What You Did Today: Let It Be Enough

Hey, hey! Happy Friday!

Earlier this week, I read a really great interview with Sophia Bush in Health magazine (September 2015). Her response to one question, in particular, really resonated with me, so I wanted to share it on CNC since I think some of you can probably relate too. Sophia was asked: What is your greatest fear?

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Her response:

The word enough is a monster for me. I don’t know how anyone ever feels that they are enough: successful enough, smart enough, pretty enough, healthy enough. I got so scared the first time I decided to say, “I am terrified of not being enough.” And what came back tenfold””women who identify, women who sympathize and women who experience all of that””was mind-boggling to me. We are so in this together. And that helps. A friend said to me, “Let it be enough, whatever you did today. You went on a two-mile run and you didn’t do a circuit-training workout? Who cares? Let it be enough.”

Even though I’m not someone who typically compares myself to other people (unless it’s some friendly competition at CrossFit or KFIT), my personal, self-imposed expectations for myself (i.e. work, life, fitness… whatever it might be) are never “enough.” Ok, say I have a To Do list with 10 items on it. If I’m only able to do 8 or 9 of them, I’m secretly annoyed that I didn’t do them all. My expectations of what is “enough” makes me focus on the negative instead of appreciating the positive, and Sophia’s words definitely resonated with me for this reason.

what you did today let it be enough

It’s such a simple notion: Let it be enough. When I really thought about these words and considered how they could fit into my life, I was much happier with what I was able to accomplish from my To Do list. And, of course, this idea goes well beyond To Do lists. It can apply to so many parts of our lives, and I hope you guys are able to use these words to realize what you did today (or tomorrow or any day) is ENOUGH.

At the end of the interview was a “hit list,” which was perfect for a fun Friday post. I thought you guys would be into it too, so here goes. I hope you decide to play along!

Favorite social media account: Anything on Instagram. Some recent favorites: @fuckjerry and @amberfillerup.

Herb I love to cook with: Rosemary. I love how bold a flavor it is. Rosemary-roasted potatoes? HELLO!

Book worth returning to: 10% Happier. I’m definitely going to read it again.

Binge-worthy show: Parenthood. I don’t think I’ve ever been so invested in a show. I literally dreamed about the characters for months!

Podcast: Here are my favorites!

App I’m addicted to: Instagram. I know a lot of people have moved onto Periscope and other apps, but I still love Instagram.

Skincare products: I just wrote about my favorites the other day!

Surprising thing I collect: Hotel key cards. I actually just counted them because I was curious, and I have 73!

Natural beauty trick: Sleep. When I sleep, I am totally different person””both inside and out.

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I would love to try the fluff butter! Yumm!

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Question of the Day

Your turn! Pick 3 from above and answer in the comments!

33 Comments

  1. Skincare products: I love anything St. Ives! Especially their Apricot Scrub face wash and Soothing Oatmeal and Shea Butter lotion.

    Binge-worthy show: Chopped on the Food Network! I could seriously watch it for hours. I even considered hosting my own Chopped competition with friends. Be careful though because I usually get hungry while watching!

    Surprising things I collect: I recently started collecting salt and pepper shakers. I have one set of bulldog shakers from Target (an ivory English bulldog salt shaker and a mint green French bulldog pepper shaker) and for Halloween I found cute metallic skull salt and pepper shakers from Marshall’s. I’m hoping to expand my collection!

  2. My sister has “let it be…” tattooed on her foot, I love it!

    Binge-worthy show: House Hunters. Even after buying our house 2 years ago I still love watching that show!

    App I’m addicted to: I’m with you on Instagram!

    Skincare products: Witch Hazel and argan oil!

  3. Podcast: The Lively Show by Jess Lively
    You should TOTALLY check it out. Her philosophy is in line with 10% Happier (read it recently too). Her podcast has a variety of guests and they always say such real, insightful things!

    Book I’d recommend: Essentialism or The One Thing – good to put things in perspective!

  4. I love Sophia Bush! What an inspiration!

    Anyway, I’m with you, I LOVE Instagram! I keep wanting to try Periscope but I can’t let go of my love for IG!

    I should also admit that I’m addicted to SimCity BuildIt and I got my boyfriend addicted too. Last night he sent me a text that we need to have a deleting party because he’s obsessed. I agreed (for both of us) and we died laughing because he was hoping I would tell him “no, that’s ridiculous!” It’s a problem.

    The boy and I have also been watching a lot of Friends! I still love that show to this day! SO good!

  5. I LOVE to hear that other people love Parenthood. I watched the entire series when it was on the air and it just never received the attention it deserved. Such a great show; although, I don’t think there was ever an episode where I didn’t cry.

  6. I’m totally addicted to Parenthood, too. Last night I watched the episode where Crosby cheats on Jasmine with Gaby. Oh, Crosby…

    Podcast: Stuff You Should Know
    Book Worth Returning to: Sh*t My Dad Says. Whenever I want to laugh, I re-read this book on my kindle.

