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Do you suffer from imposter syndrome? Have you been called „too much“, „too intense“ „too sensitive“? Do you just hate inequality? Do you have difficulties finding your career path because you are a multi potential person who has a 1000 ideas and 500 projects... all at the same time? Do you have a weird evolved sense of humor? Do you suffer from dyslexia but are fast at grasping new concepts? Do you have a hard time fitting in and sometime feel like a minority of one? Well you are not alone! This is why I am here. I felt the urge and need to have a place to collect all the interesting stories, concepts and ideas which inspired me over the last couple of years. But more importantly, I stumbled across a very interesting and surprising finding! It’s not a secret. But I can‘t name it, because THAT word might scare you off! If you relate remotely to anything I just mentioned then this show is for you! I would love for you to give it a listen. It might help you realize that what you‘ve always thought what is „wrong“ with you, is actually what is right with you! So together we will make your Mondays awesome and help you tackle the week, the month, the year and your life! Unleash Monday is the Lifestyle Podcast for gifted adults.

Unleash Monday Nadja Cereghetti

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Do you suffer from imposter syndrome? Have you been called „too much“, „too intense“ „too sensitive“? Do you just hate inequality? Do you have difficulties finding your career path because you are a multi potential person who has a 1000 ideas and 500 projects... all at the same time? Do you have a weird evolved sense of humor? Do you suffer from dyslexia but are fast at grasping new concepts? Do you have a hard time fitting in and sometime feel like a minority of one? Well you are not alone! This is why I am here. I felt the urge and need to have a place to collect all the interesting stories, concepts and ideas which inspired me over the last couple of years. But more importantly, I stumbled across a very interesting and surprising finding! It’s not a secret. But I can‘t name it, because THAT word might scare you off! If you relate remotely to anything I just mentioned then this show is for you! I would love for you to give it a listen. It might help you realize that what you‘ve always thought what is „wrong“ with you, is actually what is right with you! So together we will make your Mondays awesome and help you tackle the week, the month, the year and your life! Unleash Monday is the Lifestyle Podcast for gifted adults.

    How do you become a SENG Board Member? Meet Finance Chair Carrie Pokrefke

    How do you become a SENG Board Member? Meet Finance Chair Carrie Pokrefke

    Carrie Pokrefke is an Audit Manager for BECU, the nation’s largest Community Credit Union, based in Seattle, Washington. She is an accomplished and experienced leader with over 20 years of experience in financial services as both an internal auditor and as a state and federal regulator. She enjoys building inclusive, high-performing teams through developing and mentoring employees, building relationships, and connecting people. Carrie serves on the SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) Board of Directors and Executive Committee as the Finance Officer and is also Co-Chair of the Development Committee. She is a trained SENG Model Parent Group (SMPG) facilitator and presented at the 2020 SENG Annual Conference. Carrie loves to travel and has achieved her goal of visiting all seven continents. Besides traveling, she is a photographer, drummer, painter, writer, and humanitarian. Carrie enjoys public speaking. Carrie was recently selected to BECU’s 2021 Building Inclusion and Leveraging Differences (BILD) Council. She serves on the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions’ (NAFCU) Compliance/BSA/Risk Network Steering Committee and the Northwest Credit Union Association’s (NWCUA) Awards Committee. She holds a Bachelor in Science in Banking and Finance with a minor in Speech Communication from the University of Southern Mississippi.
    TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:
    It is normal for gifted people to feel stupid! Doubting you are gifted is a good indicator of giftedness!Imposter Syndrome is something a lot of gifted adults struggle with. It helps understanding it and taking it for what it is!It can be hard for gifted people to see their own giftedness, yet they usually have no difficulties seeing giftedness in other gifted children and adults.The giftedness journey is usually a continuous research for more resources and insights into the giftedness theory and experiences.The gifted population has this tendency to want to fit in. Being identified gifted can feel like you are even further away from the normal populations simply from a statistical standpoint. Gifted adults may have perfectionism tendencies. The word “gifted” has this connotation that things are easy for us, but things are not always easy and it's not always a gift.It's important for us to roll with the word gifted. There are people who want to change it, but the value in labelling it is that we know which rabbit hole it is!If you are gifted, finding a therapist who understands or is gifted themselves is really helpful.Usually you realize that most of your friends are also gifted!Understanding one’s giftedness and neurodivergence helps to become a better leader! SENG stands for the Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted and was founded by Dr. James T. Webb in 1981. There is a gap in reaching the gifted adults!MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
    Carrie Pokrefke LinkedIn photography website and Instagram
    ShareYourMeTooStory
    SENG.org
    Dabrowski’s Overexcitabilities
    Overexcitabilities and the gifted: SENG resource
    The Gottman Institute
    Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/UnleashMonday)

