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Catch up on courage – check out Judy's recent bits of inspiration:
Considering a change but too afraid to go for it? Remember: you only have to do something the first time once. I provide some tips that will help nudge you toward your goals. PLUS: In honor of Women's History Month, my Courage of One honorees are three women who changed the course of history for the United States.
Happy Line in the Sand! Here's to the first day of the rest of your life. Is your "Line in the Sand" day today? PLUS: My Courage of One honorees this month are all the women who collectively demand human rights, drive demonstrations, and fuel the revolutions occuring around the world right now.
This new year, I propose that you inspire yourself by building a jar of courage, one blessing at a time. PLUS: My Courage of One honoree is Karen Shayne, cancer "winner" and founder of the National Women's Survivors Convention (coming up in August this year).
Peace takes courage, on the global, national and personal level. Let's practice real peace this holiday season and in the new year. PLUS: My Courage of One honorees are Gretchen and Larry Witt, who were inspired by their son Liam's courageous spirit to start an organization called Cookies for Kids' Cancer.
As we give thanks this year, I suggest we have the courage to expand our knowledge of the world beyond our daily experience. PLUS: My Courage of One honoree is Joanna Shields, whose encounter with a displaced family in a refugee camp in 1995 insprired her to create the Jericho Foundation to help children from Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Can a jar full of dollar bills help increase your courage and make you a happier person? I explain how. PLUS: This month's Courage of One honoree is Kym Worthy, the first woman to serve as Wayne County, Michigan, prosecutor. Her career is full of courageous acts, including the identification of 21 serial rapists in the Detroit area.
Are you a recycler? Ever recycled your own courage? I talk about how to do so and introduce Sally Becker, who recycled her courage to help children escape from war-torn Bosnia-Herzegovina. PLUS: This month's Courage of One honorees are two sisters who started Cupcakes for Courage after one was diagnosed with cancer.
In honor of the power of a single courageous being, I'm starting a Courage of One series. My first honoree is Jenn Gibbons, who founded Recovery on Water (ROW) to help breast cancer survivors reduce their risk of recurrence through regular exercise. Jenn solo-rowed the perimeter of Lake Michigan to raise funds for ROW.
Our country's birthday brings to mind historical monuments. Find the courage to recognize your personal monuments - moments in your life that have made you who you are. PLUS: See me talking about my new book at my Courage Coach channel on YouTube!
Nobody is born courageous, but anyone can get there. I map out a simple three-step approach for increasing your ability to live courageously. PLUS: My new book has been selected as a 2012 International Book Awards finalist!
Often we think that giving takes money, and shy away from charities. But money isn't the only way to give – you can give of your time and your energy, and that takes courage. PLUS: Check out online spots where you can read reviews – and leave your own – of my new book!
It's official: my new book, It's Just Hair: 20 Essential Life Lessons, is available for purchase! It's an uplifting guide to making it through the tough times life throws our way. PLUS: I'd like to recognize my Auntie Ethel, one of the most courageous women I've personally known.
It takes courage to improve our world, but we all have the ability in us. I share six suggestions for ways to improve the world around you. PLUS: Join me for an upcoming book signing for my new book, It's Just Hair: 20 Essential Life Lessons.
Have you seen the "Keep Calm and Carry On" posters popping up everywhere? I explain their history and explain how this is a rallying cry for courage. PLUS: Announcing my brand new book, It's Just Hair: 20 Essential Life Lessons - check it out!
Setting intentions for the new year? Follow my five-step plan for goal-setting - including giving yourself permission to reset your goal list after three months! PLUS: This month we say "Happy Birthday, Girlfriend!" to Corazon Aquino, who courageously became the only female president of the Philippines.
Courage is not the absence of fear, but the management of it. I share five ideas for staying strong and keeping a positive outlook. PLUS: This month we say "Happy Birthday, Girlfriend!" to Clara Barton, who tended the Civil War wounded and founded the American Red Cross.
History shows us that great change is made when someone takes a stand. Join me in pledging to support issues that are meaningful to you! PLUS: This month we say "Happy Birthday, Girlfriend!" to Maria Sklodowska Curie, the first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness month, I share ten "pink" facts, from ancient Egyptian trivia to practical breast health advice. PLUS: This month we say "Happy Birthday, Girlfriend!" to Mahalia Jackson, a gospel singer who stayed true to her roots and brought inspiration to performers everywhere.
The concept of sacrifice can bring to mind dramatic images of famous figures, but ordinary people sacrifice every day. Remember that your sacrifices take courage! PLUS: This month we remember the courage and sacrifices made on September 11, 2001, and in the decade since.
