The Mindful Academy Podcast

For academics, personal development IS professional development. Join Jennifer in the conversation about improving your wellbeing, your performance, and creating the legacy you want.

Do you work in post-secondary/higher education?

This podcast is for you

Seasonal releases on coaching tools, personal effectiveness, productivity, and inspiration to create the life and work you’ve always wanted. Jennifer Askey is a former tenured prof who gave it all up to move to a different country. She’s been staff, faculty, adjunct, and temp–all at universities. Now she is an academic life & leadership coach dedicated to helping academic workers create the world’s best lives!

Series 3

3.11: Mindfulness For You

The Mindful Academy - Episode 3.11 Highlights In this episode of “The Mindful Academy,” I delve into the significance and personal impact of mindfulness and meditation. Highlighting mindfulness as a crucial tool for personal and client coaching, I share insights into...

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3.10: Getting a Handle on Success

Feeling overwhelmed is common, but how do you respond? Anger, shutdown, hyperdrive? It is sooo important to identify your emotional response and give it a name, in order to pave the way for effective coping strategies.

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3.9: Getting out of Overwhelm

Feeling overwhelmed is common, but how do you respond? Anger, shutdown, hyperdrive? It is sooo important to identify your emotional response and give it a name, in order to pave the way for effective coping strategies.

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3.8: Four Flavours of Faculty Frustration

🔍The Mindful Academy Episode 3.8 Highlights: "Four Flavours of Faculty Frustration" 📚 1. Overwhelm at Work: The aftermath of the pandemic has left academic workplaces in overdrive, with workload spikes persisting. Whether it's adapting to changes or working at...

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3.7: Futureproofing Your Career Part 3

How can you ensure long-term career success while maintaining personal satisfaction? In this episode of The Mindful Academy, our academic coach, Jennifer Askey, dives deep into the emotional journey of transitioning out of academia.

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3.6: Futureproofing Your Career Part 2

How can you ensure long-term career success while maintaining personal satisfaction? In this episode of The Mindful Academy, our academic coach, Jennifer, shares some invaluable insights and strategies to futureproof your career.

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3.5: Futureproofing Your Career Part 1

Are you constantly under pressure, trying to balance long-term career success and personal satisfaction? In this episode of The Mindful Academy, our academic coach, Jennifer, underscores the significance of safeguarding your career for the future.

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3.4: Your Commitment Creates Boundaries

Are you constantly overwhelmed and swamped with work, struggling to balance career success and personal fulfillment? In today’s episode of The Mindful Academy, our host, Jennifer Askey, emphasizes the importance of commitment to our work and how it can combat overwhelming and busy feelings.

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3.3: The Frustration of Busyness

Have you ever felt trapped in the cycle of busyness in academia, only to find yourself feeling unfulfilled? In today’s episode of The Mindful Academy, our host Jennifer Askey explores the concept of busyness and feeling unfulfilled in academia.

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3.1: Are You in Danger of Being a Completionist?

What are these beliefs that you have that are limiting the future that you imagine for yourself? In today’s episode of The Mindful Academy, our host Jennifer Askey talks about how understanding and challenging our self-limiting beliefs can help us create a new vision of who we want to be and what we can achieve, looking for some motivation to ditch the clutter-collecting dust.

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Series 2

2.24: How to Unlock Creative Potential: Overcoming Fear and Finding Success in Academic Leadership

Are you tired of being told to ‘lean in’ and seeing little progress in your academic leadership journey? In today’s episode of The Mindful Academy, our host Jennifer Askey discusses the strategies and core values that will help you overcome the unique challenges female associate professors face – how to balance business demands and people’s needs, cultivate emotional and social intelligence skills, and find supportive allies to guide your path towards triumphant leadership.

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2.20: How to Explore Imposter Syndrome: From Its Origins to Modern-Day Perceptions

Do you ever feel like you don’t deserve the success you’ve achieved in your career or that you’re just lucky to be where you are? In today’s episode of The Mindful Academy, our host Jennifer Askey discusses the imposter phenomenon, also commonly known as Imposter Syndrome, which reflects feelings of having achieved successful positions due to sheer luck or some oversight on the part of gatekeepers rather than merit or achievement.

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2.19: Three Ways of Recognizing the Signs of Unnecessary Misery in Academia

What are these beliefs that you have that are limiting the future that you imagine for yourself? In today’s episode of The Mindful Academy, our host Jennifer Askey talks about how understanding and challenging our self-limiting beliefs can help us create a new vision of who we want to be and what we can achieve, looking for some motivation to ditch the clutter-collecting dust.

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2.13: Resistance

Are you being met with resistance by your inner critic on a daily basis? In today’s episode of The Mindful Academy, our host Jennifer Askey talks about what resistance is, and how you can recognize and furthermore overcome resistance.

