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Find Your Bliss

Submitted by on April 21, 2011 – 5:21 am2 Comments

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By Becky Beaupre Gillespie and Hollee Schwartz Temple

Hollee-Temple-Becky- GillespieWhat makes you feel alive — and do your choices reflect that?

That was the question we had to learn to ask ourselves, because there were times when each of us woke up in the morning and dreaded going to work. Especially once we became moms.

We’d thought we could Have It All, and then we’d staggered beneath the weight of a shocking reality: Fitting work and motherhood can be difficult and draining, especially if your job fails to stir your passion.

And so we wrote a book about working motherhood, because that did stir our passions.

This is what we learned: Our happiness as modern moms depends on our willingness to define success on our own terms, to create paths that are based on our own passions and priorities and expectations — and nobody else’s. We don’t have to feel guilty for doing what feels right, we don’t have to be “perfect,” and we don’t have to compare ourselves to other women.

It is OK to be who we are.

And it’s also possible to Have It All — if we create an “All” that we love.

So we ask you: What makes you feel alive — and do your choices reflect that?

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Becky Beaupre Gillespie and Hollee Schwartz Temple are the authors of Good Enough Is the New Perfect: Finding Happiness and Success in Modern Motherhood. Becky is an award-winning journalist who has written for major American newspapers and Hollee directs the legal writing program at West Virginia University College of Law and is a frequent conference speaker. They blog about parenting and work/life balance at The New Perfect.

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