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Once again, Glenda Harrison of So What to Twenty, dazzles us with her remarkable writing skills as she talks about finding strength through accepting our vulnerability. I love the way she weaves her post to her lovely outfit.

You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it. ~Maya Angelou

So true are the words of beloved Maya Angelou…it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are… I think back over my life and early on, I realized that I was/am, in fact, a vulnerable person. In years past, to be vulnerable meant that you were not strong and were deemed as weak. After all, most of us are conditioned to hide our true feelings; to not be totally in tuned to what we like and dislike; to hide behind a smoke screen and not let others now that we hurt, have lost our way, or simply need help in a certain matter. However scary this may all seem, in retrospect, I have discovered by embracing my vulnerability, it gives me pure and utter strength.

Recently I watched Brene Brown at the TED Talks discuss a subject called The Power of Vulnerability (enjoy the video below). During her discussion she points out these important facts: In order to be vulnerable, you have to have the courage to be imperfect. And, vulnerable people have connection because they are willing to let go of who they thought they should be, in order to be their true self. In other words, vulnerable people are not afraid to be authentic. Who doesn’t gravitate towards people who are real? I know I most certainly do. That’s the connection that Brene Brown talks about. I find it very refreshing to be in the company of a person who is in touch with themselves, and isn’t afraid to be imperfect.

As I studied Brene’s topic in greater detail, she also stated vulnerable people are usually creative people. Think about it…The creative mind is an open mind that is ready to explore, discover and be free. To have an open mind, wouldn’t it be necessary to be true to yourself? Absolutely! It totally makes sense. To be vulnerable is being true to you; living free – not living in bondage which equals STRENGTH.

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For today I’m wearing an outfit that speaks to my strength. The sturdy, black turtleneck which represents the courage and stamina it takes to live authentically; the lace skirt demonstrates the delicate process of becoming true – though the process of becoming true may be difficult, in the end, you’ll have such lovely details that others will admire. The gold belt represents the link between having the courage to take the delicate steps and becoming true. The sandals for this ensemble are feminine but are in fact, the anchor for this entire story. Though the sandals look delicate, they are in fact sturdy and able to carry me through my journey.

Outfit Details: Lace Skirt Loft (Old. Options HERE); Ann Klein Black Short Sleeve Turtleneck (Options at Shopstyle); Stuart Weitzman Sandals (I’ve had them for many years. Options in Shopstyle Bridal); Embroidered Bag is vintage.

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And now, please enjoy the 20 minute video of Brene Brown’s talk on the Power of Vulnerability at TED Talks, or what I would like to call it – the STRENGTH of Vulnerability{wink}

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Photographs by Freddy and are the property of So What to Twenty!

Thank you Glenda for another great post!! ~Steph

2 thoughts on “Strength

  1. What a cute little outfit. And love those shoes!

  2. Interesting take on being vulnerable. I will keep this in mind.

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