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Feeling alone, frustrated, confused? Thinking of throwing in the towel? Founded on the belief that you can realize your dream of becoming a doctor with your sanity, health, and relationships intact, the Happy Doc Student Podcast delivers weekly inspiration through academic wisdom and esoteric insight. It's no secret the doctoral journey is a difficult one, but you're not alone; join us and put more JOY in your journey!
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Dr. Veronika Larova was a student turned colleague. In this episode, we discuss the emotional rollercoaster ride of the process, the post-dissertation slump, and lessons I learned as her Chair. Her doctoral project was titled:"The Evolution of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Treatment: Lessons Learned from MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy" Her project resulted in the development of the PACT Model and was recently published in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology: The PACT Model: Improving Outcomes in the Treatment of PTSD.  Link to article: is currently completing her Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Wright Institute in Los Angeles, where she provides individual therapy and facilitates women's groups. Veronika presented as a “rockstar” student. She dedicated time to her studies and possessed the raw ability to make her a natural scholar-practitioner. Take-Aways:1.    Don’t go this alone: Everyone needs support during the process. 2.    Getting feedback can be tough, especially if you are not used to getting significant feedback on your scholarly work; listen to this podcast episode: How to Feel Good about Feedback:    Trust the feedback will strengthen your project.4.    Build a community of support; this podcast will help:    Seek support from your network – this includes peers, your Chair, and your family. While you can do this alone, the journey is more pleasant when you can count on the support of those who want you to succeed.6.    Take this one step at a time – you only need to know your very next step.7.    Trust the process8.    When you finish, just as you will be a different person, so might those who have had to take up new hobbies to fill time while you were working on your degree. 9.    Acknowledge the post-dissertation slump and check out The Artist’s Way (journaling and the Artist’s date): Be kind and gentle with yourself and those who support youResources available at: http://Expandyourhappy.comHappy Doc Student Swag: http://Expandyourhappy.comSupport this free content by treating Heather to a yummy green tea:
Jamie Hillman is a multi-passionate, purpose-driven human, on a mission to make the world a better place. Her podcast and blog (Jamie on Purpose) are for young professional women to learn all things professional and personal development along their journeys to being tomorrow’s world-changing CEOs, government officials, and community leaders. In this podcast she considers whether or not to pursue a doctorate. STEP 1: REALITY CHECK #1. Do I have the time?  Residential programs often require you to work on your research full time making this question less relevant.  Online programs will require a minimum of 15-30 hrs/week depending on course load and your ability.  This is the equivalent to a part-time job. #2: Do I have the money?  How much debt am I willing to incur, understanding I may not receive the degree? Be proactive and decide right now the amount of money you are willing to spend. Yes, education is priceless, and many of those who start and don't finish say the experience was worth it, but please do ask yourself this question.  #3 Do I have the support? A doctoral program is not a Master’s degree plus. It is a transformative journey that will change you and those close to you. Do people do this without the support of their friends and family? Sure. But, it's often not pleasant.  Have a heart-to-heart talk with those who are close to you. How do they feel about the time and financial commitment? Are they willing to attend events without you (remember that 20+ hours?), take on extra responsibilities, incur debt with you, etc.  #4 Am I up for the task? A doctoral program is rigorous and even if you listen to every podcast, your body will experience stress. When was the last time you had a physical? Can your body take the added stress? How about your mind? Do you consider yourself a resilient person who can "bounce back" after trauma? Get a physical and have a heart-to-heart with the person who knows and loves you best and ask them to share with you, candidly, if they think you are up for the task. STEP 2: LET’S DIG DEEPER #5 Do I have a clear end goal?  Why do you want this degree? A doctoral degree is costly in terms of time, effort, and often money. You will need a clear and focused why for two reasons: (1) To confirm you even need this degree and (2) to keep you going when the going gets tough. #6 Will a doctorate get me closer to this goal? Spend time researching whether or not this degree will get you closer to your end goal. Find someone doing what you want to do and ask their advice (LinkedIn is a great resource for this). If they do encourage you to get your doctorate, be sure to ask them what type.  #7 Is pursuing a program in line with your core values?  If it’s not, why do it? See  Jamie on Purpose and her core value exercise: EXTRA CREDIT: Do you consider yourself a nerd? Do you get excited when someone shows you how to improve something you think is already perfect because you see it as a learning experience? Spend at least two weeks mulling over these questions. Resources#16  - The Good Goodbye: – Should I Pursue a Doctoral Degree:  - Applied versus PhD: at:
