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Stephanie Stephanie
Marina Marina
Lori Lori
Jackie Jackie
Deb Deb
Selene Selene
Pam Pam
Maya Maya
Erin Erin
Katie Katie
Amanda Gregory Amanda Gregory
Alanna Gardner Alanna Gardner
Bari Rosenstein Bari Rosenstein
Kurt Wirth Kurt Wirth

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Stephanie

Stephanie

Stephanie left behind her comfortable life in Pittsburgh to move to NYC, packing up her old life in just 30 days to relocate to a rented room in Harlem. From there she built herself a successful career in one of the toughest cities in the world – before adding the delights and challenges of being a single mom into the mix. Now she practices the #livingfearless values she learnt as a child on the farm as she parents her son, ziplines off cliffs in exotic locations and runs marathons!

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Marina

Marina

When Marina’s husband accepted a job in the States, uncertainty and fear filled her thoughts after she moved from India to Texas. Knowing that she was far away from her family and loved-ones, she faced the struggles of adapting to a new country while her family had several health scares. She realized needed to accept the unexpected and live fearlessly. Now as a stay-at-home mom and blogger, she has a sense of purpose and fulfillment.

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Lori

Determined to create the family of her dreams, Lori Holden was determined not to let infertility stop her. Instead she confronted her fears about open adoption, reassessing what it means to be a mom and how to create a strong and loving family. She opened her heart to her new family and a new way of #LivingFearless.

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Jackie

With their passports, backpacks and courageous spirits in tow, Jackie and her family moved to Wiesbaden, Germany – a very unfamiliar place. But, by moving past their fears and embracing the allure of the unknown, her and her family became stronger than they ever thought possible. Jackie and her family learned how to practice the art of Living Fearless…and how to have some fun along the way.

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Deb

As a teenager and young adult, Deb Clem-Buckert was cautious and afraid of failure. But life kept throwing her challenging experiences – from deciding to graduate early from college, launching a successful self-employed career while her husband got sick and finding herself on the invisible illness rollercoaster when her daughter developed chronic illness. Now she’s embracing #LivingFearless every day and freedom that it brings.

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Selene

Selene Nelson is a British-American freelance writer who is traveling the world for a year. Selene studied English Literature at the University of Sussex in the UK, and has since worked as an editor, copywriter and content manager.

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Pam

Pamela Hodge is a military spouse that enjoys helping others find happiness through her blog Hodge Podge Moments. She believes that every moment influences our life and should be cherished. She also believes in big smiles, puppy dogs, and making new friends everywhere she goes.

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Maya

Maya King is a beauty and style blogger – a young, professional career woman who is a boss and who looks like it. I blog for the woman who works hard and lives even harder! My purpose is to share styling tips and my favorite shopping and hangout locations in New York City, and share my developing love affair with The Big Apple.

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Erin

When Erin decided to join her husband and uproot her children all the way to China, she had no idea what to expect. Instead of settling into a haze of culture shock and botched translations, Erin decided to face her new surroundings with aplomb. Now a confident member of the Beijing community, she is thriving in ways she never anticipated. Erin learned that Living Fearless isn't always easy, but it's always worth it.

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Katie

Hi, I'm Katie! My favorite person on the planet (who also happens to be my husband) is a military/law enforcement man and together we have three kids ages 4, 2, and 5 months (send coffee, please!). As a blogger I get to share about our adventure-filled life with the military, my passion for all things fitness and healthy living, and life as a wife and mom. Life is good!

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Amanda Gregory

I'm a wife, mom, fur-mom, Military spouse and blogger that hails from the great state of Kansas. I currently call Tennessee my home and keep my days busy doing all things mom, maid, chef and entertainer.

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Alanna Gardner

At just 25 years old, Alanna Gardner suddenly discovered she needed open heart surgery. Coming into her fighting spirit, Alanna worked to heal herself and truly embodies #LivingFearless.

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Bari Rosenstein

A string of bad luck didn't keep athlete Bari Rosenstein from #LivingFearless. A promising athletic career came to a screeching halt when Bari was forced to undergo several surgeries. Throughout, she’s kept her eyes forward and persevered.

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Kurt Wirth

Having stepped foot in nine countries and 44 states by the age of 29, Kurt Wirth has been #LivingFearless his whole life. He’s stayed with locals on four cross-country road trips and explored Europe by rail. A native Alabamian, Kurt has struck out on his own and begun to leave a footprint across the globe.

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Lori

Stephanie

Stephanie Barnhart is Author/Founder of Footballfoodandmotherhood.com, New York Editor for Mommy Nearest Magazine, and Founder/Social Media Strategist of SocialmindedMediaGroup.com. She has been a speaker at national conferences, seen in The New York Times, Huffington Post, PARENTGUIDE News, NY Metro Parent, ABC News, NBC Nightly News and been a contributing author on other various media outlets. Read her full story here.

Lori

Marina

I’m Marina and I’m married to my best friend…my ever so patient, incredibly supportive and loving Hubby. I’m Mommy to our darling kids : 9 year old Dottie, 5 year old Little Man and 18 month old Baby Girl. Read her full story here.

