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March 9, 2010

You Are Worthy : You Are Enough : Brené Brown DVD Giveaway

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For quite a number of years now, I have believed that scrapbooking is a way to own our story.

Through documentation and exploration and simply getting the story down on paper we come to know ourselves better. And as my friend Dr. Brené Brown says, "we gain access to our worthiness."

I first met Brené, a researcher, writer and professor, a few years back at our now annual Oregon Coast summer retreat. She is an exceptional woman who inspires me in so many ways, most especially through her concept of wholeheartedness. We bonded over some of our "better" type-A qualities, years & years of swimming, good old sarcasm, and the fact that we both "like our crazy right up front."

Karen did a great interview yesterday with Brené here.

BBrownCaseFrontMed This week Brené is celebrating the release of her new DVD titled The Hustle for Worthiness with a Week of Worthiness on her blog. To help her celebrate I am giving away one of these DVD's today.

One of my favorite ways to celebrate "who I am" and "what I believe" is to capture the ordinary moments of life – the moments that tell the real everyday stories of our family. Leave a comment below sharing one of your favorite ordinary moments for a chance to win Brené's new DVD.

Comments will be closed tonight at 8pm Pacific with the winner posted shortly after.

Comments

  • 1.
    Amanda Susan said…

    Brene’s book is in my pile to read.

  • 2.
    Ashley said…

    Sitting on the front porch watching the dogs run around the yard. This ordinary activity gives them so much joy and I love watching them!

  • 3.
    Joey said…

    Hanging out with my adult kids. I love every minute of it!

  • 4.
    annie said…

    On a Saturday morning, I love having a cup of coffee on the patio with my husband, while our kids run around the yard. So simple and yet it brings me immense joy :)

  • 5.
    Lori Page said…

    Going out to breakfast on Sunday mornings with my best friend and husband Jim. Where we talk about our upcoming week and make plans for our day. Sundays we spend the day together having fun, I have a great life.

  • 6.
    janie said…

    My ordinary moments of enjoyment has to be cooking for my family. This is the time that they all sit on the island, talk, and help out a little bit. Kitchens bring families together. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

  • 7.
    Sharna said…

    I think a lot of women struggle with this…. Great give away!

  • 8.
    sharna said…

    so excited I forgot my moment! it’s those few moments lying in bed in the morning, before I actually get out of bed. I love that cozy warm feeling snuggled under my favorite quilt.

  • 9.
    Courtney said…

    I am totally drawing a blank with this right now…which likely means I haven’t experienced one in a VERY long time. Anything that will help me reconnect with the simple stuff and enjoy life again would be soooo appreciated.

  • 10.
    g lindekugel said…

    The richness of supper at home and no particular place to go.

  • 11.
    Susan said…

    i just clicked on her blog, i loved what i read. for me it’s the ordinary moments when we are all together. the kids are playing, my husband and i squeeze into our favorite chair with our coffee and the crossword puzzle. i know with each passing year that someday the kids will be grown and the house will be quiet and i will long for the days of our children’s laughter and a messy house. i try to savor those little seemingly insignificant moments that bring me such joy. susan

  • 12.
    taniawillis said…

    snuggling on the couch with my kiddos, taking about their day at school.

  • 13.
    Melissa said…

    As much as I adore my children, one of my favorite ordinary moments comes at almost the exact same time every day. At 8:15am I have come back from putting two of them on separate buses to school. I walk into the house and there is…. QUIET. There are still toys and breakfast dishes and jackets that were left in favor of better choices, there are the dogs looking at me with a “what do we do now, mom?” look. I can still “feel” the action in the air from the hustle-bustle of getting out the door on time, but suddenly everything has slowed down a speed and is giving me a few minutes to recoup for the day ahead. :) )

  • 14.
    Michelle Wooderson said…

    Great give away Ali. Your post yesterday and your post today are really hitting home. I love ordinary moments that bring about great conversation with my kids…like riding to town, taking a walk in the timber, sitting in the living room while we are all hooked up to our technology of choice, sitting around the dinner table. Just the small talk is what I love.

