Last week was the autumn equinox when day and night are equal lengths, and we can use this energy of balance in our own professional and personal lives, too.
Since being an academic means an extraordinary amount of time is spent planning and preparing for the future, let’s take some time today to reflect on the past and how far you’ve come.
Take out your journal and let yourself write down one thing you've learned in each area.
1 thing I’ve learned personally from my writing:
1 thing I’ve learned professionally from my writing:
1 thing I’ve learned about myself personally from my teaching:
1 thing I’ve learned about myself professionally from my teaching:
That's it! 2 easy steps in 2 areas -- all you need to get clear.
Balance is not about staying still on a high wire. It's about being in motion and keeping the center of balance firmly connected to your core. When you get clarity, you have balance.
If you like, you can take the insights from the list and spend 5 minutes journaling about where you are right here, right now --your strengths and gifts and capacities -- and and where you'd like to go from here....
But save it for another day. Go do something fun. Enjoy your clarity and balance
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a writing coach with 20 years of experience teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels in universities, as well as in diverse community settings. She specializes in working with women in academe.