My Begrudging Life Lessons

My Begrudging Life Lessons

In November 2011, less than 2 months shy of my 34th birthday, I was diagnosed with boob cancer.

It sucked, obviously.

I was a year and a half into being a full-time coach, and it was thankfully going well. Luke had his eye on becoming a freelancer, and we were trying to have a baby. Y’know, normal things for a young family in their early-to-mid-30s.

Thankfully my Stage 2 diagnosis turned into a Stage 1,

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Client Case Study: Tiffany Han

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Um, do you know that I’ve coached hundreds of women since I started offering dream career guidance in 2008? And that these women are freakin’ rock stars, leaving soul-sucking jobs and traveling the world and launching creative, grown-up businesses and simply doing work that fits their lifestyle goals? Well ya do now – and you’ll hear their stories firsthand in my new Case Studies series! Business & Branding Coach Tiffany Han is up first,

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Grown Up Gigs: Deirdre Fentem, Social Marketing Specialist at Little Red Promotions

Yay! Deirdre Fentem is my guest for Episode 16 of Grown Up Gigs!

Michelle Ward

Creative Career Coach

Deirdre Fentem

Social Marketing Specialist


Deirdre Fentem and I met in 2007 when we were both Executive Assistants at the same finance company.

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Wanna Create Your Dream Career? Lemme help you for free tomorrow!

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I love working with CreativeLive because of their free-when-it-(re)airs biz model, and Create Your Dream Career will be rebroadcast for free tomorrow!

This was essentially a course six years in the making, consisting of all the tangible and emotional exercises I’ve taken my clients through to help them discover their grown-up, passion-based career.

We cover dreams.

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Grown Up Gigs: Jess Lively, Values-Based Intentions Coach and Podcast Host

Yay! Jess Lively is my guest for Episode 15 of Grown Up Gigs!

Michelle Ward

Creative Career Coach

Jess Lively

Values-based Intentions Coach
and Podcast Host


Jess Lively has always impressed the hell out of me.

A business owner and jewelry designer straight out of college,

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3 Mindset Shifts for A Successful Career Change (or, How My Clients Gain Trust, Acceptance and Confidence)

When I decided I wanted to offer a free webinar to celebrate the re-launch of my site (and my purdy new branding!), I tortured myself.

Should I do something on finding your uniquity? On your career compass? Ooh, maybe my peeps need something to help them get back in the driver’s seat of their career. Or my biggest Creative Business Success tips!

I had almost 100 people fill out a survey that had one clear-cut “winner”

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3 Pillars to Help You Find – and Follow – Your Dream Career

3 Pillars to Help You Find - and Follow - Your Dream Career

Ohmygoodness, I’ve been published on Elephant Journal!

(They’re the best over there. Don’t be shy about submitting something! I’ve been intimidated by it all year, but it was a really easy, fun and kind process.)

If you wanna hear how I found and followed my dream career – twice! – and the three truths/pillars/takeaways that helped most, click on over!

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Grown Up Gigs: Millennial Career Coach Crystal Marsh


Crystal Marsh is a millennial career coach, but she’s only been doing it full time for about a month.

Before that, she was a divorce lawyer.

And before that, she was on the path to being an accountant.

And before that, she loved to dance.

In Episode 14 of Grown Up Gigs, we talk all about:

  • why she made time to get back to dancing for fun even though she was working full time and building her business
  • when she knew that accounting wasn’t for her,

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September is chock full o’ deals and freebies. Save the Dates!

Save the dates for September deals & freebies!

I’m SO excited for September! Not only will I be unveiling my new site – which has been in the works for about a year now – but I have not one, not, two, but THREE free webinars on the books.

Here are the dates you need to know:

Thursday, September 4th

It’s the last day that you can snag my last 2015 one-on-one coaching spot before my prices go up.

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Grown Up Gigs: Loren Brill, Founder and CEO of Sweet Loren’s

Grown Up Gigs: Loren Brill, Founder and CEO of Sweet Loren's

After talking with Loren Brill, CEO of Sweet Loren’s, I find myself dreaming bigger.

Because Loren isn’t content with “just” selling all natural cookies. She sees her company as an up-and-coming big brand in the natural food space, encouraging smart – and healthy! – eating. After getting a taste of her drive and passion, I know she’ll do just that!

It took a Hodgkin’s Lymphoma diagnosis at 22 for Loren to start on the journey to finding what makes her happy.

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