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Rising Strong with Brene Brown (Giveaway) + Life Updates

Good morning beautiful people! How is it the last day of September already!? I can’t wait to put a pumpkin and mums on my front porch…


But it’s going to be a NEW front porch! We are moving this weekend. I went from moving every year for like 8 years to being in one place for nearly 6 years. I’m equal parts excited about all the purging that’s happening and completely overwhelmed by the task of packing up a house I’ve been in for so long.

We have both been so busy with work that we haven’t been able to get quite as much packing done ahead of time as hoped. This weekend is going to be chaos. Hopefully it will be manageable since we are just moving across town. For a minute we thought we would do the move completely on our own (like one all-day endurance WOD…haha) but then I decided that for the sake of my sanity and our relationship that it’s best to call in help. I could just picture the inevitable meltdown that was sure to occur while I tried to maneuver large furniture. I booked movers this morning.


The pups are doing okay with the boxes and mess so far. It has been raining here for 5 days straight (with 5 more days of rain forecasted) so they have been in one of two states. Bouncing off the walls and going stir crazy or passed out being bored and lazy.


I’m still on a high from seeing Brene Brown last night. A local church hosted her and she spoke about the research in her new book, Rising Strong.


Brene Brown has long been someone whose work I admire. Her book Daring Greatly was a game changer for me back in 2013 and I can’t wait to dive into her new book. We received a copy with our event registration and the moment I flipped the front cover and saw this quote, I knew it was going to be good.


Brene’s talk last night was simply perfect. She is an incredibly dynamic speaker. She immediately connected with the audience by sharing a personal story of something that had just happened backstage and kept the tone of her talk very conversational. Brene frequently engaged with the audience and totally humanized herself by giving many real life examples of how she struggles and deals with these topics as well. She’s not one of those, “I’ve got this all figured out so you should listen to what I have to say” types. Instead, she’s in it with you. Her life is messy too and she openly shares that. I appreciate and relate to this so much.

I often feel that people who work in personal development are held to an impossible standard and expected NOT to fall when the exact opposite is true. It’s exactly like the quote on the front of the book, “If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall.”


My heart was so full to see over 2,5000 people in attendance at last night’s sold out event. That this many people in my community are open to and interested in Brene’s work is amazing. A huge thank you to Christ Churst for bringing Brene to Charlotte. She shared that she turns down 95-98% of her speaking invitations (due to her commitment to her family) so I felt especially grateful to have the opportunity to hear her speak.


In an instance of synchronicity, my TimeHop told me that I wrote a post about Brene Brown one year ago on my blog. What a gift to be able to see her in person.


I have an extra copy of Rising Strong. Just leave a comment to be entered to win. (US only please, open until Sunday at midnight EST.)

Speaking of giveaways…winners!

The winner of the CVS Giveaway is #56 Tracy.

The winner of the Erin McDermott Instagram giveaway is @jerdondesigns.

I have reached out to both winners!

{ 137 comments… add one }
  • Amanda Holder September 30, 2015, 12:27 pm

    Hi Jen! I would Love Love LOVE to read Rising Strong!!!


  • JennyV September 30, 2015, 12:44 pm

    I read “Daring Greatly” much thanks to your suggestion. I’ve now recommended it to many others. Is love to win “Rising Strong”!

  • Christina September 30, 2015, 12:45 pm

    Oof, with all the change in my life this year – a break up after a long-term relationship, stagnancy in an employment situation that lead to an internal job change with ALL the stress, difficulty balancing my FT and always shifting PT jobs with my inherent need for quiet and calm each day….. it sounds like Brene Brown might have a lot of thoughtfulness and insight to offer. I’d love a copy of her book!

    How inspiring to get to see someone talk whom you’ve admired for so long –

  • Heather September 30, 2015, 12:46 pm

    would love this book right now!

  • Justine W September 30, 2015, 12:51 pm

    ‘Rising Strong’ is next on my to-read list! ‘Daring Greatly’ was also a game-changer for me during a time of transition.

  • Taylor September 30, 2015, 12:53 pm

    i love Brene Brown!

