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Being Brave: How it Manifests in Our Everyday Lives

Updated: Dec 4, 2023

Two of my favorite women seem to love the word Brave. And since both have changed my life for the better, I'm inspired to honor the word as much as I honor them.

For many people, "being brave" is often associated with extreme experiences like jumping out of an airplane or running into a burning building. Which is fine, if not a little limiting... for them.

For both Tabatha Coffey and Brene Brown, however, being brave does not only manifest in these sensational moments but more in our everyday lives. In Brene's 2017 book, Braving the Wilderness, she talks us through the scariness of putting our real selves out into the world - raw, authentic, and unvarnished. Yes, it's going to be awkward. Sure, it might feel humiliating at first. But that's what it takes to be aligned. If you're feeling too vulnerable, if you're feeling the imposter syndrome, if you're feeling a lack of integrity from the challenge of putting yourself authentically out there in the world - that very well may be a sign you might* be unaligned with your values. (*why might? I'm not here to tell you how you feel and no one can diagnose what's going on with you through an article or essay - I encourage you to question everything for yourself.)

Cue Tabatha Coffey - who, around the same time, is developing a class based on her 2015 Ted Talk, "Why You Need to Be a B.I.T.C.H." (now viewed over 4 Million times and on several Best-Of-TED lists) based on her acronym for the B-word: Brave. Intelligent. Tenacious. Creative. Honest.

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