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Kerrie Cooper
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we are all in this together.
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Eh-hem. New blog post!
https://medium.com/@kindred/finding-happy-27ec8f641967
Not a member? Well, you could (should?) be! And if it's not your thing, try HuffPost. (But Medium is prettier and has no ads.) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/59fcf395e4b076eaaae26f8a
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Courage: Maybe for you it's about doing the things you fear most because you know you will be a better person for it. Or perhaps it is about coming out with your true sexual or gender identity. Or accepting the inner artist in you. Or finally writing that book proposal. Maybe for you it’s about turning your back on the family business you were expected to take over. Walking away from the path you are on because your soul is suffocating. Maybe you have been awoken to gifts that have laid dormant all this time and you are being asked to stretch and go places you have never been.

If you are there now: Never, ever, ever let yourself forget how astounding your courage was.

If you are still contemplating: Never ever, ever, walk away. Because the courage you need already lives inside you.
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The stable, predictable, nice salaried gig that I was oh-so-reluctant-to-take-in-the-first-place had just blown up in an ugly and demonstrative way. Now that little seed of an idea that I had tucked away in my heart all those years ago was knocking on the door of my conscious saying: it is time. it is now. make me grow. I sat in the dark of the early morning hours and sketched out what kindred would look like, what it would stand for and who it would help. I outlined the online library of true stories and came up with 29 different anthologies. I researched artisans and hand selected each for their beautiful work and the fact that they were women, each in business for themselves, doing something they had to do out of nothing but passion and drive. I created a revenue chart with cash flows that I didn't even know how I was going to create yet. Then I convinced my husband that yes, I had to give away nearly half of my profit to a dedicated giving fund that will help another. And yes, it had to be a part of the brand from the start. I worked joyously and privately. Until one afternoon at brunch with some extended family in town, I was asked of my plan. I nervously and tenuously outlined it to them, speaking much of it out loud for the first time. I was met with nods that could only be described as confused ambivalence, until this question was posed out loud: "Can you afford to do that?" The words came out automatically: "I can't afford not to." I may have been uncertain about the risk I was about to take. I may have battled fear and doubt and insecurity. But if there was one thing I was certain of, it was that statement. I knew. My soul knew. With every fiber of my being I knew. Which is why you will know. When it is time. It will feel just like the quote below.
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Listening to what is inside of you means you have to get really quiet, shutting down the voices who tell you that you can't. You shouldn't. You are crazy. It will never work. Sometimes this is your voice. Sometimes it is the voice of your friends, your sister, your Mother or your Father. Sometimes this voice and these words were planted in you long ago.

Once you accomplish this and the only thing left is your clear direction within you, you can move on to the next battle: fear and doubt. For me, this was an almost daily occurrence. Learning to trust - in you, in the unknown, in your dream, in your vision - this takes everything you've got.

Put down the fear and the doubt, push the ego aside (it likes to be in charge) and let go of expectation - yours and everyone else's. This is where your power lies: within. That voice inside. Listen to it.

In the words of Thomas Edison: "If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves."

Believe it.
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My path has become 100% guided. By my intuition. By my guides. By my higher self. I may not always have the answers when I want them. And learning to trust, absolutely, especially in times when being asked to stretch beyond my comfort level (like now) is not easy, to say the least. But I can tell you this: I have never in my life been happier.
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I made myself watch "13 Reason's Why” recently, which, as a parent, was excruciating. But I watched it for a lot of reasons, mostly because there are people in my life who have been tragically and irreparably affected by suicide. I also know and love individuals who have felt the utter despair and hopelessness that drives one to feel there is no way out - and who have managed to pull themselves back out of that darkness.

I made myself watch it because I am a mom and I have a job to get my girl safely to adulthood and beyond. Still I wince even as I write that because of the threats, both real and perceived, that my mind runs away with of the unfathomable events that have happened or could happen to any parent or any child - who among us is safe and immune?

I made myself watch it, forcing myself not to turn away from Kate Walsh’s all-too-real grief stricken face as Hannah’s mother; and I sobbed right along with her until I was exhausted.

I made myself watch it because it seems that at the start of every school year there is a collective holding of breath: please let us get through the year without a losing a kid - to bullying to suicide to…anything.

But most of all I made myself watch it because of the article below and the alarming statistics of the increase in suicide, especially girls between 10 - 14. It strikes me as a National crisis and yet it remains something we just don’t want to consider could happen to us. or talk about at all. Somehow we were misinformed that having a candid conversation with our kids about suicide will put ideas in their heads. (Isn’t there a generation not too far behind us that felt that way about sex, too?) It seems we would rather close our eyes and hope that it doesn’t happen rather than talk about it with our children - about what they can do if they feel overwhelmed, where they can turn for help and who they can call in a time of crisis. We are much better prepared to talk about suicide after it happens; providing counseling and bereavement support to those left behind. All counting our blessings that it wasn’t us. It wasn’t our child. It wasn’t our school.

The topic of suicide shouldn’t be taboo any more than the topic of depression, bullying or any mental illness should be. We all need to educate ourselves. Because the time to talk about suicide as a community - as parents - is before someone else takes their life. Not after.

"There is one age group that really stands out — girls between the ages of 10 and 14. Though they make up a very small portion of the total suicides, the rate in that group jumped the most — it experienced the largest percent increase, tripling over 15 years from 0.5 to 1.7 per 100,000 people."

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/04/22/474888854/suicide-rates-climb-in-u-s-especially-among-adolescent-girls

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We have a powerful demonstration to lift the veil of social media that makes it so easy for one to hurt another. Still tickets available but only two days left to buy them!
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