About ABL

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

~Neale Donald Walsh~

What’s this all about?
(And can someone please explain the obsession with balls?)


First, thanks for stopping by.
I’m Kimberly and I’m really glad you’re here.


A Brave Life (ABL) is home for people who want to grow their balls.

It’s a place where you and I can speak honestly about what scares the hell out of us. It’s a place where we can admit, without shame, that we don’t have all the answers. And lastly, ABL is a place where we can search for these answers. Together.

So come pick up your FREE COPY of my mini ebook, From Crisis to Courage: The Nuts & Bolts of Growing Your Nuts After a Life Changing Trauma.

And stop by on Wednesdays when I post articles about what brave living looks like – at home, at work, and beyond. All my writing is tied together by the 3 B’s:

  • Balance: Making sure that your scheduled activities reflect your deepest values and needs.
  • Beauty: Growing in wisdom, improving the “problem areas” of your personality that only your best friends get to tease you about, contributing something meaningful to the world, and handling life’s curve balls with grace. (Hey Mom, look – I just used the word “balls” without referring to genitalia! Aren’t you proud?)
  • Balls: (Sorry, Mom — we’re already back to genitalia again.) This website is not about eliminating fear. It’s about making choices that are right for you and for the world despite your fear.

The last thing I’ll say about ABL is that it is probably the riskiest and scariest endeavor I’ve ever pursued. Especially since I have $90,000 in student loan debt to pay off and thus would fare much better as a surgeon specializing in testicles as opposed to a writer and counselor specializing in balls.

But I just can’t shake the feeling that I’m meant to do this work. A Brave Life‘s mission is one that I believe in. And I hope that over time, you will, too.

14 Responses to About ABL

  1. Ariane says:

    Your website is an icon on my Iphone so whenever I need comfort, it’s right there! Thank you :)

  2. Hello Kimberly,

    I think your site is amazeballs and not just because you use all these naughty words so liberally.

    I shall be back… Vanessa

  3. Pilara says:

    Kim, your blog (and your shoes!) are awesome and inspiring. I’m proud to say I knew you back in the days of Rubin, Tobey Maguire, and Bolshoi Pun!

    • Kimberly says:

      Hey Pilara! Thank you so much! Ahh, those crazy college years. Enjoyable, but I’m still wondering if learning how to discuss Big Pun’s death in Russian was worth all the money. ;)

  4. Nan says:

    Hello!!!!!!!!! My beautiful daughter also makes references to “balls”, i.e. that sucks balls! And I’m so uncomfortable with it, and now here you are a kindred spirit of hers! I have never used that vernacular myself, I am comfortable with genitals, genitalia, and normally I would use it to threaten, in a congenial manner, one of my sons for either doing something stupid or condescending and then I make my statement regarding cutting them off, versus cojones as used to describe a lifestyle, or a recipe for living. I will be sending your link to my beautiful daughter.
    I think it is interesting what you are attempting to do, but I wish you would become a political lobbyist; I believe you would help people receive the therapy they so sorely need.
    I will be back for inspiration again, but I wanted to share a brief story. My husband had three aunts who all joined the Sisters of Notre Dame when they were 14 years old. In their retirement years, when they were allowed to visit with family, my husband would go pick them up at their retirement home, for a day at our house. We had a room with a goreougous view of Lake Michigan and in the winter we would turn up the heat to 85, and serve them a glass of wine and pizza for dinner, and peppermint hot fudge sundaes, in a beautiful goblet to finish off the meal. No stewed tomatoes at our house!

    • Kimberly says:

      Hi Nan! Thank you for stopping by. Yes, I very well may be a kindred spirit of your daughter, although I do try to balance profanity with profundity. :)

      Your idea about political lobbying for mental health services is a great one. Sadly, many larger social issues stem from untreated mental/ emotional challenges that people endure.

      That’s a beautiful story about your husband’s 3 aunts! Thank you for sharing — it’s always nice to be reminded of the sweet and simple pleasures of life and family. :)

  5. Espie says:

    I think I got balance, beauty but balls? I wish. And yes I’m proud of you.

    • Kimberly says:

      That’s okay, Mom…I’m still working on it, too. Who knew that growing balls could be such a good mother-daughter activity?

  6. I see my first comment is awaiting moderation. Why is it you can say “balls” as relating to genitalia but I cannot?

    • Kimberly says:

      Just remembered that my comments settings were on “maximum security!” for whatever reason. Gotta fix that. Trust me, I’ve got noooo problem with anyone talking about balls – unless the person is referring to my husband’s! Hey, gotta draw a line somewhere.

  7. The In-Laws are extremely proud. Of course, I want to be able to rephrase this remark one day as, “The grandparents are extremely proud.”

    • Kimberly says:

      Give me us three more years. And looking at the timeline, who knows, maybe a grandchild would make a nice graduation gift for you. ;)

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