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September 12, 2012

Daring Greatly Giveaway

I’m super excited to support my friend Brené Brown today as she launches her new book Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead.

Just the title gets me excited.

GIVEAWAY | One person will receive the new book Daring Greatly by Brené Brown and a Daring Greatly T-shirt.

I met Brené five years ago at a gathering of women brought together by Kelly Rae Roberts and Jen Lemen. We became fast friends when we roomed together as we chatted about our families, our work, our childhood (we were both swimmers and life guards), and our type-A personalities.

Earlier this summer Brené and I held our breaths & practiced bravery together as we took off on an adventure in an 8-seater airplane for a vacation with our girlfriends.

Bottom line, she’s one of my favorite people and I’m super thankful we were put in that room together five years ago.

Here’s a bit about her professionally:

Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame.

Her 2010 TEDxHouston talk on the power of vulnerability is one of most watched talks on, with approximately 5 million views. She gave the closing talk, Listening to Shame, at the 2012 TED Conference in Long Beach.

Here’s the description of her new book:

Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable, or to dare greatly. Whether the arena is a new relationship, an important meeting, our creative process, or a difficult family conversation, we must find the courage to walk into vulnerability and engage with our whole hearts.

In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on twelve years of research, she argues that vulnerability is not weakness, but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection. The book that Dr. Brown’s many fans have been waiting for, Daring Greatly will spark a new spirit of truth—and trust—in our organizations, families, schools, and communities.

Check out the trailer for her new book:

Daring Greatly Book Trailer from Brené Brown on Vimeo.

It’s on my nightstand and I can’t wait to begin.

Here’s an excellent review I read yesterday which will give you more insight into some of the themes covered in the book.

When we got together in July Brené asked if I’d be interested in doing some handwriting for a parenting manifesto that’s part of Daring Greatly.


You can download this 8×10 manifesto (and others on leadership and engaged feedback) by clicking here.

I also wanted to mention that there are Daring Greatly t-shirts. $10 from the purchase of each shirt goes to charity: water. The goal is for the Wholehearted community to raise $15,000 to fund a tap for 230 people in Rwanda. Click here to track the progress at charity: water.

TO BE ENTERED into this giveaway please leave a comment below (if you are reading this post on Facebook please come to my blog to leave a comment). Comments will be closed at 8pm Pacific on Thursday evening. The winners will be posted shortly after. Please be sure to check back or subscribe (click here to get posts delivered to your email box) to see if you are receiving one of the items.


  • 51.
    Pattie said…

    I pre-ordered Brene’s book a few months back. Can’t wait to start reading it!

    Ali – Would you share where you bought that beautiful chevron striped skirt in the top photo?

    • ….
      Angela said…

      I LOVE that skirt as well!!!

  • 52.
    Lindsay said…

    Sounds like a wonderful book. Thanks for the chance to win :)

  • 53.
    Angela said…

    Never read one of her books and glad to see she’s a Houston girl as well!
    Angela M
    Houston, TX

  • 54.
    Theresa said…

    So cool! Thanks!

  • 55.
    Lina Fo said…

    Sounds like this would be a great read. Hoping for the chance to win.

  • 56.
    Sarah Stegall said…

    This book sounds like it is very fitting for the happenings/changes in our family right now.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • 57.
    Donna said…

    I have love Brenees work. Would love to win her newest book!

  • 58.
    Sharon said…

    I love the manifesto and cannot wait to read this book! Thank you for sharing!

  • 59.
    Rae Bangs said…

    Wonderful! Great giveaway!

  • 60.
    Darla said…

    It is so cool how the universe brings us what we need. Love to read this book.

  • 61.
    Lynn said…

    I can definitely say from my own personal experience that vulnerability can serve as a catalyst for meaningful connection. It’s been a rough year here, where vulnerability wasn’t a choice in our family, but has been something life required of us. Courage has been something that was hard to get to, but when we are surrounded by those we love and connect with them on this level, we can absolutely reach a place of gratefulness for the vulnerability in our lives. The book sounds amazing. Thanks Ali!

  • 62.
    Candyce said…

    I saw this title recommended on Andrea Scher’s new site in the ‘good things’ section. I checked my library for it, and they didn’t have it, so I am SO excited by this giveaway! Thank you!

  • 63.
    Wendy WendtVanGuilder said…

    This is a great giveaway and something I need to read. Lately, vulnerable is about all I feel. Starting a new job, kids each moving up a grade closer to middle school, working at marriage…. it’s all up in the air. Good luck to everyone!

  • 64.
    Missy K said…

    What a great giveaway— I’ve loved Brene’s TED talks.

  • 65.
    Jen G... said…

    Love the manifesto! Thanks!

  • 66.
    Diana C said…

    The book sounds wonderful! Looks like a good read. What a nice experience that turned to a new friendship.

