I’m a perfectionist. You may already know this about me. This term is my ace in the hole for that elusive “what’s your biggest weakness” question at job interviews. The funny thing is, even those of us who identify as perfectionists know that perfection is unattainable. I believe that, no matter how hard we try to reform our perfectionism and take a step back, deep down, once a … [Read more...] about How Perfectionism Does the Opposite of its Job
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I often find myself perpetually in “edit” mode. Everything I do, everything I have, everything I am can always be improved. Got an A? I’ll go for an A+. Finished a race? I’ll work on doing it faster. Think you’ve got a room decorated? Better make it look nicer. There’s nothing wrong with making something better—that’s how great things are created. The trouble comes when things are … [Read more...] about Am I Seeking Improvement or Perfection?
This year, my go-to form of self-care has been reading. I have loved reading for as long as I can remember, but it always seems to be the thing that I “don’t have time” to do. No matter the season, I’ve found a way to talk myself out of reading for enjoyment. In college, I needed to read things for class first. When I was teaching, I needed to read something I could potentially use … [Read more...] about 4 Books that Gave Me Some Self-Care
I am a creature of routine. Sometimes to a fault, but I try to use it for good. So, I thought I would capitalize on my routine-mindset to start a little one on this blog, which I’m calling the Wednesday Words of Encouragement. Each Wednesday, I’ll share a little mantra and pep talk for the moms out there who are facing challenges, no matter what they are. I hope this brings some brightness … [Read more...] about I Can Be the Mom I Want to Be
Evan didn’t have his newborn hearing screening until he was about 2 ½ months old. This was no one’s fault, really. I remember the audiologist was going to do it when he was much smaller, but she would have to do it again after his big surgery anyway, so we decided to just have her wait. When we finally discovered that he had severe-to-profound hearing loss, he was 6 … [Read more...] about 5 Things I’m Learning as a Newbie Mom in the Deaf Community
I rolled over in bed, surprised Danny wasn’t up yet. It had to be getting close to dawn. Nope...1:37 am. And I was wide awake. Being the worrywart that I am, a middle-of-the-night wake up like this would typically be tied to a thought that was replaying over and over in my head that I just needed to let slide. This time, surprisingly, I couldn’t pinpoint a … [Read more...] about The Hardest Thing About Self-Care isn’t Finding Time