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A few weeks ago I was was taking a quick stroll in downtown Portland and had a sudden inclination to call my friend Brene. And so, I did. “What’s up, friend?!”

Brene’s response: “I just finished taping Super Soul Sunday with Oprah. I’m at the Chicago airport on my way home.”

This is when I tell you that I had known that she was going to tape an episode of Super Soul Sunday (one of my FAVORITE shows) but I had no idea that it was happening that day. As any good friend would do, I began to properly freak out and squeal.

The more Brene shared about her incredible experience, the more excited I became for her. I could barely contain it. At one point, I was a girl on a downtown sidewalk in Portland, OR screaming into the phone, “Brene! Brene *&%# Brown! No! Get out! That sounds amazing! Holy S**t!”

The truth is, is that I’m incredibly proud of all of my friends, Oprah or no Oprah, book or no book, “success” or no “success”. I know what it takes to be brave with your life (in parenting, in marriage, in our day jobs, in our dream jobs etc), to show up, be seen, be vulnerable, and take huge risks.  It’s not easy. But it’s beautiful + rewarding + whole. All of my friends, in one way or another, are incredibly brave with their lives and I stand in awe. My heart bursts often, with pride.

(that us, a few summers ago)

But when things of this kind of magnitude happen (big launches, awards, recognition, Oprah shows, etc), my level of excitement blows up. I want to jump, scream, yell into the phone, send cards, flowers, do happy dances, and properly celebrate. To me, that’s what being brave in love is all about. It’s standing in the center of your shine, dreams, your pride, your love, and courageously shouting it all from the rooftops without playing small.

And so today, friends, I’m shouting out my excitement for Brene. Go Brene Go! I’m not just thrilled for her, but for all the people in the world that are now going to witness her incredible offering + message, including Ms. Winfrey herself.

Brene’s first Super Soul Sunday episode with Oprah airs tomorrow at 11am ET/PT on the OWN network. You can watch a preview here. John and I will be watching, toasting, celebrating, and learning. If you don’t have access to the OWN network you can watch it online live via Oprah.com, Facebook.com/supersoulsunday or Facebook.com/OWNTV at 11am ETPT. More details on the silmulcast here. There’s also a part 2 episode that airs 3/24!

Don’t already know Brene? You are in for a big treat. Don’t miss her books (all of them), her blog, or her TED talks.

Hi, I'm Kelly Rae Roberts!

Before I picked up my first paintbrush at the age of 30, I was a medical social worker. I followed my whispers and started playing with paint and everything changed.

Now I’m a full-time artist, author and Possibilitarian, who helps women explore and nourish their creative souls.

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