Well hello there!
Here’s a reminder that Friday, August 12 is the last day to sign up for this session of the Courage Circle – You are a Badass.
If we think about our lives, most of us would agree that we have grown as a result of our courageous actions.
We stretch and grow and learn when we are out of our comfort zone, and pushing ourselves in new ways.
As I think back on my life, I can recall middle school as a pivotal time for me when it comes to courage. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a blusher. I became super aware of this trait as a young teen. When I would speak up in a group or class, I would turn quite red and blotchy all over (face, chest, arms), and I couldn’t figure out how to stop it. Even thinking about speaking up would induce the blushing. Heat would creep into my face and other classmates around me would remark, “Wow, you’re really RED!“ Based on the multitude of comments, I knew people noticed, and I couldn’t pretend like it wasn’t happening. I felt embarrassed and weird, and often very hesitant to put myself under that sort of pressure.
I remember at some point in middle school (after shrinking into back corners and holding in my thoughts in many class discussions for fear of further embarrassment) recognizing that if I were going to share my thoughts, and actively participate, I would have to speak up through my blushing. It was not easy. If you’ve ever experienced extreme blushing, voice shaking, or similar anxiety, you know what I mean.
Over the years, I pushed myself to continue speaking up. Even still, some days it’s challenging to use my voice and speak over my nerves. But I’ve spoken up anyways, despite my discomfort. I’ve been able to do a lot despite this frustrating physiological response. I didn’t let it hold me back. In my twenties, I earned my master’s degree in Communication and began teaching. Ironically, one of the classes I was hired to teach was public speaking.
Nowadays, I still teach university public speaking classes, and I’ve been doing so for ten years! One of the things I love about teaching this course is the compassion I have for people who have anxiety around speaking. I know what it’s like to have your voice shake. I know what it’s like to have nerves, to feel like everyone’s looking at you (because they are), and to speak through turning really red and blotchy (it still happens frequently as an adult in front of the classroom).
I know what it’s like to feel the fear, and I know what it’s like to do it anyway.
This is part of what led me to form the Sol + Heart Courage Circle. Through working with students and clients, I know I’m not alone. I know that most of us have some equivalent to blushing in our lives. We have fear that shows up and threatens to hold us back from living our true, authentic purpose. And I know that to live our most fulfilled lives, and the lives that allow us to make personal changes (and changes that lead to a more peaceful, loving world), requires we take action despite our fear.
My hope with the Courage Circle is to create and nurture a community of courageous, kind humans – who are willing to step through their fear into living their most fulfilled lives and thriving. I trust in the power of coaching and community to support everyone in their unique growth and development through the program.
The Courage Circle runs several times throughout the year, and you can choose to join when you are excited by the topics. We base the Courage Circle around a book or theme, and this fall, we are reading “You are a Badass,” by Jen Sincero. I found this book in the airport, and at first I honestly found the title a bit off-putting. For whatever reason, I was skeptical, but I noticed it was a NY Times Bestseller, and I wanted to see what Jen Sincero had to say. It turned out I was delighted by her feisty tone, her salty language, and her ability to call us into courage in our lives, with a good sense of humor.
If you have read the book already, it might be fun to go through the book again with a group and to think about the themes more intentionally. And if you haven’t read the book yet, you’re in for a treat (as long as you’re not easily offended) and you will gain a lot from the material. You can learn through the content of the book, and through exploring the concepts together as a group. There are so many powerful points, and there’s so much we learn through a group context (learning from one another).
I get so excited about having group coaching opportunities not only because you get to receive coaching from me, but also from what I know you will learn from one another. It’s one thing to read a book, but it’s another thing to try to apply the themes in our lives in real, concrete ways.
So I invite you to join me in courage, and in our Courage Circle. I invite you to join one another in owning your badass-ness, in setting courageous intentions and taking courageous actions for yourself, and really seeing yourself grow.
If this speaks to you, sign up! Make room in your schedule to read the book, participate in the Facebook community, and on (every other) Wednesday night – to explore the material together through group coaching calls.
I’d love to have you there to explore courage together, as I find it’s a lifelong practice – to take courageous action, to overcoming fear, to live fulfilled lives.
I hope you join us. Sign up by Friday, August 12th to join this session. Read more details and sign up HERE.