Two weeks ago, my son, Matt, 40, sat me down to chat. He lives in Walnut Creek, California and I dwell in San Diego so our opportunities to talk face to face are few. He wanted to know how I was doing, concern etched in his face. Eventually, we arrived at a pointed question, “Mom, when was the last time you were happy with your life? Wow, how do I answer that? After a long pause I proposed that the years I was teaching a large Bible Study at church and caring for my elderly parents simultaneously would be when I was happiest. Of course, he had to ask why? Well, I was using the gifts God gave me. I loved teaching, speaking, and shepherding. I was also needed by my parents in almost every area of their lives. “Okay, Mom so is doing what makes you happy?” I saw where he was going and tried to help him understand that I felt more alive during those years. Yet I knew something was blocking me, now.
Fast forward to today
Only God knew what was headed my way – a divine appointment with a book, two authors, and multiple new friends on Facebook.
I’m now a braver living rebel – a rebel against the 4 P bullies, Procrastination, Perfectionism, Performancism, and People-pleasing. I don’t know where this will take me, but these authors get me. The book is full of pink marker. They know what I am thinking, feeling, craving. The P bullies wreak havoc in my life, my mind, and spirit.
Granted life the last five years have been hard: losing my last parent, a challenging time controlling my lifelong diagnosis of major depression and anxiety, plus dealing with chronic Fibromyalgia pain but I am frozen, paralyzed. Nothing other than myself keeps me from the things that I enjoy, my dreams, and my goals.
I invite you to come along with me on this journey.
Maybe you will relate to my struggles, my discoveries, and my hope? Maybe you seek encouragement on your path? Do you procrastinate, people please, perform for approval, crave to be perfect but fail?
I want to introduce you to The Cure for the “Perfect” Life written by Kathi Lipp and Cheri Gregory, two very brave women!
Here are links to where you can buy the book and also receive the first chapter free:
Website Link: http://www.TheCureForThePerfectLife.com
FREE download of Chapter 1: http://www.thecurefortheperfectlife.com/downloads/chapter1.pdf
Facebook Page (aka “Braver Living Rebel Headquarters”):
Barnes & Noble link (we’d like to support B&N as they’ve been VERY supportive to us!)
Family Christian link:
Bravo!! Here’s to #braverliving
My son has commented to me that I don’t laugh or smile enough. It breaks my heart every time. He is 12 and is autistic. He shows little empathy for anyone but me, but somehow he always seems to sense when I’m not happy; and unfortunately that is more often than not.
I am grateful for this book. I think God knows I need it. Thanks!
It is interesting how our kids pick up on our emotions, reactions, and attitudes. I feel it is important feedback. Yes, this book is a God send.