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Cheryl Strayed

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Cheryl Strayed is the author of four books: Tiny Beautiful Things, Torch, Brave Enough, and the #1 New York Times bestseller, Wild. She's also the author of the popular Dear Sugar Letters, currently on Substack and the host of two hit podcasts--Sugar Calling and Dear Sugars. You can find links to her events and answers to FAQ on her web site: http://www.cherylstrayed.com/ ...more

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Your question makes me laugh! It's the number one question I'm asked about Wild. I'm happy to report that my feet recovered entirely. I hav…more
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Your question makes me laugh! It's the number one question I'm asked about Wild. I'm happy to report that my feet recovered entirely. I have all ten toenails now!

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Cheryl Strayed Oh my goodness, Kelly, yes! I so relate to your question. I've decided to not even try to apply the word "balance" to my life. There is no balance! I …moreOh my goodness, Kelly, yes! I so relate to your question. I've decided to not even try to apply the word "balance" to my life. There is no balance! I don't aspire to it anymore. I aspire to do the best I can do in every realm and forgive myself when I fail at doing well. You are in the very thick of it right now, with two toddlers. My kids were toddlers when I wrote WILD and honestly I have no idea how I did it. I look back and it's a blur. I wrote when they napped. I wrote after they went to bed (and I made SURE they were in bed by 7:30 every night). I wrote a few days a week for a few hours at a time when they went to nursery school or they had a sitter. But I always felt stretched and tired and like I wasn't doing enough as either a writer or a mom. So you have my sympathy.

My advice? Find time to meet your own needs, even if you can only meet them a little bit. No one will be happy if you are miserable. You can be a great mom and still take time away from your children. There are all sorts of ways to do this but the FIRST way is to decide it must be done. Once you make yourself part of the equation, you will find a way to make it happen. My kids are 10 and 11 now and they are far more independent these days. They still need me lots but it gets easier to complete a thought. So hang on. Do your best. You'll all be better for it.

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“Most things will be okay eventually, but not everything will be. Sometimes you'll put up a good fight and lose. Sometimes you'll hold on really hard and realize there is no choice but to let go. Acceptance is a small, quiet room.”
Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

“What if I forgave myself? I thought. What if I forgave myself even though I'd done something I shouldn't have? What if I was a liar and a cheat and there was no excuse for what I'd done other than because it was what I wanted and needed to do? What if I was sorry, but if I could go back in time I wouldn't do anything differently than I had done? What if I'd actually wanted to fuck every one of those men? What if heroin taught me something? What if yes was the right answer instead of no? What if what made me do all those things everyone thought I shouldn't have done was what also had got me here? What if I was never redeemed? What if I already was?”
Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

“I'll never know, and neither will you, of the life you don't choose. We'll only know that whatever that sister life was, it was important and beautiful and not ours. It was the ghost ship that didn't carry us. There's nothing to do but salute it from the shore.”
Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

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