Category Archives: Creative Career Cheer

Dec 18 2014

Why I probably won’t run Career Camp again (and a last-chance special deal!)


Why I won't be running Career Camp again - & a last day special!

Deciding to run Career Camp again – to start this January – was a bit of a last-minute decision.

I sent an email to my Tech Titan on Nov 7th with the subject line: “12/1 Career Camp Launch – am I nuts?”

I was nuts (still am, and proud of it!), but I knew that I could pull it off.

It felt important to me to offer this in the new year. I was excited about thinking of working with a new group of Campers who wanted to discover their passionate, grown-up career but couldn’t afford my one-on-one sessions and/or liked the aspect of being part of a group. I couldn’t wait to meet them!

So I did what I was “supposed” to:

  • I created an editorial schedule for my blog and newsletter that I felt was valuable content that related to the benefits of Career Camp. 


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Dec 17 2014

What happens when you live for your retirement?


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My Dad is in his mid-60s. He and his wife recently moved out of their condo and into a retirement community an hour or two away from where they were living.

They made the move earlier than they planned, but are enjoying the “semi-retired” life that’s spent doing a bit of work and a lot of leisure.

In late October, my Dad came to visit from Florida. He was here for a family celebration, and was in my apartment with his wife, my mother-in-law, myself and the baby.

I walked into a conversation that my Dad was having with my mother-in-law, and it’s stuck with me since.

He was explaining to her how much they love their new home and lifestyle, and how devastated they were to hear that a close friend of theirs was newly diagnosed with terminal cancer.

A man in his 60s, he was given just months to live.

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Dec 16 2014

10 Things to Do Besides Complain About Your Job


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I know – your job sucks.

It might just be sucky enough that you’re bored, or checked out, or exasperated with your responsibilities or work environment…

…or it might be so sucky that it’s leaving you feeling ill – physically and/or emotionally…

…or it might be somewhere in between, falling on the scale between “soul-crushing” and “barely tolerating.”

If you find yourself complaining about your job, here’s 10 things to do instead:

1. Write down what you enjoy about your job. Thinking about it in your head ain’t enough – get it out on paper! What was it that made you interested in the job in the first place, and are those things still resonating? When have you felt useful or helpful at work? What is it about the culture, company mission, and/or people that you like?

2. Write down what you’ve enjoyed about past jobs. 

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Dec 15 2014

Where are they now?


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It’s been about a year since I’ve run the first session of Career Camp, and I just love getting reports from my campers with all the action steps they’ve taken since we’ve wrapped up.

And sure, you can peruse the testimonials, but they don’t cover all the changes that’ve been made and all the action steps have been taken. I’m such a proudcited Head Counselor!

So: where are they now?

Meeno had taken 2 career change courses before Career Camp, but since we wrapped up, she’s given notice at her job, started a consulting business in health communications and research, and has made her jewelry shop into her second full-time biz. Yes!

During her time in Camp, Cheryl realized that major social/political/economic change can only happen through the spiritual transformation of the individual. She quit her job, made a move to the mountains with her husband, and is working on a line of products that reflect her creativity and inspire others!

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Dec 10 2014

Facts for Women of the World (aka entrepreneurs!)


Facts for Women of the World (aka entrepreneurs!)

Holy shizz did this take a long time to make. Hope you find it inspiring! And don’t forget,  Career Camp‘ll help you take the first step towards being a Women of the World – and is now open for registration for the Winter 2015 session!



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Dec 08 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Daniela’s Story


The Recession is Bullhonkey: Daniela's Story

Daniela’s quote is written over her Magic Garden Art print, which you can buy right here.

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. Daniela Dumitriu was in my March 2014 session of Career Camp (all the way from Romania!), and she blew me away with a recent update of what she’s put into motion since we wrapped up just 6 short months ago. I can’t wait to share her inspiring story with you!

Looking back 10 years ago I thought I was on the right path, becoming spiritual and enlightened. I immersed myself deeply into gratitude, giving to others, letting go of all the judgements, eating  vegan and so forth. For the first time in my life, I started to feel loved and have success.

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Dec 03 2014

Why I’ve pared down my offerings – and my business mission!


Why I pared down my offerings AND my business mission

Within the past couple months, I’ve made some BIG decisions.

The decision to no longer offer Running Over Writing Roadblocks – a workbook I made 3 years ago – as a download on my site.

The decision to transition my Grown Up Gigs interview series from video to a podcast.

The decision to close The When I Grow Up Clubhouse – my community site that’s been open for almost 2 years – this past Monday.

The decision to take less one-on-one clients and, instead, offer smaller coaching packages to my upcoming Career Campers.

These decisions, as you can imagine, were not made lightly. Some of them were truly nerve-wracking and filled with tons of resistance.

But behind it all, there was just one thing.

It’s the thing that’s behind my business evolution.

It’s the thing that’s been clear for quite a few years, honestly, but I was too scared to pinpoint.

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Dec 01 2014

How to Discover Your Meaningful Biz (in 5 Easy Steps) – a free webinar!


How to Discover Your Meaningful Biz

Each and every day, you click around this world wide web and see the women who have discovered, created and ignited their dream careers based around their passions, skill sets, and more.

You know it’s possible to have a grown-up living doing what you love…

…but yet you don’t quite believe that you could be the happy, confident, authentic, passionate, successful female soloprenur that you see multiple times a day.

You’re doubtful of becoming an entrepreneur and terrified of all the risk and hard work that comes with it.

You’re worried about being seen as “cooky” or “silly” by your friends and family for leaving your “stable” job for something risky and creative.

You’re scared of failing and letting down those you love, and/or succeeding and living someone else’s dream.

You’re certain that you might actually be a lost cause and the exception to every rule.

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Nov 19 2014

I’m yearning for _____ but am _____ instead.


What I'm yearning for

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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