Category: caregiving

Balancing Caregiving and Job Seeking: A Critical Challenge

Balancing Caregiving and Job Seeking: A Critical Challenge
When I took on caregiving duties for my mother, I was – like many other caregivers – in a slightly precarious work situation. Although I was balancing caregiving and freelancing, it became a challenge to manage both my mother’s immediate care as well as my own personal matters. As I am now actively seeking full-time employment... Read more »

Caregiving, Career, and Creativity

Caregiving, Career, and Creativity
Two weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to win the 2019 Pulp Factory Award for my short story “Knights of the Silver Cross” in 1950s Western Roundup. After winning the award, I decided to take a break from creativity and writing. Working on creative projects for two years non-stop while balancing caregiving duties and freelance work... Read more »

Caregiving, Self-Care, and Staying Connected

Caregiving, Self-Care, and Staying Connected
One of the most brutal effects of this past winter has been its effect on my caregiving and my own self-care…and nearly cost me my sense of connection with others. It may sound obvious, but one of the critical issues facing adult caregivers is the balance of caring for a family member and maintaining their... Read more »
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On Thanksgiving and Gratitude in 2018

On Thanksgiving and Gratitude in 2018
Every year, writers, pundits, and bloggers post something about the importance of Thanksgiving and gratitude. I’m not immune, especially since I wrote a guest post for last year’s 30 Days of Gratitude. But this past year, a year which put the “dump” into “dumpster fire”, was especially challenging for those (like me) to try to... Read more »

Supporting Caregivers During National Family Caregiver Month

Supporting Caregivers During National Family Caregiver Month
My previous post discussing caregiver burnout…well, many of my friends and readers noticed. And I wish I had waited to write it since I recently learned that November is  “National Family Caregiver Month.” And has been since President Obama declared it so in 2012). And this year’s theme, “Supercharge Your Caregiving”, portraying caregivers as superheroes…well,... Read more »

It's Official: I'm Experiencing Caregiver Burnout

It's Official: I'm Experiencing Caregiver Burnout
I really avoided writing this blog post. After a month of solid blog coverage of Cyber Security Chicago and other profiles, writing anything became a challenge. Finishing a short story became a chore, and I found myself upset and depressed. Attempting to find comfort, I came across this article about caregiver burnout… …and realized that I answered... Read more »
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Self-Care When Freelancing and Caregiving

Self-Care When Freelancing and Caregiving
Last week, I crashed hard. Between marketing an immigration rights fundraiser and being dragged into a crisis involving a former volunteer gig, I’ve spent most of the past few days relaxing. Losing two assignments have resulted in a more diligent search for freelance work, but my mother’s health issues have meant an increase in caregiving... Read more »

Anthony Bourdain and Male Depression

Anthony Bourdain and Male Depression
Note: This week’s post focuses on issues around mental health, depression, and suicide, and may be unsettling for more sensitive readers. Comments on this post and on our Facebook page will be moderated and inappropriate comments will be removed With the recent sudden passing of Anthony Bourdain, there has been greater attention paid to mental... Read more »

Thoughts About "Thoughts & Prayers"

“Thoughts and prayers” have become a frequent refrain during community crises, with people attempting to offer comfort and empathy during very traumatic events. Usually, the conversation about “thoughts and prayers” centers around three variations on a theme: This is a tough event for anyone to handle, and we offer our thoughts and prayers to the... Read more »
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Is "Compassion Fatigue" Still A Thing?

In all honesty, I should have known better: I left chemical dependency counseling because of the high level of burnout. (My clientele were homeless, which leads to higher burnout).  Working with nonprofits and marketing agencies should have left me depleted, but in dealing with providing care for my mother, part of me wonders….is compassion fatigue still... Read more »