Being Brave With Abbie McG

I am so excited!

I’ve just started working with a small team to create a half-hour conversational public access show called "Being Brave With Abbie McG" which is being filmed at Community Television Network in Portland, Maine.

During the show, I’ll introduce you to some of the bravest, most creative, most inspiring people I know. I want you to meet “my people” - the individuals who inspire me to KEEP ON GOING and choose to be brave with my life - even when it's difficult.

We’ll talk about the myth of warrior-style bravery and give you a different picture of what living a brave life really looks like. See, I’ve come to realize that there’s a myth about bravery - that bravery looks strong, fierce and warrior-like - and I want to show listeners that bravery is not only about exhibiting strength, but also about authenticity (being who you REALLY are), setting boundaries (knowing what your value is), and acknowledging fear and vulnerability (showing emotions and talking about your story). I’ve seen time and time again that when we get to know ourselves, share our stories, and allow ourselves to be vulnerable as well as strong, we come out more courageous on the other side.

It is my hope that the stories shared on "Being Brave With Abbie McG" will inspire you to push through the doubt, believe in your authentic self, and become just a little more brave with your own life.

“...Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." ~Howard Thurman

Episode One: Recorded Friday, January 20, 2017

Heidi Symonds of Nourish Yourself For Life: The Healthy Godmother on Being Brave

I'm pleased to introduce you to Heidi Symonds, The Healthy Godmother of Heidi is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Holistic Health Coach who believes that, much like training for a race or a “big game”, every day we must learn to practice nourishing ourselves in a way that keeps us feeling great and in gratitude for our amazing lives. She creates and shares delicious, healthy recipes and delivers tips and tricks as short videos on her website and social media pages weekly. Heidi grew up in Cumberland Foreside and now resides in Portland, Maine with her husband and (fluffy) puppies.

Episode Two: Recorded Friday, February 17, 2017

Matthew Francis of Freedom to Flourish: Being Your Free, Brave Self

Matthew Francis launched his career as a public speaker when he shared his cancer/survivorship story for the Maine Center for Cancer Medicine's grand expansion back in 2013. During this time, Matthew still was pretending to live as a woman; he transitioned from female to male in August of 2013. Matthew now shares his transition testimony in many faith-based forums, educational and mental health agencies. Matthew lives on the principle that everyone deserves to be safe, feel included, and be treated with decency. We are all in this together. He currently speaks and trains mental health professionals on issues of trauma, mental illness and transgender awareness, and his newly-released book, "My Resurrected Spirit," is available on Matthew hails from Louisville Kentucky, and now lives in Falmouth, Maine.

Episode Three: Recorded Friday, February 17, 2017

Hannah Curtis of New Approaches: Saying No and Being Effectively Frank

Meet Hannah Curtis, Licensed Clinical Social Worker at New Approaches in Portland, Maine. New Approaches is a private practice specializing in counseling and coaching for emotional health. Hannah's specialties include communication, life transitions, postpartum support, work/life balance, stress management, relationships, anxiety, depression, trauma, and life satisfaction. She has a passion for working with other helping professionals such as social workers, teachers, therapists, doctors, and nurses, to help them reduce stress and burn-out. Hannah also creates and runs workshops/small groups on becoming "Effectively Frank" which is, in short, the art of clear, confident communication. Hannah's hometown is Belfast, Maine and she now lives in Brunswick with her husband and two daughters.

Episode Four: Recorded Friday, March 17, 2017

Caroline Morrison of Soul Arts Wellness Studio: Being Brave Enough To Let It Go

I'm thrilled to introduce you to Caroline Morrison, multi-dimensional energy practitioner and owner of Soul Arts Wellness Studio in Portland, Maine. Since leaving her life in commercial real estate banking 8 years ago, she now considers herself to be a spiritually focused entrepreneur. She specializes in helping clients unravel old, outdated emotional patterns through Ayurvedic-inspired releasing techniques and the vibrational medicines of sound and color light therapy. Her major focus is on the energy field around the body, including the chakras, the mind and thought to facilitate profound positive shifts in wholeness. She is an Ayurvedic Practitioner and a Professional Member of NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association). Caroline grew up in a small town in Maine, and now resides in Portland, Maine. She loves hiking, long walks, yoga, the ocean, eating out at great restaurants and doing most anything with great friends and family! 

Caroline is on a personal mission to facilitate a deep understanding of ourselves as energy beings first and foremost, including an understanding of the mind, what it is, and where it resides. She emphasizes that the mind is energy too - a flow of thought, that pervades the entire being from the physical cells to the subtle latticework of energy surrounding the body. Caroline believes that the body is a crystallization or representation of the mind, and that the auric energy field around the body is a thinking, feeling force field and the quality and frequency of this field of energy determines your health and level of joy.

