About the Author

Aliza Latta is a Canadian writer, artist, and author, who is a huge fan of telling stories. Her artwork and writing has been featured in publications for LifeWay, Dayspring, and (in)courage. She is always searching for the goodness of God, even when she has to squint to see it.

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  1. Aliza,
    I love the quote by Brene Brown. I have found that being vulnerable is perhaps one of the most terrifying things to be, but at the same time, also the most rewarding because of what it opens up…the chance for others to feel okay about being real…often than might mean being a real mess. Love how you share with the 17 year old girls that they are beautiful and significant. If only we knew how much other souls are dying to hear those words. Love your ideas here, Aliza. You are wise beyond your years!!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

    • I love it too. And once we’re vulnerable we see the positive ripple effect it has — it’s the initial few steps that are agonizing! Thanks for your constant encouragement, Bev!

  2. I am going to pass this on to my teen girls and have BOTH of them read it. Just as I need to be brave more often ~ they do too! 😉

  3. Aliza,

    These are wonderful steps. I find three to be hard though.

    Thank-you for your wisdom,

    Penny

    • Me too. In my heart, I know it’s true. Jesus says it time and time again, and if he believes it, shouldn’t I? It’s harder to convince my head though. Praying for you now, Penny!

    • Penny, I don’t know what you look like,but you are always so kind and encouraging in your remarks…you ARE beautiful!! 🙂

  4. Love these practical steps! That made me click through! So often, when I have to make that phone call or push the publish button, I have to tell myself to do the hard thing.I look forward to you fleshing out this topic this month!

  5. Beautifully written. The first sentence drew me in, which is the sign of an amazingly talented writer. Keep up the BRAVE, it is well worth the SACRIFICE!

  6. My favorite is, “Ask someone their story.” It’s a brave thing I’ve been working on. And of course, saying no, something else I’m learning.

  7. Sometimes I think the bravest thing we can do is make our bed in the morning. First of all, it means we’ve accomplished #1 on your list. And also, it gives such an immediate jolt of accomplishment. This school year, the kids and I have started making our bed every day. I am amazed how that simple act can frame a day. My kids have felt it too!

  8. Aliza,
    Thank you for the inspiring list! Such wise words from someone so young! I love it when people are vulnerable. I’m the kind of person who wants to get to know you deep down. At church I affirm people’s significance. I let them know I’m praying for them, how good it is to see them, etc. Let them know that I care.
    Blessings 🙂

  9. Breaking down “brave” into these 11 things makes it so much easier to know I/we can do this! Thank you!

  10. This fact that “bravery is Biblical” resonated within my spirit. To be brave is just to “show up.” and I do so every day with the intent to accomplish all that I write on my to-do list. But it is more than just the daily chores I need accomplish. I want to be offer affirmation to others, especially with my husband. Since we’ve been retired, I need to give him words that will encourage and make him feel better about himself. It’s a tall order and I plan to give him the words that will make his day seem brighter. Thanks for all the other tips as well. I’m still dreaming though out of the workforce and continue to write my novel with hopes of a good outcome.

  11. I love this! So much truth here. We’ve been deceived into thinking we only need to be brave in the BIG things, but every day life, done well, requires our brave. Thanks for sharing this!