Thursday, February 3, 2011

Leather Cuff Giveaway

be free cuff

I've acquired a bit of a wild hair as of late.

I'm more excited than ever about the profound beauty of possibility.

I'm ready to try something new, throw caution to the wind, maybe even...fail at something.

GASP!

I know.

listen leather cuff

I find myself combing through my days in search of meaning. I'm looking for signs.

But don't misunderstand - I'm not superstitious. What I am is a puzzle piecer.

The edge pieces are locked in, lined up pretty. They are the structure and the backbone. Fundamental. The fun stuff is in the middle, and there's no better feeling than clicking a particularly irksome tab into place. Just like that, the frustrations roll away.

The middle of my puzzle is still mostly empty, but we're working on it. I have like-colors huddled together up in the corners. I'm pretty sure they go together somehow, but I've been wrong before, so I just keep sifting through the box, looking extra-hard at the big picture.

live brave leather cuff

Meanwhile, I remind myself to be BRAVE.

Mostly, He reminds me.

So tell me, what are you being brave about right now?

Leave me a comment between now and Monday (Feb. 7th) and a random winner will receive a fantastic leather cuff bracelet, made with love and courage by my friend Becky. Check out her shop here.

Tweet, blog and facebook for additional chances to win. (Leave a separate comment for each!)

Oh, and one more thing:

You are MY sundshine leather cuff

It's true.


*All photos are Becky's. Duh, right? Well, better safe than sorry.

230 comments:

  1. Ohhhh! I love it. Something handmade and inspiring. Wowee. What am I brave about right now? Well, I just opened up my own etsy shop and started making toddler skirts this past week. I'm sooo nervous about it, but excited too! Here's my shop if you are interested. :)

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/RosemarysCuppa

    P.S. I feel lame because this may be the first time I have commented on your blog, but do read it. I'm not lame I promise-- and I promise to comment more. :)

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  2. Oh my gosh, that is the song I sang to my girls when they were babies. It's now a plaque on one girl's wall and a poster in one girl's dorm room. We love, love, love that song.

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  3. I love that Bible verse. It's hard to choose just one because they are all so great. Your friend is really talented.

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  4. Love them all! Would LOVE to own one!

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  5. Making sure I raise a wonderful son :)

    ~Andrea in NH

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  6. Please randomly pick me. Thanks. OK. I'm being uber brave, because a week from today I embark on my hardcore six month Biggest Loser adventure. So, I'm thinking the 'be free' one would be good - so let Becky know you'll need that one. Ok. thanks Shabs.

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  7. love becky...love her cuffs! great give away :)

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  8. I have one of hers that says forgiven and I love it, I'd take another!! Going to facebbook it too.

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  9. Honestly, I'm being brave just getting through this day. Holy bananas it's been a doozy.

    Loooove the leather cuffs. I've been eyeing those for some time now.

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  10. I am (trying, daily) to be brave in trusting God's timing for adding to our family and I think it takes some bravery to raise my little girl in this world we are a livin' in today, too! ;-)

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  11. I love Becky's blog, so heck yes, sign me up! Considering that your blog and her blog are two of my favorites, you all make quite the pair. :)

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  12. Oh my - those are fantastic! :) I am going to pray bigger. I am going to believe God for more and even though I am weak and I know my own propensity for pride, I am entrusting myself to Him. That is what I'm being brave about right now. :) And by the way, I feel like we need to share a cup of coffee or maybe a phone call chat. Just a thought! :)

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  13. Dang, I'm all about a wide leather cuff w/ metal on it.
    xoxo,
    HBY

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  14. Well, I won't post ONLY for the giveaway. I never win these things anyway, but since you asked what I'm being BRAVE about. Well, I can tell you that I'm trying really hard to be BRAVE about my role as a wife, mother, friend. It is really hard to put the pride aside at times, and it is stretching me farther than I've been stretched. (especially this wife thing... my kids still think I hung the moon) I have realized that it isn't about giving my life away to my family, or to my husband, but as you've quoted... to HIM. Only then, will everything else follow.

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  15. Spunky and Sassy...so are all your friends this creative and gifted Shannan? Where do you find these amazingly talented folks? By the way...thank you for sharing about the night out with Ruby's birth family. I wanted to comment the other night but unfortunately craziness within my own home kept me from doing so. When doing foster care myself I shared the philosophy that every family should have the experience of sitting down and feeling special on their birthday. Of getting to share in their children's and family's special time/day/event. I smile and it makes my heart lift up when it does not have much to celebrate these days, so thank you. Once again...light in an area that I did not expect, smiles in areas where I was not looking. Good news when there was none that I had hope to find.
    Funny how when you thought people were nothing like you, you find they are more like you than you ever imagined!!!

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  16. being brave about trusting God to provide a job in HIS time... and until then, provide rent and food.... and purpose for my life ♥

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  17. Facebooked it and was accused of stealing it from Miss Jayme! ha

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  18. I'm being brave about the economic cutbacks at work and what that might mean for me. Ok well I'm trying to be brave. That counts right?

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  19. I am being brave because we are moving to a new city at the end of this month. And we still don't have a house. Or know what school we'll send our kids to. And now I am not feeling very brave anymore :-/ Ach!

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  20. I'm fighting the good fight every day...trying to be brave and rebuild my life for myself and my daughter after the end of a 20 year marriage. How awesome it would be to look down and my wrist and remember to live brave!

