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Are you:

An academically-inclined, stressed-out overachiever? A concerned parent of a disconnected, unsatisfied (or heading that direction) child? A person who often feels like a “failure”? A counselor or teacher (or anyone) tired of our culture’s unhealthy standards of success?

This blog is:

• A conversation about “having enough” and redefining success in a culture where perfectionism and materialism — and the goal of “having it all” (doing it all, being it all…) — reign.

• A celebration of people with new visions of “having enough” and who find success through meaningful activities that make the world better.

• A resource for parents and others who want to create healthy visions of success and “having enough” for our children.

I am:

A writer, counselor, trainer, mother and recovering academic overachiever.

For more on my writing and background, please see my Services page and/or my professional web site.

Thank you for visiting my blog,

Megan Pincus Kajitani

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Amber Marks  |  August 31, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    Hi Megan! Rebecca directed me to you blog, where I’ve been nodding my head in agreement the last hour!! Kudos! and thank you for some important reminders/perspective.

    A book recommendation for you:

    Midlife Crisis at 30. i forget the author, but I think you’d enjoy it.

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  • 2. Nancy Lee  |  August 31, 2007 at 6:34 pm

    Great job with the new blog, Megan! Congratulations on launching it. You are to be commended for your focus on getting the message out that there are alternative realities to having everything, to over-achieving, and of deluding ourselves that this is all that life’s about. And these “alternative lifestyles” (and the quotation marks are deliberate as the conventional idea of an alternative way of life typically goes into the extreme, like living off hemp and basketweaving, not that there’s anything wrong with that :-)) are being lived all the time by everyday, salt-of-the-earth people (I only need to look to my own family for inspiration, and I do). It’s just that for those who are coming from a place where the pressure to succeed in the conventional sense is overwhelming (and, absolutely, the culture of academia is one such place despite its denizons being largely oblivious to this), having-it-all becomes the holy grail that, when unattainable, causes great suffering through a sense of personal failure, defeat, and of not being able to “cut it.” It’s the chains we forge ourselves through our indoctrination that binds the cruelest.

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  • 3. girlwhocriedepiphany  |  October 23, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    Am I an “academically-inclined, stressed-out overachiever?” Um, yep. You’re entire first paragraph spoke directly to my overstimulated brain and the parts of my heart that are worn out by this relentless world.

    I came across your blog through Earthy Yoga Mom and am really excited to dive into it. I am not a parent (yet) but I think one thing that really makes me hesitate about jumping into motherhood is this mad, consume at all costs culture. I really look forward to looking around…

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