Last week’s IMG Cleanse assignment was to give ourselves permission to live obligation free and not take on more responsibility than we can handle. I didn’t do so well with this challenge but it’s not because I didn’t want to, it’s because I had a windfall of good things happen.
As some of you know, I have been looking for full~time employment for a year now and was starting to accept the possibility that it really wasn’t going to happen for me. Then I had an interview for a full~time position as an Technical/Public Services Librarian at Keystone College. Have you ever walked into a place and instantly felt comfortable with the people? Well, that’s how my interview was ~ I just knew that I belonged there. The interview was on Friday, 10 September and on Monday I received a job offer. I started my job on Tuesday of this week and it’s been a wild ride, trying to adjust to a new schedule.
So I said all of that to say that my schedule has changed significantly and, for now, it’s a lot heavier than I’d like. I work evenings at Keystone and then I teach two 4~hour classes at Misericordia University every Wednesday and every other Sunday. And I still have to figure out how to spend time with my family and take time for myself. Yep, a lot of juggling will be happening but I couldn’t be happier or more excited.
This Week’s Challenge: Ditch Your Inner Perfectionist and Achievement Junkies
This challenge made me snort a little because I am a perfectionist, to the point where I may be just a tad bit OCD. When I write notes (even to myself), I rewrite them until each letter is uniform and slanted in the same direction. It drives me insane when I fill out forms and I notice there’s a difference in the way that I’ve written something. I always have to resist the urge to ask for a new form (do you know how hard that is?).
My cabinets are hyper~organized. All of my veggies are together and alphabetized (yes, I said alphabetized). Boxed foods are organized by height and alphabetized. I don’t ask my kids to organize the cabinets the way that I do but I do go behind them and fix it after they’ve put up the food from grocery shopping.
My clothes and shoes are also organized by color, purpose and heel height/sleeve length. It really is a sickness, but on the good side, I can get dressed in the dark and come out matching.
The guidelines for this week’s challenge are to:
- Underpromise and Overdeliver ~ become aware of my need to over promise things to family, friends, co~workers and myself and how that adds stress to my life. For this week, I have to step back and deliver only what I can within the confines of my abilities ~ as much as I like to think so, I’m not Super Woman.
- Go for the “C” ~ instead of always trying to give 100% of myself to everything, accept that there are times when I can only give 80% and that’s ok. Being average doesn’t make me less than, it makes me human.
Are you a perfectionist? Do you have a hard time accepting that being average is ok? Tell me about it.
Disclosure: I am participating in the Inner Mean Girl 40~Day Cleanse as a Self~Love Ambassador. To thank me for my participation, I will receive a self~love gift from the founders of the Inner Mean Girl Reform School.