Learn tips and tricks that will make writer’s block a thing of the past!Louie Centanni, MFA, is a lecturer at San Diego State University and has been teaching writing, rhetoric, and composition for over a decade. He is also an online writing consultant at the University of Arizona Global Campus Writing Center, and as a writer, he has published several short works and essays. When the global pandemics aren't killing everyone's social lives, he tours as a standup comedian. It's a lot easier to make bad writing good than to make no writing!Writer’s Block – Does not exist – it is just an excuse for the fact we are terrified our writing doesn’t sound good.Writing is like any other skill: Practice, fail, practice, fail.  Do not be afraid to fail. Our society teaches that failure is the worst thing ever, and it's not. Failure is feedback. Don't take it personally; laugh at yourself.Tips:1.     JUST DO IT! Start writing anything that's on your mind, even if it's bad; just get some words on the page.2.     Write first, edit later (pretend like your delete key does not exist).3.     Make an outline; have a plan.4.     Then, ask yourself, what do I need to do in each sentence? 5.     Write what you think you need to write, then show it to someone for feedback; feedback is information that will help you get on track. 6.     Do not take feedback personally – this is a common theme on many of the episodes and if getting feedback is tough for you, listen to episode #18: “How to Feel Good about Feedback with Dr. Kelly Stewart”     Beware of imposter syndrome (we spoke about this on episode #9 “The Dissertation Shift with Todd Fiore” 8.     Do not try to sound smart, do not attempt to “dress up” your writing. The BEST writing is CLEAR writing. 9.     Follow templates if you get stuck (see the resource below).10.  Turn off Facebook, your phone, email – ANYTHING that can distract you (remember those grey activities that Mark Woods talked about in episode #6:  Resist cleaning your house (see #1)Resources:Happy Doc Student Swag: Say/ I Say by Gerald Graff and Cathy Berkinstein: Grammarly: this free content and buy Heather a yummy green tea:   
 Take-home message: Utilize the librarian and your library! Anna Uribe: Masters of Library and Information Services and lead instruction librarian and the liaison for doctoral programs at the University of Arizona global campus, AUGC.Tips:1.     Don’t use links to save your research2.     Download that resource3.     Figure out how you will organize your references: Zotero, Mandalay, Refworks (check to see if your tuition covers citation software – if not, check out the free links I have on my website:     Book a one-on-one appointment with a librarian to discuss your research area5.     Don’t spend more than 30 minutes being confused or frustrated!6.     Start learning how to do advanced searches now so you have this under your belt by the time you get to your dissertation/doc project7.     Librarians are experts in finding information  - they do this for their JOB and they LIKE IT! (utilize them: 24/7 chats, emails, phone calls, etc.)8.     Estimate that it will take you 90 minutes to find ONE resource – this includes searching, evaluating search results, reviewing an article, and note taking9.     Schedule time to be in the library to work on your research (communicate your need for this dedicated time with your family and friends)10.  Research AND then write (don’t try to do both together)Other recommended resources: https://www.expandyourhappy.comGet the article: The Doctoral Journey - 12 Things You Should Know (that they probably won't tell you!): Support this free content and buy Heather a yummy green tea:
Moylan RyanSomatic psychotherapist in Europe Rolfing® practitioner (Structural Integration). Learn more here: posture exercise professional Movement educatorProvider of continuing education with the national certification board of therapeutic massage and bodyworkEmbodiment coach (virtual men's groups)What is posture?Posture is really a representation of how we feel about ourselves. It's a representation of our self-image, our self-worth, our self-esteemIt is not static but based on a triad of experiences: balance, alignment, and motion Why care about your posture? (it’s more than just looking good!)PhysicalAn epidemic of forward head position/protraction in the shoulders; the body is so intelligent that it supports our activity, or inactivity. A stooped concave type of position leads to your body laying down layers of connective tissue that will keep you in that shape. Forward head position puts pressure on the thoracic cavity, impeding pulmonary function, your breathing ability, and also it's having a diminished effect on your cardiovascular system. Could lead to heart disease and COPD. FatiguePsychologicalIf your body is expressed in tension, torsion, and compression you’re in a collapsed state and playing small. You cannot be in FLOW. A body that has length, breadth, and depth has space in it. Most bodies have run out of space. CognitivePoor posture impedes the flow of the oxygenated blood coming up into the brainstem leading to mind fog. Bottom Line: The shape of your body is related to your ability to accomplish your goals (read that TWICE!  - at least). Listen up guys: The mind-body connection is very real!Power in the breath – Understand the link between inspiration and respiration.Move from a reactive state to a responsive one (from fight, flight, or freeze into FLOW)Practice deep breathing (relax the pelvic floor, breath into the belly, extend the exhale)Tips:Use a standing deskTake lots of breaks & move your body oftenPractice balancing on one foot (put one hand on a wall for support)Be conscious of your alignment (look at your feet)Practice deep belly breathing (stay centered & build your resilience)Get Rolfed®“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In our space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.” Viktor FrankConnect with Moylan RyanWebsite: https://moylan-ryan.comYouTube Channel: resources: https://www.expandyourhappy.comGet the article: The Doctoral Journey - 12 Things You Should Know (that they probably won't tell you!): Support this free content and buy Heather a yummy green tea:    
