Omitting Our Omnipresent Oxymoron

By Ellen Jayne | There is an oxymoron within us all that assumes position as we determine our goals. This is when the battle between self-belief and self-doubt comes alive.

The Positive Side of Recent Weeks

Hi all! It has been a while since we met here and so much has happened in between! I want to talk about the situation lately but from a more positive perspective. I am not trying to downplay the tragedy that is happening but just to focus on the brighter side. Disclaimer: What I will... Continue Reading →

Social Withdrawal Symptoms

By Ellen Jayne | I don't think anyone of us could've ever guessed these events would escalate so quickly, but they did. It's easy to feel disheartened by all of this, but we all have a choice:

The Paralysis of “I Don’t Know”

By Ellen Jayne | We've all been there: faced with a decision to make while feeling completely helpless, succumbed to the sheer solidity of not being able to forecast the future. The unwavering cycle of 'to do, or not to do.' We subconsciously permit the moment to overwhelm us and in the end paralyze us. What if I told you that you're actually paralyzing yourself?

Napping as an Act of Defiance

By Troy Headrick I’ve been thinking a lot about defiance lately.  Actually, because I’m very much a contrarian at heart, I’m always thinking about ways to defy.  That’s what contrarians do; they defy conventional wisdom (among other things).  (By the way, it seems pretty clear that we need a lot more contrarians in the world.)... Continue Reading →

Do You Belong?

Hi everyone, Let’s talk about the sense of belonging today. We naturally want to belong to a place or person. We want to be part of a community. We therefore value family and we tend to prioritize them. Family partially gives us our personality. Then, we also belong to a group of friends and colleagues,... Continue Reading →

Patience with Self

Hi everyone, I hope everyone is doing good! Today’s topic is patience with personal development. It is sort of a follow-up to my post last week about forming routines. I am patient with people. If someone is misbehaving, I don’t react (warnings aside) because I know that everyone makes mistakes on their way to better... Continue Reading →

How Do Others See Me?

By Troy Headrick A couple of weeks ago I had this really jarring experience.  I watched a video of myself leading a workshop on critical thinking.  (I am the director of a writing center at a community college in San Antonio, Texas, and often do all manner of presentations for a wide range of audiences.) ... Continue Reading →

How to Stop Self-Sabotaging

By Ellen Jayne | You were having a great week, but something along the way changed. Your entire mood shifted which affected your attitude the rest of the day, and you're not sure why. Chances are, you're mentally drained, and you're doing it to yourself.

Listening to Chicago

By Troy Headrick Before I go any further, I’d like to ask you to watch this five-minute video about an extraordinary woman named Chicago Crosby. OK, where to begin?  There’s so much I want to say.  I suppose I’ll start not with Chicago but with me and us, those of us who’ve just watched her... Continue Reading →

Is Happiness the Goal?

Hi everyone, I hope you all had a happy week! Even if you didn’t, we will talk about happiness today, so we will end it happy. Maybe. Up until recent years, I had decided that happiness was the goal of life. We go through all ups and downs so one day we can learn how... Continue Reading →

Fear Setting For the Future

By Ellen Jayne | Traditionally a taboo topic, fear is rarely discussed; however, this new exercise called fear setting can actually help you measure your fears and develop your dreams through them, not around them.

What Is Courage?

By Troy Headrick I want to tell you about a time in my life, now long passed, that I’ve been thinking a lot about in recent weeks.  The story I’m going to share says a lot about the nature of courage and about what it means to act courageously. During the spring of 1993, after... Continue Reading →

The Benefits of Talking

Hi everyone, Let’s talk about how talking is essential in life today. I am Turkish. I am culturally inclined to talk. We talk all the time. You can put two Turkish people who don’t know each other in the same room and they will find a lot of things to talk about. I can talk... Continue Reading →

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