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?
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
I recently had a Facebook memory pop up, an image from a vacation in January 2016. In the photo, my puffy, red eyes betrayed that I'd been up all night crying, despite a chipper caption about my breakfast shake and a smiling emoji. January 13, 2016 The night before, my partner had painstakingly pulled a … Continue reading To Those Who Aren’t Ready to Leave
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.
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.
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
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
Thanks to James Eades for sharing their work on Unsplash. You may have noticed a distinct lack of blog posts around here for the last few weeks! I took June off to rest for my mental health and I’m looking forward to getting back to a regular writing schedule. It’s been hard to know what … Continue reading Doing the Work
I miss talking to you. I've been blogging on Medium, posting a few blogs here, writing a proposal for my second book, and working on an online course. But sometimes I miss the old days when I'd chat with people in the comments of my blogs and get to know my readers. So, to stay … Continue reading Get a Pep Talk Every Monday!
In September 2019, I started working with a professional coach to help me with my goal to write more consistently. I had an idea for a new book rolling around in my head and also wanted to be more consistent with blogging. Three months later, I was well into planning a workshop that I'll be … Continue reading Work with Me One on One in 2020