Jul 29 2015

Content break!


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My baby’s chillin’, so why shouldn’t I? :)

Summer is here, my re-launch is in the final stretch, and I need to take a blogging break so that my head won’t explode.

But while I’m gone, you can still…

…get new episodes of my Grown-Up Gigs podcast on 8/6 and 8/20 (and catch up on my past interviews here)…

…snag one of my last one-on-one coaching spots for the year.  I’ll be raising my prices which I switch on over to my new site on September 1st, but if you snag a November spot now by putting down a deposit I’ll be happy to honor the current price that’s on my site. There’s only 2 spots available and then I’ll be booked ’til January!

…make sure you’re on my VIP List so you can get notified about the free webinar I’m hosting on September 16th to celebrate my relaunch.

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Jul 23 2015

Grown Up Gigs: Social Entrepreneur + Artist + Educator Marisa Casey


Grown Up Gigs: Social Entrepreneur and Artist and Educator Marisa Casey

From majoring in Latin American studies to getting her masters in arts administration

…to founding (and closing) her own non-profit

…to joining the Peace Corps

…to helping clients with messaging and communication while being a full-time Mom…

Marisa Casey has followed her life’s mission: “Using photography, graphic design and storytelling to benefit mission-based organizations.”

Marisa’s story is one of following your interests and passions while keeping an eye on what only you can offer the world. By being pro-active and creating many of her own opportunities, she’s able to deliver on her purpose each and every day.

Hear Marisa’s inspiring story by clicking here for Episode 11 of Grown Up Gigs!

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Jul 22 2015

Want a peek into my rebrand? Yeah ya do!


I’m chomping at the bit to reveal my beeeeeeeeautiful new site and my beeeeeeeeautiful new logo and my beeeeeeeeautiful new postcards and social media banners and buttons and fonts and colors…and I’ll get to do that all on September 1st! That’s when I’m hoping my Tech Titan can flip the switch and beautify your eyeballs.

But ’til then, do you want a lil’ sneak peek? Yeah ya do!

Here’s the newness to come:

NEW COLOR SCHEME!

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NEW FONTS!

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NEW HEADERS!

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NEW LOGO!

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NEW HEADSHOT (taken by Kylie Bellard)!

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Could you die?! My designer since ’07, Rebecca Pollock, did a bang up job having the look of When I Grow Up, well, grow up!

To help me officially celebrate my relaunch, please Save the Date for the evening of Tuesday, September 1st. I’m honestly not sure what I’m gonna do yet, but think free webinar!

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Jul 20 2015

TODAY: Get a plan to ditch your day job!


Our small but mighty #dayjobditch team! Don’t have the words to express all my appreciation. Adore you all!

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Did ya miss my free online workshop, Ditch Your Day Job, when I was on CreativeLive last month?

Or maybe you caught pieces of it, but not the whole thing?

Or maybe your damn day job didn’t allow you to sit at your desk and watch a course that teaches you how to, um, ditch your day job?

Then you’re gonna wanna tune in to CreativeLive today at 9am Pacific, since they’ll be rebroadcasting my class online for free!

Here are some excerpts from student reviews of the class:

“This class has given me the structure and several practical tools to facilitate my own transition to creative entrepreneurship and out of a soul-sucking job.(…) As a result, I am now eager to take the action towards building my art business.”

“Michelle’s enthusiasm and assurance that everyone can(…) move into the dream career they are longing for is contagious.



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Jul 14 2015

2015 is halfway over! Here’s where my biz is at, what’s to come, & 4 ways to achieve your 2015 goals.


HOW is it July 14th already? How how how?

This year has simply flown by and I feel very firmly rooted in all that’s transpired and all that’s to come.

I haven’t done this before that I can remember, but I wanted to be transparent as to where I’m at with my 2015 goals at this halfway point. Hope that it’s an eye opener for you and inspires you to do your own recap based on your business or career goals!

Let’s start with my 2015 goals and tools.

I took a deep breath and posted this in Nov 2014 on Instagram:

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Pretty soon after, my goals changed. I decided not to run Career Camp again, so that point was moot. Because of that, I set a new goal to get 20 Growin’ Up Goods clients.

