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Annie F. Downs is a bestselling author and nationally known speaker based in Nashville, Tennessee. Her most recent books include 100 Days to Brave, Looking for Lovely and Let’s All Be Brave. Read more at anniefdowns.com and follow her at @anniefdowns.

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  1. Love it, love you and all you mean to my kids! Just happened by through an early morning blog stroll. So surprised and blessed that I found you and your lovely words sitting here on (in)courage. You’re a true blessing Annie Downs!
    V (better known as Jules’, Brook’s and Cait’s mom!)

  2. Annie Downs … one of the bravest (and funniest) women around!
    Now, how brave is it for a 40+ married male to post a comment out here on (In)Courage? How ’bout that, huh?
    Man, I need to update my blog. So much has gone on. Keep Nash in order!

  3. it is those little steps that seem to stop me in my tracks… until i can dig deep down and take the next step. thank you for sharing your story and your bravery!

  4. Loved your message, friend, but always do. You are walking out your destiny so keep riding, girl, keep riding that roller coaster. You make it look easy and like it is so much fun!!

  5. That is very encouraging! Even in my everyday life I find that I have to do things that make me stretch out of my comfort zone. And it’s hard, but I find the more times I do it, the easier it becomes.

  6. I enjoy reading this story over and over. Much courage Annie D. You may get something in the mail as a reward for such bravery in the line of duty! Looking forward to hearing about the next courageous steps you take.

  7. “God keeps giving me opportunities, over and over again, to show Him that I want to be brave.”
    WOW, that just knocked me over. Thanks for sharing your heart and speaking truth, Annie.

  8. A few months ago I agreed to a big move with my husband. Like you, I thought wow, I’m pretty adventurous and brave to pick up and move like this! At the time, it didn’t really cross my mind that I was going to have to walk in courage every day thereafter, not just the day we moved! Life sure is a series of opportunities to walk with God in courage and faith. I need to continually remind myself that God is in control!!
    blessings, Annie!

  9. Annie, I’m so glad you took that step of faith and hopped in the Camry because it led you into my life and onto these pages! (Selfish perspective, perhaps, but hey–God’s plan sure worked out well for me because you’re AWESOME!).

  10. Those next steps are always scariest to me because they lead to the unknown. And the unknown and me, well, we’re not exactly BFF’s!

  11. Annie, what you have done is incredible. And since I’ve met you since you moved to Nashville, I’m so thankful you did. And not just because I love you and love reading your words and laughing with your humor. But I’m thankful for the times you point me back to God and show me just how amazing He is.

  12. brave girl…may God bless you with more courage for His kingdom..! He needs more girls like you…
    : )

  13. Thank you for posting this, I am going through a simular situation and feel that God is with me but going with just my husband and leaving my daughter and family. I have grown up in the same town and raised my daughter here but now it is time for us to move on. I hope to have the same courage that you do when I leave.

  14. I realize I’m like, way late to the party, but I just read this and I know exactly what you mean. I did the exact same thing except I moved from Mississippi to Dallas stayed out there for two years gaining courage the entire way and then finally God knew I couldn’t take being away from my family any longer and allowed me to move back to Mississippi. Those two years though…every trip back to Dallas after visiting my family was ROUGH and yet God gave me the courage to do it. He gave me the courage to live alone and eat alone and go to the movies alone all those times in Dallas and I learned so many valuable lessons in the process.
    The most important of which is that when you eat alone, you generally get your food WAY faster. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing Annie! And I’m so glad you took those steps of courage! 🙂