When was the last time you felt happy or peaceful?
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆
“I’ve never been a patient person. I’ve always felt like I was racing against an invisible ticking time bomb somewhere. My perfection and desire to know how things worked out, in the end, got the best of me.”
At the end of 2021, I decided that 2022 would be my most selfish year. Sounds ridiculous, right? But, I felt like I spent most of my time serving others and being concerned about how others were feeling, what they needed and how I could make them happy. In reality, those were not things that I could give them, especially when I felt like I wasn’t receiving them myself. I have a great marriage, a beautiful home, and four dogs that I love, but I never did anything for myself.
Because of all of this, when Carrie Severson approached me about reading her book Unapologetically Enough, I jumped at the opportunity. A non-fiction book about reshaping success and self-love sounded like something I needed. So, over the last two weeks, I’ve been reading a chapter whenever I had an opportunity.
I felt like Carrie was speaking directly to me. The way she writes is funny, witty, and full of honesty, and it’s very appreciated. I felt like her through her entire book; she was pointing at me, saying, “Hey, Chase. Yeah, you are enough. Pay attention to your feelings and why you have them.”
A reasonably large section of her book dealt with infertility and all of the horrendous things she endured while trying to achieve her goal of motherhood. I honestly don’t know how she survived it, but I applaud her tenacity.
She provides several exercises at the back of her book, which I loved — one of which is asking you to circle the words that we feel represent ourselves and then write down the words we no longer wish to claim as our own. I loved this activity and spent a lot of time deliberating which terms I would choose to remove.
Overall, this was a great book to read that allowed me to take a deeper look at the areas in my life where I could navigate my own “enoughness” and appreciate myself for me.
I recommend this to all of you who need to focus on loving yourself.