Team Brave + The Past Year

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I want to tell you about Team Brave.

About the last year of my life.

About being afraid, all of my life.

About uncovering courage.

Grab a coffee or tea.  Because that is how it all began for me.

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I want to tell you about Team Brave.

About the last year of my life.

About being afraid, all of my life.

About uncovering courage.

Grab a coffee or tea. Because that is how it all began for me.

Last May, I met with a group of girls for a creative meeting at Starbucks.  We got together to talk design for the Original Conference brochure and in the middle of sharing style we started spilling heart secrets.  We were there to talk design and it turned into a divine moment.  This group of girls, some of us friends, some co-workers, some acquaintances, two of us friends for over twenty years, but mostly sticking to the surface, managed to let our guards down and go past “I’m good, yeah things are good.  I’m fine.  How are you?”  Without any pressure or push we began to move past formalities and we found a forming freedom in sharing where were in life, where we thought we would be, and what we longed for.  No judgement, but a joining of hearts and a beginning journey.

We decided to meet again, and to each make a list of things we wanted to do (some together, some very personal).  We listed things that were just wishes in our hearts, and some things we were just too afraid to really go after or even give voice to.  We had vulnerability and accountability and through that courage came alive….what I now know to be ordinary courage – courage in sharing our whole hearts.

We moved on to meet regularly, texted at timely moments, and began calling our little group Team Brave.

I’d love for you to meet my friends and watch this video which tells the story far more beautifully than my words could ever work out.

Some things on our lists were big like running a 1/2 marathon and skydiving.  Other things were so personal to the heart that it took courage to share them amongst each other.  Many things we checked off our lists and accomplished because of accountability and encouragement.  Some wishes we are still working on.  And, others we attempted and failed.  I never made it out of the airplane on the day we went skydiving.  I was the only one that didn’t jump.  Which then led me to face my fear of failure and not measuring up.  I faced another fear this past weekend, talking in front of people – – Over, 2,500 women to be exact.   I had anticipated the moment for many months.  Nervous.  Anxious.  I would joke, again and again, about being shamed in front of thousands as the one who didn’t jump. But, in that moment, microphone in hand, I wasn’t ashamed.  I was proud of the fact that I said yes and even got in that teeny tiny plane – that was major for me.  And, the life lessons I learned were invaluable.  Two of the other girls weren’t able to run the 1/2 marathon at the last minute.  It was discouraging.  But, this is where we continued in courage….by encouraging each other and by continuing on.   There is courage in camaraderie.

While we encouraged each other on in feats like marathons, skydiving, and career goals, some of us also found ourselves in surprising life situations, throughout the year, that required bold bravery.  Bravery to speak up.  Bravery to stay silent.  And sometimes, bravery just to carry on.  We carried on, carrying and covering each other with prayer.

My dear friend, Jen penned a book, Past the Wishing, which tells the story of Team Brave as well as her own courageous journey to move #PastTheWishing and live life to the fullest.  It outlines how we went about Team Brave and how we journeyed together this past year.

I’m giving away 2 copies today (you can also order a copy here) because I so believe in this kind of friendship and living (your one and only life) life fully.

I wished for friendship like this for a long time.  I watched other faraway friends live this out and longed for it near home.  Sometimes it takes being a friend to have a friend.  For me this came, when I decided to share my heart and be vulnerable at that creative meeting and my life is changed because of it.

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It’s one year later,  and the girl that seems to be always fighting fear is saying, “I am so done with fear.”  I’m not saying I won’t ever face fear again.  Because, it seems to be the trick always tried on me.  But, I’m done not living a full life because of it.  Courage doesn’t come by staying in our comfort zones.  And, while I like to be comfortable, comfortable has never helped me accomplish anything nor made me feel alive.

Lovelies, there is a years worth of words I would like share with you.  I may have to share over several posts and virtual coffees.  I’d like to expound on fear and friendship and courage, and maybe tell you more about skydiving (you will laugh).  If you’d like to hear more?

I’d love to hear if you have been on a similar journey or if you are wishing to start one?  

PS- if you are interested in a Team Brave T-shirt or the FEARLESS one I wore on Instagram you can purchase them (and other cute ones) here.



  • Jessica Thornton
    Commented on April 29th, 2015 at 1:18pm

    YES! To everything you said. I just realized on Sunday (maybe realized again) that I have let fear run my life.

    Here’s to new chances and beautiful friendships.

  • Trina
    Commented on April 29th, 2015 at 1:34pm

    Fear is such a punk! A few years back I decided that it would be better to feel fear than regret. That helped me a lot to just do things afraid. But, this past year I’ve found more of a freedom. Thank God, that everyday is a new chance and fresh start and that a step is a step. You’ve got this! xo . t

  • stacy
    Commented on April 29th, 2015 at 1:47pm

    I’d love to start making money from something I love doing! Also, being new to a city, I want to form friendships and bonds like this, support is so huge in making big dreams come true. Thanks for sharing!

