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January 04, 2018

Braving The Wilderness

Chapter 7

Strong Back. Soft Front.
Wild Heart 

This is my favorite chapter of Braving The Wilderness because Brene has the ability to put into words my own deep desires. I want to remain a strong person, be myself and hold healthy boundaries. But sometimes it seems having a strong back creates tension with the idea of a soft front. Yet I have learned what Brene says on pg.153 “Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, joy, trust, intimacy, and courage.”

Through her work, I have learned to share the softest parts of myself with the safest people in my life. I daily reap the fruit of that practice and daily understand that it is a risk. My own children know I have become a kinder and safer person because of this practice.

“The mark of a wild heart is living out the paradox of love in our lives. It’s the ability to be tough and tender, excited and scared, brave and afraid- all at the same moment. It's showing up in our courage, being both fierce and kind.” Pg. 155

I am grateful for Brene's work that tells the truth about living bravely in this difficult and wonderful world. Over and over she reminds me that I have permission to just be myself all the time.

What have you learned from Braving the Wilderness?
Who do you show your soft front to?
What helps you find courage?

Be Comforted,

Donna Durham, MMFT

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What Blanket Weight Should I Buy?

A general rule when purchasing a weighted blanket is taking your weight and multiplying it by .10, or taking 10% of your body weight. Using that number, follow the chart below to guide you in finding the perfect blanket!

100 - 130 lbs
Quilted Cotton 10 lb
Flannel 10 lb
CoolMax® 15 lb
140 - 170 lbs
Quilted Cotton 15 lb
Flannel 15 lb
CoolMax® 15 lb
180 - 200 lbs
Quilted Cotton 20 lb
Flannel 20 lb
CoolMax® 20 lb
220 + lbs
Quilted Cotton N / A
Flannel N / A
CoolMax® 25 lb


Fall in between two different weight limits for two blankets? We suggest going with the smaller of the two blanket weights.

Still not sure which size to buy? Most of our customers buy one of the 15-pound blankets.