If you’re like most of my readers, you’re ambitious and driven. You have specific goals you want to pursue. You’re constantly challenging yourself to learn and grow. You feel successful in a couple of areas, but you expect more of yourself. And all too often, conflicting demands make it difficult to achieve your goals. You’re frustrated that things don’t go more smoothly. You’re looking for solutions, or at least, a little perspective.
A couple of years ago I found myself totally burned out. I was trying to juggle caring for my mom who has late-stage Alzheimer’s, writing my doctoral dissertation, teaching at a university, and of course, maintaining friendships and taking care of myself a little. Though they were all challenges I was happy to take on, put together, it became too much.
Oddly enough, I’m still dealing with some of the same challenges today, but everything is different. It feels easier. The situation didn’t change, but I did.
Unfortunately, there was no quick fix. No one thing that transformed it all. Over the course of a year, I did a lot of different things that helped. I started meditating. I took a productivity course. I read almost a hundred books on a variety of subjects: the dissertation process, productivity, habits, classroom participation, goal-setting, etc. I reconnected with God. I learned my worth. But even with all that, I still feel like a work-in-progress.
My Goal in Writing This Blog
My goal in writing this blog is to give back. As I continue to learn and grow, I’m committed to sharing the resources I discover. Summarizing what I’m learning. Passing on tips I’ve found helpful. And I want to create a supportive little corner of the web where you can do the same. A place where you can ask questions and get help, but also one where you can pay it forward and share the lessons that have gotten you through tough times.
My Most Popular Posts
I write about personal development and growth in four different areas:
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Also, I occasionally post about causes or issues that are important to me, like literacy or teaching in general. While the blog is still evolving, here are some of the posts that have been the most popular so far:
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