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December 13, 2016
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There is an interview that Brene Brown does with Oprah on her Living Brave interview series. I want to share it with you, quite simply, because it is entirely engrossing. I have watched it twice and will likely watch it again. This time, with wine!

I wish that Brene Brown was my friend. She may be, one day. I would start by saying “hi” and moments later, we would be having coffee, laughing and gazing into each other’s eyes as we shared stories about being vulnerable. She is my dream friend.

Here’s what Oprah talks about in this interview.

Her people-pleasing disease (can I get an Amen!)

What she still feels vulnerable about

Her biggest fall

What it takes to live bravely (hint: it can’t coexist with the people-pleasing disease)

What I found so compelling about this interview was when Oprah talked about how she has always been challenged by who do you think you are shame. Brene asks her, how do you answer that?

A moving, heart-thumping silence. How does she answer that and keep going?

And then Oprah says, “I used to fear hearing the term who do you think you are…you must be pretty full of yourself.”

“Now, I work at being full. I want to be so full, I am overflowing. So when you see me coming, it ought to make you proud.”

(If you have never read Maya Angelou’s poem, “Phenomenal Woman”, please please read it here.)

It gave me shivers, this idea of a woman actually claiming her right to be full…enough to overflow. Without ego, without arrogance, as she later says.

What would it be like if we all lived bravely and believed we were worthy of being full? Not only believed we were worthy but also moved in our lives with that as our intention. To fill ourselves up. What would our families, our communities, our cities, our countries, this world, be like?

Shivers again. Another bottle of your finest champagne, garçon!

You can listen to the full interview here. It is about 20 minutes long and so so worth it.

This interview reminded me to live my life bravely, to fill myself up and to letting that fullness inspire other women to become full of themselves. Are you a woman who wants to be full of herself?

In the comments below, I’d love to hear what this makes you think or feel…

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