Lori

Lori

Lori Holden, mom of a teen son and a teen daughter, writes from Denver at LavenderLuz.com. She is author of The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption: Helping Your Child Grow Up Whole, on required reading lists at adoption agencies around the country. She has written for Adoptive Families and Pathway 2 Family magazines, and speaks around the country about what parents can do to heal the split between biology and biography. Read her full story here.

Jackie

Jackie

A self-described “Jackie of All Trades,” Army wife Jackie Toops is a mother of two and enjoys writing, travel, art, languages, slow cooking and peaceful parenting. She studied Interdisciplinary Humanities, Museum Studies and Nonprofit Management, and has overseen public relations for museums, galleries and universities. She is a contributing author for Wall Street International Magazine and has discussed her articles on-air with AFN Wiesbaden. She’s usually seen adventuring with her Canon, a coffee and two small children. Follow her on Twitter. Read her full story here.

Deb

Deb

Deb Clem-Buckert is a blogger, entrepreneur and passionate invisible illness advocate. Life hasn't always turned out the way Deb planned, but she's learned to switch gears and make magic happen. She's the proud mom of Rosie, a fifteen-year old, that's been battling both rare and undiagnosed illnesses. She's teaching her daughter that Living Fearless can make all the difference in the world. It's working. Read her full story here.

Selene

Selene

Ever think of quitting your job, selling your possessions, and giving away your pets to live a life of Wanderlust? Selene took that massive risk and is now living as fearlessly as she can. Her fantasy to see the world and live a life without regret has come true through hard work and dedication. While some days are still littered with question marks, she is embracing uncertainty and soaking up the magic of her everyday life. Read her full story here.

Pam

Pam

When Pam’s California dreams became reality, she knew her world would be turned upside down. But, through this transformation, Pam has been able to harness her inner strength and be the tenacious person she always wanted to be. From learning how to make new friends and how to be content while her military husband was away, she is now making the most out of every day. Read her full story here.

Maya

Maya

Two years ago, Maya decided to pack her bags and face fear head on by leaving the sunny comforts of Miami to start a new life in the Big Apple. Now, feeling more confident than ever, Maya proudly calls herself a true New Yorker. While the grass often seems greener back in her home state, Maya is able to turn each challenge she faces into an opportunity for growth. She is now embracing the life she always dreamt of, one filled with passion, dedication, and drive. Read her full story here.

Katie

Erin

Erin is a parenting coach, writer, academic writing coach, teacher, Navy wife and mom to 4 sons (one who has Autism Spectrum Disorder). Together, in 20 years as a military family, they have endured nearly 10 deployments and moved 12 times. Home is where the Navy sends them, and currently that is in Beijing, China. Her boys are 18, 15, 12 and 8 years old. The Been There Done That mom offers insight into military family life, living abroad, and no-nonsense parenting. Read her full story here.

Katie

Katie

Being married to a man in the military requires dedication, determination, and patience. But, through many months away and even more sleepless nights, Katie and her husband have become prepared for anything. With taking on the role of mother, father, and the head of household for long stretches of time, Katie oozes fearlessness in every aspect of her life. All of her hard work, love and compassion is done because of the profound love she has for her family, friends, and country. Read her full story here.

Alanna Gregory

Amanda Gregory

From the comfort of her Midwestern home to the foreign environment of a small east coast town, Amanda was unprepared and terrified for the biggest move in her life. Putting her personal goals on hold, she had to navigate through her new military life and face the unknown – head on. With only her husband in tow, Amanda put her worries aside, trusted the bastion of love on her side and chose to live fearlessly. Read her full story here.

Alanna Gardner

Alanna Gardner

At just 25 years old, Alanna Gardner suddenly discovered she needed open heart surgery. Coming into her fighting spirit, Alanna worked to heal herself and truly embodies #LivingFearless.

Protection 1: Hi, Alana. Explain to everyone out there what you went through.

Alanna: I had a massive heart attack and had to undergo open heart surgery when I was 25 years old. It was difficult for me because I was physically and emotionally weaker than I have ever been. I prided myself on being the one that people relied on and in turn I had to rely heavily on others. It was a humbling time, but taught me so much about asking for help, faith, and resilience.

Protection 1: That sounds like such an emotional journey. How do you find yourself #LivingFearless?

Alanna: I embrace the idea of #LivingFearless by living in the present. It's important to show up and show out in every moment in your life. No matter how big or small the moment is; do and do it passionately or not at all.

Protection 1: Totally makes sense. What about when there are challenges? How do you face those?

Alanna: By taking time to reflect on if the challenge is something I can actually control or if it's something I have to be patient and wait out. There are some trials that you can tackle head on and others that are a test of your character and all you can do is wait them out.

Protection 1: It sounds like there is so much you could teach others. If you had one piece of advice to give, what would it be?

Alanna: To understand the problems you face are not permanent and that they are an opportunity to grow in character. The way you handle your trials can also be an inspiration to someone else who may be struggling with the same thing. Stay encouraged and remain in gratitude for the things that are going well in your life.

