Brave Face and a Broken Confession 3



image-3I walked in to 2015 with a brave face but a very sad heart. There were hopes and dreams of 2014 that had not been realised that left me feeling uninspired for the year that was to come.

I would sit down to write my dreams…a new year, blank notebook, freshly ground coffee.

It didn’t matter how long I stared at the blank page, how many latte’s I ordered, how many times I changed the chair I was sitting in convincing myself that if I just find the right space, with the right amount of natural light, and the right grind of coffee, something will come. Hoping something would rise up within and grab me by the face and whisper, go this way. But nothing.

The truth was that there was no fresh dream to lay. It was a hope deferred, a dream carried forward. So I looked at my blank page and rather than write a new dream I wrote a commitment.

A commitment that every day I would write what I was grateful for.With faith that a brave face and a broken confession would become an overflow of joy and peace.

A commitment that I wouldn’t get caught up on dreams unrealised, but I would just take one day at a time and make the next right decision for that day.

With trust that being brave today will bring hope to my tomorrow.

Ever felt uninspired?

There’s something about gratitude in your today that tells you everything is going to be ok in your tomorrow.

Imperfect steps in the right direction.


About Karina Chicote

Karina Chicote is a strategic leader for an international child’s rights organisation and writer and presenter on radio for Kin Women. She has a Master’s Degree in Human Rights and has designed and led award-winning programs for Aboriginal children and young people. Karina has worked across the globe on campaigns in London, asylum seeker centres in Papua New Guinea, the UN General Assembly in New York and now leads strategic projects across Western Australia. Karina was a finalist for the WA Youth Work Awards in 2015 and 2016, recognising her leadership and commitment to creating change for the most vulnerable young people in our communities. Above all Karina is a wife to Lance and lover of their Pug Brixton, who amidst the seriousness of changing the world make her laugh, a lot.


3 thoughts on “Brave Face and a Broken Confession

  • Jodie McCarthy

    So beautiful Karina, thank you for sharing so honestly. My prayer is that you receive a daily portion of hope, enough to sustain you until the dream becomes reality.

  • Erica

    Karina, I so KNOW how you feel. Thank you for articulating this dilemma so beautifully. May God strengthen you to continue to seek His will and fill you with joy in your daily gratitude.

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