February 2020

Does this newsletter find you wallowing in a pool of shame because you haven't kept up with your New Year's resolutions?

Don't be too hard on yourself. You can still turn things around. It's only February after all.

What you need, though, is a better way to approach your resolutions. I can help. Well, not me actually, but Celia Cody, my good friend and former college roommate (Go Canes!).

For the last decade or so, she has named her years. Yes, named them...like Year of Experiences, Year of gratitude, Year of Learning, etc.

She says naming each year forces her to decide on one area to focus her efforts.

What's most impressive? Her method works. I mean REALLY works.

She's reconnected with long lost friends in her Year of Reconciliation, gone from couch potato to half-marathon runner in her Year of Health, and left behind toxic habits and relationships in her Year of Change. I can't wait to see what she manifests in 2020, her Year of Prosperity. I know it will be significant.

I've followed Celia's lead and named 2020 my Year of Bravery, which is about courageously and compassionately turning toward my fears. This means, in part, taking more professional risks instead of playing it safe--hello, Teaching Matters keynote , The Professor Is In podcast interview ( dropping soon), and WellAcademic's Women of Color Institute for Leadership and Development (launching later this year).

Nichole Guillory has joined in with her Year of Wellness (see below). I invite you to join in too and name your year as one way to bring about what you wish for in 2020.

In peace and solidarity,

WellAcademic Co-Founder
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