she (YOU) did it anyway!!

Sometimes (actually most times) in life it seems like when you get a good idea…a noble idea…even when you feel like it’s the most right idea that ever came into your heart and soul….

it seems like those are the times when storms hit…when everything goes wrong…when taking even one step forward starts to feel impossible.

But despite that, incredible things happen every day…they happen because when everything goes wrong, we go out and DO IT ANYWAY!!

On those days it seems like the storm clouds are only gathered around OUR heads…that when anyone else tries to do something, the clouds part and everything is easy.

That’s because we’re all so good at making things look good and sunshiny on the outside…even when we’re fighting our toughest fights on the inside.

Today, let’s shine some light on the lie that it’s easy for everyone else….

Today we want to know….

Tell us about a time when you DID IT ANWAY!

When the cards were stacked against you, and you played anyway…when you were scared and you took the first step anyway….when you thought you would never succeed but you tried anyway….

We are constantly amazed by your stories – can’t wait to be inspired by you!!!!



  1. Torri says

    Do it anyway. I don’t know what to do. Have you ever felt like you don’t know who you are? What do you feel? What do you need or want? Who am I and why am I here? Do I really matter at all? Does anyone care? That is where I am. I have a wonderful husband, who I love with all my soul. Three children I love and enjoyed from the day they were born. I now find myself alone. My husband is here, but I need a friend. Someone to share with and laugh with. Someone who wants to be my BFF. When my children left to start there own journey it seemed like mine ended. My dreams stopped. My excitement was lost. Hopefully I will find out how to do it anyway. Just living each day because it is the next day is getting old. Someway, somehow I need to find me and start living again. Just need to find out how.

  2. says

    I didn’t know if I was going to contribute but then I read Stephanie’s and I decided to share my story too….
    2 1/2 years ago my childhood best friend committed suicide. We had been estranged for 9 years but had luckily reconnected a few years before she took her like. She was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder and once she told me that a huge lightbulb went off. All those years growing up we were either having the most fun or deep in the trenches of battle. I now realize I was battling her disease right along with her. Today I am sitting in a big comfy chair with tears running down my face because the grief just hits me out of the blue and I feel paralyzed. All the regrets flood my heart and I feel like I’m going to burst. I can’t believe she did it. I can’t believe she’s gone.
    She convinced me to take art with her in high school and that art room was our safe haven. After she died I had the most amazing dream that I was at a beautiful art show and I sat down on a heavy wooden bench and realized it was my art show. When I looked to my right, she was sitting right next to me and said, “Good job Harm.” I could barely speak. It was like she was really there. I just whispered, “I miss you,” and she said, “I miss you too.” I looked back at my art and when I turned back….she was gone.
    I had not touched my art supplies in years. The very next day I set up an art corner in my house and have been creating ever since. I know she would love it, and even though she’s not here to see it….I do it anyway.

  3. Stephanie says

    The first thing I said when we found our precious son Evan had taken his own life was, “I’ll never survive this!” and I believed that. I nearly “checked myself in” during the first few weeks afterwards. Four years later, I AM here, I HAVE survived, and aside from the fact that I will spend every day for the rest of my life remembering THAT day, if only for a flash of a second (usually much more, of course), I am still living THIS day, anyway. Some days I feel like I’m just plodding along, barely surviving. But overall, my life since his death has been an amazing rebirth for me….a life I likely wouldn’t have had otherwise. After facing the reality that my son was dead, I was able to face the fact that my husband had been cheating on me with a lot of different women for a lot of years…something I had been “blind” to before. I left my 24 year marriage. I was terrified, but I did it anyway. My spiritual beliefs were utterly turned upside down and are no longer just beliefs, but a deep down knowing. I started writing poetry. I’m not a “trained” writer and had never written before. I went out on a long skinny limb and put my writing on the internet, anyway. I recruited my older son to do my graphic designs and started a greeting card company based primarily on my writing. We went to the National Stationary Show in NYC last May. Our cards were printed only a couple weeks before we left and we had never sold even one card, but we did it anyway. Our business has not taken off like wild fire, but it has been the most rewarding thing I have ever done and I know Evan would be/is proud of me and I’m proud of me, too. Now I’m struggling to get out of a terribly unhealthy relationship and need another round of “do it anyway”. I’m glad I found this site. The stories here have been a great inspiration to me.

