Dropping out of my Ph.D.saved my life part II

Wow did yesterday’s post get a lot of conversation going! That was amazing, thank you all so much for commenting! Sharing my drop out story was awesome, felt good. But I wasn’t totally honest. I dropped out only after trying to move programs because my supervisor died. Ok, let’s back up. So I’m flaming outContinue reading “Dropping out of my Ph.D.saved my life part II”

Dropping out of my Ph.D. saved my life

I like to say on this blog that my midlife crisis started three years ago, which is essentially true, but the fact of the matter is, I’ve been in crisis most of my life. The the real flame out started in 2001 when I started a Ph.D. program. I went back to Vancouver after veryContinue reading “Dropping out of my Ph.D. saved my life”

New resource on the blog: Janet’s quick tips on how to deal with work stress

Ok so I can’t help myself even though I’m on vacation. I started thinking about how I could offer some tips that I use many times at work to manage my stress. They’re short but hopefully you find them helpful! Xo Janet

Janet’s Top Ten signs you need a break from work

10. You swear Jesus Christ at the top of your lungs to no one in particular when you’re reading something on your screen. 9. You read your emails and start immediately rolling your eyes or shaking your head. Again, saying nothing and directed at no one in particular. 8. You can’t remember the last timeContinue reading “Janet’s Top Ten signs you need a break from work”

leadership is courageous and courage can be learned

Remember that you have shown strength in the face of pain or grief and you have probably at some point done something that frightens you. Courage mon ami, take heart.

hard things are hard

This is one my favourite Pete Souza photos. I have it saved on my Instagram as an important reminder that hard things are, indeed, hard. My dad used to say, “if it was easy, everyone would do it”. And he was right. If getting a graduate degree was easy, lots of people would have one.Continue reading “hard things are hard”

#bossypants

I’ve been called every name in the book for bossy: opinionated, strident, loud, overbearing, full of vinegar, pushy and domineering. This started a long time ago, when I was in elementary school. I was smart and bossy, really good at telling everyone what to do and how to do it. I was so unsure ofContinue reading “#bossypants”