Hello Brave Bear,
If you’ve always felt like a wanderer—so out of place in the world—because, you never fit in.
If all your life you’ve tried to blend in—like the chameleon—but often felt deficient and like an impostor.
I dedicate this to you.
The Year of the Brave Bear is about my journey in 2013 when I stopped trying to write “the book I’ve been meaning to write since 2011” and started living the story worth writing.
This book contains my one-year purging of the truth.
The Year of the Brave Bear is about the year I chose writing as my therapy to overcome depression after being alienated from my adult son. The year I helped spread hope for depression and suicide prevention. The year I helped build a windmill in Africa. The year I helped build the first philanthropic coffee roaster in Laos. The year I launched a web show and podcast featuring brave entrepreneurs to inspire and support other brave entrepreneurs.
In deconstructing the lessons I learned in 2013, three distinct themes became very evident in my writing. I’ve organized the book into these three sections:
Section 1: Unleash Your Brave Bear (Speak Up). Quit waiting for permission, speak up because you have something to say.
Section 2: Kill the Chameleon (Stand Out). Stop pretending to be something you’re not, standing out is the new black.
Section 3: Spark People and Movements (Change Your World). Don’t give up trying, show up and do good work every day, and you’ll make a dent in the world.
In each of these sections, I’ve compiled relevant chapters adapted primarily from pieces I wrote in 2013—not knowing whether these words would ever be published outside my private journal or newsletter. This is the first time this one-year body of work will be shared publicly for the world to see.
Ready to speak up, stand out and change our world together, brave bear?
I’ve been waiting for you…
What people are saying about the book.
“Berni, your courage is so amazing. Gosh I love you.”
“This book will shake you from your doldrums and give you the shin kick you need to propel yourself forward.”
“I love it when people can stand in their raw moments and say…I’m a mess, yet I’m divine.”
Maisie SmithAudacious Muse Writing Studio
“A great read for any person who wants to put a dent in the world but feels like something in their non-perfect life is holding them back.”
David HutchersonThe Power of Part-Time
“The type of poetry that pushes back the darkness, the story of a strong woman who has bent the threads of reality like it was written in the stars.”
AJ LeonMisfit, Inc.
“Be true to yourself. Don’t market. Don’t hold back. Don’t overthink. Just be you.”
The Year of The Brave Bear
Speak Up. Stand Out. Change Your World.
Available on Amazon in Kindle format.
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