How to be Courageous + keep moving towards your inner dreams

The last 6-12 months for me has really been all about how to be courageous…


It is a word that keeps appearing in front of me over the last few months… A word that without thinking about it too deeply, I would have assumed that I had plenty of. But maybe, just maybe, I don’t… (Which of course is why it keeps coming up for me!)

courage to move towards your inner dreams, julia cameron

I want to be Courageous.


Courageous enough to step into the light. To explore, and to grow. To admit that perfect may never happen.


I created this Little girls with great big dreams blog space at the start of this year, after having a vision for it for quite some time. And once I flipped the switch and made it live I loved the site and everything it represented. I really did.

But then I stopped.

I hesitated.

I didn’t really post anything.

I wondered what the heck I was doing. Who was I trying to target… Who did I want to read my posts… What should I write about…

Would people get bored if I wrote about this, or shared images of that? Was I trying to create a product, a business, a source of income around Little girls with great big dreams? If so – what? Did I still want to photograph newborn babies, or was I bored with that? Did I still want to photograph small business owners for their branding and websites? Had I really studied to be a health coach just for myself and my own knowledge, or had I perhaps realized that I want to teach that and inspire others to adapt a healthier lifestyle? Was I going to talk about pregnancy and natural birth and all of the amazing things I have been learning while studying to be a birth teacher and coach? Did I want to be a life coach and mentor people once I finished my training with Beautiful You Coaching Academy? Could I even do that? Would people want that from me? Was I good enough? Could I even tell people it might be a good idea to stop eating so much sugar, when I am a little too reliant on it myself?

Could I let go of my desire to formally study Nutritional Medicine? That desire and ‘what if’ question that keeps popping up every so often, pretty much ever since I left high school. Oh how I want to study science again, to really deeply understand this human body and apply that knowledge to the slightly more ‘woo-woo’ and spiritual aspects of health and wellness. Of mindfulness. Of life balance, and self love.

I named this online home of mine Little girls with great big dreams – but really, what was my great big dream? How can I even consider that I am inspiring others, when my life is so imperfect? When I dont even know what my “great big dream” is. I have approximately 57 great big dreams – each of which is top of the list and the one I most want on random days of the month, and different times throughout the days. Geez – cant I just pick one thing and move forwards with that rather than being constantly distracted by shiny new things?

Argh – so. incredibly. frustrating!


What do I need? Courage. To be courageous.


Courage to step into the light. To explore, and to grow. To admit that I am not perfect, and never will be. (Because really, who is?)

The last few years for me have been very introspective. Lots of space, lots of exploring my feelings and desires and lots of nourishment (for both body and soul). All the way through, I have been gradually working on that courage I desire. Exploring how to be courageous in my own way.


Here are a few of my favourite ways to really dig deep and explore the power within me + incorporate more courage into my days…

Using the [Courage] alchemical oil from Sacred Self.

Alchemical oils by Sacred Self are tools created with high frequency essential oils and vibrational essences that gently remind you to reconnect with the gold within you – love.  Each of these alchemical oils is a vibrational tool to accompany you on your journey of self-love.  Each one is a ‘reminder’ of a certain aspect that may be needing your attention at a given time.

When speaking about her Courage alchemical oil Sacred Self Founder, Michelle Marie McGrath says:

Courage Alchemical Oil Affirmation : The power is within me

Courage Alchemical Oil Intention : To assist you to reclaim and own the courage within your beautiful heart

Often we associate the word courage with being ‘brave’ but the origins of the word originate from the Latin word for heart… All of your power and your courage resides in your heart.  The power within it knows no limits. One of the most courageous things you can do, is to really own your power and truly be yourself.  Own each and every part without reservation.  Are you ‘brave’ enough to do this? To be really really honest with yourself about who YOU are, what YOUR needs are and then taking full responsibility for them.

Consider the affirmation “the power is within me”.  What does this bring up for you?  What do you associate with this phrase?  It make take courage for you to admit to yourself what is most important to you and what your heart really desires.  It is possible that you could even feel disinterested and unmoved by something that is actually of the utmost importance to you – if you allowed yourself to really delve deeply underneath the protective layer that you have cleverly crafted.


