Oct 1, 2019
If you’re like a lot of us, you’re hard on yourself. I know from a young age I was Little Susie Perfect who could do nothing wrong. Which not only made life exhausting and difficult, it prevented me from doing healthy things like ask for help and admit when I didn’t know something. I mistakenly believed I had to be all things to all people – which prevented me from taking good care of myself.
After all … why would I ‘waste time’ on something as nebulous as self-care?
I begin this show by reading my essay, ‘On Loving My Imperfection.’ What follows are my thoughts about overcoming our natural need to ‘over produce’. You know this is you if you’re the last one out the door at work, if everyone comes to you to solve their problems, if you find yourself unable to say ‘No’.
Take a listen if you truly believe you don’t have time for self-care … or if you just want permission to be … good enough! Because honey – you most definitely do! This one’s for you.
Suzanne Falter is an author, speaker and blogger who writes essays and non-fiction books about self-care, joy and lessons learned after the death of her daughter Teal. Her book, Self-Care for Extremely Busy Women (Sourcebooks) will be out in December, 2019.
Suzanne is an international speaker, and speaks to healthcare and corporate audiences about self-care, the gifts of crisis, and her experience as a donor mom in the world of organ donation. She also speaks about her connection with Amera, the young woman who received her daughter Teal’s heart after her sudden death in 2012.
Suzanne’s online writing and videos can be found on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest. She is the author of the book, Surrendering to Joy as well as How Much Joy Can You Stand? and Living Your Joy (both Ballantine.) She is also the author of a novel, Doin’ the Box Step (Random House) as well as the Transformed series of novels. Transformed: San Francisco was recipient of the Rainbow Award – Best Transgender Book Runner Up. A new series of lesbian romance novels launches in January, 2019. Suzanne’s essays and other work have been featured in publications like O, The New York Times, SELF Magazine, Women’s Day, More and on more than 100 radio and television shows.
She lives with her wife in Oakland, California.