As you pursue your doctoral degree, you might feel a bit like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. There will be wicked witches, fireballs, and flying monkeys. But, there will also be munchkins and good witches. Here’s how to navigate the Yellow Brick Road:Trust the process (and ENJOY IT!)Realize doing a dissertation is both art & scienceDon’t over-complicate thisYou can’t boil the ocean (find the balance between too broad and too narrow) Your dissertation/doc project isn’t going to win the Noble Peace Prize (so just let that go and get it done! You probably do not need to do mixed-methodsYour dissertation/do project is simply a demonstration project (it must demonstrate to the academy you are worthy of the degree)Scholarly writing and APA are a huge part of the processEnsure a solid topic:aligned with your degree and specialization (you might need to “turn the lens”)it’s something you want to be known as an expert in (and will hold your interest for years)substantiated by recent (3-5 years) scholarly (peer-reviewed) research (you must be able to answer: Why are we doing this research?)consider the population – if “protected” per IRB you might need to “turn the lens” (instead of minors/prisoners, etc. maybe the people who work with them?)consider data collection (how will you access the population?) Seek alignment before you write your proposal (is the problem, purpose, RQs, design, analytical strategy aligned?  See below for Dr. Lonny's download and also this episode that speaks specifically to the issue of alignment: (Lawerence) Ness holds a PhD in Business Management and has been in the field of online higher ed for nearly 20 years. To date he has worked as a chair with close to 100 graduates. Not only is he the founder of Dissertation101 Mentoring Services, Inc. and, He is also the founder of donut explorers created as a community to seek, share, and promote the world's best donuts. Connect with Dr. Ness:@mydissertationcoach1 (Facebook)@mydissertation6 (Twitter) (Youtube) (website) (Quora) (LinkedIn)Annotated Prospectus Template & Literature Review Matrix Template: resources: https://www.expandyourhappy.comGet the article: The Doctoral Journey - 12 Things You Should Know (that they probably won't tell you!): Support this free content and buy Heather a yummy green tea:
Elizabeth Lucas is an oracle who began her work in transcendental meditation at the age of eight and has been studying with shamans, mystics, and healers ever since.She is passionate about linking body, mind, spirit, and emotions as a way to access our power within. She offers cutting edge programs, spiritual retreats, individual guidance, and online courses that give you access to your authentic, powerful, divine being.There is a lot going on in the world right now and we believe that THIS is THE single most important thing you could be doing.Empowering your energy system allows you to EVOLVE your immune system so you can stay healthy and live out your life purpose.#1 – Root Chakra “I Stand – Yes, I Do!”Color: RedLocation: Bottom of TailbonePower: Stability, Security & Feeling Grounded#2 – Sacral I Chakra “Create - Yes, I Do!”Color: OrangeLocation: Between Hip BonesPower: Creativity & Passion#3 – Solar-Plexus/Self Chakra “I AM - Yes, I AM!”Color: YellowLocation: Top of StomachPower: Will Power, Self-Esteem, Self-Worth #4 – Heart Chakra “I Love – Yes, I Do!”Color: Every Shade of GreenLocation: Center of ChestPower: Understanding, Compassion, & Love#5 – Throat Chakra “I Speak – Yes, I Do!”Color: Aqua, Aqua-Marine, TealLocation: Middle of ThroatPower: Hearing & Speaking Your Truth (self-Expression)#6 – 3rd Eye Chakra “I See - Yes, I Do!”Color: Midnight BlueLocation: Middle of ForeheadPower: Intuition#7 – Crown Chakra “I Know - Yes, I Do!”Color: Deep PurpleLocation: Top of HeadPower: Wisdom, Self-Knowledge, Divine Connection Learn more about the 7-in-7 course here: Liz: Free BRIDGE meditation available at: https://www.deeplywell.comCheck out other free resources at: 
Applied vs. PhD Degrees and Other Nuggets of WisdomDr. Rebecca Wardlow has her EDD in educational leadership and spent over 20 years as a K-12 educator, first, starting out in the classroom as a first-grade bilingual teacher working her way through administration roles, all the way up to being a principal. She then completed her doctorate and is now mentoring graduate students through the doctoral process.  Applied vs. PhDHow they are the same·       Terminal degree (you can’t go any further)·       Result in a “doctorate” so both lead to the title “Dr.”·       Equally rigorousHow they are different·       PhD is a Doctorate of Philosophy (and then you specialize in a field – like Education, Psychology, Business, etc.). It has a more RESEARCH / THEORY / often STATISITICAL focus. ·       An applied degree (EDD, PsyD, DBA, etc.) is focused on APPLICATION.ExamplesEducation: PhD in Education vs. EDD (applied – Doctorate of Education)Psychology: PhD in Psychology vs. PsyD (applied – Doctorate of Psychology)Business: PhD in Business vs. DBA (applied – Doctorate of Business Administration)Think of it like two sides of the same coin. We need each other. One is not better than the other (please read that twice; bonus points if you say it out loud).Please take time to ensure you are pursuing the program that is the best fit for YOU and YOUR GOALS.Tips for becoming a doctor1.     Make sure you even want and need this degree - more on that here:     Ensure you are in the program that aligns with your goals (applied vs. PhD)3.     Pick your general topic early on and research, read, and write in that area as you progress through your program4.     Start focusing around year 3 – brainstorm with faculty (pick a topic that aligns with your goals, but isn’t too close to home)5.     Be open to massive amounts of feedback  - more on that here:     Read, read, read to become an expert so you can identify an area for further research – more on that here:     Always maintain a scholarly voice, free from bias (remember: you are not set out to prove anything, but design and implement a research-based study/project).8.     Be flexible 9.     Ask questions10.  Don’t forget “It’s 5:00 somewhere!” Relax and have fun taking it one bit at a time. Recommended resources : Get the article: The Doctoral Journey - 12 Things You Should Know (that they probably won't tell you!): Support this free content and buy Heather a yummy green tea:
