Name: DeAnna Carpenter
Occupation: Singer, songwriter, Founder of She Who Builds Corp.
Lip Color: Dare Devil
DeAnna says, “Courage is pushing past fear – being able to see the fear and choosing to not let it stop you. Courage is honoring that which you feel and know is right and best for you and your life. Courage is the choice and act of loving self completely and fully, with acceptance of who you are at any and every moment. Courage is action. Courage is choice. Courage is a way of BEing.”
“The most courageous thing I have done this year is let go. To consciously examine my life – relationships, habits, dreams, fears, thoughts, ways of being – and upon reflection, consciously choose to let go of that which no longer served me, my life and the direction I’m headed in. And it’s been hard … real hard. It’s been scary … very scary. Yet, the cost of holding on was a price I no longer was willing or wanted to pay. So, the most courageous thing I have done this year is choose DeAnna and place my health, joy, peace of mind and overall well-being first and center. The most courageous thing I’ve done is to remember and return to loving me”, says DeAnna.
When asked, what advice would she give another woman who is in need of courage to deal with a difficult situation? Deanna says, “Trust your knowing. We know what to do in every situation, yet we are not always taught and/or supported in trusting that knowing. Develop the ability within your self to trust that knowing, that deep feeling, in essence, your intuition. You have everything you need within you; don’t be so quick to give that power away by not trusting it.”
Name: Crystal-Marie Mitchell
Occupation: Author, Designer, Entrepreneur
Lip Color: Chocolate Kisses
“Courage is believing in yourself despite what the world says about you. You are not defined by someone else’s view. You are GOD’s creation. Walk like it”, says Crystal-Marie.
When asked, what was the most courageous thing she’s done recently, she says “Publish my book, The Diva Diaries Living Through Tough Seasons. It’s been on my goals list for years and I finally found the courage to share my story.”
What advice would you give another woman who is need of courage to deal with a difficult situation? Everything happens in its season. I know… we’ve all heard this before. But it’s true. Sometimes God will shut doors that you so desperately want to stay open because He is getting you ready for the blessings He has for you. He is about to take you to the next level so don’t hold on to something He is trying to take from you. Surround yourself with good people who can speak into your life at the right moment and who encourage you in your best season as well as your most difficult one. Get the lesson from the situation you are in but don’t let it define the rest of your life. A difficult situation or season is just a chapter in your book. Let go and let God!
One of the things I love most about Liquid Courage Cosmetics is the Chocolate Kisses Lip Lacquer! The color is AMAZING and is my everyday courage color. ~Crystsl-Marie Mitchell
Name: Ashley Ogletree
Occupation: Business Systems Analyst, Cincinnati Public Schools
Product in pic- Cherry on Top…Killin em’!
Meet Everyday Woman of Courage, Ashley Ogletree, from Cincinnati, Ohio. Ashley has been a Liquid Courage customer since November 27, 2013, one of our very first customers.
Ashley defines courage as “allowing the greatness within you to shine, while unknowingly allowing others to do the same.”
Liquid Courage takes pride in serving women that provide meaning and value to their families, communities, and businesses. Ashley is no different.
When asked what was the most courageous thing she’s done this year, Ashley says “Start my first uniform drive for disadvantaged students attending Cincinnati Public Schools.”
Ashley offers the following advice, “Don’t allow your setbacks to take you under…It’s only in these moments that define and create the true beauty within you. Always remember you are AWESOME and you can handle anything that comes your way! One positive thought at a time.”
Keep in touch with Ashley by visiting her social media pages below.
Name: Barika Williams
Age: The fabulous 33
Occupation: Municipal Government/Program Manager
Lip Lacquer: Take Me Out
Liquid Courage Cosmetics recently sat down with Barika Wllliams to hear her courageous story. Barika became a Liquid Courage customer on January 3, 2014 with her purchase of the Take Me Out lip lacquer.
When asked how she defines courage, Barika says, “as the ability to say “no” with a smile.”
What has been the most courageous thing you’ve done this year? The ability to grow despite the situation. As I beautifully mature in life, I learned to let go and let God handle all of my setbacks. Besides, a smile is worth a thousand words.
What advice would you give another woman who is need of courage to deal with a difficult situation? Be your own voice and find other champions that will support you to overcome your challenge. Always, keep a strong village of like minded friend’s to ensure you have a consistent and positive mental mindset. Remember, trouble doesn’t last always! Be encouraged, as pressure produces diamonds.
Name: Shawndell Clay
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.
Blogs were born out of the necessity to spark courageous conversations and create communities of people with similar passions, experiences, challenges, and triumphs. One virtue connected all of these realities: courage.
-mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty
Wear Your Courage
Knowing that studies have shown women wearing make-up feel it gives an advantage at work and made them feel more in control, Liquid Courage Cosmetics is debuting the “Blogalicious” lipstick at the upcoming Blogalicious Conference in San Antonio, TX from November 6-9, 2014. The mission of Blogalicious is to be known as the go-to destination and resource for influential multi-cultural women social media enthusiasts from all over the world to collaborate, connect and uplift one another. To further this commitment, Blogalicious is teaming up with Liquid Courage Cosmetics to help you wear your courage with the #couragetowrite movement.
Your Voice Matters
The courage to speak your piece and boldly live your truth is the most fundamental human right. And, with this courage, blogs were born, and revolutions were ignited.
The #couragetowrite movement is designed to encourage writers that have either stopped writing or considered the thought of muting their voice. Now is your moment to wear your courage well. Now is your moment to wear your courage well. To date, the movement has had a social reach of over 100K people. Join the #couragetowrite movement by visiting our Thunderclap link. You do not need to be a writer or blogger to join the #couragetowrite movement.