Leaving work at work and putting life first

For June, my challenge has been to focus on non-work related activities- hobbies, passions, trips, fun, and relaxation as well as spending time with my partner, family, and friends. My goal is not simply make time for these things, but to truly put them first. To prioritize them, not just squeeze them in at theContinue reading “Leaving work at work and putting life first”

Book Review: The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

This month I have been working on building up my community—getting over my social anxiety and connecting with likeminded people. A book that I have been wanting to read seemed like the perfect book for inspiration with this endeavor: Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your OwnContinue reading “Book Review: The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes”

Reflecting on loneliness one year into the pandemic

As the somber one-year anniversary of lockdowns related to COVID-19 rolled around this week, I couldn’t help but reflect on this crazy year…and I started to feel down on myself. Really, I should just be grateful to have survived the year. But of course, I couldn’t help but dwell on the fact that I didn’tContinue reading “Reflecting on loneliness one year into the pandemic”

A perfectly imperfect month

I spent this month reading and thinking about perfectionism. I have made some major insights into where it shows up in my life and have learned some strategies and new ways of thinking to help let go of my perfectionist tendencies. Overall, perfectionism plays a pretty big role in my life. However, it doesn’t impactContinue reading “A perfectly imperfect month”

Book Review: How to be an Imperfectionist

As I searched for books on overcoming perfectionism, I found that there were a surprisingly small number. I read some reviews, and selected How to Be an Imperfectionist: The New Way to Self-Acceptance, Fearless Living, and Freedom from Perfectionism by Stephen Guise. I can sometimes be a bit resistant to traditional “self-help” books. This bookContinue reading “Book Review: How to be an Imperfectionist”

Why “perfectionism kills productivity” is a toxic mindset

This month, I am working on identifying and letting go of my perfectionist thinking. As I have been reading about this topic, something I keep running into is a common perspective that views perfectionism as an obstacle to productivity and achievement. This makes sense—perfectionism is often linked with procrastination. Because perfectionists are so worried aboutContinue reading “Why “perfectionism kills productivity” is a toxic mindset”

February—Identifying and letting go of perfectionism

The month of February will be all about perfectionism. Understanding what it is, identifying it, and learning how to let go. Perfectionism is still sometimes characterized as a good thing. It can be that go-to humble brag answer when asked “what are your weaknesses?”. As more and more people are becoming aware of mental healthContinue reading “February—Identifying and letting go of perfectionism”

January wrap-up: The life-changing magic of setting boundaries

The first month of 2021 is a wrap! While it has felt a bit like a continuation of 2020, I still tried my best to not fall back into old habits and keep the motivation of a fresh start going. If you are new, this blog is to document my year-long experiment of unlearning ambitionContinue reading “January wrap-up: The life-changing magic of setting boundaries”