Maxie McCoy

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Does it all feel irrelevant now?

Is my work totally irrelevant? I contemplated all of this and then some while still in bed. It was noon on a Friday. So there’s that. I was taking a “mental health day” a few months ago and decided to scroll through my camera roll from the last few years. This was an attempt to finish a spreadsheet that documented...
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Ways to show up for Black friends right now

A few days ago, I watched my friend and mentor Latham Thomas challenge her white community over Instagram live to show up in real life for our Black friends – not just in blacked out email newsletters and instagram squares, but in our daily actions. I’ve been sitting with her thoughts, her urges to action, and her wisdom this week (please follow her work, it’s...
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Overwhelmed by this all? 14 Questions to Help

Bad days happen. Stressed days happen. Shitty days happen. Numb days happen. Just fine days happen. And some good ones occasionally, too. But the feeling I’m hearing the most from what we’re all facing – no matter what the individual situation looks like – is completely, utterly, overwhelmed. Overwhelmed because there’s too much happening too quickly. Too much changing. Because...
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How to Compromise without Losing Yourself

Text to a friend: “When does compromising become compromise of SELF?” Like with all things that make me wonder, I wondered in writing. Because running big questions by good friends is always a good idea. I’ve been thinking about this a lot. About boundaries. About self expression. About righteousness. About honoring my truth while respecting someone else’s. About caring for...
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How to Find the Answers You’re Looking For

When I’m searching for solutions, the last thing I want to hear is: “Ah, but you have everything you need.” Not because they’re annoying. Not because the advice is trope-y. Not because it feels unhelpful. But mainly because they’re normally totally right. And I don’t want to hear it. Because it doesn’t FEEL like I have what I need. Especially...
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What to do When Your Doubt is Winning

Some days… I wonder what this is all for.Sometimes… I ignore emails because I don’t want to deal. Every once in while I could care less. About my work. About my goals. About things that I’m insanely passionate about the other 95% of my time. Here and there I consider giving it all up entirely. I have moments where I...
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