Cocoa for the Brain (AKA Books)

Maria Popova’s blog (Brain Pickings, @brainpicker) is one of the few blogs I follow religiously. Her posts are a perfect blend of poetry and insight, creating new linkages between known topics or uncovering obscure writings and making them relevant to a broad audience through her words. Therefore I took it as a sign when she tweeted the following: Without this …

I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, and apparently that’s OK

Emilie Wapnick: The Multipotentialite I love TED talks and follow them on Twitter (@TEDTalks) because I never know what gem is going to come across my feed. Last night, it was Emilie Wapnick’s April 2015 TEDxBend Talk: Emilie W. starts by asking audience members to raise their hands if they were ever asked the question, “What do you want …

What is a Practical Passionista?

Hello! I’m a Practical Passionista. I’ve decided to start a blog to share the latest and greatest on how folks (including me) are making their passions work. But first things first: Let’s break down the term: 1) “Practical” (adjective) is defined by Merriam-Webster as: relating to what is real rather than to what is possible or imagined likely …

About Me

Hi! I’m Tish (AKA the Practical Passionista). I spent my twenties as an educator, researcher, and academic, teaching and obtaining a doctorate in Education (focusing on Human Development and Psychology) at an Ivy League/R1 university in the United States. I spent a chunk of my thirties transitioning to being a public policy wonk, spouse, and parent. …