We are reading the next two chapters, which cover our Self-Imposed Pressures and Eliminating Guilt and Comparison. Boy, I need help with these areas!
I tend to place completely unrealistic expectations on myself, and often towards others too. Then when I do not meet those expectations I carry guilt and condemnation like it is a trophy. So much emotional stuff tied to this area. As Jessica says, “Guilt is wreaking havoc on women’s lives and preventing them from taking care of themselves.”
I so agree, and I am one of those. With a husband that travels out of town 3-4 days a week I feel guilty to take time away from if I were to do something on my own when he is in town. So unless I really find a way to use my Fringe Hours – I am left empty again.
“The first step in eliminating feelings of guilt for investing in yourself is to give yourself permission.”
That is my prayer – to allow myself permission to use time for things I enjoy and not be focused solely on my to-do list. But today, as I write this post, my expectation for the day didn’t go as planned. My great plan, was flipped upside down, as most mom’s can totally identify with. I just spent the last 5 hours on a project that was not in my plan, thus taking away any white space I had in my day to enjoy time for me.
That happens and tomorrow is a new day, thank goodness!
Chapter 2, Letting Go of Self-Imposed Pressures
Chapter 3, Eliminating Guilt and Comparison