Please join me in welcoming Lee Wolfe Blum to the blog today!
Lee Wolfe Blum is an energetic and passionate author and speaker who loves to help women find hope in healing from perfectionism and addictions. She works as a mental health practitioner in the field of Eating Disorders and Chemical Dependency. Her first book was a memoir, Table in the Darkness: A Healing Journey Through an Eating Disorder. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and three boys.
Her newest book, Brave is the New Beautiful, released March 1st from David C. Cook.
Our culture bombards women with “thinspiration” messages and pressure to “do it all” while wearing the mask of perfection.
Women are left feeling alone and overwhelmed. How can they stop comparing themselves to others? How can they live out who they really are?
Lee Wolfe Blum offers stories from everyday women who have answered these questions with their lives-and found true beauty in the process. In Brave Is the New Beautiful, Blum weaves reflections from her own journey with inspirational stories from everyday women who chose to take off their masks and live authentically. Through call-to-action questions and ideas, she encourages readers to be brave enough to be who they really are and the beloved that God knows they are.
Hi Lee! Welcome to the blog! I start all of my guests out with a fast four:
Lee: Oranges. I have played soccer my entire life and love the smell of oranges as they remind me of the soccer field!
Carrie: I love the smell of oranges too! So refreshing!
Lee: Both! I live in Minnesota and I love winter with the snow and even the brutal cold, because when summer hits we appreciate it so much more after a long winter! Summer feels like we earned it!
Carrie: I grew up in Northern IL – I totally relate lol
Lee: Dogs! Puppies! I love dogs and love the smell of puppies.
Lee: Coffee! Tea loses its taste. I need coffee first thing in the morning!
Carrie: oh the bliss of caffeine in the morning!
If you knew you were only going to be allowed FIVE books for the rest of your life, besides the Bible, which five would make the cut?
Lee: This is very hard but it would be:
1. Henri Nouwen – Life of the Beloved
2. Co-dependent No More – Melody Beatty
3. Anything by Shakespeare
4. Let Your Life Speak – Parker Palmer
5. A Beth Moore Bible Study (Not sure which one).
Carrie: I love Henri Nouwen and Beth Moore!
Do you have any strange writing habits/quirks? Any snacks/beverages that are a must when you sit down to write?
Lee: Yes. I always crave microwavable macaroni and cheese and cut up hot dogs in the mac and cheese when I am writing! I am craving it just writing about it! Ha!
Carrie: Yum! Now I’m craving it too!
Why write about bravery being connected to beauty? Why is it important to you?
Lee: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.” ― Wendy Mass, The Candymakers
This quote inspired me. After I wrote my first book, Table in the Darkness: A Healing Journey Through an Eating Disorder, I was terrified to put my most vulnerable parts of my life out into the world. I was so scared mostly of women, how they would judge me, look at me and criticize me.
Yet, when I saw these women in the grocery store or at my child’s school, I made judgments and assumptions of their seemingly perfect life. What I found was the OPPOSITE. So many women came out of the woodwork to share some of their deepest pains and hurts.
I want to break down these barriers of comparing and despairing that we as women get trapped in and instead encourage women to cultivate connection and community through being real and vulnerable with our pain.
“Friendship … is born at the moment when one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .” ― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves
Carrie: I adore that quote from C.S. Lewis! And it’s so true what you say about assuming someone has a perfect life based on how they look, what they wear, what they do, etc. but that more often than not our assumptions are the
What is something that surprised you the most while researching your book?
Lee: I was so surprised by how many stories were right next to me. I thought I would have to do an American Idol like search to find the women and the right stories. Instead, women everywhere I looked had a story. Women in line at Target, down the street, and sitting next to me in the pew. Women everywhere with a story that I had no idea about until I asked. I could have written five more books sharing these stories. I also was so honored women would be so willing and vulnerable with me to trust me with their most painful and precious stories. It was a gift they trusted me enough to allow me to tell these stories.
Carrie: The stories in Brave is the New Beautiful are so touching!
What do you most want readers to take away from Brave Is the New Beautiful?
Lee: I want women to be encouraged to be the people God created them to be. When we fully accept ourselves and our stories, we no longer become jealous and critical of one another. I want women to celebrate their own uniqueness and beauty and when they (myself included) can do that, it frees them up to no longer compare and compete, but to cheer one another on. To say, “You Go Girl!”
Carrie: I love that. Yes!
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Lee: Oh goodness. No idea. I hadn’t even really planned on writing Brave! I just am trusting God to lead me to the next right thing 🙂
What about you? Who is the most beautiful woman you know – because of her bravery?