Braving the Wilderness Quotes & My Journey to True Authenticity

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Do you ever think about how our decisions and thoughts are influenced by others? We live in a world of filtered social media posts, online trolls and 24-hour news cycles. The advertising, marketing and new industries are constantly commanding our attention, telling us what to think or consume. I question the ease in which we can all make decisions for ourselves and be the most authentic version of ourselves in this world. Are we all just emulating the things we see that we like? These thoughts and questions have sat with me for some time, and they are the initial reasons I was curious about Brené Brown’s book Braving the Wilderness. If you’ve had similar thoughts or feelings, hold tight and know that you aren’t alone. I’m sharing my favorite Braving the Wilderness quotes, my journey to authenticity and what it means to find true belonging.

Now before we get any further, I want to make one thing clear. I don’t have it all figured out. I am on a journey to authenticity. It’s something I strive for, but am in now way an expert in.

Braving the Wilderness Quotes

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In Braving the Wilderness, Brené Brown shares her personal experience coming to understand what it means to find true belonging. She talks about wanting (and trying) to be a cheerleader in high school in addition to the expectations her parents had of how she would fit in as a child. While Brown shares her journey, she doesn’t share her personal beliefs. I found that refreshing. Instead, Brown points out how we often avoid hearing beliefs that are different from our own. She encourages us to get comfortable talking about our values and beliefs with others.

“When we avoid certain conversations, and never fully learn how the other person feels about all of the issues, we sometimes end up making assumptions that not only perpetuate but deepen misunderstandings, and that can generate resentment. These results are sometimes worse for the relationship than just having the so-called “argument” would be. The key is to learn how to navigate conflicts or differences of opinion in a way that deepens mutual understanding, even if two people still disagree.” — Brené Brown

This is honestly something I struggle with. Outside of my close friends and family, I feel bad sharing personal thoughts because I worry it could offend someone. Now, I’ll never be someone who openly shares thoughts in a Facebook post about the latest headline story. But, as I get older, I realize I cannot hide my thoughts or allow myself  to feel ashamed for a certain belief just because it is not what the majority of people I know think.

Brown talks about how comfortable it is to keep to ourselves, but on the flip side it keeps us disconnected from others.

“Most of us are either making the choice to protect ourselves from conflict, discomfort, and vulnerability by staying quiet, or picking sides and in the process slowly and paradoxically adopting the behavior of the people we’re fighting. Either way, the choices we’re making to protect our beliefs and ourselves are leaving us disconnected, afraid, and lonely.” — Brené Brown

Brown also talks about our current culture and how geographically Americans are living among other like-minded people at a much higher rate than in previous periods of our history. There is a comfort that comes with being surrounded by people who think like us. Often the most common exception we make, as Brown points out, is with our families. Within many family dynamics there is an acceptance and respect for each person’s unique beliefs.

This begs the important question of why we so often judge and ridicule other people when their reaction to a situation or their belief about a certain topic is not the same as ours. 

What does it mean to Brave the Wilderness? 

When Brown talks about braving the wilderness, she is talking about the ability to confidently stand by your thoughts, actions and beliefs, regardless of whether you are alone in them. The key here is that if you are willing to brave the wilderness, you will find true belonging.

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“Belonging is being accepted for you. Fitting in is being accepted for being like everyone else. If I get to be me, I belong. If I have to be like you, I fit in.” — Brené Brown

Braving the Wilderness reminded me that the feeling of acceptance starts with ourselves. One of the best parts of Brown’s book is her interview with Viola Davis. Davis shares her journey to true authenticity, how she braved the wilderness and what that looks like in her life today.

Personally, I think my journey to true authenticity has just begun, and I plan to share my journey on this blog and other social media channels. While I don’t ever want to focus on just the negative things in my life, I do want to pull back the lens more. I will look for more opportunities to show you all who I truly am, my real life, struggles, recent lessons learned and achievements. There are two main reasons I plan to share these things. First, to get more comfortable being myself. And second, to hopefully inspire someone else to live unapologetically.

I would love to hear your thoughts about authenticity and these Braving the Wilderness quotes. Do you think the increase of technology, social media and  advertisements make it harder to brave the wilderness today than in decades past? Do you have a favorite Braving the Wilderness quote?

