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Living brave and the COURAGEworks project

“Daring greatly is not about winning or losing. It’s about courage. In a world where scarcity and shame dominate and feeling afraid has become second nature, vulnerability is subversive. Uncomfortable. It’s even a little dangerous at times. And, without question, putting ourselves out there means there’s a far greater risk of feeling hurt.” – Brené Brown – Daring Greatly

Today I’m starting Brené Brown’s new “Living Brave Semester,” an online course led by Brené and her team at COURAGEworks that dives deep into the content of her books, Daring Greatly and Rising Strong. The commitment is to work through this guided, 12 week program on your own time, accessing the videos, reading, journaling, and sharing with others.

I first discovered Brené’s work when I watched her widely-viewed TED TalkThe Power of Vulnerability, featuring her research on the role vulnerability plays in helping us to be better leaders, parents, and live a more authentic life. She has spent her career studying shame and vulnerability and sharing stories of how showing up and owning our stories can be a catalyst for living, loving, and leading.

Why am I doing this? It is easy to proclaim a vision, but without a path to action it is SO easy to get side-tracked. I want to build new habits around my new goals and learn how to better manage patterns of behavior that I know get in my way.

For those of you not familiar with Brené Brown’s work, this is how Brené describes the progression of her books:

  • The Gifts of Imperfection – Be you.
  • Daring Greatly – Be all in.
  • Rising Strong – Fall, learn, get up. do it again.


COURAGEworks Living Brave Semester

living brave semester I love that I can do this on my own time, WHEN I have time and I’m excited to see what comes out of it and share my journey with the program here. Over the next 12 weeks, I’ll be writing and working through the process. This post did it for me:

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SO true. Thanks Brené. This is definitely something I want to say NO to in 2016. Are you with me?

Coming into a fresh year with what feels like the right balance of commitments and white space as I wrote in my last post, I am carving out just a little bit of space on my own time to explore this, apply it to my writing, and see what comes out of it. No expectations, just a chance to create new habits and gain new insights as I write.

COURAGEworks’ mission is “Braver living, loving and leading.” I for one, want to strive for that this year.

Will you join me?


– Anne

Image credit: COURAGEworks

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