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Vita Abundantior

Vita Abundantior

By Tawnya Azar

Vita Abudantior means "a life more abundant." It was my college motto, and now it is my mission to rediscover abundance in adulthood. In this podcast I interview women living abundant lives to ask them how they do it in the hope that their wisdom will help us all live lives more abundant.
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Ep. 009 "Finding Abundance in Grief" with Gabrielle M. W. Bychowski
Ep. 009 "Finding Abundance in Grief" with Gabrielle M. W. Bychowski
Dr. Gabrielle M. W. Bychowski, scholar, mother, and trans activist, joins me in this episode to discuss finding abundance in times of grief.  Listeners should know that this episode contains references to grief, miscarriage, infant loss, and Trans/Non-binary suicide.  Learn more about Gabby's incredible work:  Web: http://www.thingstransform.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Transliterature Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/transliterature/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/thingstransform/videos Resources (that helped me) for miscarriage, infertility, and infant loss:  https://www.postpartum.net/get-help/psi-online-support-meetings/#toggle-id-14 https://www.instagram.com/ihadamiscarriage/?hl=en Resources for Trans individuals and their allies:  https://www.glaad.org/transgender/resources
01:01:38
May 01, 2022
Ep. 008 "Perspective, Community, and Being Good Enough" with Lourdes Fernandez
Ep. 008 "Perspective, Community, and Being Good Enough" with Lourdes Fernandez
Today, I am speaking with Lourdes Fernandez serves as Assistant Director for Advanced Composition; she teaches composition, advanced composition,  professional and technical writing, and rhetorical theory for the English Department, and she earned her PhD in Writing & Rhetoric from George Mason University. In addition to excelling at teaching and research, she is also a fierce champion for her colleagues and one of the best administrators I’ve ever known. Recently she designed and taught coursework for the new Advanced Technical Writing Certificate/Badge which is designed to help firefighters across the country and around the world improve the writing and communication skills they rely on for their jobs. She also volunteers with FACETS to translate a community survey and at NOVA RAFT which seeks the means to resettle Afghan Refugees. Learn more about Lourdes' work: https://english.gmu.edu/people/lfernan5 You can also find Lourdes on LinkedIn
24:21
April 17, 2022
Ep. 007 "Community, Efficiency, and Spending Time to Have Abundance" with Rachel Proffitt
Ep. 007 "Community, Efficiency, and Spending Time to Have Abundance" with Rachel Proffitt
Today, I am speaking with Rachel Proffitt, Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational  Therapy at University of Missouri. She has an impressive list of grants, publications, and awards for her teaching and research in the use of digital technologies for rehabilitation. In addition to this, she is involved locally working on utility-related initiatives in our City as well as Race Matters, Friends. She works to help bring an equity lens to the City's approach to utilities. Other activities that she does include managing the valet consignment arm of the Just Between Friends consignment sale that happens twice a year and participating in a bi-weekly book club called Nice White Parents Book Club in which we read books related to race and equity. Last, but certainly not least, she is also a mother of a school-aged son and soon-to-be mother to a newborn! Find more about Rachel's work here:  https://healthprofessions.missouri.edu/personnel/rachel-proffitt/ https://twitter.com/games4rehabot *She is also on LinkedIn
30:24
April 03, 2022
Ep. 006 Balance, Perspective, and Making Space for Other Women with Kristen Wright
Ep. 006 Balance, Perspective, and Making Space for Other Women with Kristen Wright
In this episode, I speak with Kristen Wright - the inaugural Director of Civic Engagement at George Mason University. As a woman with a high-profile job, Kristen has a lot on her plate, but she still finds time to serve others, play with her dogs, and forest bathe. During our conversation, Kristen offers some incredibly astute wisdom about finding balance over achievement, considering perspective as an act of abundance, and making space for other women to be successful.  Follow Kristen Wright on Twitter: https://twitter.com/kristenewright (@kristenewright) Learn more about Community Engagement at George Mason University (website launching in April!): https://cecil.gmu.edu 
