Over the past two weeks, I have had the privilege to virtually step out from my little bubble at home and interview alongside about 30 prospective clinical psychology graduate students throughout the country. It was incredible to meet so many different people from countless walks of life who are all looking to pursue the same career. While we all came from separate backgrounds and experiences, there was one question the majority of my interview group answered almost identically, one after another— our answers are those I think would have offered some solace and maybe also lit some confidence in me had I known them going into college.
A lot of people will argue that books are better than movies, but I can’t say I have ever tried to argue books versus a Netflix series… So how about it? Maybe you’ve heard of Firefly Lane, after all, it seems to have been at the top 10 in the US for the past few weeks. I did a book review on this one a few years ago, and when I saw it coming to Netflix, you could say that I was excited to see an adaptation pan out.
I’ve written quite a few posts before about this month, what it means to people, and the education we both have and haven’t received about Black history. Today, I’m writing about some new thoughts: the way we celebrate BHM changes depending on the context we’re living/celebrating in and especially as we’ve seen this last year, the perspective you place on that celebration.
Like a lot of households, my family has been doing our best to balance our differing schedules and responsibilities lately. This means that when I’m with my family altogether, I have to try to get the most fun out of it, right?
It’s been quite the week between MLK Day, the Inauguration, and continuing classes for many college students. I hope everyone has had a good one and found something good out of it because today, I’m bringing you something from my week to talk about. For me, on top of the holiday and historical Inauguration, it…Read more Asking Questions, Finding Appreciation
Some people are looking at the past year and wondering how it all happened/how we got to this new one already. Considering that time felt like it was barely passing and flying by at the same time, I can’t say I have answers for either of those wonders, but I do have a few ways to curb expectations this year.
Whether it’s been feeling less productive, connected, inspired, entertained, or a myriad of other in-betweens, a lot of us have had quite the year and we’re coming down to the end of it. The closer I get, the more I realize that at least for me, a lot of what I’ve been doing has been just to get the job done without remembering why I’m doing it in the first place. As I always remind people to take care of themselves, taking breaks to hit the refresh button and step back from the burnout is one way to do so.
This year is different. That doesn’t have to be a bad thing. The holiday season can be one of the brightest and most joyous times of the year filled with family and loved ones; alternatively, it can also be very tough on people’s mental health for a myriad of reasons, and this year, things have been harder for larger populations. So, after a deep breath, make a holiday plan and answer this question: What can this month hold for you?
Once you combine Black Friday and Buy Nothing Day, however, you get one single idea: a conscious shopper. One of the biggest issues people have with Black Friday is that people tend to go out and spend more money than necessary on too many things. When the alternative of Buy Nothing Day came around, some people decided to then buy nothing at all.
Thanksgiving has become all about gratitude, right? They say one of the best ways to become more grateful for what you’ve got is by volunteering to support those around you. So if you’re willing, what can you do?