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The Gifts of Imperfection
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are | Bren Brown
Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we'd no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, What if I can't keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn't everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?In The Gifts of Imperfection, Bren Brown, PhD, a leading expert on shame, authenticity and belonging, shares what she's learned from a decade of research on the power of Wholehearted Living--a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.In her ten guideposts, Brown engages our minds, hearts, and spirits as she explores how we can cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough, and to go to bed at night thinking, Yes, I am sometimes afraid, but I am also brave. And, yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable, but that doesn't change the truth that I am worthy of love and belonging.
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fredthemoose
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I have a little bit of resistance to Beene Brown for not better reason than so many people like her, but I enjoyed this and thought there were some interesting insights here.

jimfields3 Your reason resonates with me, too! I find Brown thought-provoking, and this is in my TBR pile. Thanks for your feedback! (edited) 2mo
EvieBee Hmm. Same reason I haven‘t read her yet! Seems like a good place to start! 2mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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Definitely worth a reread, and for the most part holds up really well! (Except for one anecdote at the end which screams white privilege on this read).

What I‘ve always liked about Brené Brown is her background as a research professor, and that she explains her methodologies at the end of the book. That for me puts this book more in the genre of psychology rather than self-help.

Definitely took away some new insights.

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4thhouseontheleft
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Today is a good day, and I‘m spending it revisiting an old favorite. It‘s been years since I read Brene Brown, and wanted to reconnect before delving into her latest book. Plus, i really need to hear some of her words again at this point in my life. 🥰

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jspoelker
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Love Brene Brown and her findings on the innate human desires. This book is a journey of 10 guideposts with authentic examples of living/not living the Wholehearted Life. It is information supported by the research and life experience from the lady who scientifically studies, interviews, lives and breathes these human condition questions. This info allows us to discover through reflection what is best in our own lives to living wholeheartedly.

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Samara_Kipnis

I‘m reading this as part of a book club with my friends. It is really bothering me. I don‘t know if it‘s the repetition of gooey words like “wholeheartedness” (I can be a tad cynical) or that the ideas are hard to swallow. I‘m only on page 31, so maybe this is coming later(?), but I would love to see more of the data and hear her data-gathering methods explained clearly instead of just reading over and over “based on my work.”

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Lvpthemvp
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We are all responsible for creating these brave safe spaces and dismantling the systems that perpetuate trauma -

#Nowreading

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Purpleness
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“The opposite of play is not work—the opposite of play is depression.”

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zezeki
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If I had to describe this book in one sentence, then I'd say vulnerable. Brene's writing is open, warm and soft, and I realize that these words seem strange to describe a book, but I really felt like talking to a friend while reading. Brene writes about shame, and other emotions we percieve as negative in an open-minded manner and without judgment showing us how common those feelings actually are, and how there's no growth until we deal with them.

zezeki I didn't keep track of reading time, but this is the first book I finished this year, and also my first book for #jumpstart2022! @Lizpixie @Clwojick 7mo
Clwojick 😍 😍 7mo
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Word_Dragon
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“Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.“ - Howard Thurman

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“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.“ - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

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“Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.“

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Word_Dragon
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Worthiness doesn't have prerequisites.

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Word_Dragon
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The dark does not destroy the light; it defines it. It's our fear of the dark that casts our joy into the shadows.

SW-T A belated welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon 6mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🥳 5mo
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zezeki
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Starting this one today! 📚📚

kamoorephoto Such a great cover! 9mo
zezeki @kamoorephoto I wasn't a fan of the cover at first, but it's growing on me. 😊 9mo
kamoorephoto I think I like it because I‘m not a fan of the US edition, which feels disjointed to me.. 9mo
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staci.reads
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Not as good as Dare to Lead, but still a worthwhile read with some valuable insights. I find Brene' Brown's work really grounding for me.

