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409: Ana Elliot on Taking Baby Steps Toward What You Want to do in the World

Ana Elliot originally started her blog, She Learns Things, as an exploration into online publishing and, well, to learn stuff she was interested in. Before launching her site she knew nothing about html, SEO, dslr cameras and all the other fun acronyms that come with blogging. In time she learned so much, however, that she was able to quit her full time job and earn income by writing, styling, and photographing for various publications and clients. In this podcast Michelle interviews Ana on...


407: Criticism: When to take it! What to do with it! How to give it!

In this episode, Lindsay and Kate take an honest deep dive into the world of CRITICISM—you know, that thing that pops up at home, work, and in our heads and always seems to hits a nerve. We'll explore some critical questions (pun intended), including: How do we react to critiscim(for better or worse)? What should we do with criticism when we get it, if anything? If there’s a right way to criticize, what in the world does that look like? Are you ready? Let’s get to tackling this one...


Healthy Relationships Winter Gathering with Lindsay Donaldson & Dr. Kelly Morse

In this episode you'll hear two awesome and inspiring talks recorded live from our Winter Gathering from Dr. Kelly Morse, therapist and relationship extraordinaire, and our own Lindsay Donaldson. Dr. Morse works as a therapist in the Springfield area with many couples striving to improve their relationships, while Lindsay is a single woman learning her way through building strong relationships after the loss of someone close to her. Despite their very different perspectives, both women...


406: Intentionality with Friendships: Get out of Your Own Way to Make (& Keep!) Friends

Making and keeping good friends is a serious challenge for many people, for all sorts of reasons. Often we don't have the time or commitment it takes to put in the work that makes meaningful friendships last. In this discussion between Michelle, Lindsay, and Jenn, we talk all things intentionality and friendships -- how sometimes you have to take a leap of faith, put yourself out there, and go after the type of friendships you want rather than wait around for them to come to you.


405: Michelle Interviews Husband Jeff Houghton on all the Scary Things

In this episode Michelle interviews her husband Jeff on all things success, failure, fear, and yes— success in a marriage relationship. We promise it doesn’t get TOO awkward (but maybe it does a little). Michelle asks Jeff about his regionally syndicated show, The Mystery Hour, and how he got to the place of going for scary things so much that he created a career out of something as unique as a late night talk show from Springfield, Missouri (hint— its not just because he has a SUPER...


403: CANDACE PAYNE (aka Chewbacca Mom) on Defiant Joy, Laughter, and Embracing Freedom

On this special BONUS podcast episode, Michelle interviews Candace Payne, aka CHEWBACCA MOM (!!!) on the topic of Joy. She is the author of the new book Laugh It Up: Embrace Freedom and Experience Defiant Joy, and is a speaker, mother, and worship leader from the Dallas area. Last year Candace became a household name when a Facebook live video of her trying on a Chewbacca mask went mega-viral, and since then her life has been turned upside down. She now is on an incredible journey sharing...


401: Capacity

Capacity: the maximum amount that something (or someone) can contain. Capacity is an interesting word, right? It has definitely been on our minds a lot lately. Let's talk about what we are able to commit to, what we overcommit to, and how it defines us. Join us in the first podcast of season 4 of The Bravery Board! Show notes: John Maxwell Capacity quiz: Charity Reeb's Real Life Journal:


307: Healing the Soul Through the Body with Counselor Jim Lee

Does your body hold trauma? How does one let go of pain from their childhood? What does it really mean to be a whole person? In this episode Madison dives deep with her own personal counselor and energy psychologist, Jim Lee. Jim has served the last 18 years as a pastor and counselor. Three years ago, he started a new business called Lee Inner Fitness, LLC where he implements a combination of energy psychology and applied kinesiology into his counseling. He is a masters level practitioner...


304: Shailey Murphy on the 3 B's of Joy: Brené, Beyoncé, and The Bible

Shailey is a rare mix of organizational and creative skills. With a degree in design, she brings a creative perspective that is fresh and new. Working with her husband as a business partner at Harp Creative, Shailey's responsibilities include art direction, project management, script writing/storyboarding and video editing. She has worked on film projects in Egypt, Ethiopia, Uganda, Ukraine, Estonia, the Republic of Georgia and traveled to 17 different countries. She can also fit three...


301: Embracing Your Creative Voice with Poet Arielle Estoria

“Your art makes room for you-all you have to do is say yes.” Born and raised in foggy Northern California, Arielle Estoria is a writer, speaker, and creative. The heartbeat behind her work is a diligent pursuit of instilling and reminding individuals of their worth through words. Our interview with Arielle is no exception to her poetic and powerful use of words. Through the conversation Arielle shares her heart on creative bravery, living in an overflowing state as your outpour, learning...


