Day 30: A letter to yourself

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Dear Amanda:

Your perfectionism is making people crazy.

Oh you don’t expect your husband or daughter to be perfect, but you expect an awful lot out of yourself.

Will you stop and look at all the wonderful things you do?  Will you stop looking in the mirror and seeing everything you used to be instead of what you are or instead of what you COULD be?

You are the strongest person you’ve ever known.  You’ve been through stuff that would make a lesser person curl up and wish themselves away.  But you’ve made it through – usually with a smile on your face and optimism in your heart.

You are incredibly generous with your friends and would and have done just about everything for them that you could – all without ever asking anything in return.

And about that asking – you NEED help sometimes.  You cannot do everything by yourself nor should you try.  Stop being afraid that you are a bother and start asking when you need it. 

Bringing that little boy into the world in February is going to take a toll on your body and spirit.  You need to remember that when someone says they want to help – even if it’s just to hold him and play with Phoebe while you nap – that THEY MEAN IT.

Another thing: there’s only so many hours in the day and there’s more to do than there are hours.  Remember this:  Not all of it needs to get done right now.  And number two: you are pregnant.  Take a nap.  Put your feet up. 

Stop stressing over stuff that doesn’t make you happy.

Love,

Me

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If you want to play along with this list, here’s the list of topics:
Day 1: Something you hate about yourself
Day 2: Something you love about yourself
Day 3:Something you have to forgive yourself for
Day 4: Something you have to forgive someone else for
Day 5: Something you hope to do in your life
Day 6: Something you hope you never have to do
Day 7: Someone who has made your life worth living
Day 8: Someone who has made your life hell or treated you badly
Day 9: Someone you didn’t want to let go, but who drifted
Day 10: Someone you need to let go, or wish you didn’t know
Day 11: Something people seem to compliment you the most on
Day 12: Something you never get compliments on
Day 13: A band or artist that has gotten you through some tough times
Day 14: A hero that has let you down
Day 15: Something or someone you couldn’t live without
Day 16: Something or someone you could definitely live without
Day 17: A book you’ve read that changed your view on something
Day 18: Your views on gay marriage
Day 19: What is your opinion of religion?
Day 20: Your views on drugs and alcohol.
Day 21: (Scenario) Your best friend is in a car accident and you got into a fight a couple of hours before. What do you do?
Day 22: Something you wish you hadn’t done in your life
Day 23: Something you wish you had done in your life
Day 24: Make a playlist to someone and explain why you chose those songs
Day 25: The reason you believe you’re still alive today
Day 26: Have you ever thought about giving up on life?
Day 27: What’s the best thing you’ve got going for you right now?
Day 28: What would you do if you got pregnant (or got someone pregnant) right now?
Day 29: Something you hope to change about yourself
Day 30: A letter to yourself