DivineDiana I just saw that you can purchase tickets for virtual release even for her new book. https://sites.prh.com/atlas-of-the-heart-book-launch?ref=PRHE80AE15F3EFF&linkid=... (edited) 9mo
staci.reads @DivineDiana awesome! Thanks for sharing! 9mo
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Lauren890
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was my first time reading Brene Brown and I‘m way behind but this book is excellent and I think it‘s aged well. It gave me a lot to think about and put into practice. There were a couple times where I would‘ve loved more examples but I appreciate that she doesn‘t waste words. I highly recommend and I‘m happy to find out she is not overrated!

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ICantImReading
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Listening to Brené Brown always helps me feel more centered and connected. I especially appreciated the many insightful nuggets about wholeheartedness, digging deep, shame, boundaries, and of course, perfectionism. A great invitation to slow down and self-reflect. ?

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mcctrish
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I loved this book and now I must listen to/read all books and podcasts

NikkiM5 She is amazing. I loved this one too 12mo
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mcctrish
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Good news/bad news. Went for a walk to finish my audio book ( finished Breath ✔️) but my orthotics don‘t work in my new runners 😭😭 my feet hurt so much I had to call my husband to come pick me up 🤦🏻‍♀️😆 so I started this while I waited for him to come ❤️ honest to god, I don‘t know what I‘d do without books

Megabooks Oh no! Glad he could pick you up! 12mo
mcctrish @Megabooks yes I‘d have had to walk home barefoot 🦶🤦🏻‍♀️ but I‘m so mad that my damn orthotics only fit in two pairs of runners 🤬 I get they won‘t fit in nice shoes but my runners are the same brand and size ( these new ones I ordered off the internet when we were in lockdown- they were supposed to spice up my walking life not crush it ) 12mo
Megabooks I wear orthotics when exercising, and I‘ve been loathe to order new shoes for that reason! Sometimes even the same size, model, and brand just don‘t fit the same. 12mo
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peaknit
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I‘m listening to this podcast series and reading the book along with it. So good. So insightful snd many “a-ha” moments. Stay awkward my friends!

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peaknit
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Darn you Brene‘ for having my number! Seriously great podcast to listen during the “midlife unraveling”…I need to get back to my daily gratitude practice, clearly.

JenReadsAlot I'll have to check this out! 13mo
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caseface43
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“We need to see that standing on the shore and catastrophisizing about what could happen if we talked honestly about our fears is actually more painful than grabbing the hand of a trusted companion and crossing the swamp. And most important we need to learn why constantly trying to maintain our footing on the shifting shore as we gaze across to the other side of the swamp—where out worthiness waits for us—is much harder work than trudging across.”

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PMMREADS
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Some books are worth the reread. “When we can let go of what other people think and own our story, we gain access to our worthiness-the feeling that we are enough just as we are and that we are worthy of love and belonging.”

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Erin.Elizabeth10
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I read this book this past weekend while on a personal retreat. It was a perfect book to read on a day for intentional stillness, solitude, and self-care.

CuriousG Best Brene Brown book, imo. 1y
Erin.Elizabeth10 @CuriousG It‘s the first one I‘ve read! Although I do listen to her podcast. 1y
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Rollinsfan1

Book Club read for my yoga studio's book club.

CuriousG This is hands down my favourite Brene Brown book 1y
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JenReadsAlot
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Finally found a Brene Brown book I liked! #bookspinbingo square @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
CuriousG Although I like Daring Greatly, this is by far my favourite! 1y
peaknit This one is served in bite sized bits somehow, also my favorite. 1y
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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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⭐⭐⭐⭐ Brené Brown has meant so much to me this year. It's a slow process; it's like I one of her books and it's so amazing, but I don't implement everything I read about right away. I think there has been a slow shift though... I hope so. Her research on what lets people live a Wholehearted life is yet another blow to the traditional Christian narrative of love your neighbour but please hate your sinful self as much as possible. Highly recommended

