May 27 2015

10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Quit Your Job


10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Quit Your Job

Oh, how I’ve been there, dear reader.

That breaking point when you realize that you are done with your job and the stress, frustration and/or anxiety that goes with it.

Your know it’s time to leave – and make the transition into your own creative business! – and you day dream about how you’ll do it.

Barbershop quartet?

Dance video?

Dressed as a banana and proceeded by a mariachi band?

We all know that going into your job, screaming a profanity-laced tirade on the intercom to all the passengers, grabbing two beers and activating the slide at the side of the plane to make your grand escape results in jail time  – along with the fear of being homeless. 

But that is NOT how you want to go out. You probably couldn’t even if you wanted to! We know you have to keep that roof over your head and food in your kid’s tummies and that you don’t want to have to worry you’re about to eat Ramen every night for the rest of your life.

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May 25 2015

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Pace’s Story


The Recession is Bullhonkey: Pace'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. I did such a happy dance when I saw Pace‘s story pop into my Inbox. A friendleague of mine (that’s what I like to call colleagues who’re also friends), I wouldn’t be surprised is her insides were made up of truth and wisdom and inspiration and sweetness. I’m honored to share her story here.

In 2008, I quit my job to do what I love for a living.

I had a couple of Seth Godin books. I had a pie-in-the-sky business plan. I had enough savings to survive for 3 months.

I took a leap of faith…

And hit the floor face first.

It turns out that starting a business from scratch is hard, and takes longer than you think.

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May 20 2015

How to Prepare to Leave Your Job (in 3 easy steps) – AND a free class!


How to Prepare to Leave Your Job - in 3 Easy Steps!

That’s it! You’ve had enough of your job and are planning to escape from the golden handcuffs.

You might’ve written your resignation letter and are waiting for the day you get to give it to your manager with a triumphant smile.

You might’ve told your spouse that you’re gonna give your notice by such-and-such an important date (the holidays, your next birthday, after your annual bonus, etc).

You might’ve started taking action on your dream career and are trying to supplement your income now.

But what can you do to prepare to leave your job in order to work on your creative biz?

(No, rolling your eyes and/or complaining doesn’t count.)

STEP 1: Take a long, hard look at your finances.

I’ve never worked with a client where money didn’t come into the picture. We often use it as a fear-based roadblock, saying we’ll never save or make enough (or we have to save or make too much!).

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May 18 2015

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Frances’ Story


The Recession is Bullhonkey: Frances' 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. Frances Titus was (and is!) a woman on a mission, and I just love how she took  her personal, educational and professional experience to create the product she needed herself!

I was in New York pursuing a career as an actress, when I got pregnant. Soon after conceiving, due to several nauseous moments on the subway, I moved to Florida to be with my husband and family.

To begin again was plain scary. I was on a specific course and now I had no idea where I was going.

I was stumped.  The ever-persistent questions of “What job was I going to do?” never escaping my mind. I really wasn’t convinced that I would even be hired with such a random skill set & background.

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May 14 2015

Multi-Passionate Must-Haves sale ends today – FOREVER! (Duh Duh DUH!)


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The 3rd Annual Multi-Passionate Must-Haves sale ends at midnight Pacific today and I have to remind you about it in big, bold letters!

About, oh, 100% of my clients would classify themselves as being multi-passionate (and I do, too!), so there’s a good chance that you, dear reader, resonate with having a lot of different interests, passions, and projects on your plate.

While most of the world tells us to “Pick One Thing”, we know that we thrive with variety and always seem to want to learn something new. And that’s why Multi-Passionate Must-Haves was created in 2013 – to scratch our learning itch and not break the bank doing it!

26 courses, audios and ebooks – worth $1,730! – that help you to integrate your many passions into your life, are yours for just $97 until midnight. That includes my EXCLUSIVE product, Find Your Career Compass, along with products from Jennifer Lee, April Bowles Olin, Mayi Carles, Cory Huff, Leonie Dawson, and so many other multi-passionate rock stars.

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May 13 2015

Grown Up Gigs: Founder and Creative Director of Puttylike, Emilie Wapnick


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 Emilie Wapnick felt “the inability to do one thing and the desire to do many things”, always thinking that something was wrong with her.

She made her way through film school and law school, fearing she’d be bored for the rest of her life being trapped in one career.

Then, she came to terms with being a multi-potentialite and discovered how she could thrive in her life and career if she embraced her Renaissance Soul nature instead of cursing it.

She started writing on Puttylike and a business was born.

If you resonate with having many different passions, interests, and projects on your plate and want to see it as a positive, listen to this interview.

If you want to learn what to do to thrive in your life and career as a multi-passionate person, listen to this interview.

If you want to hear from “the expert on not being an expert”, listen to this interview.

