But if you do, it just might give you the permission you’re looking for.
There are some newsletters I leave unopened. Not yours, though... sometimes I’m late and sometimes I don’t have a comment until the crowd moves on because I don’t want it widely read... endless scroll; each of us lives our lives in the middle of someone else’s... I’ll stop now, I feel too many eyes on this.
Just discovered your newsletter. I loved the title. I lost my brain a year and a half ago. I tell people it broke. I used to do all the things you describe above. But then my brain broke. I overloaded it and it’s now rebelling against “too much” of anything! The title of your newsletter resonates. It the new name for my own brain. Thanks for sharing.
I did not know about the "master of one" part of that saying! I was just talking about it with a friend this weekend, too. Thank you for that tidbit - and a lovely newsletter as usual!
Uggh, every writer relates to that unrelenting tug, "I could make this better, tweak it more, tighten it up," but then nothing is ever finished! So delighted you choose to release your work into the world rather than letting it fester in perpetual draft mode. I never regret opening your newsletter.
Absolutely. So much pressure we put on ourselves comes entirely from within and is not actually anything to do with what other people expect of us. It’s very liberating to let that go
Lol, my inbox reached 85 this week — an absolute mountain for an always Inbox Zero girl — and as I got down to 47 emails, yours came in with this subject and I was like, "oh, well I'm absolutely reading that next." Permission granted and received. 🙏
Thank you. I started crying in that long paragraph of you don’t have tos. Thank you.
Wow, this is beautiful I actually cried. I wrote back to the email, I am not sure if I can even do that. The part where you don't have to do all the things. I mean, why are we always trying to do them? Then we can't or we get bad feelings. I am not sure. I am having a sad day filled with anxiety so I needed this. Thank you.
This was so reassuring to read, especially today. I have some compulsions. I submitted my very first freelance article (humblebrag!) - and it's VERY personal - and felt good about it until I sent it. But a piece is never done, as they say, and an inbox is never at zero. I thought, "Well, she's lucky she's such an excellent writer she can make a friend getaway riveting."
Wow this resonates for me, I need to save it to remind myself that I am free to do or not do
This is so what I needed this morning. Thank you so much. I am glad you got to enjoy your vacation with your friends!
I don’t have to open your newsletter! But I always do, as I know it always gives me something. Thank you for it ❤️
I remember being a perfectionist child and having a thought that went something like: “When will I finally get to a point where I feel like I’ve done enough or things feel settled?” Realizing that point will never come and working to come to peace with it (some days more successfully than others) has helped. Thank you for the reminder!
Thank you. I needed this today.
Thanks. I hope so. I appreciate the encouragement.
Yes to everything here! I love that you were able to get together with your friends and prioritized being in the moment. Life is so fleeting... intentionally saying yes (whilst intentionally saying no) is such a game-changer. I've never heard the second half of the "Jack of all trades" saying, thanks for sharing!