Apr 24 2014

Grown Up Gigs: Danielle Maveal, GM of Social Good for Barkbox! (and April Bowles Olin tomorrow!)


This is the recording that was initially shared with my Grown Up Gigs list in my 3 week long, mega-amazeballs event in March. I’ll be posting one weekly ’til I get all 10 of ‘em up. Such goodness here!

I just love me some Danielle Maveal.

I got introduced to her way back when as the Etsy Seller Education Lead, where her passion to empower Etsy shop owners to become successful business owners was palpable.

Deciding to leave, I knew that she was scared but also excited as to the unknown opportunities that lied ahead. (And those who’ve been around these parts for a while know that the scary/exciting feeling is the one I’m always chasing!)

She knew that she could still do good as a consultant, speaker and teacher, and she thought that’s what she wanted to do full-time…until she got mega-courted by BarkBox.

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Apr 22 2014

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Work With a Career Coach


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Doctor Who: The 7th Doctor’s Replica Question Mark Umbrella by Adam PinWheeler. And I’m not up to that doctor yet, so no spoilers!

Working with a career coach is serious business – even when they play pink ukuleles, use the word “amazeballs” way too often, and sing-speak during their sessions {clears throat}.

In the 6+ years that I’ve been coaching (4+ full-time!), I’ve been asked a lot if my clients actually follow-through on their work and make progress in the 3+ months we spend together. I usually see surprised reactions when I answer, “With less than a handful of exceptions.” And I’ve coached over 250 clients personally!

Now I wanna share with you the thought process they go through so that it can help you figure out if you’re ready, willing and able to hire a career coach of your own – and if you’re gonna get the results you’re looking for.

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Apr 17 2014

Grown Up Gigs: website designer & developer Leah Kalamakis!


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Quote from Leah by Jenipher of Nightly Doodles

This is the recording that was initially shared with my Grown Up Gigs list in my 3 week long, mega-amazeballs event in March. I’ll be posting one weekly ’til I get all 10 of ‘em up. Such goodness here!

Leah Kalamakis is the personification of how to make the new world of work work for your passions, skills, and values in the 21st Century.

Identifying as both a right and left brainer, she attended FIT to be surrounded by fashion but went the business route.

When she graduated, she gravitated to a corporate job (like so many of us do!) in France (unlike so many of us!).

Someone asked her to look at her boss and ask herself if she wanted that job. When she realized that she didn’t, she knew she had to find something new.

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Apr 15 2014

A Can’t-Mess-It-Up Checklist For Your Career Change


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My last Can’t-Mess-It-Up Checklist proved so popular, I couldn’t help but create another one for those on the cusp of a career change!

Looking to make a change in your career, but are unsure where to start?

Or maybe you’re thisclose to putting a new career plan into action?

Here’s a simple, bare-necessities can’t-mess-it-up checklist to show your career change who’s bossand if anyone tells you that you *have* to have anything else, they’re wrong:

  • Put on your Nancy Drew hat and view yourself with curiosity. View the whole thing as an experiment, with you playing detective. Do what you can to distance yourself from the outcome and look for clues everywhere. What are your enjoying? What feels really hard? What proves to be a challenge? What comes easily to you?
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Apr 10 2014

Grown Up Gigs: life coach & published author Andrea Owen!


This is the recording that was initially shared with my Grown Up Gigs list in my 3 week long, mega-amazeballs event in March. I’ll be posting one weekly ’til I get all 10 of ‘em up. Such goodness in these interviews!

Andrea Owen has one heckuva story.

All she knew at a young age was that “I didn’t want to be told what to do”…but she relied on her go-getter-ness to secure what she thought was her dream job as an assistant buyer.

Like so many of us, she learned the hard way that her dream job was actually a nightmare.

We take it from there to talk about:

  • wanting to be an ice cream truck driver & a stoplight changer when she grew up
  • horrible bosses
  • transitioning from assistant buyer to window dresser to personal trainer to coach
  • owning our bossy-pants nature
  • how to move on after affairs, divorce, and bad relationships
  • dealing with the financially lean time in starting and building your business
  • what it’s like to be a “Mompreneur”
  • the Compare and Despair rabbit hole
  • how her book, 52 Ways to Live a Kickass Life, came to be
  • manifestation and energy

Click Play below to get a whole lot of goodness  in under 30 minutes. 

