The Courage to be Vulnerable

When I started this blog, I thought I would be sharing the things I’m learning about nutrition. I pictured lots of science-y posts about carbohydrates and cholesterol, protein and fat. I AM learning a ton of that stuff, and I’m blown away by how much there is to learn and how much fun I’m having nerding out on the science and coming home and telling my husband about all this stuff, using words that I never would have thought I could use (correctly) in a sentence 6 months ago. That’s what I imagined I would be blogging about. And I will get there eventually! But I don’t quite feel ready to share that stuff yet. Maybe because I don’t have the credentials or anything to back up my knowledge yet (I’m working on that), or maybe just because I’m being inspired in other ways as well.img_20170220_115918_012

(Photo Cred to my girl Jenna Kutcher)

When I started this blog, I thought I would be sharing the things I’m learning about nutrition. I pictured lots of science-y posts about carbohydrates and cholesterol, protein and fat. I AM learning a ton of that stuff, and I’m blown away by how much there is to learn and how much fun I’m having nerding out on the science and coming home and telling my husband about all this stuff, using words that I never would have thought I could use (correctly) in a sentence 6 months ago. That’s what I imagined I would be blogging about. And I will get there eventually! But I don’t quite feel ready to share that stuff yet. Maybe because I don’t have the credentials or anything to back up my knowledge yet (I’m working on that), or maybe just because I’m being inspired in other ways as well.

I titled my website Hello Nourished Life – and I meant that in every way possible. It’s essential for us to nourish our bodies, as well as our minds and our souls. And through this process, I’m learning a lot more about nourishing my mind and soul than I had anticipated. And it’s invigorating! I’m learning so much about myself and the person I am/the person I am trying to become becoming. I have been listening to podcasts, watching TED Talks, asking questions, finding people who inspire me.

One of the most influential people/presentations I’ve found was the TED Talk by Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend you stop reading right now and go watch! And get your pen and paper ready, you’ll want to remember what she says. Everything she teaches can be applied to all of us, in any stage of life. It is life-changing. I’ve listened to it at least 4 times and continue to learn from it.

She talks all about human connection – we have to be vulnerable in order to be seen. Believing we’re worthy of love and belonging. Being whole-hearted. Having courage to be imperfect. Letting ourselves be seen, deeply seen. Loving with our whole hearts. Believing that we’re enough.

6405c115fdb8cf87f6e1258d750c0aa2My favorite, favorite part is when she talks about raising children. I don’t have children yet (which I promise to discuss in a future post), but I think what she says we can apply to anyone in our lives. She says our job is not to say, when we hold that newborn in our arms, “look at you, you’re perfect!” Our job is to say, “you’re imperfect, and you’re wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.” How powerful is that!

I want this little space of mine on the internet to be a true representation of who I am. And this talk helped me realized that I can do that – I can, and should, be vulnerable! Doors are opened and opportunities for connection and growth and joy come through vulnerability and courage.

Brene Brown, along with many other incredible humans, inspires me. Something new I’m going to do with my blog is share with you those who inspire me. There are some amazing people on this earth, and if I’m feeling inspired by some of them, feeling my soul nourished because of them, I’m absolutely sharing that with you so you can be inspired too! Please share and let me know who inspires YOU!

 

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