Reconnecting with the Natural World and a Younger Me

By Troy Headrick I had a strange upbringing.  Up until the age of, say, five or six, I lived in urban areas being raised by a father and mother who didn’t get along very well.  Then, suddenly, a year or so before starting first grade, my parents found that they no longer wanted to be... Continue Reading →

A Complicated Relationship

By Troy Headrick This is the story of my complicated relationship with money and how such a relationship came to be.  In the telling of this story, I’ll need to explore the nature of fear and how our parents’ fears end up shaping our own inner psychological landscapes. Before becoming an adult and leaving home,... Continue Reading →

New Blog, New Year, New Direction

By Troy Headrick Those who regularly read my posts have likely noticed that I’ve been silent for several weeks.  In fact, it’s been close to a month since I published my last blog. Well, I’m back now and feeling strong and ready to go.  I truly believe that my time away from writing gave me... Continue Reading →

How to Manage and Lead People

By Troy Headrick I didn’t publish a blog here last week.  I kept coming up with possible topics, but none of them felt right for one reason or another.  I’m getting better and better at trusting that little voice inside that says, “Wait, Troy, something feels wrong about this.  Be patient.  You’ll know it—very viscerally—when... Continue Reading →

Giving Thanks: Blog Two

By Troy Headrick This is the second in a series of blogs intended to thank those who’ve played important roles in shaping my personality and values, in helping me become the person I am today.  If you’d like to read the first piece in this series, check this out. It’s commonly thought that every human... Continue Reading →

Giving Thanks: Blog One

By Troy Headrick If you read Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations, a book I’ve alluded to in at least one other piece, you’ll see that “Book 1” is a collection of acknowledgements and thank yous.  For example, Aurelius lists family members, friends, “the gods,” and others in this opening chapter.  He thanks each one of these individuals... Continue Reading →

Getting to Know Jessica

By Troy Headrick I pride myself on being someone who wants to have new experiences, meet interesting people, grow intellectually and spiritually, and expand my horizons in the process. Having said all that, I want to share a story with you about how recently meeting a very special person has had such a wonderfully positive... Continue Reading →

A Meditation on Something I Heard the Other Day

By Troy Headrick On Friday, October 11th, I attended a professional development workshop at the college where I’m employed.  The title of the session was “Communication Skills for Collaboration.”  Looking back, I don’t think the title gave an apt preview of what the talk would cover.  Plus, the title was boring; whereas, the actually workshop... Continue Reading →

This Thing Called “Freedom”

By Troy Headrick As some of you might know, I am the director of a writing center at Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas.  Just yesterday, a bright, young woman came into our facility and one of our best tutors helped her with a piece of writing she’d been working on. The tutoring session... Continue Reading →

Where Does Creativity Come From?

By Troy Headrick I’m going to share a secret with you.  Several years ago, back when I was living overseas, I used to create artwork and show it internationally.  I even sold quite a few pieces.  Then, for reasons I won’t get into right now, I stopped making art.  (By the way, my header image... Continue Reading →

Competition, Anger, and Mental Health

By Troy Headrick After I’d posted “Practicing Patience,” Betul Erbasi and I had a really interesting exchange.  (By the way, Betul is one of Pointless Overthinking’s regular contributors and a Turk who is working on her PhD at the University of Southern California.)  The topic of this conversation was anger and American culture.  I pointed... Continue Reading →

Practicing Patience

By Troy Headrick It’s not even close to January 1st but I’m making a resolution nonetheless.  I’m resolving to become a more patient person.  The way I want achieve this goal is by establishing a daily habit of practicing patience. Those of you who regularly read my blogs know that I’m an American who spent... Continue Reading →

The Vulnerability We All Face

By Troy Headrick I want to start this one with a warning.  I’m not for sure what I want to say, where this is going to go, or what my real subject is.  I want to discover all of those things through the process of putting words on paper. Lately, I’ve been suffering from a... Continue Reading →

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