Protection 1: Thanks for taking the time to chat with us.

Alanna: Of course. I’m grateful to be a part of the #LivingFearless campaign.

Bari Rosenstein

Bari Rosenstein

A string of bad luck didn’t keep athlete Bari Rosenstein from #LivingFearless. A promising athletic career came to a screeching halt when Bari was forced to undergo several surgeries. Throughout, she’s kept her eyes forward and persevered.

Protection 1: So, what happened?

Bari: In college, I tore 3 ACLs in a year and a half playing lacrosse. I tore my right knee’s ACL at the end of my freshman year season and had reconstruction surgery to fix it. After surgery and physical therapy, I started to play again. I soon found out that my body rejected the tendon they used, which resulted in a tear in my left knee’s ACL. To again repair my right knee, I endured yet another reconstruction surgery and a bone fusion. These setbacks happened following the best season of my life and I had hopes to become an All-American player. Through this, I learned that hard work, dedication, and positivity are essential when challenges are thrown at you. If I didn’t change my mindset when I was feeling down, I wouldn’t have gotten back to playing. These experiences changed my life completely and have made me look at life in a more positive and happy way.

Protection 1: After going through all of that, what keeps you going?

Bari: Trusting and knowing that everything happens for a reason and that things are thrown at you for a purpose. Embracing that outlook when bad as well as good things happen to you makes you a stronger, more humble person.

Protection 1: That’s very inspiring. How would you define #LivingFearless?

Bari: I think #LivingFearless really comes from your outlook on life. I think that with a positive attitude, you accomplish anything and overcome any obstacle that life throws at you. Positive things happen to positive people and it shines through every aspect of your life. It’s been four years since my last surgery and I play in a post-college league, social leagues, do CrossFit, and run pain-free! I work hard at keeping my legs strong and listen to my body when I need to.

Protection 1: Sounds like you’ve really overcome those challenges and are thriving! As we wrap up, what advice would you give readers who might be looking to be more inspired in their daily lives?

Bari: Always remember that if you want something badly enough, you will do whatever it takes to get there. Oh, and smiling always helps. :)

Protection 1: Well, thanks for sharing your story.

Bari: I had a blast! Keep #LivingFearless, people!

Kurt Wirth

Kurt Wirth

Having stepped foot in nine countries and 44 states by the age of 29, Kurt Wirth has been #LivingFearless his whole life. He’s stayed with locals on four cross-country road trips and explored Europe by rail. A native Alabamian, Kurt has struck out on his own and begun to leave a footprint across the globe.

What inspires Kurt toward a life of #LivingFearless? Well, we asked just that.

Protection 1: Thanks for chatting, Kurt!

Kurt: Happy to be a part of the #LivingFearless campaign.

Protection 1: You’re averaging more than one new state a year! How young where you when you started traveling?

Kurt: I guess that’s true! Outside of family trips, my first real traveling opportunity was with the Mississippi Boychoir when I eight. That year, we sang at Carnegie Hall and traveled all over the States the next few years. So, by the time I was 11, I had been to several states in the South as well as New York, Minnesota, and Arizona.

Protection 1: And that obviously sparked a passion?

Kurt: Absolutely it did! I was so fortunate to be exposed to such a wide variety of people and places at a young age, and it lit this fire under me to experience everything I could during my lifetime. I make a point to stay with locals when I travel so I can absorb the character of the place, get the inside dirt on where to visit, that sort of thing.

Protection 1: Such wanderlust. Did you come from a rural area? If so, do you think that influenced your drive to see the world?

Kurt: That’s a good point. I’m from a village of fewer than 100 people in Alabama, and…well, there isn’t a whole lot happening there. It’s pristine, simple, and perfect for raising kids, but I knew for as long as I could remember that I wanted to go explore the world to see what else it might have to offer.

Protection 1: So, mister expert, what’s been your favorite place to visit and why?

Kurt: I do what I can! Man, what a tough question. If I was forced to choose, I’d probably go with Sweden and, specifically, Marstrand. I honestly couldn’t believe how stunningly beautiful Sweden was, and how clean the cities were. Marstrand is a tiny community that sits, in part, on an island off of Sweden’s west coast. The whole island is hikeable, the water is crystal clear, and there’s a giant fortress at its center – which I even got to explore. I’ll never forget it.

Protection 1: Sounds incredible. Well, that’s about all the time we have. To sign off, what advice would you give people who might be reading and are inspired to start traveling more?

Kurt: First and foremost: stop putting it off. I find that so many people make excuses and rationalize themselves into a corner that never allows them to experience life. We should all be rationalizing how to get more out of life, not less. Staying with locals can reduce the cost by at least half, and renting – or owning – a hybrid can make up for its cost in gas savings. Nearly anyone can travel on nearly any budget and, I’m telling you right now, it will completely change your life. If you want to refresh your life and gain a new perspective, nothing can replace traveling.

Protection 1: Thanks again for your time, Kurt. Keep #LivingFearless!

Kurt: I plan to, and thanks for the opportunity!