Brokenness, Hope + a Journey to RiSE with Free People

Brokenness, Hope + a Journey to RiSE with Free People - offbeat + inspired

I believe that the most beautiful things happen when our walls come down. It’s scary and painful, but it lets us breathe and live. It leaves us vulnerable to all kinds of hurt, but those hurts can strengthen us and grow our roots deep and strong if we let them.

A lot has happened over the last few years, breaking and challenging me to the core. I’ve wanted to share the story as an exercise in openness, but didn’t have the courage. I started small, with the brighter side…the hope that swelled up and the healing that began. I’m overwhelmed by that part, but the only reason that part is beautiful is because of the brokenness. The underside. The truth about how seemingly impossible circumstances can be. It’s transparency about the dark things that helps us connect to each other. It’s letting people see the mess, letting them witness how powerful hope is in the face of hardship.

Brokenness, Hope + a Journey to RiSE with Free People - offbeat + inspired

Joy and freedom can be faked, and they are regularly, especially online. But true joy and freedom are real and relatable. It looks like a human being swimming in imperfection and realizing they’re not alone. Realizing that they’re not meant to sit on the sidelines and be a spectator of all the adventure, creating and dreaming. Scraped up knees and rough edges only make us more beautiful. We were created with an ability to stand by each other, love, create, share, encourage, support. Fake selves are too weak to do any of that.

Brokenness, Hope + a Journey to RiSE with Free People - offbeat + inspired

So in the interest of being more true, I’m opening up about some of my real struggles for the first time, and where the hope came from. I know I’ll go deeper as the healing continues, but for now it’s baby steps. The story is live on Free People’s blog today and I am so honored to be working with them and the RiSE Festival on a mission that resonates so deeply with me.

Head over to the FP blog for the full read and to find out more about RiSE. You can even enter to win tickets! It would be so amazing to see you there, so please do enter.

Brokenness, Hope + a Journey to RiSE with Free People - offbeat + inspired

I would love to hear your thoughts on openness, brokenness and bit of your heart or your story. Please share in the comments below!

All the looks in this post are from Free People (links below). Video and photos shot by Kappel James Cloninger.

[looks + links from top to bottom]

1. Extratropical Dress + Koda Brushed Scarf

2. Byron Boots + Shapeless Denim One Piece + Downtown Girl Henley + Iona Patterned Cardi

3. Tattered Up Shred Slip, Slippers (discontinued) + Iona Patterned Cardi

4. Byron BootsWeekend Boucle Kimono + Dupont Patterned Over the Knee Socks + Double Bolo Chain Choker

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  1. I’m reading Brene Brown’s book “Daring Greatly” and I am so inspired by how you dared greatly in sharing your story with so much vulnerability. I think that being open, honest and vulnerable is one of the most beautiful gifts we can give each other. I also think that it’s a huge risk to lay our brokenness out on the table, but it’s SO worth it when even just one person says, “Me too! I thought I was the only one!”. Your story, although heartbreaking, is also beautiful and your bravery is inspiring, and I just want to say, you’re not alone. Thank you SO much for sharing… and, congrats on your motorcycle license! :-)

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      Thank you so much for your encouraging words!! I want to read Daring Greatly now haha! It is SUCH a risk to be open. And you’re so right. If even 1 person feels less alone it was worth all the pain and discomfort. I just want to get better at going to the real depths. The really hard things in life are such treasures and the stories of them are so powerful!

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