 Frustrated? Tired? Confused? This episode is for you!Helen Montgomery received her PhD in 2011 from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in Experimental Psychology with concentrations in statistics, quantitative methodology, and human factors. She has worked in higher education for over 20 years, serving as a dissertation chair, methodologies, and administrator in graduate programs. After years of witnessing doctoral learners who were frustrated, lost, or felt hopeless, she identified a need to offer dissertation students a space where their existing skills were recognized and celebrated, and new skills could be taught and nurtured in a kind and understanding way.In 2016, she started The Kind Coach.What is a dissertation coach? Someone works with you through the process supplementing the guidance you get from your Chair. A GOOD Dissertation Coach will: model writing and library researchtutor research methods/analytical strategiesbe very hands-on – typically very frequent interactiontranslate the feedback and make sure you are implementing it correctly. save you time, money, and your sanity/health Coaches are different from Editors and your Chair/CommitteeDissertation Editors – Correct your writing; do not necessarily need to talk to you; typically hired to get the paper ready for proposal or final review.Chairs – The faculty are often constrained by time and will rely on you to develop requisite skills that are needed to complete your research (e.g., learning statistics, scholarly writing, APA, etc.).Tips:1.     Discuss with your Chair; be transparent. Ask: Do you think I would benefit from a coach?2.     Shop around (BUYER BEWARE). A good coach will: have a terminal degree (PhDs typically have more experience with theory), have a lot of experience mentoring dissertations/doc projects (to completion), and be prompt with communication.3. Be wary of contracts/large sums of money up-front.4. Get referrals if that makes you feel more confident. NOTE: I have a shortlist of coaches on my website:     Get a coach EARLY 4.     Remember - you must OWN your work (you will have to defend it to a committee)Heather-Approved Resources here: the article: The Doctoral Journey - 12 Things You Should Know (that they probably won't tell you!): Support this free content and buy Heather a yummy green tea:
Humor is often one of the first things to go when you are in a doctoral program. In this episode you will exercise your funny bone and learn games you can play (with or without your friends and family) that will get you laughing.Bonus: These same games actually make you a better human being!Christine Alexander is a founding member of Florida Studio Theaters Improv Troupe, and her TV appearances include SNN News, Channel 10, and she's a frequent co-host for the Suncoast View on ABC 7. She's also appeared in numerous publications like the Herald Tribune, Scene Magazine and Style Magazine to name just a few. Christine has harnessed the power of laughter through two decades of professional improvisational stage comedy, corporate team building, and comedy wellness programs that she's now delivering all over the world.She lives by the motto "If it feels good to laugh, then laugh, to feel good". Why Laugh?Laughter benefits you both physically, mentally, and emotionally (just google Norman Cousins and laughter yoga).Laughter is an excellent stress reducer.You do not have to be funny to exercise your funny bone!Humor is a great way to calm that Monkey Mind so you can be more present.Humor practices help you TRUST yourself and be less judgmental (who couldn’t use more of that these days?)If nothing seems funny - just laugh anyway (your body won't know the difference)Games: 1.     Last Word, First Word: Listen and wait until the last word and use it as the first word in your sentence. 2.     Last Letter, First Letter: Listen and wait until the last word, look at the last letter of that last word and use it as your first letter in my sentence. I think. I really enjoyed watching you go through that. Get stuck? Start making the shape of the letter and let whatever comes – come!3.     Questions Only - only ask each other questions.4.     Restricted Word Game - Each person gets a number under 20. Example: The first person gets three, the next person gets five, and maybe the third person gets 12. Each time you speak, you only have three words or you only have five words or you only have 12 words and you have to get everything out in those three, five or 12 words. 5.     Red Ball - Say “red ball” to someone; you can’t throw the ball until they say “red ball” back. 6.     1 to 50  - A group of people all close their eyes and count together to 50. Each taking a turn to say the next number. And if two say the next number at the same time, then you have to start all over. “If it feels good to laugh, then laugh to feel good. And if it feels good to cry, then cry to feel good.” Christine Alexander Connect with ChristineFacebook: Document: Resources: Support this free content and buy Heather a yummy green tea: 
