It’s back to school and back to having Congress in session (at least for the next 2 weeks until they go back to a district work period!). I’ve got my call sheets and a new pack of sharpies and pens and highlighters and notebooks and and and….can you tell that I’m a little excited about the back to work part? In all honesty, I enjoyed the last few weeks of cooler temperatures and the change of scenery. I was always the kid that enjoyed the days leading up to back to school (all of the frenzy to get my new backpack and school supplies) and later when I was in college, I was an Orientation Leader who helped the Freshmen get acclimated to Tulane. It feels like a new day so whenever “back to school” starts, we can readjust any previous attitudes to a more positive one. Who needs January 1st to have resolutions when you have the ability to revamp your goals and ideas of what you want to do in life just as the seasons change. Evolution is constant so take advantage of the time to add or subtract your goals and most importantly, take stock of who you want to be.
Here’s Tuesday Truths!
- Lately I’ve been reflecting on my career goals and where I want to go next. I decided that I wanted to go in a different direction and have taken steps to not take projects that would be incongruent with my goals. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become less patient and have found that I’m unwilling to do things that I once did when I started out. It’s not that I deem the work less than me. It’s more of I’ve already done this in my life and want to do new things. So if you’re searching for who you’re meant to be and how to harness your passion(s), then look no further because who else but Ms. Oprah can give you an exercise to work it out! Find out what you’re great at and what you can do to keep you moving forward while being successful. So if that didn’t help you, you can also try this version in finding your purpose. Life is too short to be doing something you don’t enjoy. It may mean that you may have less financial resources or a less comfortable standard of living. It also means that you might be happier with your life where you know that your work is aligned with your values.
- Sometimes life can be overwhelming and for the most part, I don’t let it get to me. Most of the time, my friends/colleagues think that I always have my shiz together and yes, it’s mostly true however, life isn’t perfect and I will feel that things can be a little out of control. I’ve said in the past and continue to say it now, that I’m a procrastinator and I know it. Which means I have to take measures that will allow me to curb that bad habit. I try to schedule as much as possible knowing that I need to cushion time for me to get things done. People think that I’m a hardass when I decline invitations to hang out because I’m writing or whatever I do on any given day that I’ve set a schedule. Yes, I’m missing out on fun but I don’t have FOMO because I know the consequences of me pushing off a deadline. It’s not good for me and trust me, I’m more about creating less pain for myself in the long term then having more fun in the short term. That doesn’t mean that I won’t be spontaneous. It just means that I won’t let my procrastinating behavior take over the goody two shoes side of me. If you find yourself overwhelmed, take a breath and get focused. You’ll get it done once you create an action plan.
- I’m always about having diversity and especially more women of color in elected office. I read this article and wondered what my fellow women consultants/political operatives thought about it. I share some of the author’s opinions and would be interested in knowing yours! Please drop me note or comment!
- Did you know that rudeness can be contagious? When you’re in a work environment, I would assume that being a “jerk” would be intolerable. It’s better to catch it when it happens and take the high road. I would be seriously tempted to react in a similar level so thankfully, I can be reminded of former FLOTUS Michelle Obama’s mantra: “When they go low, we go high”.
- Since racism never takes a day off, I wanted to share this article from Salon written by Maya Rupert, entitled “This “Cool Clack Girl” is Gone”. I think people wonder why communities of color aren’t more patient and this totally encapsulates it. I saw another post about the 5 different types of Becky in the world and that made me think about white privilege as a whole. There are people out there (from all age groups) who really have no idea about privilege. Explaining it to people is exhausting and yet, it’s like drawing back a curtain to those who are genuinely interested in changing their behavior and mental attitude. For those who are uninterested because they feel a level of defenseness because they would “never” take that kind of action and would rather not get involved, I have so much frustration. Needless to say, African Americans have been on the forefront of battling this kind of racism for way too long and here’s what an African American woman told her white male friend about her experience with racism.
- This is a big day for immigrants. This administration has talked about ending DACA for the Dreamers and if that’s the case, the level of anxiety (which is already at an all time high) is going to skyrocket. For those who are in need of wellness, we’re sharing the Mental Health Toolkit that was created by Defend DACA. We need everyone to stay healthy!
- If you’re returning from vacation, I hope you’ve had a stress free period of your life. No one ever really knows whats happening in people’s lives so if you’re outwardly exhibiting a kickass life but am inwardly waging war, please know that there are ways to make life less chaotic. Don’t forget to take care of yourself and the little things in life can make a big difference. Here are ways that you can practice self care in 15 minutes or less.
Thanks for reading/sharing – see you next Tuesday!