Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018…

It’s been a quiet year for me, publicly. I’ve done very little writing or speaking. I’ve spent most of 2017 privately learning, watching, and studying.

It’s been a hard year in some ways, and I know I’m not alone.

Truthfully, something really changed for me when Donald Trump was elected. There was a feeling of somehow falling through the looking glass, and I haven’t been able to shake it – a feeling that something happened that wasn’t supposed to happen, a feeling that our world is suddenly altered in meaningful and important ways.

I’ve spent my career so far writing about the impact that culture has on people – writing about how the world we live in makes us anxious, or depressed, or ill in any number of ways. So, what happens when the culture that we live in changes?

What happens when our world gets turned on its head?

We live in complex times and I don’t claim to be the authority on the truth, but I see things that worry me.

Our current administration has authoritarian tendencies and I wonder if the American people are prepared to live in the world that Donald Trump wants to create for us, one where the press isn’t free, where we don’t have a collective, national understanding of what the facts are.

My education as a psychologist gives me a specific lens on Donald Trump that’s disturbing to me. His narcissism, his limited attention span, his deceit. It all seems laid bare in ways that feel unavoidable – and it’s changing things for me. It’s changing things in big ways, like how I see myself and the work that I want to do in the world.

So, I spent a good portion of 2017 studying politics and the media, and I have a big and fun announcement to make:

In 2018 I’m taking on one, pro bono coaching client in the form of a woman who’s running for office in the 2018 mid-terms.

I’m looking for a woman who’s running in the bay area, local to me in San Francisco (even if it’s as far as Modesto, CA, which is our closest swing district).

Please check this link out, and if it doesn’t apply to you, consider sharing it on social media?

(Here’s a link to easily share the news on Twitter.)

I know that some of you will be more interested in this than others, and I promise to try to continue to blog on a variety of subjects that I hope will be engaging to everyone who’s followed me on my journey this far.

The bottom line, for me, is that I think what’s currently happening in the world of politics is truly urgent – and I want to lend myself to the cause.

If you have any thoughts, comments, or questions, please join my list to find me in the Facebook group that I have set up for subscribers to my newsletter.

I hope that everyone has a happy holiday as we transition into the New Year, and I’m wishing everyone an amazing 2018. May it be everything that you wish 🙂