When I was a doctoral student and mentioned to my major advisor that I was going on a date that weekend, she said, in an accusatory voice, “How do you think you have time to go on a date?” Naturally, this was after seemingly unending weeks of working on my studies, writing articles, conducting several research projects, teaching my university classes, and preparing various conference presentations. The guilt I felt after her question was overwhelming.
A couple of years later, after trying to get organized (yet again) as a young assistant professor, adding to the unending to-do list, realizing that no matter how many meals I skipped or how early or late I was at the office it could not all get done, I looked around at my topsy-turvy office space and knew on a profound level, “I can’t live like this anymore.”
Continuing the push from associate to full professor, I still got up at crazy hours to write and work on my classes. One morning, as I got up at 0 dark:30 (as they say in the military) I knew I had been in bed far too few hours the previous night. I walked into my dining room, lay down on the floor, feeling nearly crushed by an overwhelming sense that I was shortening my life by the way I was existing.
Why do I tell you this? Because I want you to know that my quest for being “just whelmed” (vs. overwhelmed or underwhelmed) is not a new one just as I know it is not a new one for you. Since beginning to study this issue – first for myself and ultimately for my students and those in my workshops – I have learned a massive amount.
I’m blessed to know how to present ideas to people in ways that allow the ideas to be integrated and implemented into their practice. In this Just Whelmed Wee Workshop Program, you will benefit from my knowledge, experience, and talent for communicating practical and inspiring strategies for you and the other academic women (and a few men).
For 52 weeks, you will experience my support within the sensible snippets of carefully-crafted written and audio content that you will be sent EVERY WEEK. With each wee workshop, you will have a deeper and deeper sense of “I can do this,” that is, you will know that you can be “just whelmed” instead of one of the alternatives.
Here are 2 things you should know about me:
The company was started in 1995 at a time when I thought (seriously) about leaving my university due to a toxic work environment. But after some major changes occurred in my work situation, I decided to remain there and just kept the company on the back burner.
Seven years later, I decided to “make a break for it,” as I teach about in the teleseminar by that same name and to begin working full time through my Reno, Nevada-based company, Emphasis on Excellence, Inc.
Ever since then (2003), people have been able to access resources to help themselves maintain their emphasis on excellence by being more productive in every sense of the word. Speaking, writing, teaching, consulting, and coaching provides many avenues for this information, experience, and support to be passed along.