Do you ever feel controlled by the “shoulds” in your life?

The expectations of other people, or even more illusory, the expectations of culture?
The idea that you should do this or you should do that? That you should be a certain type of person?

Other people’s expectations of us can have a surprising amount of influence, often times at the expense of our own happiness and identity.

In today’s podcast Thriving Life Interview, I’m talking with Jenika McDavitt, one of my favorite people. She’s a Yale Graduate in psychology, photographer, author of the blog Psychology for Photographers, mother, chef, calligrapher, and all around inspiring person.

Jenika shares:

1. what to do when cultural expectations start to influence what you think you should do or who you think you should be
2. She talks about why scheduling in your hobbies and nourishing activities helps them actually happen
3. How writing and journaling can keep you clear on your identity
4. and why asking for help and receiving help from others is important for our relationships and growth.

This episode is perfect for those who want to prune the influence of cultural expectations, who would like to learn how to understand their emotions to find greater clarity, and who are looking for ways to experience more community in their life.

SHOWNOTES

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cane: this is the groundbreaking book Jenika mentions in talking about being an introvert

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