213: Life is Not for the Faint of Heart with Counselor Reid Horn

"Living a brave life is not for the faint of heart. In order to live the life we want, we often have to take a risk - whether it's starting a new relationship, leaving a comfortable job, beginning a family, or moving to a new city - and that leaves us vulnerable. We could get hurt. We could be disappointed. We could find out our daydreams are pipe dreams.But we could also find out that thing we've been dreaming about is even better in reality." Taking a risk means inviting all of our...


212: Jenn Fortner on Bravery and Laundry: The Perseverance of Imperfection

Bravery does not have to come with a bright and shining medal - it can come with a whisper to follow the path of what is needed-- and in Jenn's life as a new mom, that's to smile while does laundry. Yes, laundry. As a go-getter in life, Jenn has spent the better part of her adult life traveling, taking risks, and coaching missionaries to reach high goals. As a new mom, though, she's had to take a step back to juggle her career and raising her daughter, and that has taken true bravery. In...


211: The Brave Laptop Lifestyle with Alexis Teichmiller

What do bravery, wisdom, curiosity, and an undeniable zest for life have in common? They are the recipe for success! And it's no surprise that our guest today, Alexis Teichmiller, an embodiment of all four. Alexis is a lifestyle blogger and millennial podcast host of The Laptop Lifestyle - a podcast for virtual entrepreneurs, millennials on the go, and adventure seekers with big dreams. Her mission in life is to inspire people to take action on their goals and explore their true creativity....


210: Bravery: Putting On Your Own Oxygen Mask with Mallory Leicht

Bravery comes in many forms: moving and navigating a new city, having a baby, or creating ways to share ones passion with the world. Sometimes bravery looks like sharing ourselves and our passions in a vulnerable way, as Jenn Fortner and Mallory Leicht discuss on this podcast episode. Listen in as Mallory shares her thoughts on bravery, hospitality, and what it’s like to become a voice in one’s industry. Mallory’s podcast Vibrant can be found at and her blog is...


209: Unbound: A Story of Snow and Self Discovery with Author Steph Jagger

Steph Jagger had always been a force of nature. Dissatisfied with the passive, limited roles she saw for women growing up, she emulated the men in her life—chasing success, climbing the corporate ladder, ticking the boxes, playing by the rules of a masculine ideal. She was accomplished. She was living "The Dream." But it wasn't her dream. Then the universe caught her attention with a sign: RAISE RESTRAINING DEVICE. Steph had seen this ski lift sign on countless occasions in the past, but the...


208: Reframing our Understanding of Privilege with Kate Alsup

It seems like no one wants to talk about privilege these days, but everyone is doing so. From divisive Facebook posts to everything we hear on the news, privilege, difference, and tolerance are topics we cannot ignore in our current culture, regardless of how uncomfortable it makes us feel. Kate shared a brilliant talk at our last gathering about reframing our understanding of privilege, and challenged everyone to get out of their often defensive mindsets and think about what privilege is,...


207: Living Your Adventure with Life Coach Travis Barton

Ever felt like there was more to life than working to pay bills? If you love adventure, play, and freedom but feel stuck in life, this episode is for you. Travis Barton is a life and business coach who knew young he wanted to live an alternative lifestyle where he could surf during the day, travel, go on epic camping trips, and truly live on his own terms. Through his 20's he worked to create this life for himself and now he is passionate about sharing the message that you are meant to life...


206: Success: Part Luck, Part Dedication, Part Privilege (That's Right We Said it!) w/ Kinsey Mhire

How big a part has luck played in the story of your success? Do you give much thought to the opportunity your privilege gives you to live a life both thriving and in compassion? Kinsey Mhire is no stranger to success. Growing up in the comfortable midwest, she knows what it means to have many opportunities and has used them to her advantage. She grew a large audience from her blog, Sincerely Kinsey, right out of high school and has been a full-time (and well known) photographer since she was...


205: Following Your Passion Into Uncertainty with Actress Dana Powell

Have you ever wondered what its *really* like to give up everything and follow your dreams? Have you ever wondered how those Hollywood stars "make it?" Have you ever struggled to follow your creative passions and balance security and family? Do you like genuine, kind, and hilarious people? Known best for her role as Cam's sister, Pam, on ABC's 'Modern Family,' Dana used comedy growing up to come out of her shy shell. After moving to Los Angeles, Powell began comedy improv training at iOWest,...


204: Living Fully Alive with Mary Hyatt

Mary Hyatt was 25 when she hit rock bottom. She was overweight, living with debilitating anxiety, depression, in a marriage that wasn’t fulfilling, was miserable with pain and fatigue from an autoimmune disorder, and had completely lost herself. In the 7 years since, she has fully owned her life and has learned how to live fully alive. Her journey started in a yoga class where she tasted what it was like to get connected with the body she had disowned, and has blossomed into a woman...