Brave & Beautiful Membership Community

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Because the journey is best made in brave community.

If you’re a mama who has lost a child, or you have lost someone you love to suicide in the past three years, I invite you to use the coupon code I AM NOT ALONE for 30% off your membership (or digital products in the ALIP shop). This is not a grief circle or a space for mental health counselling (so please gather in your support system!) nor is it a space for mothers alone but this can be a compassionate and life-giving space to help you REMEMBER how and to PRACTICE showing up fully to life in every season.

You can join the group at any time rather than waiting for doors to officially open.

If you want to gift a membership to someone you love or to sponsor a grieving parent, please reach out to me at alifeinprogress@outlook.com to discuss.

Life is so imperfect. And beautiful.

If we are to really live – abundantly – we need to make space for messy. We need to embrace the truth that life can be really hard, challenging, scary, and painful – but also a beautiful adventure.

We get to decide who and how we want to be in the world and how we’ll show up to life. This can feel incredibly stretching and is best done in brave community with others who are also committed to this work.

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” — Viktor Frankl

The Brave & Beautiful Membership Community is one way that we can gather together and make space. It’s a place for the brave and weary woman to come aside and rest awhile, to be nourished and strengthened so that you can continue showing up fully to life, with joy and on purpose, in every season. I help you “remember your way to freedom.”

It’s a place for you to receive evidence-based education & encouragement to help you learn and practice the tools, mindset shifts, and habits that help us live mind-body healthy and show up fully – with joy and purpose – to our imperfect & beautiful lives.

If you don’t feel particularly “brave and beautiful” scroll to the end of this post for my message to you.

Registration will open in April! (for a May start)

Doors to the Brave & Beautiful Membership have closed once again. If you would like to hear when they open once more, please join my email list.

The community is capped at 50 women so space is limited. 

$180 — 3 months of Brave & Beautiful Membership

*May through July 2021

$300 — 6 months of Brave & Beautiful Membership

*May through October 2021

$500 — 12 months of Brave & Beautiful Membership

*May through April 2022

$375 — Add on 3 consults with krista

*This is a special offer only for new or existing B&B members. You must be a current member to purchase this bundle. These consults are to support you more deeply in the work we’re doing inside the Brave & Beautiful Community.

*After submitting payment you will be redirected to a short thank you page and I’ll email within a week or so with next steps

Your guidance in finding new approaches, new ideas, and new attitudes that so resonate with me is part of what I love about Brave and Beautiful. And all of that plus such a supportive and accepting community is just the best! Much more than what I might have imagined if I’d have envisioned a great virtual space to learn and grow. I am so appreciative. Thank you, Krista. Stacy Low

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I joined the Brave & Beautiful Community to have a group of growth-minded women to journey through this season of my life with. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to learn new strategies for living with purpose as well as supporting and celebrating other women as we share our lives together as part of the community. Brave & Beautiful is a wonderful investment and I would highly recommend making the commitment. —Shana H

Imagine being part of a private community to talk about the things that truly matter to you

January through July I introduce a new topic for the month that we work through together and which supports us in showing up fully – with joy and on purpose – to our imperfect & beautiful lives. In year two and beyond in the membership I will occasionally repeat a module because of its importance, recognizing that each time we visit it, we’ll go deeper into our understanding and practice of the work. August will be a lighter month – there will be no new module, and instead, we’ll make space for review, discussion, and practical application of ideas we’ve already covered.

*topics are subject to change

We’ll get back to basics in December with a focus on Midlife Self & Soul Care

Part of a sustainable life (or business) is building regular times in our lives to slow down and check-in with what is and is not working well for us and if we are living aligned with our core values and desires. This month we will look at our health and lifestyle practices with a focus on research around optimizing mind-body health (including brain health and breathwork) in the messy middle of life. Our aim is to ensure we’re living in a way that honours our wiring, deepening body awareness, and setting ourselves up for a flourishing, compassionate, engaged season of life. I do NOT focus on body size and this is a gentle, shame-free space to practice loving ourselves well. We’re all practicing.

KEY IDEAS: mind-body health, somatic wisdom

We’ll start the New Year by Ensuring We’re Building a Right-Sized Life

Building a right-sized life means one that is authentically aligned to your unique personality, wiring, needs, desires, life stage, values, and sense of purpose. It is not a fairy tale ideal; it involves truth-telling, questioning, grappling, coming face to face with the reality of what is, and noticing how/where comparison is hijacking your life and happiness. The more we create a life that works with instead of against our wiring, life feels simpler. We’ll briefly examine the distinction between goals and intentions and why this matters, you’ll identify your areas of strength/gifting, natural ability, and explore the things that light you up and how you can infuse your ordinary life with a deep, guiding sense of direction.