  4. Manda Kay says

    I’ve been raped 6 times. I continued to try and date even though it was hard. Hearing over and over again I need to ‘get over it’ and being pushed to do things I just didn’t enjoy. I was being told that I needed a man to be happy. So I kept dating anyone who asked me out (which isn’t really very many) and thinking I need a relationship to feel whole again. But I don’t. I like being alone more. I like not having to talk to people. I like not having to be touched. So while so many look at me and say “You have to have a man or you’re alone” I’ll shrug and do it anyway.

  5. Jenny says

    I’m doing it anyway!! I leave in three weeks, in a 31 ft RV, to home school my 11yr old son cross-country for the year. Everyone is filled with fears and doubts, especially that I’m a woman driving an RV alone, and want me to stay here …only they don’t all realize I can’t stay here. We are losing our home, because we trusted our finances to be managed by good intentioned people who got us into a mess and short bout of unemployment later, my dream home where I was a self-sustaining organic farmer for four years happy and living simply is gone. So, I am packing up my son, we are setting out to see the country and gain perspective because I won’t have us sitting here watching our lives & home be dismantled, living in limbo and sadness. Instead, I want to embrace travel as our new way for now until things settle down and give my son some perspective that there is a big world beyond our small town and people who are worse off than us and better off… and we can learn from both. We will cherish the fact we are alive, together and choosing to live life actively & boldly…blessings to be counted! He will keep a blog as we go…follow along…just getting started. The planning part is always the hardest.

  6. Sarah R. says

    The boy I loved – and who claimed to love me – actually loved a girl from his past. Every day I was with him my heart yelled at me that he continued to love her….I didn’t listen to my heart because I wanted to be able to trust him. That’s what love is, right? Wrong. How could I have loved someone if I didn’t love myself in return? My heart was trying to tell me something, but I didn’t listen at a time when it was so important for me to.

    It’s difficult to let go of him and trust my heart again, but I’m going to do it anyway. Boys will come and go; they will always try to lead me on; my heart, though, will never take me down the wrong path. I’m going to do it anyway – I’m going to listen to my heart from now on.

  7. Amy says

    I have 2 experiences to share.

    One is I started going to a dentist and I had a really bad feeling about him. He wanted to do things to my teeth that I knew didn’t need to be done. A friend recommended him to me, because she goes there, and I told people how I felt and the people closest to me told me I should just do it, stay with this dentist, let him do it, it must need to be done. But I started talking to other people, people at work who agreed with me. And I started listening to my intuition. I finally left the practice, before he got to give me a root canal I didn’t need.

    The next experience is that I went out with someone, was in a relationship for almost 2 years with the same person. I was just getting these feelings like, he is not right for me, but I didn’t really give myself the option to say no, and I pushed those thoughts away. Well, they got louder and louder. And I was so unhappy. I finally broke up with him 2 months ago. Looking back, there were so many things wrong with the relationship. Things I couldn’t fix if I tried (harder than I already was). He was emotionally abusive and disrespectful to me in so many ways. And I’m glad I got out. I’m glad I didn’t marry him.

  8. Dee says

    I am a survivor of child sexual abuse. My father sexually abused me from the age of 4 until I was 14. I have spent 40 years pushing away the anger, disappointment, hate, rage, disgust, and feelings of being unworthy of love.

    I have found the courage to begin healing. This may be harder than surviving the trauma and horrific things that happened to me, but I am doing it!

    So glad to have found this site.

