Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown
In 2018, I received this book as a gift from my mentor during a fellowship at Interactive Mechanics, a Philadelphia-based digital design company. Two years later, I read it.
Brené Brown is a courage and vulnerability researcher at the University of Houston. Her daughter is also named Ellen. In this book, she encourages the reader to embrace their vulnerability and imperfection. She asks the reader to engage with life wholeheartedly. In this past year, I was reminded that I have a supportive group of friends to dare greatly with.
Belonging is being accepted for you. Fitting in is being accepted for being like everyone else.This book has helped me love myself more and to accept myself. The quote above speaks to numerous moments in my life where I was pressured to fit in and that isn't healthy. I was burying own identity instead of standing for my authentic self. Belonging starts with me.
This year, I will be looking into more books and media from Brené Brown. She even has a Netflix special, Brené Brown: The Call to Courage. I've also listened to her on several podcasts and interviews. She hosts Dare to Lead, a podcast where she has conversations on leadership in our everyday lives.