Today’s Five Favorites roundup profiles five of my favorite new finds – everything from text, to audio, and also video for you to enjoy this week.

1. As a former social worker, I’m a huge fan of Brene Brown (she’s an MSW too!) and I absolutely adore her TED talks, books, and just who she is as a person.  Brene is someone I can’t wait to meet one day and she is doing such important work in the world to raise our awareness of why we need to embrace vulnerability.  Brene’s most recent book, Rising Strong, talks about how when we are vulnerable often enough, and when we put ourselves out there and take risks, we will inevitably fail – and she talks about how we can bounce back even stronger.

2. I have so many incredibly talented friends!  Sarah Hill-Matthiesen has been one of my best friends for going on 19 years, and she is an eloquent writer that recently started blogging.  This can be a divisive topic, but I am so impressed with Sarah’s recent blog post entitled “Stuff Happens, and It’s Time to Do Something About It”.    If you’re still not convinced about why this is a problem, go on over and read one example that is especially close to my heart that is a heck of a good reason for why we need to make a change.

3. Another incredible friend of mine, Dr. Elana Miller, blogs at Zen Psychiatry about integrative psychiatry.  Most recently, over the past couple of years Elana blogs about her experiences with cancer and today she released her first video blog about the topic of how to overcome fear, particularly when it comes to PTSD but her advice can be applied to other situations, as well.

4. The newest episode of the Inspiration With Val Podcast stars Kris Sampson, who – in honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month – talks about her experiences overcoming cancer and how listeners can leave cancer in the dust (even for those that are healthy).  Kris also gives away a FREE book to listeners, all you have to do to get it is hop on over to the show notes page.

5. My fifth find this week is my recommendation that you follow me on Periscope! If you’re not familiar with Periscope, it’s a way to watch my videos live and they are only good for 24 hours so you have to sign up and follow me to catch my video streams live, or else they will disappear into a black hole, forever.  Download the Periscope app on your phone for free, find me at @valeriegroth and get ready as my Periscopes range from FREE GIVEAWAYS (yes, really, I love to give away free stuff to my Periscope followers!) to having special theme days where we talk about everything from how to deal with worry, negative self talk, and anxiety to how to overcome fear and take bold action.

Have an amazing day, everyone!

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