My Battle With Impostor Syndrome

Dear Me

(EDIT: I can’t figure out a better way to show this, so just FYI, this is the post that was featured on Freshly Pressed!)

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Dear Younger Emily,

It’s very possible that you’ve always struggled with Impostor Syndrome. According to the Ada Initiative, “Impostor Syndrome is the (incorrect) feeling that you’re a fraud, that you’re not skilled enough for your role, and that you will be found out and exposed as an impostor eventually.”

You are always bewildered when you get a good part in a play, and nearly every occupation you dream for yourself is eventually disregarded because you can’t imagine yourself being successful at it.

But it’s not until you are laid off twice in your twenties that Impostor Syndrome rears its ugly head.

Apparently many (if not most—dare I say almost all?) women struggle with Impostor Syndrome. Maybe for a man, being laid off twice would just be fodder…

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Review: Captain Phillips (2013)

I’ve seen snippets here and there about this film but, paid little attention. It’s great to hear an honest review that’s not from the studio. I’m definitely checking this movie out!

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Based on an unbelievable against-all-odds survival story and the subsequent tell-all book titled A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, And Dangerous Days At Sea, Captain Phillips marks the return of acclaimed British director Paul Greengrass. Working from a skilfully crafted screenplay and propelled by an incredibly devoted performance from Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips is a tightly wound thriller that’s every bit as tense and riveting as it is unsettling and deeply moving.

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Vince Gill Confronts Members Of Westboro Church At His Show

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Vince Gill‘s concert on Sunday night in Kansas City, Missouri became the target of demonstrators from the Westboro Baptist Church. The controversial group were picketing the show because they say Vince is an adulterer because he got a divorce years ago from his first wife and eventually got remarried to Amy Grant. Well, Vince didn’t back down. He actually confronted the protestors out on the sidewalk, telling them he ‘came out to see what hatred really looked like in the face.”

One protestor, who videotaped the encounter said, “Don’t you know that divorce plus remarriage equals adultery?” Vince quickly said, “Don’t you know that (you) are lucky that you don’t have the sign that says something about my wife?” He also asked the demonstrators, “Are any of you guys Phelps?” referring to Westboro pastor Fred Phelps, adding, “Or are you guys like, The C-Team?”

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Cold Justice

     I’ve always been a true crime follower after learning of the mass killings by R. Gene Simmons which started three days before Christmas in 1987. These occurred in Russellville, Arkansas which is a couple of hours away from Ft. Smith, where I was living at the time. At 11years of age, I had no idea the events that were unfolding would start the desire to truly understand the reasons why people do what they do. But, more importantly wanting to learn how law enforcement, f

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rom the officers first on the scenes to the prosecution, hopefully bringing justice and closure.
    We have all seen the scripted drama and the reality shows taking us through the anatomy of the crime and usually ending with a positive outcome. Yet, we also know of the cold cases that linger and torment the loved ones left behind. I know of one case from Ft. Smith right now that has people scratching their heads and craving some information that’ll lead them to the answers and arrests they need.
     This need and hope for these,  answers could very well come from the new reality show from crime guru Dick Wolf. His latest creation is Crime Justice on TNT. I can’t believe how not only does it satisfy my evolution of a crime but, the follow up of the punishment phase. While watching, the viewer does develop an emotional interest in the surviving family members and their pain.
     Of the first three episodes thus far, it is the case of Mattie Williams that convinced me how much potential this show has in helping those affected by homicide. Miss Mattie was found in a wooded area not far from her Collinston, Louisiana home dead. She’d been hit in the head with an object which left a quite unusual wound pattern and then stabbed in the neck.
     Her murder was not only a shock to her 13 children but, the members of her tight knit, tiny community. This was a woman who had very little yet, would give to anyone in need. These people needed answers and closer for the great loss they’ve suffered.
    There were two suspects back in the day but, with minimal evidence it went no where. However, this case was brought to former Texas prosecutor Kelly Siegler and former Las Vegas crime scene investigator Yolanda McClary. With the experience and knowledge of these two, it is clear that they could make a major difference in gathering more information to possibly bring the offender or offenders to justice.
    Not only were Ziegler and McClary able to figure out the order of the attack on Mattie Williams, but they were able to find a piece of evidence that had been laying out in plain sight for seven years! After all this time, this case has been brought full circle.
     So if on a Tuesday evening your need for true crime arises. You’re  interested in not only seeing excellent homicide investigations but, experiencing real emotional connection.  I absolutely and wholeheartedly  recommended Cold Justice. It will be worth the hour you spend. You might even know of an unsolved case that needs a jump
start like I did and send in the information for possible resolve.
    
     
   

naked in a korean spa

Great info. Of course the only Korean spas around here are the ones with the “happy ending. Plus I’m not real good with pain so I’ll probably be avoiding that part of the spa experience.

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When I was young, my mom would break out a little red mitt every few weeks and scrub my skin in the tub. The red mitt was like a sandpaper envelope that she stuck her hand into. She’d leave me soaking in the hot water, then pull out an arm, and then start scrubbing the shit out of it. And I’d watch as my dead skin would fall into the tub in gray rolls. Then I’d shower it all off, and feel reborn.

Ok, that’s a lie. When I was a kid, I didn’t feel reborn, I felt harassed—nay, tortured. But now, I crave that feeling. That feeling of being clean, stripped of all the dirt and grime and sweat that a body can accumulate, just from the business of being alive. There’s only one place you can get that feeling as an adult, and that’s at a Korean spa.

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naked in a korean spa

Great info. Of course the only Korean spas around

yoonanimous

When I was young, my mom would break out a little red mitt every few weeks and scrub my skin in the tub. The red mitt was like a sandpaper envelope that she stuck her hand into. She’d leave me soaking in the hot water, then pull out an arm, and then start scrubbing the shit out of it. And I’d watch as my dead skin would fall into the tub in gray rolls. Then I’d shower it all off, and feel reborn.

Ok, that’s a lie. When I was a kid, I didn’t feel reborn, I felt harassed—nay, tortured. But now, I crave that feeling. That feeling of being clean, stripped of all the dirt and grime and sweat that a body can accumulate, just from the business of being alive. There’s only one place you can get that feeling as an adult, and that’s at a Korean spa.

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Review: Cold Comes The Night (2013)

I wasn’t aware of this film but, I’m pretty sure I’ll be skipping this one!

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There’s nothing worse than a dull film – one free of distinguishable factors that’s neither terrible nor outstanding, but merely sufficient. And that, regrettably, is the perfect way to describe crime-thriller Cold Comes The Night. The second feature from Chicago-born screenwriter and director Tze Chun may capture a decently dark and eerie mood through its motel backdrop, but is too lacking in both an upholding narrative and worthwhile payoff to fully engage audiences.

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