Speaking Up, Building Bravery, and Collectively Healing with Belle Lockerby

Belle Lockerby realized she needed a new approach to overcoming her trauma, so she began working out her bravery muscles. And she wrote a book about it so we can all leverage her (humorous and honest!) approach to “adversity wedgies.”

In this episode, Belle and I talk about:

  • how silence stalls our journeys towards healing and the conversations we need to have 

  • consciously parenting within our patriarchal society, and the realizations prompted by our kids 

  • fallacies about bravery, confronting fear, and building your bravery muscles

  • how generational trauma morphs as it’s passed down, as culture evolves

  • the importance of allowing ourselves to express sadness and anger, and how to model this for our children 

  • how to be vulnerable and treat those who are not at the same point in the healing timeline that we are

  • knowing our triggers and acknowledging them when they come up

  • giving ourselves permission to be our authentic selves and a childlike approach to life 

  • tips for approaching your bravery journey: finding supportive partners, making a list of things that scare you, and taking the first steps


In her literary debut “Awkward is the New Brave”, Belle Lockerby becomes our bravery bestie through sharing her personal story of overcoming an arsenal of life’s “adversity wedgies”.

Belle encourages everyone to be brave enough to be themselves, awkward enough to try the uncomfortable things, and kind enough to become the safe space for others doing the same.

Having coached over 1000 humans from all walks of life, Belle lives and breathes change. She knows we can repurpose our pasts using a shield of humour and a sword of honesty to become lovers of AND fighters for our own lives.

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Dr. Valerie Rein is a psychologist, women’s mental health expert, and business consultant who helps people achieve the best ROI by achieving the best mental health—without therapy. Dr. Valerie specializes in uncovering the hidden traumas that hold hostage people’s best work, relationships, and well-being, and effectively heals them with a powerful mind-body methodology. She holds an EdM in Psychological Counseling from Columbia University and a PhD from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. Dr. Valerie is an author of Patriarchy Stress Disorder: The Invisible Inner Barrier to Women’s Happiness and Fulfillment and a sought-after speaker at conferences and companies committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, leadership development, and unlocking people’s potential.

Would you like to have Dr. Valerie speak to your audience? She can share with them:

  • Why despite having checked so many the boxes of accomplishment, high-achieving women are still dissatisfied, and why it’s not our fault.

  • What secretly drains 90% of your energy and productivity and how to reclaim them.

  • The missing piece to the upper limit problem and a solution that ends your big leap struggle.

  • Why fighting against your inner critic, self-doubt, and anxiety backfires and how to turn your inner adversaries into your strongest allies.

  • The biggest untapped resource of a woman’s personal power, why it is locked up, and how to set it free. PS It is also an instant antidote to stress and burnout.

And so much more…

The book is coming! Download a free chapter today.

Patriarchy Stress Disorder: The Invisible Inner Barrier to Women’s Happiness and Fulfillment will be available in a few weeks! Stay tuned. In the meanwhile, whet your appetite with a delicious free chapter.

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