An overview of five unique challenges of PhD life and some ways to face them with more grace, clarity, ease, joy
Showing up in the best way possible starts with recognising what you need in order to do that ‘showing up’ with ease and pleasure
What the actual fuck does it mean to be ‘good enough’ in PhD or academia anyway?
Respond from an unshakeable space of YOU, instead of others’ expectations and external imperatives to “just be confident”.
Instead of letting perfection define how you move, how can you get CURIOUS about it and let it move you forward?
Challenges/difficulties AND invigorating, stimulating, joyful fulfilment in the PhD process are not two mutually exclusively things.
It becomes easy for us to conflate our whole sense of self with our PhD and our research. But we’re SO MUCH MORE than our PhDs…
You don’t need to know 398 steps ahead. You just need to know the next small first step.
Forcing confidence is counter-productive. Trying to be confident when you are most definitely not feeling it doesn’t erase or solve all the other yuck; it just intensifies it.
The PhD is a formless, undefinable, unpredictable, ever-changing, multi-faceted thing – this is why it’s all the more important to get super clear about YOUR intentions, goals and best work practices.