What is Be Your Own Hero?

Being heroic isn’t about comic books and superhuman acts. To me, being a hero is about being brave in small moments, the ones you think nobody notices but you.

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Be Your Own Hero is a newsletter about the bravery required of everyday life. It’s about being vulnerable, courageous, and kind even when you don’t feel like it —especially when you don’t feel like it. It’s for celebrating the victories and commiserating in the failures when we put ourselves out there—in our creative lives, in our community lives, in our family lives. It’s for everyone, especially me, who’s willing to courageously learn their way out of ignorance, be called in when it’s called for, and do better when they know better. I publish a new issue every 5-6 weeks, approximately ten times a year.

Along the way I’ll share my own publications and performances as well as point to books, essays, and people who exemplify courage in everyday life. I will aim to amplify marginalized voices and acknowledge my position of privilege while hopefully encouraging you to join me in a different kind of hero’s journey.

If that sounds good to you, subscribe to get full access to the newsletter and never miss an update. I’ll also send you a PDF of Five 5-Minute Practices That Will Help You Be More Brave when you sign up.

Louise Julig (she/her/hers) is a creative nonfiction writer living in Southern California on Kumeyaay lands. She writes personal essays and flash nonfiction, and also has a weird compunction to read slightly embarrassing true stories in front of a bar full of people at the VAMP storytelling showcase in San Diego. Find links to her essays, performances, upcoming events, and book recommendations at www.louisejulig.com.

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Being brave in small moments


Creative nonfiction writer and recovering engineer trying to be brave every day. She/her/hers.