If you like young adult fiction or romantic fiction, you’ll love The Selection by Kiera Cass and this free fear stops awesome printable inspired by a quote from the book.
A couple of weeks ago I finished reading the book The Selection by Kiera Cass and one of the things that I told my husband after I read the book was that I wanted to be more like the main character America. America Singer is awesome. She’s this strong-willed girl who has been chosen for a Bachelor style competition with 34 other girls for the chance to win the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon. But America doesn’t want to be there. While all of the other girls are swooning over the chance to talk with the Prince, America is fearless and tells him she doesn’t want to be there and works out a plan with him that will allow her the chance to stay in the competition and just be his friend. Throughout the book she stands up for what she believes in, is true to herself, and seriously just fearless. And that to me makes her awesome.
One of my favorite quotes from the book touches on this point, “It’s always the fear of looking stupid that stops you from awesome being.” I just love how true it is. Our awesomeness is inside but we often hide it because we’re afraid of the consequences, good or bad. I decided to design a printable to remind myself (and you!) that it really is fear that stops awesome and to hopefully motivate myself to be more like America in her fearlessness and awesomeness. You can print out the free printable by clicking on the image below.
Last week I had the amazing opportunity to go to the SNAP blogger conference, a conference for all sorts of creative (crafts, DIY, parties, food, etc.) bloggers. I’ll be telling you all about why I loved SNAP in a later post but for now I just want to tell you about one part of the conference, the part that inspired me to come home and be fearless like America. Every year SNAP opens with an opening speech given by the conference organizer Tauni and as part of the speech they give each of the attendees a necklace that goes along with the theme for the year.
This year the necklaces they gave each of us had the word fearless engraved on a small silver pendant. Out of all of the words that they could’ve given us, fearless just seemed absolutely perfect for where I am at in my life. I have so many doors and opportunities available to me and I often miss out on those opportunities because of fear. Fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of numerous other things. I think knowing that I’m letting fear get the best of me right now really made America stand out as such an inspiring and strong character in the book. Since SNAP, I’ve decided to start being more like America and am trying to do at least one thing every day that scares me. It may not be standing up to a Prince, but we’ve all got to start somewhere. To make sure I’m reaching my goal, I’ve started keeping a one line journal of the thing I did that day that scared me, so I can look back and see that I really can do hard things and face my fears.
The Selection is part of a four book series that follows America (and 34 other girls) through this bachelor style competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart. I’m just gonna warn you now, when you read The Selection you’re going to want to read the other three books. I immediately purchased The Elite and The One for my ebook reader as soon as I was done with the first book. And to my husband’s dismay, I read all three books within 24 hours because I just couldn’t sleep until I knew who Prince Maxon ultimately chose. And I honestly didn’t know because of all of the twists and turns Kiera Cass wrote into the story. I seriously can’t wait for The Heir to come out on May 5th and you’d better believe I already have it pre-ordered.
The other thing that I love about this series is that while they’re romance, they’ve extremely clean so not only are they great for women who enjoy young adult fiction, they’re also great for teens. I work with a lot of young women 12-18 years old, and I would feel comfortable recommending the books to them, and I can’t say that for all of the young adult novels I’ve read recently. If you like young adult novels or even just clean romance novels, I highly recommend The Selection series. They’re quick, entertaining, and full of light-hearted romance.
And if you need something to snack on while you’re reading them, these Selection inspired strawberry tarts from Living Better Together look pretty much amazing. It just doesn’t get any better than chocolate + a good book.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.