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March 9, 2010

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


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.


  • 51.
    stephanie c said…

    movie night with the kids is one of my favorites. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • 52.
    Kendra said…

    Taking that extra moment to tenderly touch and pet my sleeping kitty right on top of her head, and watching her continue to sleep peacefully, confident that I am there to protect and love her. You can’t rush that!

  • 53.
    sharon m said…

    Is there anyone who couldn’t gain from this thought process? Would love to listen to this DVD

  • 54.
    Susan said…

    We pick up our 6-year-old grandson at his kindergarten and take him (twice a week) to his afterschool program at a local gym. This is one of my best times because he talks, really talks, to us about his day, things he’s thinking about, how he feels about stuff. For example, some recent toics were when he didn’t sleep well because he was worried about something, let me know he needed some extra consuling when his cat died (had been there all his life), a difficult situation with a classmate. He doesn’t speak this way to his parents….it’s a special multi-generational bond, a closeness that brings us great joy.

  • 55.
    Leslie F. said…

    One of my favorite ordinary moments occurs at 7:20 each weekday morning. It’s at this time that I walk with my kids (9 & 12) down to the corner to wait for the school bus to pick them up. While they’re old enough to do this themselves, I enjoy these last few moments to chat and laugh before we all begin our work & school day!

  • 56.
    celeste said…

    Sitting on our front porch swing in the summer with my husband. It always draws our kids out of the house and we end up having some wonderful conversations.

  • 57.
    Holly S said…

    A kiss every time before either me or my husband leaves the house…you never know what may happen and I want to give and receive a kiss so a warm thought is what is left with us if something was to happen.

  • 58.
    Marilyn said…

    sharing a laugh with my husband who works long hours.

  • 59.
    Jennifer M. said…

    Saturday mornings with my husband and our daughter. Just relaxing, having breakfast together and relaxing. It’s something I look forward to all week.

  • 60.
    Julie Johnson said…

    One of my favorite ordinary moments is when I have a few minutes alone with one of my four children and we can just sit and talk about stuff. Having 4 kids makes the alone time with just one of them challenging!

  • 61.
    Kristy Gussio said…

    I am also doing a Project Life album this year, and the process of taking the photos and journaling a bit about our day has really allowed me to focus on the beauty of our everyday. I have 2 toddlers right now, and this stage of our life is messy, chaotic and sometimes stressful, but focusing on the little things has given me a new perspective. Bonus: the kids love looking through the album, pointing, laughing and remembering.

  • 62.
    Samantha L. said…

    Our new puppy gets up around 5:00 a.m., and I am not a morning person, but I love being outside that early. Everything is so quiet and it’s refreshing.

  • 63.
    Olessia said…

    Our favorite ordinary moment when on the weekend we making a breakfast together with my husband and 2 kids.Talking and enjoying each other company.We like to make traditional Russian breakfast: Blinchiki(Crapes)

  • 64.
    Angel said…

    One of my favourite everyday moments is how, ABSOLUTELY EVERYDAY, the kids come running to greet me at the door when I get home from work. They call out “Mommy, mommy” and throw their arms around my legs to give me a hug. It makes me feel very special to be so loved.

  • 65.
    emilyt said…

    One of the best everyday moments that I cherish right now is when my youngest daughter says goodnight. It’s the way she needs it to be: A hug, followed by a kiss, another hug and then the exchange of “Good night, love you, see you in the morning, love you.” If it’s not in that order, we start over. I love that goonight has to be perfect and that sometimes I mess it up, just because I want to start over.

  • 66.
    Shana said…

    Every ‘ordinary’ moment is a beautiful blessing in this gift of a life when I am awake to it. This morning I sat in my car in the parking garage and watched the rain drizzle before coming into my office to start the workday. If only I was always this present….

  • 67.
    Mary Ann said…

    Watching my daughter sleep when I go to check on her before I turn in for the night.

