31 Days of Brave Hearts || Day 31, the unnamed

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This is for all the brave ones who go unseen.  The ones who we walk by each day without knowing their braveness.

  • For the mom getting cancer treatment in the midst of everyday living.
  • For the two friends who jumped back into the dating scene.
  • For the boy who sent his first love note.
  • For the woman who gave her first public speech to 450 people.
  • For the bartender who stepped in between the two men arguing.

Brave is beginning.

It’s saying yes.

Or walking away.

Brave is feeling it all–and then some.

Brave is sitting with the questions and listening.

It is falling apart and stitching the pieces back together.

Brave is choosing how you will walk through the fire and the elation and every moment in between.

Brave is yours for the taking.

And for everyone around me who is brave and who I do not notice, this is for you.  The brave in me bows to the brave in you.

 

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31 Days of Brave Hearts || Day 30, Cheryl Pletcher

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She loves me like no other.  She is my constant.  She loves her Chicago Cubs and her IU Hoosiers.  She really is the best.  Meet my mom.

What is your superpower?  My faith in God and the Divine.  It keeps me going when times are tough, inspires me to be a better person and enables me to live each day with gratitude.

Who do you adore?  I simply adore my grandkids!  They bring such joy to my heart and are SO much fun to spend time with!

Describe your brave heart outfit.  I love to dress up in party dresses, often a little black dress.  Sexy and elegant at the same time!

What was the best trip ever?  I have two–both with my husband and friends.  The first was to Ireland and Scotland on a fly and drive trip where we visited the coast, drank lots of beer and listened to fantastic music in pubs.  The other was a sailboat trip to British Virgin Islands with friends from high school and college.  So relaxing!

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What is the ultimate party?  Having friends over for dinner.

Your mother always told you…have faith.  Things will work out the way they were meant to be.

What/where is your happy place?  When both my daughters and their families are home for Christmas or when we go on a family vacation together.  I love that we all like to spend time together, cooking, drinking wine, laughing, playing cards, and just having fun!

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Who do you secretly want to be?  The author of children’s books.

What fuels you?  Nature fuels me and helps me realize what a magnificent world we live in.There is something so restorative about a walk on the beach or through the woods or just through my neighborhood at dusk

What’s in your office? Your car?  Music in my car and carseats for grandkids.  My office had family pictures and inspirational quotes and cards.

What is your shelter/refuge?  My family is my shelter, knowing that we are all there for each other…and God.  I know I can always turn to Him with anything and that He loves me unconditionally.

What is your favorite word? It used to be crap.

I secretly love…to get snowed in where all I have to do is sit by the fire with a good book and lose myself in the pages.

What are you scared of?  I’m really scared that I’ll get cancer even though both of my parents lived into their 90s.  I’m not ready to leave all these people I love so dearly.

What did you study?  Special education.

What is one outrageous thing you’d love to own?  I’d love to own a guitar that belonged to the Beatles (really for my husband who plays).  I’d enjoy gifting him that.

What is your most cherished thing?  My daughters who are such remarkable women.

How would your BFF describe you?  Enthusiastic, supportive, a good listener and fun!

What do you love most about yourself?  My positive outlook on life and my cheerfulness.

What do you want the world to know about your work?  That I impacted others–kids and their parents, other teachers, my daughters and husband, in a positive way.

Meet other Brave Hearts like Cheryl at 31 Days of Brave Hearts.

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31 Days of Brave Hearts || Day 29, Harper

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He made me a mom.  He is my greatest teacher.  He has a tender heart…and is chock full of tenacity.  I love him so.  Meet Harper.

Describe your brave heart outfit.  My Peyton Manning football jersey.

What book has shaped you?  Jedi Academy.

What is your favorite movie?  Star Wars.

What was the best trip ever?  A class field trip to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

What is the best gift you’ve received?  A Wii for Christmas.

What is the ultimate party?  One with all my friends.  And pizza and sausages.  And it would be based on Star Wars.

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Your mother always told you…good work takes time.

