Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Time Management in Academia

Going into my 3rd year as an Assistant Professor and Director of Field Education in the social work department can be time-consuming since I am a one-woman show. You have to manage your time wisely. Academia and corporate America operating hours are similar but different. For those of you who are new to the academia space, please manage your time wisely.

Here are some helpful tips:
1. Use digital calendars such as Google, Outlook, or phone for all appointments, meetings, and events. It is life-saving because this will help you to become more organized.
2. No when to say no to projects and extra tasks you cannot fit into your calendar. Many of you may be tenure-track like me and must provide service, research, and scholarship. Still, you must know your limitations and stay calm during the first year of academia.
3. Use your office hours wisely. You may have three to six hours of office hours a week. Use this time to grade papers and any University-related activities. Post hours to let students drop in or schedule time for advisement, coaching, or support.
4. Self-Care! Time management helps you to stay on task and organized. Take the semester one class, one project, one publication, one research at a time. Take care of yourself and limit your stressors by not over-committing to busyness. Ensure you eat, hydrate, breathe deeply, stretch, laugh, move your body, connect with your support system, rest, recover, and repeat.


Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Dear Sis, There is Life After A Hardship

Sis, don't allow society or bitter people to tell you what or who you can't have. There is love after 40. There is love after a breakup or divorce. You don't have to chase anyone. Work on your healing, love yourself, enjoy your life, find your happiness, and stop listening to people who have ill intentions for you. The dating pool doesn’t have pee or poop; you just have to upgrade your mind, circle, type, and environment. When you start healing, you will break that pattern of attracting the same person/energy with a different name. How do I know there’s life and love after a divorce and 40? I've manifested it by healing my hurt, pain, and unresolved trauma. I put the work in and did a lot of praying (not Ciara’s prayer 🤣/Drea’s prayer)! 

Ensure you are good and ready to receive the added love and happiness. God is going to bless you with what you need. That man might be in your presence, but you don't think he is your “type,” and you friend-zone that man. Having a preference is okay, but sometimes your “type” can block you from your blessings.

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Give Yourself Grace and Forgiveness

Give yourself permission and grace for your past mistakes! Stop beating yourself up for being human and flawed! Take a deep breath in and exhale!
Brown Girl Affirmation (repeat as needed) I forgive myself for my mistakes and allow myself to grow from them. I release my anger, shame, embarrassment, and guilt surrounding my past mistakes!