Aug 27 2014

Choose Your Own (Career) Adventure!


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Didn’t you loooooove those Choose Your Own Adventure books as a kid?

I realized that I’ve been so all over the Interwebs lately that you can Choose Your Own (Career) Adventure as to what you wanna read, watch or do.

You’ve been sobbing in your company bathroom, again. Do you want:
* a checklist to change your career
* a list of 10 other things to do instead 
* some tough love

You’re in the exploratory stages of discovering and/or creating your passionate, grown up career. Do you want to:
* hear about why Play and And are such important concepts 
* get a career change workbook that’s beautifully illustrated, rhymes (!), and is totally $0
join me live in the small studio audience for Create Your Dream Career

The choice is yours, traveler!

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Aug 25 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Janette’s Story


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This is part of The Recession is Bullhonkey series, where I share stories of those who have gotten hired and/or started their own businesses (or sometimes both!) since 2008. This is former client & upcoming CreativeLive interviewee Janette Gorney. Below, she shares the biggest thing she had to do when she decided to shed her material possessions, a job, and a long-term relationship and embarked on the travel adventure of her dreams.

Could life simply be a series of events of either taking in or letting out, inhaling or exhaling, giving or receiving? Allowing ourselves to receive and conversely, allowing ourselves to release is a natural ebb and flow – or is it?

Take a moment to witness the seamless flow in nature, as vibrant grasses give life to the rabbit, whose death gives way to the nourishment of the coyote, whose excrement enhances the soil that then provides sustenance for the grasses…or the hummingbird who gracefully flies from flower to flower sipping sweet nectar while simultaneously pollinating the plants.

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Aug 19 2014

Wanna Change Careers? Do These 5 Things First.


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When you’re thinking of changing careers, you often envision a few things:

  • much greener grass than what you’re used to grazing on
  • being well-rested and glow-y
  • smiling 24/7
  • blissful happiness that never ends
  • fame and fortune
  • becoming the “After” in all those makeover shows
  • unicorns and pots of gold and magic

Yeah. It can get out of control when you’re escaping your job in your mind, especially if you’re in a situation that’s unfulfilling at best and utterly abusive at worst.

Instead of latching on to those dreams at face value, though – or doing something totally drastic like making the leap to a career you reeeeeeeally don’t know anything about – do these 5 Things First:

1. Talk to at least one person who’s doing the thing you think you wanna do. It floors me every time, but I’ve never had a client not know someone they can personally talk to about a field they’re thinking of going into.

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Aug 18 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Megan’s Story


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This is part of The Recession is Bullhonkey series, where I share stories of those who have gotten hired and/or started their own businesses (or sometimes both!) since 2008. This is former client & upcoming CreativeLive interviewee Megan Collins story of how she went from “cobbled-together freelancer” to founder and face of men’s lifestyle site Style Girlfriend.

“We’re going to have to let you go, Megan.”

Oh shit.

It’s January of 2011, and I’ve just been fired from the ad agency where I worked as an account manager.

And when I say fired, I mean fired. Not “laid off due to budget cuts.” Fired-fired.

Looking back, it’s funny to me now, because since taking the job six months earlier, I’d promised myself I would be out of advertising by January. I was going to leave the industry behind – dramatically and triumphantly – in favor of a writing career, my true passion.

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Aug 11 2014

Hangout with Me and Mad Mimi on Wednesday!


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I’ll be doing my very first Google Hangout Event this Wednesday 8/13, with Mad Mimi as my host!

We’ll be taking questions through the Q&A button in this super casual, easy-going, conversational 15-30 minutes together. Throw it all at me! I’d love to hear it and answer any question ya got for me.

You can join us at 4pm Eastern by clicking here. 

It’s gonna be the funnest!

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Aug 11 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Molly’s Story


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This is part of The Recession is Bullhonkey series, where I share stories of those who have gotten hired and/or started their own businesses (or sometimes both!) since 2008. This is former client & upcoming CreativeLive interviewee Molly Quigley’s story of how she became the Online Dating Cheerleader – and why she hasn’t quit her “day job”. 

