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Vulnerability – Not Such a Dirty Word

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Vulnerability is not such a dirty, scary word because it holds the key to connection. The key to opening the doors between each other. Brene Brown, author, researcher and academic specializing in vulnerability and shame said, “Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”

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It’s a Dangerous Business Walking Out One’s Front Door

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YOU ARE the hero. I am the hero. And we ARE the sum of our journeys, both the good and the bad. Without the times where we are face down in the mud, we wouldn’t appreciate the times when our faces are turned to a blue sky with a summer sun and the cool breeze at it skips across our skin, but staying stuck in the places were the dark things happen is not what a hero does.

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The Journey for our Personal Legend – Guest Blogger: Erin Sorensen

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After a trip to Nepal for humanitarian work, Erin arrives back in the U.S. ” …without jobs or a home of our own, we decided to pack five boxes of essential items in the back of our car and took off on a cross-country trip to figure out where we should go next. The first few weeks of the journey were exciting and adventurous as we visited 16 new states and met with friends and family along the way. When we told people we were traveling across the country to “find ourselves” it sounded cool and special…. I finally found a position working as an AmeriCorps volunteer with a refugee resettlement organization in the D.C. area. It was the perfect fit! I wasn’t concerned that the pay was next to nothing and that I was jumping into something way outside my comfort zone because when the opportunity came my heart knew that it was right. It was meant to be a part of the journey to realize my personal legend. Things just seemed to fall into place…until they didn’t.

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Fog vs. the Bahamas

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Last Sunday I woke up, had no plans for vacation and by noon I’d booked a cruise to the sunny Bahamas for me and my boys–leaving in 5 days. No more of this crud for us, we are heading out to find the sun again! At least that was the plan. We’ve been sitting in the plane, on the tarmac for three hours. A little like life? Yes.

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