KEY IDEAS: comparison, purpose

February’s focus will be on Living Seasonally

We’ll move from our conversation around building a right-sized life to exploring what it can look/sound/feel like to live seasonally. There is wisdom to be mined in every season and instead of resisting what is we can learn to pay attention, listen well, and lean into the natural ebb and flow of energy, creativity, productivity and rest of a flourishing, gentle life. We’ll discuss how to stay awake to the ways perfectionism keeps us hiding, stuck, or feeling less than and how to quiet this noise. Seasonal living invites us to deepen self-awareness and self-compassion as we loosen our grip on what was or what we had hoped for to show up fully to and embrace the imperfect and beautiful season we’re in. You’ll glean knowledge this month that can change your relationship with planning, productivity, and embracing your messiness. We may explore grief as part of this month’s work.

KEY IDEAS: perfectionism, seasonal living

Getting to Know our Gift of High Sensitivity will be our theme in March

We will learn about the strengths and struggles of the Highly Sensitive Person (and empath) in addition to some other personality traits/ways of seeing and being in the world, and ideas we can practice to love ourselves well in a noisy world. Whether you are an HSP (we’ll figure it out) or you love someone who is (15-20% of the population), or you simply want to get to know yourself better, you’ll walk away with more self-awareness and self-compassion and ideas for how you can apply this self-knowledge to your life to help you engage and thrive in every season.

KEY IDEAS: high sensitivity, self-awareness

Finding you and your courses have been life-giving for me. I feel like it is a debt I will never be able to repay. —Roxanne R

A monthly roadmap and dedicated guide just for you

Each month we walk through the following structure as we dive into our new topic and apply the work to our lives.

Week One// WHY

I’ll introduce the topic of the month and WHY it matters; we’ll examine our experience and thoughts about it, any compelling research, and we’ll get honest about where we’re at. Self-awareness is essential to sustainable and healthy growth.

Week Two // WHAT

We’ll start talking about WHAT we want for ourselves in this area (we’ll establish personal goals and intentions) while staying grounded in self-compassion and I’ll offer ideas for WHAT we can do to grow and begin practicing the concepts for the month.

Week Three // HOW

We’ll get more specific about HOW to apply the habits, tools, mindset shifts or the practical application of ideas (and how to sustain positive change) and we’ll address issues or resistance that come up; this is about taking imperfect action to move closer to who and how we choose to be in the world.

Week Four // Rest & Reflect

We need time to synthesize and notice what’s showing up for us, and we need time for actual rest. In Rest Week I’m offline though members are welcome to continue engaging with each other and the material. This week also allows time to catch up on videos/work from previous weeks. Week 4 of each module offers (optional) prompts to guide you in self-reflection along with resource ideas for further learning. Every three months we have an extra week to “Rest & Reflect.”

Join the Brave & Beautiful Membership for 3 months – $180 ($60/monthly)

*May through July 2021

Invest in yourself for 6 months – $300 ($50/monthly)

*May through October 2021

Join me inside the Brave & Beautiful community for 12 months – $500 ($42/monthly)

*May through April 2022

I appreciate all you do!  I am very lucky to be part of this group.  Truly- the information and insight has helped me to prioritize what matters and take the right steps towards happiness. —Barb S

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I so appreciate you, your posts, thought processes, interviews, your way at problem-solving, the content you create, and your support. Joining this group is the very thing that helped me to begin to take steps forward from probably the worst season I’ve ever been through since childhood. I was so stuck and discouraged. Now I am making headway in leaps and bounds!! Brave and Beautiful has been so inspiring and so life-giving for me, as well as my Listening Partnership with (another member) and I just wanted you to know and thank you again. Who you are and what you carry is truly immeasurable in my life. —Joyanne Ferrara

When you invest in this community, you also get…

The Brave & Beautiful community is not about stuffing our lives full to the brim with information; you already have full lives. Setting aside 1.5-2 hours each week will allow you to engage with the material and participate in discussion, though some members spend more or less time. In this community, you will find ample time and space to discuss, reflect, and engage with the ideas in a gentle and encouraging manner. You also get support from me and each other when you feel stuck or need encouragement to keep going.

