helping academics and former academics find wellness, meaning, purpose, and freedom
92. Brain waves rule with Dr. James Hardt
Dr. James Hardt discusses his exit from academia, the founding of the Biocybernaut Institute, as well as the help he and his team provide to people who go through his neurofeedback training. He explains that such training changes people's brain waves so that they experience much greater creativity and calm--similar to long-time meditators. Apply for Dr. Hardt's neurofeedback training at https://www.biocybernaut.com/.
91. Self-care and career clarity with Dr. Melva Robertson
Dr. Melva Robertson describes both her research about Covid and the Great Resignation as well as her own career pivot into academia after the Covid pause provided ample reflection time and insight. Melva explains that self-care, mental health, and finding calm are foundational pieces to career transition. Find her at http://www.melvarobertson.com/.
90. Burnout and academia with Dr. Özgün Ünver (re-release)
In the spirit of self-care, self-compassion, and wellness, I re-release my interview with Dr. Özgün Ünver.
Dr. Özgün Ünver explains how academics may be at greater risk of burnout compared to the rest of the population. She also describes how burnout manifests differently for different people, types of support one might want to seek when in burnout, as well as her own experience with burnout. Özgün also discusses the necessity of turning into difficult emotions as well as practicing self-acceptance and self-compassion when healing from burnout. Sign up for her newsletter and get the updates about when her next burnout course will be offered at https://www.mindyourownrevisions.com.
89. Self-compassion, career, & parenting with Dr. Laura Froyen (re-release)
In the spirit of self-care, self-compassion, and wellness, I re-release my interview with Dr. Laura Froyen.
Dr. Laura Froyen discusses a powerful moment where she was flooded with compassion for herself and in that moment, she realized leaving academia would be in her family's and her own best interests. She talks also about her life purpose: helping families to make respectful parenting decisions and the critical need for children to learn how to make healthy and productive life choices. Laura offers fantastic advice about creating stronger boundaries and finding a more balanced life.
88. Integrative wellness with Dr. Rebecca Shisler Marshall (re-release)
In the spirit of self-care, self-compassion, and wellness, I re-release my interview with Dr. Rebecca Shisler Marshall.
An Associate Professor at University of Georgia, Dr. Rebecca Shisler Marshall introduces herself not just by academic title, but also as "a life coach, a Reike practitioner, a mindfulness instructor, and a Shamanic practitioner." In this episode, she explains feeling powerfully drawn to integrative wellness work and after some years as an academic, she finally surrendered to a wonderfully unique career path--a path that was paved with self-compassion, self-care, a surrender to a deep and powerful calling, and an absolute willingness to step fully into her integrity. Rebecca blends together all of who she is in order to create a career that fits well. Check out Rebecca's podcast, Centered Living, and find her at https://www.centeredyou.com/.
87. The side hustle with Cheryl Lau
Cheryl Lau is a PhD student who runs a six-figure business as a side-hustle coach. She explains how learning how to take care of herself was an important first step to building a strong and thriving business and she argues that people with a lot of other responsibilities from full-time jobs to caring for children can build their own side-hustle businesses with very little time by keeping it simple. She advocates for trying on new career pieces and letting them help you to grow into the best version of yourself. Find Cheryl on her podcast, The Side Hustle Club, on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/cheryltheory/, or on her website at https://cheryltheory.com/program/.
(If you are interested in starting a side-hustle and want to hear other stories about academics with side hustles, check out Episodes 22, 46, 68, 77, and 84. All use their side-hustles to contribute to the world in ways they most care about.)
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An amazing resource for professors, former professors and aspiring professors seeking help and guidance with their career wellness, and all the other ancillary issues we don’t think about as we grind our way day by day as students or faculty.
Exactly what I was looking for! For those of us who look for meaning in what we do and wonder whether we can be ourselves in the box of academia.
Happy to have found this podcast
Listening to these conversations, particularly those with Dr. Olson-Bang and Dr. Floyd, has been not only enjoyable but also helpful in my life — I had been considering entering a PhD program with the intention of becoming a professor and these conversations have helped me to determine that it might not be quite right for me. Still listening as I search for my next steps. :)