Be Brave

How to Be BraveMy word for the year is BRAVE.

My birthday was yesterday and while some of us make resolutions in January, I like to make one on my birthday.

Anxiety is my Achilles’ heel. I employ numerous strategies to manage anxiety – meditation, talk therapy, journaling, exercise, acceptance. I often choose anxiety over confrontation, over disappointing another, over my own health. My path to a better me, a more whole me, is to be courageous. My word this year is BRAVE.

Word of the Year Movement

Have you heard about this “word of the year” idea? I first got it from the Happier podcast with Gretchen Rubin and Liz Craft and then from Brené Brown. The idea is to choose a word to act as a beacon for how you will frame your goals and hopes for the year. I think it’s a cool idea and I’m going to give it a go this year.

A single word can be a powerful thing. It can be the ripple in the pond that changes everything. It can be sharp and biting or rich and soft and slow. — Ali Edwards

Here’s how I hope to be brave this year.

BRAVE: to own and manage my business

Bookkeeping, taxes, invoicing, customer issues, staffing, selling services and managing my own business is a lot of work. I have days when I think, “If I worked for someone else, I could just focus on them.” But as a consultant, I focus on several clients plus on my own business. And not very well at my own business.

If I’m honest, I’ve been in denial that I actually own a business.

I started freelancing several years ago and it led to creating a business. I recently started acknowledging, with a big breath, I have a business! I have clients, a contractor who works for me and I make a very decent living. Recognizing this, in January last year, I bravely added LLC to my company name. Later, I hired an accounting firm to help me with taxes and to help me make good financial decisions when it comes to my taxes. I also worked with a business coach to help identify new business opportunities. Part of that discovery began with bravely identifying my failures.

This year, I will be brave and will put into action my discoveries and grow my business.

BRAVE: speak, even if the words don’t come out right

I don’t say very much about the subjects that really matter to me.
And my silence may indicate that I agree with what is being said.

But, that’s often not true. I just struggle to speak up. What if the words tumble out in a jumble? What if I don’t have my facts and figures at the ready? What if the other person attacks me? What if the person decides they don’t like me?

This year, I’m going to be brave and speak up about subjects that really matter to me. I hope the words come out kindly and as a blessing, but I have a feeling it could be a little messy.

BRAVE: to support others who, in the workplace, are paid unequally and are harassed

I joined the Time’s Up Now movement.  I have my own #timesup stories to tell and I’m bravely contemplating how and where to tell them. I donated money to the organization. And I want to provide advice and support to those who are needing to stand up to harassment and inequality in the workplace. I’m researching and discerning how I can do this in my community and/or online.

BRAVE: to support my sister

One of the bravest people I know is my sister. She is fighting colon cancer. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer worldwide. She was diagnosed in June 2013 with stage 4 and she has been through a lot. My sister has a positive, hopeful heart and deals with the tests, appointments, results and decisions head-on. She is one tough woman who is full of faith and very brave.

I’m afraid for her. I don’t want to feel vulnerable, so I try not to think about it. But, I think I need to bravely allow myself to feel vulnerable and I want show up for her.


That’s my word this year.

To help me focus, reflect and meditate on this word, I’ve created a Playlist, a Pinterest Board, and I’m going to read the book “Braving the Wilderness”  by Brené Brown.

Check out my Pinterest: BRAVE

I’m creating a playlist.

Of course, the first song on the list is Sara Bareilles’ Brave (video and lyrics below). What other songs should I add?

“Brave” by Sara Bareilles


You can be amazing
You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug
You can be the outcast
Or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love
Or you can start speaking up

Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do
When they settle ‘neath your skin
Kept on the inside and no sunlight
Sometimes a shadow wins
But I wonder what would happen if you

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

More Links to Check Out

Colon Cancer

The #1 way to reduce the risk of colon cancer is to get screened. Learn more here:

One Little Word Movement

Allie Edwards

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