Imperfect Courage: Live a Life of Purpose by Leaving Comfort and Going Scared

Imperfect Courage: Live a Life of Purpose by Leaving Comfort and Going Scared

by Jessica Honegger


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ISBN-13: 9780735291294
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/14/2018
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 72,448
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

JESSICA HONEGGER is the founder of Noonday Collection, a fair-trade jewelry company that partners with artisans across the globe to create unique and hand-made pieces of jewelry. She and Noonday work to empower women from a wide variety of communities and cultures to create their own, thriving businesses by partnering with Noonday as an artisan or ambassador. Jessica lives in Austin with her husband and children.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Give It a Go 1

Part 1 The First Step

1 Choose Courage 13

2 Stand Up 21

3 Step into Your Story 38

4 Own Your Worth 61

Part 2 Better Together

5 Embrace Vulnerability 83

6 Create Compassionate Spaces 95

7 Discover the Sisterhood Effect 116

8 Commit to Collaboration 134

Part 3 A World Changed

9 Widen Your Circle 153

10 Leverage Your Power 169

11 Quit Trying 190

12 Build a Flourishing World 207

Acknowledgments 221

Notes 225

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Imperfect Courage: Live a Life of Purpose by Leaving Comfort and Going Scared 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As an Ambassador with Noonday Collection, I got the incredible opportunity to read Jessica's book before it's release. While it took me over a month to read thanks to having just had a baby, I am adding this to the list of top 5 books I've read this year. Getting to read Jessica's heart for women, the world and creating connection for everyone who is searching for it was an honor. She has shared not just her story, but the story of incredible men and women from around the world who are striving to build and inspire community, courage, and cultural change in the most tangible way -- by providing safe, reliable, consistent, dignified work. If you only read a book or two this year... please, make this one of them. You will receive a heavy dose of encouragement to go scared and do the things you've been dreaming of, while being challenged to change the way you see the world for the better.
AlaskanTebowFan More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book and recommend it to all my friends! It's such a powerful message about the importance of "going scared," of being vulnerable and transparent in the quest for doing big things and changing the world, and the necessity to have community in that journey. This is really such an encouraging, empowering book and if you have a "tribe," you need to get a copy for each and every one of you and see how it will change your perspective, purpose and life! (Also, it's a super easy read and will cover the whole range of emotions. You'll laugh, cry and get goosebumps, guaranteed! ;) )
ElleFord More than 1 year ago
I was fortunate enough to received an advance reader version of this book. While I was hesitant at first to start reading this as I had seen harsh criticism (addressing parenting and homeschooling) suggesting that perhaps this wouldn't align with my life intentionally and purposefully without children. But as I dove in I found myself laughing out loud, writing down my business goals, planning, and getting tearful in coffee shops. I sent snippets to friends, I started mapping out intentional relationships, and I bought the hardback version to share. Any book that runs you through all of that with a solid dose of inspiration is worth the read (even if I am an avid audiobook listener.)
LaurelWilliston More than 1 year ago
I will admit that when I considered reading this book, I almost turned it down. I mean, what does a debutante CEO of one of the fastest direct sales companies in the country have to say to me? Turns out that it’s a lot. This book has challenged and encouraged me all the way through. The title is not just a catchy phrase; it’s a call to action. In teller no the story of how she discovered and lived out her own calling & passion, Jessica invites us to do the same for ourselves. There are the practical bits about how to find your own passion and stay in it for the long haul, peppered with personal stories from the author, her ambassadors, and even the artisans. She doesn’t leave out the mistakes, failures, and struggles, but she shows how she moved forward through them, learned from them, and survived them. Jessica’s writing style is so casual and comfortable that you’ll feel like you’re chatting with a friend. The book was easy to read but also thought-provoking. I’m so glad I gave it a chance and hope you will, too!
Angel Granger-Caploe More than 1 year ago
