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Favorite Posts: August 2014

August was a bit of a roller coaster ride. Highlights include passing my clinical licensing exam, Derek returning from Wilmington to start his family medicine rotation in Chapel Hill, completing the first 5 weeks of half-marathon training, and celebrating Derek’s birthday. However, it has also been quite stressful at work for both of us this month, and we were heartbroken when things didn’t work out with Wink. (P.S. She has since been adopted!!)

Now I am getting really excited about September. Next weekend I’m flying to Kentucky to celebrate my grandpa’s 90th birthday! I haven’t seen my family since I graduated in May, and I am beyond excited to see them. I am also pumped for fall. It’s definitely my favorite season. I love the weather (though fall weather doesn’t really start until October in North Carolina); it’s perfect for running, tailgating, and enjoying the beautiful views when the leaves change color. Not to mention I’m obsessed with all things pumpkin. I’m sure I’ll be posting some delicious pumpkin recipes over the next few months.

Before I get ahead of myself with my love for fall, here are my favorite posts from August 2014:

How Lucky I Am

Even the Undertaker Will Be Sorry

5 Questions –  Part II

LOTR, Back-to-School Shopping, and Luaus

Happy Birthday Derek! {Fun Friday}

To Be Alive Is To Be Vulnerable 

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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

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