At the beginning of this year, I set out to finish this “Enough” series that I started two years ago. There were several topics that I had not seemed to find the time to address but I realize that it wasn’t lack of time, it was lack of readiness.
One of these Enough topics is “Professional Enough.” I’ve decided to tackle that today because it’s time. Because I’ve realized that the reason I didn’t want to tackle it is because I didn’t believe it was true. Years of abuse in a long-time jobs led me to unconsciously not believe I am a writer. I’m over that. A few years of indecision, identity crisis and wandering made me feel like I wasn’t a true professional even though I was a small business owner, for crying out loud. I’m over that, too.
The first question I have to ask myself with all of these “enough” posts is, what is enough? The idea of being enough is being not too much or too little. It’s about filling a role in the way that you’re meant to fill it. It’s about being the person you were designed to be. This is both humbling and empowering.
So what does “Professional Enough” mean? I’ve decided that for me, my self-measurements are:
meeting professional standards with my work,
treating my clients and other associates with professional respect in my own style,
Please welcome Courtney to Jamie’s Thots! Courtney is another contributor to the ongoing Enough series. Here she talks about “when not enough is OK.”
As I was preparing dinner tonight I looked around my house and was disgusted with the state of it. Never mind I had been ill, febrile, and plastered to the couch for the past few days, all I could see was what needed to be done. The floor was covered in dog hair. The table was scattered with papers. My children needed bathed. Clothes laid around needing to be put up, and toys littered the floor. Not to mention, I would still have to do the dishes after dinner.
I realized that there was no way I was going to get everything done in the amount of time that I had pictured in my mind. I was annoyed with that thought, and kept saying to myself “You should be doing more.” Then, a small voice in my head said “What you are doing is enough.” That moment, I was doing what was important – preparing dinner. I was taking care of my family’s needs. That was enough. Everything else was extra credit.Read More
Here is another guest post for the “enough” series! This time my friend Katharine takes a different approach to “love enough.”
First, let’s meet Katharine:
Katharine Trauger is a retired educator and a women’s counselor. She and her husband spent 25 years running a home and school for children who would otherwise have been homeless. She has worked 15 years as contributor and/or columnist for several small professional magazines, with more than 60 published articles. She blogs about the rising popularity of “being at home” from a sun room on a wooded hilltop in the Deep South at: Home’s Cool! and The Conquering Mom and tweets at Katharine Trauger @KathaTrau) . She is currently working on a self-help book entitled: Yes, It Hurts, But . . .
Now, let’s read what Katharine has to say about “Love Enough!”