Impostor Syndrome (/imˈpästər/ ˈsinˌdrōm/) : a pervasive feeling of self-doubt, insecurity, or fraudulence despite often overwhelming evidence to the contrary. It strikes smart, successful individuals. It often rears its head after an especially notable accomplishment, like admission to a prestigious university, public acclaim, winning an award, or earning a promotion. Impostor Syndrome doesn’t discriminate: people of every demographic suffer from feeling like a fraud, though minorities and women are hardest-hit. (source)
Welcome to Imposter, Interrupted. This started as a story-telling project. My goal was to tackle Imposter Syndrome- to understand it, and to learn how to overcome it. In the few short months since its inception, Imposter, Interrupted has taken a new shape.
Why? I’ve felt like an imposter at work, in romantic relationships, even within my own family. I’ve felt like an imposter at a 5km race. I’ve gotten bored at most jobs after 18 months and considered pursuing my passion, but not long enough to figure out what that passion is.
When I talk to friends, colleagues, and family members of all ages I realize that I am not alone in my dissatisfaction. So I decided to learn more. What makes the women around me doubt themselves? What have they done to overcome that doubt? How have the women around me sought to take care of themselves, to take care of their families, and to have fun, all without spreading themselves too thin? What can we all learn from each other about how to better achieve work/life balance? What is work/life balance and how can women achieve success in all areas of life? More importantly, how can we reframe and redefine success to honour women?
What? My mission is to collect stories, to build community, and share knowledge and compassion among professional women.
So...What now? Through events and online content, Imposter, Interrupted connects young professionals with a support system that acts as a career path spirit guide, or fairy godmother. Our goal is to help you get wealthy. Sure, we want you to get wealthy in money, but also in relationships, and opportunities.