  9. says

    My life had become so unbalanced with taking care of everyone other than myself that it didn’t seem worth living. I spent every day trying to convince myself that I must go on, even though I didn’t want to. I wanted out but didn’t know any reasonable way out without causing too much pain to those around me. I felt like I need to find a way to survive this miserable life I had been sentenced to. And then one day someone sent me a link to the Brave Girls Club and I read about Soul Restoration.

    I didn’t believe that a six week course could restore my soul but I did it anyway.
    I didn’t believe I could get through the first lesson but I did it anyway.
    I didn’t think I could face my past but I did it anyway.
    I didn’t think I could heal but I did it anyway.
    I didn’t think I could ever feel hopeful again but I am feeling hopeful anyway.

    Thank you Melody.

  10. K says

    I did it anyway, too – I ended up spending $1000 to become a Lamaze-certified childbirth educator. In the year since, I have had no interest whatsoever in my classes. No students. I have advertised every way I know how, still no luck. My area is saturated with childbirth educators. Couples just don’t seem to want to take my class. My husband said the other day, “I knew you’d never do anything with that certification.” But you know what? It was still worth it, just to say I did it. I keep hoping someone will want to take my class, and eventually – someone will. And if not, knowing what I know still has made me a better midwife and doula.

  11. Nancy says

    When I set out on my journey to make a difference in my 48th year of life, I decided to take this Soul Restoration 1 course as a birthday gift. The Did it Anyway lesson was waaay down the list in the curriculum so when I signed up I kinda missed that one! When it came time to do the lesson, I cringed, I gulped, I shook, I paced. In my sacredly safe Red Carpet haven, I described talking about my “-isms” was like standing in front of y’all in my skivvies! At first I felt exposed, then I kind of Liked feeling half naked! Well, figuratively, of course!
    I am a Brave woman today that is taking on cancer, being a single mom of 3 beautiful teenage girls and trying to go on with my professional career Anyway. I went through a divorce, chemo and school all at the same time, never thinking I had any other choice but to move forward. There. I said it. Phew!
    I have learned so much about myself, my creative side and the fact that I Can paint something more than stick figures if I open my head and heart to seeing past all the yuck I let myself believe before. The act of doing it anyway was in me all along. I thank you, Melody & Kathy, for helping us see beyond the mirror. xoxo

  12. Kim says

    I’m in the middle of “Doing it anyway…” I was recently discharged from eating disorder treatment again, and this time, I really feel like it is time for me to confront what I need to that I’ve never before been willing to confront or deal with…

    Each day that I wake up and choose to face the day, I feel like I am “doing it anyway!” My eating disorder doesn’t want me to live — much less enjoy life… So… my current, “doing it anyway,” is trying to trust my treatment team, my meal plan, my body, and above all God with this whole process…

    That’s where I am… Trying to “do it anyway” even though it is uncomfortable at times, super exhausting, and quite difficult…

  13. Nina says

    I think my life is “she did it anyway”

    I was the result of an affair and since before birth blamed for ruining so many many lives…my mother’s by her father, my sisters’ by them and their mother, my dad’s first wife’s by her and her kids as she trained them to tell me that, on and on…

    I’ve been working and working through not being loved, wanted, claimed but just blamed my whole life…I was always told I couldn’t do anything well…especially the things I loved. seriously at age 4 my mother told me I was a terrible artist and shouldn’t do art. It took till I was in my 20s and took a watercolor class and the teacher kept me after (I thought , again, to tell me I was bad and shouldn’t come back) to tell me I had the best natural talent she had ever seen that I actually started to believe maybe I was good at something. but kept thinking everyone is better than me…so I did other stuff and now have come back to this. had a child without the father around because I make bad choices in men (but a good choice to not let him in unless he gets help for his addictions and depression).

    now I’m back in therapy, doing art, trying to find a way to love all parts of me so that my son can grow up and love all parts of himself. and I’m getting there…slowly but surely. and I’ve accomplished a lot in my life prior despite being told I was worthless and wouldn’t amount to anything etc…

  14. says

    I am so humbled by the honesty of all the Brave Women on here. I can relate to soooo many of your stories. So I’ve lived with depression also, which started after the birth of my first son, who is now 13 years old. I have been on and off anti-depressants and am now managing myself by finding peace and love in the little things of life. I survived a horrible divorce, am raising my 2 boys, managed to get my Masters degree in Social Work and am now back in school for a second masters. I am brave enough to dream a bigger dream for my life. I finally started my own blog. I am loving being part of SR1.

