How my relationship with naps has shifted – Now a good friend

How my relationship with naps has shifted – Now a good friend

By Kimine Mayuzumi I am sitting here thinking about one of the best naps I had last week with my partner next to me.  You know when a nap is really good? It is when you’re unsure of where you are when you wake up. I call it a power nap. It could happen even for only 13 minutes. Feeling refreshed and energized, I would feel called to spend my precious rest of the day…

The work of breathing: Pushing against perfectionism

The work of breathing: Pushing against perfectionism

By Ching-In Chen   When I hurt, I work. When I feel undermined or disrespected, I channel those feelings into more work, as if producing more could earn others’ respect. I place an impossible expectation on myself — to be a perfect teacher (making no mistakes!), perfect writer (no typos or underthought phrases!) and perfect community member (missing no community meetings or events!). When I first read Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun’s framework for the…

Be mindful, trust the process and let go of outcomes – Part I: Why now?

Be mindful, trust the process and let go of outcomes – Part I: Why now?

By Kimine Mayuzumi While the whole world has slowed down, the guilty feeling of many academics hasn’t – could be quite an opposite. It is partly because even the adjustment made for the evaluation system for tenure and promotion doesn’t seem to be promising at this point. The society is quite unsettling. The gap between who can produce and who can’t has been exacerbated. The latter group would feel agitated, anxious, and scarce within themselves…

How I work and thrive in academia – From affirmation, not for affirmation

How I work and thrive in academia – From affirmation, not for affirmation

By Beronda Montgomery The human need for affirmation is real. We see it from the very early stages of human development when one of the most common phrases parents hear from young ones seems to be “look at me.” The request is as much a plea for well-placed affirmation for a “job well done” as an expressed need for a spectator. Even in the very last stages of my time on the planet, I imagine…

How I am Embracing the Uncertainty of Tomorrow

How I am Embracing the Uncertainty of Tomorrow

By Kevin Pajaro As a new professional of color with a graduate degree, I now recognize how my educational journey overall has left me feeling fragmented, confused, lost, and scared. At the moment, I am struggling to embrace the uncertainty of tomorrow. Not having my next career-related transition mapped out cements a deep fear that I am not living up to the potential I have for myself, nor the potential others see in me. I…