About eight years ago, Elyse commented on Ashley’s cute shoes in the hall at church, and we’ve been friends ever since. Since that day, we’ve seen each other through motherhood and hard times, and even a rough patch of disagreement on whether Ryan Gosling is hotter than Ryan Reynolds. Though we have our differences, we have something important in common: both of us have big dreams.
The idea for Bravery Magazine began as a tiny seed planted at a kitchen table back in 2015. After having similar experiences with our oldest girls, we came together to talk about the lack of strong role models available to help us teach our girls bravery. After running through a few different ideas, Ashley texted Elyse one day and said, “What if we make this idea into a magazine?” True to form, Ashley’s idea was golden and we ran with it.
We ran a Kickstarter campaign in September of 2017 and were fully funded in under three days, proving that our idea is valuable and desperately needed. We are very passionate about the mission behind Bravery: that empowering children through stories of other brave women will help them become their own kind of brave.
Ashley + Elyse