Meliorism, this unusual word was first known to be used in the 1800s. Being unfamiliar with it, I was excited to learn it was the theme for the TEDx TAMU 2018 Conference. How fitting for me to be nominated and selected for such a momentous conference! Time and again, from friends, family and even fellow…

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One of the biggest lessons I have been learning in recent years is the importance and application of self-compassion. Self-compassion is opposite of the hard-headed, hard-handed discipline I grew up with. Hard-headed discipline taught me to be critical and judgmental toward myself and others. It added to my shame, guilt and fear. Because of it,…

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