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What If I Can’t? Loving Myself Edition

We have all heard the rhetoric: love yourself. If you can’t love yourself, you can’t love anyone else! Self care and self love is the path to happiness. You’re OK just the way you are. All bodies are bikini bodies (maybe you haven’t heard that one yet). Some days, I do a decent job. I…
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In Depth: Joyosity

This is a series on Brené Brown’s “The Gifts of Imperfection.” For more on that, check out this post. Guidepost 10: Laughter, song and dance (letting go of being cool and “always in control”). Much smarter writers and thinkers than me have had lots to say on the transformative power of song and dance, music, rhythm,…
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In Depth: Meaningful Work

This is a series on Brené Brown’s “The Gifts of Imperfection.” For more on that, check out this post. Guidepost 9: Cultivating Meaningful Work (Letting go of self-doubt and “supposed to.”) So this, finally, is one I’m decently good with in my life. The thing is, though, I’m incredibly lucky. When I was 18, I wanted…
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In Depth: No Really. Stop.

This is a series on Brené Brown’s “The Gifts of Imperfection.” For more on that, check out this post. Guidepost 8: Calm and Stillness (letting go of anxiety as a lifestyle) It might have been around this guidepost when I realized that Dr. Brown was personally attacking me. Actually me. This book was written at me,…
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In Depth: Seriously, Stop

This is a series on Brené Brown’s “The Gifts of Imperfection.” For more on that, check out this post. Guidepost 7: Cultivating Play and Rest (Letting go of exhaustion as a status symbol and productivity as self worth) Um, excuse me what now? Let…go…of productivity as self worth? I can tell you right now my first…
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In Depth: Creativity

This article is part of a series on Brenè Brown’s “The Gifts of Imperfection.” For more on that, see this post. Guidepost 6: Cultivating Creativity (Letting Go of Comparison) Finally, I thought to myself as I approached this chapter, a guidepost I already do and don’t have to worry about. HAHA Oh yeah, I’m a…
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In Depth: Not Knowing

This is a series on Brené Brown’s “The Gifts of Imperfection.” For more on that, check out this post. Guidepost 5: Cultivating Intuition and Trusting Faith (Letting Go of the Need for Certainty). I want you to know I feel personally attacked by this chapter. I love knowing things. I love certainty. I feel the…
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In Depth: Cultivating Gratitude And Joy

For an introduction to Dr. Brené Brown’s 10 guideposts, see this post. For more on the topic, see her book “The Gifts of Imperfection.” Guidepost 4: Cultivating gratitude and joy (Letting go of scarcity and fear of the dark). Sometimes I find that my work and my personal needs dovetail in creepy ways. This is one…
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In Depth: Resilient Spirit

For an introduction to Dr. Brené Brown’s 10 guideposts, see this post. For more on the topic, see her book “The Gifts of Imperfection.” Guidepost 3: Cultivating a resilient spirit (letting go of numbing and powerlessness). I tried to sit in total silence the other day. I lasted perhaps 0.7 seconds before I had to get…
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In Depth: Self Compassion

For an introduction to Dr. Brené Brown’s 10 guideposts, see this post. For more on the topic, see her book “The Gifts of Imperfection.” Guidepost 2: Cultivating Self-Compassion (letting go of perfectionism). Guidepost 2 is sort of my nemesis. For one thing, I am a born perfectionist with deficient self-compassion skills. For another, it’s hard to…
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