How to Embrace Your Surroundings and Yourself

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Jockey for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Jockey recently asked me to participate in their #showem campaign, which promotes self-confidence and encourages everyone to be comfortable expressing who they really are inside. I really love this message because I truly believe that if we can all be a little braver about showing the world who we are, we can all be a little braver about learning who each other is. That’s why I chose courage as my value when I created my own #ShowEm meme! (You can make your own here)

As my regular readers of this blog know, I love to travel. I’m really lucky because my work provides me travel opportunities that I know others don’t have.


Some may believe that I travel in order to get away from my family. I won’t lie, having a week with other adults and exploring new things is pretty awesome. But even when my sons and husband aren’t with me, I see travel as a way of sharing my values with them.

One of the hardest, and sometimes scariest, things to do in the world is to really look at things from someone else’s perspective. If you look at the political and social climate in our country today you can see how entrenched people are in their own world view. Despite the fact that the internet and TV can bring us anywhere in the world, there are so many people who never get out of their own backyard. I know that not everyone can afford to travel, but everyone can afford to think about things from a different perspective. Everyone can afford curiosity.

How to Embrace Your Surroundings and Yourself

Travel can be scary. Getting on a plane and going to a part of the world where you don’t know the language or the culture is intimidating. Even just the act of getting on a plane can make some people nervous. But to me, it’s so important to have the courage to look at the world in a new way.

When I travel it’s not just because I want a break, or want to see something new, it’s because I want to understand something new. I want to challenge myself to look past my own self-interest and see the world as others see it. I not only want that for myself, I want that for my family. I hope that my sons see travel and exploration as an important value. I know that when they grow up they may not have the same political or religious views that I do, and that’s ok. What’s most important to me is not that they think the way that I do, but that they have the courage to think for themselves and the courage to see how others think.

How to Embrace Your Surroundings and Yourself

I know that I’m lucky to be able to travel, but I’m also proud that I have the courage to take advantage of those opportunities. I hope my sons pick up on that courage, too.


How to Embrace Your Surroundings and Yourself

You can create your own captioned photo online using the Showem Meme Generator and share with the world to #ShowEm what’s underneath! Creating a meme about yourself may seem a little unusual, but I think it’s a great chance to do a little self-reflection. When you have to think about what’s really “underneath” the image you present to the world, you can come up with some pretty awesome revelations about yourself.


I hope you’ll give the Showem Meme Generator from Jockey a try! I’d also love to hear about what truly matters to you— share how you show courage in the comments! 

Here’s to jumping outside of our comfort zone and embracing our surroundings. <3

This post was sponsored, but all thoughts are my own.

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