With all members in your community:Be mindful about who you can trustBe proactiveCommunicate (be clear, be candid)FacultyChair – Ask for regular meetings; see their feedback as a gift (see episode: #18). Committee members – They want you to graduate! Instructors – Can be great cheerleaders; reach out to them. Academic Advisors - Their role is to navigate you to graduation. Ask questions and be sure to answer their calls. University Support ServicesWriting Center – Go here for tips, tricks, and editing services. Librarians – They can be a huge help in locating literature. Editors – See episode: #11. Family & Friends – Communicate and listen to their perspectives. Peers – Reach out, pick their brain, share when you are stuck. Colleagues – Network and join associations, especially those in your research area (LinkedIn, Clubhouse, etc.). Others who can help you be the best version of YOU (when seeking out these people ask for referrals and always, always go with your gut):Coaches (dissertation, meditation, health/nutrition, etc.) Bodyworkers/Energy workersPhysical TrainersNutritionistsSpiritual Advisors / Religious Leaders Prayer PartnersWorkout/Gym BuddyCounselors/TherapistsConnect with us on LinkedIn (in order of appearance):Heather Frederick (hfred)Jodie Hemerda (jhemerda) Todd Fiore (todd-fiore-phd-26a0331)Kelly Stewart  (kellyolsonstewart) Vernon Czelusniak  (drczelusniak)Kennedy Maranga  (kennedy-maranga-ph-d-8529042)Tim Rice  (drtimrice)Travis Coufal (travis-coufal-32ba8513)Melanie Shaw  (melshaw) Cynthia Palmisano (cynthia-palmisano-psy-d-72531012b)Tami Beaty  (tami-beaty-ed-d)Mariko Carson  (mariko-carson-51841a29)Learn more:
Chris Cappannelli is a federal special agent who received his EDD in Leadership and Management from St. Thomas University in 2018. He has a long and successful career with the government holding diverse positions of increasing complexity and sensitivity, including the Department of Justice, the Department of Treasury, US Customs and Homeland Security Investigations. To date, he has handled over 100 criminal cases, including narcotics enforcement, financial crimes, terrorism, and human rights and war crimes.Dr. Cappannelli has presented at numerous agency conferences and symposiums and has briefed agency executives at the highest levels. Presently he serves as founder and principal of PGE consulting, LLC, which has engaged in security consulting, education investigations analysis in commentary to public, private, and media concerns. Today’s episode helps people answer the question: Should I pursue a doctoral degree?This is no small decision; we beg you to take time to ensure you will not be a statistic (an estimated 50% of those who start don’t finish). The first question to answer:  Will the degree truly be value-added? Do you need the skills you would learn during the program? Or, maybe not?Consider three main areas:1.     PhysicalHave you had a recent physical?  Do you have a regular exercise routine?   Do you have healthy eating habits and a way to maintain them?2.     Psychosocial This will impact your relationships because of the huge weekly time investment over a long period of time (4-7+ years)Do you have 15-30 hours a week to devote to study? Does your social network and employer support this? Are you willing to miss events like weddings, birthdays, vacations, for a number of years?Are you resilient?  Are you even-keeled (not overly emotional) How do you take feedback (be sure to check out  episode #18 linked below)3.     Financial Can you afford it? How much in debt are you willing to go, understanding you may not finish?Will you be able to pay off the debt?S.W.O.T.  Analysis - Assess your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats1. Get out a big poster board and divide it into 4 squares, one for each letter: SWOT2. Include input from those who know and love you 3. Take time to fill it in BEFORE you apply anywhereCheck out these episodes:#18 How to Feel Good About Feedback with Dr. Kelly Olson: 17 The Good Goodbye: How to End Your Doctoral Journey with Grace and Ease with Dr. Gladys Ato: resources : https://www.expandyourhappy.comGet the article: The Doctoral Journey - 12 Things You Should Know (that they probably won't tell you!): Support this free content and buy Heather a yummy green tea:
Gail Brindell, PsyD, is the founder and owner of WellFITT Solutions, LLC. As a single parent and retired military officer, she completed her PsyD in Psychology with a concentration in Health & Wellness.Dr. Brindell is an Exercise Physiologist, a Chronic Pain Specialist, a Credentialed Exercise is Medicine professional, and a Certified Associative Awareness Technique practitioner. With over 35 years in the health and fitness industry in a variety of settings, her passion is helping others reconnect their minds with their bodies through movement and mindset so that they may live a healthy and happy life. Tips:1.     Have a detailed plan that includes how you will juggle: Your self-care, your family, and your work2.     Take stock of your resources3.     Create a space for school and a place where you don’t do school4.     Be open and honest with the people you live with about your commitment, especially your kids if you are a single parent (and listen to what they have to say about how they feel)5.     Prioritize your self-care (you can’t pour from an empty cup – see Episode #3 for more on this)6.     Listen to your body7.     Self-care goes beyond taking care of your body (yep, time to take a look at your thoughts)8.     Use positive affirmations on your mirror (laugh if you want – it works! I have more to say about this in my free 7-day email adventure – see link below)9.     Learn to say NO (this is a practice)10.  Find a support system11.  Don’t judge yourself (a little self-compassion goes a long way)12.  Use kind self-talk (talk to yourself like you’re your best friend)13.  Pray (or connect with your source of power)14.  Clean up your kitchen/pantry so you can make only healthy choices!15.  Ask for help when you need itYes, it will be worth it. Just make sure you take care of you, so you are around to enjoy the fruits of your labor!Connect with Dr. BrindellLinkedIn: Solutions:'s YouTube channel podcast episodes and recommended resources    https://www.expandyourhappy.comSign up for a free inspirational 7-day email adventure Support this free content and buy Heather a yummy green tea: 
