Everyday Bravery – Emily McDowell

Written by Samantha Schaefer


1. The quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.
2. Obsolete. The heart as the source of emotion.

Courage can be difficult to come by. It’s important to keep your morale up—especially considering the recent shift in politics in the U.S. and all of the craziness that goes hand-in-hand with, well—changes such as these. Am I skirting around politics? Yes. Hopefully, you get me.


We often talk about the concept of courage as though it were something we search for, or something to be anticipated—it takes courage to make decisions and carry out plans. It takes courage to run that last mile—literally or metaphorically. It takes courage to get out of bed in the morning and WAKE THE HECK UP. Okay, okay, I’ll speak for myself here: I often think about bravery as though it were something outside myself—a thing, rather than an action or feeling to be mindfully cultivated from within. This might have something to do with the fact that the words used to describe the concept of courage are all so undeniably NOUN-ish. The abstract noun. A dangerous and magical creature! Courage, bravery, valor, fearlessness—these words, even when combined in a list can’t quite convey what it is to ‘be brave’.

And maybe, just maybe, this is partly why it can be so difficult to recognize bravery in ourselves and those around us. Often times, being brave really just comes down to the small stuff. You know, just doing the right thing. Making the right choice for YOU.

How do you begin celebrating those small, everyday moments of blistering, blazing, BRILLIANT bravery? How do you go about reminding yourself that you’re a good person, you deserve success, and that you’re not alone? Comments welcome!

Check out Emily McDowell’s Everyday Bravery pins. These excellent little pick-me-ups make great gifts—for someone else or yourself. Available online as well as in our shop!

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And also, a pep-talk! For you!

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Everyday Bravery – Emily McDowell