Episode 35: Letting Go of Expectations

Kati: “I am so much more confident in who I am now in my thirties.”

Helen: “How did you get to that point?”

Kati: “Bending over backwards for too many people for too long and realize that it’s not fulfilling. I am getting back in touch with what I foresee for my future.”

We can easily get caught up in meeting others’ expectations that we tend to forget our own.

And if you let it happen often enough and long enough, you end up forgetting about your goals. Your dreams. And what you make of yourself.

We are trying so hard to serve others that we don’t take care ourselves – emotionally and physically.

I invited my college roommate, Kati Tatnall, to address the challenges of meeting internal and external expectations – reflecting on what we expected ourselves to turn out as teenagers versus what we expect ourselves today as adults.

She’s challenged with meeting the demands of being a mom of 3, a wife, and a full-time career woman.

 It’s easy to ignore playing that fourth role in our lives well: being ourselves.

What we tackle in this episode:

  • How our outward dialogue with others influences the quite dialogue with have internally

  • Carving out time to do what’s meaningful to you

  • How introverts find support vs extroverts

  • Struggling with anxiety and not being able to address what’s waiting for you

  • How not making enough money creates burnout, even if you’re doing what you’re passionate about

  • Dealing with the guilt of being a mom vs choosing a career

GUEST: Kati Tatnall


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HOSTED BY: Helen Ngo



Music by Muciscal_Chef

Track title: “Motivational Happy”