Monday, October 1, 2012

Words of Me Challenge-Week 1

I am soooooo over the moon excited about my NEW Art Journal Challenge, girls!!

Six Words in six weeks.

 And remember it's not just about the art....but also about growing ourselves.

Each Monday I'll post the Word along with a few of my projects, quotes and whatever else inspires me.  Lots of daily inspiration via our Face Book page, too...please join here... are you ready??!

Oh don't you just LOVE that word??! I do. It makes me stand tall and gives me confidence. It makes me want to be a better me.

 Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.  ~Winston Churchillt

When I was trying to decide the six words for our challenge this one in particular kept coming to mind. I think it's because it's one of my favorite words.

This past year I have had to have more Courage than I ever thought I could muster. It takes Courage to ask for help, to pour your heart out and admit your worn out and broken.

Courage doesn't always roar.  Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow.  ~Mary Anne Radmacher

That quote by Mary Anne is one that has hung in my office for over 10 years. I read it often throughout my marathon training but never have I related more to those words than this past year.

Courage takes on many forms, many faces. There is Courage in the Kindergarten girl who walks into school all by herself everyday. There is Courage in my friend Sheri who has been dealing with breast cancer for more than 10 years. Courage is on the face of every American Soldier fighting to protect our freedoms.

Courage is in YOU. It's in ME. And even though we may not feel it enough...its there.

Just for today think about YOUR Courage. 

Make a list of courageous things you've done throughout your life. Make a list of every courageous thing you WANT to do then put a star by each one as you complete your goal. Keep these lists to remind you that YOU ARE STRONG ENOUGH.

When I was 32 years old I decided to train and run in a triathlon. The catch was...I didn't know how to swim. Not only did I not know how to swim...but I was deathly afraid of the water.

Courage is doing what you're afraid to do.  There can be no courage unless you're scared.  ~Edward Vernon Rickenbacker

What did I do? Did I learn how to swim and cross the finish line??? You will find out in my next post, girls:)

Enjoy your day...make your Courage list....create an art journal page, doodle, paint, whatever your inspired to do today.. Be sure and post your work on our Mind.Body.Soul. page and share any Courageous stories you have, girls!!!! Inspire us!!

Be sure and grab our Word of Me button to let your friends know about this Challenge!!!

You can link it to this page.

The bravest thing you can do when you are not brave is to profess courage and act accordingly.  Cora Harr


  1. What a great word! I definitely try to live with courage each day. Some days are easier than others. I love the quote by ee cummings.

    Have fun with this new adventure!

  2. this is a little of my life story, i was cooped in the house and unable to go out on my own when i did i had severe panic/anxiety attacks. i had one to one counselling and was introduced to a community support worker who took me out for walks and eventually was encouraged to use the buses ... so for me courage is getting out the house everyday, enjoying a walk and using the buses.

    1. That is so great, Louise...thank you for sharing that...just by doing that you are showing us your courage:)

  3. I used to be a community outreach worker in Mental Health. I know how difficult that is for someone to face and how much courage it takes to put yourself "out there". Congratulations Louise!

  4. For me "Courage" rings out in one main part of my life and that would be being a Mom. I grew up with a rough up bringing and swore I wouldn't ever have kids because I didn't want them to deal with what I did.. So in 3 years I have become the mother of 2 very gorgeous little girls and the most vibrant attitudes you could imagine.. Calypso is a day dreamer and Kloverlynn is the giggler.. Each time I don't feel I have enough courage to face the day or anything, I just have to look at them and realize that I took a step of faith when I had them and they help make who I am today.. So.. Courage is what I see through my children.

    1. Rebecca, this is so astounding. You had the courage to do things differently from how you grew up, and created a new world view for your daughters! It is so inspiring.

    2. Robecca...thank you for sharing your beautiful story here with us. That did take courage and what a blessing and example you are for your girls!!!:) I love there names btw...gorgeous.

  5. Thank you for this wonderful Art Journalling Challenge! I would love to grab a button to add to my blog, but have not been successful, but I have added you to my blog list.
    Happy Journalling
    Charri from

    1. Thank you Charri. Love having you with us!!! And thank you:)

  6. Such a fabulous word, and such great quotations you have included throughout this post!

  7. Hi! I've done my word, but don't know how or where to post it. Everytime I click on the link "Mind.Body.Soul. page ", I am told there seems to be a problem? Advice, pleazzze?

  8. i am doing a 30day ecourse "Cultivating Courage" with Andrea Sher. As a past "flyer" your post is very fortuitous for me, inspiring me with the work i am doing. Thank you. *

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