I've started taking on more responsibility at work. And while it feels good to be recognized for my skill and earned knowledge, I find myself completely drained at the end of each work day.
I'm an empath and a natural leader. I feel my feminine and masculine energies doing their best to work together, trying to balance managing everyone's emotions with the work that needs to get done. It's exhausting.
I asked my friends, other women in tech, how they nurture their feminine energy while working in a masculine-heavy environment, i.e. any workplace operating within capitalism.
Here were some of their suggestions:
A note from my brilliant friend Ananada:
I don't have many answers and I'm still trying to figure this out myself, but the world needs all the feminine energy it can get right now so we should all keep asking ourselves these questions.
How can I nourish and honor my feminine energy this week?
Free downloadable timeblock planners by Deborah Ho
Do you struggle to get centered and complete tasks throughout the day? These time-blocking sheets might help! The daily planner is my favorite. I found this resource on TikTok (yes, I've been spending a lot of time there, and yes, it is extremely entertaining).
The monetary motivations of capitalism can be a comfortable place to some because it is known. Capitalism is a well-established masculine monoculture of stoicism, competitiveness, dominance, and aggression that relies on dependencies and power structures. I lose my autonomy in it as a sensitive introvert. If I could exist in an undefined space instead, I could use the ambiguity to nourish my emotional needs and create soft definitions of what it means to be.
Courtney Cassidy , A Soft Manifesto