  • Kris September 30, 2015, 12:56 pm

    Good luck with your move. I am also in the middle of a move.

  • Jenn@Mark My Miles! September 30, 2015, 1:00 pm

    Good Luck with your move! I would love to read that book!

  • Erin September 30, 2015, 1:04 pm

    Sounds like a great book; I’d love a copy!

    Oh and good call on hiring movers. I had alwya moved myself, but on my last move after having been in one place for 5yrs and acquiring real furniture we hired movers and it was the best money we ever spent. What they did in less that 4 hours would have taken us 8+ and involved a lot of tears.

  • Randi September 30, 2015, 1:08 pm

    Looks like a good read!

  • Liz September 30, 2015, 1:09 pm

    My yoga instructor for the class I took this morning went to see her last night. He talked about the talk a lot during our practice this morning. I had never heard about her before this morning. Would LOVE the opportunity to read her book!

  • Rachael September 30, 2015, 1:10 pm

    I absolutely love Brene! I would love her new book!

  • jen September 30, 2015, 1:16 pm

    I was tempted to purchase Daring Greatly the last time you mentioned it, and now I definitely feel like I need these books in my life! But which one first?!?

  • Shannan Richards September 30, 2015, 1:16 pm

    Good Luck with the move, hopefully all this rain won’t give you too much trouble.
    I had never heard of Brene Brown, until yesterday when I saw a bunch of people from Charlotte were going to see her. She sounds great and I would love to read her book.

  • Tasha September 30, 2015, 1:24 pm

    I would love to win the copy!

  • Lauren September 30, 2015, 1:24 pm

    I was there last night, too, and as much as I thought her work had changed my life before, last night was a game changer. It was like the best church service ever with 2,500 of “my people.” She is amazing and real at the same time!

  • Parita @ myinnershakti September 30, 2015, 1:28 pm

    LOVE Brene Brown! Her Ted Talks were game changers for me as was Daring Greatly. Can’t wait to read this book (whether I win or not!).

  • Jennifer F. September 30, 2015, 1:29 pm

    Good luck with your move! I’d love to read this book!

  • Allegra September 30, 2015, 1:30 pm

    I LOVE Brene Brown! How wonderful that you got to hear her speak live. Her books and ted Talks have helped me so much in my own personal growth. Can’t wait to read her new book. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  • Brooke September 30, 2015, 1:33 pm

    Ahhhh I love Brene Brown! I’ve read Gifts of Imperfection and Daring Greatly and listed to her Ted talks I feel like a million times! I can’t imagine her new book would be any less amazing! Would love to win a copy!

  • Grace September 30, 2015, 1:36 pm

    I LOVE Brene Brown. I still return to her TED talk every few weeks when I need a vulnerability reminder

  • Denyne September 30, 2015, 1:38 pm

    Moving is very stressful, wishing you the best.

  • Amanda September 30, 2015, 1:44 pm

    I loved Daring Greatly by Brene Brown so I know I will love this book as well!

  • Melissa C September 30, 2015, 1:58 pm

    I would love to win this! As a counselor who works with children in foster care- this book is something I definitely want to check out! I’m always looking for ways to better myself and become more in tune with my struggles and emotions… For myself and the precious children I serve

  • Kelly September 30, 2015, 1:58 pm

    I would love to read that book. Good luck moving!

  • Alyssa @ Sweetly Tattered September 30, 2015, 2:03 pm

    We just finished moving this week…from Arizona to Ohio. I feel ya girl…it’s TOUGH and super stressful. But it’s kinda nice to find lost things and get rid of stuff! Good luck! πŸ™‚

  • Laura September 30, 2015, 2:08 pm

    Great giveaway! Good luck with the move!

  • jill September 30, 2015, 2:10 pm

    would love to win!

  • Jennifer Hyer September 30, 2015, 2:14 pm

    Love Brene Brown. Would love to read her new book.

  • Jenny September 30, 2015, 2:14 pm

    Thanks for the post Jen! What a wonderful event to be able to attend. Brene is such an inspiration!

  • Nancy September 30, 2015, 2:27 pm

    Thanks for anotherchance at a great giveaway! I would love to read this!

