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To Be Alive Is To Be Vulnerable

Hope your week is off to a good start! This week’s quote focuses on vulnerability. Along with the quote, I am posting a TED talk by social worker Dr. Brené Brown called, “The Power of Vulnerability.” I’ve posted it on Brown is the New Pink in the past, but it’s worth posting again. Brown’s talk is approximately 20 minutes long, and I promise that it will be time well-spent to watch it.

Brown’s TED talk and Madeleine L’Engle’s quote below summarize the seemingly paradoxical truth that has been on my mind: vulnerability is what makes us stronger. Choosing to be our genuine, imperfect selves fosters better and more authentic connections with others and helps develop self-compassion. As I go through the numerous transitions of young adulthood I am continually learning how important it is to be myself, even if that means revealing my fears, doubts, and perceived inadequacies. To pretend like everything is perfect and certain is a disservice to myself and those around me. While I will certainly continue to practice gratitude and maintain a positive outlook, I also strive to own my vulnerability. I want to show my true self to others and to contribute to the message that everyone is worthy of love and belonging despite our imperfections.

“When we were children, we used to think that when we grew up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability, to be alive is to be vulnerable.” – Madeleine L’Engle

Anything For Love {Fun Friday}

First of all, I apologize for posting late this week. Our wedding pictures finally came in the mail yesterday, so I spent the afternoon working on an online gallery for them instead of finishing my fun Friday post. The pictures are fantastic! We had a blast re-living our wedding day when we looked at them. I will be working on a few wedding recap posts to share on BNP soon. Anyway, on to some videos, pictures, and stories that made me laugh or smile this week!

First up this week is a video about what it’s like to be out of shape at the gym (aka my experience right now).

I’m also motivated by tacos, so I can relate. 🙂 Next up is a sweet video that I saw about what one woman’s friends did to show their support while she undergoes cancer treatment.

 

What an extraordinary group of women! If you are looking for more sources of inspiration, I also found a link to the 22 best TED talks for fitness, health, and happiness inspiration. I’m a fan of TED talks, and I’ve seen a handful of the ones on that list. If you only have time to watch one, I recommend 16. Brené Brown: The Power of Vulnerability. Brené Brown is a social work researcher and a wonderful speaker. Her message is one that everyone needs to hear over and over.

Finally, I’ll end with two videos that made me laugh. The first is an old Sprite commercial.

I always think about how weird it would be if mascots actually talked to you. I love the dog’s reaction. 🙂 That commercial somehow led me to these Japanese McDonald’s commercials, which are insanely creepy but also funny.

What in the world?? Commercials from other countries are always entertaining.

Have a great weekend and don’t forget to smile and laugh!

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