Happy 2018! The new year brings so many new possibilities, renewed energy, and a clean slate. I am stoked about the direction for the podcast. The purpose remains the same: To introduce you to women who are making an impact on the world around them without letting bullshit or burnout stop them. As 2018 rolls out, remember that you have always have options. They may not always be obvious or easy, but they’re there. In fact, options are something my guest this week, Teresa Garrett, knows a thing or two about. So, let’s dig in!
Teresa Garrett has a PhD in Biochemistry. Wicked smart! She’s the current Associate Dean of the Faculty and Associate Professor of Chemistry at Vassar College. I am not going to lie, her credentials intimated me a smidge. Once you hear her speak - not only as a teacher, but as a wife, mother, and triathlete - I hope you’ll be inspired by her, too. Yes, we chat about her work in biochemistry. (Fear not, Teresa makes the information very accessible.) She shares following different paths, making her family a priority, overcoming analysis paralysis, intentionally choosing to suck at something, and optics.
The conversations I am having with women are inspiring, amazing, and offer implementable ideas. My conversation with Teresa totally fits that description. Listen now!
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All of this wisdom is from Teresa herself (with some minor edits for readability).
[00:14:30] I got married after my first year of graduate school. I can remember weighing out chemicals on a scale and just thinking that my family was my top priority. Why was I letting work dictate my timeline?
[00:15:11] I needed to not let my life be dictated by my career.
[00:18:20] I live to my values to the best that I can - not always to 100 percent. I say that my family is more important than my job. People should be able to realize that just by looking at me and knowing me; it’s not just this thing that I say. It's actually a thing that I do and live.
[00:20:03] You get to choose.
[00:21:32] I'm not afraid to fail. I'm not afraid to say, “Oh, I was wrong.” You need to back up and try again.
[00:25:05] The reality is you are not going to do all things at 100%. Can we just start with that? Determine what's the most important, what's the second, and then realize for the rest that you're going to just choose to suck at it. And it is hard. It's hard to do half-assed work when you're a high-achieving, goal-oriented person. But it's liberating.
[01:08:01] I have goals surrounding my fitness that are important to me; and they're as important to me as my work goals. So, I do them.
[01:09:12] My sister got me a rack that says, “She believed she could, so she did.” I have all my medals from finishing races and my race bibs hanging on it. I want people to know that this is a part of my life that I care about. It means that I have to put my time towards it. And they have had to see me running around in spandex on campus.
[01:13:03] Being a modern woman is in a state of agitation. Not content. And I don't mean that in the negative. We're no longer complacent. We're not just sitting around. We’re agitated with the world, the way it's constructed. We're impatient for it to change.
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