Why 'Mind Over Monday'?Jan 23, 2022
"In fact, like many people, at times I lived in a space somewhere between dreading the end of Sunday and spending some part of each day that followed focused on how many days it was until Friday."
Aside from starting this job during the pandemic, everything about the arrangement other than the steady paycheck with benefits was stealing all of my joy. I was not sleeping well (or at all sometimes) and lost weight on the "no sleep" diet. I was spending a ridiculous amount of time preparing for class because as a black woman at a predominantly white institution, I felt I could never be caught unprepared and had to deliver above and beyond my own standard of excellence. It did not help that I was constantly being reminded that I was black, including a constant barrage of microaggressions, being asked to teach a class on the psychology of race, witnessing institutional racism in the hiring and retention processes at the College, and being stopped and questioned by campus security on several occasions about whether I "needed help" (translation: "Do you belong here?"). We were barely managing work from home life with kids (one of whom was e-schooling). I forgot the meaning of self-care (I'm talking weeks between washing my hair, no manicures or pedicures for a year, and lots of sweet tea). Most maddening was the mom guilt and the constant feeling that to "have it all" was damned near impossible.
Monday. Set. Go!
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