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It’s not that you particularly want to read your email, it’s more like you feel compelled. Partly out of curiosity, partly out of dread, and partly out of confusion.

What should you do now?

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do
With your one wild and precious life?”
–Mary Oliver

If you check your email, undoubtedly it will tell you.

At least, it will tell you what someone else would like you to do. But chances are you still haven’t answered that question yourself. Maybe you’re afraid to answer it. Maybe you don’t know how.

I have been in this place so many darn times. Trapped in the thinking, “I have to” instead of “I choose to.” Anxious because I can’t fit it all in. Worried because I don’t want to disappoint anyone, least of all my overachieving, perfectionist self.

Fortunately, I just received a book that addresses this very issue. Tell me if this sounds familiar:

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Maybe you’ve noticed I’ve been acting a little strangely.

In between book proposal writing, parenting, private coaching, and getting ready to move back to the States, I’ve been working on a secret project. And now, after months of interviews, field tests, and rewrites, I’m finally ready to tell you about it.

Even better?

I’m going to give away two free prizes, worth over $300, to two lucky commenters. Read on to see what it’s all about…

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There are times I wonder if it’s just me.

Is it just me who has given up reading fiction, even though I desperately need the mental escape, because my stack of unread self-improvement books is just too high?

Am I the only one who occasionally dreads unexpected calls, even from friends, because I feel like my life cannot absorb even one more thing?

Does anyone else lament their exhaustion, even if only privately, while simultaneously committing to big, impress-the-pants-off-everyone dreams?

I have published articles on why you need a to-be list instead of a to-do list and how self-improvement can ruin your life. I have considered unconventional advice such as how to relax by doing more. I have promoted time management methods that worked in the short term, but clearly failed me in the long term.

Today I stand before you to say I was wrong.