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Apr 08 2014

A cheat sheet to my Entrepreneuriversary party! Get what ya need to know about quitting your job and living your passionate career. ​


March 19th was my 4th Entrepreneuriversary, and I got to party it up with some great peeps on Spreecast!

They asked some super amazeballs questions about my Effective Escape (aka what I did to be comfortable & confident leaving my job and becoming The When I Grow Up Coach full-time), and I wanted to share it with you.

No need to have to watch the whole hour-long party, though! Here’s a cheat sheet to get ya right where ya need to go:

  • 00:00-04:30: welcome & my entrepreneuriversary song
  • 04:30-20:10: my backstory
  • 21:51-24:33: biggest takeaway from my former client Jacqueline on doing what she loves
  • 24:33-29:11: “So your husband was supportive of you making the transition?”
  • 29:22-33:05: “I love your website. Did you find investing in it worthwhile?”
  • 33:05-38:56: “What were some of the things you did early on that made the biggest impact in building your business?”
  • 38:56-42:12: “Where do you go for support on things like financial management and accounting for your business?”
  • 42:33-45:11: “There’s so much information out there on how to do this.
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Apr 02 2014

Off on a Craftcation (& an aw-inducing photo)!


Not to rub it in, but I’m heading to the beautiful beachy town of Ventura, California to get my craft on at Craftcation!

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I’ll be both working and playing there this Thursday and Friday, giving a talk on An Effective Escape: Building Your Biz So You Can Quit the Dreaded Day Job & being a panelist two times over!

Then I’m heading back to LAX so I can rent a car and hightail it to spend a few days with this face – my 15 month old nephew, Kash – and his parents, my sis- and bro-in-law!

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Don’t you want him to deliver little newspapers to your house?

If you’re gonna be at Craftcation (it’s sold out!), make sure ya come to my office hours/book signing/panels/talk and/or tweet me over at @WhenIGroUpCoach. I’ll also be taking plenty of Instagram shots of both the conference & my nephew, I’m sure!

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Apr 01 2014

How to Get Your Family to See Your Work as Legit (in 3 Easy Steps!)


Ooh man – I’ve been hearing things like this all over lately:

“My parents/partner/peeps-I-love just don’t think I can make a living as a___________ (insert creative/entrepreneurial career here).

“I can’t seem to convince my parents/partner/peeps-I-love I can really make money from ___________ (insert creative/entrepreneurial career here).”

“I’m ready to quit my job to do ___________ (insert creative/entrepreneurial career here), but my parents/partner/peeps-I-love are all telling me horror stories/think I’m nuts/explicitly telling me No Way.”

Click play below to hear how to get your family to see your work as legit (in 3 easy steps)!

Don’t see the video, or would rather watch it on YouTube? Here ya go!

Here’s a ton of resources for ya:

Did the video help you feel better at making this transition?

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Mar 28 2014

Whaddya wanna learn? and Career Camp closes today ’til the fall!


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Dr. Seuss Chalkboard Printable by Finley Jae Designs

This should be just your friendly reminder that ​Career Camp closes today at 6pm Eastern.

​It should be where I tell ya that you work 90,000+ hours in your lifetime (that’s over 10 years!), and don’t you wanna love what you do?

​It should be where I tell you how much fun we have…
​…how my former Career Campers are already quitting their jobs + launching businesses + enrolling in programs…
​…how I take a holistic and creative approach to discovering your passionate career…
​…how you can save $3,091 from working with me one-on-one for the same amount of time…
​…how I’ve personally coached over 250 creative types since I started coaching in ’08, and have helped thousands more through my courses, books, and talks…
​…how I don’t have plans to run it again ’til September at the earliest…

​…and OK, I just did tell you all that.

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Mar 27 2014

Throwback Thursday: How to Really, Truly, Deeply…


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