Blog Post #11 – Keeping Brave
Ever since I heard about this awesome new zine: Keep Brave I’ve been thinking about it. What does it mean to feel brave? How can bravery lead to feeling/ being empowered? How can I remind myself to be brave and to push through stressful situations or moments of doubt? [frequent]
This morning I was reminded about the existence of a list [my fav’ form of writing] from Joan Didion’s The White Album. It’s a simple collation of the things she takes with her when chasing a story but has become an interesting artifact for professional women to reflect on.
I think of it like a list of things she’ll need to keep brave on the road and it made me think about the things I own that help me to feel powerful, confident and just generally good. My [non exhaustive, non definitive] list is thus:
- Doc Martins [stomp stomp get out of my way]
- Hair ties [for hair emergencies]
- High wasted, hot pink, swimmer bottoms
- My trusty water bottle.
- Hot pink lipstick
- Hot pink nail polish
- Yevu dress [poss’ best thing I own]
- Pom pom earrings
- Nag Champa Nimbin candle
- Framed photo of Uluru
- Hiking boots [stomp, stomp get out of my way]
- Alphabet socks [Limedrop]
- Stubbies [shorts]
- Sewing scissors [family heirloom]
I probably wouldn’t take them all with me on assignment but it’s reassuring to know they’re there to make me feel nice whenever I need a boost in confidence.
Buy the Keep Brave Zine here.
[Credit to Yun Bond for the amazing image]