The Live Brazen Manifesto

by Amy on March 20, 2013


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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 myself be happy, no strings attached.

I refuse to feel guilty because I don’t meet someone else’s expectations of who I “should” be.

I will never sacrifice me for a false sense of belonging.

I will look for the shadow and the light of each of my personality traits, no puffing up the “good” ones or hiding the “bad” ones.

I will do what strengthens me and bag, barter or better the things that don’t.

I will ask for things – favors, advice, introductions, testimonials — and be willing to hear the word no as often as it takes.

I will know my worth and appreciate what I have to offer and stand tall because of it.

I will not distract myself from facing the scary action it inevitably takes to reach my dreams.

I will not downplay my awesomesauce to make other people feel more comfortable around me.

I will allow myself to fall flat on my face as often as it takes without ever making it mean anything other than I’m a rockstar.

I will allow other people to think what they will about my language, behavior and/or ideas without trying to control their opinions of me.

I will care what people think of me but I will never let it stifle me.

I will remember that an epic life requires risk and risk is supposed to be uncomfortable.

I will trust my instincts, especially around the doubters.

I will take “expert advice” into consideration but I will listen to me first.

I will show people the truth about me even when it feels vulnerable because I know THAT is the only way to real intimacy and connection.

When I screw up I will seek help with humility and an open heart.

I will remember that doing something crappy is better than doing nothing at all — because it is action not perfection that is the key to success.

I will deliberately seek the company of people who remind me of what is possible even if I have to pay big bucks for it.

I will live it to give it.

I will acknowledge people in my life who inspire me.

I will never wait until I have my shit together to be of service or do something epic because I know that day will never come.

I will consider criticism from other people who are also “in the arena,” doing brazen shit in honor of their one “wild and precious life” and I will ignore naysayers standing on the sidelines.

I will do one thing each day towards my dreams that is easy to do, but just as easy not to do.

I will admit out loud that I am special.

And because I am special, I will remember that I am irreplaceable. That I’m not supposed to be like anyone else and so I wont try to be.

I will not shrink from my own power. I will own it. I will harness it. I will use it.

I will advocate for me instead of expecting other people to do it for me.

I will remember that I’m not responsible for other people’s emotions, they are. I’m responsible for mine.

I will never, ever reject myself first, out of fear of being rejected.

When I feel resentment, I will use it as a reminder to stop saying yes to other people before I say yes to myself.

I will know what I want – right now, tomorrow and in five years. And I will not be embarrassed about wanting “frivolous,” things, epic things, or darn right outrageous things.

If I’m getting too big for my britches, I’ll buy a size larger.

I will never again buy into the bullshit that there is a right and a wrong way – there are infinite ways to do anything. The more I can do it my way, the better.

I will never again try to seek success as a way to compensate for a family legacy of shame.

If I feel jealous, I will use it as a reminder of what I want that I’m telling myself I cannot have.

I will never deem someone else’s vulnerability as inspiring while discounting my own.

I will remember that there is nothing to fix about me.

I will always give myself a second and a third and a fourth…. chance.

I will show up each day even when I don’t want to.

I will never forget that no matter what I do, there will be always be haters.

I will remember that to have an an extraordinary life, you have to have extraordinary thoughts.

I will remember that success has nothing to do with talent.

I will remind myself that just because I’m “good” at something does NOT mean I should be doing it.

I will stop doing for others long enough to make sure there is plenty of space for my own dreams.

I will let whatever wants to grow inside me be – for its own sake and not for what it can do for me or how it can make me look better.

I will always have a plan, even if it’s a shitty plan.

I will choose my regrets wisely.

I will ask myself what can I do that nobody else can, that will make the most impact in this world.

I will remind myself that there is no such thing as the “right” timing.

I will “fail” my way to success.

And If I can’t dance, I don’t want any part of it.

What is your favorite declaration? Post a comment below!

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Nayla Mitha March 21, 2013 at 8:59 am

Love this manifesto Amy! It’s both grounding and empowering. Thank you!!


Sharon March 21, 2013 at 9:55 am

This was immensely fun and powerful to read! I had never seen Jealousy that way, makes so much sense. I have enjoyed your Happiness Notes, can’t wait to see what’s up your sleeve next!


Dayna Schmalenberg March 21, 2013 at 10:25 am

Wow Amy that was amazing! I’m going to frame this and put it on my wall. Magnifico!!


