I know it sounds corny to the highest degree - but this book gave me the magic I needed in that moment. Throughout the book, I kept on latching to the word shame. It's not a big part of the book. It's one of Dr. Brown's research focuses - shame and guilt. I feel like I possess these emotions in spades - which led me to her first book.
To say this book rocked my world is not nearly descriptive enough. This book is the moment when the fog started to clear. I actually started recognizing my shame triggers and speaking up for myself. I started to remind myself that it is okay - no one and nothing is perfect. I started to get back some of my own power. And even now - when I'm scared or anxious or someone has said that thing that brings me to my knees - I know everything will be okay even if it's in a very tiny part of my being. I know it seems silly. I don't want anyone to think two books turned my life around totally. I had a lot of help from multiple sources - but I know these books were part of my journey. They still are part of the journey. To be perfectly honest, there are still days were I forget and would love nothing more than to sit in my pajamas on my couch and watch a NCIS marathon with a bucket of sweets right next to me - some days I still do that. And that's okay too. "Life is a journey not a destination." If you struggle at all with shame, guilt, imperfection - run to your nearest book store or computer to find these books. I don't think you'll be disappointed. I hope everyone has a wonderful Tuesday. Until then...
BTW: For those of you who are wondering when the heck I'm going to post something craft related - no worries. I will be hitting the crafts hard once the trainings and meetings stop and I have a few extra days before summer break is over and all I'll hear are the words GO.