30:58
March 20, 2022
Ep. 005 "Traffic Jams and Radical Self-Care" with Emily Philbrick
Ep. 005 "Traffic Jams and Radical Self-Care" with Emily Philbrick
Dr. Emily Philbrick is a wife, cat mom, teacher, researcher, writer, and sometimes crafty person. She currently teaches first-year and advanced composition at George Mason University, as well as literature, speech communication, and first-year writing courses at Carroll Community College. Her professional research focuses on the science of teaching and learning, equitable assessment practices, community building, Actor-Network Theory, Object-Oriented Ontology, and using maker-movement techniques in the classroom. She also geeks out about global folklore, folk horror, and cryptids. In this episode we explore how Emily navigates abundance within a professional context that is contingent and oftentimes overabundant in its demands on us. We chat about creativity in teaching, the important role of cats in our lives, and how to use social media in rebellious ways.  Follow Emily on Twitter: https://twitter.com/eef_philbrick (@eef_philbrick)
40:09
February 27, 2022
Ep. 004 "Work Smarter Not Harder" with Rebecca Grawl
Ep. 004 "Work Smarter Not Harder" with Rebecca Grawl
In this episode I’m interviewing Rebecca Grawl. Becca is a licensed Washington D.C. Tour Guide with more than a decade's experience in public history, museum education, and tourism. She leads several awesome tours for DC By Foot as well as A Tour of Her Own, the first tour company in DC to focus exclusively on women's history. Rebecca is a member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution as well as an alum and senior leader with the National Society Children of the American Revolution. She co-hosts her own popular podcast titled Tour Guide Tell All and she’s appeared several times on the Travel Channel’s Mysteries of the Museum show. Finally, she just published her first co-authored book 111 Places in Women’s History.  Twitter: @beccagrawl Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beccagrawl/ Tour of Her Own: https://www.atourofherown.com/ DC By Foot: https://freetoursbyfoot.com/washington-dc-tours/ 111 Places in Women's History: https://111womenshistory.com/
35:25
February 13, 2022
Ep. 003 "Variety and Joy" with Leigha McReynolds
Ep. 003 "Variety and Joy" with Leigha McReynolds
Leigha McReynolds, Ph.D. is an academic, business-owner, competitive ballroom dancer, dog mom, and generous friend. In this episode we discuss Leigha's recipe for living an abundant life: variety and joy. She also has some incredibly helpful advice for those of us looking to live more abundantly. You can learn more about her work at https://www.mcreynoldsphd.com She's also on Twitter @LeighaMcR  Music: Stellar Wind, Unicorn Heads
28:16
October 24, 2021
Ep. 002 "Academic Motherhood and Self-Care" Jennifer Linhart Wood
Ep. 002 "Academic Motherhood and Self-Care" Jennifer Linhart Wood
Jennifer Linhart Wood, Ph.D. is an incredible teacher, scholar, mother, and friend. Join us as we dive into what abundance looks like for her as a new mother and ambitious academic. You can buy Jennifer's book from palgrave and follow her on Twitter @ShxStrikesAgain. 
36:46
October 10, 2021
Ep. 001 "Don't Limit Yourself" with Nancy Novak
Ep. 001 "Don't Limit Yourself" with Nancy Novak
For today’s inaugural episode, I am interviewing Nancy Novak. Nancy is a world-renowned expert in construction. She started her career in general contracting, building impressive projects such as pad 41 for Lockheed Martin, the Smithsonian Art and Portrait Gallery. Now she is the Chief Innovation Officer at Compass Datacenters where she thinks up new ways to change the construction industry. She also champions women’s equality in the workplace and advocates for progress on the digital divide. You can find her on Twitter @NancyKayNovak and LinkedIn.  Music: Stellar Winds by the Unicorn Heads
25:36
September 26, 2021
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Realizing a dream of mine to develop this podcast! Hear about what you can expect in the weeks to come. Please help this podcast reach new listeners by subscribing, reviewing, and sharing this episode with your network. I also welcome your comments and questions. You can find me at @ECACADEMIC on Instagram, tawnyaazar.com, or leave a voice-message for this podcast on anchor.fm. I would like to know how YOU plan to live a life more abundant!
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September 19, 2021