You guys, I had the best day on Thursday. And I realized it all happened because of the fruits of vulnerability...the willingness to be exposed and to share. As in, the stuff that normally scares the crap out of us.
1. I got to hear Brene Brown speak all about vulnerability on The Katie Show. It was really, really great. She was taking some deep breaths (who wouldn't?) - but she was also amazing and bold and just nailed her message. Everyone loved it. The show will air on 9/13. (I highly recommend it!)
2. I got to see Katie Couric, live. She was warm and natural and lovely in every way. But believe it or not, she was being vulnerable. Yes. You could see it (only off camera), but it was adorable. You see, being in front of a live audience is new for her (someone said this was only her second taping on her new show.) And she was so cute to acknowledge the moments of awkwardness in between the filming. To break the silence, she nervously told us she felt like she should tell us some jokes or something...and that it was just so new for her to have people there. And she kindly and sincerely really wondered if we were enjoying the show. Yes, we were enjoying the show! :) Thoroughly. It was just amazing. And everyone loved her. And I think her expressions of vulnerability made her even more lovable and human and relatable.
3. I got to meet two readers (& twins! Megan and Emily) from Ohio who, despite hesitation and fear, bravely dared to reach out to me - a stranger - and invite me to join them at the show. I'm so glad they did. It resulted in the most wonderful day, the greatest conversations and a quick friendship and connection between us all. They were lovely in every way. (Megan has a blog, here, that she wants to start up again. Of course I was cheering her on.)
4. And I got to celebrate my own willingness to share and be vulnerable. You guys - this blog wouldn't even exist if I hadn't figured that out. I mean, I wouldn't even dare leave a comment on someone else's blog a few years back (not kidding!) So it really, really has made all the difference in my life. And that includes meeting Danny :) And all the amazing experiences since, including so many that have resulted from this blog. If you missed my earlier posts on how I was able to figure that stuff out, I wrote about it in an intro of sorts and then narrowed down the 3 main things I did that made all the difference: intro, #1, #2, #3. They're some of my favorite posts on the blog.
May I leave you this weekend with a few words from Brene Brown:
"We love vulnerability in other people...we see it as courageous and brave. But in ourselves, we tend to see it as a weakness." oh man - that's so true.
Friends, let's be brave and change that and instead believe that...
"What makes us vulnerable makes us beautiful."
What makes you feel vulnerable right now? (do you dare?) For me - I accepted a request to speak to a large group of single women in Washington D.C. Yes, very excited. But still - um, big deep breath. More on that later...
Have a wonderful summer weekend!
Much love to you all,
ADDITION: See Megan's write up of the day on her blog, here.