    Sending you all love and light,


  15. Bee says

    Although my parents have been wonderfully supportive of me in so many ways, when I knew in my heart that I was an artist and need to continue my education in the arts, they said it was just a phase, that they’re not convinced I’m a “real” artist, that they’re worried that my taking a menial job to pay the bills and afford me the time I need to go to school will be a major career setback, etc., etc., etc…. They and MANY people I love and usually trust told me this. They told me San Francisco is too far from home and that my boyfriend and I would’t find jobs in the bad economy and implied that artists starve.

    I moved to San Francisco anyway! I signed up for art school anyway! My boyfriend and I both found decent jobs within 3 weeks of being here anyway! I’ve met more amazing friends that deeply understand and encourage me than anywhere else I’ve been!

    I followed my heart anyway, and it has made all the difference. I’ve never been happier! You’ve only got one shot at this life. You don’t have time to fool around with the things you don’t care about. Don’t let the negative voices, even if well-intentioned, poison your dreams. Live your life in line with your soul’s desire anyway!

  16. Alison says

    At the four month mark of pregnancy our son was diagnosed with Trisomy 18, a condition which is “incompatible with life” After a couple of good ol “wallowing in my sorrow” weeks and reading a wonderful poem called Welcome to Holland, I decided to get happy and love our son for the time we had and see the tulips and windmills of the situation. It was scary and lonely and tested every fiber in my being, but I did it anyway. Right up until the day he was born still at 8 months. A day I never thought I could survive. But I did it anyway, with grace and dignity and love for our son James Henry that I couldn’t be more proud of.

  17. julie k says

    Foreclosure looms and the world appears to be darker than ever before. I want to lay in bed and sleep til it is over, (some days I don’t care if I wake up again). I don’t want to get up and face the day, deal with the bill collectors, or teach my kids how to face adversity with grace. Today, I did it anyway.

  18. says

    I wrote a novel. After years of denying the desire, thinking about the story, and listening to all the voices that said I would never get published, I finally just wrote it anyway. I chose to stop listening to anything negative and just concentrated on getting the book written. A research assistant stepped in to help me gather the historical facts which made the writing go faster. An editor stepped in to work with me to provide an editorial eye.

    Once I had finished the book, I started my own publishing company and published the book. I have already sold out of the first printing and have movie producers interested in making it into film. (It’s called, Picking up the Pieces.)

    I also started book a coaching service as clients keep showing up wanting help to get their own books written and into print. I’m about to lead my own “Write that Book” workshop. I’m so happy that I stopped listening to people who said it couldn’t be done. They were wrong. I did it anyway.

  19. says

    I am in the middle of doing it anyway.

    I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer earlier this year at the ripe young age of 33.

    I try to take it all one day at a time, but some days my thoughts get the best of me: “how would my husband take care of our son all by himself” “how am I going to get to chemo and home in time to be there for our son” “is God mad at me” “how long will I have to stay on chemo” “I want to see my son grow up, see him get married, meet his future children”

    Some days these thoughts run through my head all day long. I try to remind myself to live each day anyway – yes I am tired from the treatment, yes food is not my friend and nothing sounds or tastes good, yes I feel depressed and some days it is hard to get out of bed.

    But I try to thank God daily that I am here – alive, I have a wonderful support system of friends and family, I have a wonderful son who fills my heart with love, I have the most understanding and loving husband, I have a lot of love and I try to remind myself of it anyway – outside of the cancer.

