I am so pleased to announce this project that I have been dedicating quite a bit of time to in the last several months-- The Bravery Board!
The Bravery Board is a collaboration between myself and two amazing and exceptional women, Kate Alsup and Madison Hedlund. Kate is a presenter, mentor, and pastor with a masters degree in counseling, and Madison is a life coach presenter as well. The story of how we came about is interesting, and nothing short of divine.
Early in the Fall of 2015 I started thinking a lot about my place in the world professionally. I have been a counselor for several years in the school setting, but had just begun the process of being fully licensed as a professional counselor (outside of the school) a few months prior. I started thinking I may want to switch to private practice eventually or counsel clients privately on the side of my full time work. I believed in my capability of being great at it and was ready to face the challenges that came with learning new skills; yet I didn't know much about the profession side of it- the nuts and bolts of how to set up a practice or go about getting clients, per se.
Acknowledging the conundrum, my brilliant go-after-your-dreams husband encouraged me to write down a list of 10 professionals in my field who I could contact and ask to pick their brains. The challenge made me excited to dig a little within myself to be vulnerable and ask for help, but also to learn more about what others were doing in the field, so I with a little lump in my throat I started calling people.
Two of the names I wrote down that day were Kate Alsup and Madison Hedlund. I met them separately at coffee shops within a week of each other, not even knowing they knew each other. I didn't know either of them well, but within those meetings quickly learned that they shared very similar values and goals as mine, and were also in the same spot I was-- eager to push their careers to the next level.
And thus The Bravery Board was born.
Kate, Madison, and I come at mental health concerns from different standpoints, but arrive at a very similar conclusion-- we all need help. I do. You do. We all come across road blocks in our lives that challenge us, and yet so very often we are afraid to call upon others -- professionally or not professionally- for help when we need it.
With The Bravery Board we want to offer safe spaces where people are inspired by vulnerability and change. We are launching The Bravery Board as a collective website where you can access us for professional counseling, life coaching, or mentoring services, and a platform to host gatherings where we will ask community members to come and talk about their expertise in areas that matter - Creativity, goal setting, de-cluttering the mind and life, finding your strengths, chasing your dreams... the list goes on.
Our launch is THIS FRIDAY and we're kicking it off with a party for our close friends and family. Then, on April 9th, we will host our first gathering centered around the topic of Creativity. I will be speaking about my creative process and how I use that as an avenue of self-care, and my friend Katie will speak as well, and she has some seriously-cool ideas about creativity and how to harness it.
If you're interested in any of this, go to our website and sign up for our monthly emails! The emails are designed to gather up all of our favorite books, articles, and podcasts that relate to the topic we'll be hosting a gathering about that month, and to send it right to your inbox. You'll also be entered every month to win a book we've been reading related to our monthly topic.
I can't wait for all that is coming! We have more up our sleeves and are SO excited about sharing, but for now, lets launch and celebrate!