Andrew March 21, 2013 at 11:15 am

Amy, I’m beyond amazed (in a good way)! Wow! Incredible!
I’m adopting this manifesto as my own. Yes, I’ll be sure to fine tune it to my needs and desires, but I’ll probably be keeping 99% of it! Thank you for helping me find the words! You’re amazing (and I’m realizing that I am too)!!!


Hoyden March 21, 2013 at 12:22 pm

This is kickass, Amy! This is how I want to live! This is how I want to teach my kids how to live!


Angela March 21, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Words to live by! Love it!!


Stella March 21, 2013 at 1:57 pm

What a fantastic manifesto and boy did it resonate – so utterly honest and human – Thanks Amy – it’s a keeper!


Barb March 21, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Hooray! Yay! Huzzah! Hallelujah! Love it, love it, love it. Thank you!


Amy March 22, 2013 at 4:22 pm

I am SO happy! Thank you everyone!


Becky March 22, 2013 at 5:36 pm

Printing this out NOW to hang up on my wall and look at every day!
Amy, you are brilliant. And I love you <3


Delaram March 22, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Honest, Purposful, clear, Inspiring, Beautilul!
Love it! Happy Birthday! xox Delaram


Nancy March 22, 2013 at 10:08 pm

You should turn this into an infographic, Amy. It’d go viral in no time!


Denee March 27, 2013 at 12:20 am

I truly enjoyed reading this. It’s great. So inspiring and exactly how I want to live. My favorite one was that there is nothing about me that needs to be fixed. I’ve been a fixer for awhile and I’m tired of that. Thank you for posting this. I love it.


Tammi March 27, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Every word – AMAZING!


Liesl April 12, 2013 at 11:03 pm

Amy, I LOVE your mainfesto. Yes, it’s long and that gives me the opportunity to put all those little nuggets on little slips of paper and pick one each day as a reminder of what I want to be. It will be my theme for the day and then back into the container for a little rendezvous another day. You don’t mind if I use it, do you?


Maura April 16, 2013 at 3:34 am

So many inspiring nuggets! Awesome Amy!


Coco June 14, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Love your Brazen Manifesto, Amy! They do align with my truth… I was gonna choose one as a favorite, but I would be lying to you coz I luv them all. ~ Coco


Carolyn June 22, 2013 at 5:20 am

Thank you Amy. The brazen truth sets us free! I’d rather be the star in my own life, than an extra in everyone else’s life!


Steph June 28, 2013 at 2:48 am

Yes! The declaration that struck me the most was “If I feel jealous, I will use it as a reminder of what I want that I’m telling myself I cannot have.” LOVE that!


Julie July 12, 2013 at 5:18 pm

Amy, I LOVE your manifesto! Thank you for reminding me all of what you wrote, and thank you for sharing it with us. Printed and posted on my wall! 🙂


Vatsala Shukla April 10, 2014 at 7:50 am

My most empowering declaration has always been “I will be my own person”.

I loved your manifesto, Amy.


Lori Jo Vest May 7, 2014 at 11:29 am

If I can’t dance, I don’t want any part of it! <–YES! Fun is important.


John May 12, 2014 at 7:29 pm

I don’t know if your a women of Jesus, but I was yelling hallelujah when I stumbled upon this. It was exactly what I needed.

I LOVED it all I fell into every single category, and this has helped me tremendously!

Warm Regards,
John Ball


John May 12, 2014 at 7:33 pm

You go girl, your doing great work in spreading your ripple effect through out the world.

my prayers go out to you.


Marrey January 17, 2015 at 8:15 pm

Synchronicity. I accidentally found and listened to the call today. I’d like to sign up but cannot seem to navigate registration.

The MANIFESTO…Inspiring! Audacious! Filled with Beauty. BRAZEN.

I appreciate your living the words you teach.

Thank you. I would like to be your student…


Jill February 7, 2015 at 2:04 am

So many of these resonate with me and will help me to repeat to myself (perhaps used as meditative contemplations). One that stands out for me is: “I refuse to feel guilty because I don’t meet someone else’s expectations of who I “should” be”. I frequently fall into that trap. Thank you very much for this and for your conversation with Tommy on Recovery 2.0 today.


Hannah McQueen September 17, 2015 at 1:24 pm

Hey Amy, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this manifesto.. Reckon I’m going to pin it to my fridge 🙂


Sharon "Smokey"Gray April 17, 2017 at 6:38 pm

You’re like having a really good secret! smokeyg


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