I’m still waiting.

  136. heather f

    wow, so many things I bite my tongue about. I’m a new boss at a big office. I need to take on the “doing personal computer stuff while at work” folks

    but, i was one of them til a month ago.

    eeek

    not easy

  137. heather f

    wow, so many things I bite my tongue about. I’m a new boss at a big office. I need to take on the “doing personal computer stuff while at work” folks

    but, i was one of them til a month ago.

    eeek

    not easy

  138. Lori

    Congrats! I’m going to hop right over and read the article.

    I’m seriously considering a major career change and am not only afraid that I will not make enough money in my new career to get by but also of what my family snd friends may think of my leaving a ‘comfortable’ job…

  139. Sometimes, I’m afraid to share that I have bigger dreams because I don’t want to let others or myself down.

  140. Sometimes, I’m afraid to share that I have bigger dreams because I don’t want to let others or myself down.

  141. I absolutely adore this movement and posted my own Things I’m Afraid to tell You two weeks ago. Something I did not include was how truly bad I am with spending money. I am not in debt or anything but know I am not being responsible with my money. Currently working on a monthly budget to fix this ASAP. Thanks for doing the giveaway and spreading the movement! xo

  142. I absolutely adore this movement and posted my own Things I’m Afraid to tell You two weeks ago. Something I did not include was how truly bad I am with spending money. I am not in debt or anything but know I am not being responsible with my money. Currently working on a monthly budget to fix this ASAP. Thanks for doing the giveaway and spreading the movement! xo

  143. Sam

    I’ve seen so many relationships gone haywire so I’m afraid to have one of my own.

  144. Sam

    I’ve seen so many relationships gone haywire so I’m afraid to have one of my own.

  145. Becky

    It’s a really cool concept that really helps people get to know their fellow bloggers! Congratulations!!!

    I’m afraid to share that I want to be a stay-at-home mom, so I’m just going to a community college even though I could have easily gotten a bunch of scholarships to a bigger college, like my little sister. I’m also afraid that I’m missing out by not going to a big-name/fun college. I mean, I don’t want the debt and I don’t even know what I would go for, but the whole concept of college the way it is in movies and the way people talk about it makes me wonder if I’m really missing out. 🙁

  146. Becky

    It’s a really cool concept that really helps people get to know their fellow bloggers! Congratulations!!!

    I’m afraid to share that I want to be a stay-at-home mom, so I’m just going to a community college even though I could have easily gotten a bunch of scholarships to a bigger college, like my little sister. I’m also afraid that I’m missing out by not going to a big-name/fun college. I mean, I don’t want the debt and I don’t even know what I would go for, but the whole concept of college the way it is in movies and the way people talk about it makes me wonder if I’m really missing out. 🙁

  147. Cynthia

    I am usually okay with getting older but when salesgirls call me “dear” I just want to cry or go buy a walker or hang myself.

  148. Cynthia

    I am usually okay with getting older but when salesgirls call me “dear” I just want to cry or go buy a walker or hang myself.

  149. Terra

    It is so hard to talk about my imperfections. It is much more comfortable to focus my attention elsewhere and ignore my flaws. I’ve been afraid to talk about my inability to achieve certain physical goals, because I’d like to think that I’m capable of anything. But I’m learning that sometimes its beautiful to openly accept what you can’t change and learn to love it.
    This is an awesome giveaway, I’m excited for the lucky girl who wins.

  150. Terra

    It is so hard to talk about my imperfections. It is much more comfortable to focus my attention elsewhere and ignore my flaws. I’ve been afraid to talk about my inability to achieve certain physical goals, because I’d like to think that I’m capable of anything. But I’m learning that sometimes its beautiful to openly accept what you can’t change and learn to love it.
    This is an awesome giveaway, I’m excited for the lucky girl who wins.

  151. booboo

    I’m afraid I will have too many regrets when I am old. about missed opportunities and wrong decisions made due to fear.

  152. Debbie

    I put up a brave front, but I’m scared of getting older & not being able to care for myself, leaving my dear sweetheart to have to endure this burden. He’s 10 years younger than I am & while we have been together for almost 20 years, as we both get older I am scared that our age difference will turn out to be an unbearable burden for him. I love him to death.

