"regret is a tough but fair teacher.
to live without regret is to believe you have nothing to learn,
no amends to make,
and no opportunity to be braver with your life"
i finished reading brene brown's book "rising strong" that i had first wrote about in this post.
the book was really good (which was exactly what i expected).
i basically dog-eared almost every page because it seemed like there were so many points throughout the book that were speaking directly to me.
one of the parts of the book that i really connected with is how she talks about how we write our own shitty first drafts (or SFD for short which might be my current favorite acronym). man, she has that right. there are so many times that i write SFDs about myself that i am pretty sure no one else would write about me (you aren't doing a good enough job as a mom, wife, friend, daughter -- you name it). but man those SFDs can own you if you don't take the time to rewrite your story. as she says, "owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we'll ever do."
so i am sending "rising strong" off to my dear friend in texas who will get to turn all of the dog-eared pages and see which words land on her heart.
but while thinking about how much i loved reading this book, i was reminded that i have an extra copy of another book that i love.
a long time ago i wrote a post about reading the happiness of pursuit.
this last summer i went to an event where the author gave out copies of the book. i have been holding on to that extra copy and decided now is a good time to send it out into the world.
so if you want to get inspired and read the book, leave a comment on the blog or text me, email me, send smoke signals, trip me when you walk past me, leave a trail of jelly beans -- however you know how to communicate with me (hint...jelly beans are probably the most effective method;)). let me know you want a chance to get the book by 8pm wednesday night. i will pick a random winner and let you know on the blog tomorrow night who is going to have some great reading to do and some happy mail coming soon to their mailbox.
happy wednesday peeps, half way there. i can see friday, and good news, it looks pretty awesome.