We all have our trials, and thinking about ourselves not as victims but as chosen ones makes a huge difference. I share five reasons to call yourself chosen. PLUS: This month we say "Happy Birthday, Girlfriend!" to Julia McWilliams Child, who supported WWII troops in the OSS before a career change found her teaching us all to cook.
Humans in general, and Americans in particular, have a history of facing challenges alone. So sometimes asking for help is the most courageous act of all. I share my five reasons for taking that leap. PLUS: This month we say "Happy Birthday, Girlfriend!" to Lena Horne, who courageously supported our African-American troops in WWII.
Experience. We all have it. But have you thought to give credit to your particularly tough experiences – for the courage they've inspired in you? PLUS: Now you can sign up for Shades of Courage blog posts via email.
Facing the shock of a breast cancer diagnosis, it's time for me to take my own advice and face my personal challenges with courage. I'm ready to eat this elephant, one bite at a time. Let's be courageous together!
Let's toast Title IX, which guaranteed gender equality in school athletics. And while we're at it, let's remember to toast ourselves!
Join me for a delicious meal of courage, full of the ingredients you need to handle life's challenges, be they bite-size or super-sized.
This January, let's try out some courage-boosting ideas for this year, instead of lamenting unfulfilled goals from last year.
What can we learn from Ebineezer Scrooge? How to look at the ghosts of our past, present and future with courage.
What do you have to be thankful for this year? Let me tell you why I'm thankful for wrinkles, grey hair, bulging closets and cobwebs.
What did Marian, Ellen, and Nancy do? They started organizations with far-reaching positive effects on women – one woman at a time.
Sometimes, things – and people – are not what they seem. It takes courage to look beyond labels to the real human being within.
Inspired by the novel Candide, in which our hero is prompted to look for the silver lining, I provide a two-step, silver-lining-finding process.
Sailing is such an enjoyable pastime, but did you realize it's also a terrific metaphor for exercising courage? I'll explain why.
July 4th is right around the corner, and I've got a Personal Bill of Rights with ten personal amendments to share with you.
Got a particularly nasty (metaphorical) dragon to slay in your life? Need some tools to boost your courage? I've got five, and I'm sharing.
Crocuses are blooming, a reminder that spring is a time for new opportunities – all you need is the courage to find them!
Look at the essence of your life – the minute details that really define people, places and objects. It may seem scary, but it's rewarding.
Get ready for a whole new decade! Let's put together a Reverse Resume and take stock of our life experiences to help us get the life we want.
Get a sneak peek at my letter to Santa, in which I ask for a nail, a candle, a flower seed, a pot to plant it in, a lump of coal, and a feather – and find out what these unique gifts symbolize.
We never learn about the pilgrim-esses around Thanksgiving – I talk about their courage in the face of the vast unknown that was the New World.
In honor of the spooky month, I offer three tricks (that our minds play on us) and three treats (courageous ways to overcome our tricky minds)!
Remembering past moments when you've exhibited courage can help you be courageous now, by reminding you of what you've already accomplished.
Recently I took my own advice and asked "What's the worst that could happen?" – and it helped me summon the courage I needed.
We just can't do it all alone. Remember to look for lighthouses – people and things that can help guide you on your path.
Does the idea of change stop you in your tracks? I offer some advice to help you manage change with grace and without stress.
In a tough economy, it pays to "toot your own horn." I outline practical steps for doing so, whether you're working or looking for work.
Choosing misery is easy, and ensures you'll be miserable. Aiming for happiness instead takes courage, and provides great rewards.
This Valentine's Day, consider the courage it takes to declare love, whether it's love of a person, a country, or an unpopular philosophy.
Happy New Year! As I look at my pristine, snow-covered yard, I wonder what courageous acts 2009 will inspire.
As you assess your ingredients for Thanksgiving dinner, think about what courageous qualities you already possess.
Failing is not fatal; in fact it proves you're alive: if you're not failing, you're not trying, you're not stretching, you're not learning.
Think of fear of the unknown as a birthday present; you don't know what you'll get till you open it – and it might be great!
Like my mother's prized tea cup collection, courage can be used every day, instead of waiting for a special occasion.
Six months into 2008, it's time to check the status of your New Year's resolutions.
As July 4 approaches, it's time to celebrate the courage to be free.
It's almost Mother's Day, and mothers top the superhero charts.
The Courage Summit explores "The Ugly Duckling," the NFL, and Iceland.