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When Passion Meets Courage: Meet Tevyka Heyward

Name: Tevyka Heyward (pronounced Ta-vee-ka) or Tee for short

Age: 32

Lip Color: Chocolate Kisses lip lacquer and a bit of pink and nude pencils to give her lips a bit of a pop.

We are pleased to highlight Tevyka Heyward as this weeks Woman of Courage. We first met T during last years Blogalicious conference and she’s been one of our most loyal Liquid Courage customers.

T says, “Courage is following the path set forth in one’s heart and mind, regardless of what obstacles may stand in your way.” The most courageous thing T did this year was pursue her passion for event planning by starting a certification program and training for her 1st Spartan Race which she completed on August 1.

T offers the following advice for others who are need in courage, “Don’t dwell on past negativities, use every experience as a tool for learning. Don’t be afraid to step outside the box and be different. It’s easier said than done but once you accept what you really want to get out of life, walking away from the norm is the most courageous thing you can do, for yourself and others.”

T has taken this motto literally over the past few years from her experiences in the military to her current education and employment goals. “I’m willing to walk away from something that doesn’t fit my needs or at least approach it on my own terms.”

Thanks for sharing your Courageous story T.

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Dare Devil

Sisterhood, Service, and Courage: Meet Everyday Woman of Courage Sharelle Dailey

Name: S. Sharelle Dailey

Age: 35

Occupation: Project Manager

Instagram: LUCKIESHARMS

Sharelle says, “Courage is the ability to face your fears even during times of adversity.” Sharelle is all too familiar with women facing their fears daily by lending her talents, time, and energy to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. Sharelle has not only donated countless hours but has raised money for the organization.   

Sharelle also has a passion for fitness and finds time to teach Zumba classes on top of her already busy schedule. “I have always led a pretty active lifestyle: from cheerleading, to dance, soccer, running, aerobics and most importantly my love for the Susan G. Komen 60 Mile Walk. In October 2009, I transitioned from Atlanta, Georgia where I worked with several personal trainers for my personal fitness as well as fundraiser endeavors for Breast Cancer. Upon my return an old high school friend of mine was advertising a Zumbathon so I decided to check it out. What do you know –  it was LOVE AT FIRST DANCE and within a year I became a Zumba Instructor” says Sharelle.  If you are in DC metro area check out her Zumba class.

The most courageous thing Sharelle has done this year is “stay true to myself and my beliefs even when it was easier to go with the popular vote.”

What advice would you give another woman who needs courage to deal with a difficult situation?  I would say take a deep breath and think about what you would do if you were not afraid.  Hold on to that feeling and go with it.  You will not regret the choice. And, you will breathe easier knowing that you went with your gut instinct.”

Do you like Sharelle’s lip color? Sharelle is wearing Dare Devil, matte lipstick by Liquid Courage Cosmetics, which is available for pre-order.  

 

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.”

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.

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

 

Kaye Cox

Meet Kaye Cox: Our Everyday Woman of Courage

Liquid Courage Cosmetics is excited to spotlight model extraordinaire Ms. Kaye Cox as this weeks Everyday Woman of Courage. We met Kaye Cox at a Liquid Courage Cosmetics photoshoot last year and she stole our heart with her infectious smile, personality, and passion to her craft.
As a reminder, 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. 
Meet Kaye Cox
Age:  28
Occupation: Model
Kaye Cox says, “Courage is a fearless characteristic that I feel all women are born with. I know I Was born with it! Lol. With the many types of situations we come across in our lives, most women handle them with poise and grace. As if it’s just a natural thing. “
What has been the most courageous thing you’ve done this year? “Embrace my ability to be great and take my destiny into my own hands because my goal is success and happiness. The only way to be happy in life, is to do what you’re passionate about, the way you want to do it, without having to answer to anyone. I might be scared along the way because I don’t know what’s coming ….. But that’s the fun part! "</p