Tag: young professional

Follow Up Post: Closing the Curtains, How I Cope With My Bouts of Depression Part 2

Seiden's follow up is so important because it offers us clinical accuracy. So while we all may or may not suffer from mood swings or bouts of depression, we know officially and medically now what defines "major depressive disorder." Thank you, Sam!

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post called, Closing the Curtains: How I Cope with Bouts of Depression. It was a more personal essay, based on my own individual encounters with the tides of our moods. Luckily, one of my best friends and bridesmaids, professional counselor, Samantha Seiden, M.S, upon reading the post, wrote …

I’m Tired of Being an Artist

I can't stand this weird habit of mine to play with pricey paint on overpriced canvases or pieces of plywood. Today, I especially hate the abstract ones. They offer nothing other than one of my moods, thoughts or bits of dreams. That's all they are, blobs and strokes that illustrate whatever I'm feeling (or thinking or dreaming about or worried about or in love with) throughout the span of the painting's construction.

I’m tired of being an artist right now. There are days like today–when thinking about my art transmits a flurry of moths up from my stomach into my neck in sets like waves. My brush strokes are low-brow; the piles of paintings all around the house and the studio are like piles of dusty yellow newspapers …

Identity and Development: Surviving My Professional Crossover

Identity and Development: Surving a professional "crossover"

Fall 2015 is waiting for the gun to go off. I keep finding myself hashtagging #fall2015 more than usual. I’m stoked for it. This is the first time I’ve ever started a new semester without some heavy weight on my back (both when I was a student and as a professor). Today, I’ve got my …

6 Subtle Ways to Stand Out and Surpass

The desire to "fit in" and "be normal," if taken too seriously, can actually sabotage potential gains or promotions. There's a fine balance between blending in and sticking out like a sore thumb. You want your fellows and superiors to notice you, but you don't want them to run away from you either. Getting noticed is the first step toward moving up or getting what you want.

“Whatever you do, be different – that was the advice my mother gave me, and I can’t think of better advice for an entrepreneur. If you’re different, you will stand out.” – Anita Roddick (www.keepinspiringme.com) Though Roddick’s quote aims directly at entrepreneurs, it easily applies to any other ambitious professional or social persona. Whether you …

Unmentionable & Notorious: The Controversy of Emotions in the Workplace

The Controversy of Emotions in the Workplace: what role do emotions play at work? A fresh look at the part of feelings in a professional setting.

Do you remember that time that you were in a bathroom stall, sniffling, breathing in and out, trying to calm down…trying to stop crying. Eventually, you did, and you walked back out into your work place as though you never cried at all. Why were you crying? Did someone critique your performance too harshly? Were …

How To Plan a Professional & Flawless Event–10 Tips too!

I learned a valuable lesson I would not have learned otherwise: you can't rely on the venue that has invited you to already know what all your needs are. You have to ask for them upfront, and if they already know you need a music stand, or a bottle of water, or a video projector-- great! But it's better to be safe than sorry.

I was recently asked to read poetry at a new venue; I noticed some major glitches in the setup, for example, I was not formally introduced nor was I given a place to lay my reading materials. I was frustrated by these snafus of course, but I also learned a valuable lesson I would not have learned …

How to Be a B!tch: A Beginner’s Guide

Sometimes, there's only one solution to a mean situation...

Why would anybody ever want to learn how to be a “b”? You’re most likely asking. Or maybe you’re not asking this. Maybe you actually really would like to have some direction in this social arena– especially if you’re anything like me or the women in my family or the majority of my friends. Being …

Maybe We Should Wear Pink on Wednesdays

Reasons why maybe we should wear pink on Wednesdays...

“On Wednesdays, we wear pink” has quickly become a classic movie quote which came from Tina Fey’s hit comedy, Mean Girls, a farce all about the weird social roles teenage girls play while in high school. It’s over the top, yet somehow relatable. The mean girls of the class have designated days for certain outfits …

The Discomfort Zone

8 Signs You're Addicted to Discomfort-- is pushing it to the limits always the best strategy?

“What if I have a lot of trouble getting out of my comfort zone?” a colleague once asked during a meeting about upping the use of technology at work. I almost laughed out loud. I thought, since when are we ever supposed to mix work with our comfort zones? And since when is that an …

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