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  • Still Points North: One Alaskan Childhood, One Grown-up World, One Long Journey Home
    Still Points North: One Alaskan Childhood, One Grown-up World, One Long Journey Home
    by Leigh Newman

    Can't wait! 

  • Einstein's God: Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit
    Einstein's God: Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit
    by Krista Tippett
  • The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone---Especially Ourselves
    The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone---Especially Ourselves
    by Dan Ariely
  • Marriage Rules: A Manual for the Married and the Coupled Up
    Marriage Rules: A Manual for the Married and the Coupled Up
    by Harriet Lerner
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  • Rhythm And Repose
    Rhythm And Repose
    Anti/Epitaph

    Tender and beautiful. 

  • Boys & Girls
    Boys & Girls
    by Alabama Shakes

    Love this album! So happy when I saw BrainPicker post this on her site! 

  • City of Refuge
    City of Refuge
    by Abigail Washburn

    Pure magic!

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    by Fun.
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    She Ain't Me
    by Carrie Rodriguez

    I'm such a fan. 

  • I'm Your Man
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    by Leonard Cohen

    Take this Waltz is on my top ten list of all songs!

  • Babel
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    by Mumford & Sons
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  • Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey (Original UK Unedited Edition)
    Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey (Original UK Unedited Edition)
    PBS

    So totally addicted to this series! Absolutely amazing!

  • Zen: Vendetta / Cabal / Ratking [Blu-ray]
    Zen: Vendetta / Cabal / Ratking [Blu-ray]
    starring Rufus Sewell

    Based on your recommendations from a recent blog post! It's another wonderful BBC mystery series! 

  • The Good Wife: The First Season
    The Good Wife: The First Season
    starring Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles, Matt Czuchry, Archie Panjabi

    One of the best shows on TV. Juiliana Marguiles is incredible. 

  • Doc Martin: Collection - Series 1-4
    Doc Martin: Collection - Series 1-4
    starring Martin Clunes, Caroline Catz, Lia Williams, Stephanie Cole, Ian McNeice
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Tuesday
May292012

play list: what's inspiring me right now

Cultivating play, creativity, and gratitude are all guideposts for Wholehearted Living. Today, I'm combining them on my "play list."

I'm feeling very grateful for and inspired by:

1. A girls weekend with Ellen. We laughed, played, and baked & decorated 80 cupcakes (it's the end-of-school crazies around here). Ellen out baked me - she even got out the Bakerella book and made cake pops for her friends.   

2. Steve, David, and Jen finishing the triathalon in Austin. The event was also a qualifier for the Paratriathalon National Championships. Charlie came home absolutely inspired by these tremendous athletes. Go Team RWB! 

3. This wonderful Cilantro Thai Grilled Chicken recipe from Artsy-Foodie. I found it on Pinterest and we made the marinade last night. Absolutely delicious! Note: We doubled the recipe. 

4. Chowhound. I can always find the answers to quirky cooking questions on their website. For instance, what's the best way to store the toasted sesame oil that I used to make the marinade? It wasn't on the label. 

5. My friend, Farrah, and her adventures in integration. I believe that one of the great developmental tasks of midlife is to find a place that brings together who we are and everything we love doing. This art project by Farrah is such a powerful and beautiful example. 

6. Willie Nelson's new album Heroes. I love all of the duets with his incredibly talented son, Lukas Nelson. My favorite is Willie and Lukas singing Eddie Vedder's Breathe. 

7. A hopeful article about good summer TV options. Borgen, Push Girls, The Newsroom, Louie, and Masterpiece Mystery: Endeavor all seem worth trying! 

How are you playing and creating? What's inspiring you today?