  153. Liz

    I am afraid I’m not intelligent and am afraid once I enter graduate school people will realize that I’ve been faking it.

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway and the chance to say one vulnerable thing. We all could do well to be a bit braver.

  154. Liz

    I am afraid I’m not intelligent and am afraid once I enter graduate school people will realize that I’ve been faking it.

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway and the chance to say one vulnerable thing. We all could do well to be a bit braver.

  155. Eda

    Hi, I’m bad with spending money. I am working on it. And when I have read previous comments, i see some similar comments which reminded me that I am not alone.
    Thanks with the poster.

  156. Jess E

    I’m afraid to tell anyone that I’m scared I’ve chosen the wrong career path.

  157. Jess E

    I’m afraid to tell anyone that I’m scared I’ve chosen the wrong career path.

  158. Karo

    I am afraid to tell you that I am a loner. I have always been very shy around people. It is hard for me to talk to people. Most of the time I don’t know what to say. I think I am afraid of being rejected. While I try to be more outgoing, I don’t seem to be able to overcome my fear.

  159. Kate

    I want to be a country singer / songwriter more than anything in the world. I went to music school and graduated with a degree in music from Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, but went to post-grad school to become a lawyer. I was afraid to carry on with my dream in case I failed at it, and I succumbed to the pressure of needing to “get a real job”. I wish I had the courage to be brave and follow my dream.

  160. Kate

    I want to be a country singer / songwriter more than anything in the world. I went to music school and graduated with a degree in music from Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, but went to post-grad school to become a lawyer. I was afraid to carry on with my dream in case I failed at it, and I succumbed to the pressure of needing to “get a real job”. I wish I had the courage to be brave and follow my dream.

  161. Maureen

    I am afraid to admit how sick I am and that I am really scared it isn’t going to get better. I might be writing you a sweet comment on your post, sitting in bed for the fourth day in a row with no shower because I am too sick to get up.

  162. i am an artist but i am afraid to present my work to a gallery. i have had positive comments from numerous people but am to afraid to approach a gallery for representation. I also am afraid to tell the ‘real’ story to my art which often has links back to my abusive childhood. ….. i nearly deleted this comment several times, still not sure if i realy should post this…….

  163. i am an artist but i am afraid to present my work to a gallery. i have had positive comments from numerous people but am to afraid to approach a gallery for representation. I also am afraid to tell the ‘real’ story to my art which often has links back to my abusive childhood. ….. i nearly deleted this comment several times, still not sure if i realy should post this…….

  164. Anja

    being brave is a good thing and it needs a lot of guts to spill out every little secret about oneself. For me it still is a juggle to keep my blog as private as possible and still post about me and my life. I have had a couple of really sh.. relationships. Men have treated me badly and in some way I have thought that I didn’t deserve better. Of course that is totally wrong, but it still felt that way. Now that I am in the most wonderful relationship with an adoring man, I am afraid that I destroy this happiness by always worrying and keeping him too close, not letting him breathe.

  165. Anja

    being brave is a good thing and it needs a lot of guts to spill out every little secret about oneself. For me it still is a juggle to keep my blog as private as possible and still post about me and my life. I have had a couple of really sh.. relationships. Men have treated me badly and in some way I have thought that I didn’t deserve better. Of course that is totally wrong, but it still felt that way. Now that I am in the most wonderful relationship with an adoring man, I am afraid that I destroy this happiness by always worrying and keeping him too close, not letting him breathe.

  166. Françoise

    Deep down I am a decorator in the making…always been very creative but never took the steps to really live of that creativity ….I work in a library part time but should really be doing what a love best ,working with my hands and have my own blog .

  167. Jacki

    One thing I haven’t yet admitted online is that I am afraid that my sweetheart and I gave our best years to our ex-spouses and we’ll be stuck in our current no-time, no-money, no-progress holding pattern forever. I know this isn’t true, but some days, I worry.

    While I haven’t yet done a “things I’m afraid to tell you” post – because I kind of let it all spill out anyway, sometimes, on my blog – I may end up writing one soon! Lovely giveaway … that print is an important reminder. 🙂

  168. Jacki

    One thing I haven’t yet admitted online is that I am afraid that my sweetheart and I gave our best years to our ex-spouses and we’ll be stuck in our current no-time, no-money, no-progress holding pattern forever. I know this isn’t true, but some days, I worry.

