The Arena is Our Invitation to Flourish

The Arena is our invitation. The Arena is where our voices are amplified. The Arena calls us to show up, get up, stand up, be heard. In July of this year, I was invited to participate in a two-day intensive experience of Brene Brown’s The Daring Way. Liesel Scott, a licensed facilitator of Brene Brown’s […]

Bloom Where You Are Planted

By: Courtney Beck | Twitter: @CourtneyBeck83 When I left a coveted job in Baltimore to join my husband in Houston for graduate school I remember thinking two things: “What an awesome opportunity I’ve had to work here,” followed by “I would never want to lead an organization like this.” To be clear, I absolutely love everything […]

On the Days When I Am The Elephant in the Room

By Erin Thomas | Twitter: @erinthomas_123 I didn’t know what to do with my hands. Suddenly they seemed like useless clay weights dragging the rest of my body to the floor. I couldn’t breathe. Was it hot in here? I thought it was hot, but then I felt cold. No, hot. Definitely hot. Wait, cold. Where […]

Learning to Ask For Help

“Just because I am quiet, it doesn’t mean I’m OK.” These were the words that I spoke to my husband during one of the most challenging seasons of our lives. It was the winter of 2008. Several months earlier John’s younger brother had died quite suddenly leaving behind his grieving wife, three teenage sons and […]

Was it the V-Neck?

At the tender age of six, I was involved in a tense confrontation. My family and I were leaving the sanctuary of our small, Mennonite Brethren church, when an older gentleman remarked on what beautiful hair I had. He used the German phrase—schönes Haar—and stretched out his hand to touch my thick, dark hair. As […]