Sonia At Grand Canyon

The Courage to love your Sister

Name: Sonia Jackson Myles
Title: President & CEO, The Sister Accord LLC
Age: 47
Lip Lacquer: Wearing Take Me Out by Liquid Courage Cosmetics at the top of the Grand Canyon. 
I resolve to establish an agreement with ALL of my sisters, whether they are black, white, red, yellow or brown. Whether they are strong or weak, rich or poor, educated at Harvard or educated on 17th Street, working in the C-suite or cleaning it. Whether they are independent or leaning and depending, confident or lacking self-esteem, fighting back or being abused and misused. I will uphold this commitment to my sisters.

This is an excerpt from The Sister Accord written by COURAGEous beauty Sonia Myles. Liquid Courage Cosmetics is the beauty empowerment brand of  choice for women worldwide so we are super excited to highlight Sonia as an Everyday Woman of Courage and bring visibility to the powerful Sister Accord Movement. 

Sonia says, “courage is being filled with fear and taking the “leap” anyway!  What is key in this statement is that in order to truly be courageous you must be scared out of your mind to address a situation or to move forward on an idea.  If you’re not afraid, then it doesn’t take courage to act. In my experience, having courage is a journey.  For me, it began when I conquered my fear of dogs.  Once I “faced my fear” of something that controlled my life for so many years, I became unstoppable!!!”  

What was the most courageous thing you’ve done this year? Co-founding Rivers Media Group LLC with my business partner, C. Key.  We are two fearless ladies with BIG DREAMS and now have the ability to touch people all around the world with music and entertainment via mobile devices via our partnership with Urban Planet Mobile!  If someone would have told me 18 months ago when I was an executive at Procter & Gamble that I would be living this amazing dream, I would have thought they were crazy!  I am pursuing my goals and passions with great tenacity & a sense of urgency.  It FEELS GREAT!!!!

For anyone in need of courage, Sonia offers the following advice. “Get centered, get focused and determine what God’s purpose is for your life.  I have come to understand that when I am operating in his God’s will, everything comes together when and how it is supposed to.  When I step outside of his will, chaos ensues!”  

Live Courageously! Live Fearlessly!

 

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Shawn

Going against the odds: The Courageous Story of Shawndell Clay

Name: Shawndell Clay

Age: 29

Occupation: The PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium, 4th year psychology doctoral student. Shawndell’s dissertation is on the connection between racial identity and depression in Black women.

Lip Lacquer: Cherry On Top 

Shawndell defines courage as being who you are, no matter how hard that is! To prove it, the most courageous thing Shawndell has done this year was submitting her application for an internship at Georgia State University. She was told over and over again she would never get…and she got it! Georgia State University traditionally only accepts Ph.D. interns so there was a perceived disadvantage of not getting the internship because she’s pursuing a Psy.D. and not a Ph.D. This is the power of COURAGE.

What advice would you give to another woman who is in need of courage to get through a difficult situation? Pretend a close friend is struggling and imagine what you would say to her. As women, we tend to uplift others yet be so hard on ourselves. Whatever kindness you would extend to her, be that kind and encouraging to yourself.

 

Muriel Isaac

Courage is being afraid but forging ahead: Meet Our Everyday Woman of Courage Muriel Isaac

Muriel Isaac

Age: 31

Occupation: Development Officer (Fundraiser) at Stanford University.

Lipstick: Blogalicious

Muriel says, “Courage is being afraid but forging ahead anyway. Fear is natural; pushing past it lets me see exactly what I’m made of and gives me opportunities to discover more of who I am and how strong I can be. Every day I work towards fearlessness… The closer I get, the more unstoppable I become.”

When asked what was the most courageous thing she’s done this year, Muriel said, “fall in love. The vulnerability that love requires necessitates putting one’s ego aside and deciding to embrace the complete uncertainty of letting another person in. I’m so glad I didn’t allow negative past experiences to deter me from bravely taking a step towards happiness with an amazing man who never passes up a chance to tell me how amazing he thinks I am.”

This Brooklynite offers the following advice to any woman who is in need of courage. “Even if it’s not readily apparent, you already have exactly what you need to get through what you’re dealing with. Listen to your intuition, your gut; allow it to guide you in the right direction. You may try to ignore it, explain away something you know isn’t right, or make excuses for why you can’t make the move you know you need to make, but it is still speaking to you. Trust yourself and have faith that you possess the courage to get yourself where you need to be.”

