About the Project

Let the Project Begin

This was my first post, written January 1, 2012. For new readers, I think it helps put other posts into context.

In exactly one month, on February 1, 2012, I will turn 50 years old. If I had to pick one word to describe my life so far, it would be “tortured”. Okay, that sounds a little melodramatic. What I mean is this– I’m never satisfied with myself. I frequently think I haven’t accomplished enough. I easily become overwhelmed with emotions that I feel I have too little control over. I’m sensitive to the point that it’s painful. I’m prone to despair, alternating with diffuse anxiety. And to top it all off, I don’t have a lot of fun in my life–mostly of my own choosing. When I read Gretchen Rubin’s book, The Happiness Project, I skipped the chapter on fun.

Oh, and by the way, I’m a psychologist. There’s more than a little shame that comes from thinking that all of my training and experience should have made me a bit less of a mess by now. Read more…

This I Know

Here’s a post at the one year mark. You’ll learn what surprised me most, my favorite self-compassion techniques, and how I’ve changed. Read more…

Start Your Own Self-Compassion Project

Coming Soon!

8 thoughts on “About the Project

  1. I would love to join you Barb! I found your blog linked to a post on Toni Bernhard’s Facebook page. In recent weeks I have become aware of how little compassion I have for myself. I can relate to feeling dissatisfaction with myself and being submerged in anxiety. Meditation has helped me unravel some of this tangle I’ve gotten myself into. I look forward to sharing the journey.

    • Nice to meet you! Toni is so nice about sharing things. She’s amazing! Yes, let’s share the journey!

  2. Hi Barb, I am new here! I would love to follow your blog! I have never thought of Self-Compassion for one self. I want to learn how SO I can become more thoughtful for who I am. Thank you for opening up and sharing your journey with the world. I eventually want and plan on writing a couple of books — I want to see what I can learn about the person I am today. Thank you!

  3. Hey there – I just found out about your blog and self compassion. I’ve always had problems worrying, especially with social situations. I think this’ll really help in the future.

    (I linked to your blog in one of my posts, hope you don’t mind!)

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