Are we there yet?

Recently, I was listening to an episode of a podcast I really like in which the main topic was the psychology of waiting. Every statistic, example, and anecdote that the host and guests discussed sounded like it came straight from the notes of my entire professional career in higher education, admissions, and coaching. So much of my work has been on one side of the waiting game or the other — waiting for applications to come in, waiting for admitted students to make their enrollment decisions. Now, I wait with the applicants I coach, counting the days until interview invitations and decision announcements come through.

Of course, I’m human, and have my own experiences with waiting under my belt.

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Paid attention

A couple of weeks ago, inspired by this recent documentary, I did an audit of the apps on my phone, and basically broke them into 3 categories: 1) don’t use, 2) use, and 3) use too much.  Categories 1 and 3 got voted off the screen.

Yup, too much. As in, beyond their functional usefulness. For example, during non-pandemic times, living in a city, I used rideshare apps a lot. Each use was with the very specific purpose of moving me from Point A to B. The result was a lot of use, but not “too much” use. 

This would be in stark contrast to, for example, certain social media apps.

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Sea change

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Hey there. I see you.

How have you been these past few weeks? Holding it together, or trying? Not really?

It’s ok. Most of the people you think are holding it together probably aren’t, actually. For now, you’re here. You’re checking in. You’re still showing up, in whatever way you are. I see you, and I acknowledge the work you’re doing to keep putting one foot in front of the other, even if some days you don’t really make it out of bed. Read More