Courageous Girls Limited Edition Handmade Kintsugi Vases

Courageous Girls Limited Edition Handmade Kintsugi Vases

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the areas of breakage with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. Oregon artist, Stephanie Schmidt, started making Japanese Kintsugi because she believes the symbolism of this ancient art form tenderly realizes the juxtaposition of beauty and ashes we find in our lives. 

These limited edition Beloved-Beauty from Brokenness” vases are inspired from the words of Isaiah 61 (beauty from ashes) and 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (His grace is sufficient), and are each handmade by Stephanie for our Courageous Girls Community. Even in the midst of brokenness, beauty can be found. In fact, the brokenness can be mended into something that is far stronger than its original form. Beauty from ashes. Truly, it is through God’s GRACE that the brokenness is made into something beautiful again.

In Courageous Girls, we want to help moms discover their own courage in raising a daughter who knows herself as LOVED. These Kintsugi vases serve as a reminder to Courageous mamas and daughters that we, as Courageous Girls, can be honest about our frailties and limits, knowing that God is not after our perfection. He is after our heart. God wants us to trust Him with all of who we are so that He can make all things new. 

Our mistakes, our wounds, our brokenness do not define us. Each mama and daughter was designed for a purpose, and is uniquely equipped for that purpose. God uses ALL of our story, not just the parts that are Instagram worthy, but the parts where we have experienced brokenness, pain, and hard. Stephanie leaves one piece missing in each of her vases to remind us that He will complete us when we see Him again in Heaven and in the brokenness of our humanity, there is beauty. 

These parallels to life are deeply meaningful to Stephanie. Like most people, she has suffered brokenness in life and knows the pain and hard work that goes into repairing the “cracks”. However, she believes there is a beauty in what has been healed…even when scars remain. 

To support the CG movement in walking alongside moms and daughters as they experience God’s grace, Stephanie will donate 15% of the proceeds to the Courageous Girls Movement when you purchase a Courageous Girls Limited Edition Handmade “Beloved-Beauty from Brokenness” Kintsugi Vase. You can buy these limited edition vases in CG Shop now!

 To hear more of Stephanie’s personal beauty into ashes story, check out Episodes 53 & 54 on the Living Wholehearted Podcast, aired by CG co-founders, Jeff & Terra Mattson. You can check out Stephanie’s other Kintsugi creations here

Listen to the CG Panel Discussion from Courageous Gathering – FREE Audio

Listen to the CG Panel Discussion from Courageous Gathering – FREE Audio

Aimee Eckley, Rachel Meiser, and I had such a wonderful time recording the CG Panel discussion for you. If you missed hearing it at the Courageous Gathering in July, we have the panel discussion recording available for FREE for our CG Community now!

FREE download – “The Heart of Courageous Girls” panel discussion

Our time together really dives into the heartbeat of the Courageous Girls Movement. We examined how unique the CG community is compared to existing clubs or groups, specifically the component of committing to an intentional relationship with our daughters, while allowing God to transform both moms and daughters for His mighty impact on the world around us. The curriculum provides a vehicle for this intentionality, which includes learning about our identity, learning tools for conflict and tackling real world challenges through the lens of what God says.

We also share with great honesty what is entailed in leading a Courageous Girls group. You will hear practical and philosophical questions about creating, building, nurturing, and sustaining Courageous Girls groups.

Whether you are a veteran CG mama or a curious new mama just wanting to learn a little more about why CG is worth investing in with your daughter(s), we invite you to join the discussion!

Be sure to check out the Courageous Gathering keynotes and breakout session speakers. There are so many amazing resources available to you as a mom, leader, woman… all the hats you wear!

Rooted in Grace,
Stephanie West
Courageous Leadership Coach

Interview: Jeff & Nevie Mattson on The Dad Whisperer Podcast, Episode 180

Interview: Jeff & Nevie Mattson on The Dad Whisperer Podcast, Episode 180

Dr. Michelle Watson Canfield at The Dad Whisperer podcast recently talked with Jeff Mattson, co-founder of Living Wholehearted & Courageous Girls, and his youngest daughter, Nevie Mattson.

In this interview, Jeff shares about activating adventures with his two daughters.

As an added bonus, Nevie joins the conversation and shares about the adventures she has had with her dad in the great outdoors!

To listen, please visit The Dad Whisperer.

Am I doing this right?

Am I doing this right?

I take the plunge. I invite other women to join me. We form a new Courageous Girls group. We get about two steps in, and then I start to wonder, 

“Am I doing this right?” 

I look around. 

I observe. 

I consider that we’re all from different schools, different communities, different backgrounds. 

I realize we have fewer girls in our group than other groups before us. 

I realize our daughters aren’t sitting quietly; they aren’t participating. We didn’t get through the full lesson in our allotted time. 

I imagine it probably won’t work to do a 2-night retreat. I feel defeated.

Moms are complaining. Moms are asking me hard questions. Moms are wondering if I really know what I’m talking about. Moms are doubting they can fully commit to something planned months out. Moms are wrestling with their own insecurity about their own adult relationships.

This was not how it was supposed to go. Worry and self-doubt rise abruptly. Sometimes this all just feels — impossible. How is it going to work? Other leaders seem to have it all together.

I am feeling very alone and lost in this role as CG group leader. 

Then recently, I had the privilege of attending a CG leadership retreat with the founder of Courageous Girls, Terra Mattson. Women came from all over, each leading a little tribe of moms and daughters; each capable and rich in her own gifts, yet simultaneously doubting her own path as a leader. As the day rolled along, what a fine surprise it was to realize that every single one of us felt burdened with the need to do our CG group “right!” 

But what if we throw this word out? 

What if leading a CG group is more about trusting than it is about being “right?” 

Why do we, as women, find it difficult to walk the path God places in front of us? Why do we feel a nagging need to follow someone else’s map when our own route allows us to take full advantage of the unique gifts God gives us? Perhaps it is because another’s well-worn path seems comfortable and right. Perhaps it is because of fear. Or, perhaps it is simply the enemy drawing us away from the very experience that God purposes to create unexpected beauty in our lives? A courageous leader takes a deep breath, walks forward, and takes the plunge with the One who paves her path. 

Here is the truth: Every CG tribe is different —full of challenges yet so beautiful. And why shouldn’t they be? We are each unique. Our daughters are unique. We were created this way on purpose and it is all being used to the mightily important purpose of raising our daughters to be known and to be loved. Grace meets us where we are at and allows us to move forward in our individual ways and quirky differences. 

I am reminded of when Jesus said, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly (Matthew 11:28-30, MSG).”

Courageous Girls is about trusting the unforced rhythms of grace and not about being right.

Written by Beth Kershner

Courageous Girls Leadership Coach

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