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Are You a Superwoman?

Being able to say no isn't always easy, especially when you don't want to disappoint your family and friends. But putting yourself behind your loved ones could end up taking a huge toll on your spirit. Life coach and author, Cheryl Richardson, brought five important life lessons to Good Morning America today in an effort to help all the "superwomen" out there say no — no to putting your needs on the back burner, no to thinking you're being selfish if you put yourself first, and no to going unnoticed. Check out her five tips on how to take your life back here. In the meantime, I'm curious, how many of you consider yourselves to be superwomen?


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sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
I am juggling training for a career with ensuring we have enough money to live on with running the household pretty much singlehandedly. I break down though from the stress, I am no superwoman. Factoring in kids? I don't know how I'll manage. I'll need a nanny and a maid and I am not ashamed of this if it means my kids are better cared for.
acf222 acf222 8 years
Yes, I do but I've always been pretty good at juggling several things at once. I am a career girl, so obviously my job is a huge focus. I also am maintaining a household (just me and my fiance), prepping for my GMAT, and planning our wedding. Maybe I'll have it easier because I do not plan on having kids, but nevertheless, balancing work and home is always a challenge.
emalove emalove 8 years
I think I do a pretty good job of balancing my own needs with the needs of my husband, family, and friends. It's tough sometimes, but the older I get, the better I've gotten at it. I'm sure that will change once I have kids though!
avantgardeology avantgardeology 8 years
I completely agree with Austerity. I feel that all the choices I have made in my life, have been for ME. I wouldnt let anything else ruin my dreams or my goals as a person. Friend, boyfriend or whatever. You live for YOU... cuz youre the only one you can depend on.
austerity austerity 8 years
Frankly yes, I feel like superwoman right now. I feel gifted; I think I have everything a 23-year old woman could wish for. I'm young, ambitious, hard-working and happy. I've set my sights high and I believe I will get there. But that doesn't mean I'm really all that; I consider those who are balancing family, a relationship and a career the real superwomen. I'm not balancing many things; just my career and friendships. I feel lucky for now and hope to evolve into a capable woman even in the future.
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
No, and I don't want to have to be. I believe society and the workplace should be more open to working families, but I also believe in raising my own children -which means I'll devote myself fully to it as a job should I have children (and should my partner and I agree that it makes sense). The whole superwoman ideal doesn't work.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
No, but I've increasingly had that pressure to be a "superwoman" put on me [oh, the Alicia Keys song!], especially after I moved back home to save for grad school. I think for me, culturally, it's kind of expected - to be anything else [at least within my family], even if you don't have a family of your own, might be considered "lazy" or "unproductive". I'm having trouble reconciling that with how I've learned to live as an independent person during college. eh.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
Very much so. I've always felt like I have had to take care of my family and friends before myself. It's why I moved home after college to take care of my sick grandfather than accept THE job. I got more time with my grandfather, so I don't regret it. But after that, I had to start teaching myself that sometimes I need to come first. I haven't gotten there yet, but I'm trying.
vmruby vmruby 8 years
No.... I have to put aside time to take care of me first before I can even begin to be useful to anyone else.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
No, and I don't strive to be. :)
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
This came at such a key time for me... Between my friends, family and work...I feel like I'm putting what everyone else, wants and needs before myself and I've finally hit a wall. I'm kind of at the point where I'm just sick of people and feeling frustrated that I always "do do do" for others and put myself and my free time on the back burner to always help others.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
i don't really need to be yet...i feel like you have to have a family and a house to take care of to really take this title i have a good job and keep my life together and keep busy but i don't have major responsibilities and could lounge around watching tv all night if i wanted to, so i can't say that i'm superwoman yet one day!
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