Venue to be confirmed, 25th April 2019
I’ve been thinking a lot about my book club lately, and how its never quite gotten off the ground. It’s always something that I have felt needs justifying, or explaining. Made even worse by skimming over an article recently stating, “reading had become too social and how it should be a private experience”. What a bunch of bananas.
“Some of the busiest people on our planet are also avid readers. Reading sparks your creativity, helps you grow your understanding of complex problems. It grows you intellectually, while at the same time, reading is a very relaxing activity. But how do we make time to read? News articles report that we are reading less and less.
This months book is I thought it was just me (but it isn’t) – telling the truth about perfectionism, inadequacy and power by Brene Brown
Here is a link to Amazon, although we support bookshops too!
About the book
“Brown offers insights and strategies for understanding shame and overcoming its power over women… An interesting look at a debilitating emotion that stunts the potential of too many women.” —Booklist
“Brown is clearly passionate and knowledgeable about her subject and has a smooth writing style.” —Library Journal
“Brené Brown has written an insightful and informative study of a subject that leaves many women feeling trapped and powerless. Her analysis of how women are often caught in shame is in itself liberating, and her thoughtful suggestions will help readers continue to free themselves from emotional debilitation in ways they may not even realize are possible. I Thought It Was Just Me can be a doorway to freedom and self-esteem for many, many readers.” –Martha Beck, Ph.D., columnist, O, The Oprah Magazine, and author of Finding Your Own Northstar
Shame manifests itself in many ways. Addiction, perfectionism, fear and blame are just a few of the outward signs that Dr. Brene Brown discovered in her 6-year study of shame’s effects on women. While shame is generally thought of as an emotion sequestered in the shadows of our psyches, “I Thought it Was Just Me” demonstrates the ways in which it is actually present in the most mundane and visible aspects of our lives – from our mental and physical health and body image to our relationships with our partners, our kids, our friends, our money and our work. After talking to hundreds of women and therapists, Dr. Brown is able to illuminate the myriad shaming influences that dominate our culture and explain why we are all vulnerable to shame. We live in a culture that tells us we must reject our bodies, reject our authentic stories and, ultimately, reject our true selves in order to fit in and be accepted. Outlining an empowering new approach that dispels judgment and awakens us to the genuine acceptance of ourselves and others, “I Thought it Was Just Me” begins a crucial new dialogue of hope.
Through potent personal narratives and examples from real women, Brown identifies and explains four key elements that allow women to transform their shame into courage, compassion and connection.
About the Author
Dr. Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, 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 sixteen years studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of three #1 New York Times bestsellers – The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, and Rising Strong. Her latest book, Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and The Courage to Stand Alone, will be released Fall 2017.
Brené’s TED talk, “The Power of Vulnerability,” is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with over 30 million views.
In addition to her research and writing, Brené is the Founder and CEO of BRAVE LEADERS INC – an organization that brings evidence-based courage building programs to teams, leaders, entrepreneurs, change makers, and culture shifters. Brené lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, Steve, and their children, Ellen and Charlie.
Buy it in March and we’ll see you in April. Once you have signed up to the book session, we will give you access to a page with a note-taking download, a prompt sheet and a questionnaire to lead you through the book.
About the Hampshire Wedding Club
Do you see value in joining a group of like-minded wedding entrepreneurs? People who work together to elevate each other, and each other’s businesses? Highlighting the amazing capabilities we have in the Hampshire Wedding Industry? Creating a compelling and inspiring online destination for couples choosing to marry in Hampshire. Growing our connections and businesses together with integrity and originality. Collaboration and unity is the future, competition and isolation the past. We look forward to seeing you soon…
OUR KEY MESSAGES FOR BRIDES
The Hampshire Wedding Club help couples planning a wedding in our glorious county to tell their own love story by gathering the most unique and extraordinary wedding specialists in the area.
Hampshire offers endless opportunities for couples to celebrate their marriage, but it can be difficult to locate trusted, local wedding specialists ~ The Hampshire Wedding Club helps couples planning a Hampshire Wedding to find the most unique and extraordinary wedding specialists in the area.
The Hampshire Wedding Club enables couples to find trusted wedding specialists, whatever theme of wedding they are planning ~ We have over 10 years of industry experience and only recommend talent we have worked with and trust implicitly.
The Hampshire Wedding Club is a place to be inspired and share ideas ~ Our regular features and events hosted by industry experts are a place to meet both wedding specialists and other couples.
If I was to share a few simple truths with you, they’d be that I think everything happens for a reason, a cake can be eaten at any time of the day and I’ve always dreamed of living by the sea but seagulls get on my nerves. However, I also believe that in life, you should always be courageous. That’s why I started The Hampshire Wedding Club. I’ve been a wedding photographer for years and I adore how passionate my industry is and how inspiring the creative people around me are. Before I started my own photography company Ikonworks, I worked for international brands such as Verizon, Porsche, Game and Morgan Stanley for 16 years as an executive assistant. The perfect grounding for starting up and running my own show – multitasking, organising and attention to detail is in my DNA.
But here’s the thing, above all I subscribe to the mantra that doing what you love makes you happy. So seeing a gap in the wedding industry, I thought it was high time I started pulling together the fantastic creatives and professionals I’ve worked with. I wanted to create an interactive, inspiring and beautiful online portfolio for brides and grooms that not only showcases all the fabulous wedding industry talent we have in Hampshire but also acts as a revolutionary social space and digital lookbook for wedding creatives. That’s how The Hampshire Wedding Club was born.
When I am not shooting weddings, hosting events or running The Hampshire Wedding Club, I’m Tasha who is married to Martin and mum to Sam and Abby – our two lovely, funny, feisty kids. Most days you’ll find me surgically attached to my desk or curating love stories through a lens but I can often be found on the side of a rugby pitch or grabbing a quick coffee before going on a webinar. I can’t survive without coffee.
You can find out about how to join the Hampshire Wedding Club here or by cutting and pasting this link http://bit.ly/Hello-howareyoutoday.