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Camille Styles

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5 Women Who Took a Brave Leap of Faith To Find Happiness

August 15th, 2018

Friends, I just got back from a 5-day trip to Colorado with 9 of my college friends, some of whom I haven’t seen in 8+ years. It was a well-needed respite from the Texas heat, and catching up with friends who I’ve known for 18 years was so good for my mind and soul. This group of 10 included mothers, wives, a surgeon, a lawyer, an occupational therapist, a breathing specialist, a wellness expert, a Music industry VP, a professor, and an entrepreneur – so as you can imagine, there was no shortage of stories to tell and things to catch up on.

One afternoon in Breckinridge, a handful of us talked about the bravest thing we’ve ever done, and in turn, got to know one another a much more deeper level. It was beautiful to hear the inflection in their voices as they told their stories, and it was really neat to see how vulnerable, honest, and brave my friends are. In thinking about our August theme of Bravery, I asked five women – all from different places, life experiences, and ages, and asked, “What’s the bravest thing you’ve done in your life so far?” Here are their answers.

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  1. Eleanor says:

    I had just graduated from college and purchased a one way ticket to California. It was a huge move from the safety of staying close to my immediate family in Pennsylvania, and I didn’t know anyone in that town besides the handful of people at my new job. The boldness to make the move still surprises me, and gives me strength when I’m facing new decisions. Three years later, California has become home and I can’t imagine living anywhere else!

  2. Katie says:

    Love this Kelly! I love brave women, they are inspirational every day! My bravest moment was picking up our family and moving overseas. We left a perfectly comfortable life in Nebraska with a 2 and 4 year old to start something new in the UK- best decision of my life! Cheers to taking risks and being brave ladies.

  3. Kristin says:

    Awesome read!! It really was thought provoking!! I put myself in their shoes and could totally see how much bravery went into those decisions!! Not easy…
    I would say my brave moment was leaving everything and everyone I knew, to work in Antarctica!! I didn’t know what to expect and I just went anyway! Ended up being the most challenging time of my life, a time in my life when I grew the most and I am grateful now that took the opportunity when I had the chance!!

  4. Caleigh says:

    I don’t know if it’s particularly brave, but when I was 26 weeks pregnant I went into labour. I was also on a heavy dose of blood-thinners as I had gotten a blood clot after my first pregnancy. They had to do an emergency c-section and as I laid on the operating table, about to be put under, my husband had to leave because there was a very real risk of me bleeding out on the table and both I and the fetus would die. All alone, I faced those Terrifying moments head on and made it through the next 4.5 months with my son in the hospital (who is now a beautiful 2.5 year old boy). I’m pretty proud of that! My perception of what is scary or important in life has been changed permanently.

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