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I fail because I succeed...

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

OK, so in my last entry I explained that during the summers (I'm a teacher) I always lose weight, eat super healthy, and feel amazing, happy, and stress free!

So, why am I not thin and happy the other 10 months of the year?

I'm a perfectionist. I am also extremely logical. What this means for me is that during the summer I am my priority. emoticon I research, I exercise, I plan, schedule, and basically form my summer life around becoming happier and healthier. Then, August rolls around...

My friends, my work means a lot to me. emoticon My work is fulfilling. My work is difficult and often leaves me drained of every ounce of energy, motivation, and self discipline ( I spend THAT one on keeping my mouth shut when 15 year olds tell me they are engaged, or 17 year olds proudly tell me they work at Hooters and everyone is planning a big party for their 18th birthday).

My logical side sets priorities. My job is more important that I am. I work 10-12 hours at work, and come home and grade papers or plan for the next lessons until bedtime.

Could I carve out time for exercise? YES.
Could I carve out time to cook healthy meals? YES.
Am I lazy? NO!
Do I just not exercise because of the old "I'm tired" excuse? NO!

It sounds so easy to change, but if you have ever known a perfectionist you will know that doing good work is so vitally important to my kind of people that I feel guilty if I don't work constantly. Even getting enough sleep stresses me out because I feel as if I should have stayed up later grading more papers, creating another quiz, designing another game, webquest, etc.

I am going to find a way to balance myself and my work. This is a promise I am making to myself. I need to find a way to be successful at work AND at a personal life. As you can imagine I am single and constantly ask myself when I would ever have time to even MEET someone, let alone date and eventually marry him! emoticon

Any tips? Help a lady out on how to calm the perfectionist monster so I can live a full life!

Thanks as always,
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  • no profile photo CD2704340
    Learning to let go of perfectionism is difficult but doable. I use my day-planner to schedule my day, starting with Sparking and exercise. That way I feel compelled to do it. LOL Hang in there and keep Sparking!
    2661 days ago
    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh balance is the thing we wave to as we swing past it!!!

    Cheers from a fellow "perfectionist"!

    2661 days ago
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