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Jul 09 2015

Grown Up Gigs: Wayfinding Strategist and Creative Director Katie Osborn


Grown Up Gigs: Wayfinding Strategist and Creative Director Katie Osborn

Katie Osborn was my business role model before we sat down to have this chat together, and now, well, she’s still my business role model!

Sure, my business has nothing to do with Katie’s business, but…

…she followed her instincts to find her passion-based work in an industry she didn’t even know existed, which is so courageous…

…she shifted from having a title she didn’t love on her business card (“Graphic Designer”) to one that makes her so proud (“Wayfinder”)…

…she recently changed the name of her firm after years in business to be able to set herself up for retirement…

…she networks 2-3 times a week, and has tips so that you can do it (and look forward to it!), too.

So even if you’re not interested in wayfinding – which Katie describes as “the perfect marriage between urban planning and graphic design, connecting the people to the place with the information they need” – hearing Katie’s story, wisdom, and business smarts is  well worth your time.

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Jun 30 2015

Are you ready to turn your Dream Into Action?


Are you ready to turn your Dreams Into Action?
In September of 2013, I started working with Paula Jenkins.

A Senior Project Manager for an advertising company, Paula was in her early 40s with a 3+ hour daily commute and a toddler at home.

She thought she wanted to be a full-time retreat leader, but she was fuzzy on both the details (“how do I save up? how is it not too scary? how to I just start speaking about my passion and get others to listen and get noticed?”) and the commitment.

Was that what she really wanted to do? Would that be her grown-up, passionate career?

Paula was obviously smart, creative, and driven, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with her. But, to be honest, I had some low expectations when it came to her follow-through.

A full-time job, a 3+ hour commute, AND a toddler?

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Jun 25 2015

Grown Up Gigs: Event Planner & Strategist Lauren Caselli


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I think the biggest thing I loved from talking with my former client Lauren Caselli is this:

“If you want to do events then figure out a way for people to give you money for it.”

Or maybe it was this:

“I have to keep my hands open and give as much as I can and I’ll get it back tenfold if I stay open to the journey.”

On third thought, maybe it was this:

“If you’re struggling online, you don’t have to be there. If you’re struggling in person, you don’t have to be there, either…(you can figure out) ‘What is my strength? Where do I shine? What feels good to me?”

Or is it when she talked about taking a sabbatical from work to “play”, the time she traveled to India to find herself, or why she decided to leave NYC for Bozeman, Montana (population: 50,000)?

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Jun 17 2015

9 Ways to Make Your Career More Creative


9 Ways to Make Your Career More Creative

Photo taken by Casey Cosley. More details in point 8 below!

I know first-hand what it’s like to be a creative person in a corporate environment.

For two years and seven months, I stifled my style, talents and personality to fit in in the finance world.

I remember so clearly getting rid of all the “business casual” attire I had in the days after I became a Woman of the World (aka full-time entrepreneur). It felt so freeing to donate my “interview suit”, the drab button downs, the tweed pants, and the sensible shoes that I would never choose to wear.

But even in the most corporate of environments, you can make your career more creative. Here are 9 ways to get there:

1. Start each day with a passion project. I’m already breaking the rules of the post with Point 1, but for serious, make the time for your creative work before you walk into the office.

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Jun 12 2015

LAST DAY to Ditch Your Day Job – live & for free!


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Today on Ditch Your Day Job, we’re wrapping up by creating your personalized, deadline-and-reward-driven guide to ditching your day job (’cause I’m obvious like that)

We’ll be mashing up the Breathe Easy Number (aka your financial cushion), your Phase One (explained below!), and Plan B (what will you do if you “fail”?) into a tangible, bite-size timeline so that you know the exact month and year you can quit your job. I call it your Safety Net Action Plan, or SNAP for short!

Our second (and last!) day’ll cover:

  • Phase One, which consists of the simplest and cheapest –yet most impactful! – way to get your business going
  • how to answer The Dreaded Question (“So, what do you do?”) with confidence and clarity
  • who and what makes up your Support Squad
  • your personalized Safety Net Action Plan (SNAP), complete with deadlines and rewards to hit along the way
  • an interview with the founder of Old Town Suds, Steffanie Housman, who worked for years on her SNAP before being let go in 2014 (which was immediately followed by breaking her soap-selling weekend record!)

I’ve essentially spent eight years prepping for this class and I hope it allows you to ditch your day job in a way that’s more comfortable and confident than you could set yourself up on your own.



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