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 …

My story with gun violence

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How many names on this partial list do you remember? Annapolis – 2018 Atlanta – 2021 Aurora – 2012 Boulder – 2021 Charleston – 2015 Columbine – 1999 Dayton – 2019 Downtown Dallas – 2017 El Paso – 2019 Ft. Lauderdale Airport – 2017 Gilroy – 2019 Parkland – 2018 Pulse Nightclub – 2016 Las Vegas -2017 Midland & Odessa …

The Perfection Lie

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I used to tell myself that I was “just” an overachiever who was hardwired to work hard. None of that was true. None of it was natural. None of it was healthy. I worked myself to the point of exhaustion to be perfect so that I could feel good about myself. The problem was that I never stopped working because …

I had to get out of my own way…

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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 …