Tess Marshall here! The Bold Life is a delicious and juicy mix of inspiration, spirituality, and personal development.

I'm here to inspire you to follow your heart, unearth your bold, and create a meaningful and love-filled life. 
If I helped you to be more courageous and to step beyond your fears today, I have done my job. If I made a difference in your world today, I have done my job. 

I believe we’re here on planet earth to grow in kindness and love. In order to do so, we need to let go of fear and take bold action. Doing so will impact every area of your life in a positive way.
Recommendations for a Bold Life:
Look at things you have never seen before. Go places you have never been before. Do things you have never done before.
What we think, what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.
Seize the moment. Open up. Don't hold back. Get your bold on!

Don’t worry about who doesn’t like you, who has more or who’s doing what. Release desperation. It’s the ego voice attempting to distract you from your own success. Relax and live with patience, persistence and determination.

Appreciate everything. Love everyone. Play full out. Be brave. Speak up. Feel your emotions. Lighten up. Participate in adventure.

Be bold, be brave and move forward with a peaceful and loving heart. Make your life matter!

I'm a wife, mom, author, speaker, spiritually-based, fear-shattering, calculated risk-taker, witty, loving, passionate, runner, traveler, and ADHD hyper human being. 
I have a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology. But my real knowledge has come from experiencing life with my heart wide open. My biggest teachers are my husband, my four adult daughters and their families. They challenge me to love unconditionally.
You can purchase my ebook, Flying By the Seat of My Soul. 

My articles have been featured in …

Zen Habits  5 Steps to Create a New Habit

Write to Done How to Make Your Free e-Book a Magnet for New Readers

Write to Done How to Recover from Writing Burn-out: 18 Tips for Writing with Gusto  

Change Your Thoughts Change Your Life 20 Tips to Feel the Joy and Dance with Life 

Pick the Brain 8 Steps to True Happiness

Brilliantly Better 27 Ways You Can Build Bounce Back Muscles in Difficult Times

Tiny Buddha 21 Tips to Release Self Neglect and Love Yourself In Action

Jungle of Life Pockets of Paradise

Teeny Tiny Pieces 31 Ways to Spark Your Creativity 
How can I help you? TessMarshall at TessMarshall dot com

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Keith July 17, 2010 at 5:25 am

Hello Tess,

I love this page. You have done such a remarkable job with describing who you are, what you stand for, and what you do with it all! I am so very impressed and I know you will make an even larger impact. I feel a new energy flowing coming from you and flowing out of this blog!

I am proud to have you has a Blogging Friend!!
If there is anything I can do that will help you on your path, please do not hesitate to ask.

:-) Smiles to you!


Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord July 18, 2010 at 5:26 am

Tess, I got chills reading this! Simply awesome!


Evita July 18, 2010 at 7:02 am

Hi Tess

Your new site and look is OUTSTANDING! I feel like I just landed on the site of one of the Hay House people.

And all that you wrote here is so beautiful! I love, love, love it!


Robin Easton July 20, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Awww dear Tess you look soooooo beautiful. You have an amazing child-like energy and look that makes you look eternally youthful. Just to open and endearing I wanted to hug you. Love, Robin. Just loving the photos of you. SO MUCH!!!


Faye Riley August 12, 2010 at 11:31 am

Tess, I am touched by what you have said on your page. Really strong, incredibly positive. I like the bold part. Great writing, too. I downloaded your book and am really excited. Thanks so much.


elizabeth August 16, 2010 at 5:42 am

was looking for the interview with Anne Lamott and Elizabeth Gilbert and came upon your site – what a lucky find. Will be back.


Shaukat Charania August 21, 2010 at 11:56 pm

Tess! You are a wonderful write. Your write ups are very inspiring and have simple words to go deep into the hearts of readers. May God bless you and your loved ones with love, peace, joy and light. Amen


Angela Artemis August 27, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Tess, if you get a chance can you email me? I couldn’t find your email. I thought I’d saved it.
I’m writing a post and I wondered if I could include a quote from you on a question I’m writing about.
Thank you! No hurries – it is the weekend.


Barbara Badolati September 20, 2010 at 5:44 am

Love ya girlfriend. You live Boldly in so many ways. Thank you for your shining example of having fun while reminding us of what is most important…oh yeah – to have FUN! xoxo Barb


Nea | Self Improvement Saga September 27, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Tess, I couldn’t find a contact form on your site, so can you email me please.


Danielle September 27, 2010 at 10:50 pm

Hi Tess,
It makes me happy to read you…such a lively, ongoing and creative being…I love people like that, because I am not so far away as you, I know it, that’s why I am reading….
Keep going doing what you love doing, honouring your being and all the gifts that has been given to you…
I love when you write that you are ADHD, cause sometimes I do feel the same, always on the go, making things happen, quick minded, exhuberant…and you may know also that sometimes the pace seems going slow…
Anyway, so far, I am enjoying each moment that life is giving me, knowing it is meant to be so, for the right reason….
Be bold and beautiful Tess….


Randa Kluver October 21, 2010 at 9:18 pm

You are awesome!!! I had an awesome night of laughs and deep conversation from a truly gifted friend. It is always rewarding and a pleasure spending time with you……you are on my favorite list! Love ya, Randa


Flora Morris Brown, Ph.D. December 3, 2010 at 6:04 pm


What a great post! Thanks for these reminders, especially for those of us who consider ourselves enlightened and spiritually mature. How easy it is to backslide when the relatives arrive at dinner.

