Experiencing the Pandemic and Acknowledging our Uniqueness – the BASAM Way

Here’s an insightful blog from Medium, which discusses how each of us are experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic in our own ways. I appreciated how the author acknowledges that many of us just don’t have the bandwidth, the interest, the capability, the resources, the whatever to learn a new skill, bake daily, train for a marathon etc.

I also appreciated that the author acknowledges that for so many, survival is the main accomplishment.

Whichever way they are experiencing the pandemic, I am filled with immense pride when I think of every BASAM program member. 23 of them are weeks away from graduating with their bachelor degree, 20 of them are weeks away from finishing the third year of the degree. Another 27 are months away from starting this journey! To all, the heartiest of bravos – you’ve got this!

Getting Unstuck

Check out this article from the New York Times that shares some great perspective on how to keep motivated and get unstuck when world events make you feel like crawling under a rock. I found it helpful in finding my mojo again – what about you? What is helping you get unstuck?

Marketing Adventures

The year three participants in the Skagit Valley Bachelor in Management program have just completed a Marketing course, where they created a marketing plan for the program. 

Check out this four minute podcast made by one group that tells the story of the program through the experiences of a Year 4, Shailene Gronemyer. https://youtu.be/pYKCTZ90u_s

Thank you BASAM people for all you bring to the program.

Public Speaking, Math & Other “Terrifying” Ordeals

Check out this article by neuro scientist Amwesha Bannerjee. Bannerjee talks about how her fear of public speaking kept her from sharing her research publicly. She describes how she overcame that fear – by acknowledging and accepting that the fear was a normal function of the brain and over time, embracing that fear.

Fear has kept me from any number of things. A fear of math kept me from pursuing a degree in Economics and a career in finance or banking. A fear of not being a Renoir or a knitting ninja kept me from painting and knitting. And a fear of change kept me stuck in a career that was becoming less and less fulfilling as each day went by. As I look back, I realized that I embraced the fears by accepting that fear is completely normal when I doing something I don’t know how to do – by embracing my inner learner. As a result, I’ve moved from a stifling corporate role to my passion of learning, teaching and coaching, I knit, I paint and I teach Accounting. One thing I’m pledging to put more attention to is my fear of being a duff on the golf course – I’m going to work on embracing that fear this summer.

Curious about you : what fear are you ready to embrace or have you already conquered? How?