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  21. I'm leaving in 4 hours to visit my grandpa who is having serious health issues. I am bravely leaving my children for 3 days and more importantly I need courage to tell my grandfather how much Jesus loves him.

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  22. Right now it's taking all of my bravery to get through each day that's even closer to the day when I'm going to have to push this baby boy out of my girl parts. I'm scurrrrrrrrd! I would feel so much better if I was wearing the You are my sunshine cuff. :)
    -Jill

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  23. I'm being brave about something that makes no sense to most, but for some reason scares me to the core of my being. I'm not going to let it stop me though. I swear. Eleanor Roosevelt said, "Do one thing that scares you every day.", and I'm gonna force myself to do just that, by golly. :-)

    El

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  24. love to read both your blogs...i'm at a crossroad in my life now...time to re-create myself. try something new...have more confidence in myself!

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  25. These cuffs are great..I think I'm being brave right now as I'm raising 2 teenage boys and I put my trust in them and in God that they will grow into great young men who know the difference between right and wrong..So far so good..xx

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  26. I love those cuffs! Beautiful! I am be brave by trying out twitter and by blogging. Trying to make friends and put myself out there. A scary, scary thing! Hugs!

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  27. Oh how cute....I love them all! Thank you for the chance to win!

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  28. Yikes, I don't think I am brave about anything. I know many others braving much worse than me. Feeling like quite a grateful woman, healthy babies, healthy husband, warm home. So I guess I am brave for others not able to be brave for themselves. Thanks for the great giveaway. Love that bracelet!

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  29. Thank you so much for the comment the other day....yes, we do seem to be on the same wavelength these days. In just a few weeks, I will bravely and boldly move on from my newish home to another home in the country. I want to be brave, I want to jump in head first, and twenty three hours and fifty nine minutes of the day I am, but that one minute, that one pesky, teensy-weensy minute has me scared and shaken that all I do grasp for the strings of hope that only He brings. No one ever said living boldly, living faithfully would be easy.....to new 'homes' and those we take with us.

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  30. I love these. I'm being brave about starting my own business while trying to survive a divorce and raise two small children on my own.

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  31. I'm trying to be a brave girl in my horsemanship... new to me at the age of 38! I think I'm doin' alright. It's a labor of love.

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  32. her new cuffs are sooo lovely!!
    i'm trying to be brave right now on a new adventure. one that i'd sort of signed off of and closed the door, but then God went and threw it back open. so here i sit...praying for strength and the courage to follow His lead.

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  33. I love those cuffs! I love substantial jewelry ;-)
    What I am being brave about right now is in viewing myself and marketing myself as a professional editor. It's scary because most of the time I feel like a little girl who doesn't know what she is doing...then I get deep into editing something and I suddenly realise that I really love it and I'm actually good at it.

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  34. LOVE these cuffs! At the moment I am trying to be brave regarding my family. God has control and I must leave them in His hands, it's rather hard.

    Tami C.

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  35. I am being brave, by staying at home and wrasslin my kids after a decade of working outside the home. Full time momma is brave!

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  36. These are great. Love the listen one. Hmm, being brave? I guess on a daily basis just trying to balance my 2 boys, my 2 dogs, my husband, my job and trying to find time to create! Or I guess I'm bravely waiting for spring to arrive after receiving 13 inches of snow Tuesday. Ugh!

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  37. Shanna B said, "I have realized that it isn't about giving my life away to my family, or to my husband, but as you've quoted... to HIM. Only then, will everything else follow."

    OH, this bloggy-land is such a blessing sometimes. She said just what I needed to say, er hear.

    I'm bein' brave too, I think. I moved away from my home to a flat place and am making a new home to support my husband and baby girl and his new job that HE blessed us with.

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  38. I'm being brave about life! It seems like so much is so wrong right now. BUT (that's a big but!) I'm taking Ann Voskamp's advice and trying to live fully right where I am! With 2 year old twin boys, a husband who got hurt at work today, broken water pipes, no electric because of a storm, bills, and all of the other chaos...it's taking a lot of bravery! The comfort lies in the knowing that He is with me and I am not alone!

    I wish you lots of joy, peace, and love in your life!

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  39. LOVE!! I can so relate with starting a new Etsy shop and being scared it is just going to be a dorky mess! Love love love your bracelets.

    my etsy is thesnootiepig.etsy.com if your interested :)

    Good luck on your shoppe. I bet you will do great. Your items are beautiful!

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  40. Let's see. I'm being brave about selling my house and moving to a new state where I don't know anyone...and living without my hubster until we do sell the house...and going to sleep every night without him in the house. That one requires the most bravery (from me) of all of them. I'm a big scared-y cat!

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  41. I love Becky's cuffs. All of them! I'm being brave and stepping out of my funk. December was a traumatic month and spun my world upside down. Ready to get back to Normal.

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  42. Ok... My brave confession. I turn 33 in 2 weeks! YIKES!

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  43. I covet these cuffs. I'm being brave by living out my inspiration and not listening to my inner voice that tells me I am not creative enough; by learning to live by faith; by exploring life as it is planned for me, not by my plan; by learning to believe I was beautifully and wonderfully made.

    Each one speaks to me at different times, making me stop and think about my choices. You are my sunshine is my fave because my beautiful 3yr old son sings it to me everyday--it definitely doesn't get better than that.

