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Better than Perfect by Elizabeth Lombardo

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Introduction

IVE BEEN A perfectionist for most of my life.

In all honesty, I’ve been rewarded quite nicely because of it.

At the same time, though, it’s caused a lot of unnecessary tears, tension, and trials for me and for the people around me.

It was 7:27 in the morning. I’d already been up a few hours trying to tackle my lengthy to-do list before flying to New York around noon. I still had to pack, wondering what shoes I should bring; respond to a journalist about how to excel during change in the workplace; empty the dishwasher; get my daughters’ breakfasts ready; and test my eight-year-old on her spelling words.

My stress level was definitely up there, but I was trying to keep it together.

“Unpleasant,” I said, reciting a word from the spelling ...

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