True Stories of Cowgirl Courage with Mary Fichtner

True Stories of Cowgirl Courage with Mary Fichtner

Inspiring, true stories of brave women who have overcome pain to find purpose. Courage is contagious and you will catch some from these real-life tales of ordinary women who have been through extraordinary hardships. Cowgirl is a spirit, an attitude, and a life lived with conviction, faith, and intention. Brought to you by Mary Fichtner, these heart-felt stories are intended to fill yours and encourage you to live each day with courage because behind every strong woman is a story of courage.

Episodes

November 7, 2023 79 mins

Debbie Lee, or Momma Lee as her son's Seal Team calls her, has walked through the hardest things in life. Instead of giving up or becoming bitter she chooses to walk with God and hold on to her faith.  She believes the key is NEVER giving up.  Debbie is a stellar example of turning pain into purpose with America's Mighty Warriors Foundation and sharing her story. She took her greatest loss and is giving back to others to ...

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Learning she was trusted helped Sequoyah Branham with anxiety and knowing she could fail and all would be okay. At the young age of 20, she is running a ranch and writing novels from her experiences of loss, learning to deal with anxiety and overcoming fear.  In her own words, "Some days you just got to slap on some lipstick and tell your anxiety to shut up! It won't listen the first time though. So you will have to tell ...

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Miss Rodeo Oklahoma, Allie Mae Baker, is everything you want in a rodeo queen. Of course, she is an amazing horsewoman and loves rodeo and the Western lifestyle but most importantly her beautiful, genuine heart shines through her trials and hardships. She met the man she calls her dad when she was 7 and he became a guiding light for all she does. You will definitely want to meet Allie in person at the next big rodeo and cheer her o...

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A lifetime of achievements and being in the spotlight changed overnight to trauma and hiding for KD, formally Kristen Youmans. After being crowned Miss Wyoming and going on to be a big station Newscaster KD could have never predicted what curveball would be thrown at her: she helps us all with how to hit one for a home run. I know she loves baseball so I had to use that analogy. :) Our pain has to have purpose and her words of wisd...

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Ginny's story of surviving long-term trauma and confusion finally reaches a place of courage and faith. Choosing to walk away allowed her to embrace her God-given gifts and brought her full circle to a wonderful life. And wait until you hear why cows are her favorite thing to draw and paint. You'll want your best horse for this ride! 

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At a young age, Elissa's dad taught her to make the world a better place and she has chosen to live by that. As life happened she was led on a path to a fantastic career and business from a seemingly insignificant event. Starting Elevate Wyoming has been a dream come true but believing there was still more difference to make she founded Impact WY.  Honestly, she doesn't know anything about fear or worry. Hang on tight for...

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It is hard to believe what one family can endure and yet hold on to their love for God and the faith to move mountains. After her own tragic accident, there was so much more to face. The hardest thing for a mom is to watch a child hurt physically and emotionally, no matter how old they are. Living in hospitals for years without answers about how things would turn out has caused Capri to lean even harder into her faith than she thou...

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Navigating our crazy world is not for wimps, especially getting through high school, college,  choosing a spouse, and a profession while holding on to who you are. My daughter,  Roslan,  is the illustrator for our book series and has truly found her gifts and passion along with keeping her strong faith and identity intact. We can learn a lot from a Gen Z'r on how to do hard things and help young people navigate all that gets t...

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Deb has gone from living her best life to having it all crash to pieces.  Her heavy heart made it almost impossible to breathe and left her wondering how she would survive the pain.  Now she is taking that pain and using it to help others. A beautiful example of taking intense pain and turning it into a purpose. You're about to hear some hard core courage so I hope you have your hard hat on! 

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It's hard to believe that someone named Joy, who had a horrific childhood and a terrible life-altering accident that almost took her life, can have so much joy she is always smiling and praising. Choosing not to be a victim of the things that happened to her allowed her to reach out and accept the love of her Savior. She has a lot of wisdom and courage to share! Get your helmet on and prepare yourself for a wild ride. 

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Fill your heart with laughter and wisdom as my mom talks of college, courtship, dancing, proposals, broken engagements, broken hearts, 68 years of marriage, and stellar grandparenting. Bonus section on finding purpose through life experiences. You will never look at your own ride the same, so saddle up!

Music by Bree Morgan, "Dear Cowgirl"
https://www.breemorganmusic.com

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Hope is the theme of this episode, but not just regular hope, a hope that is way past what some might consider just plain crazy. It takes astronomical amounts of faith and courage to choose hope after the harsh reality that life sometimes deals us.  And the best part? The rewards of course. So jam your hat down for this one or it will get blown clean off! 

Intro and closing song is by Bree Morgan "Dear Cowgirl" <...

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It took dikes of courage to hold back the fear Emma had of leaving her Amish family and dealing with the stress and guilt she knew would follow. Emma shares that if she had known how hard it was going to be she may not do it again. After you hear her story you may disagree.  She has enough grit to share and inspire you to saddle up no matter what!

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Good thing Dixie was raised by parents who knew how to grow girls into courageous, strong, independent women. Especially since there were four of them. This prepared her for the valley she would be in years later. Tighten your cinch for this ride, the grit and moxie she has will challenge you to stay on your horse. And let me apologize for the background noise. We had on headphones and were at a coffee shop so we couldn't hear...

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Life-changing losses made Julie call up more courage than she ever thought she had. Being married to George Howard, the University of Wyoming Rodeo Coach, and teaching 2 grade, created the life Julie had always dreamed of.  When her life got turned over she could have easily gone to a dark place through the trials, but instead walked the difficult path to hope and joy.  And wait until you hear about the angels she met along the way...

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Marion Hageman successfully raised 6 children and hosted over 40 foster kids, all the while working through hardships and never seeing anything but blessings. Their ranch house was small but their hearts were huge and Marion is a beautiful example of living each day with courage. She has always lived out the Cowboy Code and it shows in her life of ranching, hard work, and supporting a husband who was in politics.  All of her kids, ...

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Meet Brenna and you will be beyond inspired to keep fighting in spite of tragedy.  Despite numerous traumas, of many different kinds, Brenna has been able to take the hard things and use them not only to help others but to shine bright in dark places. She is still in the middle of the fight but is winning each battle, one at a time. 

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Growing up during World War II and losing her mom at the age of 9 threw my mom into changes and challenges that would require more courage than she knew she had.  Living a life similar to a foster kid and moving so many times she lost count not only taught her what her gifts were but helped her to embrace them.  Meet my beautiful mom, or as my Dad so loves to call her, "The Big Time Woman from Way out West!"  She will hel...

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Our deepest wounds can become our greatest miracle. Sandy's life is full of contrast and unexpected turns but  proves it's never too late to find your purpose. Through many revelations and lots of challenges Sandy steps from the fire into a beautiful destiny. You will need your biggest net to catch all the courage she shares.  

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An idyllic childhood and strong faith shouldn't lead to deception, heartbreak, and a test of faith, but for Rene it did. She shares many tools to mend brokenness and find a way out of despair. Forgiving something she can never forget came down to daily decisions and trusting  God. "I will restore to you the years that the swarming locusts ate." Joel 2:25

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