Navigating through life away from the library.
Navigating through life away from the library.

Inner Mean Girl Cleanse: Ditch Your Inner Perfectionist and Achievement Junkies

Inner Mean Girl BadgeWeekly Wrap~Up:  Permission to Live Obligation Free

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

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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.

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