An Overachiever’s Guide to Letting Go
2020 was tough for women who like to do it all. Here’s how to make 2021 a little gentler.
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Make Small but Powerful Changes
While I’m personally planning on being more inquisitive about my own motivation for burning myself out with work, I’m going to focus on small but obtainable changes in 2021. According to Saremi, overachievers often self-neglect—we overlook our physical well-being in pursuit of our goals. Trite as it may be, just making sure we drink enough water, eat when hungry, get enough sleep, and exercise regularly can be foundational to helping our mental health.
Similarly, Lemonte is changing her expectations by taking on other freelance jobs, like food photography, and finding innovative ways to work with clients from a distance. She’s thinking about the heart of why her work as a wedding photographer is meaningful in the first place.
“It’s no longer about being flashy. Weddings aren’t going to be about 500 people showing up to celebrate with you anymore,” Lemonte says. “It’s really going to come back to the simplicity and the importance of understanding what that day is about.” And at this stage of the pandemic, recognizing and appreciating simplicity is an achievement in itself.