PODCAST RUNTIME: 33 Minutes
GUEST: Dr. Jeanette Davis (Dr. Ocean)
In this episode, host Kelley Bonner dives right into the importance of opting out of the mentality that the struggle will be always and forever. Openly admitting their own challenges with opting-out of the struggle Kelley and her guest Dr. Jeanette Davis also share their experiences with addiction to struggle and the phase in your journey when you may even feel resigned to the struggle. The ultimate goal is to understand that the process of “opting out” is an ongoing collection of disciplined actions, not simply one-time destination.
The Black Girl Burnout podcast is dedicated to helping black women learn how to opt-out of the mentality of struggle while also learning how to opt-into the life of joy, abundance, and good health, which is their birthright. Burnout can manifest in a variety of ways, including feelings of exhaustion, cynicism, and a lack of accomplishment. It is totally ok if you are experiencing more than one of the feelings at the same time. Being able to fully align with your truth is a significant sign of strength.
GUEST BIO : DR JEANETTE DAVIS
A dynamic author, research scientist, and diversity advocate, Dr. Jeanette Davis (also known as Dr. Ocean) has left her mark far beyond the field of science. Dr. Ocean is a Marine Microbiologist who contributes to ocean science nationally and internationally and has traveled to several countries speaking about her research and coordinating ocean science. Dr. Ocean earned her B.S. in Marine and Environmental Science from Hampton University and a Ph.D. in Marine Microbiology from the University of Maryland where she focused on marine drug discovery and is recently cited in Science Magazine for helping to discover a marine bacterium that helps fight cancer. Dr. Ocean has taken her scientific skills outside of a laboratory to live aboard research vessels for weeks at a time to study marine organism.
Dr. Ocean’s notable accomplishments have led her to be featured in several prominent magazines such as Ebony, Essence, and Black Enterprise as the “next great marine biologist.” She has worked with distinguished scientist to author national publication released from the White House that highlight essential ocean research and technology topics for the next decade. She is a strong advocate of community and seeks to empower people through science while creating safe spaces for underrepresented groups to explore science. Dr. Ocean mentors students from elementary to college, lectures at colleges, and awards scholarships to African American students in her hometown of Wilmington, Delaware. Dr. Ocean has, and continues to be, an inspirational figure for science-lovers of all ages.
The term “Opting-Out” could have different meanings to different people. We want to know what it means to you? We would also like to know if you have ever felt addicted to struggle or if you have experienced the feeling of being resigned to the struggle. Check out these time stamps from the podcast audio and let us know what you think on social media 🙂
What does opting-out mean [5:04]
Addiction to struggle [9:48]
Resigning to struggle [14:54]
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The Opt-Out Is A Discipline and Not A Destination Part 1 – Full Transcript
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