I Took On My Life This Year. Here’s What Happened…

Happy Saturday!

I’m typing to you as I listen to the rain pouring down all around me, competing with the Christmas Carols playing in the background.

Quite apropos, as we’re grieving the loss of my bestie’s mother, a beautiful woman inside and out, an extremely talented artist, and an incredibly strong fighter. Her celebration of life was yesterday, and I wasn’t up for a Happy Friday. And so for the first time in years I’m gracing you with my presence on this wet Saturday instead! (it’s always good to switch things up every once in a while, wouldn’t you agree?!? And on another note, give an extra squeeze to your loved ones… ’tis the season after all!) 

I was so fortunate to have spent most of this week with my friends and fellow speaker colleagues at our annual convention. As per usual, it was amazeballs.

My brain may be ready to explode, but my heart is full. This association really has become my family.

I’m in the process of compiling my biggest and most relevant takeaways, which I will share next week, but I wanted to at least disclose what made it so different this year.

It wasn’t the programming, the international speakers, or the fact we were in a convention centre for the first time in London, Ontario. Nor was it the fact I spoke on the main stage, having curated and conducted a ‘Meet The Experts’ session. (although that was pretty exciting!) 

No, it wasn’t any of that.

It was me. It was how I showed up.

You see, I really took on my life this year.

And it all started when I wrote my ‘Brave List.’

Once I made a list of everything I would do ‘If I Were Braver….’everything changed.

Not only am I happy to report I’ve tackled almost everything on that list (was even vulnerable enough to share some of the big ones! If you haven’t already seen the video that’s gone viral and now been seen by over 1.5 million people across various platforms, check it out here! AND, if you’re ready to create your own Brave List, join us at our next LIVE event on Jan. 9th, 2020…!) but even more powerful is the discovery I made:

The more you share about yourself — your biggest fears, your deepest desires — the less you have to hide.

And it’s pretty darn freeing.

One of the bravest things I took on this year, as luck would have it, happened to fall on the same day as a big speaking event I had the honour of participating in.

Well, I’ve been sitting on the video from that talk for a few weeks now… and this week I finally watched it. And then I shared it with a few trusted folks. And now it’s time to get my own brave on and share it with you.

So this Happy Saturday, following the theme of spicing things up, is going to fall in the form of a video.

I hope you enjoy!

I’m going to leave you with two questions:

1. What are you afraid of? 

2. If you were to look closely enough, what would you find underneath your greatest fear?


I hope you choose brave this upcoming year.

Brave enough to embrace your deepest fears, so as to expose your greatest desires. 

Brave enough to take on your life.

Brave enough to be YOU. 


And now I want to hear ONE IDEA you’re ready to bravely take on in the comments below! I want to make sure I can be there cheering 🙌 you on!


Have a FAB week!

P.S. It’s time for a Brave New Year, and a Brave New YOU. Wouldn’t you agree?!? Come join us at our LIVE EVENT on Jan 9th, where we’ll create our own ‘If I Were Braver’ list, and get busy crafting a Brave 2020 vision, complete with a Brave Action Plan!

(psssst… girlfriend rates available early bird tickets on until THIS MONDAY, Dec. 20th… so get your brave on NOW! 🤣)

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Carol Schulte

Carol is a published author, has been featured in numerous magazines and podcasts, and is a returning guest expert on Rogers TV. Having lived and worked in 16 countries including Ashrams in India and vans in New Zealand, rocked dreadlocks in Thailand and shaved her head for breast cancer, she certainly walks her talk and brings a global perspective to all she does. When she’s not traveling or speaking on stage, you can find her volunteering as a bereavement facilitator, training for her next triathlon, or practicing her serious carpool karaoke game.

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