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I'm Brave Enough To Embrace The Woman (And Man) In Me

Michael Rohrer | Posted 01.11.2017 | Queer Voices
Michael Rohrer

My courage grew three sizes that day on the subway platform. I'm now less worried about other people's reactions to my trying on women's shoes or testing nude lipsticks. What does any of it really matter? It's my life. I own it.

A Brave Journey

Ashley Ballou-Bonnema | Posted 01.04.2017 | Healthy Living
Ashley Ballou-Bonnema

Whatever life offers we must be brave -- never afraid to remember the journey that got us to this very beautiful moment in life while living bravely in today. And most of all, we must always be rooted in endless hope for tomorrow's possibility. Here's to remembering 2015 and the great possibility 2016 holds.

Raising Brave Kids

Margie Warrell | Posted 12.03.2016 | Parents
Margie Warrell

The measure of our success as a parent is not how much they win at sport or excel at school. It's how well we set them up to thrive in the bigger game of life. Doing that, requires encouraging them to pursue big ambitions, learning how to handle failure and building the "muscles for life." Here's seven ways to do just that.

What if You Were Brave? Here are Three Ways Life Could Be Different

Sonia Thompson | Posted 12.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Sonia Thompson

Ordinary people do brave things every day. You can too. And when you do, you can expect one or more of the following results:

Terrorism and a Tender Heart

Annalise Green | Posted 11.23.2016 | World
Annalise Green

Having such a tender heart and being a caring Earth Angel means that being defiant will take up pretty much all of my energy and thought power but it will be worth it!

Open Letter to Students in Light of Recent Events

Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard | Posted 11.17.2016 | College
Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

You know, you're young, and yet in your lifetime, you've known, most of your lifetime, a post-9/11 world. You are not the first generation to know violence in your time. You, I'm afraid, will not be the last.

Trusting Confusion in Times of Uncertainty

Barbara A. Bernard | Posted 11.05.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Barbara A. Bernard

The more we practice honoring uncertainty, the more we allow it to be a familiar state that we understand is not permanent. Every attempt adds to our learning. We can tolerate uncertainty when we recognize and accept that this is just a moment in time.

What Are Your Beliefs Costing You?

Margie Warrell | Posted 10.21.2016 | Business
Margie Warrell

On Sunday I decided to 'show up' at the starting line for the Melbourne half-marathon (21 kms, 13 miles). I'd been on the fence about whether to go ahead with it as, in between all my recent travels, I'd fallen off the rails with my training.

Letting Courage Take the Lead

Erin Parker | Posted 10.12.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Erin Parker

We must be courageous and step out even if our steps are unsteady and what lies ahead is unable to be seen. It's not an easy transition to make or one that is done successfully each time, but it is one that is the foundation for a live worth living.

Compare and Despair: Escaping the Comparison Trap

Margie Warrell | Posted 10.06.2016 | Business
Margie Warrell

I'd like to tell you that I was far too evolved and secure in my self-worth to compare myself against others; that, I'd long since stopped engaging in such futile acts of self-sabotage. Alas, I cannot.

It Takes Bravery to Accept MentaI Illness, But It Is Worth It

Taylor Shaw | Posted 09.11.2016 | College
Taylor Shaw

Accepting my battle with depression was not easy. Sharing it was even harder. Letting it go took time. But choosing to be courageous and using my experience with depression to help other people was the best decision I have ever made.

The Conversations Adults are Afraid to Have

Erin Taylor Green | Posted 09.01.2016 | Education
Erin Taylor Green

Two and a half weeks into fifth grade, and we have already defined some pretty hard words. Some of the first words added to our dictionaries were "institutionalized racism" and "privilege". These are words that I'm not even really comfortable defining. Honestly, most people aren't.

What Happened to Your Dreams, Princess?

Li Lin | Posted 09.01.2016 | Impact
Li Lin

Stop listening to people who never even dared to make their dreams a reality and stop listening to people who are crying over sour grapes over the fact that they weren't able to succeed in their dreams so you must not succeed either type of people.

Celebrating Classroom Heroines

Mandy Stewart, Ph. D. | Posted 08.24.2016 | Women
Mandy Stewart, Ph. D.

Do you think you're too old, too far along in your career, too uncool for school? Not my friend Lois. After many years of being a stay-at-home mom and then a teacher, she decided to pursue a Ph.D. at the age of 55.

Incredibly Kind Kids - Whatever It Takes - Kamden and Gavin Cross

Leigh M. Clark | Posted 08.19.2016 | Good News
Leigh M. Clark

Kamden and Gavin have so much heart and courage, born of the love and leadership of two outstanding parents. Their father's love lives on through the heart and actions of his wife and two incredibly kind sons.

Be the Change You Wish to See in the World

Lynn LaPlante Allaway | Posted 08.18.2016 | Parents
Lynn LaPlante Allaway

Wow, that was a surprising response that I got from my last blog post about marching in the 4th of July parade with Moms Demand Action. It sure was wr...

The Power of My Daughter's One-Cup-at-a-Time Legacy

Jay Scott | Posted 07.30.2016 | Impact
Jay Scott

We truly believe that you never know which dollar is going to make the difference and lead to the next big discovery to help kids with cancer, and that every single dollar adds up toward making those dreams of a cure a reality.

The Courage to Change

David Shechtman | Posted 07.29.2016 | Business
David Shechtman

Stepping into change requires a reconciliation between the old and the new. Nobody, no matter what the circumstance, completely transforms as a person when going through change. It's not a 100 percent shift. Some parts of a person endure. It's the way things have to be.

Father's Day: Remembering the LIFE of a Dad Who Died Young

Peter Mandel | Posted 06.17.2016 | Fifty
Peter Mandel

When someone says the word "bravery" out loud it sounds like it's from a book on noblemen or knights. I can almost hear the clank of sword on shield. Call it medieval if you want, but I believe in trying to be brave.

What to Do When You're Discouraged: A Return to Courage

Pam Stucky | Posted 06.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Pam Stucky

If courage is bravery, then maybe when we are discouraged, what we're really feeling is fear. The further away we are from courage, the closer we are to our fears.

Letter To My Kindergarten Graduate

Amy Ettinger | Posted 06.12.2016 | Parents
Amy Ettinger

I saw you trying to be brave. I saw you smiling through your trepidation. I knew you wouldn't let you true feelings show. So, I cried instead.

Bravery Is Not a Contest

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 06.05.2016 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

This week Caitlin Jenner's picture appeared on the front cover of Vanity Fair. Immediately people online began to juxtapose her photo next to photos of veterans and first responders, saying that "real bravery" looked like the latter, and that Caitlin was not brave.

On Faith and Parachutes

Zach Beecher | Posted 05.21.2016 | Religion
Zach Beecher

In the dark sky of a hot August night, more than 2,000 American and British Paratroopers sat quietly amongst one another in the clouds in the bellies of aircrafts waiting for the moment that awaited them all: the jump.

Hell Island

Tricia McCallum | Posted 05.17.2016 | World
Tricia McCallum

A boat packed with Haitian refugees was driven ashore one storm-tossed night this past winter on one of the Bahamian out islands.

The 5 Rules Of Self-Confidence

Silvano Lieger | Posted 05.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Silvano Lieger

What you say and do has value. Even on the slight chance that there might be this stupid social thing we call awkwardness -- who cares? Don't waste your life wondering what other people think. Because they are wondering the same.