Dr. Vernon Czelusniak is the author of GED to PhD Reaching Higher, a book that details his journey from a high school drop-out to college campus president.  While serving in the military, Dr. Czelusniak attended night school to complete his BA and MA. When he retired as an officer from the U.S. Coast Guard in 1994 after 20 years of service, he got the “bug” to return to school and completed is Ph.D. in Computing Technology in Education from Nova Southeastern University in 1998. He has been involved in the Leadership and Education field for over 30 years in 1) Faith-Based, 2) Academic, 3) Bio-medical, 4) Healthcare, 5) Private, 6) Consulting, 7) Government, and 8) Military organizations. He has been working with doctoral students for over 20 years. Dr. Czelusniak never dreamt of going to college but having God in his life propelled him forward.Have you asked yourself: How do I find my strength? (if not, you might want to do this ASAP)Tips:Be open to finding strength in a source outside of youBe open to opportunities that come your wayKnow that your past does not define your future (unless you want it to)Try recording yourself (or having your word program read your notes to you (YOU write the notes, don’t just listen to an audiobook or file that you did not createTry Mind Mapping – it’s a great way to organize complex information Understand that your dissertation is not “just a paper”; it is an academic work built on the foundation of what the researchers before you foundYou are just bringing one (tiny) brick to the Grand Wall of KnowledgeLooking for a research topic? Look in the abstracts and discussion sections of articles – the researchers who came before you will tell you where research is still neededLocate your University’s template and/or rubrics and FOLLOW THEM to a “t”Ask questions! (early and often)Communicate regularly with your Chair (the student/chair relationship is a predictor of success)Establish with your Chair how you will communicate (and be honest about how you receive feedback best)Switching Chairs is not common and can cause you delays, but if things aren't working, have a candid conversation with your Chair and decide together how to proceedLink to commencement speech: Link to “From GED to PhD: Reaching Higher”: Mind Mapper: http://www.mindmapper.comConnect with Dr.  Czelusniak: DRCZELUSNIAK@GMAIL.COMSign up for a free inspirational 7-day email adventure here: trouble finding the “BEEF” in your research area? Get the 1-page alignment worksheet here: Support my free content:
Ask yourself: How do I receive feedback?How do I find space? Dr. Kelly Stewart holds a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership and Innovation with a specialization in Curriculum and Policy from Arizona State University. She started her career as a Language Arts Teacher and is currently an Assistant Professor and Faculty Lead for the Ph.D. in Education program at the University of Arizona , Global Campus where she is actively involved in a number of university initiatives, including the Doctoral Advisory Counsel. Why does feedback feel so bad? We aren’t used to it; the educational system does not train us to revise the same work over and over, so we take feedback personal.Things to remember:Feedback does not mean failureFeedback is a GIFTApproach feedback with curiosity The point of feedback is to move you forwardYour committee WANTS you to finish! (no one wants to DELAY you)Your committee’s job is to give you feedbackThe doctoral journey is a GROWTH processNo one was born knowing how to write a dissertationAn email sent in haste cannot be taken backUse affirmations: “My writing is improving with each revision.”You are playing “Dissertation Jenga”Tips:Do not panicBreatheName the emotion so you can process it and move through it Talk about the situation in the 3rd personKnow when to step away and get perspective (DO *NOT* SEND AN EMAIL TO ANYONE ON YOUR COMMITTEE UNTIL YOU HAVE PERSPECTIVE)Identify how you find SPACEPut a sticky note on your computer that says: “Dr. [insert your name], Remember that your committee loves you and wants you to finish. If you feel yourself stressing out you will: [ fill in the blank with how you find space]).Read ALL comments Do the easy fixes, then mentally group the commentsAsk for help from your Chair in terms of managing the feedbackAsk for a Zoom/Skype/phone call – it can change everythingTrust the processLearning how to receive feedback is a PRACTICE – you are GROWINGCommittee members: Communicate with your students about the receiving of feedback.“It always seems impossible until it is done” – Nelson Mandela “When we know better, we do better” – Maya Angelou“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” - Viktor E. FranklAdditional resources1. Ladder of Inference (Senege): Growth Mindset with Carol Dweck: Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence - Mood meter: & 4. Episode #12 Is Meditation a Waste of Time with davidji: 5. Episode #16 Why Reason & Logic Will Only Get You So Far with Anna Yusim, MD: up for a free inspirational 7-day email adventure here: Support my free content:
Gladys Ato, PsyD,  is a leadership mentor, clinical psychologist, public speaker, grief specialist, and author of The Good Goodbye: How to Navigate Change and Loss in Life, Love, and Work. She teaches community leaders to amplify their joy and leadership in uncertain times using The Good Goodbye® approach. Recognized as a Latina leader by Hispanic Executive magazine and winner of the Women Worth Watching in Education award, Dr. Ato is featured in BBC WorkLife, Forbes, TEDx Lincoln Square, NBC News and other top publications and podcasts. The word “Goodbye” is associated with feelings like sadness, anger, & anxiety.So, how can we have a GOOD Goodbye?Understand how to embrace both ends of the emotional spectrum so that you can process your loss in a way that allows you to move forward with grace and ease. How can you look at transition through a different lens?Recognize this as a right of passage that you are going through so you can be liberated by the loss.Five Pillars to a Good-Goodbye  (note: This is an on-going dance; a sacred practice)1.     Acceptance: Acceptance is NOT the final destination; what if you start here? Can you recognize what has happened without trying to change it? This is a powerful re-positioning of your energy.2.     