Perfection isn't true.

Perfection isn't true--my sign is almost completely washed out by my analog flash. Wonderfully imperfect. Diana InstantIt's been a fun week of celebration with my friend, Brené Brown, and the release of her new book, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are.  Brené's writing is always a good companion in times when authenticity is a struggle for me (and there are many such times).  Her thoughts are somehow challenging and comforting at the same time, as if to say, It's not an easy journey, but we're on it together.

Her latest book is giving me a new understanding of the way I lose belonging when I don't bring my true self to the table.  And it's teaching me that some of the things I confuse with belonging (like fitting in or pleasing people) are really just poor, pale substitutes for the real thing.

We want to share the celebration with you, so one lucky commenter will receive a free copy of Brené's new book.  The giveaway will run through the weekend, so tell us in the comments what you'd like to let go of or embrace for a chance to win. (I'm letting go of Doing It All and embracing my limitations.) I'll announce the winner next week.

You can read more about Brené's Perfect Protest and her work at Ordinary Courage.  Her new book is available now on Amazon.