BRAVE: Who You Really Are


“I admire the way you love and live. You inspire me to be brave just by being you.”

By Desiree Adaway | Twitter: @desireeadaway

“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.” –Maya Angelou

You are BRAVE.

Yes, you.

Some days when you wake and you struggle with challenges, it does not feel that way. But trust me, you are.

You are BRAVE.

How do I know this, you ask? I know, because you share your true self with the world: the good and the bad, your gifts and your shame.

You stopped being tied to what others think of you a long time ago.

You let go of the need to please others and of letting their opinions have greater value than your own.

You listen to your voice and see your worth.

You stay focused on your goals and plans and ideas and beliefs, even though others don’t agree with you.

You do not worry about being pretty or perfect or nice. You focus on being just and humble.

You let people, jobs, and circumstances go that are no longer of service to your life. You let them go, knowing that God has bigger plans for you and you are ready.

You are BRAVE.

You do not let fear shut you down–you let it wake you up and move you to act. You try what you want to try. You dance when you want to dance.

Every day you are thankful for the good and beauty in your life even when others tell you to doubt. You have crossed bridges and you have burned them, but you are still here. Proud and strong.

You are BRAVE.

When you hurt, you say so. When you feel weak, you ask for help. You share your shame and vulnerability with dignity.

When your honesty opens you up to ridicule, you show mercy and kindness to all. You show empathy and compassion by word and deed. You forgive and let past hurts go.

You know that “some day” is today, so why not love and share and laugh and pray?

I see you in all your glory. I admire the way you love and live. You inspire me to be brave just by being you.

You invite me to step out into the world and be BRAVE.


About Desiree:

Desiree is a consultant, strategist, coach, speaker, storyteller and explorer. She uses her superpowers–her voice, sense of adventure and belief in the transformative power of community–to help organizations design programs that create unrestricted revenue, volunteers and advocates.

You can find out more about her at, or follow her on Twitter at @desireeadaway



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