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  44. Found you through Chicken Jayme's site. :)
    These are pretty cool cuffs…

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  45. right now, i will be brave and jump.
    ..somehow, HE led me to your post and a verse.
    with a few words, a weight lifted off my shoulders.
    so, how could i not move forward with a leap in faith :)

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  46. my dad was recently diagnosed with cancer. so i am trying to be brave as we prepare and face this battle.

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  47. I love these! I would love the "you are my sunshine" one for my soon to be 17 year old daughter.

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  48. Oh, sweet Becky. Love her and all things she creates. I am being brave as I await the arrival of my son. I am excited but nervous to give birth...

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  49. Such cute cuffs! I'd love one for my daughter. She's about as awesome as they come! I'm being brave writing! Great American novel, here I come!

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  50. Love that verse! One of my favorites...I have it posted by my bathroom mirror. Its a great reminder of what's really important.
    Super cute cuffs too!!!

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  51. Being brave... I work with teenagers.

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  52. I'm trying to be brave because I was just diagnosed with a brain tumor. It was found while I was having tests done for something totally unconnected. I don't see my neurosurgeon until next week and it is so hard right now living with the unknown. Is it malignant or benign? Is it something they can remove? What are the short and long term ramifications? Am I going to die? I am thankful that it was found. I am thankful that I have a wonderful and supportive husband and family. It's a lot to absorb and a total shock. I'm trying not to totally freak out. Please keep me and my family in your prayers. Thank you!

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  53. Wow! You have described my current situation... I love the puzzle of life and trying to find where all the pieces fit to make a beautiful picture. The cuffs are inspired. I have been singing "You are my Sunshine" to each of our 5 children since they were babies.... it was one of two songs I knew the words to @ the 3 am feedings (the other was the alphabet song) Thank you for the lovely read this evening. HUGS!

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  54. What I am being brave about right now is my double mastectomy. I'm 27 and was diagnosed with breast cancer. 2 weeks ago today I had both my breasts removed. Apart of me has been amputated and not just physically. I'm sore now and have two huge scars. I also may have to have my ovaries removed in the near future which will cause me to go through menopause. But. I made this decision so that I could live a long healthy life with my husband and two little boys. I am being brave for them. I know these scars I have will remind me of where I am and where I could have been and hopefully someday I will see them as beautiful.

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  55. Wow! @turtle mom. .. Praying for you .. thinking of you though I dont know you ..asking the lord for his strength and comfort during what must be a horribly difficult time

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  56. I'm reading the Magic of Thinking Big right now so I'm being brave about embracing every opportunity, every interaction, every moment with confidence (I'm kinda shy so it takes some umph!)Gotta say I love this book & recommend it!
    Cute cuffs!
    Blessings,
    Olivia

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  57. love that verse you linked to. I needed the reminder. I am being brave about life. :) I'm doing the brave girl class and it's making me deal with things I don't want to, but I know I need to...that's life I guess. :)

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  58. I love these bracelets. I am being brave in many areas right now. But the most scary one is being vulnerable. I am learning to be obedient to the direction God is calling me and that is requiring me to be real,open and share my story. All the ugly parts of it, because those ugly parts God has put back into something beautiful. By being vulnerable it is allowing God to be lifeted high. Right where He belongs!

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  59. Being brave is such a huge part of a woman's life, but every man & woman who has commented is obviously very brave. I am being brave because three months ago I moved three states away from all my family for a boy and new career. Brave. It has been worth every second. Oh, and tomorrow is my 25th birthday so a leather cuff would be so nice to get! Thanks for sharing your braveness and adventures with the whole world, that takes courage!

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  60. What a fun and nice thing to do! I like the "Listen" and the "You Are My Sunshine" bracelets. Be nice to win one of those! Thank you for the opportunity. (smile)

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  61. I am being Brave for my Husband who is having surgery in 8hrs...

    ~~HUGS~~

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  62. I'm being brave, trusting in God and his plans for me. Those bracelets are beautiful.. I'd love to win one!

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  63. When I read what some of your commenters are being brave about, I realise I have very little reason to claim to require any real courage in the face of adversity right now. And yet...I do think that embracing new challenges and living a love-filled life isn't all hearts and roses, it does need a pile of character, substance and hard choices sometimes. Is that being brave? Becky's cuffs are brilliant - the be brave is my fave, but the others are great too!

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  64. Becky made me one that I ordered from her....so I can't win one if someone else doesn't own one, but I will say the bravest thing I am doing is trying to be a peaceful person, I am a little rebellious and not very content so God is working on me, he is making me brave and peaceful!

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  65. I'm a 38 yr.old mom of 3 little people (ages 2-6) and I just found out last week that I have a mass in my intestines that the Doc. feels is cancerous. I am facing surgery in the next week or so, plus, who knows what after that. I'm trying to be brave and at times feel I'm succeeding, and then other times the tears just quietly flow.

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  66. I'm being brave in trying to prepare myself that my son will be leaving for college in just a matter of months :( Where did the time go? Be blessed.

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  67. I started reading yoru blog for the adoption series and check in now and again- African internet allowing :) Right now through my weakness and His faithfulness I am being brave about adopting from TZ and working out my salvation among many people who have never heard about Jesus. Many blessings!

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  68. I am being brave in taking the Soul Restoration Brave Girls online course and I am in major cleaning up of my soul house mode. Week 3 and I am truly enjoying it! LOVE your blog and LOVE Becky's cuffs.

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  69. Shannan, I love Becky's cuffs. They are so cool and edgy and meaningful. As much as I would love one, I hope Tina who commented above wins it for a little courage on a hard road.

