Episode 2, on Anxiety/Peace, is out! Check it out on our website or wherever you get your podcasts for maximum listening and theorizing enjoyment.
As I dragged my tired butt out of bed at 5am this morning to get in a 30-minute sweat-fest before work, I realized how long it's been since I was in a workout groove. I haven't worked out consistently in months, which is a huge aberration from my norm. I love working out. It makes… Continue reading When self-care sucks
Well, last night I experienced quite the emotional rollercoaster. Without going into too many uninteresting details, I turned in a small assignment for a philosophy class and thought I got a negative or dismissive response to my work from the professor. While I had felt good about what I submitted, even starting to feel like… Continue reading Realizing and tackling my knee-jerk self-doubt
It's finally here! Our little passion project has officially come to life. After publishing my book, I was considering starting a podcast to explore the themes of authenticity in a more dynamic and informal way. The topic of authenticity is so broad and so rich, and I felt like, even after writing almost 300 pages… Continue reading A podcast baby is born!
I've been thinking a lot about mediocrity. Partly, this is because I'm finding myself to be firmly located in the middle portion of the bell curve regarding something for which achieving excellence would mean a great deal to me. Turns out, my perfectionist nature does not take well to mediocrity. (Who saw that coming?!) If… Continue reading In praise of mediocrity
I recently changed phones and even though technology is amazing and the transfer of data was surprisingly effective (maybe TOO effective... #googleisalwayswatching), my Doggcatcher podcast app and my podcast streams did not survive the switch. I got to spend a delightful few minutes re-subscribing to my favorite podcasts, and thought I would add a list… Continue reading My favorite podcasts for the thinking life
These last few weeks have revealed to me just how much we are all desperately, subconsciously, aggressively, or fearfully trying to prove to others that we are valuable. I'm surrounded by researchers who want the government or a private funder to find their research valuable enough for financial investment. I'm surrounded by graduate students who… Continue reading “Do you see me? Am I valuable?”
Thinking is always, to some degree, an analogy or a representation of what is going on. Language is, too. We can never capture perfectly any other object or thing in words or images, but we can always point to it, gesture towards it, pay homage to it, make it imperfectly present to others. The same… Continue reading Images of the ineffable
You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye. ~Matthew 7:5 I've been thinking a lot about tribalism, biases, and the difficulty of transcending our intellectual and ideological blind spots. (Several great books on the topic, but the one… Continue reading Planks, planks everywhere
Today I cried. "Sobbed" might be a better word. And while crying is not unusual for me (I will even cry at commercials, and not just the ASPCA kind), these tears were different. They felt like they were pulled from my deepest insecurities and spilled my emotional guts all over my work desk and my… Continue reading Why publishing my book didn’t make me happier (and how I dealt with the tears and fears)