The Opt-Out Is A Discipline and Not A Destination: Part 3

Jan 13, 2023

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GUEST: Dr. Jeanette Davis (Dr. Ocean)


In this episode, host Kelley Bonner rounds out this three-part discussion by addressing ways to effectively opt-out of situations and relationships that no longer serve you in your professional life. Kelley and Dr. Davis cover the transition from being addicted to being seen, to intentionally choosing not to be seen, to finally being able to fully live in the light of your purpose. Remember, 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.


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.


Have you ever struggled with feeling addicted to remaining visible in your work environment? If you have, welcome, you are in the company of many black women who share this same struggle. The good news is that you don’t have to stay in that mentality. Whether you are feeling addicted to being visible or obsessing about remaining as invisible as possible, we would love to learn more about your experiences. Ultimately, we want you to arrive at the belief that it is totally ok to walk in the light of your talents and gifts. Check out these time stamps from the podcast audio and let us know what you think on social media 🙂

Addiction to visibility  [1:23]

Staying invisible  [5:11]

Shine your light  [11:12]


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The Opt-Out Is A Discipline and Not A Destination Part 3 – Full Transcript


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Are you a black woman who has been feeling overwhelmed, burnt out, and confined to the struggle? If so, the Black Girl Burnout podcast is here for you. Journey along with host Kelley Bonner as she interviews guests and shares personal anecdotes about productive ways to opt-out of struggle and opt into happiness,  while navigating the unique challenges and joys of being a black woman in today’s world. From work and relationships to self-care and mental health, this podcast is a safe space to explore and find support along the journey towards your goals. Join our community and start feeling more connected and less burnt out.

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