The Gifts of Imperfection eCourse Part 2 (and a live-tweet this Sunday)

fotolia_crayonWe’re going old school with crayons this time! Join us for Part 2 of The Gifts of Imperfection eCourse. Class is in session on April 3rd and we’d love for you to create with us.

We’ve received several questions about the course so I thought it might be helpful to do a quick FAQ. I also want to let you know that I’m live-tweeting BOTH Life Class episodes this Sunday, 3/30, on OWN. My twitter handle is @brenebrown. Here are the times:

6PM ET: Oprah & Brené Brown: Vulnerability and Daring Greatly
7PM ET: Oprah & Brené Brown: Living Bravely

Here’s are the most asked question about our new eCourse:

1. Do I need to take Part 1 first?

No. The Part 2 lessons are their own unique journey to help us put into practice wholehearted elements like creativity, play and rest, and meaningful work. All you have to do is read the first 5 guideposts from The Gifts of Imperfection within the first week.

2. What’s the class like?

You know when you read something and it makes sense but it’s hard to actually start practicing what you’re learning? Well, that’s exactly how I felt (and still feel) about what I learned from the research. So, to push the learning from my head to my heart, I developed creative exercises that make us think about how we can integrate wholeheartedness into our lives. Each week is a new set of exercises, intentions, and integration practices. You can also read more details about the course and register here. 

3. Do you have a syllabus?

Yes! These are the chapters from The Gifts.

4/3: Guidepost #6 – Cultivating Creativity: Letting Go of Comparison

4/10: Guidepost #7 – Cultivating Play and Rest: Letting Go of Exhaustion as a Status Symbol and Productivity as Self-Worth

4/17: Guidepost #8 – Cultivating Calm and Stillness: Letting Go of Anxiety as a Lifestyle

5/1: Guidepost #9 – Cultivating Meaningful Work: Letting Go of Self-Doubt and “Supposed To”

5/8: Guidepost #10 – Cultivating Laughter, Song, and Dance: Letting Go of Being Cool and “Always in Control”

5/15: The Wholehearted Revolution

4. Can I go at my own pace?

Sure. The only thing that’s live are the Q+A sessions and they’re recorded so you can watch anytime. I think your class experience will be better if you participate in the course on a weekly basis and don’t get more than one or two weeks behind. HOWEVER, as we all know – life happens. We’ll give you extended time to catch up and re-watch.

The course will run live from April 3, 2014 to May 19, 2014. It will then be available for an additional 3 weeks until June 9, 2014 at midnight ET. After that it will no longer be accessible to students.


5. What’s the weekly schedule?

The schedule is changing for this course. Based on the feedback from the first two courses, we’re giving folks more time to play and create over the weekends.

Thursdays: I set the weekly intention for the week and give you the reading assignment from The Gifts of Imperfection. Oprah also shares her unique perspective on each lesson via video.

You will also receive access to exclusive downloads, which you can print out and/or share via social media —the weekly intention and key definitions from the book. Oprah’s video is approximately 4 minutes. The reading assignments take around 20-30 minutes.

Fridays: I share the week’s lesson, as well as videos with me (and some special guests) demonstrating that week’s creative assignments. The videos will be viewable on the course site along with written instructions for the art-journal assignments. You will be able to access these videos anytime throughout the course.

Saturdays: I put each week’s lesson into practice by sharing the DIG Deeps. You’ll get advanced assignments with prompts for journaling, and the option to share your answers with all of us  through the class comments area for each lesson.

Mondays: You will receive a recap e-mail that will remind you of all the lesson materials in that week’s lesson so you can catch up on anything you missed.

We’ll have three live one-hour Q+A sessions where I answer your questions. If you can’t join us live, these are recorded and you can watch any time!

6. Is the course available to folks outside the US?

Yes! It’s easy to register and participate from anywhere in the world.


The beautiful Tracey Clark

I hope you join us. You can read more here and register. The earlybird pricing ends at midnight EST on Friday, 3/28.

 It’s been a life-changing experience for me and for many of the students who joined us for the first part. You don’t need to be an artist or even comfortable with creativity – all of us struggle with these issues and it’s amazing what we can overcome as a community. I know “revolution” sounds a little dramatic, but I see it happening. I see friends and siblings and couples taking the course together. I see parents doing it with their adult children who live thousands of miles away. Folks are doing it in their organizations. This is trailblazing! This is how we change the world – one crayon and one defiant “I am enough” at a time.

