My One Word for 2018

2018 Goals

Years ago—I mean so long ago I was literally still a child—I made the decision not to make New Year’s resolutions. I can’t remember exactly how old I was, but I had been around long enough to develop an opinion that resolutions were these lofty declarations that people made on January 1st that had no resemblance to their actual lives by the time February rolled around.

Up to that point, when it came to breaking resolutions, I was just as guilty as the next person. Maybe I thought that resolutions were meant to be broken.  Maybe no one taught me what a resolution even was, and how to properly set them. Whatever it was, I decided that resolutions weren’t for me.

Then a few years later, I started giving my years a one-word theme. A single thought or concept or value that I would work to incorporate into my life. A single motivation behind everything I did. A single guiding principle for making decisions. Continue reading “My One Word for 2018”

Self-Care Isn’t Selfish

There are a ton of people in the blogosphere talking about “self-care”. The Life Edit Project is no exception—it’s one of the things we continuously promote and encourage women to do more often and in better ways.

But what the heck is self-care, anyways?

Poking around on the interwebs, I found two definitions that make it plain. According to Psych Central, “self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health.” The Fort Garry Women’s Resource Centre gets even more basic, describing self-care as the type of care done “for you, by you.”

Simple, right? But just because the concept is simple doesn’t mean it’s easy to put into action. Continue reading “Self-Care Isn’t Selfish”

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”