Understanding: How do you accept the change/your decision without judgement? Be intentional regarding what you desire. Where do you want to go?3.     Gratitude: A healing salve for your heart. Look at the situation and ask: What am I learning? What can I appreciate here? What is the opportunity that may come? (you can even be grateful that you are trying to be grateful!)4.     Forgiveness: Starts with you. Can you forgive yourself? Then others?5.     Saying Goodbye: Ritualize this; honor it as a rite of passage (it can be as simple as lighting a candle). Say goodbye to what you are letting go and welcoming in the magic that is on the other side (yes, there is MAGIC on the other side…if you are open to it!). Remember: YOU get to CHOOSE how you are saying goodbye.Save yourself 5 years of therapy: Get curious about the root of your FEAR.Don’t be indebted to perceptions & expectations that don’t serve you - don’t deny your own evolution. “If you are brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” --Paulo CoelhoReset Your Nervous System with the RESET REMEDYReset Remedy available here: with Dr. Gladys Ato:Website: https://www.drgladysato.comInstagram: Facebook: Ato’s book: The Good Goodbye: How to Navigate Change and Loss in Life, Love, and Work more about this podcast: Sign up for a free inspirational 7-day email adventure here: Support my free content:
Feel like the world is trying to take you down? Understand why AND what to do about it.Dr. Anna Yusim is a Stanford- and Yale-educated, Board Certified Psychiatrist with a private practice and serves on the clinical faculty at Yale Medical school. She is internationally recognized as a trailblazer among healers, a gifted speaker, and the best-selling author of Fulfilled: How the Science of Spirituality Can Help You Live a Happier, More Meaningful Life. Dr. Yusim is presently starting a Spirituality and Mental Health Center at Yale and making a feature-length documentary on the interface of mental health and spirituality. Is it possible that your Doctoral Journey is the trigger for YOUR healing?Explore your dark night:Reduce fear, anxiety, uncertainty, overwhelm Heal your emotions, body, mind, thoughts AND  soulKey Points:Because you don’t have a ton of control in a doc program, allow situations to humble you and grow through the humilityDon’t resist your growth  Be aware of victim mentality (there is a difference between being victimized and living with a victim mentality)Get help if you need itSelf-care is non-negotiable; you cannot pour from an empty cupSoul Correction:1.    Identify your Soul Corrections: “What is my greatest source of pain?”2.    Notice how you respond: “How do I usually respond to this challenge?”3.    Correct it by going against your nature: “How do I go against my nature and do something different?” (see techniques below)Remember: You don’t draw into your world what you want, you draw into your world what you ARE. This is either empowering or feels like a cruel joke. Practices:1.    2, 4, 8 Breath – Breathe in quickly for 2, hold for 4, release slowly for 8. This creates a net positive oxygen saturation signaling all is OK!2.    Shift Your Emotions - Label the emotion (i.e., exhausted), then take your attention away from the thought and bring it onto your body and all your senses (what does it taste like in my mouth, what do I see, etc.). The creates a conscious shift away from difficult thoughts.3.    Cloud Floating Mediation - Label your thought, put it on a cloud, and watch it float away. Within a few seconds, a new thought will enter. Put it on a cloud, watch it float away…repeat. This shifts the balance from thoughts controlling you to you controlling your thoughts.  "We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience." - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J.Dr. Anna Yusim’s Book: Fulfilled: How the Science of Spirituality Can Help You Live a Happier, More Meaningful Life: and Mental Health Course: with Dr.  Yusim:IG: Acoustics: my free content:
Dr. Julie D. Conzelmann (Dr. Jules) earned her doctorate in management at the University of Phoenix and her Copyeditor's Certification from U.C. San Diego. She is a faculty member at the Jack Welch Management Institute, the CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Scholar Chatter LLC; and CEO and Copyeditor at Superior Editing Services. Dr. Jules is an accomplished, inspirational, and empowering entrepreneur, business leader, copyeditor, mentor, teacher, public speaker, journal reviewer, and author.Should you publish your dissertation or doctoral project? YES!!!“Publishing” it in PROQUEST isn’t enough, because it is not peer-reviewed (decreasing the likelihood other researchers will cite your work).Why don’t people do it? Exhausted, no support, confusing process, and FEAR. Rejection rates can also be very high and because the doc process is full of rejections, so students are rejection adverse. Scholar Chatter is a journal that fills the need for recent graduates to publish their work: Be a life-long learner and get your work out there!Scholar Chatter·      Allows scholars to continue to evolve their work·      Assistance is available through workshops (which lowers the rejection rate)·      All genres published·      Also great for faculty! Scholar Chatter Vision: The vision of Scholar Chatter is to empower researchers to enhance the world innovatively through publication of the written word.Scholar Chatter Mission: Our mission is filling the gap in research, disrupting the norm, and publishing articles while upholding the scholarly standards of rigor and truth.Don’t stop at your oral defense. You put in a ton of work into your doctoral research. Don’t let it sit on a shelf – get it out there. Scholar Chatter just might be the vehicle you need!How to connect with Dr. JulesScholar Chatter: LinkedIn: Dissertation Cohort/Facebook: Scholar Community Connection/Facebook: it Simple Scholars/Facebook: by Dr. JulesKeep It Simple Scholars! Volume 2: Outlining the Elements of the Dissertations Step-by-Step It Simple Scholars! Volume 1: A Basic Guide for Writing and Editing Dissertations and Theses more about this podcast: http://Expandyourhappy.comSign up for a free inspirational 7-day email adventure here: Support my free content:
