hello September! here i am.

hello september here I AMlabor day beachThree day weekends are the best. We spent the morning at the beach, here in Chicago. Oh boy, yep it’s Labor Day (the un-official end of summer). And as summers do, this one really did fly by.

I’ve been a bit more silent on the blog the past week or two. It’s not for lack of “material.” It’s just that my mind has been racing, and so have my emotions. I haven’t been able to keep up.

To be perfectly honest, I’ve been feeling more vulnerable than usual. I want to be transparent, but I hate to share my discouragement. Again. My goal for this blog is to open myself up to life — but in the moment, I just feel so lame. It feels like complaining (and there’s nothing to complain about!).

Luckily, I think I’m nearing the end.  I feel (somewhat) confident in the idea of breakdown before breakthrough. My brother Christian said something to me recently that I loved. I was sharing my blues and he said (I’ll paraphrase), “it sounds like Mateo…how right before any of his big milestones, he has a week or so of being super grumpy and frustrated. So something exciting must be coming.”

Oh September! Here we go! Looking forward to finding the breakthroughs! ;) Exciting stuff, ha.

Something rather wonderful that I watched recently was a TED talk by Brené Brown on the Power of Vulnerability. This stuck with me: The original meaning of the word, Courage – (stemming from the Latin word Cor, meaning “heart”) was to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart. To have courage is to be willing to be imperfect and YES, to be willing to let go of who you think you should  be, in order to be who you really are.

There are different sides to being vulnerable. We can shun it because of shame, but there is also the possibility to embracing vulnerability. Vulnerability is also what makes us beautiful.

I hope in September to embrace my vulnerability and to have courage. And you? What are your hopes for September?? I hope we can share our inspiration and our struggles with each other.

HAPPY LABOR DAY (to you celebrating here)


Go on and watch Brené Brown’s TED talk on the Power of Vulnerability yourself (here).

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15 Thoughts on “hello September! here i am.

  1. JaeHi:

    Nothing is more attractive than a genuine person who can embrace his/her weakness (vulnerability) and march on in life! Love you!

    • JaeHi:

      I LOVE that photo of Dad and his boy. Perfect picture of dad’s love!

    • Oh I agree. It’s easy to recognize it in others, but something I really have to push through! Let’s try in September! :)

    • Oh I agree. It’s easy to recognize it in others, but something I really have to push through! Let’s try in September! :)

  2. You’re stronger than you think! Your boys are just the absolute cutest.

    Happy September!

    Maria xx

    • aw, thanks Maria! I think I can, I think I can ;)

  3. ADINA:

    Maybe you should write a book! and include all your pretty photos :)
    I am reading The Happiness Project and I would like to recommend it to you. You may find the inspiration to write something similar… or different, or gain some other insight :)
    I am also reading Let’s Pretend This Never Happened in the same time. They seem to be a good break from one another. :)
    Also, Eat, Pray, Love is the best book every written on the rediscovery subject. I could not end it without mentioning it.

    Good luck! let me know your thoughts if you do pick these up.

    • I’m not ready to write a book, but I’m getting some good practice at finding my voice over here in the meantime! :) I do love a good “Eat, Pray, Love” type of memoir. There are a few of those that I’ve read. I actually have read the Happiness Project as well! Although it’s not exactly my cup of tea, I did highlight plenty. I should definitely look over my highlighted portions. I really do love the idea of a Happiness Project. I liked that she wasn’t looking to make dramatic life changes, but work on the little things and the structure of it all that could make a difference.

      I really appreciate your thoughts! You’re great Adina! Thanks for stopping by :)

  4. ah i love what your brother christian said, and i am totally in agreement with him.
    we’ve started september off with more of a bump than a bang, caleb and i have been ill. i’m the worst at being ill, it’s like a dark cloud comes over me and i become all negative. cry baby…and i ain’t talking about caleb ;)
    here’s to making september a good one and making it count :) :) negativity…take a hike!

    • Aww, sorry guys. Feel better! Rest up so you can take over September with me! xo ;)

  5. Angela:

    Henna, I own the happiness project as recommended below. You may borrow it. :) Love this blog. Love your inner thoughts. :)

    • Ohhh those inner thoughts. There’s just so many of them! ;)

  6. Stacey:

    I love that TED talk! She makes a lot of excellent points, and she really convinced me to strive to always be open with people in my life. Also, I want to say that I love reading about your travels and family life. You seem very blessed! :)

    • Thanks Stacy! I really am a lucky girl. And yes, isn’t that TED talk great! She’s such a great speaker and there’s so much that hit home.

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