Once Bullied, Sara Bareilles Now Sings About Being ‘Brave’

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January's Diabetes Late Nite featured Artist

January’s Diabetes Late Nite featured Artist

There are a million great reasons for why we picked singer, songwriter Sara Bareilles as our Diva Inspiration for January 2013. For starters, she’s nominated for two Grammy Awards including Album Of The Year (!) and Best Pop Female Performance for her hit song, “Brave.” Next up, she’s a musical theater freak! She starred as Aubrey in ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’ in high school. She also admits she found her singing voice as a member of an a cappella group in college.

But tonight, we think the fact that she overcame once being bullied in school and went out to become a very successful singer, songwriter is  a good enough reason for us.

“I grew up a fat girl,” Sara recalled. “I had to change schools at one point because the kids were so mean to me. I still often feel I just don’t want anyone to notice anything about me.”

Bullying can affect everyone—those who are bullied, those who bully, and those who witness bullying. Bullying is linked to many negative outcomes including impacts on mental health, substance use, and suicide. It is important to talk to kids to determine whether bullying—or something else—is a concern.

We think even Alanis Morrissette might find it ‘ironic’ that Sara Bareilles’ penned the empowerment anthem, “Brave.”

“Brave,” even inspired the staff and patients at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital wanted to tell the world to be brave, even when facing cancer. Together, they made a video set to Sara Bareilles song “Brave.” The video, which featured the true bravery that children’s cancer patients show every day.

After the song’s message went viral,  Bareilles asked fans to share some of their bravest moments by writing them down on a postcard that she would feature on her website. Many people wrote in statements like, ‘I’m brave enough to tell my family who I really am.’” The stories that were shared actually inspired Bareilles to turn her “Brave Enough” postcards into an initiative. She hopes to get the concept into schools in the next year.

“It’s a really reflective process to look at your fears in that way,” Bareilles said. “And what I like about the concept of brave is that it’s not about the outcome. It’s about the intention of turning to face what scares you.”

When people ask us at Divabetic, “what does a popstar like Sara Bareilles have to do with diabetes?” they now have our answer. Living with diabetes is a day to day experience. The fact is that people with diabetes (just like cancer) need inspiration to stay motivated is essential. We hope Sara Bareilles and her music will inspire one more diva or dude, listening to our podcast to be brave enough to deal with a scary issue associated with their daily self-care.

COMING SOON: Diabetes Late Nite Inspired by Sara Bareilles http://www.blogtalkradio.com/divatalkradio1/2014/01/14/diabetes-late-nite-inspired-by-sara-bareilles

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