lessons and mistakes

Brené Brown #empoweredWritten

Brené Brown #empoweredWritten

In 2014, I was going through a rough patch. I've always struggled a little with anxiety, and been more prone than most to casual crying, but things were getting out of hand. I started seeing a therapist that helped me change the way I saw myself, and be more kind in my self-talk. 

And then she recommended I check out Brené Brown's The Gifts of Imperfection, aka the book that was probably written with the express purpose of changing my life. 

Cheryl Strayed #empoweredWritten

Cheryl Strayed #empoweredWritten

A couple years ago I was working miserable long hours at a job that just wasn't right for me. All I wanted was to leave, but I didn't see how I ever could; after all, work would be hard no matter where I went. 

But reading Cheryl Strayed's Tiny Beautiful Things made me realize that I needed to find the hard work that felt worthwhile. 

Laura Cleavenger #empoweredWritten

Laura Cleavenger #empoweredWritten

In 2013, I was thrilled to land a full-time job as a business copywriter — but really nervous to start working in an office for the first time. When I met my coworker Laura, who seemed perfectly poised and polished, I immediately felt intimidated and threatened. 

But as time passed, I realized all was not as it seemed.