You don’t need a genius to tell you that this past year has thrown us all off emotionally. We’ve been sad, resentful, kind of enjoying extra time at home, anxious and absolutely terrified all at once. But why? What causes all of this rollercoaster-like energy to stuff our chests? Perhaps, we have all been experiencing culture shock during COVID-19.Read more
Arriving To Hawaii In 2021
“Aloha!” said the flight attendant as I hastily exited from the plane in January. “Be sure you have all of your belongings, and please wear your mask through the airport to baggage claim.”Read more
Cultural competence is a relatively new concept. Many academic fields, universities, non-profits and corporations tout the term, but what does it even mean? What is cultural competence?Read more
Over the past decade, we have seen the conversation of culture, cultural competence and cultural diversity grow exponentially. However, between experiences of cultural injustice, cultural appropriation and redefining patriotism, discussing the benefits of cultural competence has somehow begun to trigger feelings of a burden rather than of excitement or appreciation.
Before you roll your eyes and completely dismiss the idea of becoming culturally competent, know that there are, in fact, personal reasons to become culturally competent.Read more
To most people, spending the holidays away from family does not exactly sound appealing, but it’s a reality for many of us this year. Although this season won’t be the same as usual, you can save your tears!
Allow us professionals (pilot kids, military kids, service kids, etc.) to enlighten you. Here’s how you can make the most of this holiday season even if you won’t physically be with your loved ones.Read more
Let’s talk about this societal concept called “seeking attention.”Read more
the depths of her surfacing emotions are oceanic — her current joys tide
in and out
as she gasps for air —
Let’s play quick a game. Raise one hand. (Do it — if you dare.)
Put a finger down if your screen time has gone up in the past month.
Put a finger down if you have posted on social media sometime during the current coronavirus outbreak (could be a static post, Story or even an instant message).
Put a finger down if you have watched a TikTok video (or 100+) in the past month. (Maybe you have watched so many that you actually understand where I got my idea for this intro…)
Put a finger down if you have scrolled on social media in the past four hours.
Put a finger down if you have been wanting to do something specific while at home (i.e. read a book, exercise, watch a new movie or play a game) but have chosen to pick up your phone instead.
Out of fingers yet? Yeah, me too.
In a world that is entirely stuck in social isolation, how are we supposed to obey state stay-at-home orders, stay connected with friends, keep our mental health in check and still limit our social media use all at the same time?Read more
Despite a global shortage in toilet paper, hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes, there is absolutely no shortage of opinions voiced on social media regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.Read more