    • 45 min
    Liz Trujillo from My Tru Design created the Unleash Monday brand and learned about her own giftedness!

    Liz Trujillo from My Tru Design created the Unleash Monday brand and learned about her own giftedness!

    Liz studied communication design with a sub-specialization in interactivity and multimedia where she focused on web design. She has been working in the corporate world for 4 years throughout that time she always had people who wanted her help in creating logos so in 2019 she created the brand Mytrudesign to provide brand design services to independent entrepreneurs.
    Creating designs from thoughts and ideas of her clients is what brings Liz passion, especially listening to ideas that are intangibles and bring them to life. She believes that every person is unique in their one way and therefore Liz focuses on the design process and takes it meticulously and personally in order to give you a meaningful and consistent design.
    TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:
    In Spanish the word for giftedness is “superdotado”Sometimes the reason you have difficulties to connect with others is because your brain is wired a bit differently, not because there is something wrong with you.Sometimes people become introverts because they are not understood and they start shutting down a bit.Creativity can sometimes not be put into words and it can be such a beautiful and fulfilling journeyEmpathy and caring deeply about the environment and the world can be a sign of giftedness.Compassion and empathy is something not everyone can feel as deeply.Feeling out of place and not being understood can be a sign of giftedness.There don’t seem to be gifted school programs currently available in Equator in the public schools.Realising you are gifted gives you a sense of peace and makes you want to connect with other like minded people. Gifted adults face difficulties in a neurotypical corporate settingA brand is more than just a logo, it creates a look and feel of a whole business and portraits the values and the emotions of the business. It’s OK to feel out of place sometimes and you can use this as your fuel! And don’t just believe what people say! Keep feeling what you are feeling and find validation for that. You are not wrong, you are just wired a bit differently.No need to fulfil other people’s expectations.
    MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:


    Liz Trujillo’s website liztrujillo.com and Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest
    Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/UnleashMonday)

