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We never outgrow our need for courage


We never outgrow our need for courage. I’ve been privileged to find many new friends since I started my blog nearly four years ago and one of them is a brave, generous-hearted woman named Tess Marshall. Tess helps people overcome their fear. As founder of The Bold Life, she has created an interactive online course entitled 30 Days to Bold. It begins on February 18 and costs $149, but is available at the special price of $97 until January 31. The following is my interview with Tess:

For our readers, who don’t know you, please introduce yourself.

I currently work as a writer, speaker, and courage coach. I have a master’s degree in counseling psychology and had a private practice in Michigan for 10 years. I love to guide and inspire people to overcome their fears and live-out-loud. I write at The Bold Life, for an amazing and growing community, that I love dearly. My work has allowed me to reach people all over the world.

My passion is to help others grow through their fears and take the action needed to create and live a meaningful and inspired life. I’ve written three books and created a brand new course, 30 Days to Bold.

Why did you create 30 Days to Bold? Tell us more about it

30 Days to Bold is an interactive and live course that begins on Monday February 18th. It allows us to support and personally get to know each other. We overcome our fears and grow through our courage.

The course is designed to take one beyond excuses, procrastination, worries and doubts…from fear to freedom. You’ll gain the confidence to take bold action.

• Every Monday you will receive in your inbox a password that will give you access to the course on a private page at The Bold Life where you'll find all the material, videos, ebooks and more.

• Access to a private life-long Facebook page with myself and other bold people in the 30 Days of Bold community.

• A series of personal and heartfelt videos from my awesome and courageous friends. They share their own stories and expertise on how they have overcome fear and how you can too.

• A Series of Video Interviews with myself and other courageous experts.

• 4 LIVE group-coaching calls with me.

• My stories/guidance/wisdom gleaned from helping thousands of people through my work as a psychologist, life coach, and professional speaker.

• Weekly, worksheets, lessons, activities, encouragement and support.

• Over $100 in bonuses and other goodies from my fearless friends

Tell us more about yourself

I understand what it is like to be paralyzed by fear. In the past, I made mistakes, I spent my time freaked out, playing small, denying and hiding from fear.

I sank into depression and I hated my life. One day, when I couldn’t stand the pain, craziness or drama any longer… I reached out for help. I hired a therapist, attended a support group, found a mentor, hired a coach and put into practice what I learned.

Little by little, I turned my life around. I created a new story. The payoff of my post-fear life…I raised my family, I saved my marriage, became a successful therapist, a coach, an author, a professional speaker, a blogger, a writer…I achieved things I never would have thought possible.

I’ve had a successful career, over 20 years of experience, as a therapist, courage coach, speaker and writer. The course provides the proven tools and techniques that I have used myself and with clients…

It’s the culmination of everything I’ve learned. I’m still asked, “How do you do it?” 30 Days to Bold is my answer. You only need to apply it to your own situation. Not only does 30 Days to Bold offer the tools to move beyond fear, it offers a map to self-love, faith in oneself, risk-taking, to positively anticipate your future and achieve a deeper appreciation of life and everything in it. We often look up to brave, bold and successful people. It’s time to become one of them!

In the end, I’ve been blessed with very loving and brilliant mentors and teachers throughout my lifetime. It’s my turn to give.

Editor’s note: Please click here to find out more about 30 Days to Bold. Please note I am an affiliate for this course and will earn a commission if you make a purchase.

I send love and blessings. I hope all goes very well for you. Is 2013 shooting by as fast for you as it is for me? PS I have endorsed this program because I know Tess Marshall and admire her steadfast, resilient spirit.

Picture credit: knezeves



{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Elizabeth Nunn January 29, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Chris…I’m sitting here chuckling as to whether or not you think I need more boldness. Best wishes,
Elizabeth Nunn


Christopher Foster January 30, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Elizabeth, great to hear from you. Actually I wondered at first when I saw the picture if it was a picture of you. You’re a mischievous soul aren’t you?


