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The research for the book Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous started with a podcast which continues today as a free resource & supplemental content for students of The School of Bravery.

 

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When Sh*t Hits the Fan, The Fan Keeps Spinning—8 Themes for Building Organizational Resilience

The other day while completing an assignment for grad school (MBA, University of Wyoming), I found a research gem from the University of Ottawa for my fellow entrepreneurial trauma survivors and wanted to share it with y'all! Enjoy!

Organizational Resilience?!

I can't be the only person who's set a goal for herself, made really big plans, and then had those plans get completely thwarted by some unforeseen event, tragedy, diagnosis, crisis, etc. I know I'm not alone in this experience—pandemic …

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What Does a Trauma-Informed Business Coaching Relationship Look Like?

If you've experienced other coaches prior to working with me, then my coaching sessions and the coaching relationship can look a little different. Most of the reason for this is because you're a unique person and I am too. (Plus, I'm not like every other business coach out there.)

The Coaching Relationship = Me + You + NASCAR

Now, I'm not much of a NASCAR fan (I almost didn't use this as an example) but I do think that the metaphor of a racing team beautifully encapsulates the way I work with …

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Two Cautionary Tales: All About Testimonials & Why Entrepreneurs with Trauma NEED Evidence-Based Protocols

Please learn from my mistakes, so you don't make the same ones. In this post, you'll hear two cautionary tales from my mistakes. Both underline the benefit that an entrepreneurial trauma survivor gains from creating evidence-based business protocols. This especially applies to testimonials, referrals, and recommendations.

Understandbly, trauma affects our decision-making skills as business owners. We have more to gain than our trauma-free colleagues from establishing business protocols that are s…

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What's your business coaching philosophy? How did you get started doing this work?

Why would your background as a musician make you a better trauma-informed business coach for your clients?

Great question! In brief, the application of my philosophy is salutogenic, whole-person, and strengths-based. In greater detail, I'll start with some musical background, entrepreneurial beginnings, and a foundational philosophy from a Japanese teacher...

From childhood, I learned to play the cello with wonderful teachers. Almost immediately after college, I used my business degree as a pr…

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An easier way might be sitting in your garage...

Trauma-informed coaching with The School of Bravery operates from a mutual agreement that martyrdom, sacrificial productivity, and marathon rides on the struggle bus are 100% not worth it. A bonus domino effect from this motto is that doing hard things *can* feel easier.

Yes, we can do hard things.

Yes, hard things might feel uncomfortable, but why make it more difficult?! 

The decades I've spent as a musician and music teacher showed me that the process of optimizing something doesn't have t…

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I Kissed Capitalism Goodbye: a Case Study on Commerce & Deconstructing Joshua Harris' Course Launch

"When we know better, we do better." ~ Maya Angelou

If you are Joshua Harris, and all you read is this paragraph, that's understandable. Of course, you may read the full post, but if you leave this page knowing one thing it would be this: You are like so many business owners with religious trauma—you are brave and you are imperfect—you are human. I see so much of my own story in yours. I hope you’ll continue to de-center yourself, listen intently, and learn to apologize sincerely. Please cons…

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Why I No Longer Do "Sales Calls"

This one time I was on a really intense sales call...

Somehow my ADHD procrastination that day had pulled me through a random webinar sales funnel and I was suddenly talking on the phone (gasp!) with a guy named Chad. He was pitching me the latest "life-changing" 12-week coaching "experience" that I was about to miss out on it! Oh no! ;-)

Throughout the sales call, Chad managed to do the following:

  1. blatantly ignore my lack of consent
  2. gaslit me and my experiences
  3. negged me strategically ri…

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There Will Be No Mountain for Mark Driscoll

I have religious trauma.

You might already know this. I'm not that shy about it. If not, welcome. Pull up a chair and consider this your trigger warning if you need it before reading on... because buckle up y'all.

By the time I was 25, I had been a member of at *least* 16 spiritual communities, churches, faith groups, or home churches. I didn't know it then, but this high number is not abnormal for those adults with adverse religious childhood experiences.

I double-downed on Evangelicalis…

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How is the Evangelical View of Leisure Harmful to Nature & Women?

I can't remember the last time I've learned so much applicable material to almost every corner of life than I am right now in this semester's Ecofeminism class for my graduate education. (Master of Business Administration and graduate minor in Gender & Women's Studies)

For those unfamiliar with ecofeminism, it's a pretty vast theory of study and political action and like Evangelicalism, it spans seemingly thousands of opinions, differing applications. A good rule of thumb is that any ecofeminis…

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Quiz: What's Your ACE Score?

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

The CDC and Kaiser Permanente performed a study from 1995-1997 to study Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study is one of the largest investigations of childhood abuse and neglect and household challenges and later-life health and well-being.

