Daring Greatly Part 2

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(Just pretend I published this post two months ago also, ok?)

A few months ago, I watched the movie We Bought A Zoo and I loved Matt Damon’s line “just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.”  I think that’s absolutely true and I kept thinking of it while reading Daring Greatly.  (It’s a sweet, feel-good movie too.)

In January, I had the coolest thing happen. My favorite band, Guster, had a concert in this little church and they were taking requests. I was feeling uncharacteristically bold (I just needed to be brave for 20 seconds, right?) and so I stood up and shot my hand in the air.  They called on me and I requested my all-time favorite song, Window (my ringtone for years…). Their response? They had prearranged that the person who requested that particular song would be serenaded. Here’s the result caught on camera– it was intimate, incredible and taught me that it pays to be brave.

Ways That I Was Daring Greatly In April:
1. I flew to Chicago. There were great rewards (friends, relaxation, uninterrupted sleep, shopping!) ahead of me and it was a fantastic weekend but I hate flying.
2. I spotted Neil Patrick Harris at the airport and was about to just watch him, awkwardly, when I decided to dare greatly. I subtly walked up to him and told him I thought he was wonderful and asked for a side hug (to which he replied “Side hugs are the best!”).
3. I did the “metal” class at my current yoga studio- I had heard it was one of the most challenging class they offered. I tried it, I sweated my arse off, I survived! I’ll go again!
4. I participated in the Diva Dash, a 5k run with obstacles. Most of it was just plain fun but some of the obstacles (especially the ones involving heights or balance) were really challenging.

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5. I tried Anti-Gravity Yoga (twice!). It was fun, relaxing, tough, and a little scary. It’s awesome to come out of a class feeling relaxed and powerful. My favorite daring poses were the vampire (pictured below; here’s a video link in German too), star (hanging upside down with fabric just around your tush, arms and legs outstretched) and swoosh (flying through the air, just supported at your hips.  It was less yoga to me, more pilates or gymnastics.  Hanging upside down is a strange balance of relaxation and panic.  Funny thing, I met another blogger, Terri. Check out her great post about anti-gravity yoga!

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6. I colored my hair blue. It’s just a little section and one would probably never notice unless I point it out, but it is blue. Next time, I will be even bolder.
7. The above, I now realize, are all in the physical realm, which as a fairly sensitive, fearful, uncoordinated person is challenging. It’s tough to dare greatly emotionally or verbally too. As trite as it sounds, there were several gatherings that I’ve been to with old or new friends that I’ve felt even more inspired to be me. Unapologetically me. That’s still challenging, I’m a people pleaser (which sometimes feels like the real me, and other times feels less authentic.)

Thanks for supporting me in my journey.  I hope we can all be brave, even for just 20 seconds, daring greatly in every aspect of our lives.

Daring Greatly In April Part 1

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(Let’s pretend I wrote this two months ago, alright?)

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I’ve had a little person on my shoulder since April telling me to dare greatly. Try it! Say the hard thing! Be you! Be Brave! Speak your truth! Listen! Maybe it’s Brene Brown? Maybe it’s my authentic self? Whoever she is, I like her and hope she keeps encouraging me.

I highly recommend reading Daring Greatly, unless you’re someone who already lives every moment comfortable in vulnerability, takes risks and loves fully. If you’re that person, please write a book (or mentor me or guest blog here or…).  If I had the time, I could probably write for days on this subject and about this book.  I’d love to model brave and daring experiences for my kids.  I’d love to be as open as possible to what the world is offering me.

Here is one of my favorite quotes:
“Vulnerability is a birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity…If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path…I define vulnerabiltiy as uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure.”

It reminds me of my first panic attack. I was listening to someone playing the piano, it moved me, the person playing made eye contact with me.  Now I have the words to say that I felt broken open with vulnerability at that time.

I learned about Dr. Kristin Neff, a researcher at University of Texas, studying compassion. If you’re interested you can take her self-compassion inventory. Maybe her book will be a future focus of this blog?

I had been using a post-it note as a bookmark while reading Daring Greatly and about 100 pages in, I grabbed an bookmark that was from an old O magazine and kept reading. As I placed my bookmark, I did a double-take to carefully read the quote on it: “Those who are willing to be vulnerable move among mysteries” -Theodore Roethke.  A mystery, indeed.  Love that message! I’m listening and feeling open and vulnerable to whatever is next.

Since starting this book, we have witnessed the Boston marathon, the explosion in West and the tornado in Moore. This Daring Greatly quote seemed very timely. “After doing this work for the past twelve years and watching scarcity ride roughshod over our families, organizations, and communities, I’d say one thing we have in common is that we’re sick of being afraid. We want to dare greatly. We’re tired of the national conversation centering on “what should we fear?” and “who should we blame?” We all want to be brave.” I’d like to honor heroes that were daring greatly during these events and the victims/family/loved ones that are meeting new challenges every day.

May Meditations & June Tibetan Rites

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I hope you all had a chance to check out Deva Premal and Miten’s meditations. I really enjoyed listening to the beautiful chants and hearing information about what the words meant. I did find my “monkey mind” distracted by thoughts of what Deva and Miten’s relationship must be like. Do they argue? If so, what would they argue about? I’m sure they’re normal people but they seem to be operating in a much more spiritual realm than any couple I know.

I’m excited about my June resolution. I’m going to do the 5 Tibetan Rites each day. If you’re curious or want to join me, you can watch Dr. Oz demonstrate them. I’m going to start with five of each exercise this first week and add five each week. Namaste!

 

Daring Greatly in April!

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I was hoping to have some pictures of my newly framed photos to share with you all but I can’t find the pictures I ordered to put into the frames! I’m sure they’re around here somewhere… Anyways, proof of my progress coming soon!
I’m so excited about my April resolution: daring greatly. I kept hearing about Brene Brown’s book Daring Greatly and then I saw Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday interview with her and knew that this was a book I needed to read.

Of course, I’d love for you to join me in reading this book and daring greatly in your life, if you feel so inclined.  My daring greatly starts tomorrow when I board a plane- eek!  Happy April!

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Photo Resolution Part Deux

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This month I organized my photos, I backed them up, deleted duplicate files and I finally ordered some photos for these frames below.

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I feel like I need one more month to finish some other photo projects I’ve been wanting to do. Would you all mind terribly if I continued this month’s resolution into March? I didn’t think so. 😉
We are heading into spring! Any projects that you are hoping to tackle?

Sugar-free (ish)

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About two weeks ago, I decided I had gained what I needed to (or shall I say lost, since I certainly felt healthier!) from my resolution this month to limit sugar and I went back to eating sugar in moderation. I’m more aware of what I’m eating and don’t feel like sugar has “the power” it had over me in December!

In February, I resolve to catch-up on my digital photo organization and finally, frame some of my favorites. Seriously, I’ve been wanting to get photos framed for YEARS. YEARS!!! Let’s do this.

(Hmmm, it's a little easier to see why my babies were so fat!)

(Hmmm, it’s a little easier to see why my babies were so fat!)