I spent some time beating myself up over missed opportunities and blindspots that suddenly became so clear, then I started to learn how to let go.
I have started hugging my computer at the end of video calls with friends and family so I can recreate the feeling of an embrace. Strange? Possibly.
My body has a voice. Learning to listen to it was and is an important part of my emotional wellbeing and my overall mental health.
The past three weeks have been playing out like scenes from a movie. I moved from calm to anxiousness, then decided to recenter and take action. As the current landscape evolves, I wonder, “How can I support myself and others right now?”
Jamie shares her challenges with anxiety, how she has developed practices to support herself and how she leads with empathy with others when they may be experiencing overwhelm.
I interviewed my friend Natoshia. She talks about her challenge with mental wellbeing – how she wants to “show up” each day – and how her commitment to herself impacts how she models leadership for students. Natoshia works at an institution of higher education in leadership development.
While in corporate America, I spent more time than I can count thinking about how I can authentically express myself and be heard without coming across as “too angry”. What is the “right” amount of passion and commitment I can convey when I am advocating for myself and others while remaining likable? How do I come across as powerful and intelligent without being labeled as intimidating? Bottom line: exhausting.
My mother died suddenly after an operation when I was 17. We buried her, rented an RV and drove from Maryland to Orlando, FL, went to Disney World and drove home. Then, I packed up my life and moved away to start my freshman year in college. Within one month, I went from thriving high school senior, feeling on top of the world, to a motherless daughter navigating the academic and social demands of university life.