InHerShoes takes a stand for girls’ freedom of expression, assertion of passion, and pursuit of possibility in every aspect of their lives. As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit committed to catalyzing courage for girls and women around the world to live and create courageously. The foundation of everything we do begins and ends with one question: What would you do if you were 1% more courageous?
We asked two of their trailblazing team a few more questions about courage.
Do you think you need to be authentic to be courageous OR courageous to be authentic? Why?
Judith Martinez: I think both are actually symbiotic and interconnected. Being authentic is courageous. Just like being courageous is being authentic. I think when we’re really paying attention, some of the most courageous people are the most authentic, and those we see as authentic are living out their courage.
Camille De La Rosa: Authenticity and being courageous go hand in hand. When you’re being courageous, you’re authentically choosing to feel the fear (and any other emotions that may arise) and do the thing you’re scared to do anyway. It also takes courage to be authentic — both to yourself, in the privacy of your own thoughts and space, and to others, when you’re out and about in this world. Choosing to be 1% more courageous is choosing to live authentically and vice versa.
Tell us about how sharing your story (like in your trail!) is an act of courage.
Judith Martinez: Sharing any part of your story takes courage. It gives people the opportunity to judge, criticize, cheer, challenge, celebrate — you name it. It’s an act of vulnerability and being vulnerable is the entrance fee for being courageous.
Camille De La Rosa: Sharing your story is one of the greatest acts of courage, whether you’re adding new milestones on OwnTrail or pouring your heart out to your best friend over FaceTime. On InHerShoes HQ team meetings, before we dive into our weekly agenda, we’ll each take turns answering a Round Robin question—usually a more personal question, such as, “What is your word of the year and why?”
It’s in these moments where the walls fall away, and I get to know each of my team members on a deeper level. When we choose to be 1% more courageous and share our stories, bit by bit, we chip away at the facades we’ve built up. We deconstruct the unattainable standards of perfection that some of us have felt pressured to live up to. In turn, we signal to other folks that it’s okay to be vulnerable and share their stories, too.
What’s your favorite way to share your acts of courage with others?
Judith Martinez: I love sharing acts of courage with others through shared stories and experiences. I always feel there is something so special about the power of connection in that way.
Camille De La Rosa: I love illustrating and sharing some of my select acts of courage on my Instagram page. As an artist and as someone who is always looking to creatively express myself and connect with others, especially in this pandemic, illustrating my stories has become one of my favorite creative outlets. It’s like I’m digitally scrapbooking–sharing my memories and reflections with my community.