Nov 19 2014

I’m yearning for _____ but am _____ instead.


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Thanks to all the amazeballs feedback I got on my last super personal post (seriously, THANK YOU!), I’ve promised myself to share more journal-like entries here in hopes it continues to help comfort, inspire, and ignite you. 

I’m yearning for structure, but am winging it instead.

I’m yearning to read and/or journal right before bed, but am scrolling through my phone instead.

I’m yearning for exercise, but am telling myself I’m “too busy” and it “costs too much” instead.

I’m yearning for my morning meditation + yoga routine, but am telling myself I don’t have time instead.

I’m yearning to organize All The Things, but am living amongst the chaos instead.

I’m yearning to have a more normal work schedule, but have yet to come to terms with getting childcare instead.

I’m yearning for reinvention and expansion, but am staying safe instead.

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Nov 17 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Diane’s Story


The Recession is Bullhonkey: Diane'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. Diane Pauley made such an impression on me when she approached me at the Reboot conference before I spoke, and aligned herself with my mission of promoting meaningful work. I’m thrilled to share her story here with you!

It was Thanksgiving 2012 and I found myself on my knees in a cherry bog field in a tiny Massachusetts town screaming at the sky.

What led me to this very sad moment you may be asking? It was me finally coming to grips with the reality that I had been lying to myself for nearly a decade.

Let’s rewind. I grew up in a very academically strict household. And having a voice, an independent one at that, was pretty hard to come by.

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Nov 12 2014

Ask The When I Grow Up Coach: How can I just accept what I love already (& make it my career)?


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In Ask the When I Grow Up Coach, I pick a question that’s been thrown my way that I think would be universally helpful for creative career changers. This is a question I got from one of my Career Campers at the end of the course, and I’ve tucked it away for a rainy day. Today’s that “rainy” day!

 

“First, I just wanna say “THANK YOU”.  I know I was a doubter in the beginning…but…you were right. I SO didn’t want to end Career Camp without something real in hand. And I haven’t!!!!

I was just going back over everything from the beginning, and so now 2 things happened:
1. I’m totally sick of looking at myself
2. I probably badgered myself into just Love What I Love Already.

When I do that, I notice all the synchronicities which have showed up in my life!

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Nov 10 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Vanessa’s Story


The Recession is Bullhonkey: Vanessa'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. As a cancer survivor myself, I especially love Vanessa‘s story, which you’re about to read below. Cancer can take our organs, but never our (sick but appreciated!) sense of humor OR our dream career!

I was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 after losing my dad and my last full time job. I had a big, fat gap on my resume that I couldn’t quite explain away. No one at my college’s career counseling department warned me that I could be broke, bald and dying at 25. As Stephanie Tanner on “Full House” would often lament, “How rude.”

So I did what any sane person would do. I started my own business.

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Nov 06 2014

The 21st Century Workplace


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Sad that my podcast interview with Tiffany Han on Raise Your Hand. Say Yes. came to an end? Wanna hear more from me, this time around work engagement, life coaching, deliberate shifts and the new world of work?

You’re in luck!

I’m honored to be the interviewee for the first installment of the Women In The Workplace series on The 21st Century Workplace podcast, appropriately titled “Throw Out Your Career Dictionaries.”

Give a listen right here!



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Nov 05 2014

Confession: I’m stuck.


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I wrote this on October 15th and have been keeping it in draft form. Now that I’m on the other side – and have decided & communicated what to do with my Clubhouse with the existing members- I thought I’d post it even though it scares me. It’s always scary to be vulnerable and expose that you don’t always have your shit together, but so is my way. It’s why I have this blog. It’s why I do this work. It’s what I want to encourage and bring to the surface. Things are NOT always shiny on the other side of your laptop, and the business owners you follow do NOT come to their business decisions quickly or easily very often. Here’s how I got through my latest hurdle.

I’m stuck.

It feels weird.

It’s so unlike me.

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Nov 03 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Gigi’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. I’m oh-so-glad that Gigi Griffis reached out to me to share her mini-story: quitting her ad agency job in 2010 to freelance, and making the switch in 2013 to pursue her “secret, childhood dream of becoming a travel writer.”

In 2010, I was utterly exhausted.

I’d spent the last three years of my life working at an ad agency, building up a copywriting and content strategy career from nothing. I’d worked hard. I’d learned a ton. And I was proud of myself for making it as a full-time paid writer—something I’d been dreaming about since childhood.

But I was also completely exhausted—tired of the long workweeks, the weekend work, the nights I got home at 9 p.m.

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Oct 29 2014

Raise Your Hand. Say Yes.


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Squee! I’m the most excited that my interview with my dear friend Tiffany Han is up on her podcast, Raise Your Hand. Say Yes.

I binged listened to the first 3 episodes and took away this revelation:

Your work will never be finished, and it will never be “perfect.” Stop searching for The Answer, and keep raising your hand and saying Yes!

I hope the 50 minutes I had with Tiff will be able to give you your own a-ha moment. We talk all about letting go of your dreams, turning points, and the positive side of being a multi-passionate person.

And bonus? ‘Cause it’s Tiff’s birthday today, there’s a sale happening on her amazeballs 100 Rejection Letters program.

Click here to get all the goodness!



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Oct 27 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Nancy & Brenda’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. I love this one (heck, I love ‘em all!) because it not only describes the start of a passionate company (with such a great purpose and mission), but it’s the story of the co-owners of MoolaHoop, Brenda Bazan and Nancy Hayes. They’ve entitled it “Taking the Leap.”

At MoolaHoop, we work with women who own or manage small businesses. Crowdfunding campaigns can raise funds that will help them grow their companies. Many of the women we work with came to small business ownership after other careers and are embracing the opportunities and challenges of the entrepreneurial life. They have taken the leap into entrepreneurship.

In fact, we founded MoolaHoop as a result of our own “mid-life” career changes.

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Oct 22 2014

The Importance of Dreaming (free 40 minute video!)


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You guys! I had zero idea that this was happening, but CreativeLive is amazeballs and they recently put up an entire segment of my Create Your Dream Career class that you can access for $0.

You don’t even need to register at all!

Just click here and press Play mid-page where it says “Free Preview: The Importance of Dreaming.” Make sure you’re in a quiet, private place because – yup! – ukulele playing & a hippie-dippie visualization exercise is included!

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