Coffee and ‘Not on My Watch’ Callings
On June 18, 2022 | 0 Comments

At a recent women’s retreat I was struck by how many of us were angry. Not at each other, or even necessarily at anyone in particular—but angry none-the-less. Angry at destructive partriarchy or abuse, angry at the depth of polarization over both big and little issues: sometimes angry at having tolerated too much for too […]

Read more
What Motivates You? (And those around you?)
On May 15, 2022 | 0 Comments

Daniel Pink has done some really interesting work around what motivates us. Understanding this better has been incredibly helpful for me.  Pink suggests that we are all motivated by some combination of the following four things: Autonomy, Belonging, Mastery, and Purpose. If Autonomy is one of our greatest motivators we will be self-directed, think outside […]

Read more
What Do We Do With Our “Dis-es”?
On April 12, 2022 | 0 Comments

No doubt you have experienced them, perhaps even this week… Dissatisfaction Disappointment Disillusionment Disrespect These “dis-es” so easily turn inwards as rumination and regret, or outwards as anger, often displaced. Looking for somewhere to put our restless emotions they can so easily disturb our peace of mind, destroy relationships and detract from what matters most […]

Read more
Voices & Tables
On March 8, 2022 | 0 Comments

I was deeply challenged recently by Kat Armas’ book Abuelita Faith: What Women on the Margins Teach us about Wisdom, Persistence, and Strength. She writes: “I don’t particularly agree with the saying, ‘we need to make space at the table for people on the margins.’ People on the margins have their own tables… Is it […]

Read more
On July 5, 2021 | 0 Comments

Connection. We crave it … perhaps now more than ever. We fear it … perhaps now more than ever. Those who are BRAVE practice radical friendship to create places of belonging for themselves and others. They understand that without these places we cannot be healthy or whole. They understand that the need for community is […]

Read more
How do we Create Environments Where Both Men and Women can Thrive?
On March 8, 2021 | 0 Comments

On International Women’s Day this is the big question isn’t it? How do we create truly inclusive and empowering cultures in our families, schools and workplaces? Even those of us who truly desire to do so can be blinded by what we don’t even know we don’t even know. And that is just the beginning. […]

Read more
Raising Moral Girls
On February 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

How do we help our girls develop a healthy moral code?   Embedded in an ethic of thriving at BRAVE we believe in the importance of Moral Courage — doing what is right even when there is a personal cost and Moral Care[1] — a morality built upon reciprocal relationships vs. rights and rules.   […]

Read more
Friends and Acquaintances
On January 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

It is no secret that we need both close friends and casual interactions to thrive. Lack of access to them has been one of the hard parts of this Covid season for many of us. Friendships add richness and profoundly shape our lives. But friends can also be mean. That’s one reason why it is […]

Read more
Building Resilience in Girls
On December 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

This year is taking a toll on our girls. Girls are already twice as likely to develop mood disorders as boys. Political and racial unrest, concerns about our environment and Covid 19 – with its accompanying fear for the health of family members, uncertainty about the future, disruption of day to day events and disconnection […]

Read more
On December 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

Look just under the surface of almost every conversation we are having these days is the theme of longing. Have you noticed it? We are longing for normalecy, for answers, and for timelines telling us when this will all be over. Dig down another layer and we discover a deep longing for connection. Carefree coffees […]

Read more