#DearestFear

Show Up

I love to build out plans and strategies. I turn goals into a series of action items. It energizes me. And then comes the inner critic. Are you sure you’re qualified? What if no one shows up? More often than not, after that internal dialogue, I end up being the one who chooses not to …

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Meaningful Relationships

The heat

I got my first migraine when I was about nine years old. We’d finished the fourteen hour drive from Chicago to Tulsa the night before. I spent the day running around with my cousins, and my little body didn’t know how to handle the mixture of exhaustion and excitement and the Oklahoma sun. My head …

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#DearestFear

#DearestFear, you’re not fooling me

Dearest fear, The more I get to know you, the more I get to know your other names. Some of them are obvious aliases. Imposter syndrome, for example, sounds every bit as menacing as you do. But it’s your more innocent names that are the most insidious.  Names like comfort, convenience, and convention. I am …

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Meaningful Work

Prolific – an update

I started writing this update on a crowded blue line train, trying to reflect on four months into of prolific living while also attempting not to fall over. It was a balancing act not unlike the beginning of my year. In January, I approached everything with gusto, tempting burn out with each passing week. I drifted …

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#DearestFear

#DearestFear, you are not a recruiter

Dearest fear, You are not a recruiter. Yet I find myself letting you review my resume and qualifications, and I often listen when you tell me that I’m “not quite a fit for this particular opportunity.” I’ll admit that sometimes you are right. I am not always the most qualified on paper, but qualifications aren’t …

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