  20. Betty C says

    I’m so inspired by your new-found strength, ER! You deserve to be happy and content and to have people around you who love you and encourage you to be your best self. Keep on keeping on!

  21. Sandi says

    I survived a childhood of sexual abuse from my stepfather, as well as emotional and physical abuse from my mother. I am 40 now, married 16 years and 3 awesome kids. I have gone through horrible bouts of depression and mental issues, but I get through every day anyway! I will never let anyone take my personal power ever again… I will be true to me, anyway!!

  22. ER says

    I have been clinically depressed and suicidal since I was in high school. Married a man, B. (twice!) who told me he loved me and then left me for other women. 34 years later, after having a third marriage that worked for 19 years, but ended up in divorce after the 25th year (yes, for another woman), husband #1&2 (same man, B.) came back for the third time, swearing his potent and undying love. He was incredibly cruel and abusive in every way but physical starting with rejection of my body on our wedding night, but I didn’t even recognize it was abuse…thought I was doing everything wrong, as he blamed me for everything. He left me this third time for his addictions to alcohol, drugs, and gambling. I took out an order of protection, he divorced me and left me homeless and with no belongings or transportation in revenge. Again, I made a serious attempt on my life. Then I took SR1 and SR2, and week 3 of SR1 made me realize I had been trying to kill my weaker self, becuase she was the side everyone used and had contempt for. Now, I “do it anyway” and take care of her, and give her the love and nourishment she needs and deserves. Many days are still tough, but the hard periods are getting shorter and shorter, and I am loving and flourishing in my single life. I realize the power of having loving female friends who “get me” and I love them back. I have finally realized that my life has as much value as anyone else’s. So, no matter what, doing it anyway ends up making me feel better and stronger ahd happier. No more “hurting myself because other people hurt me.” Thank you for helping me how to learn to be a Brave Girl!!

  23. Betty C says

    In the past three years I’ve had cancer and a serious motorcycle accident (because of which I needed multiple surgeries and months of physical therapy.) While I was recovering, my husband lost his job and was unemployed for almost a year. And, in addition to all that, in this same three year period, we’ve moved four times!
    I’ve been on an emotional and physical roller coaster, often feeling displaced and lonely. Earlier this year I also found myself feeling superfluous – not wanted or needed. That’s when I discovered the Brave Girls Club and signed up for your daily truths. It has helped me turn the corner. I’m feeling so much more content with where I am in my life and I’m starting to paint again. I haven’t had a brush in my hand for a long time, but today is the first day of a still life class I’m taking . . . and so, it begins. I kept going anyway.

  24. Kelly says

    Everyone thought I had the perfect life. What they didn’t know is that I was married to an alcoholic and while he was never physically abusive, the emotional/verbal abuse had me wishing at times that he would hit me “just once” because then I could leave. Anyway, I got pregnant and all the relatives came to see the baby – each one a month or a few weeks… When they had all gone home and everything was “quiet” silly me to think a baby would change anything- he came home lit and scared me to pieces and was bringing our 5 month old into it. That’s all it took. I did it. I left- and never looked back. Everyone was shocked and I had lots of, maybe it was a misunderstanding… He’s such a great guy… You never know what goes on behind closed doors. I broke out of them- I did it for me and my baby :)

  25. Jordan says

    In highschool my parents divorced, my dad moved far away and was barely in contact, and my mom turned to drugs and alcohol and was emotionally abusive to me and my siblings for years. I entered college with no support financially or emotionally. I felt lost in a world where everyone had the love and support of a family that I could only dream of.

    I buckled down and decided that I was the one who was in control of my life, not others. I wouldn’t let others bad decisions affect my life. I studied harder than I ever thought possible, worked until I was ready to sleep for days ( but then had to go study) , and told myself I could do it!

    I got accepted into one of the hardest nursing schools to get in to, and in the meantime met and married the most loving, caring man whom I love with all my heart! ( life is good )

    I did it anyway!

