Tonight I completed another thing on my life list. Getting my picture taken with one of my favorite authors!!
I was blessed this evening to have a few moments with Brene Brown. Long enough to dare greatly, stumble over my words about how powerful her work has been for me and for my adult self to try to remain cool, calm and collected while my inner 8th grader danced around and wanted to show her how cool I thought she was, how much I knew we could be BFF’s – if only she knew me :).
I gave her my book… and not for the reasons that people would probably assume. I gave her my book because 2 years ago when I saw her speak I gave her a letter about how important her work was and how it truly changed my life and the way I looked at myself, at others, and most importantly it gave me language for who I wanted to be. It was my very first “Brave Letter” and it was one of the first times that I did something where I was that brave and honestly didn’t care what the response was- because for me it was the act of stretching, it was the act of knowing that she knew was bravery was and she would receive it with love and compassion. What she did with it was nothing personal, it was the act of me stretching that was the teaching for me.
And now two years later, thanks to employing my own vulnerability, to as Brene says- “calling deep on my courage” I have something to show for it. And I gave her the book one because it was way outside my comfort zone, but it was also a part of me saying “look, you have placed your heart and soul in these books that you have shared with us, you have risked, you have been vulnerable, the least I can do is offer you a little piece of my heart as well.” It was the quickest way to show her that YES your bravery has elicited a response… YES your bravery has started a domino effect… YES your work matters and your willingness to be in the arena, your willingness to show up inspired me to do the same.
It happened to correspond with Alana’s release of the Transformation Talk that she and I did a few weeks back. And I wasn’t sure when it was going to go live so I had honestly forgotten about it. And so here I am… in an interview where I am “in action” and don’t have a chance to think about it, to delete, only show my “best self”… but yet, when I watched it I watched it with kind eyes, with excitement and curiosity.
I am so excited to be a part of what amazing work Alana is offering to the world. Her writing is simply beautiful, her willingness to be present, to share deeply and her authenticity shine through both in her words and through her interviews and in her work. Powerful things happening in her little corner world!
So today I am going to live into Brene’s words from the Gifts of Imperfection:
“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.”
And trust that I did just that today in a variety of ways.