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Archive for the Courage category

The bravest thing I’ve done this year.

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

But you don’t lie down. And you don’t run away. And you know that the person who is going to save you from this mess is you. You are going to be your own Knight in Shining Armour. You are going to woman up, make a plan and take the first step.

Women are changing the world. And we need you.

Monday, August 25th, 2014

I think we all agree, the world needs our courage right now. The courage to stand up for the things we care about. The courage to change the way we’ve always done things. The courage to trust that we can and will find a brighter, fairer, safer future for us all. I know you get this, that’s why […]

Courageous Company with Kara-Leah Grant: The Courage to take the Hard Road

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

It’s late 2000 and I’m freelancing for a small local paper in my current home town, Whistler BC. My editor has assigned me a story that requires me to call and interview one of the movers and shakers in town. I’m 25 years old, I’ve been writing articles since I was 16 and in the last four years I have lived in London, Chamonix, France, Niagara Falls and now Whistler.

I consider myself a brave and courageous woman, living a fearless and exciting life.

Except this phone call is freaking me out completely.

Courageous Company with Anna Guest-Jelley: Why Wearing a T-Shirt Might Have Changed My Life

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Do you have nemesis clothing? I do — and plenty of it. But the top of my list?


I mean, is there anything so unflattering yet so ubiquitous? High-necked, boxy, tight (or way too loose)-armed, often stiff-fabric-ed.

It’s hard for me to find much to like.

Yet I recently found myself wanting to wear one each day over a weekend where my body would be on constant display in front of 50+ people.

Courageous Company with Justine Musk: The Courage to Speak

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

I once co-hosted an erotica-writing workshop for women only.

There were about 17 of us. The workshop lasted all day, punctuated by strategic sessions of wine-tasting.

The alcohol, the increasingly personal and daring nature of the material we shared, the growing camaraderie among the women: bonding ensued.

(Like the movie BREAKFAST CLUB. But different.)

Courageous Company with Marilyn Sewell: The Power of Story

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

I’ve noticed that I can fall into stuck places that will not let me go for a long time. At those times, I feel like an insect caught in a web, squirming and straining, to no avail. I suffer. I complain. Sometimes I fall into despair. Then there is a flurry of angel wings, my own little annunciation. New life starts.

Courageous Company with Alessandra Cave: The courage to share ourselves with the world.

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

About two years ago, I felt a huge drive to put together a photography book. But from the very start, I knew that I wanted this book to be very different from any other photography book that I had ever seen. My calling was to create a book that would offer a lot more than just photo techniques and inspiration. This particular book, named “Shooting with Soul”, would also challenge readers to think about why they wanted to take pictures, and more importantly, it would empower them to bravely share their soul with the world!

Courageous Company with Lisa McKay: The Courage To Say Yes

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

When I told Marianne I’d write a post about the courage to say yes, I had it all planned out.

I was going to start the piece by referencing saying “no.” There would be a brief anecdote about how my two-year-old’s main mission in life seems to be finding new and creative ways to provoke me into using that very word. Then I’d talk about how my inbox is full of people telling me to “Say No, No, No All The Way To Success,” and how my new book, From Stranger To Lover, looks at how the dynamics of meeting someone online conspire to lower our inhibitions, encourage casual intimacy, and facilitates poor boundaries in a new relationship. (In other words, when we’re online dating or in a new long distance relationship, many of us don’t say “no” enough.)

Courageous Company with Dani Shapiro: On Doing What Scares You

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

I’ve been thinking lately about courage and confidence and how these are two words which might seem, on the surface, to be closely related, but actually have very different implications when it comes to the writing life. Confidence is highly overrated. Show me a confident writer, and in all likelihood you will also be showing me work that falls short of originality or greatness — because originality and greatness come from the willingness to take risks. To leap into the void. To do what scares you. And while it may seem that this leap would take confidence, what it really takes to leap is courage. Which is a whole other kettle of fish.

Courageous Company with Jen Louden: Courage Needs Fear

Friday, July 18th, 2014

I used to believe I was fearless. I remember when Bob, my now husband, and I were dating. We were juggling kids and often couldn’t see each other for days at a time so we hit upon the plan to share my office so we could spend work time together. So adorable. I was on a call with someone talking about a possible big project, and when I hung up, Bob looked over at me and said, “You’re so afraid.”

I bounced out of my chair and huffed, “I am not afraid! I am fearless! Do you know what I’ve done in my life?”

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