Jan 27 2015

Should You Take That Job?


Should you take that job?

I was recently introduced to a project TheLadders is doing where they are asking for advice for recent college grads.  As I thought about it and started drafting the article in my head, I realized that what I wanted to say applied to a broader question:

Should I take that job?

We can ask our parents and friends, but we’re just not sure if they can take their own biases out of the equation.

We can make a Pro + Con list and make a decision based on which column is longer, but that won’t tell the whole story.

We can make a decision based on fear or desperation, but that’s usually when we end up exactly where we don’t wanna be.

I think you should take the job if…

…it’s for a company you believe in. I find that where my clients work is just as (or more!) important than what they do. 

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Jan 21 2015

It’s your choice.


On Friday, December 26th, I decided to sign up for my first half-marathon.

I’m not sure what was in the air that made me do it.

I’ve only ever run a 5K, and did it barely and slowly. And that was 8 months ago! Since then I’ve walked tons (for the Avon 2 Day Walk I now do annually), but have only gone on runs super sporadically.

Wish me luck! #1st5K #dontdie #gorgeousday

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On the day I signed up, I knew I could only run 2 miles without stopping. I also knew that, without being a member of a gym (or wanting to be), I’d have to train in the cold NYC winters (which I’m a total wimp about).

But I also knew that, without something to train for, my exercising had gone by the wayside – and the best way to hold myself accountable and get my butt moving was to have an external commitment.

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Jan 20 2015

Wanna help me with my rebranding in 5 minutes flat?


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Wanna help me with my rebranding in 5 minutes flat?

If you’ve never worked with me personally before, then take the short survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RX2B8R2.

If you’ve been coached by me or joined one of my online programs, then take the short survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RRZCRRP.

You’d have my forever appreciation, especially if it’s done before Thursday!

Thank you times infinity squared.

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Jan 19 2015

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Harper’s Story


The Recession is Bullhonkey: Harper's Story

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. Harper Spero sent me an introductory email and, after reading her About page, I asked if she’d share her story here. The goodness is below!

Fast-paced. High stress. Nonstop. Urgent. E-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g is urgent.

Everything must get done right this second, not a minute later. There’s no time to wait. If the editor doesn’t get her lipstick before she goes on vacation, she’ll never think about our brand again. If we don’t respond to this customer in the next 20-minutes, we’ll lose their business. If we don’t send that tweet during the MTV Video Music Awards, our client is going to be devastated.

I lived this life for many years until my body shut down and told me “enough already!”

It was 2012 and I was working in (clearly) a very toxic work environment.

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Jan 13 2015

Dear Future Me (2015)


Dear Future Me (the 2015 edition)

New glasses (that I’m planning to wear in public often, which I’ve never really done before – and I’ve had glasses since 1987!) + new haircut + unstraightened hair (which I also haven’t done regularly since ’87 or so!) = the 2015 me!

This is the fifth time I’ve written a Dear Future Me letter. You can read the others here and here and here and here (and why I didn’t write one in 2013 here), and the idea behind the Dear Future Me letter from the amazeballs woman I stole it from (hi Jess Lively!) right here. Like past years, I decided to keep some things private…but this is about 95% of the letter below. 

Dear Future Michelle,

This has been your year.

Everything has really “clicked”, and it’s because – after 5 years of being a Woman of the World (aka full-time entrepreneur), of the things you’ve gone through, the lessons you’ve learned, as well as your successes – you feel really, truly, ready to Play Big and step into the spotlight.

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Jan 12 2015

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Lukasz’ 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. Lukasz Laniecki started tweeting me a couple months ago, and when I heard a snippet of his story (leaving litagation law to consult and speak and then start a parenting blog – all in the course of under 3 years!) I asked him to write it up for this series. I’m thrilled that he obliged!

My story is not of an abusive or micromanaging boss. I have not gotten fired. It is not a story of escaping a cubicle job or ditching the corporate world. I was never even a part of that world. No, none of this happened to me.

I did not have a feeling of hating what I was doing.

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Jan 07 2015

New York magazine and a New York-based workshop


Did ya see that I was in this past issue of New York magazine?

I’ve been dying all day to get my hands on today’s copy of New York Magazine. My Kindle hasn’t refreshed with it, my issue has yet to arrive, & my local newsstand said they never got it today. Thankfully, Luke snagged a copy tonight & sent me this pic. I have yet to read the article & it won’t be online until next week…but I’m SO damn proudcited about this.

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I did happy dances all over social media about it, but held off happy dancing here ’cause I was told it’d be about a week ’til the article would be put online.

Thankfully, that week is up and you can read about what we give up when we become “freedom-seeking, self-determining, autonomous entrepreneurs” right here.

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Jan 06 2015

2014 By The Numbers


It’s my 4th annual By The Numbers post, and I loved doing the infographic so much last year that I spent boatloads of time doing it again. Huzzah!

This year I’m feeling a bit nervous that you guys are gonna think I’m humblebragging about my year, but I also wanna practice what I preach and acknowledge myself for the amazeballsness that was 2014. I exceeded my income goal (while only averaging a 20 hour work week!), slashed expenses by 23%, got some great press, and led a course on CreativeLive that was watched by over 10K people. And of course, the most exciting thing of all was becoming a Mom, although for this exercise I just stuck to the professional stuff.

As always, I hope this inspires and motivates you to set your goals, track your numbers, and acknowledge your amazeballsosity!

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Dec 29 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Tess’ Story


Planning is good, but doing is best.

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. Tess Blankenship was in my March 2014 session of Career Camp, and man oh man she is working the Nancy Drew angle of her career change in the best way possible! Her story shows that you don’t have to put your multi-passionate self yourself in a lil’ box & that you can have a full-time gig *and* have time to put not 1, not 2, but 3 (!) career ideas in motion. Love!

I have no sad story to tell, no traumatic life changing event, years in the corporate world, decent bosses, and good pay…so what’s the big deal?

No soul, no passion.

It’s just a job and I now refuse to believe in the camp that says you should just keep any old job and live with just your free time to do what you love.

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Dec 23 2014

My Word of the Year


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Reinvention.

It’s a word that’s been stuck in my head lately.

It’s a word that I know will apply to my business in 2015.

In my new, big goals.

In my new message and branding.

In my personal role as a new Mom.

In how I see myself and the habits I’m yearning to change.

I met with with my branding consultant last month, and he spoke of evolution and how I wanted my business to evolve.

I told him that it was funny he should bring that up, because the word “reinvention” is what I think my Word of the Year is going to be.

Allowing myself to be open to the changes. Accepting and welcoming the things that are to come and the things that’ll go.

He balked a bit.

“But “evolution” is about your business evolving – taking the next step.

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