  • 68.
    Deanna said…

    One of my favorite moments is snuggles w/my 6 yr old daoughter in the morning. She loves for me to get into bed w/her and snuggle as she slowly wakes up and starts talking about her plans for the day. She always wakes up w/a smile which starts my day out perfectly! :)
    Thanks for the chance to win. Looks like a fab DVD! Would love her insights.

  • 69.
    Julie L. said…

    The excitement my 1 and half year old expresses when she sees her dad in the afternoon is an ordinary moment I love!

  • 70.
    Cindy McAllister said…

    My favorite ordinary moment is strolling around the block with my granbaby and watching the way she takes in the surroundings with her awe and wonder. I would be thrilled to win Brene’s new DVD. Thank you for the chance.

  • 71.
    mrsmojanks said…

    Last night, watching my second daughter just wandering around outside, just because she could. You could see on her face that she was planning for a time when she can be outside anyime and not worry about how cold it is.. :>)
    Amy M.

  • 72.
    Leah Grannison said…

    Lately, one of my favorite ordinary moments is in that space of 20 – 30 minutes before I go to bed. I am usually catching the last minutes of some television program. To my right, my hubby is dozing off — fighting sleep like a child — and to my left, our dog has curled up on his pillow and drifted off to sleep. It’s in that moment, with all that I’ve been through that day, and with all that I am anticipating in the coming days, I am happy.

  • 73.
    Carrie said…

    One of my favorite everyday moments happens while watching a show with my husband that makes him laugh so hard that it makes me laugh. :)

  • 74.
    cathy said…

    I am reading Brene Brown’s book right now and LOVE it! It’s one of those books that I will read over and over…just to let everything sink in a bit deeper.
    An ordinary moment: Waking my daughter up in the morning. She is 11 and has the most wonderful freckles that I wish I could memorize. And her breath always smells like asparagus. I never want to forget it.

  • 75.
    Joanie said…

    I love when it’s time for the kids to come home from school. The house transforms from a quiet, lonely place to one filled with action, giggles and love.

  • 76.
    Jenell said…

    An ordinary, yet wonderful, moment is when I walk into my daughter’s house and she’s holding her 7 month old daughter (our first grandchild) and the baby grins from ear to ear when she sees me, grinning even behind the binky! The DVD should provide some great inspiration. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • 77.
    Deanna Snader said…

    my favorite ordinary moment of life is when I am sitting in the car driving my daughters to different activities and they start telling me all the details of their day. Makes me happy that they still want to share with me and happy that they feel they can trust me with their secrets.

  • 78.
    patty said…

    since my son (who will be 14 this fri.) got a dvd collection of “supernatural” for christmas…we have been watching them together and really enjoying and bonding over this. we have our special time. i am savoring this time, even though it is basically ordinary, because he is growing up so very fast. This time is so precious and fleeting…that is the story of my ordinary favorite moments!
    thank you ali for sharing!!!

  • 79.
    Jenny said…

    My boys are 2.5 and 1. I love tucking them in. It’s ordinary and it happens everyday but there’s something about those few minutes that are a perfect wrap-up to the day!

  • 80.
    amanda said…

    Taking the time to make dinner – sometimes it feels like such a chore but I need to remind myself that it’s an important moment in my day and in my life and when I do — I love it.

  • 81.
    Judy Webb said…

    Just yesterday, I made a two page layout about my husband’s 80th birthday. Not and ordinary moment, but certainly one of the best moments in our lives. He turns 84 in April and for that we both give Thanks. Scrapbooking our family moments gives me lots of worthiness. God Bless your Wisdom and for sharing it with us.

  • 82.
    Theresa said…

    This looks so neat! After I put the kids to bed, I go and check on them. I love to see their cute faces in their sleep.

  • 83.
    Dani said…

    Those few moments when I have just waken to face another day feeling refreshed snuggled in the warmth of my bed and listening to my hubby and doggie still asleep, waiting for me to wake them with a good morning and love pats.