As a member of this inspirational community you will receive:

  • New educational module/topic each month to help you live with purpose, health & joy including weekly exercises/practices with worksheets or handouts to support you in doing the work
  • Two coaching calls each month on the current topic (you do not have to join live/replays are available)
  • Monthly group Zoom call to connect with other members and talk about how we’re applying the material to our lives or get extra support
  • Guest interview each month related to our core content (+ fun bonuses here & there)
  • Access to 2+ months of previous modules that you can download and keep forever ($100+ value)
  • Meaningful connection & opportunity to build relationships with growth-minded people including the opportunity to form a “Listening Partnership” with another member

The membership is capped at 50 women so that we can build a relationship and I can offer my attention in meaningful ways.

Get started today with a trial membership – $180

*May through July 2021 2021

Get 1 month free when you invest in a Brave & Beautiful Membership for 6 months – $300

*May through October 2021

Save $220 when you invest in a Brave & Beautiful Membership for the year – $500

*May through April 2022

*If you have an issue with the shopping cart (as happens on occasion), email me at alifeinprogress@outlook.com for help.

Krista has an incredible gift not only of words but also of really seeing into the struggles common to so many women. Krista doesn’t just leave us to struggle—she helps find a way to shift our mindset, look at our circumstances differently and help us find joy and celebrate the win, no matter how small. She is patient, knowledgeable and caring. The resources she writes are life-giving to me. I find myself learning something profoundly new and helpful each time I go through the materials. —Teresa C

Build meaningful relationships

Coaching calls will be offered via FB Lives – Showing up live is absolutely not required as replays will be available to watch or listen to when you’re ready. Our Monthly Group meetings are hosted on Zoom.

B&B members have the option of joining me live on Zoom for my mostly monthly interviews with special guests. The topics of each interview are selected on purpose to offer further support and food for thought on the membership topic of the month.

I help interested members form “listening partnerships” (kind of a buddy or support system for members who would love a monthly or biweekly call with someone who will listen and encourage, but not give advice) with each other. While I lead the group, I hope you’ll build a relationship with other members and glean encouragement and wisdom from each other as well.

We also currently have two extra chat groups running inside of the membership, hosted by members of the community who’ve worked with me for at least 6-12 months. These groups are extra opportunities to build friendships and feel heard and supported.

As a community, we gather inside a private Facebook group (Facebook is required to join) – this is where you’ll receive your monthly PDF, applicable worksheets, join the coaching videos (or watch the replays), ask me questions, and connect with other members.

Live Call Schedule

Week one: Wed, 1 pm MT//3 ET (FB Live in the group)

Week two: Wed, 4 pm MT//6 ET (FB Live in the group)

Week three: Wed, 4:30 pm MT//6:30 ET (Group call on Zoom)

*Times may vary seasonally as I accommodate the needs of members who consistently show up live; calls are recorded and always available in the group so you do not have to show up live!

I feel like this group has already helped me start living my own life, and for that, I thank you all!        Cindy P

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Is the Brave & Beautiful Community the right fit for me?

I love this beautiful gathering of women and believe it offers a unique opportunity to learn and grow together in a kind and supportive environment. But it’s not the right fit for everyone in every season.

The Brave & Beautiful Community is for women who:

  • Are in the messy middle of life
  • Are growth-minded, believe that we choose our response to life, and are tired of letting perfectionism, comparison, or fear be the boss of their life
  • Are interested in mind-body wellness and want to learn, chew on ideas, grow, stretch, and who believe (or are drawn to the idea that) every season of life offers new gifts and opportunity
  • Want to live with self-awareness and self-compassion and walk in quiet confidence and feel ready to take (imperfect) action to build “right-sized lives” of purpose, health, and joy
  • Feel a little weary or beat-up by life and are looking for community and support to continue showing up fully – with joy and purpose – to every single day and season of life

This community is not for women who:

  • Are in crisis, addiction, or newly diagnosed mental health conditions and need 1:1 professional support
  • Are looking for more personal, individualized, deeper support for their health or life (although you may join the membership and also work with me 1:1) to take action and experience positive growth
  • Are not yet ready to do the messy inner work to grow, stretch, and take personal responsibility for their response to life or don’t have 7 hours/month to engage with the material
  • Are looking for quick or superficial fixes for their pain or struggles
  • Don’t feel they can build healthy, respectful relationships with others who may come from a different viewpoint, lifestyle, or life experience

It takes courage to continue forging ahead with intention through all the ups and downs of life. To say yes to growing, stretching, becoming, and to keeping your heart soft as you go. Staying open to the beauty and gifts of life – choosing to witness and receive them – rather than staying stuck in the struggle or pain.