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  70. I love Becky's cuffs. They are beautiful. I can't say that I am being as brave as some of the other women who have commented, but I am trying to be brave by returning to school in my 40's. It's harder than I thought it would be...

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  71. What am I being brave about? I'm not really. I'm a sniveling heap over something as simple as a rough period (that is, menstrual period). It wipes me out, turns me cranky, and I have no energy for the most mundane tasks. This is crazy. People live with seriously debilitating illnesses. So, to sum up, I need to buck up.

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  72. wow, those are nifty!! Brave... hmmm, Im trying to be brave about accepting whatever God send my way, and count it all joy. It *should* be easier, but I feel like it's taking a lot of effort to be brave and to trust....

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  73. Beautiful. LOVE these cuffs. I'm working on being brave daily...sometimes it's each hour, just making the right choices and holding strong and being there for some extended family through the muck of life...

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  74. I talk way too much.
    Act on too many things very much.
    All without stopping enough to...
    Listen:)

    Super cool Etsy site and giveaway farmgirl:)

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  75. Blogged bout' it here:
    http://homegrownandbeeyoutiful.blogspot.com/2011/02/listen.html

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  76. I am leading a ladies Bible study at my church. I feel like my head is a big pile of goo...I don't know how I'm going to do it...so I know I need to be brave.

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  77. I LOVE cuffs... and these are adorable!!!

    Bravery is not one of my strongest qualities. That being said, last week I was very brave and bought a new vehicle. I stressed about it for weeks!

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  78. your friend is very talented! these cuffs are awesome.

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  79. wellll, i'm being all roughed up in my heart to be brave in our community. make connections even though it's hard. because i fear rejection. and being annoying. just being real.

    something my pastor said while preaching on 1Timothy 1:7 has been sticking with me. if i have a spirit of timidity? God has not given it to me. a grain of sand in my little oyster life.

    also. i super duper extra special love that first cuff. a lot.

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  80. Just found your site...I love it!

    These cuffs are amazing. There are two things that I'm trying to be brave about: growing my blog by creating original content (that's really putting myself out there) and also taking back some control that I gave up years ago. Now that's a long story....

    Great giveaway!

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  81. I always feel so behind the curve...like does 90 something ever win? I REALLY want one...and am going to buy some for friends! Love your blog everyday!

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  82. I love the cuff bracelets! Good luck with your life puzzle!

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  83. those are really cool! love them all:)

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  84. Love the cuffs. Different and very cute. I have two biological sons and we just finished our homestudy for adoption. It's a new road for us and I try to be brave and have faith in the One who has taken us on this road.

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  85. After reading all the comments, I don't feel my little "worries" are worth being brave about. However, I've recently gone back to school for graduate school and keeping up can be a real challenge. I can do this!!!

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  86. I am being brave and going back to college! That is right... I graduated 7 years ago and I started back with some art and education classes, so in the future I can teach. Testing things out on my art blog right now!

    ps - LOVE the cuffs soooo much!
    PSS -- and your blog -- you are beautiful!

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  87. Dealing with infertility (can you even "deal" with it?) and trying to be brave, too. You've given me a lot of hope. Thanks.

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  88. Oh...dear...I am trying to be brave about my blog...I just found yours...I love it...I have so many ideas in my head and I am having so much fun blogging but not sure I can compete with amazing blogs like yours...by the way love your leather stamp cuffs...very cool.....fondly, Julie
    lifeatfirelakecamp.blogspot.com

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  89. Beautiful bracelets! I'm being brave about adoption and working to put infertility behind me. That's brave, right? Taking each day as it comes, making the most of an awful situation...that's brave, right?

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  90. love the cuffs! i'm really trying to be brave, i made the decision this week to resign from my job. my job was just not my job, it was a love. i blogged about it this week. just take a step each day, led by Our Father.

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  91. Oh, lovely giveaway!

    Hmmm... I'm being brave (only through the help of my Heavenly Father) in the endeavor of raising my 14 year old adopted son at my ripe old age of 31. We've had lots of, hmmm, should I say, moments. Many doubts. Many tears. But we're convinced of the power of the Holy Spirit and His ability to work in our son's life.

    And the really funny thing is that Becky sent me one of her necklaces that said "Love Bravely" last summer when my husband and I left for Ukraine to adopt our son! she's a beautiful woman, inside and out!

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  92. Such cool bracelets.... I am being brave in lots of areas in my live right now-talking to people I don't know (haha), opening an Etsy shop hopefully next week (ChaCha's Treasure), changing churches, foster care/adoption....... I could go on and on I feel that God is pushing me to grow in many new directions and I am letting go of fear (for the most part)opening my arms wide and receiving.

    Cha Cha

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  93. Just Tweeted about the giveaway

    Cha Cha

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  94. I love Becky's cuffs! I've been following her blog for almost as long as yours and love her creative flair. So stylish too. What I'm being brave about right now? Being okay with being and feeling alone sometimes. Sounds quirky, I know, but I guess I am. Hope I'm picked!! :)

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  95. I just shared on facebook

    Cha Cha

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  96. Today, I am being brave in trusting God and his plans and not worrying about what I think - only listening to His voice. And well, I'm sure you know the rest ;)

    p.s. becky's cuffs are about the cutest things ever...i've been eyeing them for the past couple of weeks :) love them becky!

