The Olivia Pope of Higher Education: Navigating a Career in Student Affairs — Black Career Women’s Network

As we embark on a new, provocative season of ABC’s most notorious prime time dramas written by the illustrious Shonda Rhimes, I can’t help but think about how much Olivia Pope is more than just a fictional character I see every Thursday night. For those who haven’t succumbed to the #TGIT , Olivia Pope is […] … Continue reading The Olivia Pope of Higher Education: Navigating a Career in Student Affairs — Black Career Women’s Network

The Savvy Social Worker’s Playlist: 6 Songs to Help You Crush Workplace Drama and Shenanigans

As social workers, we can easily get caught up in the “crisis” of our clients, being overworked, and the lack of resources to do our job. Add taking care of the children, supporting significant others, and encouraging friends to the mix and you have a perfect recipe for stress, frustration, and a negative attitude. What … Continue reading The Savvy Social Worker’s Playlist: 6 Songs to Help You Crush Workplace Drama and Shenanigans

The demise of the “Strong Black Woman” and the rise of mindful practice

Thanks for sharing this. So many of us live our lives for others, without reflection and a sense of self-satisfaction. The best way we can take care of others is by taking care of ourselves first!

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She’s gone. She left sometime after my mother’s death and my youngest child’s entry into college. I downsized my home, got a room mate for the first time in life, spent more time in my studio, and decided to start figuring out this thing called life. I also wondered how it all related to my identity as a social work practitioner. In the midst of all this transition and change the Strong Black Woman who resided in my mind and body…left. I know not where she went, but I am glad she is gone. Much research has been garnered about the Strong Black Woman whose roots lie in survival during oppression and occupation in the lives of Black people as a result of the holocaust of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. She’s lived through the periods of slavery, Jim Crow apartheid, and the present New Jim Crow era where of mass…

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The Greatest Love of All (second to God’s Love)…Starts with You

I love Whitney Houston's song, "Greatest Love of All."(Circa 1985). It talks about learning to love yourself no matter what others think or say. It is an anthem that helping professionals take to heart. We spend so much of our time, and our career, taking care of others...our clients, our families, and our friends, but … Continue reading The Greatest Love of All (second to God’s Love)…Starts with You