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Good Enough Is the New Perfect: Finding Happiness and Success in Modern Motherhood [Paperback]

Becky Beaupre Gillespie , Hollee Schwartz Temple
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  • Paperback: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin (19 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373892373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373892372
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.5 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 955,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1.0 out of 5 stars Good enough is the new perfect 11 July 2011
By m
Very disappointing book that just lists case studies. Would be good to have featured a range of high powered women to the ordinary everyday mother trying to find the balance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring & game-changing view of modern motherhood 15 April 2011
By A. Beaupre - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
"Good Enough Is the New Perfect" inspired me from the very first page. At first, I wasn't sure it would be for me, because though I used to have a demanding and successful career, I have chosen to stay home with my young daughter. Not being a "working mother", I wasn't sure what I'd get out of this book. But what I realized immediately as I started reading, is that all mothers take so much upon our shoulders, whether or not we are working full-time, working in an office, working from home, or even choosing to be "stay at home moms". The guilt and the need to achieve "perfection" in all aspects of our lives can really drag us down. I know I feel that way all the time, and it's so good to realize that I am not alone.

I love how this book begins... "This is not a book about settling". And it's true. It's a book that reminds women that each of us can achieve our own "new perfect". We need to stop judging each other, and especially judging ourselves, because what works for one woman and her family isn't going to work for another. Finding balance certainly isn't always easy, and the authors readily admit that, but the incredible women profiled in this book show us how we can find our own peace and a working balance between our responsibilities, our passions, and our families. The stories the authors and their subjects share are personal, sometimes painful, often triumphant -- and something I believe all women can relate to. This book makes me want to be a better mother, a better wife, and a better contributor to my society -- and not because I feel I'm falling short, but because I know now what is possible, and I know there's a community of women out there doing the same things and none of us have to be alone.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Good Enough" is a great read 9 May 2011
By KimLy - Published on Amazon.com
The most refreshing thing about "Good Enough is the New Perfect" is its tone. Much of the "self-help" literature aimed at working moms is fraught with judgment, and wastes no time telling women how they're "doing it wrong" (whatever "it" may be) and will inevitably screw up their children as a result. It's all about guilt, and is no wonder that so many working women second-guess themselves to the brink of insanity.

But, Temple and Gillespie genuinely seem to want to offer guidance and help, not only demonstrating how the hotshot women in their book have figured out what works for them, but giving tips at the start of each chapter, with practical advice and suggestions for women seeking their own elusive work/life balance. And, the authors don't offer their book as the definitive word on the work/life balance topic, much like they realize there's no one size that fits all working women.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Good Enough" Will Give You The Courage To Forge Your Own Path 7 May 2011
By Amy Hatch - Published on Amazon.com
I've long been a subscriber to the theory that you can't be perfect.

Some would say that's the lazy woman's way out, a good rationale for not vacuuming or for taking the path of least resistance in life. But for me, what it has really meant is knowing when to cry "Uncle."

That's why "Good Enough Is the New Perfect: Finding Happiness and Success In Modern Motherhood" resonates so deeply with me. This wonderful, smart book by Becky Beaupre Gillespie and Hollee Schwartz Temple made me feel that much less alone on this imperfect path I've chosen as both a mom and a professional.

Hollee and Becky are both driven, intellectual powerhouses: Becky is an investigative journalist and Hollee is a lawyer and law professor, and they brought all of their skills to bear in this book.

Their original, ground-breaking research reveals a new paradigm emerging in modern motherhood, one that resonates deeply for me, and, I think, lots of other women.
Based on exclusive data, more than 100 in-depth interviews, and the latest research, Good Enough Is the New Perfect builds on the growing "anti-perfection parenting" movement.
More and more women are tossing their Never Enough attitudes aside and embracing a Good Enough mindset. While it may be a messier reality, Becky and Hollee show that Good Enoughs are often happier -- and more successful in their professional lives.

Written with a highly personal, engaging voice, the book tells the real and inspiring stories of moms (including the authors themselves) who reached their own breaking points when it came to striving for perfection. What they found when they released that self-expectation was that they were actually able to achieve more -- and with balance.
When my daughter was born, I fretted for four long months over whether or not to leave my high-paying but terribly unfulfilling corporate job as a marketing manager for a Fortune 100 company. The job came with a lovely salary, but was slowly sucking the soul out of me.

I never planned to be a stay-at-home mom, but suddenly, that was all I wanted. I couldn't bear leaving my child behind each day for work that paid for my fancy apartment but left me longing for the scent of my newborn's skin.

So, after long talks with my husband (and his full support), I left that behind. The day I resigned was one of the happiest of my life. Fast-forward six years and I find myself on a path of my own making, as a entrepreneur, social media consultant and freelance writer and editor.

It is a path I never could have imagined, one that didn't fit into my notion of what a perfect life would look like. There is little job security in what I do, but there is a tremendous amount of freedom and fun. I can be with my children when I choose and I also feel very, very good about the work I do.
I am satisfied.

My carpets are often dirty and dinner sometimes comes from a box or a bag, but we are perfectly imperfect.

I was lucky enough to be a first reader for Becky and Hollee's book, and I am here to tell you that if you read it, you will either feel less alone and validated -- or, if you are struggling with the burden of perfection, you will find in its pages the permission you need to lay that burden down.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Aha Moment 18 April 2011
By Tracey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Oprah Winfrey often talks about an "Aha!" moment, that second where something clicks in your head and you can feel it in your heart. I had my aha moment while reading this book.

I have always tried to do everything right in my life to have all that I thought I wanted. But I wasn't happy. And, I was lonely. Right away when I started reading this book, I felt found. Through the authors' stories and interviews, I discovered this amazing inspiration to make some serious changes in my life. And, it was fun to read! When I wasn't nodding ferociously in agreement, I was laughing out loud. This book literally gave me the tools I need to live a better and healthier life. Thank you, Becky and Hollee!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Ideas for all Working Moms 29 April 2011
By Laura Baylor, Author of Mindful Makeover for Moms - Published on Amazon.com
When I started reading I struggled to relate to the women in the book because I don't consider myself a "high powered" career women such as a doctor or lawyer. But if you are a working mom, whether you are a doctor, lawyer, teacher (like me!), blogger, or whatever, we are all struggling to balance home, work, and personal time. Learning to accept how much you can do and be satisfied and happy with yourself is a personal journey. Good Enough is the New Perfect offers tips to help.
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