“So, while comfort may beckon is, choosing courage will always be the route to impact.” She mixes humor & the grit of reality. “Eventually, though, I began to see that life wasn’t a standardized test, where only one answer is right.” My eyes teared up at “In our shared definition of beautiful, we have carved out room for us.” Jessica has traveled extensively, & despite growing up privileged, her eyes have been opened to deep need around the world. And she decided to act despite feeling scared. “If there is one formula that I can share with you, it is this: vulnerability, when met with empathy, leads to wholeness. It works this way every time.” “People are not problems to be solved. Far better is banishing the us vs them & seeing all people as part of ourselves. We don’t feel sorry for people; we see ourselves in people.” “The solution to the problems we see? It’s not others. It’s us.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an encouraging read for so many reasons. Do you face self-doubt and criticism? Do you yearn for something more out of life, but don't know where to start? Do you love global adventures and/or want to make a global impact? Do the topics of fair trade fashion, entrepreneurship or blazing a path excite you? How about living life more intentionally and more authentically? This book covers all of those things, and so much more. Jessica Honegger writes with (and also about) vulnerability and authenticity. It makes it such an approachable read. Like an extended coffee chat with a really good friend where you leave encouraged and inspired to go forth and conquer something. I love how she tackles the topics of creating vulnerable spaces of belonging for others around you and linking arms with others in collaboration. We are definitely not created to go alone and we can all pull each other up as we live the lives of impact we're called to live. That's a topic that is often not addressed in similar books, and I really appreciated that kind of call to community. I could write so much more, but in a nutshell, I highly recommend this book. Pick up your own copy and start underlining. You'll be inspired and ready to take the next step toward living your own life of purpose. I received an advanced reader copy of Imperfect Courage. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.
5posts More than 1 year ago
There are many things I loved about Jessica's first book. Probably the part of the story that most resonated with me was when she talked about being a working mom. I've struggled in the past with feeling guilt about having to work and being away from my children and Jessica really affirmed that we aren't the only ones capable of raising our children and that it is possible to do both roles well. One of my jobs is as a Noonday ambassador and it can be scary to ask people to host for me. Since reading the book I have experienced renewed confidence in my purpose. I highly recommend that anyone fearful of taking that "next step" check it out. Note: I received an advanced copy of the book as a part of the book launch team but these thoughts are my honest opinion.
Jamie Lath More than 1 year ago
Imperfect Courage is an invitation to turn off the tv, get up off your couch, and go scared into your dreams. Jessica Honegger doesn't cajole you, make fun of you, or preach to you. She tells stories about making a difference by pursuing dreams until you know you can do it too. This book is like a cup of coffee with that friend you love because she's not only a dreamer, but she gets things done and knows you can do the same. There's no comparisons or clawing to find a seat at the table. No shame or making you think, "What have I been doing with my life?". Instead, Jessica Honegger talks about how someone else's success does not diminish your own. It is actually a part of your success, as the more people living fully, the better off we all are. Fair warning: you will feel inspired to head off towards your dreams too, and no telling where you may end up! I received an advanced reader copy of Imperfect Courage. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.
brockey More than 1 year ago
Basically, this is a combo of Jessica’s story going scared to bring home her son from Rwanda and in doing so starting Noonday, stories of our amazing artisans and what they have endured, encouragement to love ourselves and a loving kick in the pants towards imperfect Courage to live the lives we were made to live! A whole lot all wrapped into one! everyone needs to read this book and learn more about themselves and how to be the best them. This would be a wonderful book club book, especially for those who already like Brene Brown, Rachel Hollis, Jen Hatmaker and Jamie Ivey! Go scared and get yourself a copy today!
MYATES More than 1 year ago
This book is inspiring and encouraging! Though it's target audience is women, it holds such wisdom and truth about living this life courageously that I believe it will encourage, inspire, and spur on both women and men alike! I have been a social entrepreneur for just over a year and this has breathed new life into my own business. My husband is reading it as well as he is on the cusp of starting his own business as our main source of income and is confronted with the risk and fears that come with that! I would highly recommend this book for anyone who knows they are being called to more, but feel the fear that's holding them back! This is the encouragement, permission-slip, and kick in the pants that will get you going scared!