Monday, April 28, 2014

The Many Faces of Being Brave

"Only one feat is possible: not to have run away."  -Dag Hammarskjold

"Being Brave." 
We heart that phrase so often these days. 
"She did it anyway." 
"She was a brave girl."
All phrases I know by heart and use often in my journals and my art thanks to one of my favorite artists and people Melody Ross of Brave Girls Club.

If you don't know about this phenomenal group of over the top TALENTED and INSPIRATIONAL women then PLEASE, PLEASE go here. You will be so HAPPY you did:)

To me, Being Brave has always meant one thing...that despite the obstacles, the hard work, the FEAR  I would just do it anyway. I would 100% Go For It! But after taking all of Melody's amazing on-line classes, I have learned that Being Brave means so much more...and sometimes we are the Bravest when we just WALK AWAY.

If you read my last post {which seems like I wrote an eternity ago} then you know all about some big changes going on in my life. My son Jacks moving to Texas, my weight loss journey AND the biggest change of all...purchasing an existing art studio..."The Art Experience".

Before I go any further...I want to back up a little bit. We are talking about "The Many Faces of Being Brave" today. Being Brave means SO. MANY. THINGS.

That's my Mama in blue:)

Mom knocked on my door one afternoon last week, a bag of cat food in hand, with tears running down her face. She had just been to the vet for one last moment with Baby, her beloved cat of 12 years. For my sweet Mama Being Brave meant saying goodbye to a dear, sweet friend.

Sometimes life throws us a curve ball...something so unexpected it takes our breathe away. That's exactly what happened with my father-in-law Dave. Since February he has been living with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. His doctors have given him 3 to 6 months. We are hoping for much more. For my father-in-law Being Brave has meant facing this ugly disease head-on. Taking chemo, being sick and still managing to enjoy his family. Last week he made it up to Maryville for a turkey hunt with his sons.

I love this photo and will cherish it!! My father-in-law is SO BRAVE!!

Oh my SWEET, AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL girl!! Being Brave for this one has meant saying goodbye...For such a young girl she has had her share of goodbyes and I know how hard they have been on her. I am so PROUD at how she has handled them and SO PROUD of the COURAGE she has shown in the face of adversity. Love my GIRL!!!! Emma truly is one of the BRAVEST Brave Girls I know!!!!!

So let's get back to me and MY changes...what Being Brave has looked like for me these past few weeks. 

This is the art studio...the one I was GOING to buy.

It's beautiful. It has everything an art studio needs. The past month I have filled notebooks with ideas and To-Do's...class ideas and products. I was beyond excited with all the support and love people were giving me.

But then...
something happened.

When I got really still...
and started to really listen to my heart...
it didn't feel right.

Not one little bit.

I couldn't believe it!
How could this be??
This was my dream come true!!

Or so I thought.

When I really stopped to listen...
my heart was telling me what was important
and what it was I truly wanted.

I want to be here for my girl {she needs me so!!}
I want to reach my fitness goals {almost half way there!}
I want to teach at art retreats {ME in South Carolina this fall!!}
I want to HAVE an art retreat.
I want to create and write and inspire.

I can do all of those things here, in my studio at home.
I can reach out to all of you on my blog and on Facebook.

Being Brave for me has been so much more than listening to my HEART.
Being Brave has been ACTING upon what my heart was saying.
It has been telling people my decision to NOT buy the studio. {i have gotten so many funny looks}

Being Brave has felt so right.

So now I am ready to see where I go from here. I have so many things planned for my blog and our Facebook group. 

I feel free and happy.
I am at peace.


  1. You are truly inspiring! Brave is so many things and I am so glad you listened to your heart.

  2. I'm so happy you were able to listen to your heart Leslie! Sometimes it's harder than it seems.

  3. I am proud of you beyond words. . . beyond . . . words. Hugs, my friend. Love you!

  4. Leslie, I am so proud of you! I have a great deal of trouble listening to what my heart or soul wants. I need to try and stand tall and do what my heart knows it needs. Thanks so much for sharing! xx

  5. Hi Leslie,

    Being brave is so important - and a big part of our lives! How wise you are to listen to that inner feeling of the studio not being right. Like you, I fantasize about having my own little business. But then it hits you - you will be so focused and TIED DOWN by it that you may start resenting it. You have so much to give and it sounds like you already have the perfect set up at your home AND a teaching opportunity in South Carolina! Way cool.

    Thanks for your words of support! I definitely have to be brave!!


  6. Love this! Love you! Very brave!

  7. Amazing. I LOVE this post and your decision is a wonderful one. AND your teaching at a retreat??!! HOW incredible! SO happy for you! xoxo


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