Get started today with a 3 MONTH membership – $180

*May through July 2021

GET 1 MONTH FREE wHen you invest in a Brave & Beautiful Membership for 6 months – $300

*May through October 2021

enjoy 3.5 MONTHS FREE when you invest in a Brave & Beautiful Membership for 12 months – $500

*May through April 2022

If you don’t feel “brave and beautiful” right now…

Before you go, I want you to know that if you don’t feel “brave and beautiful” right now – this group is exactly for you. For most of my life, I felt anything but. But over time, as I learned to show up through fear and finally decided I’m good enough, I realized that I always was far braver than I realized and that I am messy, imperfect, and beautiful too. So are you.

I started the Brave & Beautiful Community 4 weeks before my husband and I were in a serious car accident, 7 weeks before my beautiful son ended his life after a ferocious battle with severe depression and persistent suicidal ideation.

It might seem like the absolute worst timing but instead, it has served as a lifeline. Study, service, and brave community held me fast as I learned to breathe again. And my willingness to show up raw and real in all my imperfection and the messiness of life modelled courage and strength to the other women who chose to join me here.

This space is not for people who already feel they have life all figured out – it is for the BRAVE + WEARY SOJOURNER. All this means is that if you feel weary, you love to learn, you’re ready to even tentatively acknowledge that you are brave because you have not quit, if you would love to meet and engage with other growth-minded women from different corners of the world doing their own deep emotional work, then this will likely feel like an incredibly encouraging and strengthening community for you.

We can choose to SAY YES to showing up fully to our imperfect & beautiful lives.

Not sure if this is the right fit for you in this season of life? Reach out for a 20 min chat and we’ll figure it out together.

I look forward to connecting – and if you have any questions about my new community please reach out here.

Krista xo

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Krista’s blog simply speaks to me. It’s growth-minded, raw, & real. Sometimes I see myself living the self-care, mindfulness theme well, but other times I just want to move about my day and not overly focus on anything. I wasn’t sure about an online community because I am “offline” mostly. I feel the connectedness though! Gretchen Rubin talks honestly in her Happiness Project about how some days she doesn’t want to hold the door for that slower woman behind her. I appreciate Krista so much for continuing this journey. I really see it as her gift and thank her. —Tara B

Registration will Re-Open in April!

Doors to the Brave & Beautiful Membership are now CLOSED but will OPEN once more in April for a May start date. The B&B Community is capped at 50 women so that we can build a relationship and so you don’t get lost in a crowd. When you join, you’ll also get great insights from women like this:

  • In January I loved connecting with writer Kathy Gottberg of smartliving365.com about the idea of “Right-sized Living.”
  • I’m excited to chat with Nicole Gulotta, author of Wild Words, in February. She and I are kindred spirits, it seems, in that we take a seasonal approach to life and work. We will talk about her approach to living and creating through the seasons.
  • In March, I will connect with Psychotherapist Julie Bjelland inside her Sensitive Empowerment Community (for HSP’S) and will speak to Living Unshackled: How self-awareness, self-compassion, and imperfect action will walk you to greater freedom. This talk will also be made available to my B&B members.
  • April and beyond TBA

The email you use to register will be added to or tagged on MY EMAIL LIST so that you receive updates and important details about the membership.

Join the Brave & Beautiful Membership for 3 months – $180 ($60/monthly)

*May through July 2021

Invest in yourself for 6 months – $300 ($50/monthly)

*May through October 2021

Join me inside the Brave & Beautiful community for 12 months – $500 ($42/monthly)

*May through April 2022

$375 — Add on 3 consults with krista

*This is a special offer only for new or existing B&B members. You must be a current member to purchase this bundle. These consults are to support you more deeply in the work we’re doing inside the Brave & Beautiful Community.

I have followed Krista’s work for a couple years now. She has challenged me to see” how” I’m thinking, and that it’s OK not to be perfect in this messy life. The Brave and Beautiful Membership Community has shown me that others are also seeking answers to a messy life, while still being imperfect. I truly believe we are becoming “Community.” Thank You Krista, for all your hard work, and leadership.      Deb Gates



 
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