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read. this. book!! Jessica is an engaging storyteller; her passion and voice come alive through the pages of this book. This book is packed with stories of hope and encouragement. There is something for everyone here: for women, adoptive moms, entrepreneurs, business owners, those who need hope, those who want to make an impact. I read this book with a pencil in my hand and filled the pages with underlines and notes. I read it in one day, but look forward to going back for a second and third read. This book is perfect for snuggling up under a blanket on the couch, throwing in your beach bag, or reading in bed at night. Grab it, read it, and feel it stick with you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It takes SO much to keep me awake on the train home from work. I normally bring a book and make it about two stops before my eyelids are drooping. It seriously felt like Jessica was reaching out, pulling back the layers of my insecurities, and telling me to put my big girl pants on and keep on doing the damn thing. I actually was mad when I got to my stop and had to get off the train! You NEED this book in your collection. Jessica has some incredible, DOABLE advice that applies to so many people and so many circumstances! A great read I will go back to for inspiration for years to come.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book serves to not only speak soul-resonating truths (that need to be repeated over and over to our hearts), but also sheds new light on the world-changing belief that there is a world in need, we have something to offer that world, and that we can come alongside each other and make a lasting impact. I was captivated by the stories, encouraged by the heart-felt message, and inspired by the challenge that it issued. Great book no matter what stage of life you are in or in what ways you think you can or cannot relate to the author--there is something in it for you!
KailynHill More than 1 year ago
I have been thinking about what to say in this review for so long, and I've decided that I can't express enough how incredibly life-changing this book is. I genuinely believe it is a book that every woman in the world needs to read, and if that happened I think the world would be a different, better place. Without giving away the many golden nuggets buried in these pages, all I can say is that Jessica will make you laugh and cry, she will challenge and inspire you, and more than anything she will make you believe in your own worth, importance, and value to the world. I am not exaggerating when I say this book changed my life. My advanced reader copy is covered in highlighted lines, pencil marks, and dog-eared pages. It made me feel like I could leave a toxic work environment and go scared into the job hunt even though all of my questions weren't answered. Sometimes it's better to go into the unknown, embrace your imperfect, and take on the world. Buy this book. You won't ever look back.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is your daily dose of courage with Jessica standing on the sidelines and in the trenches with you, cheering you on every step of the way! While reading this it makes you ready to run fearlessly courageous and head first into whatever may lie ahead of you and is speaking to your heart!
jodihyer More than 1 year ago
This book is an authentic, challenging, awe-inspiring invitation to own your worth, to stop sidelining yourself with fear/doubt, and get busy living a life of deeper meaning and impact by what Jessica calls "going scared" through "imperfect courage." Jessica shares her own stories of overcoming struggles with perfection, body image, and self-doubt that told her she knew nothing of entrepreneurship to creating an amazing socially conscious business that is lifting tens of thousands of people out of poverty across the globe and is empowering women here in the US, as well. So many self-help books are just fluff and platitudes, but Jessica Honegger has written a book full of deep, meaningful truth and insight that will absolutely change the way you think about yourself, other women, and the world at large. You can't afford to NOT read this book if you want to live a deeper, more fulfilled life where you're no longer sidelined by fear/self-doubt and stepping into your unique gifts/calling to live the life you were meant to live!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I imagine you are a lot like me and you’ve had plenty of moments where the thought of doing something different or brave scared you silly and you were faced with a choice. In Imperfect Courage, Jessica’s that friend saying “Go! Go! Go! Do it scared!” And that is exactly what I’ve needed in this season of life. Her storytelling struck such a personal note with me. I love a good story to illustrate a point and that’s exactly what I got in this book. It doesn’t hurt that I absolutely love Noonday Collection and the heart and mission behind it all. In full disclosure, I did receive an advance reader’s copy from the publisher. But y’all. I’ve already ordered several copies to share with friends because this message is worth it.
AngieSmithMN More than 1 year ago
I knew a little about Jessica Honegger's story before reading her book, but reading her book was like sitting across the table from her over coffee. She shares in such a vulnerable and honest way that you can relate to her story. The book started a little slow, but then there's a shift and you can hear her passion. Toward the end of the book it was hard to keep reading because I was so inspired to go and do. I loved the way her words called, not shamed, me to action. Whether your at the beginning of building something, trying to figure out what to do with your life or just want to read a good, relatable story, Imperfect Courage is for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received an advance copy of Imperfect Courage. This book has really made me think about 'making something happen' in my life. I have just been doing the same thing for 20 years. I am almost 5o years old and pretty set in my ways. I think I am gong to get the courage up to 'try' new things and experiences.
