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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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!


Ditch Your Day Job

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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Jun 11 2015

TODAY! Ditch Your Day Job begins – and you can watch for $0!


Ditch Your Day Job

Holy amazeballs. Ditch Your Day Job will begin streaming live on CreativeLive at 9am Pacific today. 

The workshop runs from 9am-2:30pm Pacific today and tomorrow, and you’ll leave with your own personalized Safety Net Action Plan (or SNAP, as I like to call it) that not only shows you what you personally need to do to ditch your day job, but when you can actually give your notice!

We’re ripping off the band aid and dealing with lots of scary (but empowering!) stuff today:

  • our Breaking Point stories
  • what Safety Nets are usually made up of, and what’s a non-negotiable in yours
  • your Breathe Easy number – aka the amount of money you need to see in the bank so that you can breathe easy – and ways to quickly get there
  • common Freelancing Fears and how to combat them
  • your Plan B (and C!), so you know what to do if you “fail”
  • an interview with my former client Jema Valle, the owner of Date Night Planners, whose last day at her day job is TODAY!


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Jun 10 2015

Grown Up Gigs: Claire Beaudreault – Writer + Rapper + Nail Artist!


Grown Up Gigs: Claire Beaudreault - Writer + Rapper + Nail Artist!

Picture it: A girl arrives in NYC with 2 suitcases, $1000, no job, and no apartment.

She has her BFA in theater, with a concentration in puppetry.

She moves to NYC with the goal of getting an office job and doing her art in her spare time. Always identifying as “a multi-hyphenate”, she dabbles in burlesque, drums, and selling art online while being a Customer Service rep for Etsy.

The irony is not lost on her that she supports artists in quitting their jobs and living their dream careers, yet she won’t allow it for herself.

It’s 2011. She decides to get serious about making money from her creativity and takes 12 weeks to work through “The Artist’s Way.”

She becomes a nail artist and rapper in the process, by sharing her work and having “a big mouth”.

She quits her job in late 2011 when all of her hobbies have become sources of income.

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Jun 09 2015

A class 8 years in the making


This is me at my GraduLaunch party, celebrating my life coaching graduation & the "official" launch of my biz! June 2009.

This is me at my GraduLaunch party, celebrating my life coaching graduation & the “official” launch of my biz! June 2009.

Eight years.

That’s how long I’ve been prepping for my upcoming CreativeLive class, Ditch Your Day Job.

It was August 2007 when I got hired as an Executive Assistant at a financial consultancy firm. That same month, I started my life coaching certification classes.

You would think that the first step for me to become a full-time life coach would be to build a website, or to start blogging, or to try to find clients.

But it wasn’t. It was to make sure I had the resources (a stable salary and health insurance) to be a “grown-up” (pay my rent, feed myself, go out for a Happy Hour or two). Without having to stress about money, I side hustled my way to being a Woman of the World (aka full-time entrepreneur) and used that job to build a strong foundation for my passion-based business.

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Jun 04 2015

Wanna be part of my small Ditch Your Day Job audience? Applications are closing!


Be part of my studio audience!

There are lots of reasons I love working with CreativeLive.

I love the quality of their cameras and the finished product.

I love how the people who work there know their shizz and are passionate about what they do.

And – I won’t lie – I love the professional hair and make-up and the delicious food I get there. A girl could get used to that.

But one of my favorite things about working with CreativeLive? The live audience!

I love being in a room with only 10-ish students, getting to know each of them personally and working them through the content directly. I love hearing their stories, knowing their goals, and seeing the lightbulb go off when they realize how to connect A to B.

I selfishly do this work because I’m a relationship-builder, and having those touch points during an online class (with thousands of people watching at home or work!) is so meaningful for me.

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Jun 03 2015

Is it time to quit your job? Here’s how to tell.


Is it time to quit your job? Here's how to tell.

As The When I Grow Up Coach, I’ve heard it all when it comes to deplorable work situations.

Quotas that are impossible to reach.

Being spoken to in a way that counts as verbal abuse.

Bad reviews that come without merit or explanation.

Sexual harassment that has no consequences.

But despite obviously toxic work environments, you hear a voice in the back of your mind that says, “But I need the money! And how will I ever find something else in this economy? I should feel grateful for this job! The devil I know is better than the one I don’t, that’s for sure! ”

And so you hang in there while your soul gets sucked and your energy depletes and you become a non-stop bitching machine. And you wonder, “Should I jump ship?”

Here’s how you know it’s quitting time:

You have The Uh-Oh Feeling. 

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May 28 2015

Grown Up Gigs: Composer + Branding Strategist + Creative Career Coach, Cheryl B. Engelhardt


grown_up_gigs_invite-Cheryl-Engelhardt

 Whoa.

I learned so.freakin’.much about the music production/ jingle/ composing world + branding (“sonic” or otherwise) from Cheryl B. Engelhardt.

I’m thrilled that, today, you’ll learn so.freakin’.much, too!

Cheryl was on the path to being a biologist (she loved “every freaking second” at Cornell studying “biology in society” (yes – that’s a major!)) and even scuba dove for the government after graduation. But along the way, she completed a music double major and started writing her own songs.

What happens when you don’t hide your personal passion projects and long-term career goals from your employer?

What happens when you follow-up regularly on your dream companies?

What happens when you see your life as “An And Conversation”?

What happens when you answer the questions, “Why am I creating this? Who is it for? What’s the impact?”

And why in the world would you have three websites instead of one?

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