Choosing Wonder Over Worry
Amber Rae is an author, an artist, a speaker, and now, a MW thought leader. Last week in New York City, Millennial Women from all five boroughs of New York joined our discussion on the concept of choosing wonder over worry.
Amber Rae’s most recent book release speaks on the challenges we all face when overcoming fear, anxiety, and self-doubt. The Millennial Women Talk event explored all these different themes and how they resonated with women from our generation. Being a recent college graduate, I am learning to embrace change but it has not been easy. I am at a transformable stage in my journey where I am having to decide on new city, a new job, and a new lifestyle.
I am deciding who I want to be and what I want to represent. In her book, Choose Wonder Over Worry, Amber Rae says, “Inside our minds there is a nasty little voice, a saboteur, a censor and an eternal critic who creates a constant stream of scathing remarks that are usually disguised as The Truth. I call this voice Worry.”
“Inside our minds there is a nasty little voice, a saboteur, a censor and an eternal critic who creates a constant stream of scathing remarks that are usually disguised as The Truth. I call this voice Worry.”
Speak your truth
Worry is a common theme during this time in my life, and after our Millennial Women Talk event, I realized I was not alone. Almost every MW at the event spoke their truth. Writers, photographers, and actresses admitted to letting worry determine their success and hinder their dreams. In a room full of capable, talented, and inspiring women I realized all of us share similar internal experiences and challenges.
Amber Rae walked us through the practice of choosing wonder over worry — the idea of “If not you, then who?”
Our MW Talk reminded me that the feeling we have when we worry is valid, but our thoughts are not always true. We can sometimes be our biggest critic, instead of our own champions. Learning from other women’s experiences encouraged me to push aside the fear I have about what’s next, and instead face every new challenge with curiosity.
After a conversation at the event with MW co-founder, Stephanie Carcache, I realized that the beauty of MW’s traveling podcast is that no matter what city we are in, women from our generation all share such similar experiences. We all have times of doubt and stress, but with the support and encouragement of each other, we could all start to choose wonder over worry.