emmamhawes More than 1 year ago
I cannot recommend this book, which represents the Sisterhood effect enough. It was so refreshing to read the book. Life is full of unnecessary competition where we make up lies about things. Well, this book tears apart the lies that we make. Even though Jessica talks about motherhood and I'm not a parent, I still recommend this book. Plus it shows how we can change the world. Plus, I recommended this book to a mentor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Girls - get this book, seriously! So good! Jessica writes about fully embracing your story, your worth, and your calling so you can fully embrace others in compassionate places where the culture of collaboration reigns, where people are supported, encouraged and cheered on as they use their gifts, their callings, their passions to invite others in, to live a life focused on helping others flourish, and to do it scared, but do it nonetheless.
KBShank80 More than 1 year ago
There is no lack of courage in the words of this book. Jessica Honegger shares the gritty truth behind her success and that of Noonday Collection. From the desperation that led to her first trunk show to the inventory miscalculation that almost collapsed the business, she uses her experiences to offer wisdom and encouragement to women everywhere. For fans of Noonday Collection, this book offers a glimpse into the inner workings of the company and Honegger herself. Readers learn about the humble beginnings of the company and the extreme effort it took to become successful. Through stories, we learn the stories behind some of the key figures within the company, both artisans and ambassadors. Noonday’s history is fascinating. Woven within the memoir are words of encouragement for the reader, words to help you identify your unique brand of courage and opportunity to impact the world. I appreciated her message of unity and collaboration throughout. It is obvious that she shares her success with the many people who work with her, a welcome relief compared to many other stories. Although the central subject is her fair-trade jewelry company, her primary message, that of finding one’s courage to pursue their passion, transcends all women, regardless of profession or status. Although some readers may be confused by the intricacies of international adoption or social advocacy as mentioned, they will still come away with a greater awareness and appreciation for those in lesser-developed countries. This is a good step into understanding global needs and social justice. At the same time, her message is encouraging to all women and can help them consider how they may pursue their own version of courage, as well as cheer on those around them. I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher. This review reflects my honest opinion.
LColumbus More than 1 year ago
When I read Honegger's words it's like she is speaking my own thoughts back to me. If you are one who has a love for people, culture, helping the downtrodden and seeing the world a better place, Imperfect Courage is a MUST read! Honegger connects valid feelings with real life experiences of choosing to go scared versus staying on the couch and numbing out. No matter what stage of life or financial position readers are encouraged to step out and utilize their power, pocketbook, priorities, proximity and perspective. We all have the ability to make change and impact our world right where we are, with all that we have. Imperfect Courage is a testament that dreams do come true and when one person steps out, it's a domino effect of change on the world!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a 22 year old college student, and let me just say that this book is for you. For all of you. Student, entrepreneur, mom, teacher, small group leader, retired... whatever "title" you give yourself, it's for you. Jessica speaks about her journey with adoption and starting her business, Noonday Collection (which I LOVE), but she speaks to much more than that. I am so encouraged by this book, and have learned what courage looks like, the importance of vulnerability and community, and so much more. I am now searching for ways to live out this imperfect courage in my life, and go scared into what God has called me to. Thank you, Jessica Honegger, for this encouraging read!!
DLM83 More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read. Jessica has a way of pulling you into her story without being preachy or talking down to you. The book takes you into the history of Noonday, her company and the not-by-the-book way that it started and has grown. She is open and vulnerable. Her main message is one of collaboration and sisterhood. She talks about being an "and" rather than an "either/or" type of person. We should get so caught up in the labels for they don't define us. If you get stuck in what you "should" be doing rather than what you are led to do ... this book is for you.