You want to take a break but you can’t sit still.

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Think back to a time when you intended to relax, but you couldn’t sit still. Remember when you planned to take a vacation but started to worry about all sorts of unrelated things? This “unpredictable” negative self-talk happened to me recently when I stayed in Croatia for a month. (Ok. It didn’t happen TO me. My brain was an active …

My October Top Five – Croatia Edition

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Read all the way through to find out why I added a photo of paprika to the newsletter. Autumn is my favorite season an it’s NOT because of pumpkin spice everything in the U.S. Autumn has often felt like a season of reflection for me. I think it’s because I love the warm colors of the leaves before the Chicago …

100 Sunsets

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I’ve seen over one hundred sunsets over the last seven years while sitting at the Sea Organ in Zadar, Croatia. Tourists from all over the world flock to the Sea organ, an art installation built into the Adriatic Sea. As you approach the Sea Organ, you see steps that seem to take you right into the waves and then you hear it. The artist …

5 steps to disrupt exhaustion

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Exhaustion is not a badge of honor to show how much we care or how hard we work.  It is, however, one of the ways that we deplete ourselves and prevent ourselves from taking healthy, meaningful action. What’s exhausting you today? We could each make a long list, right? Here are a few of mine: Whip wielding order patrol officers abusing …

Is it “true” or is it gender conditioning?

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Is it “true” or is it gender conditioning?  Here’s how to stop gaslighting ourselves into staying small.  Take self-doubt, for example. Sometimes we believe that we don’t have the answer or that we can’t trust ourselves with the answer we’ve come up with.Play along with me for a bit and remember a time when you came up with a new …

The secret to disrupting overwhelm

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What’s on your “overwhelm list?”Here’s a snapshot of mine: The Delta variant (and other variants) SB8 and vigilante activity What’s about to happen to girls & women in Afghanistan Changing Covid-19 protocols Haitians rebuilding after the earthquake Effects of Hurricane Ida Wildfires Systematic dismantling of voting rights in the United States The mid-term elections Learning the biz ins and outs as a solo-preneurNotice how my list is full of vaguely …

Addicted to catastrophizing?

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Addicted to catastrophizing?  I get it… I’ve been addicted to catastrophizing for most of my life.  I would assume the worst case scenario and feel relief when it didn’t happen.  I loved the relief, but hated the pain that I’d put myself through for hours, days, and sometimes even weeks before the dreaded moment when things could decline so rapidly …

Stop pathologizing women for feeling uncertain. It’s sexist!

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I’ve been following Imposter Syndrome research at a distance for decades. It first attracted me because it helped me make sense of what I was experiencing in the academe. I felt less alone when I read the statistics and learned that many high achieving women felt like frauds while still excelling and making the world a more equitable place. The …

more success = more fear

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Doesn’t sound right, does it?  Wouldn’t you think that the more success a person achieves, the more confident they would feel?  It’s often not the case and here’s why.  We do not create evidence in our brains that we can trust ourselves when we make excuses for our achievements.   Here are a few examples that might sound familiar to you. …

Even if your voice shakes…

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…because it will. “Leave safety behind. Put your body on the line. Stand before the people you fear and speak your mind – even if your voice shakes. When you least expect it, someone may actually listen to what you have to say.”  -Maggie Kuhn, Founder of Gray Panthers aging activist and reformer I’ve been thinking lately about the power …