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September 2016

Fearless Beauty supports LIFE. LOVE. EDUCATION. CHANGE.

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oFearless Beauty was born out of a thought, a question, really: What would you do if you weren’t afraid? For our Fearless Founder, Heather Packer, the answer was to follow her heart to India and teach young women how to be entrepreneurs in the world of hair and our program was born. Today, as I process the events in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis and Dallas, that same powerful question holds a different space.

We all experience fear – it is inevitable, innate and infinite. How we choose to deal with that fear, is what sets us apart. For some, being fearless means stepping outside of your comfort zone, for others it is signing up for a program that will enrich your life, like our Fearless Beauty students have done. For others, it is wondering if you will survive being pulled over, or working to provide for your family, or protecting and serving a community you love.

Fearless Beauty supports LIFE. LOVE. EDUCATION. CHANGE. To our girls in India to those who have unjustly and untimely fallen, we fearlessly love you. #blacklivesmatter #alllivesmatter #girlsmatter #educationmatters #lifematters #enoughisenough

“Real fearlessness is the product of tenderness. It comes from letting the world tickle your heart, your raw and beautiful heart. You are willing to open up, without resistance or shyness, and face the world. You are willing to share your heart with others.” ― Chögyam Trungpa

-Eve Martinez
Founding Board Member

Inside Look with Fearless Leader: Laurie Edwards

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A few impactful life experiences brought me to Fearless Beauty. First, Heather Packer’s devotion to following her beliefs and passion, and creating opportunities to give back to life and people. We have talked many nights about how to give more and give back with the gifts we are so grateful for.

I have taught for many years in the hair industry and know this is my passion and my path. We have many phases of life, where we are.. and where we see ourselves. I believe that sharing our experiences with others is how we all grow and connect. Fearless Beauty has been a gift and an opportunity for me to push myself to open up to new pathways in life.

And my children, they are my direct connection to making life better and showing them how much greater we are together. I have been focused on raising them with love, compassion, and understanding. I realized I can show them best by example.The conversations and actions I have shared with them have made us all grow and become more aware of what we are doing on a day to day basis, and how, little acts go so far.

The most impressional moments of my journey began the moment I landed in India.  The journey to Rishikesh, the land and the simplicity of the life there.  I knew I was “home” in a sense. It is like no other.

The first day of school I was so nervous, and wanted their acceptance and hoped for no fear from the girls. I left that day almost in tears, because I  knew they were there to learn, in a culture that doesn’t always support them.  It was like no conference or seminar I have ever taught. I was determined to give them everything I had.

I found myself analyzing and changing everything I thought I would do. It was so humbling, and I knew I had to earn their trust. So I went back and brainstormed with Heather on all my ideas.  Over the next 2 weeks I witnessed myself changing, knowing I had to teach everything I could possibly  share. The women were so incredible and strong and didn’t give up! The bond we share is still strong and I can’t wait to hear about this past year. We communicate through Facebook to this day! I feel so blessed.

One of my students got hit by a tuk tuk (auto-rickshaw) and still came to class with no complaints or even a mention of what had happened. I had to beg her to sit on a pillow during class. What a strong young woman. She helped me translate during our classes, no matter how many different ways we had to communicate.

What would I do if I wasn’t afraid? Part of this I have already done, I left my children for over two weeks on a 23 hour, multi plane trip around the world. I have learned that, as a family, we can love and support each other while being apart. Being apart brought us closer at the same time. My children learned about India through face time, pictures, and sharing the  experiences when I returned. We talk about me going and how helping others is a full and trusting way to live. They share their concerns about India and wanting more for the people there and others. They respect what we have and give to people who need love and compassion.

The other part is having them share it with me, experiencing it for themselves.

For me that means trusting and letting go. As a mom this is a matter of trust.. believe they will always be safe, no matter what they face!

I can’t wait to go back and share what life is really about: caring for others and giving yourself.

What would you do if you weren’t afraid?

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As she raises her voice and asks questions that are often not posed, Sheryl Sandberg elevates women around the world and across generations. “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”, she asked. I answered and Fearless Beauty was born.

Sheryl Sandberg is the author of Lean In, COO of Facebook, and a leader in the continuing movement to bring not only awareness to the injustices that women face but also in bringing equality to us all.  She asks us to “sit at the table”, to stand up, lean into our fears and to strive for our goals.  Even as we pursue those goals, she suggests rather than looking at our path in the form of a ladder where there is only up or down and competition is key, instead we should look at our journey as a jungle gym. With this model, there is room for growth, expansion and community. She supports balance and the idea that maybe there really is no such thing as having it all. And…That’s ok.

She asked and I answered. So…What would you do if you weren’t afraid?