This is embarrassing.
I enrolled in an online course with Brene Brown in January 2016. It was a semester-long endeavor that included reading this book and her next one, Rising Strong.
It’s been a while, but I think the main reason I fizzled out in the course was that I wasn’t able to connect with the stories in the discussion section. I realized that…everyone else there was probably my mother’s age or older. And then, maybe I started to wonder if it was incredibly uncool? Either way, I stopped keeping up with the online course (though the content is still available to me, and I will probably take advantage of the videos and application tools at some point). Maybe it was guilt over underachieving as a student that kept me from picking up the book again, but it had been sitting next to my nightstand for MORE THAN A YEAR, even after a move, with only a quarter of the book left to read.
So I brought it on vacation, and ended up finishing the book in the airport on the way to Florida.
My inability to read this book quickly is in no way related to how awesome the book’s insights happen to be. I’m still a superhuge Brene Brown fangirl, and still harbor a dream of following her career path (the research part, not the speaker/author part), but I am so glad to finally finish this book.
ON TO THE NEXT ONE. Maybe I’ll be able to finish it in less than a year?