All I know is that my life is better when I assume that people are doing their best. It keeps me out of judgment and lets me focus on what is, and not what should or could be. (113)
Self-righteousness is just the armor of self-loathing. (119)
Today, I'm here with two new Rising Strong quotes, ones that I particularly love. We live in a frustrating world, as you may have noticed. A world that is lightning quick to judge and blame. A world in which many people try to cover up the issues they have with themselves by criticizing others for the same qualities they refuse to acknowledge within themselves. We're all guilty. I have road rage, and my temper is quick to flare when I am faced with a seeming lack of common sense. But I honestly had an epiphany when I read this section of the book. Rarely do I read something that affects me so much that I have to discuss it with someone, but I did just that, with Jason. We talked about whether we truly believe people are doing their best …


Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we'll ever do. (40)
The irony is that we attempt to disown our difficult stories to appear more whole or more acceptable, but our wholeness - even our wholeheartedness - actually depends on the integration of all of our experiences, including the falls. (43)

I used to look back at those far-flung dots as mistakes and wasted time, but allowing myself to be curious about who I am and how everything fits together changed that. As difficult and dark as some of those times were, they all connect to form the real me, the integrated and whole me. (53)

After an absolutely insane three-day weekend of moving into our temporary new apartment while our dream home is being built, I am actually glad to be at work today, sitting in a chair, not lifting heavy furniture, or packing a bazillion boxes. And I'm back on track with Rising Strong reflections. This time, I am combining three that I feel are all in a …


"The goal of the process is to rise from our falls, overcome our mistakes, and face hurt in a way that brings more wisdom and wholeheartedness into our lives." (37)
Today, I am going to dive right in to the Rising Strong Process, which essentially means healing. But I love the way Brene presents this concept, that the healing is worth it because when it's all over, we are wiser and more whole. And who doesn't have this goal?!
The Process consists of just three steps: The Reckoning - This is where we become brave, and begin to explore our emotions and the outcomes those emotions have created.The Rumble - This is where we challenge ourselves, about what is true and what is not. And we reframe those untruths and half-truths to become actual truths.The Revolution - This is the ideal outcome and reward for facing your inner demons and shedding light on the truth. Then we must go from thought to action, and begin to live in a new way. Obviously, three steps sounds simple …