Episode Five: Recorded Friday, March 17, 2017

Jodi Flynn of Women Taking The Lead: Leading With Bravery and Authenticity

Allow me to introduce the amazing Jodi Flynn, Founder of the popular podcast Women Taking the Lead and the leader of a thriving community of entrepreneurial-minded women. Jodi works with Type-A women to help them focus on those often overlooked qualities that, if not developed, prevent her from achieving her goals: mindset, confidence, self-leadership, communication and relationship building. Jodi takes pride in ‘walking her talk’ and taking on challenges that push her out of her comfort zone. She is a passionate, focused mentor and coach, providing her clients the structure necessary to challenge personal barriers and create the lives, careers and businesses they desire. Jodi grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts and currently lives in Old Orchard Beach, Maine.

Episode Six: Recorded Friday, April 14, 2017

Angie Cole, Big Dream Doula: Giving Birth to Your Brave Ideas

Angie Cole is a Purpose-Driven Entrepreneur who facilitates bold action and follow-through for individuals and groups who are ready to make their mark on the world. She has been a coach, facilitator and experience designer for more than 20 years and loves to work with people who care deeply about their impact in the world, and who want to tell the true story of the difference they're making. Whether you're just getting started, or you're ready to take it to the next level (hint: you can't do it alone), she can help you avoid costly mistakes, gain momentum quickly, and make sure the journey and the destination are in alignment.

Episode Seven: Recorded Friday, April 14, 2017

Jared DeSimio of Being Brave With The Past and Making It New

Jared DeSimio is an artist and maker who’s current work is centered around the mending of worn garments and incorporating traditional handicrafts into modern fashion. Prior to his current project, Jared crafted one-of-a-kind carrygoods and accessories from unique and history laden materials. He lives in Brunswick with his wife and two daughters.

Episode Eight: Recorded on Friday, May 26, 2017

Ryan Esbjerg: Flexing Your Face

Ryan Esbjerg is an entrepreneur and founder of Flex Your Face, a global community celebrating the small moments in our day that make us smile. The Flex Your Face community is built around the simple concept of celebrating the small moments in your day, like a smile. By promoting positive lifestyles through their message and apparel, Flex Your Face uses their profits to enable people from all walks of life to pursue their dreams.

Episode Nine: Recorded on Friday, May 26, 2017

Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW: Brave Parenting

Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW, wrote a sweet little book, "What Not to Say: Tools for Talking with Young Children" that took her ages to finish. It even won an award: the Living Books silver award in the “Family” category! She had the Parenting Toolbox column gig at Parent & Family for 8 years, has read all the parenting books and blogs (so you don’t have to), and is pretty near obsessed with brain science and child development. Sarah loves helping moms and dads understand themselves and their children better, so everyone can have more fun. She's mom to a spirited, smart, and sassy boy who gives her plenty of opportunities to take her own advice.

Episode 10: Recorded on Friday, June 16, 2017


Amanda O'Brien is the Director of Business Development at flyte new media in Portland, Maine and she has been working in marketing for over 12 years. She caught the digital marketing bug in 2006 and has been helping businesses use the internet to market themselves since then. At flyte Amanda is responsible for generating new business and for developing, implementing, and reporting on marketing initiatives for our clients. She has been the host and organizer of Social Media Breakfast Maine since 2009 and recently became co-founder of eighteen twenty wines.

Episode 11: Recorded on Friday, June 16, 2017

BOB KETEYIAN: COmmunicating bravely

Bob Keteyian is an Interpersonal Communication Consultant a Problem-Solver, and a Team-Builder. For 30 years he’s been helping businesses, organizations, and families develop effective communication practices. With the publication of his book, Do You Know What I Mean? Discovering Your Personal Communication Style, Bob pioneered an innovative approach, supported by recent research, in the field of interpersonal communication. Bob consults on leadership communication, interpersonal problem-solving, and team-building applying the Communication Styles Framework. The process of decoding individual communication styles is liberating and empowering, and it has durable impact. When you understand your core strengths, new skills take hold, confidence increases, and relationships improve. Bob hails from Detroit, Michigan and now lives and works on the coast of Maine.

Meet the incredible “Being Brave” Team:

Abbie McGilvery, Host
Alex Merrill, Director/Post Production
Tom Handel, Video/Audio Production
Marc Merrill, Set Building/Design
Deanna Duffey, Videography/Camera 1
Erik Higgins, Videography/Camera 2
Sarah Carleton, Hair/Makeup
Ryder Kallweit, Music

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