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Courage and Living Honestly

 Hello friends, 

The etymology for the word courage stems from the Latin word, “cur”… which means heart. That makes sense.

To move with courage in our world does take heart because it first requires one to be utterly honest with oneself… to open ourselves to our deepest truths and fears and dreams.

Truly considering what’s going on for you and taking action to fulfill that – as long as it does not hurt others or yourself – are the first steps to self discovery and self- awareness. 

Then LIVING in our own honest, authentic way will take another layer of courage. Sometimes we will feel supported, but other times it will take an enormous amount of bravery especially if our family and friends are disappointed by our truths. The consequence of not honoring ourselves first is living a lie….which can create more pain, misery and suffering.  

Many of us have been taught or conditioned to please others before ourselves…perhaps we put the cart before the horse? Perhaps now, like thousands of other courageous people, it’s time step up and shine the light of our own beautiful truth. 

How great and inspiring that we are all provided with another chance to look at where we’re not being totally honest with ourselves and another… So let’s move forward in those difficult conversations, embrace them rather than resist them. For those moments will ultimately expand and lighten our hearts even more.

 Have courage and shine on!

We were all born to shine. The following passage encourages us to have the courage to be our brightest most powerful selves. For when we do, we give others the permission to do so as well….it’s a contagious effect because, at the end of it all, it’s really about being true to ourselves and true to all that Life created us to be and to express.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

 Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”

Here’s what’s happening on insidewink…

Good Vibes with Michael Mwenso The amazing musical artist Michael Mwenso talks with Jean and Alison about prayer, spirituality and, of course, cake!

Jean talks with Patricia Stark about her incredible new book Calmfidence. We could all us some help letting go of anxiety and this manual helps us stay calm and gets us into a growth mindset Patricia Stark and the Mastery of CALMFIDENCE

Renee Ferrruggia- Alex and Vanna White’s hairstylist – talks with jean about the strat of her business and the love she has for the people in her life: Renee Ferruggia – The Art of Hairstyling 

Guest contributor Cheryl Farrell writes on the theme of movement in her protracted experience with alopecia The Time It Takes: Black Hair Loss

And, of course, more wonderful articles and personal stories too.

Much love,
Jean & Alison

In case you missed it …

Guest contributor Cheryl Farrell writes about beauty in an unexpected mermaid in  A Break In The Pattern

Kathlene McGovern looks at Fall and the wonderful new beginnings it brings in  Fall Happy Headlinnes

Brad talks with Bill Bentley – “a walking encyclopedia of Rock and Roll” – about rock and roll’s history and where Bill sees it going. A great read! Bill Bentley talks with Brad Koepenick


Jean is a Professional Religious Science Practitioner, Reiki Master and Sound Healer. She grew up on Long Island, NY, and now lives in Los Angeles. She has two wonderful adult children, Matthew and Emily, with her beloved late husband, Alex.  Jean enjoys taking long walks, watching movies, and traveling. She is very grateful for her family, friends, Luna (the dog) and good coffee.


Alison Martin -- wife, mom, Emmy-award winning actress, writer, chocoholic. Bronx Italian, daughter of Pultizer Prize winning reporters, who also identifies as L.A. Irish. Shout outs: Dan, Em, Brady, pooches - LuLu & Ted, friends, Mother Earth, serendipity, peace, VIPHS, living life like your socks feel real good.

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