    • 45 min
    Do you need a Nerd Coach? Meet Tracy Winter

    Do you need a Nerd Coach? Meet Tracy Winter

    Tracy has been an executive and leadership coach for over ten years. She helps neurodivergent leaders become superstar leaders through nerd coach, her coaching practice.
    Tracy has coached up and down the career ladder, from job seekers to vice-presidents, and has worked in different industries, including technology, government, academia, and health care. Tracy helps her clients, individuals or teams, develop new perspectives that lead to new behaviors, behaviors more likely to get the results they want, whether it’s a promotion, more team cohesion, or just being heard, seen, and valued for their ideas.
    Tracy also teaches doctoral classes Organizational Leadership and Business Psychology Department at The Chicago School for Professional Psychology. She earned her PhD in Human Development, her M.A. in Human and Organization systems, and her Evidence-Based Coaching Certificate from Fielding Graduate University. And she can jumprope tap dance.
    TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:
    Gifted adults are an underserved population and people think they're okay.  And that's not necessarily the case.for some reason the G word is really loaded Gifted adults do well as individual contributors in the workplace but they may have trouble socially.When you are gifted your experience interacting with others can be like looking into a funhouse mirror! Instead of an accurate reflection, they are getting the reflection that people expect them to be a certain way and they are not. The reflection is inaccurate and gifted are being perceived as weird over and over again from childhood into adulthood and it’s hurtful.Gifted adults oftentimes don’t recognise their own giftedness. They feel more like they are missing something.Giftedness is not just about being smart, it is this qualitative difference. You are actually getting different, more intense information than other people are getting. Gifted adults who tried to work with non-gifted specific therapists or psychiatrists say that they think beyond them, they think circles around them.Giftedness is about so much more than IQ. It’s also about intensity, not being understood, about the not fitting in part. It's about overexcitabilities and never being able to shut your brain off because everything is so interesting, or having shut your brain off entirely. Or not being interested because it was so overwhelming. The label “gifted” is simply helpful in adults to identify each other.Find the people who you fit.Be kind to yourself and allow yourself to feel whatever you are feeling.The challenge is that there are a lot of adults who don't identify as gifted, even if they were identified as gifted as a kid. Which is one of the reasons we are more often using the term “neurodivergence” as a way of talking about this topic.MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
    Tracy’s website www.nerdcoa.ch and LinkedIn
    SENGifted.org
    The Gifted Adult: A Revolutionary Guide for Liberating Everyday Genius by Mary-Elaine Jacobsen
    Living with Intensity by Susan Daniels, Michael M. Piechowski
    Dabrowski's overexcitabilities: www.intergifted.com/living-with-intensity
    Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/UnleashMonday)

    • 43 min
    Getting perspective of what it means to be gifted: Meet Cliff Wigtil

    Getting perspective of what it means to be gifted: Meet Cliff Wigtil

    Cliff Wigtil has been in giftedness circles for over twenty years, and has been formally studying giftedness for well over a decade. He provides coaching services and welcome clients from a diversity of backgrounds. 

    TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:


    If you have such a profound perspective, you also need to have some kind of perspective on limitationsHighly gifted people do sometimes become eminent but it may also come at high costs. It requires great sacrifice and help, as well as being at the right place at the right time Yes, you can succeed, but it's also okay to just be you.People are overestimating how much intelligence contributes to the ultimate outcomes in lifeWhat does it takes to be successful? You need intelligence, sure. But it really depends on what field you're going into, a lot of who you know, a lot of being able to overcome things that would just be devastating to almost anybody.If you are gifted in this world, you might not not even know how much different and how much different your perspective is! How much more insightful you are, how much more you can see and how much more you can articulate for example.What you're going through is it may not be typical, but it is normal because it's normal to you.If you think you might need therapy. Get therapy it's okay - try to find somebody who can match you for what you're going throughDon’t over-learn from one single experience
    MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:


    Cliff’s website yourlightbridge.com and Twitter @cliffwigtil
    Two of Cliff’s research papers and profile on ResearchGate:
    Children Above 180 IQ Stanford-Binet: A Seventy-Five Year Follow-Up 
    The Relationship Between Intelligence and Psychological Well-Being in Incoming College Students
    Leta Stetter Hollingworth and Lewis Terman
    Linda Silverman
    Mensa International
    InterGifted and Founding Director Jennifer Harvey Sallin
    International Society for Philosophical Enquiry: thethousand.com
    Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/UnleashMonday)

