The School of Bravery Podcast

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

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"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"

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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

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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?

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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?

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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? 

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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"

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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

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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"?

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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)

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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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