Michelle says it all pretty well so I barely need to elaborate from the above…

But, [own your power] – yep – working on that!
Be honest with yourself about who you are and what your needs are – yep – onto it!
Delve beneath protective layers – interesting process!

little girls with great big dreams, hearts

Exploring the power of crystals + using my intuition.

I actually ‘know’ very little about crystals. Yes they are pretty and shiny, but maybe I just wasn’t a girly girl when growing up because it hasn’t been until the last few years when Liana has developed a fascination for spending her pocket money on crystals that I have started to pay attention. The fact that I cant really remember which is which frustrates me and my analytical mind wants to know exactly which one to use for which purpose, and when and how and why. Letting go of that need to understand, and to trust my intuition has been a big learning process for me, and I am happy to say I am starting to make progress!

During a recent trip to a crystal store with Liana I was instantly attracted to a gorgeous piece of Red Jasper [the red heart shaped one in the below image]. I didn’t know why I was drawn to it, or what it meant, and I am usually more attracted to rough imperfect crystals rather than the perfectly shaped and polished – but I brought it anyways… The Crystal Bible tells me:

Psychologically, Jasper imparts determination to all pursuits. It brings the courage to get to grips with problems assertively, and encourages honesty with yourself. Mentally, Jasper aids quick thinking, and promotes organizational abilities and seeing projects through. It stimulates the imagination and transforms ideas into action.

Red Jasper, specifically brings problems to light before they become too big and provides insights into the most difficult situations. It makes an excellent ‘worry bead’ calming the emotions when played with.

Other crystals I am loving right now are:

Lapis Lazuli [the gorgeous blue crystal below] ~ harmonizes the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels. Imbalances between these levels can result in depression, dis-ease and lack of purpose. In balance, the harmony brings deep inner self-knowledge.

Clear Quartz [the clear crystal below] ~ Quartz is the most powerful healing and energy amplifier and it absorbs, stores, releases and regulates energy and is excellent for unblocking it. The crystal works at a vibrational level attuned to the specific energy requirements of the person using it. Check out this fabulous post from Tara Bliss on why you need clear crystal quartz in your life

little girls with great big dreams, hearts

Meditation + Journalling.

Meditation is one of those things that some days I love to hate. I have great intentions but then get busy, tired or distracted [and sometimes all three at once]. But again – slow and steady I am getting better at incorporating meditation and journaling into my days. Using the courage alchemical oil, and either holding or placing around you the above mentioned crystals is an awesome ritual to set, and really just see what happens. Brainstorm ideas, write lists in your journals, or pick your favourite guided meditation and see where it leads.
There are no ‘rules’ when it comes to meditation. Sometimes I simply like to walk in the fresh air and let my mind wander…

little girls with great big dreams, hearts

Asking for help.

I have a fabulous support team around me which I am so incredibly grateful for. This year has seem me work with some fabulous coaches and mentors, natural health practitioners, as well as participate in some amazing online courses… I will share more about these in detail later, but for now I just want to say – if you need it, please ask for help. It is not a sign of weakness, or a waste of time/money. You can not ever know everything there is to know about every single subject so try to outsource. Ask for help + advice and get a new perspective on what may be holding you back from achieving your dreams. People who are removed from your life situation always see things in a different way… Amazing that!


how to be courageous


Do you wish to be more courageous?

What small step can you take today to incorporate some of this exploration into your life?
Do you know who you are and what your needs are?
Can you admit [to yourself first of all] what your inner dreams are?

I would absolutely love to hear from you below in the comments!


PS[1]: As of this Thursday I will be a Nutritional Medicine student… Excited, nervous, scared, but most of all relieved. The answer was never going to be ‘no I don’t ever want to study this’, so it became ‘no time like the present’… Stay tuned for updates about that!

PS[2]: Are you interested in being coached by me? In August 2014 I will be releasing a very limited number of 3mth coaching packages at a super special rate. Get in touch with me to chat if you want to know more… Also to the lovely ladies who had the courage to commit to being part of my trial coaching program – thank you so very much!!!

PS[3]: I am actually feeling pretty courageous now that I have published this blog post… Hi fives all around! I hope it is of some benefit to at least a few of you… I am now going to stop worrying that it is not perfect, makes no sense, or that no one will read it and go fill my belly with some fabulous dinner!


