I’m working on reframing my ideas about success, turning my shame narrative on its head and making space for the possibility that even though I’m an imperfect and flawed person, I still deserve to have happiness, success, and to THRIVE in life. I’m also working on the idea that it’s okay (like really okay) to have what I want in life because I’m worthy and deserving.

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Stories of Failure: Academic Job Market Edition

If you’re one of the many, many, many people who don’t end up with even the crappy consolation prize of an adjunct position, your worth as a human being is entirely independent of your professional accomplishments. You are not your work and your work is not you. Your sense of self has probably taken a wallop. Be kind to yourself when you’re hurting.

Here’s what I want you to know today: you are a worthy person. Full stop.

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