Sheila January 29, 2013 at 8:03 pm

Good day Christopher
Interesting post..
We spend most of our lives being fearful of many things and yes we turn those fears into the courage we need to experience life, make drastic changes, or simply to take the first step to learn something new.
But I am brutally honest when I share this… I could never let go of my fear and find the courage to sit on that ledge as shown in the picture…. 🙂


Sandra Pawula January 30, 2013 at 2:26 am


I love the title of this post so much! We never outgrow our need for courage. Well, maybe one day when we are fully awake, we will be beyond hope and fear. But it might take awhile to get there and courage is definitely one of the most valuable qualities to have along the way. I appreciate Tess too and thank you for the interview and telling us about her upcoming course. I know it will be fantastic. Love to you both.
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Christopher Foster January 30, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Hi Sandra. So happy to hear from you. Thank you for your thoughtful comment and also your kind words re Tess and her course. I agree with you. Right now, which is where we are, courage has its place for sure — I like what Winston Churchill said one time, “courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all the rest.” Love to you Sandra.


Jane February 6, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Courage is one of the most crucial factors that we need in our day to day life. The “amount” of courage we have and the way we exercise it might differ. But I seriously doubt how can someone survive without courage at all 🙂 Thanks for the brilliant post 🙂
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Christopher Foster February 11, 2013 at 7:17 pm

Jane, thank you so much for your kind and encouraging comment. I’m so sorry I didn’t respond more quickly. It’s good to connect with you again. Blessings and love to you.


Charlotte Breedlove Weaver February 16, 2013 at 3:31 pm


What a treasure turned up in my email today! Your blog was mentioned on Problogger. I’m thrilled I was piqued enough to check it out–there are only so many hours in the day, you know. And of course when you get older, every day gets shorter. I feel like my 24 hours are now down to 10 and I’m only 67. Maybe that’s a good thing, since it means I’m still engaged. Have you blogged on the time topic before?
Checking out The Happy Seeker was so worth it–I felt my blood pressure drop the second my eyes got a look at your beautiful site. And the content is so valuable for those of us seeking the answers to our aging questions–and other like-minded souls.
Kind of hard to find in this youth-oriented culture. I will introduce your blog to my husband this evening. The part about testosterone will make him laugh.
So, Christopher, keep up your beautiful, blissful journey and sharing it with the rest of humanity sailing along in the same boat.


Christopher Foster February 16, 2013 at 6:30 pm

You’ve made my day Charlotte, you really have. Thank you so much for your very kind remarks. I remember I did at least one post about time, a very interesting topic all right. It was about a relaxing exercise I do once in a while. I think of a long ago moment in my life and try to remember the feeling I had at that time. It doesn’t have to be a big moment, just a moment I remember. It’s getting hold of the feeling that’s the important thing.

Doing this helps me realize that my spirit is the same now as it was then … it hasn’t changed even though my outer form surely has. I do hope your husband enjoys the post. We surely are all in the same boat aren’t we. I’m delighted to connect with you and send best wishes to you and hubby. PS If you give this exercise a try and feel so inclined, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line.


Packers and Movers Kolkata April 20, 2013 at 5:24 am

Nice post Christopher
we want to live happy but this busy world never give time to yourself, I want to enjoy my life with my parents, wants to go adventure trip..thanks for giving the opportunity for sharing our personal life..
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Christopher Foster April 20, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Thank you for writing and I send you lots of good wishes for a truly happy life. Your idea of going on an adventure trip sounds great, I wish you all the very best.


Christopher Foster April 20, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Great to hear from you and I wish you a truly happy life. Best wishes on your adventure trip.


Elizabeth Nunn April 20, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Following the Boston Marathon and West, Texas explosions, I am touched by the immediate actions by first responders, whether professionals or not. Unbelievable courage. But how seldom do ordinary people have the opportunity to display such courage? So I think of other types of courage…changing lifestyles with no safety net, speaking up or not speaking at all, facing an illness, the courage to trust others’ honesty, oh, the list is long. In reviewing the above, I see that courage is born of wisdom that we sometimes don’t know we have. Perhaps courage is a way for wisdom to leak through into our lives…like a conduit, a delivery system of the heart.


Christopher Foster April 22, 2013 at 11:23 am

Such beautiful thoughts Elizabeth. Thank you so much for sharing this uplifting but thought-provoking meditation. I do so agree. The list is long, and we will never run out of opportunities to express our courage and be true to ourselves. As you say, courage opens a door for wisdom to bless our lives and our world. Thanks again and blessings to you.


simmon July 12, 2014 at 7:35 am

Thanks for the opportunity to have read this and I will consider it and I’ll come back in the future, to read what other people are saying about the matter.


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