Renee xx


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  • Pam BradfordAugust 1, 2014 - 7:24 pm

    Great read Renee! I agree you ARE already being courageous, go you! Love the site.ReplyCancel

  • MorganJuly 31, 2014 - 2:52 pm

    Love this post! I love my Sacred self scents too. I have Goddess and a signature scent. They’re so filled with love 🙂
    My kids love crystals too.
    I think you’re being very courageous showing up online and speaking your truth. Keep going! xxReplyCancel

  • Kylie BevanJuly 30, 2014 - 9:46 pm

    Love the PS’s! It’s been my year of courage too – wonderful to read of your journey, I think sometimes we might have been walking side by side. ReplyCancel

  • SarahJuly 30, 2014 - 9:13 pm

    Big high fives to you for sharing this post! I love it. Some great tips! You are already courageous for sharing your thoughts xReplyCancel

  • Rachel WyndhamJuly 30, 2014 - 9:11 pm

    Great post, Renee. Authentic and refreshing look forward to reading more. ReplyCancel

  • AnnJuly 30, 2014 - 8:26 pm

    Lots of really valuable ideas here Renee, thanks for such an encouraging post xReplyCancel

  • KateJuly 30, 2014 - 8:00 pm

    I really enjoyed this and it makes me realise that I should stop beating myself up for not being what I think I should be. My work was my dream and I’ve had to let go of so many fears and insecurities to put myself out there for anyone and everyone to judge. What I do realise is that the only way to truly be creative is to let go of the fear to fail. Thank youReplyCancel

  • ELLISSAJuly 30, 2014 - 7:50 pm

    “Can you admit [to yourself first of all] what your inner dreams are?”. This is the second blog post I have read today asking me the same question! It’s a sign. Thanks for the reminder.ReplyCancel

  • SylviaJuly 30, 2014 - 4:09 pm

    I LOVE this Renee. Thank you!!
    It just rang true for me at the moment and I ordered the oil from Michelle too!ReplyCancel

  • Amira AlvarezJuly 30, 2014 - 4:09 pm

    You are courageous! Look at what you’re doing and all those P.S. posts! You are clearly stepping into courage. Yay you!ReplyCancel

  • KateJuly 30, 2014 - 4:08 pm

    I freakin LOOOOOVE it. I am so incredibly proud of you, you beautiful, courageous woman. Of course I believed in you right from the start. Onwards baby, onwards 🙂ReplyCancel

  • TiphJuly 30, 2014 - 3:54 pm

    Love reading your posts as you dream and grow, you have done wonderful things in the years I’ve known you. So glad to be your friend xxReplyCancel

  • AmyJuly 30, 2014 - 2:35 pm

    I loved reading this Renee! I’m about to step into something I have been dreaming of for so long too, but keep having moments of fear and doubt come up. Reading this has helped me connect with my own courage again…. And inspired me to keep on going. Thank you! XReplyCancel

  • Jenni RoseJuly 30, 2014 - 1:35 pm

    What a fantastic and relevant to me post. My vision board has one of my favourite quotes on it “The only courage you ever need is the courage to live the life of your dreams” – Oprah Winfrey. It often makes me ponder though, what is the life of my dreams! Happy to be on this journey with you as we figure it out together xxxReplyCancel

    • littlegirlsbigdreamsSeptember 22, 2014 - 9:23 pm

      love this Jenni 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Angela WheelerJuly 30, 2014 - 10:56 am

    I feel like you pulled that out of MY head somehow, love this post, and stop worrying that no-one will want to read your blog – cos it’s great!ReplyCancel

  • KerryJuly 29, 2014 - 7:28 pm

    Absolutely love everything about this Renee, from the beautiful products, the gorgeous self-love, self-care rituals, the messages from the crystals and your courage to be real and authentic and vulnerable.

    Now that is true courage. Love it!!!!

    Kerry xxxReplyCancel

  • Nicole LandgrebeJuly 29, 2014 - 9:47 am

    We are about to embark on a huge life changing dream, for my hubby and for myself….. what is a sea change when you already live by the sea??? and plan to stay by the sea, well its just a change one that we need to make a huge courageous step to do but we decided its now or never. we choose NOW! ReplyCancel