Book #92 of 2020 | The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

Title: The Gifts of Imperfection

Author: Brené Brown

Thoughts: This is the book I should have read in high school, and college, and even now, when I’m sucked into the trap of believing that perfectionism is the ultimate, and the only, goal. This is false, Brown argues, and urges us instead to pursue “wholehearted” living. In The Gifts of Imperfection she walks us through ten guideposts—things we should cultivate to live wholeheartedly:

  1. Authenticity
  2. Self-compassion
  3. A resilient spirit
  4. Gratitude and joy
  5. Intuition and trusting faith
  6. Creativity
  7. Play and rest
  8. Calm and stillness
  9. Meaningful work
  10. Laughter, song, and dance

I took something away from every one of her guideposts, and I encourage all those of you “recovering perfectionists” out there to do the same!

Favorite Lines:
“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.”

“Wholehearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, ‘No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough.’ It’s going to bed at night thinking, ‘Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging.'”

Click here to purchase The Gifts of Imperfection

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