Last week Amy and I sent draft copies of our book Good Enough off to be reviewed by some friends and colleagues.
This is truly nerve wracking - it's like sending your first born off to kindergarten for the first time and spending your day worrying whether the other children will like her? Will the book be liked by our readers? Will they love the stories and find the strategies we suggest for overcoming self doubt useful?
Just as we can get defensive about our children, we are bracing ourselves for the feedback, telling ourselves not to get defensive, to listen and make the changes suggested.
This book has been three years in the making. We've connected with over 350 women, so we're not making up the sense of overwhelm and fear of failure that many women feel. Oh some of us camouflage it well - we wear a mask, pretending all is well with the world, while deep inside we worry that someone will find us out for the imposter we think we are.
It is also not just one generation - it manifests itself in young and older alike and across cultural and social differences. It's universal.
We thank the women who so openly and generously shared their stories - which were sometimes painful to hear yet, we hope in the telling that the women can take pride in their courage and honesty in speaking up.
In a couple of months the book will be birthed, ready for the world to see and read.
In the meantime, we are experiencing the usual labour pains, coupled with the pangs of anxiety typical of all new parents.