I am writing this on the eve of our surviving son Ryan's twenty-ninth birthday, a summer solstice baby, born on Father's Day. Days with our children are not a given, each breath they take is a gift.These last ten months we have been roommates, Ryan moved back home to accept a job in Northern Virginia. I see many articles about millennials moving home and how to juggle the relationships, I don't read them. I have never felt like Ryan is a child returning home, he is a capable, intelligent adult investing in a career opportunity and we are house sharing as he explores his options....more

Book Review: The Gifts of Imperfection

"Self-doubt undermines the process of finding our gifts and sharing them with the world. Moreover, if developing and sharing our gifts is how we honor spirit and connect with God, self-doubt is letting our fear undermine our faith."...more

Sorry Brené - I quit the e-course

You should not be surprised to learn that I have quit the Brené Brown e-course…..……about three weeks ago. I just wasn’t feeling it.  I wasn’t connecting with the book or the course material.  And by the third week, I was dreading it.  While I did really enjoy the watercolor portion, that was it.  Everything else, I disliked. When I do something, I want to be excited for it.I still love Brené, but this course just wasn’t for me.You understand, right? ...more
Karen Ballum Exactly!  It went well the first week, and then it just didn't click anymore.more

Learning New Tricks

"Our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance." Brene Brown Whoa. Wow. Oh.    Yeah. ...more

Cultivating Self-Compassion

It’s Week 3 of the Brené Brown e-course.The topic:  CULTIVATING SELF-COMPASSIONThe goal: Letting go of Perfectionism...more
hopethehappyhugger  Please, oh please start painting or crafting!  You'll love it.  Making the ...more

Cultivating Authenticity

It’s Week 2 of the Brené Brown e-course.The topic:  CULTIVATING AUTHENTICITYThe goal: Letting go of what people thinkSo, it’s week 2.  I really enjoyed the watercoloring last week.  It had me thinking in a whole new way.  I’m not too creative, so this was really fun and out-of-the-box for me.Brené has an intention for this week, which I will *really* work on embracing:...more

Do You Expect Joy?

"In a culture of deep scarcity - of never feeling safe, certain, and sure enough - joy can feel like a setup."  Brene Brown in Daring Greatly ...more

Courage, Compassion, and Connection

It’s Week 1 of the Brené Brown e-course.The topic:  COURAGE, COMPASSION AND CONNECTIONThe goal: Wholehearted LivingIt’s the first week, and I did what every good student would do: I bought all of the required supplies; I organized them on my table, and I’ll do the reading tonight even though I was suppose to do it last night.  (Oops!)...more

Why Am I taking the Brené Brown e-course???

…..mostly, because I’m pretty sure it’s going to be awesome.Tonight, I registered for a six-week e-course on Brené Brown’s book, The Gifts of Imperfection....more

Somebody That I Used to Know

I’ve had the lyric “Now, you’re just somebody that I used to know” stuck in my head all day from the song of the same name by Goyte.  I’ve spent the day wondering how someone goes from being a friend to being nothing more than a memory.  I thought back to high school.  I had a close friend, a best friend in my sophomore and junior year.  We had similar interests, competed on the gymnastics team together, dated boys that were also friends so we never had to compete for time together, and having grown up together in the same neighborhood, we knew our roots.  We had sl...more