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Learning to feel good enough with The School of Life

I think it’s safe to say most of us have lacked self-confidence at some point or felt not good enough. We might have suffered with mum guilt or Imposter Syndrome. Or maybe all of the above. And while I think it’s great to take action, set goals and make moves towards self-improvement at any point of the year, I’m also one of those people who says ‘the diet starts on Monday’ rather than ‘I’m going to start eating better today’. I see things in blocks of time and like to start fresh at the start of a new year. And it just so happens that The School of Life has launched a new collection in time for my ass-kicking goals for 2018.

The School of Life dictionary

The School of Life is devoted to developing emotional intelligence, with products to help you live a more calm life, feel more confident and even explore new career options. I also love their feminist notebooks!

Their new statement collection focuses on refreshing honesty: no-one is normal. I’ve blogged before about the peril of comparing yourself to others and it’s so easy to focus on what other people choose to share with the world and compare their best day to your own worst.

Good Enough t-shirt from The School of Life

‘Good enough’ isn’t failure: it’s a grown-up cure for the sickness of idealisation – The School of Life

Good Enough t-shirt from The School of Life
Good Enough t-shirt*, £24.00 (also in navy)

One of my goals for 2018 is to go easier on myself. It’s time to start accepting compliments and being proud of my achievements rather than dismissing praise.

I’m not one for typical self-help books (I adore anti-guru Sarah Knight) and love The School of Life’s message that we have the power to help ourselves.

The Self-Help Book from The School of Life

The Self-Help Book from The School of Life
Writing as Therapy Journal – Self-Help*, £15.00

I’m not a very eloquent speaker. I suffer with verbal diarrhea and my parents were forever telling me to ‘engage brain’ before speaking growing up. Writing really is therapy for me because it allows me to process my thoughts and share them with the world. Well, the small part of the world that likes to read my nerdy ramblings, but still. Sometimes I even receive reassuring comments that, actually, I’m not alone and nobody is normal. How about that?!

So many people set resolutions and goals for the new year to try and fit into the mold of what they think other people define as perfect, but how about we focus on reminding ourselves that we’re good enough as we are? Working to improve yourself is great, if you’re looking for a promotion or to train to compete in a marathon, but how about we just start cutting ourselves some slack and learn to love ourselves as we are?

Check out the full statement collection here.

*I was sent these products for review purposes and all thoughts are my own

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