#14 The Best Dissertation is a DONE Dissertation with Dr. Melanie ShawDr. Melanie Shaw has her PhD in Education and has spent two decades teaching and serving as an administrator in online higher education settings. She serves as an adjunct faculty at several institutions and facilitates webinars for the Online Learning Consortium. In addition to her teaching roles, she trains faculty to develop and deliver courses online, conducts research on nontraditional education, and is involved in strategic leadership relative to the vision for online education. She is known for getting students who are stuck at the dissertation writing stage unstuck.NEWSFLASH: The BEST dissertation is a FINISHED dissertation. Focus on creating a concise and straightforward research study that demonstrates you are worthy of the degree (that is, design a study that meets the criteria of your program; it need not save the world). Where should an idea originate?·      Let RECENT peer-reviewed published research drive the idea ·      In applied programs, a professional need may drive the project, but your project still needs to be grounded in research (and contribute to your field of study)·      Understand that you are creating one  puzzle piece in a field of research·      You are not setting out to “prove” something you know; you are gathering knowledge about an unknown (careful if you are setting out to prove something, the bias in your writing will delay you)Can you write a 6-word sentence or question that captures your topic?·      If not, it might be too complicated; pause and use the 1-page alignment worksheet Problem Statement:·      It is likely the single hardest thing you will EVER write·      If it is taking you months, understand why – it is the CORNERSTONE of your entire study·      Do NOT include your purpose here – when you read your problem statement, you should hear horror music in the background·      “We need to know more about…" is NOT a problem·      Finish this sentence: The problem is (fill in the blank) that results in (fill in the blank). Three questions:1.     What is the problem as documented in the literature (in an applied program, this might be a problem in an applied setting, but you will still need to talk about this in terms used in recent literature and use that literature to inform how you will study this)?2.     Whose problem is it?3.     What happens if the problem isn’t solved? Purpose: Complete this sentence:  The purpose of this (insert type of study) is to (fill in the blank – this should solve the problem). Research Questions: These should align with the problem and purpose. Further, the answers to these should provide information that may help to resolve the problem. How to make sure you have alignment:·      Redundancy is a way to ensure alignment; are you using the same words in the problem statement, purpose, and research questions?Still stuck?·      Try out the 1-page alignment worksheet (link below)·      Have a dialogue with your Chair in real-time Get the 1-page alignment worksheet here: more about this podcast: Support my free content:
In this episode I continue my captivaating conversation with davidji.davidji:·      Had a 20-year career in business, finance, and mergers and acquisitions lead him to a state where he felt like he was sleepwalking through life (sound familiar?)·      Apprenticed for a decade under Drs. Deepak Chopra and David Simon, serving as the Chopra Center COO, Lead Educator and then as the first Dean of Chopra Center University·      Trained more than 300,000 people to meditate and certified more than 2,500 meditation teachers. What do you suggest for someone who's listening and they're thinking, I really need to give this a try? Where do I start? Suggestions for cultivating a daily meditation practice: It's about consistency versus durationYou can cultivate a practice in a small spaceStart with the 16-Second Technique (a pattern interrupt): Breath in for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds, exhale for 4 seconds, hold for 4 secondsPractice meeting your own needs (aka: Self-Love):You’re beautifulYou’re doing a great jobI love youThe reason you are not meditating is NOT that you don’t have time. It’s because you don’t think you’re worth the investment. What is the ONE main benefit of a meditation practice? “We are simply cultivating our ability to witness. Witness ourselves, witness our emotions, witness our purpose in life, witness our direction, witness the world outside of us, witness other people's emotions (we call that emotional intelligence).” And we do this everything else in our lives fall into place. Feeling overwhelmed? Meditation.Looking for clarity? Meditation.Feeling disconnected? Meditation. Impatient? Meditation.Annoyed? Meditation. YOU ARE WORTH IT! Your best decision demands it.Activate your secret superpowers here with a 10-day FREE meditation series. We must remind ourselves that we have a choice in each moment, and that we can choose the best outcome or the most painful outcome. When we make the choice from a place of detachment—trusting that we are not alone and that the Universe is in control—then the highest choice wins! Bookmark this URL >> few of my favorites (I find these on SoundCloud although he is on other platforms):Cultivating Right SpeechStepping into Your PowerEmbracing the Unknown Connect w/davidji Facebook @flowoflove and IG @davidjimeditationBooks by davidjidestressify: The Real World Guide to Personal Empowerment, Lasting Fulfillment, and Peace of Mind Powers: The Five Secrets to Awakening Transformation: of Meditation: A Practical Guide to Inner Peace and Personal Transformation: more about this podcast: Support my free content:
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