Episode #50: Bare Naked Bravery with Emily Ann Peterson



“The people who we define as brave are those that are able to utilize the fear itself to do the thing that they want to do.”

In 2013, Emily Ann Peterson was diagnosed with a degenerative neurological hand tremor, which forever altered her two-decade livelihood as a cellist/cello teacher. Refusing to lose her life's love of expression, she knew she’d have to be brave. In an act of neurological defiance, she expanded into wider mediums and broke through her creative glass ceiling, opening the door to limitless possibilities through songwriting.

Her best-selling book Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous helps people from all walks of life understand what bravery really is - allowing them to step into it by creatively using vulnerability, imagination and improvisation. She also founded The School of Bravery, a learning lab for creative visionaries which supports everyday heroes and creative entrepreneurs prepare, endure, and recover from their seasons of bravery.

Emily Ann's community of fans, listeners, and readers offers a welcoming, safe place for creative misfits to finally find belonging and acceptance. Emily Ann writes for people who struggle to remember what hope feels like and sings to those who yearn for something secret. She speaks to those who are done being bored and crave all things beautiful, strong, sacred, and sensual. Her goal is to inspire a global resonance and magnanimous community through the marriage of art and whole-person development.

Things we discuss in today’s episode:

  • What the f*ck bravery actually means

  • How developing a hand tremor totally changed the trajectory of her life

  • The frustration of hearing words like “keep being brave” or “you’re so brave”

  • How traumatic events can shift your identity

  • The process of writing a book

  • The starving artist mentality

  • What her research on bravery showed her

  • How she confessed her love to a guy in the most creative and amazing way


Emily’s Instagram | Website

Follow her on Spotify and get chapter 1 of her book

Emily’s Ted Talk

Bare Naked Bravery

How To Be Everything


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