Overfunctioning

Dear Soulseekers, Check all that apply to you: *Doing things for others that they can do for themselves *Absorbing other people’s feelings *people-pleasing to avoid disappointing others *difficulty saying no and setting boundaries *assuming more responsibility than is your share *giving advice whether the person asks for it or not *fretting about others *feeling responsible […]

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A day off

Dear Soulseekers, This spring semester has me completely worn out. Thankfully I made it to Easter break and have enjoyed a nice and much needed 4 day weekend. I used all of my days off back in September when I had Covid, so I haven’t had many days off since then, and believe me, I’ve […]

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You are worth it

Dear Soulseekers, It’s a beautiful Sunday afternoon, and I’ve got the house to myself and nothing really on my agenda. I should probably grade some papers or do a little lesson planning, but I don’t want to. Next weekend is really busy and I won’t have much time to lesson plan, so I really should […]

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Be still, silent

Dear Soulseekers, Today was the perfect example of my lack of social media presence or interest in it. I placed a mobile order for Starbucks this morning at 8:20 a.m. thinking that would give me plenty of time to finish getting ready, grab a coffee and make it to work by 9 am. I get […]

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I’m biased. Are you?

Dear Soulseekers, What keeps us from being empathic? Lots of things actually. Remember, having empathy is intentional; it’s a practice. It’s when we lose our focus that we run into problems. Cognitive biases are the ways in which we perceive the world around us and the filters that we use in order to make sense […]

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The weekend blues

Dear Soulseekers, You know how you work all week only to be sick on the weekend and spend your whole weekend on the couch only to get up and go back to work on Monday? Well, that’s me this weekend. I could feel it coming on yesterday about lunchtime. I was completely wiped out yesterday […]

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Habit 2 of highly empathic people

Dear soul seekers, How was last week? Were you able to find time to be truly curious about another person and learn something about them? This week we are looking at the second habit for people with high empathy: challenge your prejudices and find your commonalities. Even though your skin color may be different, or […]

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6 habits of highly empathic people

Dear Soulseekers, I’m starting a new series on empathy this week. Today I will be discussing habit #1. But first let’s be clear on what empathy is. Empathy is defined as the “ability to step into the shoes of another person, aiming to understand their feelings and perspectives, and to use that understanding to guide […]

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