A Craft Party with Helen Gurley Brown and Frances "Baby" Houseman

Cosmopolitan magazine has cornered the market on branding FEARLESS. The slogan “Fun, fearless, female” is etched into my brain. And I bet it is in yours, too. After all, it will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year. 

Cosmo was a magazine I read way before it was age-appropriate. Thank you, public libraries! (Yes, adopt your “shocked” expression.) About the time I turned sixteen, I started buying my own copies—smuggled into my house after Friday nights at Barnes and Noble with the BFF. Oooh, wasn’t I the rebellious teenager? (PS—they were only smuggled into my home not smuggled out of the store. I assure you I paid for every copy.) I’m not sure why I felt the need to smuggle them in as I soon used the glossy sheets to decoupage any flat surface. (Y’all, I even decoupaged a trashcan before Pinterest was a glimmer in our crafty eyes.)

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Safety Nets, Disney Princesses, and #TheYearToBe___ Brave

Storytelling conventions tell us that to be brave, we must do things that put us in peril. Things like fight dragons. Moreover, it’s not enough to just fight these dragons; we must do so without fear.

If you follow me on twitter, you might have seen—amongst all of the ridiculous things I tweet—a brief conversation I had with Audra North, writer and totally amazing woman, about being brave. Somewhere along the shame-guilt spiral that “deep thoughts” usually engender within me was this one: it’s a lot easier to be brave when you have a safety net.

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