    While I haven’t yet done a “things I’m afraid to tell you” post – because I kind of let it all spill out anyway, sometimes, on my blog – I may end up writing one soon! Lovely giveaway … that print is an important reminder. 🙂

  169. Alex

    I’m afraid I’ll never find a job as good as the one I lost. And in most things I worry too much, over analyze and become indecisive. Must incorporate more self confidence–and bravery!

  170. Tori

    i’ve been afraid to tell people I don’t think I can live up to their expectations of me!

  171. Tori

    i’ve been afraid to tell people I don’t think I can live up to their expectations of me!

  172. Lauren

    I’m afraid I won’t love having children. I know I want them, but I’m scared that I’ll be an awful mother when they’re in my life.

  173. I’m reeeeeeally self conscious about my art. I know I’m capable of much better paintings, and so sometimes I’m embarrassed of the ones I’ve done because I don’t think they are that great. I know I have a lot better ones to come!

  174. I’m reeeeeeally self conscious about my art. I know I’m capable of much better paintings, and so sometimes I’m embarrassed of the ones I’ve done because I don’t think they are that great. I know I have a lot better ones to come!

  175. I’m afraid to invite people over to my house if they know about my cute blog/projects because my house isn’t styled up to my expectations.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  176. Karen

    I try to be pretty open (to a point) on my personal blog – but one thing I’m really afraid to tell people is that on occasion I feel as if I’d rather be dead than be this size the rest of my life.

    On a side note, I’ve been a lurker for some time now – but I just want to tell you how much I learn from your blog. And I appreciate the encouragement and uplift that I often get from your insights. (congratulations on the engagement too, btw!)

  177. Karen

    I try to be pretty open (to a point) on my personal blog – but one thing I’m really afraid to tell people is that on occasion I feel as if I’d rather be dead than be this size the rest of my life.

    On a side note, I’ve been a lurker for some time now – but I just want to tell you how much I learn from your blog. And I appreciate the encouragement and uplift that I often get from your insights. (congratulations on the engagement too, btw!)

  178. Janis Chapman

    I am scared of starting my own business. I fear that I won’t be great at it and I have held my self back. I am not as confident as I should be. I have great support in this endeavor from family and friends but I am scared.

  179. Janis Chapman

    I am scared of starting my own business. I fear that I won’t be great at it and I have held my self back. I am not as confident as I should be. I have great support in this endeavor from family and friends but I am scared.

  180. Tiffany

    I am afraid that once I graduate college and become a Physician’s Assistant I will regret it. I’m scared that this is not what I really want to be but it is something that I’m putting up a front to tell myself that I have a tangible goal, because other than that I’m not sure what career I should pursue.

  181. Tiffany

    I am afraid that once I graduate college and become a Physician’s Assistant I will regret it. I’m scared that this is not what I really want to be but it is something that I’m putting up a front to tell myself that I have a tangible goal, because other than that I’m not sure what career I should pursue.

  182. Kate

    I’m afraid that I’m only following the career (and even life) path I’m following to make my mom happy. I think I could be happy making a third the salary I make and performing on stage instead of in an office.

  183. Jen W

    I’m afraid my kids won’t like me when they’re older. I feel cool but am I really?

  184. Jen W

    I’m afraid my kids won’t like me when they’re older. I feel cool but am I really?

  185. Lindsay

    I’m afraid I won’t be a good mom, when/if I decide to have kids.

  186. Lindsay

    I’m afraid I won’t be a good mom, when/if I decide to have kids.

  187. Julie

    I am afraid of failing. (in all areas, personal professional etc.)

  188. Julie

    I am afraid of failing. (in all areas, personal professional etc.)

  189. I’m afraid that what I currently am doing is not enough. I love my job, I love where I live and I love what I’m doing… but I fear there is more for me to do and explore, and I have NO idea where to even begin.

  190. I’m afraid that what I currently am doing is not enough. I love my job, I love where I live and I love what I’m doing… but I fear there is more for me to do and explore, and I have NO idea where to even begin.

  191. I am afraid to tell people how self conscious I can be, not about my looks but about my life! I always thought at this age I would be more established, own a home, my husband would have his career and so on, but we aren’t even close to that.

