Rae Marie Crawford

A notebook of my world.

Little One

what’s the greatest lesson a woman should learn?

that since day one, she’s already had everything

she needs within herself. it’s the world that 

convinced her she did not.

rupi kaur

my hardest lesson to learn.

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December’s End

On this last day of December, I went down to the lake, frozen and covered in a blanket of snow. Of any place to end the year, I needed to be there, if only for a moment. As I looked out across the wintry expanse, I felt all the shifts and changes that brought me here – brought me home.

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The Silences Women Keep

Sometimes the most important stories to know are the hardest ones to tell. These stories linger in the corners where the light and the darkness meet – always present in a room, but nearly hidden from view. They can break a heart with their raw and painful truths.

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A Post-Ghomeshi Reading List

It’s been a difficult week. Not the kind when I’ve had a bad night’s sleep, or have a lot of work to get done. Rather, it’s the kind of week where I feel as if someone has kicked the air out of my lungs and I can’t seem to catch my breath. Continue reading “A Post-Ghomeshi Reading List”

Rethinking Academic Work: Practical Approaches to Self-Care, Part 2

In Part 1 of “Rethinking Academic Work,” I shared a practical approach I use to make sure my priorities are balanced. As academics, we tend to focus on everything else but ourselves and our well-being. Note to yourself: if you’re checking academic sources more than your mental and physical health, something’s not right. Continue reading “Rethinking Academic Work: Practical Approaches to Self-Care, Part 2”

Writing Advice by Ursula K. Le Guin

When writing, I sometimes find myself frustrated with my ability, or lack thereof, to convey my ideas through words. There are days where my mind is married to language, and I can write productively for hours. The ideas flow through my fingers and I lose track of time. On other days, I feel like I’m wrestling with the Kraken. Continue reading “Writing Advice by Ursula K. Le Guin”

Rethinking Academic Work: Practical Approaches to Self-Care, Part 1

Last Friday I wrote a post about why self-care is important for making it through academia. I’m blown away by all the views and responses I received this week. People shared their experiences of seeking support within their graduate programs, many of them expressing a desire for self-care to be given more consideration in academic institutions. Continue reading “Rethinking Academic Work: Practical Approaches to Self-Care, Part 1”

Burning the Candle at Both Ends: Why Self-Care is Important for Making It Through Academia

In all the flurry and fury of graduate school, there is one lesson I wish I learned sooner: the importance of self-care. Continue reading “Burning the Candle at Both Ends: Why Self-Care is Important for Making It Through Academia”

5 Reasons Why PhDs are Worth Hiring

In the six years I’ve been a graduate student, I have yet to regret my decision to become one. As someone who loves to research, write about theory and practice, and do fieldwork, I am in my element. But as academic institutions continue to push for more contract teaching positions at the expense of full-time, secure, tenure track jobs, I feel the push, perhaps more than ever, to explore career options outside of the academy.

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