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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
  • Rhythm And Repose
    Rhythm And Repose

    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!

  • Some Nights
    Some Nights
    by Fun.
  • She Ain't Me
    She Ain't Me
    by Carrie Rodriguez

    I'm such a fan. 

  • I'm Your Man
    I'm Your Man
    by Leonard Cohen

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

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

    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

"Whoa. This is big, big, big. Somebody ring some bells!" 

© Harpo, Inc 2013 | George Burns

Super Soul Sunday airs this Sunday! I can hardly believe it.

I have to be honest and tell you that I was scared to death. Not excited/scared, just scared/scared. When we pulled into the parking garage at Harpo - the garage that was so familiar because I've seen it a million times on TV -  I had this overwhelming urge to play it cool. No big deal. I'm fine. Whatever.

Thankfully, I know myself well enough to know that "cool" is one of my favorite pieces of vulnerability armor. So, during a calmer moment the day before the taping I actually wrote my own permission slip and stuck it in my pocket. It simply said:

I give you permission to be excited and goofy and uncool.
Just show up and be seen.

Well, let me tell you . . . permission granted! 

As you'll see - I was giggly and excited and totally uncool. There's this great moment during the show (you can see it here in the online preview)  where Oprah says, "Whoa! This is big, big, big. Somebody ring some bells!" It was one of my favorite moments because I thought, Wow. she's excited too! Let's ring those dang bells!

© Harpo, Inc 2013 | George Burns

The plan was to record a single episode of Super Soul Sunday but there was this crazy, intense connection between us so we filmed two episodes. I didn't have a second outfit - just jeans, cowboy boots, and a black shirt that looked just like the one I was wearing. Oprah said, "No problem. Wear your jeans and cowboy boots and borrow one of my shirts." I actually said, "Shut. Up. No. Way." Permission to be 14 years old granted. 

I'll let you know as soon as we have the dates for the second episode. 

I've never watched myself on video. I haven't even seen the TED talks. But, on Sunday I'm going to watch and live-Tweet the show with Oprah. Join us! I'm @brenebrown and she's @Oprah. You can also follow tweets at @SuperSoulSunday. 

I invited some friends and family over and we're going to do brunch and watch. I'm going to write myself another note. This time it will say, Be supportive and kind to yourself. I think I look weird - I'm way more gussied up than normal. I'm sure I'll think of one thousand ways I could have been wiser or wittier. I'll be embarrassed about my gushing. 

But you know what? I dared greatly and I can't wait to share it with all of you. This community is what I think about when I'm trying to be brave. So, join us! Host your own brunch - OWN has a great kit here. It even includes the tough Soul-to-Soul questions that Oprah asked me.

There's also a worldwide simulcast - you can get more info here. 

Permission to ring bells granted!

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Reader Comments (87)

I'm sure you were fabulous! I have been a long-time Oprah fan. That woman has taught me more than any other single teacher I've had in my lifetime. I am also a big fan of your work and I'm so excited that the two of you have come together. The message is so good, so necessary. Thank you Brene for all your courage to be vulnerable and brave in front of the rest of us.
03.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterShannon Lell
I am so excited for you (and for me - as I get to watch!)!!! Thank you for your work Brené. The way you present it is so awe-inspiring and from the heart - you've truly changed my life!
03.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterClaudia
This is so FAB ... super excited for you and looking forward to Sunday viewing ... wooohooo (and awesome shoes, btw!!) ... what fun!!!
03.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaula Farrington
WOW! Brene, this is absolutely fabulous. AND, you look amazing...rocking those orange, or are they red, shoes. The entire world needs to hear your message and I will be praying that they do on Sunday. I'm gonna do my best to pass the word. YOUR studies and writings have set me free. Thank you. Blessings and JOY!!! Go get 'em.
03.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanell Rardon are truly deserving and inspiring! I saw you speak at the Women's Conference in Boston and love your passion. I hope that our paths cross one day and we can share a chat over a cup of treat!

Be well,
03.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterCheri Callanan
I had the pleasure of hearing you speak at Furman a few weeks back, and one of my favorite things you said was that "being cool is an emotional straitjacket" and that "there's no movement at all in self protection." As someone who constantly struggles to look like she has it all together, these two statements really resonated with me. So I think I speak for many of us here when I tell you how grateful I am that you gave yourself permission to be 'uncool' and simply showed up as yourself. I think one of the things that draws so many people to you is how real you are. You're not afraid to 'show up and be seen,' potential mistakes be damned, and that inspires people. Immensely.

For what it's worth, though, I think you're one of the coolest 'uncool' people I know ;)
03.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer
I just have to say that I watched the preview and you look amazing! I love your hair, makeup and outfit. You rocked it:-)
03.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterEllen
The bells are ringing in Boston!!!!

I LOVE the idea of permission slips. How fabulous is that!!!!! I hope you don't mind if I use it and pass it along to my children.