  192. I am afraid to tell people how self conscious I can be, not about my looks but about my life! I always thought at this age I would be more established, own a home, my husband would have his career and so on, but we aren’t even close to that.

  193. Amy

    The thing I’m afraid to tell you is that I have an anxiety disorder and I spend an inordinate amount of time pretending that I’m “normal” when, in reality, it has an impact on almost everything that I choose to do or not do.

  194. Amy

    The thing I’m afraid to tell you is that I have an anxiety disorder and I spend an inordinate amount of time pretending that I’m “normal” when, in reality, it has an impact on almost everything that I choose to do or not do.

  195. Mrstran

    I’m always afraid to tell people to mind their own business when it comes to my children. I look very young (people think I’m still in college) when I’m actually 40. So they think that I’m some teenage mom that needs to be told how to parent.

  196. HG

    My husband is quitting his high paying, insurance carrying job to venture out on his own and I’m afraid it will fail.

  197. HG

    My husband is quitting his high paying, insurance carrying job to venture out on his own and I’m afraid it will fail.

  198. Jenny

    Now that I’ve fallen in love for the first time, I’m afraid that he’ll break my heart.

  199. kelli

    I’m afraid of being mediocre, and it can be paralyzing at times.

  200. kelli

    I’m afraid of being mediocre, and it can be paralyzing at times.

  201. Lisa

    I’m afraid to tell my boyfriend’s brother that he may be making the biggest mistake of his life by marrying his fiance. I think she is not right for him and he could do better. A lot of people (his brother and parents included) are afraid for him.

  202. Lisa

    I’m afraid to tell my boyfriend’s brother that he may be making the biggest mistake of his life by marrying his fiance. I think she is not right for him and he could do better. A lot of people (his brother and parents included) are afraid for him.

  203. Melissa

    I’m worried that my daughter likes my sister more than me — she’s younger, and cooler, and thinner and more easy-going than I am.

  204. Melissa

    I’m worried that my daughter likes my sister more than me — she’s younger, and cooler, and thinner and more easy-going than I am.

  205. Sarah

    I’m afraid that I’m a fraud. That I am surrounded by very successful, educated and talented people and I question how I came to be in that mix. This thought brings me to question why I am so hard on myself and I am truly afraid of how hard that obstacle will be – changing the way I think about myself. “Be brave” is a good daily mantra for me – Be brave to believe in myself.

  206. Sarah

    I’m afraid that I’m a fraud. That I am surrounded by very successful, educated and talented people and I question how I came to be in that mix. This thought brings me to question why I am so hard on myself and I am truly afraid of how hard that obstacle will be – changing the way I think about myself. “Be brave” is a good daily mantra for me – Be brave to believe in myself.

  207. Anna

    I’m afraid my health problems will never get better or even change.

  208. I’ve been afraid to say that it was just my blog’s 5 year anniversary because I feel like people will look at it and think I should have more readers or sponsors, etc. But I am proud of how it started and I’m liking where it has come to and all the hills and valleys along the way. I’ve really enjoyed this honesty from everyone. And will continue to be authentic and enjoy the ride.

  209. I’ve been afraid to say that it was just my blog’s 5 year anniversary because I feel like people will look at it and think I should have more readers or sponsors, etc. But I am proud of how it started and I’m liking where it has come to and all the hills and valleys along the way. I’ve really enjoyed this honesty from everyone. And will continue to be authentic and enjoy the ride.

  210. I am uncomfortable and feel awkward around new people and am afraid that it’s crippling me from advancing as a business owner.

  211. I am afraid that I’ll appear to be a joke to some people while I try to do my best at what I love.

  212. I am afraid that I’ll appear to be a joke to some people while I try to do my best at what I love.

  213. Missy

    I’m afraid my eating disorder is going to kill me.

  214. Kelly H

    I’m afraid that once I graduate I’ll never be able to find a job and end up right back sitting in an office chair hating life…and living with my parents.

  215. Zen

    I’m afraid to say my size as if people don’t know already by looking at me.

  216. Zen

    I’m afraid to say my size as if people don’t know already by looking at me.

  217. Dellie

    I am afraid to begin anything, because I fear the results won’t be good enough or worthwhile, and it has become so difficult I feel like my entire life is slipping by.

  218. anabella

    i’m afraid that my best friend will leave me one day after she gets married.

