July 30, 2013

Faking It

I first heard about Dr. Brene Brown when I watched her powerful piece on shame on Ted Talks a few years ago. Recently my sister suggested a great book she was reading called The Gifts of Imperfection. It took me awhile to put two and two together that it was written by the same person.

Perfectionism permeates our culture. Brene Brown explains it has only worsened since 9/11 because everyone feels so vulnerable.

As she says, if we want to be happy we have to stop striving to be so perfect.

I think happiness comes from loving ourselves more. We love our self ( and others) more when we can embrace our imperfections.

Brene Brown is speaking at the Women and Power Retreat September 20-22 at Omega Institute.

I would love to go if I can swing it.


  1. With every imperfect step we are created in perfection. Love you and every one of your learning, and unlearning, steps. :) xo

    1. As I do you, girl who I met in the pool in 5th grade. I look forward to many more years of imperfection with you.

      I love the subtitle of Brene's book "Let Go Of Who You Think You're Suppose To Be and Embrace Who You Are."

      Here are 33 quotes from the book for any readers who'd like the short version: http://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/7261277-the-gifts-of-imperfection-let-go-of-who-you-think-you-re-supposed-to-be

  2. Thank to Liz for sending this in:

    The definition of Wabi-sabi:

    The comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete" is called Wabi-sabi.

    I love this! Sounds like my house :-)


  3. Just remembered a quote from way back way that I really like:

    Perfection is the highest form of self abuse.

    So great!