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How To Live Your Passion: It’s All About Brushing Your Teeth

By Jenika | January 4, 2012 | 9 Comments

I remember the moment with icy clarity.  I was sitting in a Women in Science luncheon at a Very Fancy Hotel during a Very Important Science Conference.  A panel of professional scientists was discussing work-life balance, and one woman cracked a joke that ended my career in research psychology: She said, “I think about data…

How To Live Your Passion: Stop Confusing Hobbies with Passions

By Jenika | January 2, 2012 | 48 Comments

I admit I once grew tired of people telling me:  “live your passion.”   Of all the vague, dime-store psychology directives, that is possibly the least useful.  What does it mean to ‘live your passion’?  What is a passion?  What would it look like to ‘live’ one?  Cut the fluff.  I need concrete steps, not poster-speak.…

2 Surefire Ways To Blow Your New Year’s Resolutions

By Jenika | December 30, 2011 | 2 Comments

‘Tis the season for resolution-making – and resolution-breaking.  Many resolutions fail out of the starting gate, despite earnest desires for change.  But it doesn’t have to be that way.  Here are 2 sure ways your resolutions will fail – and how to beat them. 1) Not Planning for Failure. Tell me if this sounds familiar: …

When Words Hurt: How To Handle Harsh Criticism Online

By Jenika | December 28, 2011 | 9 Comments

It never ceases to amaze me how eagerly people judge total strangers on the Internet.  How viciously they’ll criticize, using words they would never say in person.  I’m not talking about useful, constructive criticism – sometimes that hurts, but it’s worth its weight in gold.  We should all seek out and learn from that kind…