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Good Enough Is the New Perfect

Good Enough is the New Perfect: Finding Happiness and Success in Modern Motherhood (Harlequin Nonfiction, April 2011) is not a book about settling.

Women today earn more than half of all bachelor’s degrees, hold more managerial positions than men, are earning higher and higher salaries and doing all of this while having families on their own timelines.  It would only make sense that this generation of girls born to “have it all” would be the happiest in history. So why is it that study after study shows that women’s happiness levels have been decreasing — and what can they do about it?

Based on exclusive data, more than 100 in-depth interviews, and the latest expert research, Good Enough Is the New Perfect is the answer moms have been waiting for — a guide for them to be happier and more satisfied in all areas of their lives, as mothers, wives and professionals. Drawing on their groundbreaking original survey of 905 working mothers, authors Becky Beaupre Gillespie and Hollee Schwartz Temple have discovered that a Good Enough mindset is the key: Moms who lose the Never Enough attitude are happier, more confident in their choices, and have greater overall success — and they have given up surprisingly little professional status to do so.

Good Enough Is the New Perfect helps women discover what they really want out of life, create the elusive work/life balance and truly “have it all.” With an honest and compelling look at the new, internal “Mommy Wars” raging inside so many modern moms, the book demonstrates why living up to our own expectations just might be the path to the greatest happiness and success. Through the intimate stories of doctors and lawyers, business leaders and entertainment executives (to name a few), Good Enough is the New Perfect introduces readers to working moms who have rejected the all-or-nothing choices of the past to become the first generation to wrest true control of their lives. It identifies the perils and roots of our obsession with Having It All — and offers a roadmap for leaving that all behind.

Discover the New Perfect for yourself — and see just how happy modern motherhood really can be.