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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Book Review: Daring Greatly


I've been making a point to read more - since getting my certification in nutrition and wellness I actually have time to read things by choice rather than studying and reading my texts.

The first book I picked up was Uninvited by Lysa Terkurst; loved it.  I learned a lot about myself in that book and even sent out a few text messages to old friends who I think I had pulled away from simply because of my own perception of being uninvited.  It was a real eye opener.

Then when someone saw me reading that they suggested Daring Greatly by Brene Brown.  I could hardly put this book down.  It resonated with me on a very personal level which is one of my favorite things about books.

This is the book that made me realize I have struggled with shame my whole life simply because I'm a perfectionist.  I didn't even think of myself as a perfectionist, but the truth it I found my self-worth growing up in the things I achieved and earned.  So, when I don't achieve or earn, I feel unworthy or shameful.  This explains SO much, you guys!  I wish I had read this book as a junior in high school; it would have possibly prevented me from making some of mistakes I made as a young adult.

Ho hum....isn't that the way life goes?

What I really want to share about this book is the last chapter.  It's all about parenting and how to live "wholeheartedly" and how to raise "wholehearted" children.  I really took away that we don't have to look perfect in our children's eyes.  In fact, by trying to be perfect, we are doing a disservice to them.  They need to see that we are just as vulnerable as they are and that we are imperfect; we certainly don't want them to think the rules don't apply to us.

My favorite parts are the manifestos she includes; particularly the one on parenting:


I'll stop preaching and just say: you need to read it.

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