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.
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.
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.
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”
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”
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”
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”
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.