Dream loudly

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Think of a goal that you set for yourself in the past.  Was it your goal or did it belong to someone else?  Here’s what I mean. The patriarchy is an organizing system that not only structures our society (government, education, religion, family), but it also organizes US.  It influences what we think is (im)possible based on our gender identity.  …

Imposter Syndrome is a joke.

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Scholars studying Imposter Syndrome in the United States for decades identified that people from marginalized communities experience self-doubt, perfectionism, and feelings of fraudulence when they break through a structural barrier.  The feelings that a person does not belong or that they will be outed as an imposter increase when that person identifies with multiple marginalized identities in the workplace or …

Sisyphus, Boulder Rolling & Self-Judgement

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When we learn that we cultivate our best lives from our messy humanity, we give ourselves permission to drop the self-judgment.   I’ve been on an intense journey over the last few months that felt like I was shedding a part of my identity that had been with me for decades.  At times, the process was painful and confusing.  It felt …

I’m a fire walker

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It’s official.  I’m a fire walker.    A friend invited me to join her at a fire walk this weekend. I said yes because one of my new personal commitments is to lean into freedom, courage, and play without defaulting to my brain’s habit of analyzing each decision from multiple theoretical perspectives before making a decision.  My brain still defaults to …

Geraldine Ferraro & Me

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I remember when Geraldine Ferraro ran for VP of the United States on a ticket with Walter Mondale.  While I was young, far too young to care about politics let alone understand political party politics, I was raised in the most powerful Republican stronghold in IL.  Dennis Hastert, “The Coach,” and now disgraced and imprisoned sex offender/former Speaker of the …

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 …

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 …