What/where is your happy place?  In Minecraft.

Who do you secretly want to be?  Peyton Manning.

What fuels you?  Cliff Kid protein bar.

What is your shelter/refuge?  My bedroom.

What is your favorite word?  Best.

What did you study?  Science.

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What is one outrageous thing you’d love to own?  A dog.

What gives you courage?  I have it already.

How would your BFF describe you?  An athlete.  Brave.

What do you love most about yourself? I’m a good video game player.

Meet other Brave Hearts like Harper here.

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31 Days of Brave Hearts || Day 28, Story

 

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She was born in 45 minutes–a force to be reckoned with from the start.  She shines bright every day.  She laughs hard, dances fast, and loves school.  I love her more than anything.  Meet Story.

What is your superpower?  Fire. 

Describe your brave heart outfit.  My pretty gray twirly skirt.

What is your favorite movie?  Little Mermaid.  Or, Frozen.

What is the best gift you’ve received?  A unicorn!

What is the ultimate party?  A Frozen party.

Your mother always told you…she’s going to the store.

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What/where is your happy place?  In the bathtub.

Who do you secretly want to be?  Spongebob.

What is your favorite word?  Eel.

I secretly love…Dragons.  And toenail polish.

What are you scared of?  Dragons with fire.

What did you study?  How to write my name.

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What is one outrageous thing you’d love to own?  A unicorn.

What is your most cherished thing?  My butterfly necklace.

How would your BFF describe you?  Silly.

What do you love most about yourself? That I play.

Meet other Brave Hearts like Story, here.

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31 Days of Brave Hearts || Day 27, Tina Guelda

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This one.  She is a gem of light.  I just want to soak in each of her words and pictures.  I adore her–and you will too.  You can find her online at www.blissitsallaboutlove.weebly.com.  Meet Tina.

What is your superpower?  My smile.

Who do you adore?  The little people in my life. The nieces and nephews and my goddaughter. I adore them with my whole being. I adore their energy and their laughter. I adore those cute little faces and those sweet, sweet hugs and kisses.

Describe your brave heart outfit.  My brave heart outfit is something that I can play in. My wardrobe mainly consists of hand-me-downs and, as I turn 30, I think I am finally able to start deciding what I want to wear as opposed to wearing what I have access to. I want for my wardrobe to consist of clothes that I can run in, practice yoga, sit on the ground, get sweaty, get comfy, and live my life. I want to be able to live my life according to my heart, not according to what clothes I am wearing.

What book has shaped you?  Journey to the Heart by Melody Beattie.

What is your favorite movie?  The Wizard of Oz. It scared me when I was younger and I never watched it. Then, in college, I watched it with Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon album synced up. I watched the movie over and over. I fell in love with Dorothy. I fell in love with her struggle, her innocence, her adventure, her sidekicks, her story. I fell in love with the magic of the journey. I fell in love with a story that was my own.

What was the best trip ever?  All the ones where my face hurt from smiling and my belly hurt from laughing.

What is the best gift you’ve received?  My engagement ring. It is moonstone and white topaz and it was made by some wonderful magic makers that I am lucky enough to call a friend. It is full of magic and love.

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What is the ultimate party?  October 18, 2014. 8 days. Our wedding.

What/where is your happy place?  My happy place is on top of Half Moon at the Red River Gorge. It is where I want my ashes to be spread and rest forever, it is where I see and feel god, it is where I was asked to go on adventures with my best friend forever and got my favorite ring, it is where I have felt courage, it is where I made memories with friends that are no longer here with me, it is my happy place.

Who do you secretly want to be?  I want to live in the mountains with my family. I picture myself gardening and hula hooping and doing yoga while kids in cloth diapers run around in the yard with our dogs and chickens. The sun is shining. I want to be free.

How has your work changed you?  If I said that it hasn’t, that would be a lie. However, it isn’t the work that has changed me. It is time, it is life that has changed me.

What fuels you?  I am fueled by working towards personal growth and accomplishing big, wild, and amazing things.

