By Kristen Rogers Anderson
There’s a popular piece of wisdom that circulates around internet inspirational circles about not constantly apologizing — referencing our often knee-jerk habit of saying “I’m sorry.”
The idea is that replacing “I’m sorry” with phrases like “Thank you for understanding” is a small step toward removing a little self-judgement from our everyday lives — and keeps us from shrinking ourselves so as not to ruffle others. Sure, thoughtless “I’m sorry”s are way more whispers than shouts of shame, but those compound whispers can become an oppressive din. They’re indicative of a tendency that potentially holds us back.
Enter Rachel Hollis and this month’s book as chosen by our members, Girl, Stop Apologizing.
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Girl, Stop Apologizing isn’t strictly about that particular piece of wisdom, but the sickness that behavior is a symptom of: playing small. So often, we talk ourselves out of what we want in service of others, and it does neither of us any favors. Hollis helps identify the ways we may be holding ourselves back so that we can change and grow — no apologies necessary.
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Kristen Rogers Anderson (@chillinkristen) co-hosts the podcast Guide to the Unknown (gttupod.com), where she and her brother Will Rogers talk about mysteries, the paranormal, urban legends and folklore, but ya know, keep it light. She works as an assistant for Kara Benz and probably packed those Boho Berry stickers in your journal.
Kristen also teaches restorative yoga — basically an assisted nap — and has a major thing for Bravo programming. She loves being outside with her dog, Crumbs, eating good food in restaurants or crappy food in front of the TV with her chef husband, Ryan, and cracking up with her very, very loved friends and family.