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  97. "One day at a time" seems to be fitting for me lately. Very cute cuffs!!

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  98. I am trying to be as Brave as I can be to raise my four daughters alone as my Husband just left for another year long deployment overseas. This makes #4 year long tours for him, and I still can not get use to being alone without him, but God is with us and I know I will be as Brave as anyone could be to make it thru!!!!!!




    Michelle Torres
    decorater4life@aol.com

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  99. Good morning,

    What am I being brave about right now? Is vying for a position that has NOTHING to do with customer service or being on the phone. In short a path that is OUT of my comfort zone. This is the first chance I have been showed to show em what I got so I can truly move onto something better for myself. Regardless....I am pleased that I was approached and being given the opportunity to begin with!

    Jennifer slbw@sympatico.ca

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  100. Hi Flower Patch Farmgirl!

    I am being brave right now about a new journey that the Lord is taking us on as a family. There are many changes ahead for us that are requiring me to trust, walk by faith and through His strength... be BRAVE!

    Thanks for the chance to win. I love them all!

    Enjoy your day!!!

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  101. I would love to win. I'm facing a really hard week next week when Miss Ollie arrives - 6 days!! She's been safe and protected inside, but I don't know what's to come when she gets here. I need a lot of faith & I need to be brave. I hope it comes easier than I'm expecting!

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  102. So tell me, what are you being brave about right now?

    TRYING to be brave about our financial situation right now. It seems like we're caught up in a whirlwind of debt and feels like it's consuming my life. I pray to God every night to keep me strong, keep my confidence up, keep me brave. So far, so good.

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  103. Found your blog through Becky! Love her cuffs :) Hope I win!! My fave is "Be Bold"

    I'm currently being brave by keeping my head up in an uncertain job climate. I stay sane through prayer and constant faith!

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  104. Hmm...what am I being brave about? It's a good question, since I don't really view myself as a particularly brave person. I suppose I'm being brave about hosting guests in our first house. Some folks are coming to stay at the end of the month and we're hosting a Duke vs. UNC party at the beginning of March. I'm still learning my home doesn't have to be perfect to be welcoming and that's taking a bit of courage, I think.

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  105. Dearest Shannan,
    I'm being brave by trying not to compare my children to one another and expecting the same out of each.
    I'm being brave by letting my children dig holes in the yard and romp through the bushes while trying not falling prey to the digital world and organized sports.
    I'm sort of being brave by accepting and loving the family members I have and not being consumed by sadness thinking about the ones who have drifted away from me. ;(

    (Gosh....you made me think this morning didn't you?)

    I would love to win!! I love Farmgirl Paints! And I sure LOVE your blog.

    Beth

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  106. My husband and I are being brave by starting a family business with my siblings. We're trusting God that this will be an opportunity to to draw our family together as well as a means for us to buy a house and start a family!
    Juleen Kenney
    salonjuleen(at)gmail(dot)com

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  107. I'm being brave and trying to stay positive with both my grandparent's cancer diagnosis. I know that sulking about it will do nothing for me. So I'm doing all I can to just release it to God.

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  108. Lovely bracelet and amazing blog. Great question.. What I am being brave about? Being single for the first time in my adult life and learning to fall in love with myself- just as I am.

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  109. Love those cuffs! They are so unique!

    <3 Ashley
    www.ahastylife.com
    ashley dot hasty at gmail dot com

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  110. well, I'm being brave right now as trying to find myself in my new role as a mom of grown children,new wife, stepmom, and figuring out what I can do with myself in all these new roles.Yet still remain true to myself and putting old ghosts to rest. Love those cuffs! Amazed how many truly talented and inspired women out here in blogland! Traci

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  111. hi! thanks for the chance to win!

    i'm being brave right now about jumping in and signing up for the indie business 3.0 i feel super excited to learn from lisa leonard and the other teachers, but really scared that no one will want what i make. that i'll open an etsy shop and that it will just sit there, full. so, without abandon, i just am going for it! wish me luck?

    ~tiff

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  112. I think I was brave just by walking out to my car this morning. It's a skating rink out there. On the serious side though, I'm trying to be brave and raise my kids the right way, teach them right from wrong, bring them up with faith in God, and not care how people around me may view what I'm doing.

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  113. Love em. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

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  114. Love the cuff braclets !!

    I am being brave in looking for a new job. I have been at this same place for 6 yrs now with no raises as the office is barley getting by because my boss is close to retirement. I am here all day long all by myself, I hate it everyone morning that I pull up. I have stayed because I am grateful to have a job and thats a huge comfort zone for me. There are times I dont make ends meet on my salary (a single mom with one income/no child support recd). I want & need a change in my life soon!! I feel inspired, scared but inspired :0)

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  115. Love the "you are my sunshine".... it's always a great thing to tell your loved ones.

    ~Chris

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  116. these are awesome. i'm being brave about work and tackling our school debt as soon as my hubs graduates in may... ;) bring it on.

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  117. those are absolutely gorgeous! i'd love a chance to win one!

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  118. Those cuffs are great I would love one!!!
    The thing I am being brave about is my black labs deteriorating health. He is 13 1/2 years old and can barley walk and can't control his bowels. I have to pretty much carry his back end around so he can go outside to go to the bathroom. He is on medication to make it less uncomfortable, so we are pretty much providing hospice care to him. My husband is upset that he is losing his buddy. We have had him since he was 8 weeks old and it is so sad to see him this way. Not sure how much longer he is going to last, it's hard!!