  • Shannon Ball September 30, 2015, 2:27 pm

    I adore Brene Brown. So glad so many people got to see her πŸ™‚

  • Kristen September 30, 2015, 2:29 pm

    I would love to read this book! “Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we’ll ever do.”

  • Lindsay September 30, 2015, 2:32 pm

    i’ve been seeing this book everywhere … would love to read it, as i’m in a time of transition here and it sounds like it’d be helpful!

  • Amy September 30, 2015, 2:34 pm

    Good luck moving! We’re helping my mother in law move this weekend-I wish she’d hired movers!

  • Amelia September 30, 2015, 2:40 pm

    Loved The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown and would love to read her new book!

  • Erin September 30, 2015, 2:44 pm

    I fell in love with Brene while reading her book Daring Greatly and would love to win a copy of Rising Strong. It’s been on my list of books to get!

    Thanks for the give away. Glad to see so much support for her πŸ™‚

  • melissa September 30, 2015, 2:45 pm

    Hi Jen! I am the NYC reader that you “ran” into in Central Park back this summer!!! I have to agree, Brene Brown is a personal favorite of mine and Daring Greatly was a fantastic read. I love her Ted talks as well, she is gift of inspiration and a testimony to all those who risk vulnerability to become greatest they can. I would love to read her newest book!

  • Lauren L. September 30, 2015, 2:46 pm

    I love Brene. I’ve read a little of her first book.

  • Laura September 30, 2015, 2:48 pm

    Love Brene Brown! Can’t wait to read her new book!

  • Rachel K September 30, 2015, 2:53 pm

    I’ve loved Brene Brown ever since I stumbled on her TED talk last year. I really need to read one of her books!

  • Janelle H September 30, 2015, 2:57 pm

    This book looks amazing, thank you for the giveaway Jen!

  • Katie D September 30, 2015, 3:15 pm

    Would love to read this book…she is so inspiring!

  • Pam September 30, 2015, 3:17 pm

    Jen, I too find great encouragement in her work. I would love to have the opportunity to hear her speak in person. Her Super Soul Sunday interview with Oprah is saved on my DVR. Winning this book would be so awesome.
    PS Enjoy the move! I really enjoy the cleaning out preparing for moves!

  • April September 30, 2015, 3:18 pm

    Moving is no fun, but the end result is so worth it! And yay for fresh starts!

    Im interested in Brene’s work. Good reminder to get these on my reading list! πŸ™‚

  • Callie September 30, 2015, 3:20 pm

    Love the quotes you shared from Rising Strong! I could really learn something from her book because my fear of falling is somethings that’s held me back many times. Would love a copy of the book! Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Joy September 30, 2015, 3:27 pm

    I would love to own this book! Thanks for the chance to win!

    Good luck on the move! I moved just over 5 months ago and know the stress of it all too well. πŸ™‚

  • Cindy September 30, 2015, 3:34 pm

    I would love to read her book! All of the quotes you’ve shared from her are amazing.

  • Hilary September 30, 2015, 3:34 pm

    That sounds like such an inspirational book! I’d love to read it!

  • Christy O'Gara September 30, 2015, 3:49 pm

    Motivational talks are a must 2-3 x a year. This book sounds like a must read for many, including me!! ;0)))

  • Laur September 30, 2015, 3:59 pm

    I love self improvement books!

  • liz September 30, 2015, 4:04 pm

    Love Brene Brown and would love to win this!

    Good luck with your move!!

  • Margaret Hopkins September 30, 2015, 4:09 pm

    motivations like this never get old. So inspiring; I would love to read Rising Strong.

  • Misty September 30, 2015, 4:19 pm

    I love Brene Brown and her message. Good luck on your move!!

  • Hillary September 30, 2015, 4:23 pm

    I loved Daring Greatly and would love to get a copy of this!

  • Lyndsay Ward September 30, 2015, 4:36 pm

    Hate that I missed the event –thank you for the recap. Would love to read the book! I would also checking out Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Big Magic that came out last week. (And a podcast on the topic)

  • Chris September 30, 2015, 4:42 pm

    I just finished “The Gifts of Imperfection,” and I would love to read this one too! Good luck with the move!

