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Welcome to Moxie and the Underdog!

Welcome to Moxie and the Underdog!

Hey people!  Welcome to my blog.  I’m excited you found me.  Of all the millions of blogs on the internet these days, I appreciate you stopping by this one!  Hope you’ll stick around as it grows and evolves.

So of course you’re wondering, “Why Moxie and the Underdog?”  I could say, “Because I think too much,” but that’s not that helpful.  So really, let’s talk about why I named this site Moxie and The Underdog.

Moxie – courage, nerve, vigor, verve, pep. “Describes someone with a fighting spirit.”

I have loved the word moxie since I was a child.  My aunt used to have the word on her license plate and one day I asked her about the meaning.  She’s quite classy and stately and will make sure you recognize this fact.  As she explained it, moxie was a word that meant having no fear, standing tall and believing you can accomplish anything and she would always pause and throw in proudly “Like your Aunt!”  My aunt definitely has moxie – it showed in her personality and all that she achieved in her career.  I found it a curious little word that carried so much power.  I remember thinking as a child, “I want to have moxie.” 

Did you know Moxie was the name of a soft drink in the 1920s? And, according to Merriam Webster “By 1930, moxie had become a slang term for nerve and verve, perhaps because some people thought the drink was a tonic that could cure virtually any ill and bring vim back to even the most lethargic individual.”  People said it tasted pretty horrible, but that it may have outsold Coca Cola at one point!  That brings us to the word underdog.

Underdog – a loser or predicted loser in a struggle or contest. 
A victim of injustice or persecution.

You already know what an underdog is.  It’s the person, team or thing we expect to lose.  We think it won’t have enough power or strength to go against whatever it is up against.  I have always been someone who rooted for the underdog.  And I don’t mean in sports (mainly because I hardly know anything about sports).  I mean in life.  I hated seeing unfair treatment, especially from those with more power against those with less.  Anywhere around the world when I learned about unfair treatment of a person or group of people, I was immediately incensed. 

I especially was drawn to kids – the perpetual underdogs.  Minors are always in situations where they have less power – with their teachers, within society and with their parents at home.  They are trying to succeed and thrive, often times in situations where they have no help to do so and yet they still try.  This is probably why I became a psychologist.  I was called to help the “underdog.”  I was called to get those with more power to stop maltreating those with less and to help those with less power find the strength to overcome and achieve.  When I met a family who was an underdog in some way (lower income level, members of some other marginalized group), I became even more passionate to not only help those parents help their child, but to help the parents fight against all they had to struggle with as well!  There are just so many levels of injustice.

So there we are – moxie and the underdog.  The goal of this blog is to be a champion for all marginalized communities and the parents trying to raise their teens within them.  I hope to provide some insightful and easy to understand analysis of dynamics that impact teen development.  I want to discuss all the various power structures that oppress marginalized communities, thus creating an underdog. I want to use psychology as activism to fight them.  And most of all, I want to highlight the underdogs who tapped into their moxie to WIN. 

We all have moxie.  Activate yours. 

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