Be Your Own Hero

Louise Julig
Being brave in small moments
Created 11 Feb 2021
  • When you realize you're complicit
    20 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 3 6
    The U.S. marked the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks this month. I didn’t attend any formal remembrance events, but I’ve been thinking about it a lot. Aside from the fact that I onc...
  • Catch-22, learned helplessness, and doing a thing
    19 Aug 2021 • 7 min read • 2 3
    A few weeks ago, I strained my back one morning doing a twisty/stretchy/reach-y movement (that I won’t describe in more detail because it’s kind of embarrassing). Okay, I thought, I’ll take some Aleve...
  • What a 3x5 vinyl sticker taught me about courage and empathy
    06 Jul 2021 • 7 min read • 1 5
    Some years ago I read Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art (which my husband teased me about because I’m not really into comics, but —whatever). In one early chapter McCloud discuss...
  • Four words to banish from your emails
    01 Jun 2021 • 7 min read • 2 10
    I’ve been trying to remember the first time I became aware of four words that kept creeping into the beginnings of my emails: “Sorry for the delay …” So many times when drafting a response to an email...
  • On judging other people
    21 Apr 2021 • 7 min read • 4 6
    I’ve been thinking a lot about judging lately.1 It started when a writer I follow on Instagram posted that after a recent contest win she received an email from a stranger warning her of the danger of...
  • If you see something, say something
    17 Mar 2021 • 4 min read • 5 6
    I agonized over this newsletter. Once I put it out into the universe that I wanted to write about being brave, damn if an opportunity didn’t come up and smack me in the face. Thanks, Universe. But let...
  • Putting Yourself Out There
    16 Feb 2021 • 1 min read • 3 7
    My favorite parts in the 2018 movie Eighth Grade are when the protagonist Kayla speaks directly to the camera while recording her inspirational YouTube videos. The one I love the most is on Putting Yo...
  • Be Your Own Hero
    14 Feb 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    Welcome to Be Your Own Hero by me, Louise Julig. The idea behind this newsletter came to me when I realized that all the writing I have put out into the world initially made me feel kind of terrified....
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