Happy Monday all!
I’m sorry for the radio silence this past week. Prepping for baby is quite a bit more draining that I realized, but hopefully I’ll be back to a normal schedule soon.
Anyway, today I’m talking about seeking approval. I’ve always been one who wanted others to be proud of me. In fact, even today, when I think that I might disappoint someone, I go into a bit of a tailspin until I can make it right. Example: when I know people are coming over, I will stress out HARD about how my house looks and then apologize a zillion times once the guests arrive.
This is why I loved the book Approval Junkie: My Heartfelt (And Occasionally Inappropriate ) Quest to Please Just About Everyone, and Ultimately Myself. I originally was drawn to the book because of the author Faith Salie (my family are NPR fans), but as I read, I felt such a kinship with her and her wish to do things to make others happy, even when she didn’t realize she was making herself unhappy.
Reading about her first marriage was especially eye-opening, and it showed me how much I’ve grown as someone whose need for approval must be SLIGHTLY dwindling. Not only is she brave enough to admit to the times when she was being emotionally mistreated, but she does it in such a comedic way that she’s so personable.
Oh, and her chapter about being in a high school beauty pageant–HYSTERICAL!
I highly recommend this book to all of you, whether you’re approval junkies or not 😉
I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.