Welcome to Brave Living! I’m excited to start this new venture of adventurous living by getting rid of insecurities that cripple our journey. I believe that insecurities are often rooted in shame and we inhibit our passions and our dreams when we hold onto our unnecessary shame. We all experience shame, but often, as women we hold onto it and let it define us. It breeds its ugly head into our beliefs of who we are and what we are capable of. As a person who has personally struggled with this stronghold all my life, I want to help others, as well as myself, escape the tyranny of shame and insecurity. I absolutely believe that by sharing our stories, we can learn from one another and take one layer of insecurity off from each story we hear.
The best way to beat shame is to confront it head on. Make it real and shine a light on it. When we do, we are living brave and those who matter, will hold us with the esteem we each deserve. As the quote below from Theodore Roosevelt so elegantly points out, our attempts, our trials and failures, as well as our successes, are our brave life masterpieces.
On this website and podcast I will talk to everyday men and women about their adventures, stories, life as parents, and everything in between. We will laugh, cry, and just chat about everyday events and how our feelings do not always speak the truth to us. We will take 2 Peter 1:7 Scripture to heart: “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” We are stronger than our shame. We are stronger than our insecurities. We all have sinned, but that sin does not define us. It is a part of our story that God uses to point us and others to him. It is my hope that through the power of stories, we can shed our insecurities and live brave, abundant lives that God destined for each of us.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is not effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt