Lauri Jean Crowe

Artist, Writer, Woman, Mother, Healer, Teacher, Biohacker, Gardener, Friend, Entrepreneur

Day 21: 30 Days of Selfies: Brave

nov-21-2016-braveAre you brave? Some call me brave because I speak my mind. Others call me brave because I share my struggles. Some would call this selfie project brave. I think it is time we stop letting others define our brave and write our own stories. Will you join me?

Jessica Brogan recently asked me to co-host her space called the Brave Writers Club. I hope after reading this blurb you may decide to join me there.

Brave Writers Club is a group I joined this past year, hoping to reignite my passion for writing. You see, bravery just about left the building when my words stopped stringing together in logical order, when my ability to write – that talent was so effortless like breathing suddenly became constricted right along with everything else because of a brain glitch and manifestations of my physical illness.

I had to sell off the bulk of my writing business. I had to stop writing for other people because what I wrote often didn’t make sense or took far too long to compose. I had to redefine who I was as a writer, but I knew I didn’t want to stop writing because it makes me feel whole. I had to begin a new story and redefine my character.

I would not have called it brave. I would have called it necessary. We rarely define things exactly as what they are in the moment. We just get through the moment and look at it later, reflect and hope we learned something in the process.

When Jessica asked me to co-host Brave Writers Club I had to seriously consider whether I had enough energy to give to anyone else when some days all I do is ask for help from family just to get through tasks of daily living. I had to consider my abilities, my spoons, and my desire to help or be helped. That’s when I realized when I joined the group my intention was to find the different writer in me and I hadn’t been brave enough to truly put in the work because I was afraid of what I would find. I was scared that part of me was lost forever.

I thought about community, and if you read my post about community you know that I find it pretty necessary too. I realized that although I was a member of the group, I wasn’t really active in the community. I hadn’t defined a purpose beyond membership. If I didn’t know who I was in that group, how would I hope to guide or lift up anyone else? So I went back to the basics and to words and definitions and I mapped out a plan and I discussed my concerns with Jessica.

I opened up to Jessica, and I told her what I thought and she gently guided me to where I let go of my vision, my expectation and instead I found that necessary thing – I found my truth and I could breathe again. You see, that’s what a mentor and a friend does, they help guide you and give you the space to come to your own conclusions and Jessica did exactly that, She helped me find my place even though I was already there.

Here’s what I came up with- I am a brave writer.

What makes a  BRAVE writer?

BELIEF – a Brave Writer believes in their ability to express themselves through words and that their message has value outside of themselves.

RESPECT – a Brave Writer respects that writing is a craft that takes work and honors the process as it unfolds.

AWARENESS – a Brave Writer is aware that each of us has our own filters which can block communication, but forges through with intent to open minds through their words, not close them.

VULNERABILITY – a Brave Writer is not afraid to show their vulnerability and recognizes that sharing this aspect of themselves can offer transformative strength.

ENOUGHNESS – a Brave Writer accepts that what they write, no matter what form it takes, is exactly what it needs to be in that moment and instead of judging, appreciates they are doing the best they can, and that is enough.

If this sounds like you, or who you want to define who and what your character is through writing, then join us. We would love to have you join us over at the Brave Writers Club. Your story is just waiting to be written. Are you brave? I know you are, but that’s not my story to tell.

2 comments on “Day 21: 30 Days of Selfies: Brave

  1. ephemeral gecko
    November 22, 2016

    bravery is a subject I’ve given much thought to over the years,but not reached any conclusions. When I dyed my hair blue I got called brave by several people – ppl I didn’t know – or they’d say ‘I’d love to do something like that, but I’m not brave enough’. It made me smile. It’s all perspective I guess!

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  2. Pingback: Day 25: 30 Days of Selfies: Grown | Lauri Jean Crowe

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