Friends, Waffles, Work

by Olivia Miller

“The goal is not to be perfect or right, because we’re never either one of those things all the time,” – Amy Poehler

This week I returned to Manhattan and my corner of work after spending two weeks with my family back in Kansas City. While those two weeks were packed with a trip to the Pacific Northwest, doctor appointments, trips to each grandmother’s house, a One Direction concert, and some well-need sleep, I was content coming back to my routine and ready to take on the school year. That is, until the middle of the week when I quickly felt myself getting overwhelmed with things I needed to get done and prepare for the school year, as well as the added responsibilities bestowed to me. With this feeling of being overwhelmed, so too came my pressure to be perfect and right – which is why my friend Amy’s quote was necessary to share.

She is right, by the way – we are not perfect or right all the time (no matter how hard we might try), but instead our goals should be attainable, and not something that we cannot reach like perfection. So, when I get overwhelmed I need to remind myself of what is important, what is attainable right now, this school year? That being said, I have decided to share a list of some goals – both professional and personal ones that will make this year a meaningful one.


  • Try my best to not work more than the standard 20 hours a week
  • Embrace the office changes that are coming this year with an open mind
  • Learn to properly network, and enjoy it
  • Know when it is okay to say no
  • Continue to bring out the best in my staff, and let them know how much I appreciate them
  • Do not leave studying for Comps until the last minute
  • Get 7-8 hours of sleep every night
  • Learn how to cook at least one non-microwavable meal
  • Make more of an effort to keep in touch with people I care about
  • Train and complete that 10k and half marathon
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about taking on and reframing my fears to find my own power and strength. Writing down these goals and keeping myself accountable is my way of turning my fear of imperfection and disappointing others, into something else – something that I can commit myself to and complete. Yes, I will have good days, bad days, and overwhelming days, during this challenging year – but as a person that is normal. I simply have to be reminded of Amy’s words, the goal is not to be perfect or right, but to be human – to learn and grow. So, my goals listed above do not strive for perfection, but rather reminds me of what is important this year. You could say it is my own take on another Amy Poehler quote (as Leslie Knope), “We have to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles and work. Or waffles, friends, work. But work has to come third.”

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