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Self-Care for Extremely Busy Women

Dec 3, 2019

December 3 is an important day for me. It’s the first time in more than 15 years that I’ve launched a book with a major publisher. The Extremely Busy Woman’s Guide to Self-Care is my tribute to all I learned about self-care in the years following my daughter Teal’s death in 2012. It’s part workbook, part guide, part resource listing that has everything you could ever need about self-care. I also include some really wonderful quotes about self-care from Teal’s journal.

I first became aware of Valerie Young’s work in … 2001? I had published a book about creativity and motivation then (How Much Joy Can You Stand?), and her work was a SUPER perfect fit for all that I discussed. We became colleagues and have stayed in touch off and on since then.

If you’ve never listened to Valerie Young speak, she’s brilliant on the subject of Imposter Syndrome. Her voice is nothing less than an inspirational call to arms for all of us scared women to link arms and believe in ourselves again.

Among other things, I learned:

  • How the Imposter Syndrome work came to be
  • Hallmarks of Imposter Syndrome
  • How we get this way and what the effects are, long-term
  • The correlation between anxiety and Imposter Syndrome, and addictions, too
  • Sabotaging behaviors sourced in Imposter Syndrome
  • What can we do about it
  • Useful reframes for Imposter Syndrome moments

It’s a fabulous conversation— don’t miss it!


Suzanne’s new book:

The Extremely Busy Woman’s Guide to Self-Care

The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable Women Suffer From the Imposter Syndrome and How to Thrive In Spite of It

Being Realistic is Killing Your Dreams: 7 Lessons for Living Life on Purpose, Working at What You Love, and Following Your Own Road 

It’s Never Too Late to Find Your Calling: A Handbook to Help You Find Your Passion – and Get a Life 

There’s Got to Be More to Life Than This! 10 Steps to Escaping the Job World and Creating the Life You Really Want Personal Planner 


Betty Rollins essay in Hers, The New York Times, 1981


Valerie Young developed The Imposter Syndrome work while a graduate student at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Since then it has become a worldwide phenomenon. She has spoken on stages extensively about this, including TedNYC.

Valerie is also widely recognized as a thought-leader on thinking “outside the job box.”

In 1995 she became the founder and Dreamer in Residence at Changing Course — an online resource for people who want to make a living doing what they love without a job. Today over 24,000 people subscribe to the Changing Course Newsletter.

She created the first and only training program that teaches people how to serve the career change needs of people who want to be self-employed. Over 350 people from 19 countries have trained with Valerie to become a licensed Profiting from Your Passions® coach.