Vulnerability, Part Three

I’d like to close this series with an incredible TED video with Brene Brown that a CE family member brought to my attention. Please be sure to watch it all. It’s very entertaining.

If any of you haven’t voted in the 2013 Bloggies, please do so if you get something positive out of Channeling Erik. The voting process is ridiculously difficult, but I finally have it down. If you want, I’ll be happy to help. Just email your email address to me at Otherwise, here are the instructions. Again, I’m very grateful for your efforts. This means a lot to me.

1) First, click here: VOTE

2) Scroll down to the Religion and Spirituality category and enter the blog name (Channeling Erik) and URL ( You’ll need to fill in the other two spaces with obscure sites. Here’s a site that might give you some easy choices. SITES FOR THE OTHER TWO SPOTS

3) Repeat the procedure for “Weblog of the Year.” I used “The worst cheese blogs” in the other three spaces. Hee hee.

4) Have your friends and family do the same or get permission to use their email addresses and do it for them. REMEMBER, YOU CAN ONLY USE ONE VOTE PER EMAIL ADDRESS. 

5) My daughter would be delighted if you’d nominate her blog,, for the “Best Fashion Blog” category. Click here for blogs to put in the other two spaces. OTHER FASHION BLOGS

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  • sachi

    I LOVE this woman!!!!!

  • PeteJanssen

    I saw this video a while back. Everyone should watch it… she has some very insightful things to say about being vulnerable… I loved the section where she was talking about when you try to suppress the bad emotions with stuff like alcohol (or what ever drug) you also end up suppressing the good emotions to which makes things no better or worse… Really a great talk…

  • Patrick De Haan

    Thanks Elisa, I liked that.

  • M&M

    Love this video. This forum is great for bringing insight in ways we wouldn’t find on our own. What I loved even more than her words was the authenticity in her presentation, she seems genuinely happy and at peace.

  • liz

    I watched this three times today.

  • Dorit

    Elisa, how did you know that this is exactly what I needed to see today… amazing 🙂

  • TrulyTrue

    The message I took from the last few days was that if you fall into vulnerability and embrace what it does for your heart and soul, “political correct-ness” loses it’s need and meaning because it’s hard to come from a place of destruction and hurt when you’re that self-aware. Pretty hard to refer to someone using a derogatory term based on their looks, background, gender, sexual orientation, language etc, when you are fully self-aware and self-loving – that’s what I think Erik meant – not that we should throw caution to the wind and start insulting each other – we need to get to a position of love so that the behavior naturally disappears.

    Brave and beautiful work – again! And I voted from ALL of my email addresses!


  • Becki

    Loved this! Strength through vulnerability — paradoxical yet so very true.

    Yeshua (Christ) spoke of this as well: “Blessed are the meek [humble, gentle, unassuming], for they shall inherit the earth.” and “Blessed are the poor in spirit [helpless], for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.” On earth as it is in heaven, as above, so below.

    for self and others…connection…belief that we and others are worthy
    of connection/ love/ belonging…belief that we’re enough just as we
    are…letting go of shame, need to control/ predict…letting things be
    what they are…being our authentic selves…being willing to take
    risks…allowing ourselves to feel all of our emotions fully…being
    comfortable with uncertainty…letting ourselves be deeply seen…living
    and loving with our whole hearts…practicing gratitude and joy even
    when we’re afraid…

  • Nancy Antia

    I love her speech. She’s great! Thanks for sharing, Elisa.

  • Piyush Alimchandani

    Thanks CISCO – Thank you so much Brene Brown – and GOD BLESS YOU!!! YEAH!!!! YOU’LL !!!!!! ERIK AND AUNTY you guys are truly blessed

  • Nehaa

    Wow, Elisa, that was wonderful. Thanks a lot for sharing this. Thanks again for making this blog and all the work you put into it. Thanks to Erik and Jamie too.

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