Carrie Rad on Being Brave
When Nikki asked me to be August Covergirl I was over the moon. I love everything The Gang stands for and I am honored to part of it. I am especially excited that this month’s theme is bravery, this is a word I hold very close to my heart. Actually, bravery is the reason behind why Nikki and I are friends. I have been watching Nikki’s channel for years, before I ever started my channel. At GenBeauty last year I walked up to Nikki to introduced myself even though I was nervous about it. I think anytime you put yourself out there in a vulnerable situation it can be scary. Today, I can say I am very happy I walked up to Nikki because not only have I gained an amazing friend, now I get to share my story with YOU.
A little bit about myself..
I’m Carrie. I make a living by sharing my life on the internet. I am currently living in Los Angeles working towards fulfilling my childhood dream of becoming an actress by playing in digital series and attending auditions. When I am not acting or creating content, you can find me cuddling with my fur child Hendrix and searching for the best cup of coffee. If I wasn’t doing any of this, my ideal world would consist of me living as a full-time mermaid somewhere along the coast of Italy.
One of my favorite quotes..
“You will not always be strong, but you can always be brave.” -Beau Taplin
A few years ago I made some major life decisions that changed my life completely in the most wonderful ways. At 25 I was working full time at a banking job that quite honestly made me want to bang my head up against a wall daily. I was also living with my boyfriend at the time, it was a long-term relationship that was going nowhere because he just simply did not value me. I knew my worth, and knew I could achieve more if I tried. In January of 2014, I uploaded my first YouTube video even though I was terrified. I thought about uploading to YouTube for three years before I built up the courage to do so. I always knew that YouTube was the perfect creative outlet for me, but stopped myself because I was always so worried about what other people would think.
Finally, that January I decided to ignore my insecurities and this was the best decision I have ever made. 2014 was a year of making many leaps of uncertainty. Along with starting my channel, I also decided to end my eight year long relationship. I knew the relationship was not right for me and that I had to end it. This too was one of the best decision I have ever made. Last year was hard. It was a roller coaster of emotions. I had no idea if I was making the right decisions, but I had to take the chance. As I was experiencing all of these life changes, the words “BE BRAVE” were stuck in my mind constantly. I realized then that it’s not about being fearless, it’s about being terrified but having the courage to push past our fears and insecurities. We create our limits and it’s up to us to break through them. Today my career is better than I could have ever imagined and I can truly say that I absolutely love what I do. As for my love life, I am still very single but I am enjoying this time to heal and to really learn about myself. My story is simple. I knew I deserved better and could achieve more, so I went out and looked for it. We all deserve the best, we just have to have enough courage to take the chance. Go out there and be brave. You are so worth it.