Dear Personal Development, I’m not broken.

dear personal development, I'm not broken
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Dear Personal Development, I’m not broken. Love, Me

I don’t normally write letters to subject matter, but the more I explore personal development the more I think that PD thinks I’m broken.  I don’t feel broken.  If I did an audit of my physical state I could say that I’m in disrepair, but as far as my mental state goes:  I’m not broken.

Or am I so broken that I don’t know what whole is anymore?  It’s a very strange position to be in.

Dear Personal Development, I'm Not Broken.


I jumped on a new app Modern this weekend and found some great things to read.  The first one that caught my eye called In defense of a quiet life.  The post explains that there is this huge push in life for you to make a huge impact.  To live an important life seems to be what we are all told as kids.  You can be the president or the CEO of a big company or a sports star.  What if your impact is supposed to be meaningful but small?  The author Rachael Falis says it really well:

I have no regrets about how I’ve lived my life. It’s been an adventure and will continue to be, but of a different nature.

The best part of the Modern app is that there is poetry posted there as well.  The in between place is a great little read with a lot of love and hope to share.

The Mirror Challenge

I’m continuing The Mirror Challenge, where I stand in front of the mirror or camera and tell myself great things about me.  Well with the idea that I’m not broken, I’m finding it hard to say nice things.  I almost feel like I don’t need to tell myself them.  I’m in such a great head-space right now that I know that I’m great and I feel great. The Modern post called Morning affirmation that will change your life, is however a great list of things to say or read to yourself to motivate you for the day.  Hearing something good can definitely change the way you attack your day.

Tiny Sparks

Lastly I subscribed to Clay Lowe’s Tiny Sparks email list.  Clay and I have a strange two degrees separation that goes back years.  When he was in college, my dad taught at the college he went to.  While I didn’t ever meet him back then, I did see him running around as a 12th man mascot at the football games.  I think.  Anyway, randomly found him online a few years ago and in recent months have become a big fan of all his projects.  Tiny Sparks is very similiar to my own What’s Up? Wednesday, delivering interest things that Clay has come across during the week to your inbox.


Mozart In The Jungle is my new favorite binge watching show.  It’s a part of my Amazon Prime membership, but you can also purchase the show without the membership.

What happens behind the curtains at the symphony is just as captivating as what happens on stage. Created by Paul Weitz (About a Boy), Roman Coppola (The Darjeeling Limited), and Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore). Brash new maestro Rodrigo (Gael Garcia Bernal) is stirring things up, and young oboist Hailey (Lola Kirke) hopes for her big chance.

It’s been funny to watch this series unfold.  When I posted on Facebook the other day, a friend of mine has read the book Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music it’s based on and silly me I didn’t realize that there was a book.  As with any “behind the scenes” show, albiet drama series and not reality series, there is going to be some surprised.  This one definitely has it’s own unique tone and there is a lot of drama considering that orchestras always seem so prim and proper.  If you haven’t seen this show already, check out the Mozart in the Jungle Season 3 – Official Trailer.

After Thoughts:

I really need to get caught up listening to my PD podcasts.  I misplaced my headphones for a few days in the car and I’m lost without them.  Listening to PD on speaker is basically pointless unless you’re in a really quiet spot.

Have you checked out Mommy’s Mid-Life Quest?  MMLQ is my collection of personal development materials and the best part is when you sign up for the email newsletter you get a free PD journaling worksheet.  It looks like the one I’ve filled out below.

Sign up for the Mommy’s Mid-Life Quest Newsletter and receive a free Personal Development printable above!

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  1. Good points! And as a wellness coach, we are supposed to recognize that everyone is whole and is okay just as they are. Kinda sucks that some of the practices or advice we are given makes us feel otherwise!:-/ and Mozart in the Jungle looks pretty awesome. I am definitely going to have to check that out.

    • It’s such a strange mix of people who are into personal development. I just hope most people don’t start to wonder if they are broken by reading some of these things that are meant to be building onto the foundation that people already have, not meant to question if their foundation is cracking. If that makes sense.

      Mozart in the Jungle is really good! Hope you like it.

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