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Very Short List is a daily dose of inspiration for me: http://www.veryshortlist.com/lists/. It's short, sweet, and takes me down interesting paths.
05.29.2012 | Unregistered Commenterschmutzie
I'm grateful to be playing this week with my interactive performance ensemble Playing with Reality! We create a 45-minute story on the spot with an audience volunteer playing our protagonist. Our intention is to engage, empower, connect--and remind people how freeing it is to play! If you are in the New York area and want to come play with us, we are performing for the next two weeks! http://playingwithreality.org/ Or watch our shows streaming online...here's how: http://www.indiegogo.com/journey-on?c=home

Thanks Brené for reminding us how important play can be!!
05.29.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn
1- seeing Michelle Stanek dancing : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yj8q7ChOzQ8

2- the sun this morning and the thunder last night

3- a lot of people joining in, in Montreal to protest against the increase of tuition fees and about the liberty to express one's disagreement, taking the street and making noise and music with saucepan

4-reading this list on the website and making time to make my own

5- training with friends in the park, laughing

6- the nice flowers I got from my students
05.29.2012 | Unregistered CommenterNadia G
Whenever I start working on a new novel, I find it difficult to read other people's fiction (in case I mimic other people's voices or plot points or whatnot). But this weekend, I randomly picked up a romance novel at my mom's house. It's not going to win any prizes for great literature but I'd forgotten how much I love these books- and that this is why I wanted to be a writer in the first place, to provide mini-escapes for people.

I just sort of forgot that occasionally I need to escape myself.
05.29.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJudi
Yuna, a 25 year old Malaysian singer whose new album is so awesome amazing beautiful fantastic I can't stop listening to it: http://www.yunamusic.com/

I did a headstand in yoga--a friggin' headstand! The wall had to help hold me there, but I got there on my own for the first time, and did it again just to test that it wasn't a fluke

Opening the window in the morning when I'm writing, and it's still dark outside but the birdies are singing and the breeze is blowing

Collaging the fronts of my journals--I ain't no real artist, but it sure is fun

Sitting in my backyard with a good book and my dogs

Going to lunch with my marble friend, Chloe' and talking about life, dogs, writing, confidence, joy, and getting our assess kicked
05.29.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJill
The simple things in life that we sometimes take for granted; the sun coming up in the morning, a fresh cup of really good coffee, the love of a good dog.

Finding this list on Brene's webisite and realizing/remember all that I am grateful for.

The online class on Ordinary Courage and Shame I'm enrolled in with Brene' and Jen...I'm getting more out of it than I thought possible.
05.29.2012 | Unregistered CommenterElyse
Since I'll be home all of June and July, I think I could use a "list" as well.
1. baby quilt / due now
2. calligraphy wedding gift / due July 7
3. continue work on my memoir for my sons / goal? Christmas time
4. write poems for my two daughters-in-law
5. finish my own quilt / 4 yrs in the making / getter done, Jan
05.29.2012 | Unregistered Commenterjan myhre
Here's my play list:

* weekly 1-1 play dates with each of my boys - it's filling our emotional and creative tanks, and i'm unshakeably certain that it's going to give them a rock-solid sense of worthiness
* making a treasure map collage to reveal my becoming to my self, unfolding the meaning of my life - doing it every few years and being amazed at how it changes.
* putting myself right out here on my fb page: being authentic and having the courage to say what I truly believe
* being in nature - just a simple walk in the woods makes me happy
* cooking feasts for friends and family, weaving us closer to each other through the pleasures of the belly
* swimming lessons with a brilliant teacher: a weak swimmer as a child, i'm very proud that I've conquered butterfly stroke as an adult, and it's all about blissful gliding...
* my weekly friday coffee in my favourite café, alone or with friends
* playing the piano - i started with the intention to accompany and inspire my children, and now i'm lovin' it for myself. this is what i'm working on:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74eBHfNbCNc
am thankful for Relax and Sleep ap I just discovered and downloaded on my smart phone
many soothing healing sounds
ummmmmmm :)
05.29.2012 | Unregistered Commentermarilyn
Thanks for the post! I love your idea of combining play, creativity and gratitude!
1. I am grateful for and inspired by:
Brene Brown posting inviting me to create a playlist and giving me permission to have "play" and "creativity" be a priority in my life.
2. I appreciate Dr. Norri's suggestion that I get an exercise ball and I am exploring how to "play" with the ball so much that I will use it regularly.
3. Inspired by friends sharing about growing their own herbs and loving every time I step out on to my patio and smell the mint and lavender that I am now growing! So proud to grow my own! :)
05.29.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDonna Fisher
I am planning a strategic planning session as a part of my final Masters' project, and decided today to use LEGO in the session to help focus people and provide metaphoric context. I am grateful to David Gauntlett, whose tweets this morning prompted the thought, and looking forward to the playful creativity of what was in danger of being a "hoop-jumping" exercise to complete a degree I no longer believe in. At least now, my project will remind me of a joyful space in the midst of a difficult time.
05.29.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharon
Thanks for including ME on such a list!

