Brene' Brown has a soulful way of sharing her life stories in ways that remind us of our own. She helps us to be vulnerable while being strong, brave while feeling scared, wholehearted while feeling broken. This book is chock full of stories and processes for understanding ourselves and as a result, living better, happier and more fulfilling lives. I hope when I look back at my writing, people say that my work read like hers -- soulful, vulnerable and transparent, and full of love and support.
Oh gosh, where do I begin? Well, I'll start with EVERY SINGLE HUMAN ON THIS PLANET NEEDS TO READ THIS BOOK. Especially ANYONE creating their own passions, dreams and work in the world. I'll be reading this book every year for tools to welcome my creativity, and as my Wife says of creativity, "Ride that thing like f*cking magical unicorn!" Read this book. You can thank me later.
Maggie and I get asked often, "You both work so well together. How do you guys do it?" Our response is: We don't play games with each other in our relationship. When you play mind games in love, everyone loses.
Watch this video to learn how to stop playing games and START communicating!
Exactly 4 years ago TODAY, Maggie and I "went out on a limb" as Maggie called it when she asked me out. I said yes and went on our very first date together. Of course we took photos of our outfits and kept our text conversations and emails. It's been exactly FOUR years since Maggie and I went on our first date together. Since then we've adventured all over the place together. It's easy to forget that we each lived so much of life before ever meeting, because frankly it seems impossible that we haven't been in each other's lives all along.
I've always loved reflecting on big moments that changed my life and celebrating them. I've learned so much about my life, the choices I've made, the risks, the regrets (which thankfully are few), and the total transformations of my world. Today is no different. On this day 4 years ago, it may just have seemed like a date, but for me, it changed my world.
I am so grateful for every single thing that brought us together at the perfect...
(This meditative moment was captured beautifully by my Wife, Maggie Kirkland honey-photo.com)
I took a course in college called “Sensation and Perception.” During our 3 months together, we experimented with our understanding of reality and the way the brain makes sense of the world around us. We learned things like: your sight and thus your reaction time is ever so slightly while wearing sunglasses. (that blew my mind, btw). We played with the concepts of hearing as well. Class was often held in a vacant old dark auditorium, which has since been demolished and rebuilt after I graduated. We often took every chance we got to experience this course out “in the wild” so to speak, often making the campus park blocks our classroom.
I'm going to share one of my favorite practices with you from that course, one I still do as a sort of meditation, because it feels that energizing and relaxing. I'll share the process and my experience with you and then how you...