Fire & brimstone level fear

Michelle Morkert burnout, censorship, coaching, confidence, courage, decisions, education, feminism, feminist coaching, feminist revolution, gender, gender norms, gender roles, healthy living, imposter syndrome, Michelle Morkert Coaching, misogyny, revolution, self-care, self-censorship, self-doubt, sexism, white supremacy culture

I used to feel ashamed about so many aspects of my life that I forgot myself and started to seek approval for my hobbies, clothing preferences, research and parenting. I forgot that it was an option to decide for myself. Over time, I slowly hid the qualities that made me uniquely me. They weren’t gone though. They were just muted. …

Chasing “tomorrow” used to fuel my perfection.

Michelle Morkert burnout, coaching, courage, decisions, feminism, feminist coaching, feminist revolution, gender, gender norms, gender roles, imposter syndrome, Michelle Morkert Coaching, self-care, self-censorship

I am a planner and a dreamer.   I love the dopamine hit I get from making an elaborate plan to detox with a cleanse, adjust my business model, create a travel itinerary, make a research goal that includes an unrealistic amount of reading or start a new scheduling plan.   I imagine it and I lay it all out …

You get to DECIDE

Michelle Morkert burnout, coaching, community, decisions, feminism, feminist coaching, gender, gender norms, gender roles, healthy living, imposter syndrome, Michelle Morkert Coaching, self-care

I DECIDED to take the last week to rest and that’s exactly what happened.  I’ve never rested like this because I always felt too guilty, at least that’s what my inner critic said.  I thought that I “shouldn’t” rest.  I thought that I didn’t deserve to rest.  I thought that working myself to the point of exhaustion meant that I …

The world is waiting for your revolution.

The world is waiting for your revolution.

Michelle Morkert burnout, coaching, community, confidence, courage, feminism, feminist coaching, feminist revolution, gender, gender norms, gender roles, imposter syndrome, Michelle Morkert Coaching, self-doubt, sexism

Lately I’ve been thinking about what a personal revolution looks like in my life.  My revolution is fueled by love and feminism, coaching and teaching, courage and humor, empowerment and possibility – mine and yours.   Imagine what your life will feel like when you shed the fear that keeps you stuck, when you take the risk to live your …

“Ungodly Matriarchy”

Michelle Morkert burnout, coaching, community, confidence, courage, feminism, feminist coaching, gender, gender norms, gender roles, Michelle Morkert Coaching, misogyny, racism, self-care, self-censorship, sexism, white supremacy culture

Feminist hear the ABCD’s of gender slurs regularly.  BIPOC feminists experience the most vile threats.  As a white feminist, my race privilege insulates me.   Haters on social media who would not recognize me if we were standing in line next to one another at Starbucks ordering identical drinks, called me dangerous, immoral and radical.   They called me feminist, …

Liberation!

Liberation!

Michelle Morkert burnout, censorship, coaching, community, confidence, courage, decisions, feminism, feminist coaching, feminist revolution, gender, gender norms, gender roles, healthy living, imposter syndrome, Michelle Morkert Coaching, revolution, self-censorship, self-doubt, sexism

I thought that I needed to wait for “something” to happen before I could be free.  I told myself to work hard, be perfect (good luck with that!) and try to exceed the expectations of each situation. I told myself to wait until: I left a toxic workplace I finished my dissertation and publish my own research I stopped caring …

I had to get out of my own way…

Michelle Morkert burnout, confidence, courage, Uncategorized

It’s blueberry season in IL and I’ve never been more excited about the local crop than I am this year because I eat them for breakfast daily. It’s been part of my “eating the rainbow” habit this summer. Blueberries in a smoothie – check! Blueberries in oats – check! Blueberries with sausage – check! As you can imagine, I was …

Voices in our heads

Michelle Morkert burnout, censorship, Croatia, gender, humor, politics, self-censorship

Slavenka Drakulic wrote about life under socialism and the independence of Croatia in her 1992 text, How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed.   I read this text while waiting at the Zagreb Airport for my spouse to arrive for a visit in 2014.  That day I underlined words that I searched for again today, five years later.   Drakulic wrote about …

Mirror, Mirror

Mirror, Mirror

Michelle Morkert burnout, community, Croatia, decisions, feminism, gender, gender norms, gender roles, healthy living, self-care

I’ve got a crazy idea. . . I’m not sure this is realistic, but. . . What if. . . I’ve always wanted to. . . Don’t you cherish conversations about aspirational ideas with special people who respond positively and authentically?    I love that idea!   What if…? Of course you could do that! Emilie Aries, founder of BossedUp and …