people are love and respecting (now).
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I can say that because today’s guest is from Nashville. Plus, I just love saying y’all.
IT MAKES SO MUCH SENSE, Y’ALL!!
Annie has a new book hot off the press. The words she’s written about me below are far too kind, but they will give you a feel of how her latest release will inspire you.
Also, since it’s just us here, I wanted to give you an update on something. You might have gathered from my hints on social media that I was going to launch a podcast this fall. I have already collected a handful of interviews, recorded my intro music and all that other fun stuff, but after some thinking, praying and wise counsel, I have decided to put the podcast (and my book) on hold. There may be more to say so I’m going to sit on what I wrote for a bit.
All of these pauses are for good reasons, even though I personally hate not delivering on things I’ve promised. Sometimes I get ahead of myself in life, and as much as I want to do everything RIGHT NOW, I’m deciding to pause.
However, with Annie doing a guest post, I thought I might as well share a 50-minute snippet of our 80-minute chat together. Show notes are included, so you can just skip ahead to when we start talking about N’Sync.
_______Photo Credit: Ian Pratt
Since I started working on this book in 2011, I have been looking for brave. I look for it in movies and television shows, in songs and musicals, in books and papers and people. I look for brave because if I see it somewhere else, I feel it in me.
More often than not, I’m most inspirited by the people around me. One of the beautiful things about our world is how the internet has shrunk it down in such a way that your best friends can live in almost any city in the world and yet, you speak every day. Sure, reading a tweet is not the same as sitting across the table in a coffee shop, but it works.
I watch Joy from across the country. (Creepy? Yes.) I sit in Nashville and I watch her risk and be brave- in public ways and personal ways. When I see her be brave, I’m willing to be brave, too.
Who makes you feel brave? Who in your life loves you through thick and thin, stands by you through success and failure, watches and cheers or catches your heart when it all falls apart?
Love given is courage gained.
It’s why we focus on healthy relationships- being in them, cultivating them, working for them. Because to be the bravest version of myself, I need my people. And so do you.
Joy and I sat on a couch in February, planning together how to best host an event, what interview questions to ask, and generally how to be absolutely hilarious without being annoying. She didn’t ask me to be brave, she didn’t remind me to be brave, but we sat together, and when I felt fear creeping up, her friendship squashed it.
Let’s All Be Brave is about how to find those people that make you feel brave and embrace the opportunities to walk in that courage.
Who is your people? Who makes you feel brave? Call them today and say so. Be brave with your words. Be brave with your love. Be brave for your people, and they will be brave for you.
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