I am thankful for my baby who demands that I slow down, sit still and just bask in her loveliness. She really is a lovely sight too!

I am grateful that the more I create the more I feel like creating. Creativity, when nurtured carefully, is an endless reservoir.

My bees...watching them work away day in and day out for the collective good of their family is inspiring.
05.29.2012 | Unregistered CommenterFarrah Braniff
Learning that naps are o.k. and sometimes essential!
Lady Antebellum cannot be played too many times.
Sandwiches and a movie with my daughter on the floor tonight for dinner=too sweet.
xo
lynn
05.29.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLynn Richards
This post was inspiring to begin with and now off I go to make a list of all the things that inspired me today. :)
05.29.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMonica Reyna
Love love love and love the PLAY list.

1. going to the hot springs and having a soak and wrap with my best girlfriends.
2. a picnic on Memorial Day with my family and dog even though weather wasn't very nice.
3. writing at my workshop and putting myself out there and making myself laugh.
4. a great physical therapist to get me running again.
5. a good romp in the hay with my wonderful husband.
6. dancing while making dinner with my kids.

oxox Jeanne
05.29.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJeanne
~ Rolling down the hill with my kids.
~ Riding bicycles with my eight year old for a picnic in the park
~ Relaxing by the pool while my kids have fun swimming.
~ Seeing the pure bliss of my kids enjoying the first week of summer vacation.
~ A a-ha moment with a client.
~ Running with my two best friends...whether it's 5 miles or 13 miles.
05.29.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa Bannerot
I cook! Last night I made roast chicken and home made bread. Also, I've borrowed a friend's camera and am happily snapping pictures. Bad ones. But I'm having SO much fun! Also, I've given myself permission to buy those little fun things I see at the co-op and say to myself 'no, it's too expensive'. C'mon. $1.29 is not going to bankrupt me, and when I unwrap that beautiful little handmade chocolate at my 2pm cup of coffee break...I feel treasured. By me! :)
05.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlexis Gentry
I´m grateful for this blog and waiting in anticipation for the new book of Brené´s Daring Greatly which I´m sure will be my read of the year :-)

I have the best brother in the world, who never ceases to amaze and inspire me and he represents what great parents we have and they did a great job in raising us both.

My mum is my hero, who always behaves with the utmost of dignity even against challenges or nasty, bullying people; she has the authenticity and courage to always be herself and stand up for justice and respect. I am very proud of her. What makes a person is not what they achieve, but the character they are and how they treat others.

I am grateful for Nelson Mendala and his autobiography, for his honesty and courage and sacrifices he made for not only himself but his people. I wish for us all to be more courageous like Mendala, Gandhi, Luther King etc.

I´m thankful for the sunshine and being surrounded by so many beautiful trees :-)

I receive beautiful emails from my best friends who live around the world and am grateful that distance is no barrier for our friendship and support.

I am loving the website freerice.com as you practice your language skills in English, Spanish, French, Italian and Korean by matching the meaning of words together and for every correct answer the UN donates 10 mg of rice to feed the hungry in third world countries.