catsuit_mango She has a wonderful podcast started in spring called unlocking us. It makes me think so much about what we do and why 2y
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @catsuit_mango I really want to listen to it, but I don't do a lot of podcasts in general and tend to forget... 2y
catsuit_mango @MommyWantsToReadHerBook i only listen to podcasts while I walk (even in place on my balcony) that s my main exercise during the pandemic and podcasts are a good company. Or maybe while you are driving? 2y
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MommyWantsToReadHerBook @catsuit_mango I work from home and don't really have anywhere I need to drive to 🙂 I usually listen to podcasts when cleaning or so if the kids aren't here 2y
catsuit_mango @MommyWantsToReadHerBook i work from home too (even without the pandemic) hence the walking as exercise ;) 2y
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @catsuit_mango yeah that would be nice. I don't have headphones right now... And I leave my phone at home when I go walking so I can't get mugged (I probably wouldn't anyway... But I'm paranoid.) 2y
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I'm closer but not always quite there yet. Brené's words always hit me right in the gut.

Trashcanman It feels like I'm going backwards. Miss you ❤❤ 2y
Cathythoughts Lovely! 🙋🏼‍♀️ hope all is well with you X 2y
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Trashcanman me too, sometimes. Right now all I want to do is cry... But I have to be at a birthday party with my kids 2y
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Cathythoughts thank you. Mostly well... I'm stuck though 2y
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BayouGirl85
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You know reading Brown's books who will always walk away with several nuggets of wisdom and perspective that you can put into immediate action. It's like turning the mirror on your soul.

September Book 10/20 #LitsyLove

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Kammbia1
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I spent the last two days reading this one. This quote is worth the price of the book: “If we want to know why we‘re all so afraid to let our true selves be seen & known, we have to understand the power of shame and fear. If we can‘t stand up to the never good enough and who do you think you are…then we can‘t move forward.” Powerful.
My review: https://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-book-review-56-the-gifts-of-imperfec...

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jenniferajanes
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I thought this was a great reminder to be true to yourself and steps to take to live your authentic life. I read this aloud to my teens. It led to some good discussions.

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DavidDiamond
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Unpopular opinion ahead:
This book just wasn't for me. It seemed like a collection of common sense things one should do and to strive for them in order to be your true and authentic self. So with that in mind, I thought about giving it 3 stars because if I gave it 2 people would think I was some sort of soulless monster. Then I thought, wait a second, who cares what others will think...be true to yourself! So 2 it is.

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Shemac77
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There‘s not much to say about it; you have to read it and see if it has value to you, which it did for me.

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Shemac77
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Morning reading sniffing the lilacs.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💜 2y
JenReadsAlot Best smell! 2y
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sarahlandis
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As per usual, Brene Brown gets five stars. All of her books carry the same theme (duh), but I never get tired of reading them. There's always new quotes, sources, examples that just drive her research straight into my heart. Also, somehow, whatever book or passage I'm reading by her is always just so so relevant to my life. This book focused on all her main points- vulnerability, shame, love, belonging- but about how our drive to

sarahlandis perfectionism fucks with all the those things. We have such a warped view of how we need to be and how to be the perfect partner/citizen/student/employee that we actually lose ourselves and become terrible at those things. This book reminds us to set that shit aside and to just live. After each book I read by Brene, I feel a deeper and healthier connection with myself and those around me.
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sarahlandis “connection is the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgement; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship“ 2y
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“Heroics is often putting about putting our life on the line. Ordinary courage is about putting our vulnerability on the line.”

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“Shame loves secrecy. The most dangerous thing to do after a shaming experience is to hide or bury the story.”

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BookladyOnTheMove
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I have definitely let my need to be perfect, to be right and to have the approval with others interfere with what I want to do and who I want to be. Brene mixes observations from her research with personal narratives and experiences to show what she learned from both. She identifies and describes "guideposts" to leading a wholehearted life. The narrator was fine, but I so would have preferred to listed to Brene Brown read her own book.

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Amandajoy
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Making my first read of 2020 a little Brené Brown. Haven‘t read her before, but I feel it may be appropriate for today.

rachelsbrittain I really enjoyed this one! 3y
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