    • 42 min
    The Voice of Dyslexia: Meet Gabriela Alvares

    The Voice of Dyslexia: Meet Gabriela Alvares

    Gabriela Alvares is a student majoring in Communications Media studies and minoring in Public Relations at Quinnipiac University, in Connecticut. She was born in South Africa to parents from Portugal where she calls home. She grew up as a third culture kid and has lived this global and inspirational experience which brought her to her purpose in life.
    At a young age she was diagnosed with dyslexia and here starts her journey.... Unfortunately, at the time living in Tanzania, a country which had limited or no resources to support people with Learning Differences, she had to learn how to be the best dyslexic in order to succeed. She desperately wanted to be the same as every other student as well as achieve those amazing scores, so it was a realisation and awakening time where she found herself having to work twice as hard. As she transitioned from grade to grade, each year the workload increased so the challenges became tougher but never never gave up. Her good support network with great teachers at school and her family at home she was always encouraged to keep going.
    Her self-esteem was her biggest struggle, she was labelled with dyslexia which had an immediate connection to all the negative prejudices possible, especially at a young age, you fear to be labeled by other kids as "stupid" or "dumb".
    She learned the skills to advocate for herself and this is when she realised her voice is her biggest strength and she wants to share her story to inspire others to develop skills and tools do thrive despite a learning difference.
    Gabriela’s goal in life is to be a learning difference advocate, she wants to share her story to inspire young children and let them know that they can do anything that they set their minds too. She wants to create awareness of the topic and fighting the stigma associated with any learning difference. DYS does not mean “not able” because we are all able, sometimes it just takes different routes to get to the same place as others.
    TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:
    Having a learning difference means you need to learn to become your own advocate.Getting a diagnosis for a learning difference (for example dyslexia) helps students and adults getting accommodations in school and in the workplace. Dyslexia is a learning difference, it is not a mental health issue.There is still a lot of misinformation and stigmatisation around the topic of dyslexia around the globe.Gabriela’s goal is becoming an activist and raising awareness around the topic of learning differences and especially dyslexia.MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
    Gabriela Alvares on LinkedIn
    Ability Media
    Focus and Learning Center on facebook
    Quinnipiac University
    Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/UnleashMonday)

    • 42 min
    Living Life on the Bright Side! Meet Isabelle Mosca the founder of FACES 4 Autism

    Living Life on the Bright Side! Meet Isabelle Mosca the founder of FACES 4 Autism

    Isabelle Mosca, curator/creator for Life on the Bright Side and founder of the nonprofit FACES 4 Autism. She shines a light on families facing neurodiversity across the lifespan, encourages and uplifts caregivers to live their best lives with programs, events and workshops. Her programs are donation-based and open to all.
    Isabelle and her husband just celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary. Her motivation to begin the journey culminated from the autism diagnosis of her son in 2001. He and his twin sister both experience learning challenges, so developing a path of support was key to her family, as well as and many others. As a result of community encouragement, she has created programs and education used worldwide to forward awareness and acceptance for twenty years.

    TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:


    Neurodivergent people tend to “mask” themselves. They do not feel comfortable to be their true authentic selves and they learn to hide parts of themselves and to put on a “mask” for society.Learning differences can make you see the world differently Writing a to-do list can be a blessing. It functions as a dumping lists for your full and heavy brain and you can get it all out of your mind and onto paper. And there is always a tomorrow fro your to do listPeople with ADHD need especially time to quiet their minds. Going for walks, doing yoga, meditation or mindfulness can help you do that. We should take breaks and disconnect from our electronic devices. The world is so busy with stimulation, we need to turn it off from time to time.Sleep is important and a very great tool for people with busy minds. It can also be helpful to find answers! Ask yourself a question you would like to answer before going to bed and let your subconscious mind do the work during the night.All family members of a neurodivergent family need to be seen and taken care of. For example siblings and caregiversSelf-care is important for everyone! We all need self-care 3
    MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:


    FACES 4 Autism: website faces4autsim.org |Instagram @faces.4.autism|Email: imosca@faces4autism.org
    Podcast Life on the Bright Side| Instagram: @ourlifeonthebrightside
    Dr Temple Grandin
    The Bullet Journal Method
    More on Autism and testing from Wikipedia (please do your own further web-search on Autism specific websites): DSM IV and V and PDD-NOS
    Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/UnleashMonday)

    • 53 min

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My new fave podcast!

Since finding this little gem, I have binge listened to all episodes available in the past week. It really resonates with me as a mother of a gifted children. I have had my doubts about where my kids have inherited their IQ from and have also experienced a whirlwind of emotions when deeply reflecting on my past experiences. I have loved listening to her guests (some I have known about and heard their own podcasts, others are new to me). I am looking forward to new episodes! Keep them coming!

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