  219. anabella

    i’m afraid that my best friend will leave me one day after she gets married.

  220. I pretend to just have my blog for fun, and I don’t care if people really love it or follow it,but inside I really wish it would be successful!

  221. Emily

    I’m afraid to tell people that I spend way too much time on the computer in spite of my active, do-everything, go-everywhere image that I portray. And also that I’m obsessed with The Bachelorette.

  222. Dawn

    I find it crazy difficult to stop spending, even though I know I don’t need more stuff, and saving for a vacation is more important. I keep trying but just can’t seem to stop.

  223. Dawn

    I find it crazy difficult to stop spending, even though I know I don’t need more stuff, and saving for a vacation is more important. I keep trying but just can’t seem to stop.

  224. Abbie

    I’m afraid the dreams I have for my life will never come true because I’m subconsciously sabotaging myself so I don’t have to risk failure…

    This is the year for me to start being brave.

  225. Abbie

    I’m afraid the dreams I have for my life will never come true because I’m subconsciously sabotaging myself so I don’t have to risk failure…

    This is the year for me to start being brave.

  226. Katlyn

    I’m an artist and (like most artists) my own worst critic. I’m afraid that I’ll never really be happy with any of my work.

  227. V

    I’m afraid to tell you that sometimes I wonder why I don’t look forward to hanging out with people as much as everyone else seems tof.

  228. d

    I am afraid of success, and so I pass on great opportunities. I have no idea why. 🙁

  229. d

    I am afraid of success, and so I pass on great opportunities. I have no idea why. 🙁

  230. Sarah b

    Although it still is hard to talk about, I was brave to talk about my body image and eating disorder with my best friend when no one else knew about it. ( I since do not have any eating problems what so ever 😉 )

  231. Raegan

    I’m afraid to tell you that even though i married young and live in the south, I don’t know if I ever want to have kids. The potential judgment scares me.

  232. Nicole

    I am a new mother and with every stage, I am afraid that I am not “doing it right”.

  233. Nicole

    I am a new mother and with every stage, I am afraid that I am not “doing it right”.

  234. Rachel

    I’m afraid of asking people for help when things aren’t going well. I worry that people won’t think of me in the same way if they knew that I wasn’t really the perfect person I try so desperately to be.

  235. Freesia39

    Hi!
    I’m afraid to tell something more about myself. I do not want to talk to people about my problems online.

  236. Freesia39

    Hi!
    I’m afraid to tell something more about myself. I do not want to talk to people about my problems online.

  237. Sarah

    I’m afraid that I’m not living up to my potential.

  238. Sarah

    I’m afraid that I’m not living up to my potential.

  239. Katie

    As a teacher of at-risk kids, I’m afraid that I’m not making a difference in their lives. Or that it’s too little, too late compared to the challenges they face.

  240. Katie

    I am afraid of reaching my dreams and finding them empty.

    I am also afraid of writing a TIATTY post. But I will do it eventually.

  241. Katie

    I am afraid of reaching my dreams and finding them empty.

    I am also afraid of writing a TIATTY post. But I will do it eventually.

  242. Meghan

    I’m afraid of never finding that happiness, be it in work or relationships. What if I don’t get married? Will I be okay with that?

  243. Meghan

    I’m afraid of never finding that happiness, be it in work or relationships. What if I don’t get married? Will I be okay with that?

  244. Liz Hernandez Nunez

    I have arrived to the conclusion that I am afraid to lose weight…but I really think that I have tried all of these years but inside I am really afraid of how different my life will be.

  245. Jodie

    I am a procrastinator, I always have great ideas that I never finish or follow through.

  246. Jodie

    I am a procrastinator, I always have great ideas that I never finish or follow through.

  247. I was afraid to leave my job to focus on my store. (i worked two jobs one as a teacher in the A.M. and then i opened my handmade local shop in the afternoon. I have been working seven days a week since last september) I just gave my notice and in a few weeks i will be able to focus on my business!!! I am terrified but excited to be able to do it!!!