  • 84.
    Veronica said…

    the early mornings when I see three teenaged boys struggling to wake up for the day of school…in various states of awakedness, they try to converse and get their chores done before heading off for the school bus….it may seem dreary to some…for the language usually consists of grunts and moans….but to me … it is a blessing!

  • 85.
    leah said…

    One of my favorite everyday moments is when my toddler walks up to his newborn baby brother, says “kiss charlie” and then bends down and kisses him on the head. This happens between 10-15 times a day and it melts my heart every time. :)

  • 86.
    Robin said…

    I am potty training my daughter these days and it is completely normal to hear the ABC’s sung at a yelling pitch from the bathroom. Life is so funny :)

  • 87.
    Jennifer B said…

    Telling my 11 month old darling “no” and redirecting her for the 13.5 billionth time this morning to stop putting the alphabet frig magnets in the dog’s water bowl…..and her smiling like a Cheshire cat the whole time she is doing this act.

  • 88.
    Anne T. said…

    Right now I am savoring the moments where my 5 week old little boy is sleeping peacefully on my chest. I know he won’t be this little forever and I have to go back to work next week so I’m treasuring our last few days alone together. For the last few weeks these have been our ordinary moments and I will be sad when things have to change.

  • 89.
    Liz said…

    My favorite ordinary moment is thinking about my boyfriend when he laughs and laugh too just before I fall asleep.

  • 90.
    Katrina said…

    One of my favorite ordinary moments is the daily drive to drop the kids off at school. We listen to crazy loud music, talk about silly (or deep) things, and laugh.
    (thanks for the reminder to document this on a layout!)

  • 91.
    melissa said…

    Organizing my home. Daily routines of wiping down the counters and sweeping up the floor. Walking around my house picking up the odds and ends of my family. Some days it doesn’t feel like a part of me but most days it is like the air I breathe.

  • 92.
    Kim said…

    One of my favorite ordinary moments is hanging out with my family on weekend mornings. My kids and husband bring me coffee and breakfast in bed (wonderful, right?!) and we snuggle and watch an HGTV show together (I record a bunch of them on the DVR so we can pick a good one to watch each Saturday and Sunday morning). It’s an awesome way to ease into the day, and so different from the hustle-and-bustle of the week days!

  • 93.
    Melanie K. said…

    My absolute favorite moment of everyday? When I get home from work, hearing three young voices, saying “Mama! You’re home!” (well in varying degrees of clarity since they are all 6 or under!)

  • 94.
    Melissa L. said…

    Thanks for this opportunity, Ali, both to win the DVD and to focus on ordinary moments. One of my favorite ordinary moments right now: sitting next to my husband on the sofa, watching a favorite television show, sharing laughter, just looking over at him and knowing he’s there.

  • 95.
    Mechiel said…

    Each evening when I nuzzle my child’s neck, tell him I love him and ask him to please get some good sleep. I love the smell of his freshly bathed cheek!

  • 96.
    Cindy d said…

    One of my favorite ordinary moments is picking out my son’s clothes each morning. I love going through the drawers of miniature clothing, thinking about his day and what will he’ll be doing, picking just the right thing. Soon enough he’ll be picking out his own clothes, but for now it’s an ordinary something that’s actually pretty special.

  • 97.
    Susan said…

    I love when the kids are doing homework at the island as I am preparing dinner – they ask questions here and there about what they are working on and I can help out while I cook. Sometimes they help each other. (sometimes not) Sometimes we get into interesting conversations about things that happened during the day. Sometimes we just get the work done. But the possibilities when we are all gathered and seemingly occupied by something else …

  • 98.
    Dawn Nikol said…

    Nursing my daughter.

  • 99.
    Laura said…

    Cooking with my children brings me joy, and nourishes us on many levels.

  • 100.
    michelle said…

    Celebrating who I am every time I “make” something.