The Hope We Need
As we anticipate a change in our country’s political climate today, we’re reminded of just how much power there is in hope, courage, and vulnerability to help us rise out of the heartbreak and trauma our nation has been through.
No matter what side of the aisle you’re on, we could all use a reminder of how to be courageous: in how we talk to our children and loved ones about tough topics, how we reckon with our own emotions, and how we can use courage to cultivate connection with others… something we all desperately need.
As I reflect on today’s changes, I am reminded of how much I need to lean in to Brené Brown’s work in “Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead” to navigate this next chapter.
If you’re feeling the need for inspiration, courage, and healing, there are a few spots left in my Rising Strong Online Intensive happening this Friday, 1/22/21 from 8:30am-5pm, investment: $165
Not sure what the intensive is all about? In short, the goal of the Rising Strong Intensive is to rise from our falls, overcome our mistakes, and face hurt in a way that brings more wisdom and wholeheartedness to our lives.
If you’ve read her book and remember loving it but could use a refresh on the resilience she teaches, the intensive is the way to, as Brown says, “get the work in your bones.” It’s an immersion on how to get back up after we’ve fallen down. Whatever that ‘fall’ looks like for you—whether it’s a struggle in your community, nation, relationships, work, or personal life—Rising Strong™ is a process that will help you get back up again.
Learn more about Brené Brown
If you aren’t sure who Brené Brown is, below are links to the resources I share with my clients:
- Brené Brown’s TED talks
- 1) The Power of Vulnerability – time investment: 20 minutes each
- 2) Listening to Shame – time investment: 20 minutes each
- Call to Courage – Netflix show
- summarizes much of her work (check out this article about the show). – time investment: 1 hour 16 minutes
- 3-minute videos on empathy and blame:
- time investment – 3 minutes each (and worth every second)
- Check out this blog post with you about which Brené Brown book to read first.
- The 10th anniversary of “The Gifts of Imperfection” came out in fall 2020. To celebrate the 10th anniversary, she created a webinar to summarize that book … you can find more info here.
- Men, Women, and Worthiness is an audio that is about 2 hours long and it talks about her research about shame and how it differs between men and women. I recommend it to every human I work with—it’s crucial to a healthy relationship.
- Unlocking Us is her wonderful podcast that I recommend to anyone with a heartbeat, and Dare to Lead is her podcast about leadership.
If you’ve never heard of Brené Brown’s work but could use a day to yourself to reflect on how you can improve how you show up for yourself and those you love, this Friday’s intensive is for you.
Check out what past participants have said
If you’d like to join the intensive, reach out at [email protected]
Frequently Asked Questions:
Who can benefit from The Daring Way™ programs?
This Rising Strong™ program is designed to support individuals who want to show up bravely in their lives, but find themselves held back by the fears and insecurities that cause them to play it small. If you struggle with feeling like you don’t truly belong anywhere; if you’re constantly hustling to maintain your sense of self-worth and self-esteem; if being vulnerable with people you care about terrifies you; or if you struggle with shame and guilt over not being enough or doing enough, then the Rising Strong intensive™ is likely to be just what you need to move forward. It should go without saying, but transgender people and people of all backgrounds, cultures, sexual orientations, ages (18+), religions, and races are welcome here.’
Have you done this intensive online in the pandemic?
Yes, and at a time when we all need connection, Zoom is a great option. While no one could argue that being online is better than being in person, there are actually a few advantages to being online as we can optimize the chat feature in creative ways to create authenticity. Check out Caitlyn’s words below about her experience in the spring Rising Strong intensive.
Is there pressure to share personal stuff with others in the group?
The short answer is no. I will encourage you to listen to your own boundaries about what is appropriate to share in the group. As your facilitator, I will work to establish an atmosphere of trust among all group members. I will help you find a balance in allowing yourself to show up authentically in the group, and yet not over-share deeply personal material. Each participant decides what healthy sharing may look like for them.
Will we sign something saying the group is confidential?
Yes, each group member will sign a form agreeing to keep other people’s identities and stories confidential. In addition, we will spend time in the beginning of the group talking about what each group member needs from the group to make it a successful experience, and confidentiality is always an important discussion we have together.
What’s the format like? What can I expect from the day? Is Brittni there or is it a pre-recorded intensive?
Through education (including exclusive videos from Brené Brown that you can only view in this intensive), discussion, creative exercises in your personal Rising Strong workbook, and connection, together we will take a deep dive into topics that effect us in every corner of our world: vulnerability, courage, shame, perfectionism, overwhelm, and worthiness. Yes, I will be there live with the group all day, facilitating the videos, discussion, and exercises. This is a live, interactive group experience, not a pre-recorded video you’ll have access to.
What are examples of “falls” that people work on?
Rising Strong™ is based on the simple physics of vulnerability: If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall. When we take risks in our lives, we will inevitably fall and experience disappointments, hurts, failures and heartbreak. In this workshop, you can choose to work on any disappointment, hurt, failure, or heartbreak whether it is personal, professional, present or past. Some examples could be a job loss, a tough conflict with family or friends, yelling at your kids more than you want to, feeling left out of a friend group, making a mistake at work, the feeling of constantly not having enough time or not being able to please every one, or feeling like your life’s actions aren’t reflective of your true values.
What will I learn from this workshop?
After attending the Rising Strong™ Intensive Workshop, you’ll be able to:
- Clarify core values in your work
- Identify and process difficult emotions
- Increase resiliency and courage
- Improve personal and professional relationships
- Cultivate gratitude, joy and authenticity
- Learn about how to strengthen your trust in yourself and others
- Have a healthier relationship with struggle, disappointment, failure, heartbreak, etc.
Who is Brené Brown?
Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston, where she holds the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair at the Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy. She’s the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness and Dare to Lead, which is the culmination of a seven-year study on courage and leadership. She hosts the Unlocking Us podcast, and her 2010 TED Talk, “The power of vulnerability,” is one of the most viewed talks in the world. She is the first researcher to have a filmed lecture on Netflix; The Call to Courage special debuted on the streaming service in April 2019.
Is there any work I need to do before the intensive?
I will send you your Rising Strong workbook and you will complete the first exercise on identifying your values before the workshop.
I haven’t read Rising Strong, does that matter?
No previous experience with Brené’s work is required to attend – newbies are enthusiastically welcomed!
What does CDWF mean?
Adding CDWF behind my name was a dream come true for me – it stands for Certified Daring Way Facilitator, which is the designation therapists gain when completing training through Dr. Brené Brown’s The Daring Way™: is an empirically based training and certification program for therapists. The work focuses on courage building, shame resilience, and uncovering the power of vulnerability. The methodology is designed for work with individuals, couples, families, and groups.
If you’d like to join the intensive, reach out at [email protected]