Fire & brimstone level fear

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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. …

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 …

Liberation!

Liberation!

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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 …

#UWNT & Equal Pay!

Michelle Morkert education, feminism, gender, gender norms, gender roles, healthy living, pay equity, wage gap

Did you watch the U.S. Women’s National Team win 2-0 over The Netherlands in the World Cup Final last week?  If not, you probably saw some coverage of their victory. How could you miss it, right?    After the championship match ended, the stadium vibrated with chants of “Equal Pay!  Equal Pay!” – a resounding show of support for the female players’ legal …

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 …

What’s possible?

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Change starts with noticing what’s happening and then wondering what’s possible.   Think of any “successful” civil rights movement around the world.  Thinking might have started out as a reaction against injustice shifted somewhere along the way to wondering, “what’s next?”  “What’s possible?” The U.S. suffrage movement experimented with different approaches to female suffrage – state by state or a constitutional amendment? Kenyan …

Curiosity killed the cat, but. . .

Michelle Morkert burnout, education, gender, gender roles, healthy living, self-care

“Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back.”  That’s the saying, right?  I’m not sure what to make of the sentiment when we add the rejoinder.  Perhaps it has something to do with the mythical nine lives of cats.  They take risks because they can.  Maybe…  As a human without the benefits of nine lives and an admiration for …

Foot

The Secret to Self-Care

Michelle Morkert burnout, gender norms, gender roles, healthy living, self-care

Yep!  That’s my foot.  And, it’s my daily reminder about brain power and self-care. Popularized definitions of self-care are gendered.  There’s no doubt about it, right?!  U.S. society convinces women (which women?) and men (which men?) to practice self-care through consumption of gendered products and experiences designed to help us overcome burnout.  But, the only person who knows what you …

“Be who you are.”

Michelle Morkert education, feminism, gender, healthy living, imposter syndrome

When I was a doctoral student, my mentor gave a group of us this advice.  We were about to give conference presentations at a predominantly masculinized event and felt the pressure of academic conformity looming.  “Be who you are” she told us.  Wherever you are.  Be who you are.  I’ve taken this advice to heart for the past 18 years. …