Happy No Matter What


The Live Brazen Manifesto

This is a public statement of what I stand for as the proud new mama of Live Brazen . . . I dedicate this manifesto to the change makers (you know who you are). I will give myself permission to be who I am even if I secretly wish I were “cooler.” I will let [...]


How to Be True to Yourself

Guest Post by Theresa Trosky Robbins About 5 months ago, my husband and I decided to end our marriage. Actually it was more my decision than his. I had come to the realization that what I had wasn’t what I wanted nor had it been for a long time. But I was too scared to [...]


The Real Truth About “Too Busy”

Guest post by Jill Farmer You might classify my prim neighbor slipping on cat vomit in my dining room, our laptop’s violent explosion caused by a build up of unread e-mails, and dropping my daughter off at camp two weeks before counselors arrived, as a series of unrelated (albeit unfortunate) events. But they were all [...]

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You Are So Not The Boss of Me

Guest post by Adriane Nichols (Note from Amy: Adriane Nichols is a current participant in my five week coaching program, Be Brazen. She is a bad-ass brazenista who happens to be freakishly down to earth and whose writing is always a joy for me to read, even irreverent emails sent after witnessing bizarre traffic infractions.) [...]


Guest post by Mindy Crary [Note: I just love this guest post by financial coach Mindy Crary, a self-described approval addict in recovery. There is so much wisdom about how our approval addiction shows up in our financial life. Good stuff!] I am a recovering approval addict.  I used to believe that I was responsible [...]


Hi. My name is Amy and I am addicted to approval. I have been in recovery for about three years. But once an addict, always an addict as they say. I didn’t always think of myself as an approval addict. I lived most of my life in denial. I was the golden child. In high [...]


Why You Must Be Dangerous

Lately the only way to get my son to sleep at night is to make sure he’s armed with a flashlight, a sword and his “monster spray.” But adults have monsters too. The concept of rejection is one of those adult kinds of monsters. I have a client, for example, who is terrified of being [...]


I watched Winnie the Pooh with the kids the other day. There is a scene about The Backson. He is a terrible kind of monster…. His hide is like a shaggy rug His face a surely ugly mug With two sharp horns atop his head In between a mop of hair that’s red And in [...]


An approval addict plays to her edge…

I believe that life is so much more fun when we are not afraid of being judged. Okay so maybe I look like a dork, but I am having a blast! What would YOU do if you weren’t afraid of being judged?? Post a comment below! I would LOVE that.   Related posts:The Live Brazen [...]


Why Rejection, Very Literally, Hurts

I had the nanny over last Saturday to help out with the kids while I enjoyed a bit of “me” time. First thing the next morning when I went into Anthony’s room, he sees me, rolls over and says, “where’s Maria? I want Maria!” Then I went into Alice’s room to say hi. It was [...]