Mental Health Days

Last week, I took some time off from work because I have not been feeling well, both physically and mentally. I hardly ever call off because I tend to feel guilty, but I have learned that it only hurts me in the end. When you are physically ill, people do not hesitate to send you [...]

“What Do You Want?” Part 2

April 11, 2018 The Interim CEO gathers all the staff on the 4th floor of our organization. I walk to the printer to grab some documents and my colleague asks me if I am coming. “Coming to what?” I say. She shrugs and says “I don’t know, some emergency meeting.” I had a dentist appointment [...]

“Tell Your Story in Six Words”

Yesterday, I had the honor of listening to Michele Norris speak in person at a wonderful Women's Forum. If you do not know who she is, she is an award-winning journalist and author and was the first African-American female to host a series on National Public Radio (NPR); she formally hosted NPR's All Things Considered. On [...]

Snotty, Arrogant,Smug,Conceited, B%#@h

  Because I do not speak a lot, I apparently come off as either snotty, arrogant, smug, conceited, or, for lack of a better word, a bitch. In case you are wondering, someone has either said this to me or about me at some point in my life. My coworkers, classmates, and select family members [...]

“What Do You Want?”

Today I had a hard conversation with my boss. I spent days rehearsing it and it still did not turn out the way I planned. Here were my main points: I am tired of being taken advantage of. I am not being compensated fairly. If I do not see changes, I will look for other [...]

Thank You, Don’t Look at Me!:Accepting Recognition

Today, during a two hour long meeting, my supervisor decided to take a moment and thank me in front of the CEO of our organization..... My supervisor preceded to sing my praises "her professionalism, the quality of work she delivers , and her attention to detail is unmatched". My heart races. I say thank you, [...]