Can't wait to see you and Oprah talk....
03.12.2013 | Unregistered Commenterelizabeth
LOVE you. I am stealing your idea of writing myself (and my clients) permission slips to be goofy, sloppy, etc. You are amazing. Thank you. So happy you're reaching out to so many of us with your pal Oprah!
03.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenn
What a beautiful picture with Oprah!
03.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmy
Woot woot!! Ringing bells for you and Oprah at my house! Yay yay yay for YOU!
03.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer
I really am so thrilled for YOU!!! I have appreciated your work so very much, gained so much insight, confidence and increased my own personal joy by applying your suggestions. Smile really big because you made a huge difference in someone else's life. Thank you!
03.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDeanna McNeil
Congratulations Brene. It is so inspiring to watch you blossom and follow your bliss....just from being yourself. :)

Remember though, Oprah is just another human being....a Soul Sister....once the "star struck" - ness wears off, you will be in good stead....back with your feet on the ground, continuing to do your awesome and amazing work. Keep it up. :) You don't need Oprah, but it doesn't hurt. :) Oh the places you'll go.
03.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRoxanne
Electra what an amazing post!
I'm with her Brene on every word
03.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRan Kaftory
Woohoo! I'm super proud of you, Brene! I've been a big fan of yours for years and you just keep getting better and better. Congrats! And I'll be watching on Sunday.
03.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJennie
You are AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
03.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPenny
*wildly excited*

Brené you are just brilliant! I especially loved the 'be cool' armour thought followed by giggly. I do gushy really well.
03.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPeta Love
So happy for you when I saw the promos! I love LOVE that you gave yourself permission to be almost childlike in your excitement! I want to put a paper like that in my pocket too!
And...good thing you travel with cowboy boots because...they are just so cool. :)
03.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMonica Lee
Good for you! I love giving yourself permission and being goofy? Overwhelmed with excitement? Totally justified! Can't wait to see this!
03.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDollly Fooe
When you tell the truth, my soul goes wild with joy, and I tell the truth. You are the change I needed to see in the world. Thank you my sistah, for doing your "work".
Blessings, Laughter & Love, Tammy
03.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTammy
Congratulations Brene! I'll be looking for the online version up here in Canada. Can't wait to see it and share it!
03.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke
Hi Brene',

So, I'll ring some bells ... loud and long! And, I've already got my VCR set to record the show on Sunday! I'm a regular reader of yours and a regular fan of Super Soul Sunday, so I can't think of a better combination to watch.

I believe your message is so vitally important in it's contribution to the health of our culture and our our collective "sanity" as a society. I am heartened to see it being spread OUT LOUD on ever increasing venues (Sounds True, Katie, PBS, other talk shows, and now Oprah!). Seeing your message (and others like yours) being made so widely visible is encouraging for the hope and sanctity of the present moment and the future that this moment is to become.

With blessings,
03.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn
Congrats! =)
03.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRosa
WAHOOOOOOO!!! Gooooooo Brene!
03.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLicia Berry
YES! I had major goosebumps when I read that you are going to be on Super Soul Sunday! Your voice needs to be heard around the globe. And I love how you always share how you grants all of us permission to do the same. I can't say "thank you" enough for the work you do. I hope you take a moment on Sunday surrounded by your friends and family to let the LOVE and appreciation soak in. Congratulations! Keep Shining!!
03.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeth
Just watched the TED talk. You did great! Set my DVR to record on Sunday. Looking forward to seeing you go National with the Queen of Self help.
03.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarylinda Cohron
Damn girl! you are big time!!! way to go.
03.13.2013 | Unregistered Commentershona brooks
You are such an inspiration to so many more than you know. My DVR is already set and I can't wait! Cheers, for daring greatly!!!
03.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPeach
I watch Super Soul Sunday every weekend, I've often thought why you had not been on the show..I'm glad to see it's finally worked out the way it was suppose to. Congratulations, I know you will do amazing! It's great to see two insperational women come together and continue to touch and move millions of viewers.
03.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlexa
I watch Super Soul Sunday every weekend, I've often thought why you had not been on the show..I'm glad to see it's finally worked out the way it was suppose to. Congratulations, I know you will do amazing! It's great to see two insperational women come together and continue to touch and move millions of viewers.
03.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlexa
Will. Totally. Watch. So looking forward to Sunday now!
03.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAudra
aw, i just got goosebumps. congrats MEGA MEGA to you. *ding ding ding DING ding Ding DING!!!*
03.14.2013 | Unregistered Commenterliz
And RED SHOES! I have a red bra that I wear for Bell Ringing events [don't even have words for the just IS GREAT...books handy to encourage them to listen and read. YES!
03.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSharon
I am incredibly excited to see both episodes. The DVR is set to tape just so I don't miss any of it! You are such an inspiration to so many people. I love your authenticity and that is where the relatability comes in for me. Oprah has so many guru's, mystics, and successful role models on her show. I love the teachings, but sometimes feel like I will never reach that status. Somehow the humanness seems missing at times. Then, she chose to have this beautiful breath of fresh air who openly shows us over and over again her fears, and vulnerable spots, and I then can authentically connect and learn, and feel there is hope for me.... because she is just like me! Thank you, Brene! Bless you and the work you do!
03.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca
OMG!!! Brene...first of look stunning!!! And then...a HUGE congrats!! I am so happy happy for you. And for the world...we need more courage, vulnerability...daring! Thanks for doing the work you do. This is so big, huge, out to the moon fantastico!!!...OMG!!! Am going to watch this Sunday. -Soraya
03.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSoraya Nulliah
you ARE brave!!!! this is sooooo inspiring…. i can't wait to watch… so proud of you and your success!!! xoxo
03.15.2013 | Unregistered CommenterCristina
Brene, watching you shine your light brings such positive energy. Thank you for your gift of showing up and daring greatly!!! I look forward to watching you and Oprah share your kindred spirits!
03.15.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteph Maley

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