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The Pursuit of Less

You can’t do everything. We know that’s true, but sometimes we need a reminder. Greg McKeown does a good job of reminding us about the truth in his new book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. “The message is to point out the madness of nonessentialism, or, as I sometimes call it, the madness of […]

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Resolute Woman? Or, superwoman?

Fayteen recently had surgery. “The doctor told me that I’ll be driving in a week,” she told me before the surgery. “I’ll be back to normal in a week or two.” I know for certain that Fayteen is a Resolute Woman and that her determination and optimism are strengths. Sometimes, however, even Resolute Women try […]

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The myth of perfection

Debora Spar, president of Barnard College, urges women to recognize that the quest for perfection is a myth. In an article in the October 1 & 8 issue of Newsweek, Spar writes that one of the reasons women are unhappy is “fear that their kids don’t practice piano at least two hours a day, their […]

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Superwoman vs. the Resolute Woman

What’s the difference between the Resolute Woman and superwoman? The Resolute Woman takes care of herself. Superwoman does everything and takes care of everyone else. She doesn’t have time to take care of herself. The Resolute Woman realizes that no one is perfect. She doesn’t act as if she’s perfect. Superwoman acts as if she’s […]

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Is it possible to be superwoman?

In her article  in The Atlantic, Anne-Marie Slaughter writes about women struggling to “have it all” and suggests that our society needs to change social policies to help men and women balance families and careers. We agree. However, until those policies change, we keep asking ourselves  if we’re trying to be superwomen instead of Resolute Women. […]

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