  • Trina
    Commented on April 29th, 2015 at 1:56pm

    hi stacy- what a great thing to go after! You’re right support is so huge! Here is to new friendships in your new city! xo . t

  • Jessica H
    Commented on April 29th, 2015 at 8:32pm

    YES! This year i’m going to move past my wishes and am gonna DO! your brave team and story has inspired me to start one of my own! Thanks for encouraging us all!
    Jessica H

  • Trina
    Commented on May 4th, 2015 at 8:58am

    I love this, Jessica! It was our hope from the beginning that others would start their own Team Braves….to initiate intentional friendship and intentional living. xo . t

  • Jenna Hedlund
    Commented on April 30th, 2015 at 8:43am

    This year I am going to GO PAST THE WISHING. I am going to form a team brave, and I am already recruiting my best girl friends! :) I am also going to make a list of things more in depth to conquer over the next year, and one of the things I started the day after I got back from Original 2015 is the In it For Good challenge to raise $200 for Reece’s Rainbow and ZOE international. I am going to go wherever God calls me this year and make a difference.
    Thank you for your inspiring story and great message!

  • Trina
    Commented on May 4th, 2015 at 9:01am

    Jenna, this is awesome! I love love love that you are starting a Team Brave with your girlfriends. I know God will do so many things in you as an individual and within your group of friends. Next year at this time, you will look back and be amazed at what He has done. And, Yay for taking on the challenge to raise $ for Reece’s Rainbow’s and ZOE International. What amazing organziations making a difference! xo .t

  • Angie G
    Commented on April 30th, 2015 at 9:23am

    This year, I want to stop fearing failure and really take my business further than it has already gone! I want to glorify God with the job He gave me to do, but fear of failure often hold me back from taking the necessary first steps past the “now” :) I loved hearing your story on Friday at Original, I am a new follower of this blog, pinterest and instagram <3

  • Trina
    Commented on May 4th, 2015 at 9:08am

    Thank you, Angie. I’m so glad I was able to share some of my story at Original. Failure can be paralyzing, but it can also be a great teacher. Anybody that I know personally, or have read about, that have become very successful in business, and in life, have had their fair share of failures. Some of our greatest lessons come by way of failing. But, hey you tried, and now you know either how to do things differently the next time or what to avoid all together. John Maxwell has a great book called Failing Forward on the subject, if you like resources . . .

    And, don’t be afraid to take steps…because that is when and how God directs us…through steps (The steps of a righteous man are ordered by God).

    I know this year will be a great you for you and your business! xo . t

  • amy
    Commented on April 30th, 2015 at 11:01am

    Love this! Thanks for sharing this with us. It’s so cool to see what God can do in our lives in the context of relationships. I want more of that!

  • Trina
    Commented on May 4th, 2015 at 8:57am

    It really is! xo . t

  • krystal
    Commented on April 30th, 2015 at 1:02pm

    How amazing is it that you ladies have crossed that line and voiced your fears. Bravo! I think talking about can sometimes be even more difficult that overcoming what you are actually afraid of. Giving hope, support and compassion is one of the strongest gifts we as humans can give. Keep doing it!

  • krystal
    Commented on April 30th, 2015 at 1:04pm

    I wish that I could give myself more fully and emotionally to my loved ones. After a horrible life event almost 6yrs ago I have cut off emotionally. I want to invest real time with my kids and not just rush and pass off the time I have with them. That is my wish and goal.

  • Trina
    Commented on May 4th, 2015 at 8:57am

    Krystal, thank you for sharing. I’m so sorry you have had to go through such a horrible event. Those things can be life altering. One thing I know about God is that He is a Redeemer. What caused us so much pain can bring about great purpose (in our own lives and to help others as they go through their own personal pain). He gives beauty for ashes. What a lovely goal to have real time and less rushing with your kids. xo . t

  • Jody
    Commented on April 30th, 2015 at 7:03pm

    This year im going to say YES to what God has in store for me.
    Thanks for encouraging me with this message! i also struggle with fear and this has encouraged me to trust in God.
    oxoxo Jody

  • Trina
    Commented on May 4th, 2015 at 8:53am

    Love this, Jody. Saying YES and trusting is where it starts. I’ve said yes and failed at following through, only to find God’s great, never ending, grace to meet me right there and then to walk alongside of me as I try again. I’ll be writing more on fear in the next week or two. xo . t

  • dawn
    Commented on April 30th, 2015 at 8:37pm

    dear dear trina … i have had this verse on my kitchen cupboard door for a couple years …the fear of man bringeth a snare, but whoso putteth his trust in the lord shall be safe … the last few years have been quite bumpy … and i have been reevaluating a lot since my daughter went off to college last autumn … asking so many of those questions and starting a new journal last november to daily write to myself … we so need companionship and others to lean on and be there to be leaned on … so looking forward to you sharing more xx

  • Trina
    Commented on May 4th, 2015 at 8:51am

    I love that verse, Dawn. I know I’ve read it probably a 100 times, but just saw it with fresh eyes…thank you for sharing it. I’m sorry the past years have been bumpy. They have for me to. The hardest, but what I have been learning through the hard times is so rich…and journaling really helped me to process, work through and record the miraculous ways that God was / is righ there in the middle of mess making something beautiful out of it all. He will do the same for you! xo . t

  • Melanie Connell
    Commented on May 1st, 2015 at 1:30pm

    Leaning on freedom and purpose and fearing less. We are getting reAdy again to move for the 5th time in 5 years and thankful that security is found in God and not things.

  • Trina
    Commented on May 4th, 2015 at 8:48am

    That is such a journey to find total security in God alone….and I am on it. Carry on and God bless you as you move! xo . t

  • lisa thomson-the great escape
    Commented on May 3rd, 2015 at 6:46pm

    How wonderful, Trina! Letting go of fear is such a liberating experience but not ever done completely. Really examining our life’s goals can be scary because of the change required to accomplish them. Good for you and your Team Brave!! Very inspiring.

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