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  119. I love these from Farm Girl Paints? We Farmgirls need to stick together. I use to make Leathercraft bracelets in 4-H when I was about 10-12. Brings back good memories. I even remember the leather smell..Love the new twist. Thanks for offering.
    I'm in the middle of taking a new direction too. I love LIVE Brave...

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  120. Hi I linked in from Becky's blog. You really have a way with words. I am not sure I am suceeding but I want to be brave about how I look at myself. I really need to get some confidence and fight for what I want. Thanks for making me think about it and taking action.

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  121. I look forward to your posts..and sometimes I feel like I am stalking your blog LOL. The thing I am being most brave about is my return to school (after 17 years) I am struggling this semester with being away from my family more, I have been a SAHM for 12 years and thought it was time for me to do something "else" and now I wonder why I thought that. I miss being here for everything and nothing at all. My motto of sorts is "always finish what you started" and so I am bravely moving forward and doing the best job I possibly can..(4.0 baby!!) only one year left until I am done..so I am bravely trudging forward. Thanks for giving me much needed inspirations with you posts..I love them :)

    Thanks..
    Sara

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  122. I have had my eye of Choose Joy cuf. I love Becky's stuff. This is my first time to your blog. Very nice. I liked your message today. :D

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  123. Being brave...about NOT renewing our homestudy and just giving it a year off, then switching agencies and signing up for a HUGE financial commitment. That's what I'm being brave about.

    Meanwhile, I like the one that says, "Listen". A good reminder for me when I'm searching for God's voice in my life.

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  124. I love the cuffs. And I think raising children requires bravery.

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  125. Love that you're being brave...going for something really awesome and amazing and big! :) You are absolutely amazing!!

    As for me, lots of changes going on over here and feeling the need to be brave about every single one of them. It's so not easy.

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  126. I've been eyeing these for awhile! Love them!
    Abbie

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  127. I am *trying* to be brave about this *thing* we dove head first into, after all God told us to right? We are buying a home before ours even sells. God will come through right?? It's like the puzzles you KNOW a certian piece goes "there", you know it! but in the end you realize OOOhhh that is why it didn't fit! I was trying to force it, but it really goes way across the 1,000 piece landscape!!!, in an area that has sort of the same colors, but oh now you see how that color that was supposed to go there really does not and it all works...somehow

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  128. I am trying to be brave in dealing with something with one of my children and have complete trust in Jesus. Thank you for the reminder. Oh, and thank you for the chance at winning one of these adorable cuffs!

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  129. I am being brave in a couple different areas of my life...isn't that how it works sometimes??...you branch out in one area and it spreads to the rest. I am back to swimming with a fast group of ladies and just got on my road bike (albeit in a spin class on a trainer) after six years!!! And well the art thing...i am toast...doing mixed media projects for friends...taking the Soul Restoration course...even going to do a piece for the big school auction...YIKES! On the spiritual side I am journaling and spending more quiet, QUALITY time with the one from whom all of this is possible...Jesus....and for a busy mind like mine, it ain't easy! Yes, I am trying my best to be brave....

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  130. Wow, reading some of these comments I feel like my "being brave" moment pales in comparison... But I know that the Holy Spirit speaks in all kinds of moments. My bravery is coming to the realization that my desires don't need to matter nearly as much as His. In living less, I live more (just like your verse says). I struggle with this... pride gets in the way. But I feel His Spirit chipping away every day.

    BTW, bracelets are INCREDIBLE! I think I'd take the "Listen" one... I need to do that a lot more!

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  131. It seems lately that every day is an act of bravery. My husband lost his job last Fall, he is our main source of income. Every new day is a blessing. I really am thankful, but every step...every day is prayerfully done, or I find I am paralized with fear. The Lord has been SO faithful, we are really blessed! It is also amazing to me how God uses one situation to refine other areas in our life! Why not right? : ) Thanks for the chance to win, it would be a fun blessing!

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  132. Being brave today means that I need to stop finding comfort knowing that a paycheck is coming at the end of this week, but trusting that God is my comfort and has every need provided. Brave is also being willing to give when you don't have anything to give - He will provide - seems to be a lot of giving and providing. He's shown me so much before.....why would I ever doubt. Continuing to turn the lens of my eyes to see Him even more clearly. Love you Friend!

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  133. I am not a morning person and I really want to be! So my act of braveness is to start my day 30 minutes earlier to be able to enjoy the calm of the day before my kiddos wake up.

    Those cuffs are so adorable! Hope I win!

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  134. I am being brave about going back to work for a shor while after being a SAHM for 4.5 years...

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  135. I love Becky's cuffs and adore the words on them. I am being brave now trusting God is in control of where I am at now and that he is giving my family and I direction for our future.

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  136. i'm being brave about being snowed in 200 miles from my parent's home-sweet-home where i'd like to be. i'm being brave and trusting that this is still where i need to be even though it may not be where i want to be.

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  137. I'm being brave by giving up some of the control of my home...letting/making my kids do more chores, even though there may be wrinkles in the beds and cat food sprinkled on the floor. It's really hard to give up control and neatness in order to teach children important life skills.

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  138. Wow those are amazing! She sure is talented!

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  139. Being brave for me is...

    continuing to homeschool.
    fighting for the marriage I am in.
    defeating the lies satan would have me believe about myself and pursuing truth instead.

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  140. Cleaning out my laundry room!!