Jessica-McFadden-Courage

Everyday Woman of Courage: Jessica McFadden

Jessica McFadden

Age: 39

Lipstick: Forever Young Matte Lip Stick

Facebook: @A Parent in America

@JessicaMcFadd on Instagram + Twitter

This week we are celebrating Jessica McFadden as our Everyday Woman of Courage. As a mom, freelance writer, and blogger one would think it would be impossible to find the time to go back to school but this is not the case for Jessica. When asked what was the most courageous thing she’s done this year, Jessica said “focus on my education which meant going back to school in pursuit of my graduate degree. It will be a juggle with work and three children, but I am excited about this new journey.”

We can learn a lot from Jessica with her recent ‘courage move” so we asked her what advice would she give another woman who is need of courage. Jessica offers the following advice, “It is never too late to choose the path that makes your heart sing, be it career, relationships, financial stability or health. Making the choice to do something different is the toughest part. The rest of it — even the hardest work — will make you happy.”

How do you define Courage? “Courage is consulting your conscience — not the opinions of others — when faced with a challenge, and choosing the path that is good and true.”

Did this story resonate with you in some way? If so, share this post with all the Courageous women you know!!!!

Jana

Jana says “Courage was choosing to live; to move beyond the pain.”

Meet our Everyday Woman of Courage: Jana Player Pauldin

Age: 45

Occupation: Chief Executive Officer at Brand id | Strategic Partners (www.Brandidsp.com).

Lipstick: Forever Young

They say you never know the pain behind a smile but in the case of Jana you don’t know the courage behind hers. Everyone has a story and so Liquid Courage Cosmetics recently sat down to hear Jana’s COURAGEOUS story.

Jana defines courage as “living with intentional purpose. When I lost my son in 2004 to leukemia, people used the word “courage” almost on a daily basis to describe what they felt was an unflappable character trait. For me, there was no courage only a mother instinctively knowing when to finally let her son go and have his peace. Courage was choosing to live; to move beyond the pain. To always treasure the blessing of being granted the opportunity to love unconditionally. To know how to give without hesitation, how to let go without regret, and how to say thank you for the God-given moments of joy without bitterness.”

Jana’s story personally touched me as I thought about countless mothers who have experienced or will experience the pain of burying their children. In my opinion, this is the ultimate test of courage. “The best advice I could give to another woman in need of courage to deal with a difficult situation is to stand in your truth. Listen to that inner voice that is often ignored. Always be accountable for your decisions and their consequences. Learn from your pain and move past your hurt.  Your life is motioned by your decisions — good or bad.  I teach my daughter, and sons, to not be afraid of life. Faith is powerful.  When doubt questions, “ Why me?”  Your Faith should answer, “Why not?”  One of my favorite quotes from James Baldwin that’s posted on my computer is “The world is before you and you need not take it or leave it as when you came in it.”, says Jana.

What is the most courageous thing you’ve done this year? “Choose me. At the stroke of midnight, I declared that 2015 would be my year of intent. I charge myself to remain grateful and humbled by my blessings. 2014 gave me my fair share of loss and disappointment but I choose to move forward stronger and wiser. This year, I step out on Faith, facing my fears and uncertainties. Life has taught me that there will always be judgment from others or misunderstandings of good intentions but God knows my heart, and only he can judge my actions. I embrace the knowledge that I am wonderfully flawed and beautifully made. I will always define who I am. I’m layered and I love it.”

Tell Jana how much this story touched you by sending her a tweet to @ladyjanaP.

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Cara

Meet Everyday Woman Cara Paige: The PR Maven

The purpose of Everyday Woman of Courage is to celebrate our customers and share their courageous stories. These women are mothers, wives, entrepreneurs, glass ceiling shatterers, pioneers, inventors, visionaries, and dreamers. Women like you. This week we are highlighting, Cara Paige, the owner of Haute Paige Public Relations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Name: Cara Paige
Age: 31
Lip Color: Blogalicious

Cara says, Courage is going against the grain; exceeding the expectations that others have of me, but mainly its discipline, fortitude and willpower to exceed the expectations I have of myself. Whether it’s embracing or working on my flaws, shattering arbitrary limitations, or being a #girlboss and entrepreneur. Courage is the drive to BE and DO more!

 

What is the most courageous thing you’ve done this year?  “Going full-time with my own business. My company, Haute Paige Public Relations was always a side job, but now it’s my full-time grind. Appreciative of all of the things it’s taught me (about myself and the world of business). I have to thank Tionna Small, whose words constantly resound in my ear “the grind will never fail you”. And it hasn’t. I love the courage and faith that’s grown in me while on this journey.”

 

Cara offers the following advice for women who is need of courage to deal with a difficult situation. “You can do it… just take one step at a time, one day at a time, one thing at a time. (If you even look back) you’ll be astonished at how far you’ve come.”