30-Day Blog Love Affair:: Day #7!

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I’m reading two books right now that are totally rocking my world, and I’d love to share a snippet from each book.  Both these passages stopped me in my tracks while I declared something like, “ooooh yeeaaaah…that’s good” to the quiet space around me.  Hope they have a similar effect on you :)

From Trebbe Johnson’s, The World is a Waiting Lover: “By choosing safe, predictable stasis and flinching from the call of the seductive mystery, we dry out the rich and fertile potential that life requires to pollinate us.”

And from Brene Brown’s, Daring Greatly:  “In addition to practicing self-compassion (and trust me, like gratitude and everything else worthwhile, it’s a practice), we must also remember that our worthiness, that core belief that we are enough, comes only when we live inside our story.  We either own our stories (even the messy ones), or we stand outside of them—denying our vulnerabilities and imperfections, orphaning the parts of us that don’t fit in with who/what we think we’re supposed to be, and hustling for other people’s approval of our worthiness.  Perfectionism is exhausting because hustling is exhausting.  It’s a never-ending performance.”

Amen. Happy Sunday.

And, just by some off-chance that you haven’t already seen Brene Brown’s TED talk on vulnerability, I would be honored to introduce it to you—it just might be the most powerful 20 minutes you’ve experienced recently.

ps. Thank you for an amazing first week of my love affair.  Love is certainly in the air. xo flora

17 Comments

  1. awesome! I’m so enjoying this ‘flow’ of conversation with you Flora… so many things in common.. and shared loves… i.e.. Brene Brown :)
    And standing in our greatness… the topic of yesterday I think? … wow… YES a huge shift is happening.
    Releasing what no longer serves us… in all ways… has been a constant I’ve been hearing these past few years… it seems to be finally ‘paying off’ . xo (even noticing wardrobe items that are just not no longer ‘me’… tweaks my interest to notice… gosh… changes everywhere…)

  2. I’m really loving your daily posts and I find myself going through the news feed looking for your blog update! Keep up the writing Flora…it’s so good to be ‘in touch’ with you and see what you are up to these days.

    –emily

  3. Thanks for the quotes, Flora. Are you finding this is getting easier? Hope you figure out how to continue after the 30 days. Every day is a huge challenge. Maybe less often, but hope you will continue.

  4. Flora, Thank you for the link to Brene Brown. This could not have been better timed and I so appreciate. Thank you.

  5. I just watched both interviews on Oprah with Brene Brown and then I bought her books. Resonates and so many insights!

    Thanks for sharing!

  6. Such truth in every word you speak….loving how it resinates with me and other times i sense that defencive nature creeping back from yonder…my awareness has broaden since I have discovered you Flora…which makes it hard to fall back within old habits…which is a BIG positive.

  7. this has just sent chills down my arms,goosebumps! your writing is beautiful and I see so much clarity in your paintings, something for myself to strive for.

  8. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Flora. I actually saw that TED talk today and it’s definitely one I’ll be listening to a few times. I’m beginning to own my stories, especially the messy ones. I’m also learning to detach the negative emotion that I feel about them. It helps me to see that they are just stories of things that happened and not necessarily who I am. Feels good to let go and to embrace them, all at once.

  9. Wow wow wow on the link of Brene Brown. Thanx for that. know I will watch a more than a few more times. She is speaking to where I’m at at the moment.

  10. Hi,
    I’m so glad you’ve come back to blogging. I adore your work and it’s so nice to be able to share a little of your life and therefore inspiration. I’m a firm believer that the more we are separated from nature the unhappier we are, so the T. Johnson quote is very special for me. It’s wonderful that all your hard work is paying off. It’s especially important that your younger readers know that reaching one’s dreams always requires years of ground work and practice first.
    P.S. I’ve bought your book and I’m going to take July and August off from writing to paint with you. Can’t wait :)

  11. P.P.S. I’ve borrowed your ‘Follow Your Bliss’ photo for my desk top to remind myself everyday. Thanks.

  12. That really resonates with me. Thanks for sharing, and keep on blogging!

  13. I just started reading “I thought is was just me” by Brene Brown. Very insightful. Can’t wait to read Daring Greatly. She was awesome on Oprah.

  14. I am loving your posts. :) I am reading Brene Brown’s “Daring Greatly” right now and it is such a great read. Happy Day! :)

  15. Hi Flora…

    I have been on your blog all morning just soaking up everything that you have shared. I have been thinking of changing my career from decorative artist, home stager and decorator. I have been increasingly dusassitified with working in other people’s homes as of Kate because I feel my hands are so tied. I have to bend to their wishes,their conception of beauty and design – and I have been feeling soulless lately.

    After reading your blogposts and seeing your artwork I am so inspired to be more liberated than I am now. I will probably sign up for your class and hopefully I will have 2 others join me.

    Thank you immensely from the bottom of my heart

    Linda

  16. It’s very informative and it will help many others, we are also dealing in same field hence found this informative to add in our process also.

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