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  141. I am being brave about February 28th. The day I am scheduled for a c-section with my second child. I had a natural birth, as natural as they come and find myself anxious about surgery. ~deanna.

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  142. okay. okay. ooookay.

    what is going on? Something is going on. You are not telling me something.
    It has something to do with this blog, I can feel it.
    WHAT?! WHAT IS IT?

    I am being brave in my big plan to....do less! Which will really be more, because by the time I am done with my current commitments I will have THREE BOYS, thus the need to do less. I will be all mommy, almost ALL the time. Who knows? I may start crafting.

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  143. What am I being brave about? 6 months ago I left my career as an elementary school teacher, put our house up for sale, moved to another state with my husband and 1 year old, left all our friends, church and some family, went back to school, moved in with my brother-in-law...Why you may be asking?? Well, all to pursue my dream of becoming a dentist. It has always been a passion of mine. Through prayer and an ultra supportive husband, we are doing what we feel God desires. It has not been easy and going back to college with kids 10 years younger than me is requiring me to be BRAVE everyday!

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  144. Blogged about it here...
    http://ugafamily.wordpress.com/

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  145. And I commented on facebook too!

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  146. I'm being brave by trying my hand at sewing children's clothing. A friend does the embroidery part and I do the sewing. It's fun, but it's also scary.

    And Wendy (commenter above), you go girl! I used to be a CDA and I love that you are pursuing your dream.

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  147. Too cute! Be brave by letting your children become who they are.

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  148. Today, my dear Flower Patch Farmgirl, I do not feel brave. It has been a long hard day in foster care. One step forward, 273 steps back. The good news is, I don't have to be brave, I just have to be faithful. God already knows the outcome. I see the scattered puzzle pieces. I just can't see the picture. I am sure, that somehow it is beautiful. In the end. Today, though, it just looks like a scattered mess. Nonetheless, God is good, all the time!

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  149. I am trying to be brave about my husband starting his own business. I really want him to, but it's scary to not have a regular pay check each week.

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  150. I love that you are willing to fail to have a chance at thriving. That is so brave. Today, I am being brave in raising four boys to become four men. I have learned that it is not on ME, but on the One whom I let shine through me. What a burden lifted! My boys are my responsibility and my joy while they are in my "charge". What a gift...

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  151. We are thinking about adoption! We are at the very very beginning stages. It's so great to hear from people who have already done it! Love your blog.

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  152. What a lovely giveaway. Please enter me.

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  153. I don't feel brave, but I truly am trying to be brave as we trust the Lord through unemployment. It's been quite an amazing journey. Your blog has really inspired me. Thanks for sharing from your heart! ♥

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  154. I try to be brave every single day when I walk into college as a returning student and mother of three. I feel out of place among the young students just starting out in life.

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  155. I am being brave as we enter the first phase of adopting our second child. We have been so greatly blessed with our son (and his amazing birth family) and enter the second journey to bring our second child home with trepidation and joyfully timid hearts.

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  156. Being brave as I turn 47 at the end of the month yikes! Up until this year I have never put any thought about age not sure why maybe because it's an odd number 48 even sounds better!
    Love Becky's work.

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  157. Hmm, I'm being brave about getting ready to go back to school!

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  158. woohoo #171! I was brave at Blissdom by coming to talk to you, not worrying if you thought I was a blalker (blog stalker). Umm really I am bravely going to attempt to speak up for myself and my beliefs more consistently.word.

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  159. Love those bracelets and I think my "boys" will be jealous if I win! I'm being brave about sharing life with 5 teenagers, 3 kidlets and one husband who push me to my limits and fill me up each day by God's sweet grace.

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  160. I don't know if this is considered brave, but I'm learning to be more faithful. Right now I've got a negative number in my bank account and I'm trusting God knows what he's doing. He can provide for my needs (and is) with out my help. He's teaching me what's important and helping me refocus my values.

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  161. These are beautiful. I am being brave about my home. I have been working hard to become a true homemaker with my whole heart.

    Juliewasson@yahoo.com

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  162. She is so amazingly talented! As far as what I'm being brave about right now - working really hard to trust God as we move forward - believe me that's difficult for me I'm a recovering control freak.

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  163. I would love the listen cuff cause I feel sometimes in the midst of change we forget to do this and this would be a happy reminder.It spoke to me.I am being brave about a move that I fear is about to come because of my sweeties job...I thought we were settled but alas the economy ...*sigh* Again I am being brave.Im looking at it as an adventure!

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  164. The economy has made me brave ... every day I am having to face cut backs and do more to save more.It has taught me so much about what I really need and what is just not important.
    jlorenzen@gmail.com

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  165. Being brave about my health and continuing to keep a smile on my face.I have never visited your blog before. I enjoyed looking at your photos. I will be back to check out your recipes. :) Thanks for hosting the drawing for Becky's cuff.

    Mary from NH

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  166. Metal and leather. A rockin' combo. My heart feels stronger just imagining carrying a word of encouragement out there. But there are so many moments I need to be reminded to just "listen".

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  167. What a lovely, perfect giveaway! I hope I win. I NEED a "sign" to wear. I'm having to be brave about a great many things in this season of my life.

    thank you for the chance to win, and please keep up the funny, inspiring, beautiful work on your blog.

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  168. These are so unique! I need to shake up my wardrobe a bit, these may be just the thing!!

    You're fab FPFG

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  169. choosing my secret name over my given one...that is what i'm being brave about...love these word cuffs...love to wear words...they stir my heart

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  170. what an awesome touchstone to remember to be brave!

