We’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.
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.