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A #mycourage round-up!

Monday, April 20, 2015 by Marianne Elliott

These last few weeks I’ve been honored to share the brave stories of friends who are making their way through the world one courageous step at a time.

At home. At work. In the neighborhood. In themselves.

They really have blown me away, but I shouldn’t be surprised. This is how it happens for all of us. Moment by moment. It really does add up to something: a brave life.

In case you missed one, I’ve listed all of the #mycourage stories below.

And, one more quick note. The next round of 30 Days of Courage starts tomorrow and registration will be closing soon.

So if you’ve been on the fence, now’s the time to jump.

30 Days of Courage is a month-long course to help you cultivate the courage you need to make the changes you care about in your home, your relationships, your workplace, your community or the world.

If you want to be the change you want to see in the world, but just need a little more courage to get there, this is the course for you. Hop over and sign up here — or, if you still have a few questions, get answers here.

Courage Contributors Collage

courage + family

The Courage to Love Myself Anyway – Catherine Just

I went into the fire. We all did. – Maya Stein

If we were anything, we were honest. – Laurie Wagner

The Bravest Yes – Christine Mason Miller

courage + work

The Bravest Thing I’ve Done This Year – Marianne Elliott

The Courage To Disconnect – Leslie Forman

The Old Skin – Laura Simms

Finding the Courage to Stay the Course – Brigitte Lyons

courage + community

The Courage to Change – Tia Kelley

Beyond Bravery – Natalya Pemberton

courage + self

I showed up. I opened my heart. I stayed. – Jill Salahub

The Moment Courage Stepped into My Life – Ryan Sallans

The Courage to Begin Again – Laura Calandrella

The Courage of Conviction — Or Lack Thereof – Tara Gentile

 

The Bravest Yes

Saturday, April 18, 2015 by Marianne Elliott

A guest post from Christine Mason Miller

This essay was originally published in Skirt! magazine in 2011, and provided the inspiration for a book Christine is currently writing about her family.

I had been mired in angst as my husband’s son’s wedding drew closer. It would be an intimate gathering—only 50 guests—taking place on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, with a week’s worth of sun, surf and celebration leading up to the ceremony. Houses were rented, flights were booked and a taco joint reserved for the rehearsal dinner. A family wedding in paradise—what could be wrong with that? But that was the problem. It was a family wedding, and who was I? No one important—just the dad’s wife.

Finding the Courage to Stay the Course

Friday, April 17, 2015 by Marianne Elliott

A guest post from Brigitte Lyons

Sitting on my shelf is a book that terrifies me. A gift from my husband, I never made it past the fourth chapter.

I should have read this book. I’m the kind of person that always finishes books, even when they give me nightmares. I waded through Joyce Carol Oates’ We Were the Mulvaneys, which should come with a trigger warning. I read Stephen King’s Pet Sematary and Christine when I was 13, setting myself up for a lifetime of low-level anxiety.

But this book, which sits so innocently on my shelf and boasts the label, “National Bestseller. The book EVERY small-business owner should own,” stopped me in my tracks.

Beyond Bravery

Thursday, April 16, 2015 by Marianne Elliott

A guest post from Natalya Pemberton

I must have been about twelve years old. A blonde kid in a bathing suit, at the top of a tower on a gorgeous, Sydney summer day. A man gave me a plastic board with hand-holds in the sides. “Sit on the board, lean forward, and don’t let go.” I did as he said, heart racing. I looked down as water rushed over the steep incline. Wondered whether I could really do this. I’d barely made the waterslide’s height limit. I’d never been up this high before. What if I accidentally let go, or sat up, or fell off? I absolutely wasn’t ready. But the attendant was, and there was a line of people behind me, waiting. I tightened my grip on the plastic board and pushed off. Scared, but doing it.

The Courage of Conviction — Or Lack Thereof

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 by Marianne Elliott

A guest post from Tara Gentile

“We are to find God in what we know, not in what we don’t know; God wants us to realize his presence, not in unsolved problems but in those that are solved,” wrote Dietrich Bonhoeffer from Tegel Prison. Bonhoeffer had faced over a year imprisoned by the Nazis for conspiring against Hitler and the Third Reich. He was a pastor, a theologian, and a committed pacifist.

He had the courage to risk his principles for the good of people who would come after him. In doing so, he shook his own belief system to the core. In his own “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” moment, he decided to do so that others might have the chance to live in a world not plagued by mass slaughter. Eventually, he paid the ultimate price.

The courage to begin again

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 by Marianne Elliott

A guest post from Laura Calandrella

I walked out on to the deck and took a seat in one of the lounge chairs.

It was a beautifully sunny day and I knew I could easily blend in with the sunbathers at the edge of the pool. No one would suspect why I was actually there.

The minutes ticked by, each one bringing me closer to the first swim practice I had been to in 10 years.

If we were anything, we were honest.

Monday, April 13, 2015 by Marianne Elliott

A guest post from Laurie Wagner In 2005, when my oldest daughter was 10 years old, she and her little sister were sitting in the back of my husband’s truck while he stepped into the store for milk. Leaving them alone in the car wasn’t the worst thing that happened in the five minutes that […]

The Moment Courage Stepped into My Life

Saturday, April 11, 2015 by Marianne Elliott

A guest post from Ryan Sallans The room felt as if it were shaking up and down until there was gentle pressure placed on the top of my knee. I looked down to see a brown leather shoe holding me in place, anchoring me to the moment. The shoe belonged to my therapist, who was […]

I went into the fire. We all did.

Friday, April 10, 2015 by Marianne Elliott

A guest post from Maya Stein A few months after my 40th birthday, I inherited two teenage boys. Let me explain. In May 2012, I fell in love, quite unexpectedly, with a woman who lived three states away. We had been casual friends for a few years, and had only recently gotten closer. I was […]

The Old Skin

Thursday, April 9, 2015 by Marianne Elliott

A guest post from Laura Simms “We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.” ― Joseph Campbell But what if the old skin doesn’t want to come […]

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