  • Sara Blanchone September 30, 2015, 4:43 pm

    Would love to read her latest! She’s one of those people that feels like they’re speaking directly to you.

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine September 30, 2015, 4:44 pm

    Awesome Jen! It sounds fabulous!

  • Cara September 30, 2015, 4:48 pm

    Wow! I would have loved to hear her speak. She is a powerful and inspiring women!

  • Catherine September 30, 2015, 4:50 pm

    This looks like such a good book! I will have to check it out!

  • Ally September 30, 2015, 4:52 pm

    Going through some difficult times right now which has left me extra stressed. Think this book would be just what I need to help get me back on track.

  • Cameron September 30, 2015, 4:56 pm

    So cool ! Would’ve loved to have been there and can’t wait to read her book. Good luck on the move! πŸ™‚

  • Mollie K September 30, 2015, 5:19 pm

    This book would be life changing for me, as I am on this magical journey of self love and growth. What a great opportunity to see her speak!

  • Natalie September 30, 2015, 5:21 pm

    I would love to read and would benefit from reading rising strong!

  • Becca September 30, 2015, 5:30 pm

    I’m a licensed therapist and would love to win Brene’s new book to use for personal and professional practice. Thanks!

  • Angela September 30, 2015, 5:33 pm

    She sounds very inspiring! I need to check out her work!!

  • Kristen Y September 30, 2015, 5:40 pm

    I would love this book! Wow!

  • Kara September 30, 2015, 5:46 pm

    Thanks for the book recommendations. Both sound great and worth reading!

  • Emily S September 30, 2015, 6:11 pm

    I haven’t heard of Brene but I would love to read this book

  • Brandi H September 30, 2015, 6:12 pm

    I would love to read the new book!!

  • Courtney Glausi September 30, 2015, 6:34 pm

    It’s so amazing that you were able to hear Brene Brown speak! I would love to read her book. And as always, thanks for your posts. I’m getting ready to head to the gym to compete one of your workouts today. Thank you!

  • Lauren September 30, 2015, 6:51 pm

    I would love to win a copy of this book! If not, I will definitely be buying/getting it from the library!

  • Meghan September 30, 2015, 7:01 pm

    I would love to read it!

  • Andrea Marks September 30, 2015, 7:47 pm

    Hello! I initially discovered your blog from googling Paleo Banana Bread recipes. I’ve made yours many times! It’s our household favorite. Returned to the blog to see if there were any for Pumpkin and came across this giveaway. My hairdresser recently told me about Brene Brown and I just listened to her podcast with Elizabeth Gilbert. I’d LOVE to keep this awesome flow going and read the book too! πŸ™‚

  • Ann Hagedorn September 30, 2015, 8:11 pm

    I would love to read this book! Very interested in her and her message. Thanks!

  • Caroline September 30, 2015, 9:16 pm

    Oh my goodness, I would LOVE to read this!

  • Rachel September 30, 2015, 9:36 pm

    I have been wanting to read this book! I’ve heard such great things about it πŸ™‚

  • Bobbie September 30, 2015, 10:00 pm

    It sounds like a powerful and enlightening read! Thanks for sharing the author and her works πŸ™‚

  • JPax September 30, 2015, 10:08 pm

    I stubbled across your blog this evening while looking for insight on how best to incorporate yoga and strength training into my running routine. I feel the need for all of them but really struggle with finding the balance. I loved reading through your answers to comments and questions on that post and started clicking to see what other hopeful/helpful tidbits I could find and found this post. I’d never heard of Brene Brown before but some of the quotes that you posted really touched a cord with some of my current inner struggles. I feel like I got a double gift today just from these two posts. Thank you.

  • Maureen September 30, 2015, 10:14 pm

    i just took a huge leap of faith in my life and would love to read this book!!

  • Sandra September 30, 2015, 10:31 pm

    Lucky you for getting to see Brene! After a year of major life changes I read Gifts of Imperfection and am almost done reading Daring Greatly.