"An ACE score is a tally of different types of abuse, neglect, and other hallmarks of a rough childhood. According to the Adverse Childhood Experiences study, the rougher your childhood, the higher your score is lik…

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Can ecofeminist theories influence the global economy? 

Hi! I'm in grad school at the moment, pursuing an Master of Business Administration and a graduate minor in Gender & Women's Studies, focusing on the topics of coercive control, psychological marketing practices, and the power of (cult) influence. Below is an assignment I recently turned in (for an A+!) and I thought y'all might appreciate peeking into what I've been up to in the land of academia!

By comparing and contrasting the GDP, ECI rankings, product differentiation in exports, and an…

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Improvisation & How to Quiet Your "Loop of Doom"

Ever been caught in a "Loop of Doom" constantly spinning through what-if scenarios...

...but then something wacky or random happens and the looping immediately stops? YEP, me too.

This month in The School of Bravery we're focusing on that exact bravery ingredient: Improvisation. The strong skill of improvisation can help soothe Loops of Doom and possibly quiet them altogether! 

The stronger our improvisation skills are, the more confident we can feel while doing something brave. Your improvis…

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Positive & Negative Effects on the Global Music Industry from COVID-19

Emily Ann Peterson here! I took our COVID-19 lockdown as my opportunity to take a break from a part-time music career to pursue a Master of Business Administration and a graduate minor in Gender & Women's Studies. I'm focusing my studies on the topics of coercive control, psychological marketing practices, and the power of (cult) influence. But sometimes my music industry credentials still sneak into things—once a songwriter, always a songwriter!

I thought y'all might appreciate peeking into …

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What Do International Trading Partners Think About "Buying American"?

Emily Ann here! I'm in grad school at the moment, pursuing an Master of Business Administration and a graduate minor in Gender & Women's Studies, focusing on the topics of coercive control, psychological marketing practices, and the power of (cult) influence. Below is an assignment I recently turned in (for an A+!) and I thought y'all might appreciate peeking into what I've been up to lately. Also, please pardon the formality of my academic writing style, I'm usually much more "casual" with my…

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2020: The Highs & Lows (aka Your Invitation to a Better 2021)

I don't know about you, but 2020 can go take a long walk off a short pier.

The backstory... 2020 started with my attempts to distract myself from feeling dangerously raw and vulnerable. The previous year felt like a rollercoaster and I was losing trust in the world, life, people...

My mom's emergency brain surgery, glioblastoma brain cancer diagnosis, watching her learn to walk, eat, do radiation, chemo... Travel from TN to CO to TN to WY to CO to WY to TN to almost immediately leaping into 45…

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How to Be a Better Ally for Social Justice featuring Dr. Joy Cox

I have been looking forward to speaking with Dr. Joy Arlene Renee Cox for months now. She is such a beautiful soul and I'm so grateful to her for all the work she's doing in the world. In today's conversation we talk about trusting our intuition, the lived experience of individuals with larger bodies, being brave in the healthcare industry, cultural biases, and discrimination against people with different bodies.

In light of the current season of anti-racism, she also answers the question of "H…

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How to Take Creative Risks as an Entrepreneur & Activist feat. HanaKyle Moranz of The Body Hotline

Today we get to meet one of our students! Hanakyle Moranz is the founder of The Body Hotline, a New Yorker, a body movement maven, and social justice warrior. She joins us to discuss all of that AND how she's feeling about launching a brand new product in the middle of a pandemic.

I think you'll appreciate her approach to compassionate entrepreneurship and her new 5 Minute Movement offering. For listeners and students of The School of Bravery, $10 off the monthly subscription (usually $30) use …

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Lessons from Dandelions on Defiance & Social Justice with Kate Fontana

In this episode, we have to honor of sitting with Kate Fontana on her deck to enjoy some sunshine and chats about everything we can learn from dandelions about defiance and social justice.

Kate Fontana is a queer Catholic yogi, interspiritual midwife, and a sacred activist. She's also on our awesome lineup of guest faculty and provides our students with a monthly meditation. Be sure to catch the bonus training on how to use meditation to tap into your creative courage. https://www.schoolofbrave…

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Hope & Defiant Expectation During COVID-19 - How to Find It - The School of Bravery Podcast

Hope & Defiant Expectation During COVID-19 - How to Find It

The most underrated and overused word last month was "unprecedented." This month in The School of Bravery we're focusing on the bravery ingredient of DEFIANT EXPECTATION.

Take a listen to Emily Ann Peterson share some updates on the latest news and announcements from our community and give you some insights, new perspectives, and resources for finding your defiant expectation during quarantine and this season of bravery that is COVID-19.

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