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2024 Reading Challenge


January 2024: New Beginnings

The prompt for January was to select a book about personal growth or self-improvement. For this prompt I selected the book The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown.

Brown is an expert on courage, empathy, and shame. In this book, Brown introduces the concept of embracing imperfection and living wholeheartedly to her readers. She defines wholehearted living as engaging with the world from a place of worthiness, embracing vulnerability, and letting go of the fear of not being “enough.”

Throughout the book, readers are presented with Brown’s ten guideposts for wholehearted living, each offering valuable insights and strategies for cultivating a more fulfilling life. From cultivating self-compassion and setting boundaries to embracing creativity and growing meaningful connections, these guideposts lead us on our journey toward self-discovery and acceptance.

While every guidepost did not land with the same weight of meaning for me, the book did serve me as a reminder that embracing my authentic self is not just a factor in my personal life, but also professionally. The book helped me identify aspects of what wholehearted leadership means to me.

If you’re interested in reading this book a print copy is available in our shared Southern New Hampshire Library Coop (SNHLC). There are also ebook and eaudio versions available which all can be found at the link at the beginning of this reflection post.

If you’d like to continue on this reading journey with me, February’s prompt is: Diversity in Literature. Choose a book written by an author from an underrepresented or marginalized group.