On Vulnerability

Love this passage from Brene Brown's book, Rising Strong. It doesn't matter if it's romantic or platonic, you cannot be guarded and have a healthy relationship with someone. Does vulnerability come easily to you?

“I don’t know how to be vulnerable,” I confess to a new friend. “Being vulnerable means letting someone see you for who you are, and the risk frightens me.” As soon as I push send, I regret my small confession. Sure, I joke about being emotionally constipated, but said with a laugh and a smile, […]

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Sometimes we fail

Thoughts on failure and why it's important to learn from our mistakes because we all fail, but that doesn't have to be the end of the story.

There’s a scene from Batman Begins that keeps playing in my mind. A young Bruce Wayne falls into a well, is attacked by bats, and is eventually rescued by his father. When young Bruce is back home, his father says, “And why do we fall, Bruce? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.” It’s […]

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The Growing Season

It's uncomfortable to do new things. It's scary to realize that you are not in control. A pretty quote taped to your fridge probably isn't going to help.

“Lean into it, privates!” The drill sergeant looked practically vertical as he stomped up the hill that loomed before us like a small mountain. It was nearly midnight. We had been marching for hours while wearing heavy rucksacks and shuffling as quietly as we could for 15 kilometers. My arms were numb, and my weapon […]

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I Try

This is a story about how I became a #BlogHer16 Voices of the Year Honoree. Sometimes done is better than good. I try, and you should, too.

I almost didn’t submit the picture. I almost didn’t even post it. The picture wan’t the most flattering, and the angle was off, but I kept coming back to that picture and to how happy we looked. Last summer, my cousin and I participated in The Color Run. It was one of our last hurrahs […]

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