Are you on a journey to true authenticity? Do you struggle with not wanting to hurt other people’s feeling like I do? Let’s chat in the comments and share some support for each other.

I’ll leave you with one last simple, but profound quote.

“It takes courage to open ourselves up to joy.” — Brené Brown

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

 

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Friday Favorite: What Alice Forgot

Hi Friends!

I am going to start highlighting my recent favorites on Fridays, so I will kick this series off with a review of What Alice Forgot. I picked up this book expecting it to be light and humorous. While it had those qualities, it had much more depth than I was expecting. If you love a good drama and character development, check out the synopsis and full review below.

Synopsis of What Alice Forgot

Alice Love is 29, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child. Then, all of a sudden, Alice comes to on the floor of a gym and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over. She is getting divorced, has three kids and is actually 39. Alice has to reconfigure the events of a lost decade and figure out whether it is possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to discover why her sister hardly talks to her and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes. Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over.

Review of What Alice Forgot

This book was surprisingly raw at times and offered great insight on challenging life topics, like the death of a loved one, divorce, infertility and the ever-changing dynamics in sibling relationships.

When you read this book, you’re taken away on Alice’s journey of self-discovery. I loved reading how Alice gains a new perspective on herself and who she truly is. This book makes you think about how we all change overtime and asks the questions, “What life changes are inevitable? Which changes are for the good? And is it possible to change and remain authentically you?”

As someone who’s talked about the value of authenticity, it is probably not a surprise that this book appeals to me. However, that’s not the only thing I enjoyed about this book. What Alice Forgot dives deep into the common complications that comprise our closest relationships – those with our parents, our spouse and siblings. You see Alice grapple with how her relationships have changed, and there were so many parts of Alice’s struggle that translated to things in my life that I have seen come into play or have worried about.

What Alice Forgot is a book for any age, but it is an especially valuable book for women. It highlights the complexities in female relationships in a way that any woman reading this book will be able to relate. While this book handles difficult topics, they are balanced with funny and light moments. I never felt like the book became too much to handle. It was a wholesome book and an easy read overall. It will be hard to put down, once you are a few chapters in!

Fun Fact

This book is also set to be made into a movie! According to IMDB, Jennifer Aniston has been casted for the movie (hopefully she’ll play Alice!). The screenplay is written by Shauna Cross, who wrote Whip It!, What to Expect When You’re Expecting and If I Stay.  I will share any updates with you all if I hear more about the movie!

Now, I’d like to know – have you read this book? If so, how did you like it? I would love to know if you have read something similar too. I’m always looking for new books to read, so share any suggestions in the comments.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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A Hilarious Book

Books have an awesome way of taking us away from our stressful day and transporting us to a different world. I usually gravitate towards crime and drama novels, but right now I’m reading Mindy Kaling’s book “Why Not Me?” and LOVING it. I feel like I am listening to my best friend who is hilarious and so down-to-earth as I read it.

First of all, let’s state the obvious – Mindy Kaling is awesome and hilarious. But what I love most about her is she has remained true to herself throughout her career. You can tell as you read her book that she has a strong sense of who she is. She also maintains this careful balance of self-deprication and confidence.


Now enough of about my girl-crush, let’s get back to the book. “Why Not Me?” is a great, easy read for vacation or if you’d like to pretend you are on vacation, like me! Kaling talks about everything from her show The Mind Project, which has a new season airing soon on Hulu, to her thoughts on sororities and sharing a list of things she can no longer do since she became famous.

I found Kaling’s writing style really refreshing. It seems like her personality really shines through the words. Here are a few of my favorite quotes from Mindy Kaling.

“The best kind of laughter is laughter born of a shared memory.”

“Remember the kid who showed up forty-five minutes early to the SATs with eleven pencils and a huge black coffee? That was me.”

“Hell is Whole Foods on a Sunday. It’s hordes of moms in lightweight fleeces pushing one another away to get to bins of dry lentils.”

“This was the kind of place that a girl could leave her glass slipper with the reasonable hope that a prince might track her down. Or, in my case, my Jimmy Choo size 39s with orthotic inserts.”

“I tip great, I try not to swear to much, and I remember to thank people and be grateful. And all that stuff I do to “appear” better has actually made me a better person. I wish I had always acted like I was a little bit famous.”

Let me know if you have read any hilarious books recently too.

Cheers to the week being over halfway complete!

SC

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