A watercolor painting in red, of a woman's face. Her head is thrown back in pain and/or rage, her mouth is open in a cry, and her eyes are squinted shut. The watercolor paint drips like tears from her eyes and spatters in lines up the paper.

Nothing is Normal

We keep going to work and buying groceries and living life while everything around us is wrong. It is so expensive to barely survive right now — prices and profits are soaring while wages stagnate. CEOs get stock options while workers' hours get cut. The government is full of people elected by rigged systems, gerrymandered, the … Continue reading Nothing is Normal

What is Gifted Kid Burnout?

Many parents are thrilled when they learn their child is gifted. They may assume their child will sail through school and life with ease. However, there is a downside to being labeled gifted and talented — gifted kid burnout. Many gifted kids experience burnout, either during their school years or later in adulthood. They may … Continue reading What is Gifted Kid Burnout?

Office workers gather around a conference table as they return to work during the pandemic

How to Go Back to the Office During a Pandemic

We'd like to think we're in a post-pandemic society, but COVID-19 continues to spread, infect, and harm people every single day. The general consensus of the US government seems to be that the show must go on, and even companies that have held out for two years have decided it's time to come back to … Continue reading How to Go Back to the Office During a Pandemic

What is Your Responsibility?

You can’t expect someone else to do the work that’s in your own mind. Of course, you can get help from a therapist or a friend or a coach to help you process, but doing the work is on you. All the therapy in the world won't help you if you don't actually dig in and get uncomfortable and vulnerable to do the processing. The flip side is that other people’s emotional processing is THEIR job. You can’t do it for them.

8 Books to Help You Heal from Childhood Wounds and Estrangement

Estrangement is a final boundary that many adult children choose to enforce with their parents after a lifetime of not being heard, valued, or respected. It's not a decision that people make lightly or easily — indeed, there are countless barriers to estrangement that come from a societal belief that family is an immutable, infallible bond that can't be broken or ignored. There is no morality in estrangement. Those who can cut off their parents aren't better people with better boundaries. Those who continue a relationship with parents who abused them aren't broken or codependent or foolish for wanting to keep their parents in their life.

Celebrate Biden’s Win, But We Still Have Work to Do

Photo by Hybrid on Unsplash I went to sleep on election night 2016 confident that I would wake up to our country's first female president, and I awoke the next morning and felt ice in my stomach. Many of my friends said that they cried during election night and the morning after. I didn't cry, … Continue reading Celebrate Biden’s Win, But We Still Have Work to Do

Young Environmentalists Are the Key to Addressing Climate Change

Photo by John Cameron on Unsplash By the end of this blog, I want you to share it with at least one eligible student who you thought of while reading! Teen environmentalists have been making waves in recent years. Greta Thunberg, a 17-year-old Swedish environmentalist, address the UN Climate Change Conference in 2018 and inspired … Continue reading Young Environmentalists Are the Key to Addressing Climate Change