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Call for Authors: Bravery and Courage

by Jackie Alvarez

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August 22, 2014

October Call for Submissions

This year at MOPS, we’re pressing into our bravery. We know that will look a little bit different for everyone. For one mom, brave might be the choice to don a dress one day a week. Another mom might write a book. One mom might find the courage to face a daunting medical test she has been avoiding. Another mom might decide to address a difficult relationship. The possibilities are endless. We’ll be talking about bravery and our brave pursuits all year, but we want to take the month of October to launch into the theme of Be you, Bravely together.

We have a few suggested topics for the blog. Feel free to write on one of these ideas or take some creative liberties.

  • What is the most courageous thing you have ever done? Tell the story.
  • What item of bravery have you been avoiding? Why have you been avoiding it?
  • If you were making a list of the top 5 things in your life that require bravery, what would they be?
  • Teaching children bravery.
  • How can you be brave in relationships?
  • Why not doing something can be the brave choice.
  • Finding the space to be brave when spending all their days raising little people and tending a family.
  • What does “Be you, Bravely” mean to you?
  • Mantras you repeat to yourself to muster courage when it’s needed.

How to Submit

To add your voice to the conversation on health, beauty and self, send your submission to content@MOPS.org.

Submission Information

For more information about the tone of our materials and our submission process go to www.mops.org/writers-guidelines. (Insider hint: We take these very seriously, so it’s important you take a peek before submitting.) Submission deadline is September 1st.

Submission Process

Just so you know, all articles are received on speculation. We will respond to all submissions when they are received to confirm submission and obtain submission agreement. If your article is selected for publishing, we will email you in advance with the date we will be publishing and the permalink.

And Since You Always Ask

Yes, you may send material that has been previously published. Just make sure it meets our editorial needs first. Because, again, we take those writer’s guidelines pretty seriously.

What About General Content

Yes, we certainly accept general blog posts about parenting, mothering and woman-related issues. In fact, we’re always up for a good tear-jerker or one of those stories that gets us laughing. We welcome those submissions through the same submissions process, but we should tell you up front since we’re a theme-based blog, we only publish a few per month. 


 



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Where do you want to be brave this year?

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Lots of brave things...deciding when to reveal them to others is the trick. I'd love to build others up, give a different perspective, but from the deep rooted fear of "revealing too much", it is always a moment by moment call. What one person considers brave, another may see as nothing but a cowardly response to a situation and shut down to the positive and uplifting outcome. Perhaps one day, things will be in print, never to be taken back, but until then, I live in the moments, bravely knowing that I am His daughter first and foremost.

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I want to bravely trust my husband to lead and provide for our new family of three. He just lost his job for the second time this year and I'm pretty scared after leaving a great job to stay home with our little one... I'm not sure I can wait until October!

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Where do I want to be brave this year? I would have to say, "in my life". I'm the type of person who has just as much fun, if not more so, staying at home and watching a movie than going to a social event. Why it may be fun, it is also lonely and I miss out on forming relationships with others. This year I want to step out of my comfort zone and really take part in my son's school and other events.

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I was brave that time I stepped out on faith and told my parents about the sexual abuse I'd been experiencing for years. They didn't believe me, or didn't want to believe me. I still struggle with their lack of affirmation, but I'm still glad I did it.

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In my marriage..

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Last spring, it occurred to me that I should have had a difficult conversation with someone about something that happened almost a year previously - mostly for her sake. An opportunity never came up, life happened, and we still haven't had the conversation. It is especially difficult, because we don't know each other very well, to begin with. I think if we had more of a relationship with each other, it would be much easier to bring it up. It is also more difficult now, because more time has gone by, and I am not sure if, or how much, the benefits of the conversation decrease with the passing of time. Would it still be worth it? Should I still try? Would I totally botch things? Not sure...

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This October, I am most excited about reading how not doing something can be the brave choice.

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I'm so excited about the opportunity to put my thoughts on paper! I've been thinking about bravery so deeply ever since I first watched this year's theme video.

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I'm glad you like this year's theme, Amanda. I think it is striking a chord with many moms.

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I like to hear about vulnerability.

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Me too, Sarah.

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I want to hear about how not doing things makes you brave.

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Allison, that's a great topic idea! Thanks!

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I'd really like to know how to teach a toddler about bravery

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That is a great question! Its a hard balance between teaching bravery and healthy fears to keep them safe! Thanks for the topic suggestion!

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Be brave in loving others which means a lot more vulnerability on my part.

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Michelle, that does take a lot of bravery! Thank you for sharing!

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I love the topic! I am trying to be brave right now by pursuing my dreams. What is the deadline for article submission?

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Great one! Sorry, we missed that detail, the deadline is September 1. Happy writing!

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To be brave enough to self-accept. It's hard to face the personality attributes we see as faults. Why can't we just embrace them as we do with all the little quirks in the world?

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Brooke, self-acceptance is a huge one and one I need to work on also! Thank you for sharing!

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In friendship

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Thanks, Bre! Friendship has so many places we require bravery.

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Deadline ?

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We forgot that important detail!! September 1st is the deadline.

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I want to be brave by letting go of expectations and enjoying the moment and/or relationship for what it is in that moment---not what I want it to be.

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Thanks for sharing, Amber. So true.

