Your Default Settings Are Ruining Your Life

When was the last time you sent back an entree that wasn’t what you expected? Or declined to attend an event you weren’t in the mood for? Or unsubscribed from a daily email newsletter that you don’t read anymore?

How many times have you been voluntold (i.e., assigned a task that’s supposed to be voluntary) for a random task that you didn’t really care about or have time for, but still followed through?

If this sounds like you, you need to check your default settings. They’re set to “YES” and it’s ruining your life.

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7 Easy Ways to Fight Overwhelm in the Moment

Life comes at us from all directions, and sometimes, it can just be too much. As we juggle relationships, career, family, and passions, it’s easy to feel like we’re falling behind…or worse: that we were never even on track in the first place. *dramatic wall slide*
In an ideal world, we’d all be great at preventing overwhelm from settling in to begin with. But, alas—we have to start the journey from where we are now. So if you find yourself having a moment of debilitating despair, here are seven simple things you can do in the moment to get out from under the weight of overwhelm, and get back to life.

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The Struggle of Superwoman Syndrome

There are so many of us who struggle with Superwoman Syndrome.  And the struggle is real.

We’re serving as the hero-in-residence in our homes, in our offices, and for causes that help make the world a better place. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it, and why not us, right? I mean, in the 21st century, it’s not unreasonable for a woman to think that she can have it all and do it all…right?

A distinguished career. A loving and supportive partner. One fur-baby and two children—one enrolled in gifted classes, the other in a Montessori program. A modest windowsill garden where we grow our own potted basil and cilantro. A spotless home. And endless good hair days.

It’s not unreasonable to want to be volunteer of the year, try a new recipe from your favorite Pinterest board each week, and always snap Instagram selfies that slay on the first try…right? I mean, we haven’t had a woman president yet, but it’s only a matter of time. Because: #NeverthelessShePersisted and #ReclaimingMyTime.

But in our quest to show ourselves and everyone else that we can do anything, we try to do everything. And that’s where Superwoman Syndrome kicks in. Continue reading “The Struggle of Superwoman Syndrome”