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. …

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’m faking it!

Michelle Morkert censorship, confidence

A professional who I respect shared with me the other day that she fakes it at work because she feels the need to “reassure” others.  This is a smart, prolific, compassionate human.  And, she does care about lots of people and lots of things. She leads a full life that includes family, career, friends, community engagement, hobbies, and volunteerism.  And, she …

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 …