Every meeting with my doctoral chair is one fraught with anxiety, ridicule, and wonder.

A doctoral chair holds much of the student’s life in the palm of their hand. Not really, that’s quite an overstatement. When a doctoral student finishes their course work, they are considered ABD — all done…


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I woke up before 4:00 am this morning, 3:15 am, to be exact. That’s a little earlier than most days, but not surprising. There are edits to be made on my dissertation proposal, and I have a meeting with my chair in 13 hours.

The doctoral journey is not for…


Today I’m embracing the middle.

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Starting over is fun, a new day starts each morning with the light greeting the day. Each day there is an end to the day. But what about the middle? …


Holding Patterns

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For a few weeks, I’ve not been able to creatively write — anything.

It’s taken every ounce of energy to write papers for my doctoral program, and to tell the truth, I probably would have taken a pause if I could have — but I’m glad I didn’t…


Sharing your dreams is hard, even when there is a benefit to sharing them and moving past the fear, it’s hard. The fear of the unknown is real. That fear is the feeling you get in your gut when you know there is new territory ahead. There’s a fear of…


A complete process—with prioritization worksheets—to plan a season of true joy with your family

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Work-life balance does not exist. It never has, and it never will. This is especially true during the holidays and — believe it or not — that time will be upon us soon.

I believed in this farce and chased the work-life balance life lie, and I lived a cranky…


Eric Topol has written several books on the future of healthcare. He is a researcher, geneticist, and cardiologist, so he knows a few things about healthcare.

His latest book, “Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again,” is being used by Lipscomb’s Masters of Management Health Care students…


It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves. ~ Edmund Hillary

Mt. Mitchell — Blue Ridge Parkway

This past week a friend of mine and I spent the week in Western North Carolina. Our days were spent with hiking, laughing and eating ice cream. We had taken our daughters to a clogging camp at Mars…


We are all stitched together and often if we look closely, we can see how connected we all are.

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I started a doctoral program 15 months ago. One assignment I had to complete was to take three items from my house and summarize them and then synthesize them, this was…


Each week for the past seven months I’ve sent out a weekly encouragement email to my mailing list. And each week, I’m going to share it here, as well. These are little tips geared for working moms to help with the week, it will generally come out each Sunday.

Last…

Donita Brown

Professor, Working Mom Encourager, and Author: https://amzn.to/2LWeuBM

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