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I Used to Have a Handle on Life But It Broke

I Used to Have a Handle on Life But It Broke

Six Power Solutions for Women With Too Much To Do

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Working 24/7 and STILL
Can't Get It All Done?

Then don't! Most women think that the only way to manage the mounting chaos in their lives is to take control and organize, organize, organize. No wonder we have overwhelming to-do lists that leave us feeling exhausted and powerless! But in I Used to Have a Handle on Life but It Broke, Mary LoVerde has a better idea.
Showing us that the opposite of control is not chaos but contentment, LoVerde demonstrates how to counter the natural urge to assume responsibility for everything. In place of frustrating and futile controlling strategies, she gives readers straightforward techniques for maintaining their energy and keeping their balance no matter what life throws their way. Recognizing that we often confuse control with power, LoVerde delineates six solutions that will help women change from striving for control to thriving with true power:
1. Pose good questions
2. Pay attention
3. Predict your Achilles' heel
4. Partner with women
5. Pause before judging
6. Position yourself
With her trademark sense of humor and the compassionate voice that has earned her such a strong national following, Mary LoVerde shows us that the result of letting go is not a black hole of dirty laundry and unpaid bills, but a life that is light, free, and joyful.
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  • Touchstone | 
  • 224 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780743242141 | 
  • January 2011
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Chapter One: Give It Up

Controlling Our Lives


If only i could get a handle on my life. Then I'd finally be able to have some time for myself, the kids, and my husband. I'd read the stack of books on my nightstand, put the piles of photos sitting in their envelopes in albums, and cook healthy meals. If I could just get a grip, I'd solve the problems at work, keep a cleaner house, and pay more attention to my aging parents. With just a little more leverage over my life, I could run the cat to the vet, the kids to dance and debate practice, and the tax forms to the IRS. I could volunteer more. I could lose weight, I... see more

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