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Caroline McGraw
Getting Past Perfect & Rising Up Real at A Wish Come Clear.
Getting Past Perfect & Rising Up Real at A Wish Come Clear.

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You work hard to get it right and help others, but you have a tough time offering compassion to yourself.

You’re the one who keeps it together. Friends and family members turn to you when they’re struggling, but you feel bad about seeking support yourself.

You’re hyper-aware of what other people are feeling, but your own emotional states are more of a mystery. Sometimes you cry and you have no idea why.

This free perfectionist recovery toolkit is made for you.

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When I was in my early twenties, I read a quote by Thomas Merton:

“To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence. The frenzy of our activism neutralizes our work for peace.”

Needless to say, it shook me up.

On a visceral level, I understood that I – the devoted caregiver, the responsible nonprofit program director, the loyal friend – was living a violent life.

I had an “all or nothing” view of energy; I functioned on just two speeds.

Speed #1 was full throttle, all out, doing All The Things! Speed #2 was barely idle, unable to get out of bed, deep depletion.

If that’s you, it’s time to question the beliefs that are keeping you bound.

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Do you have a story that you're afraid to tell? If so, don't miss this powerful interview with writer, speaker, & survivor Laura Parrott Perry of In Others' Words in which we discuss the healing power of telling your story, setting boundaries, and safeguarding your peace and sobriety "like a junkyard dog".

Plus, enter to win a free copy of Glennon Doyle Melton's latest memoir Love Warrior, one of Laura's favorite books!

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How do you resist the addictive pull of phone notifications to be present to the people around you? How do you find the courage to be yourself when your judgmental inner voice tells you that you have to be perfect?

Start by pressing play on this video interview with Rachel Macy Stafford of The Hands Free Revolution!

PS - We're giving away a copy of Rachel's new book, #onlylovetoday, so enter now!

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Whatever it is you’re trying to build in life, focus on feeling and sharing joy, and it will grow in ways you can’t imagine. NEW 6-year anniversary post and video announcement!

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New guest post at Positively Positive!

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The TEDx video is live at last! Plus, a new post with the inside scoop: "According to these triumphant narratives, all you need to do is work hard and eventually you’ll live your dream and never doubt yourself again. But what if that story doesn’t ring true?"

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Looking forward to speaking at TEDxBirmingham's all star event on 9/13!

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"Oftentimes we don’t do things because we’re scared of being alone in them. We’re scared not so much of telling our truths, but of the loneliness we may face as a result.

But as Martha says later in the Life Class: if you’re always pretending to be someone you’re not, your worst fear has come true. You’re scared of being alone, but sweetie, you already are."

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