What’s in your office?  A framed picture from my best friend that she gifted to me when I graduated with my MSSW, a few plaques and awards, a painting of a rose that I got when I was in Peru working in an orphanage, a calendar my mom gave me, a picture of my sisters, books and binders on shelves, a Bare Elephant candle, and this board full of everything awesome…

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What is your shelter/refuge?  Home. On the couch or in bed. Cuddled in his arms.

What is your favorite word?  Love.

I secretly love…To have my windows down when I drive in my car. I waste heat or cool air, and I don’t care.

What are the tools of your trade?  Hula hoops, yoga mat, and music.

What are you scared of?  Being seen.

What did you study?  Social Work. I am not a Social Worker… I am a Social Justice Worker.

What gives you courage?  Witnessing other’s courage.

What is your most cherished thing?  The people I love.

What do you love most about yourself?  My willingness to seek adventure and live the most powerfully authentic me.

Meet other Brave Hearts like Tina at 31 Days of Brave Hearts.

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31 Days of Brave Hearts || Day 26, Meghan Quigley

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She had me at hello.  Seriously.  She says that she is really ninety but her stylish ‘do gives her away.  She has lifetimes of fierce in her but you might never know from her gentle ways.  You can find her on Instagram at @megcait.  Meet Meghan.

Who do you adore? Connor James – my two-year-old nephew.

What book has shaped you? Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven.

What is your favorite movie? Mrs. Doubtfire.

What was the best trip ever? A road trip along the coast of California with my brother Chris and a group of friends from an AmeriCorps year in Arizona – we hiked half dome at Yosemite National Park. It was physically the hardest thing I have ever done!

What is the best gift you’ve received? An unexpected check for $500 during a rough time in my life – – I had a good mask on, I didn’t think anyone knew I needed anything. The check came from a loving mentor in my life.

What/where is your happy place? Fully submerged in the ocean!

What fuels you? Witnessing people climb out of their darkness, myself included.

What is your shelter/refuge? Painting my nails! Seriously. It never gets old.

What are the tools of your trade? Laughter.

What are you scared of? Never getting better.

What did you study? Journalism.  And Social Justice/Human Rights.

What is your most cherished thing? My brand new engagement ring from the love of my life.

What do you want the world to know about your work? That what I do comes directly from my heart.

Meet other Brave Hearts like Meghan at 31 Days of Brave Hearts.

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31 Days of Brave Hearts || Day 25, Kirstin

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There are not enough words to describe how I feel about her.  She teaches me to walk boldly.  She is a fierce mama and the best aunt ever.  She flew across the country to surprise me for the weekend.  I love her so.  Meet Kirstin.

What is your superpower? Staying patient with a three year old and knowing I’m providing him a loving environment.

Describe your brave heart outfit. Skinny jeans (that fit and feel good!), boots, and a scarf on a crisp day.

What book has shaped you? A Thousand Splendid Suns.

What is your favorite movie? The Sound of Music.

What was the best trip ever? Our first whole family vacation;  we were stuck inside during rainy days playing cards and Memory and making fantastic meals each night.

What is the ultimate party? One where all of my friends and family can be under one roof.

Your mother always told you…be yourself.

What/where is your happy place? A coffee house on the beach, sipping and taking in the sun.

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Who do you secretly want to be? My sister.

What fuels you? Connecting with my family.  Nurturing my body.

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What’s in your office? Boxes still unpacked from my move a year ago, essential oils, and pictures of my favorite kiddos.

What is your shelter/refuge? Waking up before the sun with a cup of coffee when all is quiet.

I secretly love…fritos.

What are you scared of? Not being a healthy and happy mama.

What did you study? Music.

What is one outrageous thing you’d love to own? My own personal juicing chef.

What gives you courage? Knowing there are so many people with so much less than me gives me strength when I’m giving myself a pity party.

How would your BFF describe you? Thoughtful and generous.

Meet other Brave Hearts like Kirstin at 31 Days of Brave Hearts.

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