Monday Mayhem – I keep journals in my purse

I keep journals in my purse. I keep journals in my purse to write down inspiring thoughts. I keep journals in my purse to write down inspiring thoughts to share with others.

Today I found the journals from my time in my PhD program and I wanted to share some of those thoughts with you.


“Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.” -Rumi


I feel deeply rooted. I am connected to my body. I feel safe and secure. Just like a tree or a star, I have a right to be here. I stand for my values, for truth, and for justice. I am open to possibilities. I am grateful for all the challenges that helped me grow and transform.


How am I contributing in a meaningful way to the dialogue? Women reproductive health is under attack in the following ways…


People don’t need to be trained to do that thing, they need to be motivated to do that thing. Policy leads to motivation. Incentives drive behavior. Help people value what they are doing. What do you value most? How high is the risk?


“Strive to be more than just the next hot topic…drop the glitter, the fluff, and lean into the meat of what you help people do. Then come from this place Every. Time. You. Talk.” -Kevra Cherne


There is a fierceness to my brilliance, to my activism, to my action. There is a fierceness behind this need to drive change, to inspire people, to inform mass action. There is a fierceness in my fire, my sass, my sauce.

I am the catalyst… I am the change… I am the brains… I am the Phoenix… I am a badass bombshell babe…


Be innovative. Think outside the box. Dream big. Be consistent with what you are trying to accomplish.

My favorite part of these entries is how consistent some of the lessons are and how inspiring these notes are to me. I kept going in the face of daunting circumstances. I almost quit my PhD program a thousand times, but I didn’t because of those notes to keep going.


It’s Monday, cause some mayhem, raise some hell. xoxo, Dr. Melissa Bird

P.S. I have opened up my group coaching program Rebel School for application and we start Mid-August! Get all the deets right here and sign up today!

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