Category Archives: Creative Career Cheer

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 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 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 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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Oct 20 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Tornow’s Story


The Recession is Bullhonkey: Tornow'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. This is Tornow‘s story, and I think it’ll especially resonate with someone who had to create their own career because of an illness. Read on for her story AND the lessons she’s learned!

I wish this story was about agency and power but, in truth, it is about vulnerability. Sometimes I must remind myself that is okay too, and it is okay for me to share it.

Like so many other multipassionates, I hopped around from job to job trying to find one that could be called my “one true purpose.” Being from the SF Bay Area, I sampled start-ups like they were college electives.

It was only after I started working with a coach and began to understand my multipassionate tendencies that I found my “dream job”—the ideal convergence of my passions.

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Oct 08 2014

9 Main Reasons You’re Not Discovering – or Pursuing! – Your Dream Career


9 reason you're not discovering - or achieving! - your passionate career

I have almost 1,000 coaching hours under my belt with almost 300 clients, and I’ve heard some things.

Actually, I’ve heard all the things.

A big realization I had teaching my CreativeLive course is that there was nothing I hadn’t heard before when it comes to a creative, multi-passionate woman discovering, igniting, or achieving her dream career. And you are no exception.

{I mean that in the best way possible.}

Here are the 9 main reasons you’re not discovering – or pursuing! – your dream career, in no particular order:

1. You’re feeling Resistance! The War of Art classifies everything that’s keeping you from following through on your creative pursuits as Resistance. Resistance only exists to stop us, and the longer we don’t do what we’re supposed to – what’s calling to us – the stronger Resistance gets. Our only way to fight Resistance for the day (because Resistance comes back daily, no matter what)?

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Oct 01 2014

How to Choose Between 2 (or more!) Business Ideas (in 1 easy step!)


It's time to find the And in our business ideas

Lemme take a shot in the dark here.

You’ve been told, since you were a wee lass, that you have to Pick One Thing as a career and then do that one thing for the 43 (!) working years you have until you retire. 

It’s what our parents and/or teachers and/or counselors have told us, because it was what they were told they could do.

And it’s what they still tell today’s youth, scared to death of sinking tens (or hundreds!) of thousands of dollars into their education to come out the other side into a jobless market.

Last year, I gave a talk to a dozen college juniors, all women, all honors students. I was there to help them articulate their amazeballsness so they can differentiate themselves in a crowded job market, and when I asked them what they planned to do after graduation, they said things that have been said for decades:

Law.

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Sep 23 2014

Tara Sophia Mohr – Women’s Leadership & Well-Being Expert – is live on Grown Up Gigs tomorrow!


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I’m super extra thrilled to bring back Grown Up Gigs with a live interview with Tara Sophia Mohr, an expert on women’s leadership and well-being.

Tara’s about to publish Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message next month, and the advanced copy I got the privilege of receiving scared me crapballsless in the best way possible.

I’m exited to not only talk about Tara’s background as an English lit grad (from Yale!) and an MBA grad (from Stanford!), and how she found her way to being an author and advocate – but about the work itself.

If you wanna hear more about becoming a writer and starting a movement, or if you “simply” are afraid of hiding and wanna Play Big, please join us live tomorrow (Wednesday, September 24th) from 3-4pm Eastern right here.

As always, there’ll be plenty of time for your questions.

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