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I'm going to put pen to paper and do what I've been wanting to do for a long, long time...write! Being myself, bravely, involves pursuing this passion and not sacrificing it on the altar of passivity and maternal exhaustion!

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Angela, sometimes the bravest thing is to just begin. Thank you for sharing!

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Being brave to tell others about myself. I would like to have more friends, but it's really hard when everyone else has other friends here or they've grown up here.

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Heather, I have moved around (11 states), so I here you. Once we are out of college, making friends is a whole new ball of wax. We encourage your bravery to be more vulnerable!

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I'm most excited to read about teaching children bravery and loving bravely.

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Loving bravely is hard and a great one to strive for! Thanks!

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I want to be brave in my home, welcoming friends and family into it with all of it's beautiful mess =)

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Yes, that's a hard one for me also! That's a good one, thanks for sharing!

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In meeting new friends and doing what it takes to cultivate those relationships.

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Amanda, it can be so hard to make new friends and it really does take bravery! I hope you can find great relationships this year! Thank you for sharing!

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I want to be the kind of friend I long to have

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Bryne, that's is a wonderful brave step! Thank you for sharing!

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I want to try to be braver about trying new activities.

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Nicole, trying new things can be so hard when you are knee deep in being a mom! I hope you find something new you love!

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I want to try something I've never done - like try ballet, or pick up an instrument I've never tried!

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And as for a mantra to be brave, I repeat to myself, "Whenever I have fear or doubt, God is in control." Knowing I don't have to be in charge allows me to shush the fear and be brave!

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Leah, thank you for sharing that mantra, it's great! Good luck with trying new things, sounds fun (and a little scary)!

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Is there a deadline for this?

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Yes, September 1. Thanks!

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Teaching children bravery and finding the space to be brave when spending all their days raising little people and tending a family. I've decided to work with a friend and do "Mommy School" on Wednesdays. As a former teacher this would seem easy, but since staying home I've let go of the teacher inside of me in many ways. Also, doing anything beyond family (even to the extent of know what's going on in the world sometimes) is so difficult, and I want to move beyond that and hear how others do.

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Charity, sounds like you are already beginning to step out in bravery! Thank you for sharing!

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Teaching children bravery. I have such a hard time "letting go" so my littles can be brave. - also, side note...my daughter saw the boz ad on this page and got SUPER excited. :)

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Jennifer, it's a hard balance between teaching bravery and healthy fears, especially during the toddler phase! We love Boz!

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I'm most excited about learning how to be brave from within the walls of my own home.

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Sarah - thanks for sharing. Sometimes our greatest courage is being where we are, even if it is not as exciting.

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I want to continue to walk this path of freedom from food addiction with my head held high knowing I am redeemed!

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Callie, I know there are many women that stand with you.

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I'm most excited about why NOT doing something can be the brave choice, as well as, of course, the topic of the piece I am submitting of the most courageous thing I've ever done.

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Holly, I agree, it will be so exciting to read an array of brave stories.

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I want to be more brave in my role as Mommy to a young boy and how I can teach him to be an amazing man.

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Such an important job and it sounds like you are a really great mom!

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I want to teach my little girl to be brave. I've stepped out of my comfort zone a lot since having her. I'd like her to benefit from that.

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That is wonderful, Connie. I know she will benefit from a mom full of courage.

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I want to be Brave in stepping out of my comfort zone and taking more healthy risks.

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Thanks for sharing, Rebecca!

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I need more bravery in making friendships. I can so easily just hole myself away somewhere and not pursue those close friendships.

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I struggle with that as well as a more shy, introverted personality. But good friendships are life-giving!

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I am in desperate need of a shot of COURAGE in this season! We've moved nearly 500 miles away from our home of 11 years to be closer to family and pursue my husband's career dreams, and everything is different - some of it good, some of it challenging. My goal is to embrace the now with gusto - even though I am longing for everything to fall into place as soon as possible...

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I want to be brave financially this year.

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Me, too! We've moved to a new state and cut our income by about 40%, and this is a time to relearn how money works and what doesn't work for us on a much lower income.

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I want to be brave in conversations I need to have - those ones I've stuffed down and tried to ignore.

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I'm a stuffer too, Denise. Sometimes it's easier to play out a gnarly conversation in my mind rather than actually having that talk with another person.

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I want to be brave in my parenting. I have a two-year-old and one due any day and bravery at this point looks like patience when dealing with messes and discipline for my oldest and learning to deal with her and myself with more grace!

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Congrats on the almost-here new baby, Heidi! In my experience, having two kids was actually easier than having just one, and mine are 22 months apart - a girl followed by a boy. Give yourself lots of grace and know that doing the best you can do is exactly what those two need from you.

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I love this theme. God has definitely been calling me to be more brave and to step out in faith more than I have before. I can't wait to see how that translates into MOPS this year.

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Yeah MOPS! Magan, your bravery will no doubt inspire other moms in your group and community to be brave.

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I want to be brave by finding and joining a church home so that my daughter can grow knowing and loving Christ. I want to be brave in my faith as a Christian and brave to love, nurture and gently guide/discipline my spirited toddler.

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Larrah, I am looking for a church home, too! A great church can be a wonderful support to parents in their attempt to raise God-fearing kids and keep toddlers in line. I am with you on both counts. Best wishes in finding the right church for your family.

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