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A Little Bit Brave Is Changing!

Hey, hey, gentle Reader! 

If you’ve been following along on my journey, you might know that I’ve been a little bit of “all over the place” with this blog.

When I started A Little Bit Brave in 2013, I had no clue what I was doing or really why I was doing anything… Blogging was still fairly new and I had dreams of becoming some kind of big-time blogger, but I didn’t know what I was going to write about. 

In the end, it started as a chronicle of my adventures overseas and a major outlet for learning how to blog. I stuck with it for a while and then let it go for long periods… I’ve never been good about consistency (if we’re being honest).

And then, in 2016, after the U.S. election that shocked the world, I wrote this. In the aftermath of that night, I felt completely blindsided by what had happened. And I realized, writing about how I was feeling, what I wanted A Little Bit Brave to become.

The Early Path to Transition

If you read through that post, you’ll hear my first “new” battle cry. In some respects, I may have already been making my way toward becoming a blog specifically for brave women

I wrote about standing up to people we’ve known our whole lives who one day, when we’ve grown up, shock us with something they say.

I wrote to ask you, Reader, and the hundreds of other foreigners in my community what they were doing with their (Korean) lives. I encouraged you (and them) to take steps to think about what’s coming in the future.

I wrote about being single and loving myself.

I wrote about being kinder to myself in my failures and doing my best to be satisfied in what I accomplished.

I invited 4 other wonderful women to guest post on the blog about their own brave leaps.

There are lots of hints that point to where this change was going. They were all very small and incremental, but they began to pave a way for where I find myself today.

The “New” A Little Bit Brave

After much contemplation, I’ve realized that I do want to continue to write specifically to and for women who are making big changes in their lives and taking big, brave leaps.

However, I have also realized that I am passionate about other women who, like me, moved abroad to teach English. More precisely, I have a deep desire to help these women find or create jobs for themselves via the internet so they can make more money without sacrificing or jeopardizing their teaching visas.

This is my new “why” and where A Little Bit Brave is going.

In the next several weeks, you’ll see the look of the site change. The content will be more specific and less of me rambling on about… well, whatever. 

This little blog is about to become an actual thing and I’m super excited for where it’s going.

What This Means for You

This may mean nothing for you. You may be a woman living abroad and possibly teaching English. If so, you’re in a great place to get helpful information and encouragement for whichever path you’re on or heading toward.

On the other hand, you might find that you’re not a good fit for this audience anymore. And that’s okay. The content I put out from here forward may not apply to you. But even if it doesn’t, you’re welcome to stick around and read through it.

Whatever you choose, please know this: I am so grateful for all the times your eyeballs have grazed the likes of my blog. Without readers like you, I probably wouldn’t still be doing this or have landed where I am. For all your reading and commenting, thank you. 

What’s Coming Next

I’m working behind the scenes to make some changes, as I mentioned, to the types of content I write and adding other elements, like videos. I’m also developing a coaching program and creating a course for women who want to start or improve their own blogs while living abroad. 

I’m so excited for all the things!

If you’re interested in learning more about my course offerings or coaching, please sign up to be added to my waiting list. There are some great goodies I’ll share with you, including a link to my private Facebook group for expat women with entrepreneurial ambitions.

If you choose to part ways with A Little Bit Brave, there are no hard feelings! As I said, thanks for coming along for the ride while you did. It’s been a great trip.

 

And with all of that, my dear Reader, I leave you. I hope to see you on the other side of this transition. 

Much love,

Interested in learning more about my coaching packages or blogging course? Add your name to the waiting list! It will take just a minute. 

Fear of Failure: Where I’ve Been Hiding – Part 2

A few weeks ago, I started chronicling my long absence from this little writing exercise. (If you missed that installment, you can check it out here.)

Looking back at that rambling essay, I see that I promised to continue my story the following week and I (unsurprisingly) dropped the ball. This seems to be a bad habit of mine that I’m currently (and very actively) working on overcoming.

So, I wrote out the basics of my sabbatical and here’s where I wanted to go with that “continuation”: I was afraid to take a step I saw as “backward.”

Let me explain.

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when is the “right” time to report sexual assault? the short answer: any time

Like nearly everyone else in America, I want to talk about what’s happening with the #MeToo movement.

Let’s get something straight to start: life for women is abundantly different than it is for men. We have developed habits that are truly engrained in us, so much so that we don’t even think about it when we do these things in hopes of protecting ourselves. These behaviors are practically nonexistent among men.

Every day holds potential threats for women. Every. Single. Day. And by denying that, you empower the men who think they’re above the law or above ethical and moral behavior.

While a movement has started – or for the sake of argument, resurged – in the last year or two, it does not diminish the fact that we still have a long way to go.

We must believe women when they speak up and we must respect them when they tell their stories “late.” Why? Because the threat of being shrugged off as a misunderstanding, a joke, or an inconvenient time for the perpetrator is no longer an excuse.

We cannot allow these excuses to be more important than listening to these stories. The reality is that there is no “right” time to report sexual assault.

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solo trips: the importance of being a hermit…

 

 

I’m crazy busy these days between my teaching contract ending; my part-time editing and content management gig with Anna Wickham, my amazing boss and friend; and I’ve been working on a startup project with a business partner I made in Bali in November. I don’t have time to mess around these days…

It was clear to me at the end of last year that I needed to do something to get myself on track and well-organized for the year ahead. I knew I’d be working a lot and wouldn’t make enough time to push myself to have some legit “me” time.

But I knew it was going to be important for me to exercise some of my hermit tendencies more than ever. So I decided to do my best to find ways to get my shit together and make it happen.

Making It Happen

I’ve gotten better at being by myself over the years. The first time I remember taking a “solo trip” – going somewhere “fun” all alone – was when I was 21. I had a season pass to a local theme park in Branson, Missouri called Silver Dollar City and that day, I was sad.

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#imwithher: this isn’t defeat

Something horrible happened today. (Or, if you’re on the opposite side of the world from where I currently am, maybe it happened last night.)

As an American, I am utterly shocked at what we, as a collective group, did. We elected a terrifying, sexist, xenophobic, lying, tax-cheating man into our most highly regarded office. I wasn’t prepared for the blow of disappointment that swept over me this afternoon. I confess I took a (rather unhelpful) nap to escape it.

I don’t know what this decision will truly mean for our country; I don’t know that any of us truly know. As much as the election results were today, now it’s simply a waiting game, isn’t it? Where will this road lead us?

It’s too soon to tell.

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