Brave: /brāv/ ready to face and endure danger or pain; showing courage. That is the true definition of the word “brave.” However, we come across so many different – sometimes simple – kinds of “brave” in our everyday life. For me, “brave” was being as vulnerable and open as I possibly could in one of my recent posts. For some of you, it was writing to me after seeing that post and sharing your story. Here is my massive thank you. I wish I could reach out and hug each of you for your bravery.
Sometimes “brave” is about speaking up when you see someone else being hurt. I have watched many friends over the years be bullied – and cyberbullied – and it makes my heart ache. It’s amazing when someone takes a stand. Just one voice makes an impact. I promise you that. Don’t stop being brave. Your courage impacts others more than you will ever know.
Bravery is also fighting for love, when everyone else around you shows nothing but doubt. It’s about flying or driving or taking the bus or train nearly one thousand miles to see your partner because you’re “brave” enough to be in a long-distance relationship. This is something I am recently learning takes so much fighting-for. Here’s my second massive thank you to my boyfriend for all your support and bravery in standing by me.
I think the biggest type of “brave” that I have come across is the kind that stands behind a faith. I purchased this sweatshirt when I saw Moriah Peters on tour with For King & Country. Those names might be unfamiliar to you, as they are in the “Christian genre” of music. Christianity is my faith, and over the years, I have learned that it is incredibly difficult to be brave in it. I have faced many challenges and many trials, some of which I never thought that I would get through. However, at some point, I chose faith over fear, and I saw a transformation in my life when I put all of that faith in God. I know that not everyone will agree with me on my views, but that’s part of my “brave,” because I have chosen to walk this path no matter what others say to me, and that is due to my heart being forever changed.
Moriah Peters’ music has had an enormous impact on my life, and I got the incredible opportunity to meet her at the concert. I also got the chance to share my personal story with her, as well as learn a little more about what “brave” meant to her, and that is what helped me to choose this sweatshirt.
Moriah said once, “I learned a valuable lesson during those moments [a personal trial in her life] when I didn’t have strength to speak. Life can’t be taken for granted, no matter what your age. I also understood that fear and faith often come in a package. Choosing faith is an act of bravery. It’s a decision. I left my emotions to God. That’s the essence of Brave.” This is why I am repping my “brave” hoodie. Because I am choosing bravery in this life. I am choosing to leave my fears behind and to move forward, sharing my story and relating to others on an entirely new level.
Alright, this is a bit of a two-part post. Here’s my part two: you may have noticed some particularly unique backgrounds in this shoot. While I was in Florida, I got the chance to visit the Wynwood Art District in Miami, several blocks of galleries, shops, restaurants, offices, and more, all vibrantly decorated with phenomenal street art. I was so excited to snap some shots of my favorite pieces, but I know that the next time I visit, I’ll photograph even more.
Another opportunity I got while I was away was shooting a mini set for my handsome boyfriend. You all have heard me mention him a couple of times, and even in this post I mentioned our long distance relationship. I figured it was long past time for his official She Saw Style introduction.
Meet Brandon. I asked him to use five words to describe himself and he said, “oh don’t make me do this!” I had to coax it out of him, but eventually I got, “patient, caring, non-judgmental, intuitive, and responsible,” all of which I would wholeheartedly agree with. Especially patient and caring. Let me tell you, this guy has to be beyond patient to put up with my craziness, and the care that he shows me no matter what difficulty I’m dealing with absolutely floors. me. I would add “brave” to that list of traits as well. He absolutely epitomizes bravery. (I know you’re reading this, babe, so thank you for being brave).
Okay, okay. I am done with all the mush. But I’m going to leave you to think about this: what makes you “brave,” and what is the greatest act of bravery that you have ever witnessed? Use that and let it form you into a better person. Keep being brave.