personal life

rising strong

it’s no secret that this winter has been tough for me.  they usually are.  but i made some mistakes, did some things i regret because i was feeling hurt and bitter.  in some twisted way, it was my way of reaching out for help.  and i needed it.

it’s not “all better” or anything.  but it’s definitely better in a lot of ways.  all fall, i was reading “rising strong” by brene brown as my book study for my leadership team.  i heard brene speak at a conference last year.  even before that, i was kind of obsessed with her.  but after hearing her in person, and thinking she was speaking straight to me, i decided to finally buckle down and finish her books.  i’ve picked them up but never finished one.

so i committed to “rising strong” first.  it took me a long time to get through it.  not that it wasn’t good.  in fact, it was amazing.  one of the best books i’ve ever read honestly.  but i had to read it in small chunks because every time i would pick it up, it would speak directly to my heart.  i cried almost every time i read it.  it’s intense for someone who needs to needs to be brave and fix some things.  it made me feel very vulnerable (hence the crying!).  but i did finish it.

and now, i know that i can do it.  it won’t happen overnight and there will continue to be struggles along the way, but i can make those changes that i want to make in my relationships.  i can work on letting go of the shame that i carry with me each day.  i can be curious about my regrets and guilt because they’re meant to teach me something.  i can face my story because it’s mine.

here’s a couple of my favorite quotes:

well, that one just hit me right in the heart.
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that c.s. lewis quote definitely stuck with me.
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i wish i could have finished the book sooner…and realized this sooner.
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almost always, i wallow in the the struggle when really it’s an opportunity.
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this quote is one of my absolute favorites.  i have it above my vanity so i see it every day.
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this is another one that hit me hard.  i feel like i make up hidden stories in my head all the time.  i said it out loud for the first time a couple of weeks ago.
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this!!
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i’ve always been a little scared of changing and change, but it’s what i’m meant to do.
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love this one!!  as women, we’re told to be so many things, but maybe that’s the key, to accept that we can be all of those things at once.
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