Becoming Less Crispy

The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why. -Mark Twain Such a simple quote with so much power and insight behind it. Powerful enough to have found its way to a wall in my home and insightful enough to give me pause a few times a year...[ read more ]

Let’s Play Pretend – Compassion Fatigue

Melissa Russiano Monday Blog Posts Imposter Syndrome

“The expectation that we can be immersed in suffering and loss daily and not be touched by it is as unrealistic as expecting to be able to walk through water without getting wet” (Remen, 1996) Perhaps a dated quote, but one that I could not state more clearly, more intentionally and more directly. Let’s look at the definitions as per...[ read more ]

Let’s Play Pretend: Becoming Crispy

Melissa Russiano Monday Blog Posts Imposter Syndrome

“Burnout happens when you avoid being human for too long.” I know what you are going to say. Yep. No need to actually say it to me… Melissa, avoiding being human is how I function, NOT how I burn out. Got it and for a very long time believed it. But then I hit a point that my patience...[ read more ]

Let’s Play Pretend: Imposter Syndrome

“I have written 11 books but each time I think ‘Uh-oh, they’re going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody, and they’re going to find me out.” —Maya Angelou “The exaggerated esteem in which my life work is held makes me feel very ill at ease. I feel compelled to think of myself as an involuntary swindler.”...[ read more ]

Daily Masks: Self Image

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“People may call what happens at midlife a ‘crisis’, but it’s not. It's an unraveling - a time when you feel a desperate pull to live the life you wanted to live, not the one you are “supposed” to live….to let go of who you think you are supposed to be and embrace you really are.” Brené Brown When I...[ read more ]

Daily Masks: What Are Your Values?

“A value is a way of being or believing that you hold most important.” Brené Brown Most companies have mission statements that summarize the values, as well as tenets they were founded on. Common words included in mission statements are: integrity, value, service, growth, customers and quality. Companies pay thousands of dollars to consultants to craft an expert, succinct statement...[ read more ]

Daily Masks: Failure and Self Sabotage

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“...sometimes when we are beating ourselves up we need to stop and say, ‘Man, I am doing the very best I can right now.’ ” Brené Brown At 32 I found myself as a single mom of a beautiful four year old daughter living in a rental trying to figure out how to move forward. Not the first in my...[ read more ]

Daily Masks: Overcoming Shame

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When planning on returning to the world of weekly blogs, I never would have imagined that we would be in a world where staying home is enforced. Now, there is a shortage of common cleaning supplies and paper products, and wearing masks is mandatory in some public places. Inside our homes, we have learned how to manage boredom. We've also...[ read more ]

Monday’s with Melissa Blog Posts

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Authentic, Quirky and Just Me In building this website, there was the philosophical question of “to blog or not to blog”.   I think I have read every and all options of how to blog, why to blog, benefits of blogging, and the list goes on and on.  I have polled every friend that would listen and some that were...[ read more ]

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