Planners & Schedules

Keeping a planner has been a part of my life ever since I can remember. Even as an elementary student, we were all given spiral bound planners customized with the school’s logo and holiday schedule in it. We’ve been taught that keeping a planner, writing down homework/to-do lists, scheduling activities, scheduling study and leisure time,…

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The Perils of Being a High Functioning Procrastinator…

…and the perils of starting things and never finishing them. At any point in time I have 5,000 ideas for completely different projects: Baking the perfect yellow cake from scratch with strawberry buttercream frosting; Making indigo dyed textiles that can be framed or turned into pillow cases or even lightweight blankets; Choreographing a parade piece…

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Letting Go of “I’ll Show You!”

Being an overachiever often means an inescapable feeling of inadequacy. Couple that with being a Black woman in the US, and you’ve got a recipe for pathologically setting unrealistically high expectations followed by harsh self-criticism when you inevitably don’t meet those expectations. As a kid, being an overachiever usually meant reaching a predetermined goal that…

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