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May 12 2015

26 products to rock your multi-passionate career for $97 (yes, really)!


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Today’s the day! Multi-Passionate Must-Haves is out and I’m super pumped to let you know about how you can thrive in your career as a multi-passionate peep, give back to others (by supporting breast cancer research), & get 94% off some of the best products created by and for multi-passionates (including moi!).

26 courses, audios and ebooks – worth $1,730 – that allow you to integrate your many passions into your life and use them as fuel for income, are yours for just $97 ‘til Thursday at midnight.

That includes my EXCLUSIVE and never-before-released product, Find Your Career Compass, along with:

  • 2015 Life is Messy Planners by Mayi Carles ($40 value)
  • Best of the Right Brain Business Plan Video Summit by Jennifer Lee ($97 value – EXCLUSIVE to the sale)
  • Biz Shiz by Rebecca Tracey ($35 value)
  • Coaching Biz Badassery Bootcamp by Jennie Mustafa-Julock ($250 value)
  • Creative Business Kickstart by Amanda Genther ($75 value)
  • Creative On Command: Instant Inspiration Exactly When You Need It by Jennifer Blanchard ($9.99 value)
  • Finding Balance: Tools to Define and Defend Harmony in Your Life by Paula Jenkins ($15 value – EXCLUSIVE to the sale)
  • How to Sell Art on Instagram by Cory Huff ($25 value)
  • How to Write a Lovable Homepage by Carrie Klassen ($165 value)
  • Living Room Strategy Training by Tara Gentile ($99 value – EXCLUSIVE to the sale)
  • Marketing for Creatives by April Bowles-Olin ($29.50 value)
  • More Shenanigans Please by Tiffany Han ($31 value – EXCLUSIVE to the sale)
  • Multi-Passionate Branding by Michelle Nicolaisen and Emilie Wapnick ($67 value)
  • The Perfect Set of Testes by Halley Gray ($10 value – EXCLUSIVE to the sale)
  • Ridiculously Awesome Resume & LinkedIn Combo Platter by Jenny Foss ($49 value)
  • Say it with Grace: a blueprint for stellar client communications by Nita Apple and Jess Larsen Jukelevics ($159 value – EXCLUSIVE to the sale)
  • The Ace Freelancer’s Guide to Negotiation by Katie Lane ($60 value – EXCLUSIVE to the sale)
  • Be.


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May 07 2015

How I Work a 40+ Hour Week in 20 Hours (or, My 6 Best Productivity Tips for Multi-Passionate Peeps)


How I Work a 40+ Hour Week in 20 Hours (or My 6 Best Productivity Tips for Multi-Passionate Peeps)

Ever since Baby Girl arrived, I’ve been averaging a 20 hour work week. I spend most mornings with her while my husband does his freelance and writing work, and then, in the afternoon, I get a handful of hours to work until we all have our downtime together around 5ish. Sometimes, I work for an hour or two after dinner, too.

It’s odd, because I really haven’t cut back on my commitments and yet, I don’t feel like I’m doing any less than I was pre-baby. Here’s what’s on my WIGU plate currently:



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May 05 2015

Grab your copy of Find Your Career Compass (& 25 other products!) at the 3rd Annual Multi-Passionate Must-Haves Sale!


I’ve been teasing ya for a while about this, but I can now let the cat out of the bag!

In 1 short week, the 3rd Annual Multi-Passionate Must-Haves sale will be kicking off, and I created a brand new workbook for it.

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Find Your Career Compass will help you clarify and articulate what makes you unique, why you’re valued, and what you want to be known for in your field. Then, you’ll use these foundational pieces to create your career compass and put yourself back in control. You can use your career compass internally to guide you to make the right decisions, as well as externally to speak to your manager and/or clients, make connections, update your cover letter, and more. And lookit! The image above gives ya a peek into my upcoming rebrand!

I based this e-book on a recent workshop I gave of the same name this winter.

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Apr 30 2015

Grown Up Gigs: Founders of Yoga + Chicago (and sisters!) Andrea and Natalie Pavela


Grown Up Gigs: Founders of Yoga + Chicago (& sisters!) Andrea & Natalie Pavela

Today’s a long episode, but I ain’t gonna apologize. I just NEEDED to cover all that ground with sisters and co-founders of event series Yoga + Chicago, Andrea & Natalie Pavela.

Last June was their first event, and this year they’ll already be in the black (or as they like to say, “in the gold”)! They’re textbook examples of making a Phase One action plan for your business (aka doing the smallest thing you can do that makes the biggest impact) and then building things up as you go. They started by doing yoga class in living rooms and putting up a Tumblr page, and have moved forward to offering multiple events a month in beautiful spaces, having a swoon-worthy site, and consistently selling out.

They are such self-starters that it’s no surprise what they’ve made happen in a fairly short amount of time.  

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