You Are Enough

Stop comparing yourselves to other moms because you are enough | The Champagne Supernova

I stalked her Instagram account for weeks in preparation for her deposition.

I was hired to represent a local company where the plaintiff, a former TV personality and “Instafamous” social media influencer, was seeking damages for injuries associated with a highly publicized car accident.

The woman seemed perfect. She was in her early 40s but looked ten years younger. She’d post photos of herself in swimsuits and her body was flawless. She had a handsome husband and three beautiful boys and their home looked like something out of MTV Cribs. They went on exotic vacations. This woman was highly educated with a Ph.D. in history. She’d written two books and one was on the New York Times best seller list. She seemed popular- her Instastories featured photos with herself and friends and she seemed to get tons of likes and comments on every post. This lady was also “supermom”- photographing herself sitting along the sidelines of her sons’ soccer games and knitting them scarves in the winter.

I was intimidated at the idea of meeting her in person and then interrogating her. 

All the intimidation went away ten minutes after we sat down.

She was emotionally unstable and her body physically shook the entire time. Admitted she and her husband were separated and the oldest of her kids was dabbling in drugs. The youngest was being treated for a personality disorder. The Plaintiff was addicted to prescription drugs and hadn’t spoken to her father in fifteen years over something petty. She bounced around from friend to friend because she couldn’t maintain friendships. Her beautiful house? It was in foreclosure.

Notably, and the most tragic, was she truly believed she was unworthy of being loved by others.

Meeting her made me sad. Not only for all the pain and emptiness in her life, but about the large number of women (including myself) who felt like they weren’t enough after observing her fake life on the Internet and then comparing it it to their own realities.

Barbara Walters once said celebrities never intimidated her because she learned very early in her career that most of them are insecure.  In other words, many of the people our society most admires are sometimes the most tortured.

The Internet is one of the greatest and most dangerous resources. It can make us feel connected but lonely.

It can make us feel like we aren’t enough when we aren’t armed with all the facts.

Use it sparingly and with caution.

And when you feel like you are “less-than,” remember:

You are enough. 

Your family is enough.

Your house is enough.

Your vacations are enough.

Your weekends spent at the community park with your kids and spouse? That’s enough.

Your dinner excursions to a fast food joint instead of a highfalutin restaurant? Enough!

Your clothes from a discounted retail chain? They are enough.

Giving yourself home manicures instead of going to a salon? It’s enough.

Your ten-year old car that has brakes that loudly squeak when you’re driving around the corner but it’s paid off? Enough.

Your kids taking music lessons at home instead of a large performance orchestra? Enough.

Having three close friends instead of fifty acquaintances? Enough!

You are enough.

You can be an introvert or an extrovert. It’s enough. You can have roots or be freshly highlighted. It’s enough. Your shoes can be discount or designer. Both are enough. You can stay home this summer instead of going on an expensive vacation you can’t afford and that will surely be enough. Your house that “needs” all those updates? It still has a roof and so it’s enough. You can spend the weekend away with your family without inviting ten other couples to come along. They are enough.

You are enough.

Don’t believe what you see on the Internet. Don’t make assumptions about peoples’ lives based on running into them at the grocery store or at t-ball practice.

Don’t let other people trigger you into thinking you aren’t enough.

Because you are.

You are so enough.



    22 Comments on You Are Enough

    1. Matt Tarkenton
      April 21, 2018 at 1:25 pm (4 years ago)

      Great message! Your extended Tarkenton Financial family enjoys your writing and this post is right on target!

      • jenniferdaku
        April 23, 2018 at 6:04 am (4 years ago)

        Thanks so much Matt! Looking forward to seeing you and the crew in June.

    2. Andrea
      April 18, 2018 at 6:49 am (4 years ago)

      Another great read Jen! A really good message. ?

      • jenniferdaku
        April 18, 2018 at 10:24 am (4 years ago)

        Thanks so much for the constant support, Andrea. I do appreciate it. Hope you and your beautiful family are well.

    3. MissPond
      April 18, 2018 at 3:04 am (4 years ago)

      People forget that celebrities are also human. I imagine it’s desperately exhausting always having to keep up appearances.

      • jenniferdaku
        April 18, 2018 at 10:24 am (4 years ago)

        Agreed but you know what the secret sauce is? Being real. People respond so much better. We don’t need to be perfect, what we need is CONNECTION.

    4. Charl
      April 17, 2018 at 4:37 pm (4 years ago)

      It’s so easy to be fooled into thinking that an internet facade is an accurate portrayal of someone’s lite, but I’m hoping stories like this show everyone who’s ever compared themselves to someone’s “showreel” that it’s so easy to fake perfection when it’s from behind a screen.

      On the flip side, I hope it also teaches people not to feel like they have to portray this perfect facade and put on a front.

      • jenniferdaku
        April 18, 2018 at 10:25 am (4 years ago)

        Amen, sister. Life is so much easier when you’re real.

    5. Aurelie
      April 17, 2018 at 3:00 pm (4 years ago)

      Beautiful! And sometimes, it’s nice to follow an Insta celebrity to read posts and empowering msgs like this one! keep it up Lady!

      • jenniferdaku
        April 18, 2018 at 10:25 am (4 years ago)

        As, thanks for the kind words, Aurelie. Some photos from NOLA came up in my FB memories the other day and it made me think we need a reunion.

    6. Jana Bridge
      April 17, 2018 at 1:37 pm (4 years ago)

      Such a great message! Xo

      • jenniferdaku
        April 18, 2018 at 10:26 am (4 years ago)

        Thanks, fierce mama!

    7. Deena
      April 17, 2018 at 12:57 pm (4 years ago)

      Love this SO much!!!! This truly is everything!!!! You put everything so simply and it all resonates so well! Thank you!!!!

      • jenniferdaku
        April 18, 2018 at 10:26 am (4 years ago)

        Thanks for the kind and encouraging feedback, Denna!

    8. Jessica Rybicki
      April 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm (4 years ago)

      Cheers to this! Great message I needed to hear today, friend 🙂

      • jenniferdaku
        April 18, 2018 at 10:26 am (4 years ago)

        Thanks, Jess. Love ya.

    9. Jennifer Norris
      April 17, 2018 at 12:01 pm (4 years ago)

      I so needed to hear this today.

      • jenniferdaku
        April 18, 2018 at 10:26 am (4 years ago)

        Thank you, Jennifer. BTW wonderful people are named Jennifer 🙂

    10. Synthia
      April 17, 2018 at 11:45 am (4 years ago)

      I absolutely loved this Jen! I decided to get off Facebook, this being one of the reasons. You get caught up with ideas of how life should be, that you miss amazing moments. It also makes me sad that people like your client exists. Where strangers are your only connection and its only to a facade. I know your amazing spirit must have been a comfort and an example of true human (healthy) interaction.

      • jenniferdaku
        April 18, 2018 at 10:28 am (4 years ago)

        Synthia- believe me, if I didn’t rely on FB for blog traffic, I would absofreakinglutely deactivate my personal account. It is the WORST time suck. Good for you and let me know how your peace changes after you’ve been off for a while.

    11. Laura Barber
      April 17, 2018 at 11:08 am (4 years ago)

      One of your top posts ever! Bravo!

      • jenniferdaku
        April 18, 2018 at 10:28 am (4 years ago)

        Thank you so much for the kind words, Laura.