  7. I just started 10% Happier yesterday. I’ve had it on my nightstand for a couple months, so I figured it was time haha.

    Enough is such a tricky thing. I wrote a post about being enough and as much as I believe it, it’s something I have to continually remind myself over and over again.

  8. Skincare product: I’m obsessed with these micellar makeup removing wipes from Trader Joe’s! They’ve worked a miracle on my skin.

    Binge-worthy show: It’s a toss up between How I Met Your Mother and The Office!

    App I’m addicted to: Instagram!

  9. Natural beauty trick – homemade deodorant (coconut oil & aluminum-free baking soda. Works AMAZING!)

    Herb I love to cook with – oregano. It’s such a nice classic! But my favorite spice is cumin; I put it in EVERYTHING.

    Binge-worthy show – BUFFY! (Also, Gilmore Girls. This is the perfect time of year for that show)

    Thanks for the reminder to let today’s activities be enough 🙂

  10. Binge Worthy Show: Tiny House Nation, or Tiny house hunters etc….I am so amazed at people that can live in such tight quarters and be happy. Plus sometimes there are storage ideas that seem like they would work for me too.

    Herb I love to cook with: Can parmesan be a herb? I seem to be adding it to everything lately.

    Podcast: Suff you missed in History…I never knew I liked history!

  11. I loooove Sophia’s words – so glad you posted because I did miss the interview. Great reminder. Also – I just saw the other day that Parenthood was on Netflix – almost started watching, but wasn’t sure if I wanted to invest the time. Glad your post came when it did. 🙂

  12. I can definitely relate to this! I am the same way with a to do list, I am always making them it seems and I am never finishing them and then I get annoyed that I only had a couple more things and maybe if my time management was better, thanks for the reminder that it is enough and I don’t need to worry about it!

  13. Random but so needed this today!!! I never feel like it’s “enough”, very occasionally at least! Totally need to pin this and also stick it to my forehead so I see it every time I look in the mirror! Sleep, I hear you, I NEED my sleep! Instagram all the way, I’m only catching up! Binge worthy show…Girls? Have you watched it? The super cringe much more ordinary girl version of Sex and the City!

  14. Binge-worthy show: I agree with Parenthood! I just finished the series last weekend, and I kid you not, I cried through the last 5 episodes and for 3 HOURS after the finale. #sendhelp

    Favorite social media account: I used to LOVE “Shit My Dad Says.”

    Herb I love to cook with: Rosemary. I love how bold a flavor it is. Rosemary-roasted potatoes? HELLO!

    Book worth returning to: She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb. I think I was somewhere between 13 and 15 years old when I read it, and it has stayed with me ever since. That or Memoirs of a Geisha.

    Read more at http://carrotsncake.com/2015/10/what-you-did-today-let-it-be-enough.html#I3H1OW8kZLI4Ot8P.99

  15. Oops! I accidentally copied and pasted your “Herb I love to cook with” response in my answers, and the irony is, it is the one herb I don’t like at all! LOL sorry about that!

  16. Tina! YES! Thank you for sharing this thought, because it totally resonates with me as well. Oh and I loved Sophia Bush back in her “One Tree Hill” days. She is a true beauty, and apparently and inspirational women according to your interview. I’m with her on IG – I prefer it to all the other socials. Happy Friday! You did ENOUGH today. Me too! 🙂

  17. Maybe it’s boring… but I love collecting keychains. I have so many from Disney World lol.

    Skincare products: Micellar water. I have sensitive skin and this stuff is amazing and it’s really helped my complexion since I started using it.

    Natural beauty trick: if this counts, I use coconut (or any I have on hand) oil and sugar mixed together as an exfoliant when I shave (twice: before I shave, shave, exfoliate, shave.) and it really smooths my skin and I can shave a little less often.

  18. That is a great reminder. I am way too hard on myself also – it’s bad!

    App is a toss up between Facebook and Instagram. Book would be anything by Jodi Picoult – I reread her stuff all the time. I just started using Rodan + Fields acne wash and am hoping it clears up these stress breakouts I’ve been having!

  19. I love rosemary potatoes too. Add in a little garlic and parm and it tastes like a little bit of heaven! Lately, I’ve been using rosewater on my skin in the morning and at nice and my coloring has started to even out. Favorite show right now = How To Get Away With Murder. It recently came out on Netflix and I’ve been obsessed!

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  21. One of my favorite podcasts has been Girls Gone WOD. Claire and Joy always make me laugh and as a newbie to Crossfit stuff they have been tons of fun to listen to.

  22. Thank you so much for this inspirational post, Tina! I have been wanting to read 10% Happier for a while, so now I have to!

    app addicted to – Instagram — it’s the only one I use/have but I love it

    book worth returning to – anything by Arianna Huffington (Thrive, Fearless, etc.)

    herb to cook with – pretty much any herb on the planet!

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