"Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy - the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light" - Dr. Brené Brown
My hope with this blog series was to facilitate connection. I found a group of big-hearted people who wanted to help by sharing their 6-week challenge experience with the world. I had no idea what would come of it...no idea what they would say in their videos. Part of me was initially hesitant that they wouldn't be able to open up fully and be vulnerable. Would they be able to talk about the hard stuff?
This week I got my answer.
The prompt I gave them was whether they stress eat/drink and what that experience was like for them. This is a very sensitive topic for many of us (myself included) and it can be incredibly difficult to share struggles, especially in a public way. Several of my awesome 8 found this a tough topic and still found the courage to open up, sharing some seriously powerful videos.
One cannot be vulnerable without courage. It requires pushing through fear and discomfort and saying, "here I am, this is me and I'm not hiding". One faces possible rejection, judgement, pain....however, opening up this way is the only way to find deep connection, liberation and love in the truest sense of the word.
If only we could all be so brave.
Whether you connect with having an emotional relationship with food/alcohol/exercise or not, please take a moment to watch these videos. I'm so very proud of them. We are witnessing hearts on sleeves and it's absolutely beautiful.
Shari "MF" Lewis
Pat "PD" Duran
Allyson "The Sheriff" Evans
What can we take from these stories?
It is so important that you don't expect yourself to be perfect. It is so important that you love yourself unconditionally. You must know that setbacks will always happen. I've said before that life is a tango. You will have wonderful moments and terrible moments. You will make great strides and then stumble and fall. It is all about getting back up and staying the course. It's about knowing that you are human and you are supposed to make mistakes (that's how we learn). It is about doing the best you can as often as you can and reaching out for help when you need it. Put your focus on caring for your mind and heart. If you stress eat/drink try to dissect what it does for you. What positive feelings does it give you? Do these feelings last? What are other ways to get these positive feelings?
Take this all in. Do you connect with any of these stories? Please know that you aren't alone in your challenges. Stay authentic. Stay vulnerable. Come together and get the support you need. Always.
See you in the Boom Room.
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