Single Girls Guide 17 Erin Foster

I went to this birthday party over the weekend and ran into a friend who asked me how I’m doing, what I’m working on, who I’m with, etc. I started in on this neurotic rant that barely left room for breathing… “I don’t know which things are gonna pan out and which aren’t, I’m almost thirty and I don’t even know what I’m doing or who I am or who I’m supposed to be or what I’m meant to be doing. I don’t know how to live in the grey area and my age sounds so much older than I know how to act! But I think I’m good, but I cant tell, what’s wrong with me?!” He looked at me and just started laughing. He put a supportive hand on my shoulder and said, “You are doing everything exactly how you should be doing it. You are asking all the right questions. You are doubting yourself in all the right ways. You are  so much younger than you realize and will look back and see how all of these things put you exactly where you needed to be.”

Sometimes we’re standing with our nose up to the map and so we can’t see where we are. But if we step back and take a look, everything is right where it’s always been. We’re trained to doubt and question and be critical – and they’re the qualities that help us survive. But sometimes it’s important to have faith in ourselves and know that we’re doing the best we can and that’s the best anyone will ever do.

There was a time when a woman could just be a mom and a man could just have a job and everyone was satisfied with what they brought to the table. But now we want to be all things to everyone at all times. We want to be independent women who make our own choices, but we also want to be a mom and we want to run companies at the same time as not missing any soccer games. We want to look better than good for our age, we want to look ten years younger than we are. We want to stay in touch with everyone but be a great friend to those close enough to need it. We want to be approachable and kind but let people know we wont be taken advantage of. We want a man who will take care of us but not make us feel like we need to be taken care of. No one can win.

We are insatiable for perfection and as a result, no one feels like they’re doing enough. We can only see it in other people, how big of an impact they are making on the world, how good of a job they are doing. Which is why we always need to remind each other of it. Sometimes I see girls who are beautiful and successful and are the whole package. But because they aren’t married or planning a wedding, they think they can’t breathe easy. So I watch them dilute their worth. Getting too drunk in the lobby of a hotel, embarrassing themselves, hitting on the innocent twenty year old waiter, dressing like the younger girl they wish they were even though there is a woman at the next table who would give anything to be her age. They’re all chasing their tails. And everyone else just watches them running in circles, wasting time.

Every mistake is an excuse to laugh at ourselves, every wrinkle is proof that we lived and every disappointment is a reminder that we are still hopeful.

You’re doing so much better than you even realize. So live it up and enjoy it.

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  1. I just found this on pinterest…what an inspiring post, I esp love the last quote, “Every mistake is an excuse to laugh at ourselves, every wrinkle is proof that we lived and every disappointment is a reminder that we are still hopeful.” xoxo

  2. for the record, i have bookmarked this post and i re-read it whenever i need a pick-me-up. thanks so much for your wise words!

  3. Beautifully said. Thank you for this. :o)

  4. Erin, I love it! Right now I’m just figuring out a lot of stuff so reading this is so helpful. Thanks!

  5. ERIN, you’re so smart! thanks for sharing your wisdom with us. i always learn something from your single girls guide. it kinda makes me feel awesome about being a single girl! keep up the great work! we love you!!

  6. to post a comment

    • ok, so i am completely dumb (as the previous non-comment shows) but i ADORED your article! Thank you both for the post AND for not laughing at my total absence of social-media abilities ;)

  7. This single 31 year old thanks you. And also loves your posts, obviously.

  8. Thanks, Erin! I needed this. <3

  9. “We can only see it in other people, how big of an impact they are making on the world, how good of a job they are doing. Which is why we always need to remind each other of it”

    Well… That just summarized how I ALWAYS feel! Wanna be my life coach/BFF?

  10. so needed this today!

  11. I’m only eighteen but this can speak to anyone of any age and I can tell you I needed that! So thanks

  12. I live for the single girls guide and absolutely love your take on the world.

  13. I’m 21, I go to school, I have a job, but feel like I’m going nowhere… any time someone asks me my major/what I want to be when I grow up I respond with, “I don’t know, I’m kinda just boppin’ around.” Thanks for this post, it made me remember that I’m doing just fine.

  14. Thank you SO SO SO SO SO much!!!

  15. I ‘M CHESSE adicted !!!!!!! & single – girls adicted !!!!!!!!!! Erin you are the best !!!!!!!! Chesse from Barcelona !!!!!!!!!

  16. love it!!!!!!! cheese from Italy!!!

  17. LOVE LOVE LOVE! I needed this on Monday! Thank you!

  18. This is a great article…thanks for the reminder to give myself a little breathing room AND credit!

  19. Love this one. Thanks for sharing!

  20. i love cheese

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