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  171. super cute. must have.

    I am being brave in too many areas of life to count right now. It's just where we are right now.

    Brooke
    wrightb4@gmail.com

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  172. First off i want to say that I love your blog. I happened upon through a friend of mine and appreciate your honesty, vulnerability, humor,etc.

    Second off, I adore these cuffs. I am not "taken" by much when it comes to jewerly but these are beautiful.

    I think all the women that have shared are so very brave and deserving. I will share mine as well. I am being brave in following the Lord's will for my life. The Lord has called me to Africa to work with special needs and disabled children. I believe the Lord is calling me to start a home, therapy center, clinic, school, etc. I am being brave in moving forward and following Him even though, right now, it is just Him and I. I am being brave in trusting that all the details will come together and being brave that He knows the desires of my heart as well.

    Thanks again for allowing us to know your heart and touching ours at the same time. God Bless you!

    Alysha O.
    theskymission@gmail.com

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  173. i am being brave and learning to take my kids out to places i never would...like the antique malls! a deploying husband is making me face my fears! :)
    love the 'you are my sunshine' cuff. my husband first started to sing that to me when we were dating...he'd find a yellow m&m, hand it to me and sing that song.

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  174. Moving forward daily on my life's journey. Every day is a new gift from my God.

    Deborah

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  175. I'm brave these days after having a heart attack on 12/21. I'm a young at heart 58 yr old, healthy and didn't see this comming. For 2 weeks afterwards I was afraid to do anything! I acted like I was a delicate china doll afraid if I did anything I would break..I was so scared. Then it hit me..That was no life to live. I would live life to the fullest and take my chances. After all, we all die sometime, right?

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  176. How fun are those?! Brave? I'm choosing to hope this year. May sound strange to be brave about but it's true. Instead of guarding myself from disappointment, being prepared for the worst, keeping my walls up and holding back. I'm braving hope. God is good and desires good for me. I want hope fully believing in his goodness and to not just be stuck in self preservation.

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  177. Trying to be "brave" about the next step...trying to sell our dream house to move onto a new dream!! sound familiar??!!!
    Love your blog!
    Carmela

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  178. my hubby just applied to the master's program at IU. we find out in march if he has been accepted which i am sure he will be. it will be two more years of school for him so....i am being brave by following and trusting that God is going to provide for our each and every need while he continues his education.

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  179. holy cow you were right...where in the world is my klennex box?? there's a whole lot of need out there.

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  180. Hi...I am facing surgery on Feb 16th and I am trying to rest in God's love and peace and know that I am doing the right thing....it means heading into that lovely world of menopause!? and that is my biggest fear right now ( I am 45)...so, your great give away would be an awesome reminder to be Brave and take on the world in this new phase of life!!

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  181. brave: surviving the flu while making sure our little ones do as well. thankful: for needing to be brave about something normal.

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  182. how did I miss this give away?
    I would love one of her cuffs!
    I bought one and had it sent to Edie from life in grace...but I didn't get one for myself....

    WOULD LOVE ONE!

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  183. Brave as the hub and I prepare to move cross country with our pets and attempt to re-integrate back into family and friends. Brave as I feel our lives and marriage drastically changing. Brave as I search for a new job and a rental situation that will actually accept a friendly German Shep. Brave as I attempt to really think about where I want life to head again. Brave as I live.

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  184. Somehow I don't know if I could pull off one of these cuffs. I might feel as though I'm a bit of a poser. I suppose it simply depends on the confidence with which one dons the cuff. So if I were to win I would wear my leather wrist band of positivity with great confidence. I am trying to be brave about starting my photography business. Feel the fear and do it anyway is my mantra. Easy to say... harder to live : )
    Dana

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  185. I am being brave about going to work every day...I have the most challenging class in 19 years....the gray hairs will come!

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  186. Ok, all the fingers and toes are crossed!

    Ok, now onto the 'brave' part...

    Gosh, where to I begin?? Feels like half my life I tell myself to be brave! Right now, it is to walk in the other room and tell my husband to turn off the XBox. Yes, shallow. But it still counts in the bravery department. Haha!

    Mary

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  187. OhMeOhMy...brave is my middle name right now. I'm just wrapping up my Master's in accounting and will be heading overseas for my first job. LIVE BRAVE will be my mantra over the next few months. Wish me luck. And thanks for the chance to win!

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  188. I am being brave! My son is weaning off a ventilator during the scary winter months, and I've not yet lost my mind :)

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  189. I want this for my sister who is being brave and just moved in to her own place by herself for the first time ever at 48.. Be Brave Sis... you can find joy in exploring who you are ...

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  190. I'm being brave about everyday life . . . seriously!

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  191. I'm not trying to get away with an easy answer, but what I am being brave about? Turning 35 and growing older with the evidence to prove it. That and a side of being a new step-mom to a 12 year old!

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  192. ooh, i love those cuffs! ok, so this may sound extremely silly to most of you but this is how i am trying to be brave...making the most of each day. enjoying each day with my girls and hubby. taking the time to do the things i enjoy. i have a tendancy to get way too caught up in the things that do nothing but distract me...cleaning, organizing. i become obsessed with these and have recently been "challanged" to let those things go...they will still be there tomorrow. and the next day for that matter!

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  193. Loving the leather cuff and being brave as I consider starting my own blog... :-)

    Tracy

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