Finding JOY in our own Story

The opening keynote speaker at the Blissdom Conference was Brene Brown.  She is a Wife, Mother, Author, Blogger (, Social Worker and Professor.
 Brene Brown’s presentation resonated with me on a level I can not begin to describe or explain. {Not very good when you are writing a blog.}  She spoke about her current book titled: The Gifts of Imperfection.  The subtitle says, “Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are…Your Guide to a Wholehearted Life.
Isn’t the title of this book just beautiful?
Doesn’t it make you want to just exhale and feel GOOD?
Well then imagine how phenomenal her speech was.  Her slides had very yummy photographs as well.  But, that’s a whole different post.
Of course I took notes.  This line speaks volumes:

Owning our STORY and
loving ourselves 
through that process
is the BRAVEST thing
that we will ever do.”

I was delighted to meet Brene and have her sign my copy of The Gifts of Imperfection.  Since she is from Houston, Texas, I had to share with her my story of living in Houston.  Turns out, our husbands went to school together and share the same occupation! {Imagine Twilight Zone music here}  I appreciated her genuineness and sweet nature.  Just finished the preface of her book and I already feel SO GOOD!

If you want to learn more about truly living with JOY in your life, I completely recommend this book!  I have partnered with the Associates affiliate program to make things easier for you as well.  Just click on the link below and it will take you directly there. 🙂
You HAVE the control,


  1. You look so cute in the pictures with your hat. I am so thankful that you got to go and meet this person and get her book. Sounds like it was meant to be to me. I like the way you have added Amazon to your site. Love you so much, Mom

  2. Thank you, Mom 🙂 You will always be my biggest fan and I am forever grateful and blessed! Love you bunches.

  3. carissa... brown eyed fox says

    adore brene!
    she is a "true" living…
    motivating many… beautiful woman… isn't she?

    SO neat you went to blissdom.
    it was on my radar… planned…
    ready to pull the trigger…
    and then decided it was not this time.
    how it worked out like it should have…
    i wouldn't have been able to go after all.
    missed it though!
    i can only imagine the inspiring fun!

    and yes… love that hat!
    very cute on you! :O)

    happy friday!
    hugs from wyoming

  4. Carissa,

    Brene is wonderful!

    I would have loved to have met you at Blissdom! Maybe next year? I learned so much and made some great friends too.

    I love hats! 🙂 You can't tell from the picture but I had a very cute flower pin from The Pleated Poppy pinned to the front. It looked adorable! I met Lindsey aka The Pleated Poppy and she is as sweet as can be.

    Happy Friday & Hugs right back to ya! 😉 Shan

  5. Amy @ Coffee with the Mrs. says

    I loved that time spent listening to Brene share her heart and knowledge. I have been skimming over my notes from that keynote and enjoying her words more and more.

  6. Did you buy her book at Blissdom Amy?

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