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2.12: Change is in the Air

Do you know how, when, and why to make changes in your life? In today’s episode of The Mindful Academy, our host Jennifer Askey talks about what the processes are to notice when change is necessary, and furthermore how to make that change.

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2.11: The Purge

Are you needing to purge the space you’re currently in to become the space you need it to be? In today’s episode of The Mindful Academy, our host Jennifer Askey talks about how she purged her once a “catch-all be-all” space to her now working and improving home office for her coaching and consulting business after Covid.

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2.10: Give Yourself An A

Are you practicing the art of giving yourself an A? In today’s episode of The Mindful Academy, our host Jennifer Askey talks about how important it is to be implementing this possibility to live into your life.

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2.9: Proving Yourself vs. Being Yourself

Do you know the difference between proving yourself and being yourself? In today’s episode of The Mindful Academy, our host Jennifer Askey talks about how these two ideas need to be distinctively two separate identities rather than a combined concept.

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2.8: How do You Know You’re Resilient?

Do you know the difference between proving yourself and being yourself? In today’s episode of The Mindful Academy, our host Jennifer Askey talks about how these two ideas need to be distinctively two separate identities rather than a combined concept.

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2.7: Resilience Gets a Bad Rap

Do you know the difference between proving yourself and being yourself? In today’s episode of The Mindful Academy, our host Jennifer Askey talks about how these two ideas need to be distinctively two separate identities rather than a combined concept.

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2.6: Decision Making

Does Decision Making actually play that big of a part in our daily lives? In today’s episode of The Mindful Academy, our host Jennifer Askey breaks down several aspects that envelop the idea of Decision Making.

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2.5 Empathy – The Magic Sauce

Almost every academic I know is hard on themselves. You expect excellence from your students, colleagues, and yourself. Because excellence and rigour are the names of the game! And what happens when someone misses the mark? What happens when you miss…

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2.4 My Emotions Are Not the Boss of Me

In this episode, I help you explore your emotional agility around transparency, adaptability, and optimism. How long do you stay stuck in a negative head space that neither feels good nor helps you move forward? This episode offers ways to work with…

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2.3 Mind-Body Integration

You are familiar with the 5 senses of sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell. In this episode, I explore Amanda Blake’s work on the OTHER senses we access when we want to fully integrate our mind, body, and emotional lives: interoception and…

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2.2 Self-Awareness Is a Skill to be Nurtured

In this episode, I talk about self-awareness and self-regard. Is your picture of yourself and your emotions accurate and positive? Is it balanced out with an understanding of where you excel and where you need to grow?

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Series 1

Episode 10: Resilience

Resilience is all the rage right now. We know that we need it, but what does it mean to cultivate it? In this episode, Jennifer talks about growing our stores of resilience, learning from setbacks, and what to say to ourselves when we fail. 

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Episode 8: Lessons from the Experimental Leader

This episode takes a bit of a break from coaching tools. Jennifer talks about lessons she learned from working with Melanie Parish, author of the book The Experimental Leader: Be a New Kind of Boss to Cultivate an Organization of Innovators. Using the framework of...

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Episode 6: The PA System in Your Mind

The best intentions and plans when it comes to prioritization and goal setting can be scuttled by your Inner Critic. Your Inner Critic, or Judge, or Shitty Committee, is that voice in your head that tells you that you’re doing it wrong, that you’re insufficient for...

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Episode 5: Goals, Tasks, Habits

When we feel like everything needs to be done now and is an emergency, we can become overwhelmed quickly. In this episode, you’ll focus on tackling the priorities you set when you listened to last week’s episode by breaking them down into goals and tasks. Organizing...

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Episode 4: Priorities

Prioritizing means more than picking the order in which you do things. In this episode, Jennifer talks about using the notion of your legacy (from episode 3) to structure how you give time to people and projects. Just focusing on time inputs isn’t enough to prioritize...

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Episode 3: Tree of Life

How does your garden grow? In this episode, Jennifer looks at a tree diagram as a way to think about what supports us to be the best version of ourselves and what we return to the world in terms of legacy and “fruits.” 

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Episode 2: Values

In this episode about living our values, Jennifer talks about the gap between things we admire and are drawn to and the values that–consciously or not–guide our major life decisions. 

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Episode 1: Wheel of Life

Tune into this episode to walk yourself through the Wheel of Life, also known as the Wheel of Adult Fulfillment. This is an opportunity to put words to what you think fulfillment means for you in 8 key areas of your life, and to put numbers to those areas. After...

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About Your Host

Jennifer used to be a professor, until one day she moved to a different country and gave up her career. She had to figure out “what next?”

Jennifer has devoted the last ten years to learning all that she can about positive psychology, emotional intelligence, the growth mindset, and mindfulness, so that she can help others do the same, and build a rewarding career in the process.

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