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Are You a Self-Improvement Junkie?

 by Julie Hanus


Tags: health and wellness, spirituality and faith, self-improvement, expectations, self-kindness, collaborative projects, Notes on the Written World, I Am Enough Collaborative, Tracey Clark, Julie Hanus,

a woman standing in yellow stringsBefore yesterday, I never would have thought to apply the phrase self-improvement junkie to myself. But as I was reading about the I Am Enough Collaborative on the blog Notes on the Written World, I couldn’t avoid swiveling in my chair and staring down the prodigious stack of your-life-but-better books that I’ve got stashed in my cube.

I Am Enough is the newly born brainchild of Tracey Clark, a photographer and writer who has two motherhood journals published with Chronicle Books. It’s a response to her realization that she’d worn herself out “living the hustle to become better,” always striving for improvement, never feeling she was good enough. So far she has been updating weekly on Tuesdays (“maintaining feasible expectations for myself . . . is one of my recent acts of self-kindness,” she writes) and seems to be quickly lining up guest bloggers and storytellers. As she explains:

Source: Notes on the Written World, I Am Enough Collaborative 

Image by Michael (mx5tx), licensed under Creative Commons.