Aug 20 2015

Grown Up Gigs: Loren Brill, Founder and CEO of Sweet Loren’s


Grown Up Gigs: Loren Brill, Founder and CEO of Sweet Loren's

After talking with Loren Brill, CEO of Sweet Loren’s, I find myself dreaming bigger.

Because Loren isn’t content with “just” selling all natural cookies. She sees her company as an up-and-coming big brand in the natural food space, encouraging smart – and healthy! – eating. After getting a taste of her drive and passion, I know she’ll do just that!

It took a Hodgkin’s Lymphoma diagnosis at 22 for Loren to start on the journey to finding what makes her happy. For 4 years she explored her passions and interest in cooking, baking, and healthy living and *finally* came to terms with the fact that she needed to carve out her own life – and that meant starting her own business.

If she denied her entrepreneurial streak, there would always be something missing.

From the external validation of winning a major baking content and being told by the judge that “you have to do something with this”, to securing an order with Whole Foods just a few months after launching, to expanding on her products and personal responsibilities, you’ll be so fired up and inspired after hearing Loren’s story!

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Aug 06 2015

Grown Up Gigs: Emily Goodstein, Birth Story Photographer & Online Marketing Strategist


Grown Up Gigs: Emily Goodstein

Being parented by “radical support and enthusiasm” with the mantra of “do whatever you want as long as it makes you happy”, Emily Goodstein‘s childhood and adolescence consisted of lots of creative obsessions: ceramics, then scrapbooking, then fimo clay, then pastry/frosting and, finally, to photography.

Although she toyed with idea of going to the Culinary Institute of America, her interest in family planning (and her identification as a “rebel rouser”) led her to get a college degree in non-profit management while working at a bakery. After graduation, she worked at a small non-profit and did wedding photography on the side.

She thought she should have been proud of her work and creatively fulfilled, but something just didn’t seem….right.

She reframed the question, “What sounds good to do for the rest of my life?” to “What sounds good for the next little bit of time?”

She said No to wedding photography and Yes to birth photography, which seemed like the perfect fit of her two passions: photography and family planning.

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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


Grown Up Gigs with Lauren Caselli of Lauren Caselli Events

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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