  26. says

    First of all–Crystal’s comment made me cry. Thanks, Crystal.

    Second of all–I am living my life, anyway. The house isn’t selling, even if I keep it spotless. The next baby isn’t coming, no matter how hard we try. We’re homeschooling, despite everyone telling us we’re crazy. It’s September and nothing has changed since January. But you know?? Somehow, I’m finding a way to be happy anyway. :)

  27. Rayelynn says

    I did it anyway. I married young, 20 years old, Almost exaclty 12 months later, at 21 I became a mother and realized that I didn’t love my husband. I tried to leave my marriage and my grandparents, who meant the world to me, told me to stick it out, stay married, make it work. By 25 I was a mother of two sons. I was unhappy in my marriage, I lied to everyone including myself that everything was fine, then when I was 29 I met someone who, without saying a word, gave me the courage to want more out of a relationship and my life. I divorced my husband of nearly ten years, I regret only the hurt that I caused by two sons, but I am a happy wife of nearly 13 years now to my best friend, my lover, my soul-mate. Leaving the security of a marriage was the hardest thing I had ever done, but I figured pretending to love him would get harder and harder to hide, so… I did it anyway.

  28. says

    I’ve always wanted to live somewhere that I could go to cool shows, like the Farm Chicks, Barnhouse Boys, Round Top Texas and sell my stuff, make friends and hang out with like souls…….but I don’t. I LOVE WHERE I LIVE, in a small town 120 miles from the nearest shopping center, mall, Hobby Lobby so I’m going to bring the show to me! And thus, the first Born in a Barn show and sale will debut October 14 and 15th, right here in Sheridan, Wyoming! And guess what, I’ve got 10 vendors participating and can’t wait to see what the spring show will bring!! I’m doing it anyway!! Mmmmmmwha!! SR1, SR2 and Brave Girls camp changed my life 360 degrees, love Brave Girls!! Shelley Kinnison

  29. Ally says

    And I just spent the last 30 minutes reading all of the other Brave Girls’ “I did it anyway” stories. Bless you all. We are all truly “BRAVE GIRLS”. xo

  30. Ally says

    I’ve done a few things….anyway…

    1985: I found myself in a dead-end relationship and pregnant at 19. He wanted me to terminate the pregnancy and I was very confused. My amazing parents brought me home and showered me with love and support and, even though I was afraid and unsure, I decided to keep my baby. She is now 26 years old and the absolute BEST thing that ever happened to me.

    2003: When my daughter turned 18, I had the opportunity to leave the place I had called home for 27 years. A significant relationship had just ended and I was craving a new experience. A friend who had recently located to the place I now call home had contacted me and said “come on up…it’s beautiful here” and so I started making plans.

    I definitely had my reservations about leaving, but I felt very strongly about starting anew somewhere else. So, within 2 months, I sold almost everything I owned, packed up my 87 Chevy Van with what remained and set out for Maine with only 1K in my pocket, a cooler full of food & drinks lovingly packed by my mom, some good mix CD’s and a heavy, but excited heart. Heavy because I was leaving my family and friends AND my daughter, who, at the time, was not ready to leave the only place she had ever called home, but excited at the adventure that was ahead of me. I got a job after only a month. I didn’t like it very much, but it sustained me for 2 years until I found the job of my dreams.

    Update 2011: I’ve been working at my dream job for 6 years. My daughter has since moved to Maine and lives happily with her wonderful boyfriend of 7 years in a town just a few hours south of me. I live in a beautiful coastal Maine town and get to see my daughter any time I want. And I visit my parents in sunny Naples, Florida every year.

    My life is great today because I took some chances, ignored some well-meaning (and not so well meaning) advice and…did it anyway.

  31. Susan A says

    My father moved in with us, my 17 yo daughter moved out, my house is pin disarray but we really have always dreamt of building our own home – seems like too much going on in our house right now……we decided to do it Anyways!! We have bought the land!! Woo hoo!

