All Posts Tagged “self growth”

Rising Strong by Brene Brown

Rising Strong by Brene Brown — Upon finishing a book, I’m giving myself a homework assignment to complete a book report. This allows me to consume the book from a different lens and mindset while forcing myself to reflect on what I’ve just read as a whole. 

Brene Brown seems to write exactly what I’m feeling in a way I can understand. They are a-ha moments of self-discovery. The underlining truth to all of this is that it’s pretty simple, but yet the most difficult as we are our biggest obstacle.

I feel the words written between the covers of Rising Strong are all the things that we as humans fundamentally know, but at the same time we don’t because of the masks and facades we create to cover them.

At a certain point in our lives we seem to disconnect from this truth. The truth of who we are. The truth of our stories, the falls, the laying face down in the arena while everyone watches.

Competing Passions

“…life is better when you possess a sustaining practice that holds your desire, demands your attention, and requires effort..” – Malamud Smith

Over the past three years, since committing to traveling a journey of intentional self growth, it’s been a constant process of sorting through what’s essential and what’s not.

By essential I mean, the things that I value and cherish most. They are the areas of my life that bring about my true self. It’s a process of saying ‘no’ to the things that don’t fall into these areas and saying ‘yes’ to the things that do.

But now that I’ve traveled a great distance and able to surface my priorities and passions at this stage of my life, I’ve approached yet another quest this journey is asking for.

Do It Differently Tomorrow

In reflecting about my day today, tomorrow I will do it differently when I receive an unwarranted reaction. Looking back at that moment now, I am realizing that it was just that, an unwarranted and unequipped reaction. Not a mindful response.

Regardless of this person’s reaction or why it occurred in the first place, I will do it differently by not letting it affect my output or internal dialogue.

Revealing Yourself Through Story

What’s it like to reveal so much about yourself? Don’t you feel exposed? Why share your story?

These are questions, or at least statements in disguise of such questions, that I receive from time to time. The UYC project is about learning how to be your best self through taking care of yourself first.

Through leading a life of intentional self growth I share my journey in how I am striving to achieve some component of being a better version of myself each and every day. It requires honesty, transparency, authenticity and vulnerability.

So, what’s it like?