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say what you want to say

Sara Bareilles’s “Brave” has been one of our favorite songs in the past few months. (Kel stole it out from under me as her theme song.) These two lines in particular run through my head, a lot:

Let your words be anything but empty
Why don’t you tell them the truth?

What would YOU say, if you had a safe place to say it? You can voice your truth here–it is completely anonymous. 

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“Brave” by Sara Bareilles

You can be amazing
You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug
You can be the outcast
Or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love
Or you can start speaking up
Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do
When they settle ‘neath your skin
Kept on the inside and no sunlight
Sometimes a shadow wins
But I wonder what would happen if you
Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be braveI just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

Everybody’s been there,
Everybody’s been stared down by the enemy
Fallen for the fear
And done some disappearing,
Bow down to the mighty
Don’t run, stop holding your tongue
Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
Show me how big your brave is

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

And since your history of silence
Won’t do you any good,
Did you think it would?
Let your words be anything but empty
Why don’t you tell them the truth?

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
See you be brave

Writer(s): Sara Bareilles, Jack Antonoff
Copyright: Sony/ATV Songs LLC, Ducky Donath Music, Tiny Bear Music, Sony/ATV Tunes LLC

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One Woman’s Truth: Rape Exchange

[Content Warning: discussion of rape and emotional aftermath.] Recently we asked you all to voice your truth. We provided an anonymous space to do so, because we know it can be incredibly hard to do. Our friend and long time reader Andi recently shared a powerful, profound truth on her blog, The World 4 Realz.Continue Reading

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  1. Amazing. I’m fortunate that I have never experienced rape or physical abuse as so many of my sisters in the world have. At least not so far in my life.
    But my best friend did many years ago. We’ve been friends for 40 years and she didn’t tell me until just a few years ago because she couldn’t talk about it. Self loathing and self blame are both big ol’ suitcases that she is unpacking and hopefully – finally- learning to leave behind.
    Reading this beautiful expression helps me to understand just a little bit what she’s thinking and feeling and helps me to be a better friend for her.
    Thanks for sharing this.

    • Tracy Richardson says:

      Your friend is lucky to have someone like you in her life, Rebecka, someone who is willing to try to understand the effects of things not personally experienced. Like your friend, most of mine have no idea, and those that do don’t know much.

      On a happier note, I absolutely love your phrase, “sisters in the world”. I may have to borrow that! :)

      Thanks for letting us know this was helpful to you.

    • Your response is exactly why I was so pleased that Tracy & Kel wanted to share my post here. Thank you for your compliments. I hope your friend is able to find healing, and I am glad she can lean on you for that.

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The Self Care You’re Starving For

Is there something more that you need than bubble baths and a smidge of stolen peace?  “She chose to live in a way that supported the tranquility of her soul.” -Caroline Myss, Sacred Contracts I haven’t been able to stop whispering this to myself since I read it. Caroline Myss was referring to the poetContinue Reading

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  1. Great question! I’m working towards my needs … a move closer to family and the ocean. It’s taking longer than I wanted, but I’m handling the wait well, most of the time. In the meantime, I’m finally feeling like I’m climbing out of the fog and able to handle the day to day of life again.

    • Tracy Richardson says:

      Karen, I’m so proud of you! Both for taking those steps to get you where you’ve wanted to be for so long, and for not putting off life until you get there. Inspiring! That’s the kind of next-level self care I’m talking about. :)

  2. Brooke Wardle says:

    Hi! I love this quote! I put it on a post-it & added: “a fave quote of Tracy’s”. :) I recently met another woman w/ fibromyalgia, and she lent me a book on OVERCOMING it. While reading, a thought has come to me over & over, which is that I need to finish growing up–to move past the helplessness, etc. (lack of tranquility being applicable, too), that I’ve allowed to consume me for years now! I think my ability to overcome has to do w/ being more aware of the choices I make & the feelings I feel.

    • Tracy Richardson says:

      Hi Brooke!

      WOW. Just…wow. That last line of your comment just went into MY quote book. :) Because you’re absolutely right. Awareness is a key!

  3. Carol says:

    Yes! Yes! Thank you. I know that feeling, but since I’ve been pretty good about self-care (at least when I’m at home), it has felt really self-indulgent to want more. But I do want more. Not so sure I know the what yet, but I’m listening.

    I’m so very glad to know I’m not alone.

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voice your truth

Maybe the world doesn’t need to be split wide open, but it certainly needs to be rocked a bit. Radical change can’t begin until we voice our truths. What is truth? sincerity in action being in alignment with reality the real, genuine, authentic you In walking our paths of self-discovery, we uncovered many truths aboutContinue Reading

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  1. Carol says:

    So glad you are back!

  2. I am also very glad you guys are back! And what a great, thought-provoking question to ask right off the bat. Tracy’s truth resonates with me. I’ll share mine with you once I’ve thought about it a good deal more.

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