I had to pull my own coattail just last week at Thanksgiving. Whew! I had to heed my own advice.


Tess February 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm

This is hilarious! Particularly I forget when my son-in-laws arrive. I may be doing great but then my ego tempts me to “get in their back yard.” I’m getting better at not jumping right in;)


Nea | Self Improvement Saga January 27, 2011 at 5:11 am

Hi Tess. I didn’t see a way to contact you on your blog, but I wanted to let you know that your commentluv plugin is no longer working because it needs to be updated. Feel free to delete this comment after you read it.


Jeanie January 27, 2011 at 11:03 pm

Reading this, I know now why I resonate so strongly with you. :) How could I have forgotten? You are Brene Brown and all of us who desire a true, connected, worldchanging paradigm. Thank you, thank you, for being YOU and having the courage to share yourself with the world.


Valerie Smith February 1, 2011 at 4:05 pm

I love reading your blog. I am so grateful for my friendship with Roshelle. Without her I would never have read your work!


Valerie Smith February 20, 2011 at 7:12 am

Tess, it was great talking to you last week! Thank you for sharing with us!


Tess The Bold Life February 20, 2011 at 7:15 am

Hey Valerie,
I’m glad we have your problem solved! Let me know if you don’t get the emails!


Vidya Sury, freelance writer, blogger March 19, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Hi Tess. You are on my Sunday Special today.
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Tatianna April 8, 2011 at 1:06 am

I really like your blog, you have a lot of inspirational advice :)
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Drew Myers April 18, 2012 at 2:18 pm

I think society is suffering from information overload – so much, so fast and, unfortunately, so similar. I stumbled upon your blog and it was a breath of fresh air. I love your writing style and your dedication to help others live a bold and love-filled life. AWESOME! I can’t wait to read more. Your page is bookmarked and your e-book is about to be downloaded.
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Christine May 29, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Tess, I just found your wonderful blog! Your courage and passion – and your dedication to helping others live their boldest, happiest lives – jump off the page (off the screen, actually). I so look forward to following and reading more about your journey! All the best.
Christine´s last post…Rekindle Your Childlike Wonder


Dr. Harris Cohen August 6, 2012 at 10:36 am

Great tips! I find that leading a successful, happy life is a very simple process, people just need articles like this to keep them on the right track


Tess August 6, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Yes they are reminders. Nothing really changes does it?


Doa December 7, 2012 at 6:32 am

I really like this Article !!!!!
Happy to read that.
we have to challenge life!!!!!!


Inspiring Citizen Rafi February 24, 2013 at 9:17 am

Hi Tess,

The bold life is really a bold move by you..It was accidentally that I stumbled upon your blog and have fallen in love ever since I stepped in.

Thank you for sharing such a daring thought and have a couple of questions pertaining to living a bold life..

1. I would want to be a full time trainer..What stops me from taking that bold move is because I am the bread winner of my family and I don’t have to capital to do the marketing..So could you please help me in taking a bold move..

Looking forward to hear from your end..For your kind information I am also a blogger and a behavioral training professional.

Inspiring Citizen Rafi´s last post…How To Be Successful In Your Life – 10 Practical Tips


Crystal July 1, 2013 at 8:44 am


Just wanted to thank you for your quick response to my query and for getting me started on my 30 Days to Bold program today!


Jannietta November 29, 2013 at 10:25 am

Hi Tess
Just wanted to touch base and tell you that I recently purchased your ebook Flying by the seat of my soul and I’m thoroughly enjoying reading it and finding it very helpful. Thank you for you input into my life and for the encouragment to step out be BOLD! Much appreciated. xx


Tess December 2, 2013 at 10:50 am

Thanks for telling me about your purchase. It’s has been an awesome help for so many. When we tell the stories from our heart we shine. I’m grateful.


Diane Conway April 1, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Tess, you are a major cheerleader for the bold life, I love your words, your spirit and your wisdom. Diane Conway, author of What Would You Do If You Had No Fear?


Michelle Blau April 3, 2014 at 8:11 pm

Tess, I visited another site that you had written on and shared how much you were moved by a quote on an AIDS quilt some time ago. I am touched by the inspiration it gave you because that quote is very dear to my heart. Nearly 30 years ago, my family lost my uncle to AIDS, his name was Jeff. And in remembrance, family and friends, worked together to make a quilt using the quote “IT’S ALL ABOUT LOVE. TELL EVERYBODY”. We each chose a letter from the quote to create and sew on. You may also remember an envelop in the lower right corner that was filled with all the letters we wrote to him, sharing our best memories of his time with us. Although his time here on earth was cut short, he made a huge impact and managed to leave us with some very powerful final words that I will forever remember and be guided by.


janice April 29, 2014 at 1:48 am

Just wanted to say WOW! I’ve logged back on after a very long break, nurturing my family and myself through some hard times and have been meandering through a few old favourite sites, just quietly and gradually seeing who’s still at home while I do the hard work of recalibrating my blog and the remnants of my online life. And what a home! Your site’s exploded since I’ve been away – such glorious, thriving vibrancy! (When I was last here, it was the goldfish banner!) I’m so happy for you Tess; you’ve been working hard for years, steadily growing, evolving, sharing and helping and you deserve every bit of success you get! Wishing you all good things!!


hassan elaorf September 20, 2014 at 8:25 am

very touched by your ideas…thank you


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