  • Leanne McCarthy September 30, 2015, 10:33 pm

    Brene Brown is such an amazing and inspiring woman. Hope your move goes smoothly!

  • Rachel September 30, 2015, 10:44 pm

    I absolutely love Brene! I would love to read this, it sounds very powerful.

  • Claudia September 30, 2015, 11:06 pm

    would love this book

  • Ashley N September 30, 2015, 11:21 pm

    Crossing my fingers! Could really use an uplifting book like this for my current stage in life.

  • Taylor October 1, 2015, 12:05 am

    I haven’t read any of Brene’s books but they sound inspirational! I will have to check them out, thanks! πŸ™‚

  • Becky October 1, 2015, 12:18 am

    Would love to read her book!

  • Jackie October 1, 2015, 12:19 am

    Jen, I would love to win the book. The quotes have me intrigued!

  • Whitney October 1, 2015, 5:47 am

    I would love to win!

  • Jen October 1, 2015, 5:59 am

    love brene brown! can’t wait to read this!

  • Elena October 1, 2015, 7:56 am

    i can’t wait to read this one! Thank you!!

  • Liz October 1, 2015, 8:17 am

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy Jen! I’d love to read it.

  • Terah October 1, 2015, 9:35 am

    Thank you for an opportunity to win! I am finishing up The Desire Map, thanks to you, so this one will have to be next!

  • sarah October 1, 2015, 9:50 am

    Im about to start Ytt2 and am in the middle of The Gifts of Imperfection! Would love to win another one of her books!

  • Christin October 1, 2015, 10:07 am

    Oh this is so timely for me right now. I would love to win a copy!

  • Kristen b October 1, 2015, 10:17 am

    I would LOVE a copy of this book! It’s on my fall reading list πŸ™‚

  • Kendra C. October 1, 2015, 10:34 am

    I love Brene Brown! Such a powerful woman – her books are on my list!

  • Keri Kruger October 1, 2015, 10:34 am

    Hi Jen!

    After our amazing weekend in Charleston and my introduction to Danielle LaPorte, I would absolutely love a copy of Brene Brown’s book. This past year has been full of self discovery and of course plenty of fear. I often surprise myself with my independence and courage but also realize there are certain core desires that are ignited inside me and I have not yet had the courage to completely let them out. Reading books from such strong and inspirational people such as Danielle LaPorte and Brene Brown will help guide me on my way! πŸ™‚


  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt October 1, 2015, 10:53 am

    I’d love to read her book! I could use it right now πŸ™‚

  • Martha October 1, 2015, 10:56 am

    I cannot wait to read Rising Strong! I am a super Brene Brown fan. I loved The Gifts of Imperfection and Daring Greatly simply floored me. I admire her candor, honesty and mission to spread her message.

  • Jordan October 1, 2015, 11:12 am

    Good luck with the move! This book looks fantastic and I would love to read it. When I first saw the title of the post I thought of Rising CrossFit given your location. πŸ™‚

  • Hillary October 1, 2015, 11:28 am

    This book sounds like exactly what I need right now!

  • hayley October 1, 2015, 11:34 am

    That last quote truly resonates with me at this point in my life.

  • Holly October 1, 2015, 11:36 am

    I’m reading “Daring Greatly” right now, and would love to read this one! I need it in my life right now.

  • kate October 1, 2015, 11:54 am

    good luck with the move – we just moved to sedgefield and used two men and a truck – they were great (and worth EVERY penny!). just clicked over to read more about this book and brene brown – sounds right up my alley right now, after a year of one big loss and significant changes, honestly!

  • Jill October 1, 2015, 12:14 pm

    That sounds like such a great book!!

  • Audrey S October 1, 2015, 12:58 pm

    I remember writing down that quote about being worthy as soon as I saw it on your blog last year! Am dying to read her new book.

  • Chantalle Carles October 1, 2015, 3:01 pm

    I just started reading Daring Greatly and am already so in love with the words and the message!

  • Michelle Q. October 1, 2015, 3:55 pm

    Thank you for sharing! I haven’t read any of Brene Brown’s books, but I would love to start. πŸ™‚

  • Meghan B. October 1, 2015, 4:13 pm

    sounds like a great book, i’d love to check it out!

