The Checklist Life | Mila Atmos

January 15, 2015 3:23 PM

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I used to be fiercely ambitious in pursuing the big items on my checklist. Get college degree: check. Get job: check. Get boyfriend: check. Get married: check. Everything was going to be so perfect. Like so many of us, I had these lofty ideals about becoming the person that I aspire to be: the woman with a ragingly successful career; a domestic goddess with beautiful, intelligent children, and a happy marriage. In reality, pursuing my aspiration made me feel inadequate. In this blog, I want to share my journey to find my authentic self. By chronicling my successes and failures, I hope to offer camaraderie to like-minded people (I want to find you!).

The checklist life starts early. As a teenager, I struggled alongside my peers to conform and fit in. I suffered tragic perms, ridiculous clothing, and various attempts at being popular. I was on my way to pursue the right life. I sincerely believed that once I got through the end of my checklist, t...

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