I Must Be BUG'N

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By: Sheldon Gay

Does the world seem like it's dragging along at a different pace? Do you constantly feel like you're the only one who notices "the emperor has no clothes"? Were you constantly teased or shamed for not conforming to what's "normal"? Do you wish you had accommodations for your needs that others readily received?If that sounds all too familiar, you might be BUGN (Black Underrepresented/Unidentified Gifted and otherwise Neurodivergent).This is a podcast primarily for Black gifted and otherwise neurodivergent people to learn about and discuss our unique experiences. I'm also here to create a safe and empowering space...

It Must Be a Conversation with Kaitlin Smith
#13
03/05/2024

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In the final episode of my first Season, I interview Kaitlin Smith, MSW, Founder of Our Wild Minds. We talk about her work creating an amazing community for gifted BIPOC adults. Kaitlin shares her story, including the challenges of facing racism, sexism and mysogyny that created a significant misalignment with colleagues within her preparations to become a psychotherapist. She talks...


It Must Be a Conversation with Sydney Elaine Butler
#12
02/21/2024

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In this episode, I have a wonderful conversation with Sydney Elaine Butler, an HR professional and Founder of Accessible Creates. We discuss the importance of centering neurodivergent voices and experiences, as well as Sydney's personal journey and understanding of neurodiversity. Sydney shares insights on improving internal HR practices and workplace accessibility, particularly for women. Sydney also highlights the importance of...


It Must Be a Conversation with Dr. Kimberly Douglass
#11
02/05/2024

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In this episode, I speak with Dr. Kimberly Douglass, a coach and consultant to neurodivergent adults who also identifies as AuDHD. Dr. Douglass delves into the concept of decolonizing neurodivergence. We talk about how refusing homework for her son helps her push back against the systems that seek to determine our societal outcomes. She shares why genuine curiosity, grace, and...


It Must Be a Conversation with Dr. Patty Williams
#10
01/30/2024

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On this episode I chat with my good friend, Dr. Patty Williams, a trauma therapist and advocate for the gifted and neurodivergent community. Dr. Patty shares her personal journey as a 2E child and now therapist. I speak with Dr. Patty about her upcoming book, healing gifted trauma and how we heal. She also discusses the Bloomers group, a Facebook community for gifted and twice exceptional adults. It's a great conversation that I've been looking forward to sharing with you all...


It Must Be a Conversation with Dr. Dave Hester - Part 2
#9
01/09/2024

Enjoy the conclusion of my amazing conversation with Dr. Dave Hester, a Vice-President at LifeGuides, tech-innovator, speaker, psychologist, transformational leader with a goal of improving the wellbeing of 1 billion human lives.


In Part 2 of my conversation with Dr. Dave Hester, we discuss the importance of challenging our perspectives by not identifying with them, self-acceptance and compassion, rejection sensitivity and emotional permanance, Rumi and more.


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It Must Be a Conversation with Dr. Dave Hester - Part 1
#8
01/03/2024

Happy New Year! I hope the holidays treated you well and you avoided many of the pitfalls of challenging experiences that can come with this annual cycle.


Dr. Dave Hester is a Vice-President at LifeGuides, tech-innovator, speaker, psychologist, transformational leader with a goal of improving the wellbeing of 1 billion human lives.


In Part 1 of my conversation with Dr. Dave Hester, we discuss his background, whether his family supported his neurodivergent journey, how LifeGuides aligned with his personal mission and how it's transforming workplaces as well as other neurodivergent curiosities about how life works.<...


It Must Be a Conversation with Dr. Joy Lawson Davis
#7
12/24/2023

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Today I was absolutely HONORED for my first guest to be Dr. Joy Lawson Davis, the award-winning author and preeminent advocate for Black and marginalized gifted students.


Dr. Davis' most recent books include "Bright Talented & Black: A guide for Families of Black gifted learners 2.0”; “Empowering Underrepresented Gifted Students: Perspectives from the Field” and “Culturally Responsive Teaching in Gifted Education: Building Cultural Competence and Serving Diverse populations”.


Our amazing discussion includes:

Her experience as a Black gifted childThe resistance she experienced in doing her work as a Black...


It Must Be a Quick Check-In
#6
12/19/2023

Hey Community,


This episode is a QUICK check-in to let you all know where I've been and a few of the exciting things coming soon. Join me for this quick insight and feel free to catch-up on previous episodes you may have missed. I hope everyone is doing AMAZING and has at least one person that can help them feel seen and heard.


Lots of things, including GUEST episodes coming soon * insert looking eyes emoji *


Helpful Links:

"If I Let Go, Will Everything Be Okay?" - Sadhguru video (~11mins...


It Must Be the Holidays
#5
11/21/2023

The holiday season can be a rollercoaster of emotions. Some of us choose to mask during the next couple months and then detox after. Some of us don't bother showing up at all. Have you ever wondered what it's like for neurodivergent people during the holidays?


Join me as I discuss many of the reasons the holidays aren't as pleasant for us as they are for others.


I also share some helpful tips for making this holiday season better, regardless of what you may have experienced in the past.


TO...


I Must Be Misunderstood
#4
11/14/2023

In this episode I address a few misconceptions that people have about gifted and otherwise neurodivergent people. There are many things we get tired of being judged for. There are questions we're tired of answering. There are ways we all can create safer spaces for people to be their full selves. This doesn't preclude us from accountability for harmful actions but it does mean we need to ask the question about how we create awareness of internalized ableist beliefs.


As they say, none of us is free until we're all free and we can't be free...