  248. luisa ochoa

    great poster!! Right now I`m afraid of not been able to have a child… I dont tell people that because I want to get ride off that negative thinking…

  249. luisa ochoa

    great poster!! Right now I`m afraid of not been able to have a child… I dont tell people that because I want to get ride off that negative thinking…

  250. I’m sometime afraid that I don’t let my family in enough to truly know me and love me.

  251. Jess

    I’m afraid that as a new mother I’m not going to be able to follow my dreams and make them true and be the best example and inspiration for my little boy.

  252. megan

    i’m afraid that i made a mistake by not applying to medical school.

  253. megan

    i’m afraid that i made a mistake by not applying to medical school.

  254. Gabriela González

    I´m afraid of life. Of losing everything I love, of my dreams not coming true, of not raising my child correctly when I grow up, of my parents not being proud of me, but mostly I´m afraid of not being happy.

  255. Gabriela González

    I´m afraid of life. Of losing everything I love, of my dreams not coming true, of not raising my child correctly when I grow up, of my parents not being proud of me, but mostly I´m afraid of not being happy.

  256. I’ve gained 18 pounds since my wedding…which was only 9 months ago! I know it’s happy fat, but I think I’d like happy skinny better.

  257. I’ve gained 18 pounds since my wedding…which was only 9 months ago! I know it’s happy fat, but I think I’d like happy skinny better.

  258. Katie

    I recently graduated from grad school and while I a few job interviews lined up, I still worry no one will want to hire me. I hope it isn’t true!

  259. Kara M

    I fear that our social worker will judge some small part of my life and never allow my family to adopt a baby! I believe all motivations are pure in our desire to adopt, but I fear she’ll judge our answers and say we are not ready!

    I would love to put this print up in our baby’s room, when they come home! (hoping all the powers that be say we’re ready to adopt!)

  260. Kara M

    I fear that our social worker will judge some small part of my life and never allow my family to adopt a baby! I believe all motivations are pure in our desire to adopt, but I fear she’ll judge our answers and say we are not ready!

    I would love to put this print up in our baby’s room, when they come home! (hoping all the powers that be say we’re ready to adopt!)

  261. Mary Beth

    I’m afraid I’ll miss out on something great but not appreciating what I already have.

  262. Carolyn O.

    I’m afraid that I won’t be able to make a living in my current job (which is pretty much my perfect job) in the midst of this economy.

  263. Carolyn O.

    I’m afraid that I won’t be able to make a living in my current job (which is pretty much my perfect job) in the midst of this economy.

  264. I’m afraid of letting people get too close…and I’m afraid of that getting in the way of my greatest happiness.

  265. Laura Grace

    I think my desire to have everything organised, scheduled to-the-minute and exactly-as-planned is only going to get worse as I grow older.

  266. Laura Grace

    I think my desire to have everything organised, scheduled to-the-minute and exactly-as-planned is only going to get worse as I grow older.

  267. Laura F.

    I am afraid I am missing all of the good things that are in my life right now looking ahead to the future.

  268. Maggie

    After all of my recent talk about trying to find a new job, I’m starting to think that I should stick it out with my current employer for a little while longer to save some money for a big move. It’s a 9-month commitment and a little scary!

  269. Maggie

    After all of my recent talk about trying to find a new job, I’m starting to think that I should stick it out with my current employer for a little while longer to save some money for a big move. It’s a 9-month commitment and a little scary!

  270. elissa

    it’s hard to narrow down to just one but i’d love to share with the online world that there’s a lot more going on behind the scenes that isn’t expressed in my blog, family issues, bad days, you know ‘stuff’ that i try to tuck away in order to keep my blog happy and safe. but safe isn’t really what i want to be, maybe it’s time to be brave just like the poster says…

  271. Jen

    I’m afraid to tell people that I got back together with my ex-boyfriend, and that I want to move away with him and start my own business.

  272. Jen

    I’m afraid to tell people that I got back together with my ex-boyfriend, and that I want to move away with him and start my own business.

  273. Katharine

    I’m afraid to go after the career I really want because if I don’t make it then I won’t know what to do with my life afterwards. I constantly try to remind myself that the point of dreams is to go after them!

  274. This is so tough…. I feel like a fraud at work and like it’s only a matter of time until someone walks into my office and says, “We’ve made a terrible mistake, you don’t belong here.”

  275. This is so tough…. I feel like a fraud at work and like it’s only a matter of time until someone walks into my office and says, “We’ve made a terrible mistake, you don’t belong here.”

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