Sep 18, 2018
Welcome to Episode 153 of the No Quit Living Podcast.
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Ashley has been on a multi-year mission to feel better, ever since she had her son more than ten years ago. After surviving a Category 4 hurricane that toppled a huge oak onto and into her house—with her in it—then a month later going through 13 hours of natural labor before having an emergency c-section, she was raw, depleted, fearful, and enormously sleep-deprived. She was a list-making perfectionist dropped into a world where nothing was ever crossed off the list and nothing was even close to perfect. And the only way out was through. she functioned, but for the first two years she just trudged ahead, trying to be a perfect mother and having to settle for good enough. She was so scared of screwing up that she was only occasionally able to enjoy being a mom.
Then slowly, like sun peeking through clouds after a heavy rain, she began to see glimpses of myself. As her son gained independence and she gained bits of free time—such joy to be able to read again!— She came blinking into the sunshine. she is a positive person and was tired of being unhappy. She wanted to not only regain who she was pre-parenthood, but also to go beyond that to a place where she actually enjoy my life most of the time. (Imagine!) She adore vacations, but every day can’t be spent at the beach (unfortunately).
So she began a quest for joy. She has read hundreds of books and taken quite a few courses, and she has been on a slow but steady ascent. Martha Beck’s books really spoke to me; her complete honesty, clarity, and empathy felt like a bear hug. And the magic! Real magic!