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The Gifts of Imperfection

I just finished “The Gifts of Imperfection” by Brene Brown. The whole time I was reading it, I was fighting the urge to stop right there and shout everything from the rooftops. Post it, IM it, tell the barista, tell my coworkers. But I’ve been containing myself, knowing I could spew it all out at the end of my journey. And reading this book was a journey full of life changes. I’ve culled some of my favorite quotes, I’ll probably post more!

“If we’re going to practice acceptance and compassion, we need boundaries and accountability.”

“We are worthy of love and belonging now. Right this minute. As is.”

“Fitting in is about assessing a situation and becoming who you need to be accepted. Belonging, on the other hand, doesn’t require us to change who we are; it requires us to be who we are.”

“We can only belong when we offer our most authentic selves and when we’re embraced for who we are.”

“There is a full spectrum of human emotions and when we numb the dark, we numb the light.”

“Joy is as thorny and sharp as any of the dark emotions.”

“Spirituality is recognizing and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected to each other by a power greater than all of us, and that our connection to that power an to one another is grounded in love and compassion. Practicing spirituality brings a sense of perspective, meaning, and purpose to our lives.”

“Feelings of hopelessness, fear, blame, pain, discomfort, vulnerability, and disconnection sabotage resilience. The only experience that seems broad and fierce enough to combat a list like that is the belief that we’re all in this together and that something greater than us has the capacity to bring love and compassion into our lives.”

“Letting go of comparison is not a to-do list item. For most of us, it’s something that requires constant awareness…Creativity, which is the expression of our originality, helps us stay mindful that what we bring the world is completely original and cannot be compared.”

“If we want to live a Wholehearted life, we have to become intentional about cultivating sleep and play, and about letting go of exhaustion as a status symbol and productivity as self-worth.”

“Calm and stillness may sound like the same things, but I learned that they are different and that we need both.”

“For me, breathing is the best place to start. Just taking a breath before I respond slows me down and immediately starts spreading calm.”

“Overcoming self-doubt is all believing we’re enough and letting go of what the world says we’re supposed to be and supposed to call ourselves.”

“I know how much courage it takes to let people hear our hearts speak, but life is way too precious to spend it pretending like we’re super-cool and totally in control when we could be laughing, singing, and dancing.”

“In our increasingly complicated and anxious world, we need more time to do less and be less.”

Revolution might sound a little dramatic, but in this world, choosing authenticity and worthiness is an absolute act of resistance. Choosing to live and love with our whole hearts is an act of defiance. You’re going to confuse, piss off, and terrify lots of people — including yourself.”

Brene Brown’s blog is

She recommends this quiz

I’ve read 2 other books this year that have changed my life completely. “The Secret of Letting Go” by Guy Finley, and then “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle. The things I’ve learned make me dizzy, giddy with enthusiasm and feelings of “WHY DOESN’T EVERYONE KNOW!” So what a perfect thing to start this new blog with.


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