You don’t have to wait to be filled with confidence and courage before you can do anything, you can just show up anyway.

The women drift tentatively through the door of the (in)courage meet-up. They scan the room and look for a seat. A place to belong. Isn’t that what we all want? Each spot at every table has a little plate with a miniature cupcake on it. Chocolate and vanilla and sprinkles set out like welcome mats.

We begin the evening, talk and laugh, and then it’s time for discussion questions. What makes you feel brave? The women at my table have inspiring answers. One talks about worship music and how the words move her soul. Another speaks of friends who encourage. A woman with a bright smile says simply obeying is what does it in her life.

I can barely remember my answer. I think I copied someone else’s. And I said something about thinking back on what God has already done in my life. I also give a shout-out to my red cowboy boots, the ones I wear whenever my knees start knocking and I need to tap into my inner wonder woman.

But all of my replies feel uncertain to me, as if I’ve left out something important and true. Back in my hotel room later that evening, I realize it’s this: I never feel brave. When this thought first pops into my mind I try to deny it. Surely I do sometimes. Yet I can’t think of a single time “brave” showed up as an emotion in my world.

Continue reading with me today at (in)courage…



Word Girls Tribe

An Invitation: I am so excited to be doing a Facebook live event with Jennifer Watson and Suzanne Eller on Tuesday, August 30th at 2:30 CT {just go to my facebook page at that time to view it at that time}. And we are going to let YOU decide what we talk about!

What’s on your heart? What’s on your mind? What have you always been afraid to ask but would love to? Leave a comment on this blog post and let us know {email subscribers, click here instead of replying to the email}. Then we will listen hard to all you say and respond via live video. Nothing is off limits–let’s go there together!

We’re looking forward to sharing this time with you…






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About Holley

Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author and Life Coach

I like humans, words, and good coffee. And I’d love to help you beat what’s holding you back, become all you’re created to be, and kick butt for the greater good.

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