I don’t know when I stumbled across Michelle Ward’s information or website. I do know that, too often, I would sit in Starbucks about to head to my job with one of her newsletters freshly delivered to my inbox, knowing that baby Jesus just shed a tear for me, as he watched me gather up the muster to head into work one more day.

You see, I was terrified to spend what little I had in savings to figure out what I wanted to do with my life.  

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Aug 08 2014

22 Reasons Why It’s Worth Doing The Dirty Work To Live Your Dream Career



My two sleepyheads at 12:17pm on a Tuesday

A few weeks ago, my husband said to me:

Ya know, babe, I finally feel like all those years of advertising brought me somewhere. It brought me to a place where I was able to leave my full-time job and go freelance over a year ago, but it wasn’t about that. It was about right now – being able to spend time with our daughter and not have to be somewhere else for 40+ hours a week. She is why I stuck with it. She is why it was worth it.”

A statement like this, especially from my husband, makes me the happiest.

I realized how right he was, and how lucky worthwhile it was to take the blood, sweat, tears and years of discovering and building our dream careers.

I also liked how he incorporated all of his previous experience and decisions in his realization.

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Jul 16 2014

How to Make Your Dreams Come True (or, How I Became a Mom)


It’s with over-the-moon happiness, joy, pride, excitement, love and All The Emotions that Luke & I get to announce that we’re the parents of this 9 wk old, 11+ pound bundle of deliciousness.

We’ve been parenting her since 6/16, & while the adoption won’t be finalized ’til the end of the year-ish, we’re now secure in the fact that this is our daughter – and we’re so beyond-beyond we have to shout it from the rooftops.

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This is our first official family-of-3 photo, taken Saturday morning. She even gave us The Ward Eyebrow to show how much she belongs.

Luke & I decided we wanted to adopt in Dec ’12, and it took 9 months to pick an agency, get the paperwork done, etc. We’ve been “on the books” since September (when our profile started to be shown to birth Moms), but only had 4 days notice last month when we were told that we were “chosen”.

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Jul 10 2014

Wanna be part of the small studio audience for Create Your Dream Career?


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Need help creating your dream career?

Want some hands-on help from yours truly for 3 whole days?

Not shy to be on-camera in front of the Interwebs?

Live near San Francisco or wanna travel there*?

Then click here to apply to be part of my studio audience for my CreativeLive course from Sept 11-13th.

I’ll be calling a lot on my studio audience to walk through the exercises I’ll be showing, and they’ll be the ones to have my ear in class first and foremost. There’ll even be time for some coaching!

There’s a small number of spots available (under 10, I think!), and while the submission deadline isn’t ’til September, it can’t hurt being an early bird.

I really hope to meet/see/hug/help you there!

* Considering my only coaching package costs $3397, a round-trip ticket to San Francisco and a hotel room for 3 or 4 nights could save you a pretty penny.

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Jun 26 2014

Grown Up Gigs: Pet Artist Adriana Willsie


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This is the last of the interviews that were initially shared with my Grown Up Gigs list in my 3 week long, mega-amazeballs event in March. Such goodness here!

There’s three main amazeballs things about this interview:

1. It’s with pet artist (!) Adriana Willsie. I mean, she paints pets. What is there not to love?
2. Adriana also happily does independent contracting work in product development and graphic design.
3. Her apartment is gooooooooooooorgeous.


Adriana and I spoke all about:

  • what happened when she internalized that art isn’t a real career from a very young age
  • the 2 years she spent in her “crisis”, going from a major in psychology to working at a non-profit to culinary school to taking pre-requisites in nutrition to working as a restaurant manager, and then in advertising and back to a non-profit (where she got fired!)
  • how a random gift of a box of paints led to her business and 300 paintings!


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