Dear Krachel: I lost ALL the progress I thought I’d made. What now?!


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Happy New Year! We’re starting off 2021 right with a brand-new episode of Dear Krachel, our monthly advice segment where we answer listener questions about life, career, relationships, existential angst, and anything that helps you become a more whole, fulfilled version of yourself.

This month we answered questions from:

  • Diana, who made a load of personal progress last year, but after a period of time woke up one day somehow back in the same old stuck place she was before. Does that mean she never made progress at all? What gives?!
  • Good & Poor, who had the guts to ask for a raise and got unexpectedly denied. Worse, her boss heavily implied that she should be “grateful for what she has,” as if it’s shameful to ask for more. How can she let go of the guilt for wanting to earn more money?
  • Trying not to be desperate, who is turning 34 and feeling panicked about not yet having a spouse or children, which she very much wants. Friends keep telling her “it’ll happen when she stops trying,” but her desperation won’t allow her to stop trying. What do you do when letting go of a lifelong dream feels impossible?

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  • Cassie

    Happy New Year! I don’t mind the longer episode; I’ve missed you! Rachel, I am sorry to hear about your grandma. Mine is not in the same situation yours is in, but watching her decline the past five years has been hard. She’s the toughest woman I’ve ever known.

    What would you do if it was inevitable? I love that! It makes me want to start training for the Olympics (or something). I have started to set a more structured daily schedule for myself, so that’s a start. One thing I need to work on is discipline. It’s so easy to sit around and Netflix myself into oblivion. Nothing is going to change that way. Great episode!

    • Rachel East

      Love that idea, Cassie! And love how high you naturally aimed (the Olympics! I’d never have thought of that for myself, lol). Happy New Year! 🙂

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