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Taking a Deep Introspective as We Learn and Grow Together

"Our job is not to deny the story, but to defy the ending-to rise strong, recognize our story, and rumble with the truth until we get to a place where we think, Yes. This is what happened. And I will choose how the story ends." Dr. Brené Brown


Clearview Girls Academy is launching the 2021 Book Series which starts with "The Power of Vulnerability," by Dr. Brené Brown. This is a game-changer, at least it was for me.

It's a part of our commitment to "Grow in 2021" that we take a timeout daily for the "renewing your mind." As a part of your renewal, we invite you to join us as we explore Dr. Brown's deep introspection as we, you and I, continue on this healing journey together.

We are excited to launch our book series with this groundbreaking emotional growth content from Dr. Brown. You are going to love her depth, humor, and wit. Let's fulfill our mutual goal of creating a safe space for healthy growth to light the path for your daughter by reading Dr. Brown's book, "The Power of Vulnerability".

"What makes you vulnerable makes you beautiful. Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change." Dr. Brené Brown

Dr. Brené Brown is a researcher professor at the University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work, where she has spent the past ten years plus studying a concept that she calls "Wholeheartedness."

Our job is not to deny the story, but to defy the ending-to rise strong, recognize our story, and rumble with the truth until we get to a place where we think, Yes. This is what happened. And I will choose how the story ends. - Brené Brown

Brené Brown is also the author of The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings on Authenticity, Connection, and Courage

Dr. Brené Brown will tell you that “courage is contagious,” and we agree with her. She states, “every time we choose courage, we make everyone around us a little better and the world a little braver.” She also believe’s “Hope is a function of struggle, and we are imperfect and wired for struggle, but we are also worthy of love and belonging.”

“Vulnerability is the core of shame and fear and our struggle for worthiness, but it appears that it's also the birthplace of joy, of creativity, of belonging, of love.” Brené Brown

Dr. Brené Brown teaches there is only one variable that separates the people “who have a strong sense of love and belonging” and the people who really “struggle for it.” And that was this, “the people who have a strong sense of love and belonging believe they're worthy of love and belonging. That's it. They believe they're worthy.”

Show Up and Let Yourself be Seen

In the book, “The Power of Vulnerability,” Brown asks, is vulnerability the same as weakness? She believes it is. Brown writes, "In our culture, we associate vulnerability with emotions we want to avoid such as fear, shame, and uncertainty. Yet we too often lose sight of the fact that vulnerability is also the birthplace of joy, belonging, creativity, authenticity, and love."

In The Power of Vulnerability, Dr. Brown offers an invitation and a promise, “when we dare to drop the armor that protects us from feeling vulnerable, we open ourselves to the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives.” Brown tears up the “cultural myth” that vulnerability is weakness and reveals that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.”

“Mindfully practicing authenticity during our most soul-searching struggles is how we invite grace, joy and gratitude into our lives.” Brené Brown

"The Power of Vulnerability is a very personal project for me," Brené explains. "This is the first place that all of my work comes together. The audio course draws from all three of my books―it’s the culmination of everything I’ve learned over the past 12 years. I'm very excited to weave it all into a truly comprehensive form that shows what these findings and insights can mean in our lives."

“It's hard to practice compassion when we're struggling with our authenticity or when our own worthiness is off-balance.” Brené Brown

Guidance and Insights for Wholehearted Living

Over the past 12 years, Dr. Brené Brown interviewed hundreds of people as part of an ongoing study of vulnerability. "The research shows that we try to ward disappointment with a shield of cynicism, disarm shame by numbing ourselves against joy, and circumvent grief by shutting off our willingness to love," explains Dr. Brown.

“When we become aware of these patterns,” Brown teaches, “we begin to become conscious of how much we sacrifice in the name of self-defense, and how much richer our lives become when we open ourselves to vulnerability.”

"In my research," Dr. Brown says, "the word I use to describe people who can live from a place of vulnerability is ‘wholehearted.’ " Being ‘wholehearted’ is a practice, one that we can choose to cultivate through empathy, gratitude, and awareness of our vulnerability armor.”

“Feeling vulnerable, imperfect, and afraid is human. It's when we lose our capacity to hold space for these struggles that we become dangerous.” Brené Brown

Through her latest book, “The Power of Vulnerability,” Dr. Brené Brown offers profound insights on leaning into the full spectrum of emotions, “so we can show up, let ourselves be seen, and truly be all in.”

Highlights of The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings on Authenticity, Connection, and Courage:

  • Cultivating shame resilience―the key to developing a sense of worth and belonging
  • Vulnerability as the origin point for innovation, adaptability, accountability, and visionary leadership.
  • Our emotional armory―how we use perfectionism, numbing, and other tactics to avoid feeling vulnerable
  • The myths of vulnerability―common misconceptions about weakness, trust, and self-sufficiency
  • Discovering your vulnerability armor―recognizing what makes us shut down, and how we can change
  • The 10 guideposts of wholehearted living―essential skills for becoming fully engaged in life
  • Six hours of stories, warm humor, and transformative insights for living a life of courage, authenticity, and compassion from Dr. Brené Brown

Join encourage you to listen to a popular TED Video by Dr. Brown, titled, “The power of vulnerability by, Brené Brown (2,386,618 views)

“Our stories are not meant for everyone. Hearing them is a privilege, and we should always ask ourselves this before we share: ‘Who has earned the right to hear my story?’ If we have one or two people in our lives who can sit with us and hold space for our shame stories, and love us for our strengths and struggles, we are incredibly lucky. If we have a friend, or small group of friends, or family who embraces our imperfections, vulnerabilities, and power and fills us with a sense of belonging, we are incredibly lucky.’ ” Brené Brown

About the Author:
Jason Thielbahr
Jason Thielbahr

Director of Business Affairs

Jason was born in Santa Monica, California. Jason has a...

Jason was born in Santa Monica, California. Jason has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Occidental College where he was an...