  • 15.
    Amy said…

    Putting my two year old to bed. Last night I told him to give Piglet a kiss goodnight. He fumbled around looking for Piglet’s arm saying “bib punch” and then squarely gave Piglet a fist pump. I guess that’s what you do when your best friend is a little pig dressed in pink.

  • 16.
    Jenny Rebecca said…

    One of my favorite ordinary moments is when my husband returns each week from traveling for work and our 2 1/2 year old daughter makes him go right up stairs and play dinosaur with her on her bed. He roars and tackles her while she squeals and laughs. :o )

  • 17.
    Amy said…

    Cinnamon toast and tea for breakfast with my 12 year old son. He’s at that difficult age where he’s coming into his own self and trying to distance himself, a little bit, from parents and home. Mornings, even with the newspaper and ESPN, are still times we connect each day.

  • 18.
    sandyh50 said…

    One of my favorite everyday moments now that I have an empty nest is to drink my first cup of coffee with sugar free french vanilla creamer while I am checking my facebook to see what my adult kids and my grandchildren are up to.

  • 19.
    Lara said…

    I love family time in the evening before the kids go to bed. We love to play games like Uno, Yahtzee, etc., read books, watch t.v., whatever. Spending time together is all that matters.

  • 20.
    Joy Buss said…

    Mornings. Waking up, the whole process of getting the kids out the door. Some days I drink in every moment because I know that some day it will not be so crazy. And I will miss it!I love this part of my story!

  • 21.
    Jodee said…

    My fav ordinary moment is watching tv with my hubby. We relax on the couch and I usually put my feet in his lap and he will rub them. It’s so comfortable and real.

  • 22.
    Mary said…

    I’ve been wanting to say this for some time now; Ali, thank you for sharing yet another great website/person! I’ve found so many awesome things on your site, scrapbooking related or not, that has helped me to grow as a person (and hopefully a better mother), and get my/our family’s story out.
    One of my favorite moments happens every morning when I hear my 2-year-old daughter’s tiny footsteps walking from her room to the living room. I love the sounds her tiny feet make when hitting our bamboo floor (or any floor for that matter!). It marks the end of the morning calm and officially starts our day, which she usually fills with smiles and comedy.
    Thanks again Ali for all that you share!
    Be well =)

  • 23.
    Sloopy said…

    My favorite ordinary moment is seeing my kids’ faces in the morning and when they see me, watching them light up, smile huge and try to say, “Good morning.” *sigh*
    Thanks for the fabulous giveaway!

  • 24.
    Angie said…

    My favorite ordinary moment is when all the kids in the cul-de-sac come out on their bikes and big wheels and the parents stand around chatting in the warm evening air.

  • 25.
    Kristen Card said…

    *Love* Brene Brown! Thanks for spreading her word, Ali!
    One of my favorite everyday moments comes when my 11yo daughter, who is all tweeny and often too cool not only for school but also for physical affection from Mom, holds my hand out in public while we walk. It doesn’t happen all the time, but when it does, I silently cherish it. :)

  • 26.
    Lisa W. said…

    Good Morning…well I have to say one of my very defining ordinary moments would be the other day. I have a “project life” album I am working on too. While in my sons room cleaning, he has this bag FULL of metal hangers that his work uniforms come on. I have asked and asked for him to take them back to his work so the uniform company can get back 1,000 of its hangers. WELL still he has not done that. I decided that would be my picture of the day. It won’t be that too long before that kind of stuff won’t be there to bug me, to irritate me, and you know possibly to remind me of my son that charms my everyday life :)

  • 27.
    Kelly H said…

    Everyday Moment – picking up my daughter from school at 12noon and having her face light up when she sees me.

  • 28.
    Trindin said…

    Dinner with my family….

  • 29.
    Susan said…

    There is a small stretch on my work commute where I have a great view of the front range of the Rockies. I can see the whole sweep of mountains from Colorado Springs all the way to Boulder. It takes my breath away every time.

  • 30.
    Cindy said…

    That moment, when the phone rings. The name is Unknown Caller, Unknown Number. I know it is one of my daughters calling either from the UK or France. The following moments I treasure.