  32. says

    I chose to start an Art business on Etsy, right in the middle of a difficult time in my marriage. It seems as thought there was never the perfect time, so I just did it anyway! After taking SR 1, and then SR2, there was no reason not to start and not to try. I am happy to say it has been the best thing I could ever have done. To search for uplifting, positive quotes to inspire myself as well as others has brought me so much happiness already. Brave Girls Club has honestly changed my life…I am thankful for every single message I get, they mean the world to me!

  33. says

    Six months ago, I came to the realization – I finally admitted to myself – that somehow, what began as a loving relationship, my marriage had become a destructive, unhealthy, potentially emotionally abusive relationship. I was devastated. Worse, I felt trapped. While I have a Master’s degree and used to be completely independent, I am now disabled (though don’t receive disability income), and a mother of 3 children of my own, plus legal guardian to one additional child. My husband controls all of our money, and I felt powerless and weak. I cried for weeks. I was scared, and I was sure that our marriage was over. I felt like a failure. I believed (or said I did) that God was capable of anything, yet somehow, I found it difficult to believe that THIS mess could be mended. But after weeks of feeling sorry for myself and feeling scared and feeling like a victim, I made up my mind to PRAY anyway. To LOVE anyway. To be KIND anyway. To trust GOD anyway. To ASK FOR HELP anyway.

    And today, while our marriage is FAR from perfect, and far from completely healed, we are on the mend. I don’t feel trapped. I am not scared. I do not feel abused or controlled or powerless. I feel protected, and loved, and secure and cared for. And while I still have my moments of feeling like I’m not “as much” as I should be, I’m learning to trust that I’m right where I’m meant to be, anyway.

  34. says

    Wow! So, I saw a post on Mrs. R’s facebook about this page.. and with the day that I have had today, I had to come over and at least feel a little better. I don’t know if it is the pregnancy hormones.. anywho..

    I did it anyway.. I am having an unwanted baby in EVERYONE’s eyes, so instead of having an abortion like EVERYONE wanted me to. I am carrying this baby to term and placing this baby with a great family.


  35. says

    I am doing it anyway. Hubby’s health the fear the uncertainity. It is real. 2 Bone Marrow Transplants since last October. His first transplant in 2008, dealing with his disease since 2001.
    I am doing it anyway keeping some of who I am and who we are and our uniqueness – as separated as possible from letting it consume us (my truth is it does consume alot of our life, everything we do, everywhere we go, is dependent on the health aspect). When people say Hi, how are you today, I want to tell them I am a mess… but, I see, feel and breath the blessings that are everywhere around me…. I smile, take a deep breath and know I am right where I need to be. This is my truth and I am doing it anyway.

  36. R says

    I am doing it right now. I am struggling with choices being made that I disagree with. I am blaming myself for perhaps not teaching well enough- however I know I did. I don’t understand the poor choices when the way has been taught. I feel like a failure because of their bad choices.

    I am trying to keep going. It is hard

  37. says

    After SR1 and SR2 I finally had the courage to live my dream of getting in to Fashion on the OTHER side! I used to Model years ago in 1988 and 1989. Then I modeled again a bit over the years in 1993-95 and then in 2010 I did a runway show and was in a local paper. Though most people never get a chance like this I still wasn’t happy. I wanted to be behind the scenes now later in life. I wanted to be a Fashion Blogger, Stylish, Personal Shopper and Merchandiser, Buyer and more!!

    Well, thanks to you I FINALLY did it! I LEAPT! Two weeks ago was Omaha Fashion Week. I applied to be a volunteer and was accepted. I attend every night at the show and helped out where needed. One night later in the week I was appointed Designer Liaison for two children’s line showcasing that night. The following days I helped with set up and helped keep things smooth the night of our finale! We had over 4,000 people there and I got to be a part of it!! I have had my SensaFashion website and my Facebook page for some time now, but it finally TOOK OFF! I went from 20 followers to 120 one week later. I am currently working on my website applications and plan on launching my ideas at BarCamp Omaha this upcoming Weekend! I DID IT!

