Courage comes in many forms. There is physical courage like saving a life and there is also emotional courage—being aware of the story you’re telling yourself and editing it on your own terms.
Ashley C. Ford explores how courage played a role in her life & how it became a catalyst for her inner glow.
About the speaker
Ashley C. Ford lives in Brooklyn by way of Indiana. She is currently writing her memoir, Somebody’s Daughter, which will be published by Flatiron Books under the imprint An Oprah Book. Ford also hosts Brooklyn-based news & culture TV show (and podcast!), 112BK, contributes to CupOfJo.Com, and she also hosts Fortune Favors The Bold, a collaboration between Gimlet Creative and Mastercard.
Ford has written or guest-edited for The Guardian, ELLE, BuzzFeed, Slate, Teen Vogue, New York Magazine, Lenny Letter, INTO and various other web and print publications. She’s taught creative nonfiction writing at The New School and Catapult.Co, and also had her work listed among Longform & Longread’s Best of 2017.
Ford previously worked as a development executive for Matter Studios, where she focused on web series and documentaries, and was also the host of the first season of Audible.Com’s literary interview series, Authorized. She has been named among Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 in Media (2017), Brooklyn Magazine’s Brooklyn 100 (2016), and Time Out New York’s New Yorkers of The Year (2017).
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Truth is beautiful. Truth requires courage. You have to be courageous to admit the truth and to find the truth and to hear the truth. And to accept the truth. It all requires courage, beyond your body. — Ashley C. Ford
Courage is about doing what's hard, what's actually hard. — Ashley C. Ford
Choose to expose your wounds in safe spaces. Choose to let the light in. Choose to jump over the obstacle of fear. — Ashley C. Ford
Wounds are how the light gets in. — Ashley C. Ford
I might be good at this, but I am terrified. And I'm not terrified that I'll say the wrong word. I'm not terrified that I'll fall off the stage. I am mostly terrified that I'll do this right and you'll see me. — Ashley C. Ford