Reading, Writing, Coaching, & Creativity for Women in Higher Education

LELA stands for Life, Education, Literacy, Arts, and LELA House is a virtual community where women in higher education enrich their lives, learning, literacy, and creativity with coaching, consulting, and courses.

Higher education is education, and the people who make it happen (staff and administration, as well as faculty) are educators. Sometimes I think we forget that.

Women are running so many things in higher education and have so little to show for it.

We are wearing all the hats and doing all the things, and it often feels like no one notices or even cares. And here we are – holding down our families; serving our socks off at work, at church, and in the community; and that leaves us with precious little time for ourselves.

And we’re not happy about it.

If you’ve reached that age in life where you are tired of taking care of everyone else while not taking care of yourself, and you’re tired of conforming to what everyone else wants for you, then you are ready to do something for yourself.

But how do you navigate making time for yourself and still uphold all of your other responsibilities? And how do you do this without hurting anyone’s feelings? Look, I know sometimes you’re not worried about other people’s feelings, but that is usually when you’re not at your best.

Being your best self, however, will help you do the transformative work in the world you want to accomplish.

Being your best self includes practicing self-care.

Self-care is many things, like bubble baths and massages, but it’s also the mindsets, practices, and habits that allow you to understand God created you uniquely and to dive into your uniqueness. Being the most you you can be by diving into how God created you is how you can offer your best gifts to the world.

I have found reading, writing, and creativity to be powerful self-care tools. Exploring your relationship with these tools, and leaning into them honestly, can change you and change the world.

We as women educators need and deserve the same care and compassion that we lavish on others. We need someone to care about us – as in who we are as people, not just the value we bring to our fields. When we treat women in education better, the field of education will improve for everyone.

Please, take a moment for yourself for some self-care. You care for everyone else; it’s time to tend to your mind, spirit, and body. You need this. I got you. Together we will transform education by caring for one educator at a time.

Educator Experiences

LELA House supports women in higher education through Pocket Coaching and Educator Care Coaching. Educators are busy – at home, at work, and in the community.

Pocket Coaching offers 30 days of unlimited email coaching. Click below for more information.

Educator Care Community offers video collections for educators to view when they make the time and space to care for themselves.

Educator Care Community is a membership that helps you build your self-care habits through connecting with others just like you; exploring your reading, writing, and creativity; and discovering short videos that take you through the rooms of LELA House. You’ll practice self-care through Christian growth, reading, writing, learning, creating, and community. We also have events like DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) and DEW (Drop Everything and Write). It’s a community of sister friends here for you whenever you need us.

Check out the Educator Care Community by clicking below.

I also support educational institutions in the following ways.

  • Community Writing Workshops – Participants explore topics salient to your institution through writing and reflection (75 minutes).
  • Values Workshops – Participants determine their values and how to activate them in daily decision-making. This workshop uses writing, reflection, and connection and can be useful to determine individual values or collective values (75 minutes).
  • Powerful Question Workshops – Participants break down and respond to a question about your institution’s impact and future. Then participants support each other in plotting a course forward. This workshop can be offered in one to four sessions (one question per session) and uses writing, reflection, and small and large group work (90 minutes per session).
  • Self-Care Series – Participants explore literacy, creativity, and meditation as self-care practices. This is a four session workshop series. See session topics below (Each session is 75-90 minutes).
    • DEAR – (Drop Everything And Read)
    • DEW – (Drop Everything & Write)
    • DEAC – (Drop Everything And Create) 
    • DEAM – (Drop Everything And Meditate)
  • Common Reading Sessions – Help your educators learn together by offering common book studies. We will work together to determine the number of sessions in each book study (60 minutes per session).
  • Document Review – Depending on document length and required turnaround time, pricing ranges from $.03 per word to $.07 per word.

What community members say about LELA House….

Through writing with guidance from LELA life coach, Dr. Roshaunda Cade, I’m trying to heal myself after years of having my autonomy and feelings invalidated by my family because of my disabilities. Writing and discussing my thoughts with Dr. Cade helps me to step back and examine myself like an alien. How do my values manifest? How do my values shape who I am? How do I want my values to manifest? Dr. Cade is helping me on my journey of self-actualization by encouraging me to shine a light on my own S.TA.R. stories that highlight how I use my talents daily to live my life, and I know her guidance can help you too!

― Margarita S.

I have been struggling with starting a blog post and public presentation. This course has given me basic skills to begin my writing and taking my preparation to the next level. Roshaunda explained the information in a way I could understand. I truly appreciated that at one point she is changing ideas and talks through the process and this was very helpful for me because my thoughts are continuously evolving. Thank you Roshaunda for this course.

― Robert H.

In life, sometimes you may find that you need some direction and/or encouragement in making a major life decision. This was the case for myself. More specifically, I was trying to figure out the career that’s right for me. Through Dr. Roshaunda Cade’s coaching, I was able to determine the career I would like to pursue. Dr. Cade is highly-knowledgeable, upbeat, supportive, and always has some words of encouragement. I am forever grateful for the coaching/guidance she provided me.

― Auriel C.

Upon my first coaching session with Dr. Roshaunda Cade, my confidence and my attitude were positively altered, and God gave me peace during my coaching sessions with her. She has a way of inspiring, highlighting and thought-provokingly guiding you to recognize your writing strengths and weaknesses simultaneously. Her kind tone and professional knowledge base ignites one to retrieve from their mental schema the grammar and Standard English rules and protocols warranted for various writing situations. I would highly recommend Dr. Roshaunda Cade for your dissertation or basic writing needs because she is highly qualified and passionate about mentoring the whole person and not just their writing needs.

― RaShawn J.

I’m Roshaunda D. Cade, Ph.D., certified executive life coach, certified life story coach, and writing coach. I hold a bachelors, masters, and doctorate in English, and I have been working in education for over 25 years – in higher education and high school, residence life, student affairs, academic resources, faculty development, writing centers, and, of course, teaching (at both the post-secondary and secondary levels). I’m also a wife and mom who has navigated all levels of schooling with my own children. I see myself as a scaffolding to provide stability for people as they grow and transform. I created LELA House to support educators like you. I love to serve, and I enjoy helping people become who God created them to be. I believe God created every individual, including you, with a unique design to transform the world. I can’t wait to work with you.

Come on over to LELA House where women educators practice self-care through reading, writing, creativity, Christian growth, and taking the time to enjoy an interesting story or two.


The mission of LELA House is to rethink school and reframe education by using coaching, literacy, and creativity to support learners, families, and educators as they pursue their purpose.

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