    Despite the trials, despite the finances, despite the issues in my love life, despite the probl;ems with my kids, despite the issues with my past, despite my feels of “less than”, I DID IT ANYWAY!

    I look forward to seeing where this leads and one never knows, but I tried, I leapt and I DID IT ANYWAY!!

  38. Julie says

    In graduate school I had a tough time because I was having personal/marital problems and I had an infant son to take care of. We didn’t have much money. Those were some dark days. I almost left my graduate program because I didn’t think I could handle everything at once. But I stayed and I worked on my degree, my marriage, and my personal life. It is many years later- I have a doctoral degree, my marriage is still intact, and my son is nearly grown. It can be done.

  39. says

    What I did “anyway” is start my own blog. I have a lot of negativity and energy drainers around me and it’s VERY hard to stay positive and thrive. So…I figured that there must be others out there like me who need a “Positive Boost” and that’s who I came up with the name: “An Extra Boost Of…” (the “…” is because we all need different things at different times). I can’t tell you how much I love your daily emails, FB Page, and website, and recommend it to others…Thank you!!!

  40. Dana Higginson Maus says

    My favorite story of She did it anyway is about my daughter Janey Higginson.
    Janey has a passion for horses and it very talented in riding them. 4-H is the place she shows her horse. August 2008 was a very memorable and her bravest year ever. The day before Janey was to start showing her horse in 4-h at the fair, her cowboy Dad was killed in an accident on his way to work. Janey’s Dad did everything for her from helping coach her to helping saddle her horse and in one day she grew up and did it all herself. Janey was 12 years old and in her 3rd year of 4-H. She competed over the next 6 days in all events from western riding to english jumping plus pole bending and barrels. She did it with confidence and a smile on her face. Instead of staying home and crying(She and her Dad shared their great passion for horses) Janey showed her horse anyway. She had worked hard all year preparing for fair. She did it and did it well knowing her Dad was still with her every day. Janey Higginson, the braves girl I know!!!!!!!!

  41. Dana McCabe says

    I fell in love with a man who lived 1500 miles away from me. I was established in my job as a teacher, I was secure financially, owned a home, and lived within 1 hour of most of my family.

    Moving would be insane. I would have no job, no network of close-by friends, a whole new city to learn, and I would become an instant “mom,” something that had NEVER been in my sights.

    I should stay secure and safe. I had my cat.

    I was lonely.

    I quit my job, rented out my house, gave away 75% of my belongings, packed the rest in a truck, and moved halfway across the country.

    Best thing I ever did.

  42. Vicki Wright says

    How was I to know, at the sweet young age of 27, that what I experienced after the birth of my sweet baby boy, that the grey cloudy foggy feeling in my head was depression – AND how was I to know that it would not go away…?? Today, 34 years later I have been diagnosed as clinically depressed and have had some success with medication. THEN early this year my dad passed away — and how was I to know that the death of this man would cause that depression to rear its very ugly head again in a terrible horrible no-good way??

    My therapist has helped alot – heck, it just is good to talk to someone when going through these life challenges – and she told me earlier this year that Action Begets Motivation — hey! wait! that’s the same as DO IT ANYWAY! It is! It is! So, somedays I get out of bed – anyway! Somedays, I go to work – anyway! Somedays, I go to the gym – anyways! Somedays, I hike my mountain (ah, that’s figurative, isn’t it?!) — ANYWAY!!!

    The grey foggy fuzzy cloud hangs just. right. there. in my head but when I concentrate on what I have to do: work, exercise, talk to people, scrapbook, go to church — then the grey cloud is hidden for a little while. And it’s then that I know that this BRAVE GIRL is worth the effort, is loveable, is going to be okay.

    I love being a BRAVE GIRL!!!

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