Update: The winner of this giveaway is Kelli Stubbe. Congratulations, Kelli!
“Unrelenting perfectionism is a liability – and overcoming it is the key to leading a well-rounded and satisfying life. Perfectionism [is] the single greatest roadblock to juggling work and family…” (page 7)
Good Enough is the New Perfect: Finding Happiness and Success in Modern Motherhood by Becky Beaupre Gillespie and Hollee Schwartz Temple is a nonfiction book about how the working moms of our generation are redefining success and taking control. And I loved it.
The authors conducted extensive qualitative research, asking in-depth questions of moms from all over the country about how they manage, balance, juggle their work and family lives. What they found – in a nutshell – is that the women fell into two general categories: perfectionists and those satisfied with “good enough.” This book details their findings in a fascinating and mostly encouraging way, giving example after example of how women have found peace, satisfaction and fulfillment by redefining “all,” “best” and various other terms that keep the perfectionists from creating – and enjoying – the lives they want.
Amazon describes the book like this:
We’re the generation destined to have it all—a great job, the perfect family and the time to enjoy both. But between the conference calls and soccer practices, do you feel like you’ve lost track of what really makes you happy? And are you finding out the hard way that you can’t do everything?
The truth is that you can have it all.
The secret is creating an “all” that you love.
Join a growing new wave of mothers who are learning to let go of the little things and focus on what they really want out of their career, their family and their life. Through their groundbreaking research, Becky Beaupre Gillespie and Hollee Schwartz Temple have discovered a paradigm shift in motherhood today: more and more mothers are losing their “never enough” attitude and embracing a Good Enough mindset to be happier, more confident and more successful. Filled with inspiring firsthand accounts from working mothers and drawn from the latest research, Good Enough Is the New Perfect is a true roadmap for the incredible balancing act we call motherhood.
Becky and Hollee have created not just a book but a whole movement and community. You can check it all out at their blog, The New Perfect. You can also follow them on Twitter at @beckyinbalance and @holleeinbalance.
As I read through this book, I didn’t necessarily identify with every woman featured or quoted. Many of them are currently working in high-profile, high-pressure (high-income) jobs, whereas I’m a stay-at-home mom who recently left a job for which I was overqualified and underpaid. Each chapter, however, presented a theme that inevitably touched on one part or another of my life, and the insights never failed to make me think.
Because I loved the book, I devoured it in about two days – and then wished I’d taken more time to process it all. So this summer, I’m going to work through some of the questions, theories and stories the book raised by holding discussions on my blog. My plan is to post one question per chapter (approximately) once a week between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Whether you work outside the home or inside it (or both!), I hope you’ll join me in looking at how we can all balance our work and family better, how we can all find our own “new perfect.”
I’m giving away a copy of Good Enough is the New Perfect to one reader. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment answering this question:
What ways have you (or would like to) found success and happiness by redefining perfect?
This giveaway will close on Saturday, May 21. This post contains affiliate links.