Emily Ann Peterson is a singer/songwriter and author of Bare Naked Bravery. Emily was a cellist until she was diagnosed with a tremor in her right-hand that changed her life entirely. This change in her life made Emily curious about bravery, which led to both the Bare Naked Bravery podcast and book: the whole concept is to look into what it means to be brave.
Does fear to share our voice and talents mean that we are less brave? Or are we showing more bravery by not seeing other women as a threat and supporting them no matter what? Showing who you are can be risky, especially when others choose to put themselves out there (which is seriously brave). When you see comments and posts from others that have a different opinion from you can be scary (and make you feel as though you need to get back inside your box), or you can be brave and stick with it.
Bravery starts on the inside: with the questions you ask yourself. Internal bravery isn’t something that is seen on a public scale, but it’s how the you are able to find where you stand and where your bravery lies. Bravery does not mean there is an absence of fear – it’s actually the embodiment of fear, because you are using your own tools of power to try and remove part of the fear. There are so many creative ways to work around your fear. Once you’ve asked yourself the questions that allow you to work through the fear, you can find creative ways to be brave against that fear.
How Do Manage Expectations? Find ways that allow you to do things in the easiest way possible. Making something simple for you to manage, doesn’t make you any less brave.
If you surround yourself with others who are brave, you will find your bravery; because it is contagious!
There are 12 Ingredients of Bravery: Emily talks about some of the examples of how she has freed herself from some of the constraints that have held her back in recent years. How you sometimes need to do the brave thing because other people also need you; and how handling the hard shit head-on allow you to become even stronger.
Emily has so many stories to share of people being brave; but the bravery moments that pull at her heart the most, are the stories where the ‘small voices’ are heard: these are the voices that shake the world due to the strength and impact of the message they hold behind them.
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About Our Guest
In 2013, Emily Ann Peterson was diagnosed with a degenerative neurological hand tremor, which forever altered her two-decade livelihood as a cellist/cello teacher. Refusing to lose her life’s love of expression, she knew she’d have to be brave. In an act of neurological defiance, she expanded into wider mediums and broke through her creative glass ceiling, opening the door to limitless possibilities through songwriting.
Her book Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous helps people from all walks of life understand what bravery really is – allowing them to step into it by creatively using vulnerability, imagination and improvisation. Her podcast, Bare Naked Bravery, features conversations with everyday heroes and creative entrepreneurs about the quiet successes and loud failures required to do the brave things for which we know and love them. Alongside the podcast, Emily also facilitates a Facebook group that offers a welcoming, safe community for creative misfits to finally find belonging and acceptance.
Emily writes for people who struggle to remember what hope feels like and sings to those who yearn for something secret. She speaks to those who are done being bored and crave all things beautiful, strong, sacred, and sensual. Her goal is to inspire a global resonance and magnanimous community through the marriage of art and whole-person development.