When I was a doctoral student and mentioned I was going on a date one particular weekend, my major advisor said in an accusatory voice, “How do you think you have time to go on a date?” Naturally, this was after seemingly unending weeks of working on my studies, writing articles, conducting several research projects, teaching my classes, and preparing various conference presentations. The guilt I felt after her question was overwhelming.
After trying to get organized (yet again) as a young assistant professor, making the unending to-do list, realizing that no matter how many meals I skipped or how early or late I was at the office it could not all get done, and looking around at my topsy-turvy office space, I remember the day where I knew on a profound level, “I can’t live like this anymore.”
Continuing the push from associate to full professor, I still got up at crazy hours to write and work on my classes. One morning, as I got up at 0 dark:30 (as they say in the military) I knew I had been in bed far too few hours the previous night. I walked into my dining room, lay down on the floor, feeling nearly crushed by an overwhelming sense that I was shortening my life by the way I was existing.
Why do I tell you this? Because I want you to know that my quest for being “just whelmed” (vs. overwhelmed or underwhelmed) is not a new one just as I know it is not a new one for you. Since beginning to study this issue – first for myself and ultimately for my students and those in my workshops – I have learned a massive amount.
I’m blessed to know how to present ideas to people in ways that allow the ideas to be integrated and implemented into their practice. I am bringing my knowledge, experience, and talent for communicating together for you and other academic women in this new Just Whelmed Wee Weekly Workshop Program.
For 52 weeks, you will experience my support within the sensible snippets of carefully-crafted written and audio content that you will be sent EVERY WEEK. With each wee workshop, you will have a deeper and deeper sense of "I can do this," that is, you will know that you can be "just whelmed" instead of one of the alternatives.