  • 31.
    Minimimi said…

    These days, it is definately when I walk into a room and I see my 9 months baby girl walking towards me and saying mama. Exceptional!

  • 32.

    I’m reading Brene’s book now….. thank you for this quote…. it is wonderful!

  • 33.

    I’m reading Brene’s book now….. thank you for this quote…. it is wonderful!

  • 34.

    I’m reading Brene’s book now….. thank you for this quote…. it is wonderful!

  • 35.
    Jewel said…

    Ordinary moments make up our “real” lives and I love capturing them on my scrapbook pages. Thanks for the inspiring blog posts! I cherish our weekend mornings when the kids crawl in bed with us and we just cuddle and giggle.

  • 36.
    Missy said…

    Watching my partner read to our daughter in the other room. Simple, sweet, quiet and lovely.

  • 37.

    Sofa evenings with my husband, watching a movie and sharing thoughts on small and big things.

  • 38.
    Jamie said…

    Dropping off my boys lunch at their school. Sometimes I feel bad because I am not organized enough for it to make it into their backpack in the morning, but then I remind myself that it’s still a lunch made with love, and is probably much yummier because I took the time to make them a special lunch instead of just throwing one together in the morning.

  • 39.
    Cheri A. said…

    Even though all my girls are teens and one is in college, we try to have family dinners at the dining room table as much as possible. And even though dinners are usually a quick affair… pass me the cheese… can I have a napkin… and they are off to their own pursuits within minutes, it is still nice to have everyone together for a few minutes a day.

  • 40.
    Cindy said…

    This video looks wonderful. Thanks for the chance.

  • 41.
    DawnS said…

    There’s a quote from StoryPeople that I really like:
    “Time stands still best in moments that look suspiciously like ordinary life.”
    A glimpse of one of our ordinary moments: Playing ping-pong every night with my 14 yr old son…we get to chat about his day. Love that he still wants to spend time with his old mom :)

  • 42.
    Rachel said…

    My favorite time is almost all the time, I have a great family and really appriate what I have and am really proud of my children. Personaly, my “me” time that I really enjoy is an early night with a good book.

  • 43.
    Cameron said…

    Sitting down at my computer, coffee in hand, prepared for a better day than yesterday. Opening an e-mail; yet another friend is pregnant. I am joyful for her, but my heart cracks and I start to cry. I text my husband, “Life is not fair,” and he knows it will be another sad day for me. I say a prayer and hope my friend knows how blessed she is.
    [I just reread your post and see I'm supposed to leave a *favorite* ordinary moment. So I'll add one: the ritual of filling the coffee maker every morning, the smell of the cinnamon coffee grounds, the gurgles and hisses as it brews, the grip of my favorite mug, the warmth, and the possibilities for the day ahead.]

  • 44.
    Rachel said…

    This may sound weird…but last night, I helped my husband bottle beer…sitting on the floor in our mud room filling beer bottles and chatting about all sorts of topics. My hobby is scrapbooking; his hobby is brewing beer. We both enjoy the results of each other’s hobbies and help each other when necessary. I love sharing this life with him.

  • 45.
    amieeaya@gmail.com said…

    my little guy growling like he is a monster and then turning to give me a huge, wicked grin, followed by a big wet 2 year old kiss. then back to the growling and yelling of course. those are the best moments.

  • 46.
    Cathy S said…

    My parents are 68 and 70 years old and the same as they ever were. Yesterday as I dialed the phone for our daily early AM phone call, I was just struck by how happy I am that this is part of a normal day. I know things won’t be like this forever.

  • 47.
    Marlene Moore said…

    Having dinner together every night all of us at the table talking about our day.

  • 48.
    Lee Currie said…

    LOVE Brené, she is so authentic and accessible. My ordinary moment, right now, I’m getting my son ready to head out to his hockey. What other way to spend Spring Break than by practicing something you love?

  • 49.
    Kristin T said…

    Making ordinary mornings special by making pancakes with chocolate chips in them. :)

  • 50.
    Camila Savoi said…

    My favorite ordinary moment is sunday afernoon – it’s the time that I can stay with my husband and dog without worry with anything else, it’s our time!