Brene Brown: Listening to Shame

I encourage you to watch her first Tedx speech “The power of vulnerability” I posted earlier…

Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word.

Project Semicolon


I love Project Semicolon and these Semicolon Butterfly tattoos are amazingly beautiful:

A growing movement is using the semicolon, and in particular a semicolon tattoo, as a symbol of hope for people with mental illness. The Project Semicolon describes the meaning behind the symbol:

“A semicolon represents a sentence the author could have ended, but chose not to. The sentence is your life and the author is you.”

It represents a choice to live on especially for those who may have considered ending their lives.

The project has inspired many people to tattoo or draw the symbol in creative ways to symbolize their own struggles or to honor or support loved ones who have struggled. The project encourages people to use social media to promote the message and continue the conversation, sharing pictures and stories of hope and strength to help end the stigma of mental illness and encourage those who are struggling feel safe and comfortable enough to reach out for help.

#ProjectSemicolon #MentalIllness #MentalHealth #EndStigma



Top 5 Types of Distorted Thinking


1. All or Nothing / Black and White / Polarized Thinking – thinking you’re good or bad, smart or dumb. Seeing a person as perfect or completely flawed. Not seeing the shades of gray of life, the middle ground.

2. Overgeneralization – When something goes wrong you assume everything will go wrong. Someone breaks up with you and you assume nobody will like you.

3. Focusing on  the Negative – You focus on the negative and you ignore the positive. You get 2 A’s, 2 B’s, and a D. Instead of focusing on the positives out obsess on the D.

4. Jumping to Conclusions / Mind Reading / Fortune Telling – You assume the worst. You think you can read minds. People are laughing and you assume it is about you.

5. Catastrophizing – You magnify the negative. You decide a small setback is a major catastrophe. You magnify your faults and ignore your achievements.