There is a great video on Om Times website about a veteran who was told he would never walk again and instead learns yoga and transforms his life in under a year.....beautiful video and story. If he can do it we can all become yogis :-) Keep practising and never give up :-)

I love my cups of tea with some biscuits :-)

Wishing you all a happy and joyful day :-) Namaste!
05.30.2012 | Unregistered Commenterspanglish
1. The challenge of moving to a new state after 42 years in Texas.
2. Getting to drive over a beautiful clear river everytime I come home.
3. An Appointment to get my hair fixed after I mistakeningly "colored' it myself.
4. Julie Cameron's works on writing.
5. My German Sheppard who helped me get over the loss of a child that was never to be by making me take her for long walks on the nature trails.
05.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMartha Dickens
1. The joy of bringing a friend into my story through photography
2. Serving the under privileged in the Inner City of Los Angeles
3. Being able to play a good tune on the guitar after years of good practice
4. My Wednesday runs @ the beach
5. Spending time with and being inspired by people who live lives of integrity
05.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKen D
Dear Brene
Thank you so much for bringing important focus on some of the important issues.I love lists as well, and the way you involve your fans/community into the conversation. I heard from women who saw you speak at Mom 2.0, and they told me they actually got spiritual shivers of some kind from your talk--your focus on violence in the media, and the way it stops us from experiencing joy (and puts us in a place of fear).

To answer your question the things that make me happy are:

1. My shelter rescue Athena--the happiest most grateful yorkie-terrier you will ever meet.
2. meditation/yoga.
3. Blogging. I LOVE blogging about women's challenges openly, and seeing the outpouring of response we women get when we speak our truth. I write about depression here today. http://blakelandau.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/how-to-turn-your-anxiety-and-depression-around/
05.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBlake
Hello. You are inspiring me today! Rode my bike to pick up my daughter at school - fun, playtime. Created a simple meal for dinner! Look forward to exploring your site. Thank you. Jen
05.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJen
I love this blog and got inspired too! I created a youtube!
06.6.2012 | Unregistered CommenterFin
Hi Brené, you probably don't have time to respond to blog comments, but if you do: I was curious what your response is when "vulnerability goes badly." Last week, in an ongoing effort to let myself be vulnerable and authentic, I spoke in front of 80 coworkers about dealing with a mentally ill family member (it was related to work), Later, I overheard co-workers snickering about my speech, and I was feeling so hurt. I am still kind of reeling from that, reliving the moment when I heard them making fun of my talk. I'm trying to make it into a learning experience -- how I now know NOT to engage in that kind of crappy groupsnark that can really hurt people. But other advice is appreciated :-)
06.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoy
I am thrilled by the weather!!! Living in Canada, winter is over, we just had the equinox a day or 2 ago, and the sun is back in full force (what a miracle) - I guess living in Texas you don't get much bang for your buck on this one but believe me it is HUGE in Toronto..
I am totally inspired by an 8 year old child from a very dysfunctional family who is making a new life with her Grandmother after everything else fell apart around her - and doing it exceptionally well considering that she is only 8 - I keep thinking "If she can handle all of this with grace, I will handle more of my upsets with a bit more patience and maturity" and also I will give myself the time to feel like an 8 year old more often when my world seems to be falling apart -
I am inspired by you - (Not the part about your work especailly) It's the part where you put it all out there with grace, honesty and humour, to say the basic Eric Berne thing "I'M OK - You're OK" warts and all - and you talk about the warts - that part is amazing!!!!
On my best days I inspire me just by doing a quick review of my life so far - Holy Mackerel I have done a lot without even really intending any part of it (at least not the way it is turning out!!!)
Tons more things but that is a start -
I am thrilled by the weather!!! Living in Canada, winter is over, we just had the equinox a day or 2 ago, and the sun is back in full force (what a miracle) - I guess living in Texas you don't get much bang for your buck on this one but believe me it is HUGE in Toronto..
I am totally inspired by an 8 year old child from a very dysfunctional family who is making a new life with her Grandmother after everything else fell apart around her - and doing it exceptionally well considering that she is only 8 - I keep thinking "If she can handle all of this with grace, I will handle more of my upsets with a bit more patience and maturity" and also I will give myself the time to feel like an 8 year old more often when my world seems to be falling apart -
I am inspired by you - (Not the part about your work especailly) It's the part where you put it all out there with grace, honesty and humour, to say the basic Eric Berne thing "I'M OK - You're OK" warts and all - and you talk about the warts - that part is amazing!!!!
On my best days I inspire me just by doing a quick review of my life so far - Holy Mackerel I have done a lot without even really intending any part of it (at least not the way it is turning out!!!)
Tons more things but that is a start -

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