  • 67.
    Amy said…

    Sounds like a wonderful book!

  • 68.
    tape said…

    Sounds like a great book!

  • 69.
    Maribel said…

    This sounds like something I need to read now!

  • 70.
    Lisa W. said…

    WOW…just watched the trailer for her book. QUITE touching, and really REALLY makes me want to dig it! Thanks Ali for your ever revolving door of wonderful things you bring to us!

  • 71.
    j. said…

    I simply adore Brene. And, I am so excited to watch her on Katie today….my dvr is set. LOVE her…..thanks for the opportunity….and hooray for you embracing vulnerability!

    • ….
      j. said…

      Oops….Brene is appearing on Thursday…not today.

  • 72.
    Dawn Cheshire said…

    Sounds like a fabulous book, thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  • 73.
    margie s said…

    So excited for her to speak at my church next month!!

  • 74.
    Laura A in OR said…

    Sounds wonderful! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • 75.
    J Allen said…

    WOW! She said with tears in her eyes and a knot in her throat! Don’t know why (will maybe I do) but this really got me….

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  • 76.
    Kimberly Smith said…

    So needing this! Thank you!

  • 77.
    Tina said…

    I’d love to read this book. Vulnerability, such a scary, awesome thing!

  • 78.
    Faith said…

    Interested in reading Ms. Brown’s work. Thank you!

  • 79.
    Aubrey R said…

    I am reading “I thought it was just me” right now and it’s hitting my life in so many places. I’d love to have this book. Thanks!

  • 80.
    Charlene said…

    Sounds like a great book! Love the parenting manifesto. I have downloaded and plan to put it in a prominent place so I can see it every day.

  • 81.
    Gayl said…

    This friendship you cherish had the hidden benefit of trickling down to those of us who follow you; I began reading Brene Brown when you wrote about the first retreat. Her books are to be read and re-read. Thank you both.

  • 82.
    Amy w. said…

    This is exactly hat I need right now! I love her books. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • 83.
    Kelly Libby said…

    Wow! Fantastic! This book looks AMAZING. I could certainly use a little more daring in my life! Thanks for a chance to win the book. The weather in New England has begun to feel like fall; perfect time to curl up with a new book.

    How wonderful you’ve found each other.

  • 84.
    Heidi W said…

    Sounds like a book I need to read !

  • 85.
    Karlene said…

    How did you know I needed this? Thanks Ali.

  • 86.
    Anne-Liesse Ankeny said…

    Thanks for using your blog to call our attention to issues that concern us as people, women, mothers and daughters, friends and, oh yeah, scrapbookers.

  • 87.
    Rachael L. S. said…

    This reminds me of a “Baby Bill of Rights” my mom put in my childhood scrapbook. It was a manifesto of sorts of what each baby/child should get. I still have it in the scrapbook! This is a fabulous story of serendipitous meetings that change a life. I had a similar one when I went to South America for a year as a volunteer. Some of my current best friends were made there and even on the plane ride. Life is spectacularly smashing sometimes.

  • 88.
    Michelle L said…

    This sounds amazing! I want to check out some of her other work and her video also! THanks for the chance to win.

  • 89.
    Ellen C said…

    Brene Brown is amazing – I had the chance to participate in a two day talk she gave this last May. Her blog and earlier books and her new Daring Greatly newletter are all tools that support our courage and our embracing vulnerability. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win a copy of Daring Greatly.

  • 90.
    Lauren said…

    Thank you for sharing the manifesto, it came at just the perfect time. Thank you for the opportunity to win what looks to be a fabulous book.

  • 91.
    Teresa P. said…

    I think that “Dare” will be my One Little Word for 2013!!

  • 92.
    Rosa said…

    Brene’s TED talk is one of the most amazing things I have ever listened to….I would LOVE to get her book

  • 93.
    Jody R. said…

    Sounds like an amazing book – I love something that is going to challenge me and hopefully change me!

  • 94.
    Kathy Weeks said…

    Thanks for the chance to win! Also, thank you for mentioning the TED talk – I am off to listen!

  • 95.
    Janet White said…

    If I’m picked, please pick again – it’s ordered and on it’s way here already.

    I just wanted to let you know this was *exactly* the message I needed to hear this morning to break through the building fears (which must be the vulnerability factor). Can’t wait to get it and start reading!

  • 96.
    DEB HYDEN said…

    love Brene…gifts of imperfection was inspiring and cant wait to read the new one…

  • 97.
    Melyssa said…

    I could use a little inspiring:) thank you!!

  • 98.
    Kasey Laughlin said…

    Simply amazing…

  • 99.
    Jamie Greene said…

    This look like a fabulous book:)!

  • 100.
    Dawn Hogue said…

    great manifesto. would love to read her book, too!