  • Amy October 1, 2015, 4:34 pm

    I remember that post from a year ago! I am not familiar with her other than what you have told us, but I only read non-fiction and would love to read this. Good luck with the move!!

  • Laura T. October 1, 2015, 9:47 pm

    i need this book! sounds really eye opening, would love to read it!

  • Catherine October 1, 2015, 9:54 pm

    I read Daring Greatly (and gifted it to my sister) after your recommendation! Such an inspiring read and I found myself nodding along the whole time! Thanks for sharing.

  • Heidi October 1, 2015, 10:58 pm

    I love Brene Brown – Daring Greatly was a life-changer for me and I haven’t had a chance to pick up Rising Strong yet. I’d love to win a copy. So jealous that you got to go see her live!

  • Sorayya October 2, 2015, 12:10 am

    Godspeed with the move!!

  • Ali October 2, 2015, 12:32 am

    I’d love to check out the book!

  • Laura October 2, 2015, 8:49 am

    How timely this post is! In recent months I’ve also been doing a lot of self-exploration of my present and future goals and, as a healthcare professional, have been reminded I need to take care of myself too. This book would be instrumental in helping me through the process. Also, good luck with the move! I’ve moved every year for the last 8 as well – once on our own, the rest with movers – good call to hire some help!

  • Hayley@HealthyRegardsHayley October 2, 2015, 9:04 am

    I love Brene Brown!

  • Darcy October 2, 2015, 9:55 am

    LOVE Brene Brown! When I’m having a tough day and feeling like I’m not doing what I want to do with my life/feeling how I want to feel, I pop in my headphones and listen to some of her work, and it helps me find a little bit of inspiration to either make changes or feel more comfortable where I am in the moment.

  • Ashley October 2, 2015, 11:18 am

    I loved The Gifts of Imperfection and would love to read her new book! Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

  • Duffy October 2, 2015, 12:20 pm

    That’s awesome you got to see her! She just took part in one of Elizabeth Gilbert’s podcasts, where they talk about daring, etc. Check it out. Also, I need a copy of this book!!!

  • Julie October 2, 2015, 1:41 pm

    I really enjoyed Daring Greatly & would love to read her new book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Calli October 2, 2015, 3:25 pm

    I heard Brene Brown speak at a conference this past month and I would love to read her book!

  • brittany monteith October 2, 2015, 6:07 pm

    This would be my first book of hers, I would love to read it!!
    Good luck moving- it will soon be a memory πŸ˜‰

  • Giana October 3, 2015, 10:10 am

    The book sounds fantastic! Would love to read!

  • Rachel October 3, 2015, 12:50 pm

    Would definitely love a copy of Rising Strong!!! πŸ˜€

  • Michelle October 3, 2015, 3:52 pm

    I’d love to read this!

  • Chelsea October 3, 2015, 8:57 pm

    I would love to read this book. I’ve heard such great things about Daring Greatly.

    Thanks for sharing!!

  • Colleen October 3, 2015, 9:06 pm

    Oh how I’ve been dying to see her and read this book! Pleaseeeee pick me!!

  • Allie October 3, 2015, 10:21 pm

    I would love to read this book!!! <3

  • amelia@i_heart_kale October 3, 2015, 10:44 pm

    I have a hold on Rising strong at thelibrary. Would love to have my own copy. A good friend of mine also recommended, ‘Carry on, Warrior’. Have you read it?

  • Audie October 4, 2015, 1:56 am

    Brene is the best! I have Daring Greatly as well as The Gifts of Imperfection! I actually loved the second one so much that I bought it on audio book! She was sold out before I could see her when she came to Nashville, I’m glad you got to see her!

  • Megan October 4, 2015, 8:56 pm

    Sounds like a great book – I’d love to read it!

  • Megan October 4, 2015, 9:48 pm

    Have you read The Gifts of Imperfection. Love Brenè!

  • Katie October 5, 2015, 9:06 pm

    I love Brene Brown! She is brilliant!

  • Dana October 6, 2015, 4:58 pm

    Would love to win this!

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