Click here for more details on the eCourse.


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  3. Sharon tishler

    Is there any chance of another course starting next year
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  4. l

    Do you offer some free classes? Regards,

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  7. Elissa

    I completed (and LOVED) the first session this past time. I then signed up for the second session, but never completed it (like I should have). Are you planning on doing these e-courses again and/or making the sessions available ever? I know how much the first session helped me and let life get in the way of completing the second session.

  8. Suz

    Any chance there will be a repeat of both courses this fall? I’ve been sharing with people as I’ve been working on it, and they all want to do it!

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  10. Jennifer Maughan

    I’ve just been recently introduced to your research, your TEDxtalks, your Power of Vulnerability CDs and every day, SEVERAL times a day your mantra, “don’t shrink, don’t puff up, stand your sacred ground” has rescued me. It dissipates the anxieties and shame gremlins I have just learned to cope with. Though I knew those gremlins spoke untruths this mantra seems to free me of that awful feeling. Thank you!

  11. I could not found your twitter id? Or is it just my bad internet connection ?

  12. Claire

    I’m so thrilled to be doing Part 2, and seeing that there are many from Australia joining in.. Not long to hold my breathe… yipppeeeee

  13. WM

    How long will registration be open? I still got to invite all my friends…

  14. How can I view your 2 espisodes on OWN network in Canada. I checked the Own TV guide for the 6pm and 7pm shows. They were not listed?! Do you know when they would be available ion Own Canada?

  15. Sandy

    Hi, there is no mention of crayons in the course materials, are they required or not? Is there anything else required thats not in the course materials? I’m really looking forward to starting Part 2.

  16. No questions, just excitement and gratitude at starting the class. It’s perfect timing and I thank you for this wonderful offering.

  17. Vicki

    Are you going to run this e-class again? I am registered for the 2nd part, but would love to take the 1st part.

  18. Maggie Couper

    One more question– I don’t know how to tweet or be a part of a tweet, but want to participate in tomorrow’s tweeting ( what a funny sentence!). Please give DETAILED and non-techie , directions. When I say detailed, please assume I know virtually NOTHING when it comes to technology. Many thanks!


      You need to sign up for twitter in order to tweet. Google ‘twitter’ then follow the prompts to sign up. Twitter is like one long ongoing feed of people talking. ONce you join, you just follow brene and oprah. (You can google what their twitter names are)

  19. Maggie Couper

    Good morning! I am trying to find, then view, Brene’s new message about our upcoming class (part two). My initial email shows Brene with a colored drawing of…. Maybe herself?? When I click on this, it takes me to the oprah site where I saw other wonderful videos, but not the one with Brene and her drawing. Can you possible help me (NOT A TECHIE) get to that video? Many thanks!

    Maggie in Colorado

    • Vicki

      I had the same problem. How I watched it was I clicked on the Watch button, then signed in and then went back to my email and clicked on Watch again. Then it worked. Hope this helps.

  20. Marrey Embers

    I live in the US and I will be traveling in Ireland and Spain during the course. How do I access the materials while abroad?

    • Wholehearted Me

      The same way you access them in the US. Find a place that has internet, preferably with enough bandwidth to watch videos. Log yourself in. (Not sure what exactly the question is, since there are many of us taking the course from Europe).

  21. Cathy L

    I didn’t see anything about crayons in the required materials list. If we have everything from the first course, do we need anything else besides crayons?
    Can’t wait!

    • Crayons and bandaids! I’ll make sure they get on the list!

  22. Susan

    I too am in Australia and interested in watching the videos. I do not get access to OWN in Australia and wonder how else I, and others in Australia, might get access to the video material.

    • Jay

      Hi Susan,
      You should be ok to view the videos as they come through to you in the course emails. I did Part 1 last year and I had no trouble viewing. They were always after the live stream ( I think the next day from memory due to the time difference). Hope this helps. Kind Regards, Jay 🙂

  23. Margie Lewis

    Where are you doing the live feed from as I live in Australia and need to know the time zone to make adjustments from this end?

    • Jay

      Hi Margie,
      I’m in Australia as well and was able to watch the videos easily last year when I did Part 1. I didn’t watch the live streams, however, I just watched them the next day. The videos are available to watch throughout the course duration as well. They’re great to go back and watch. Hope this helps. Kind Regards, Jay 🙂