Category Archives: Creative Career Cheer

Aug 27 2014

Choose Your Own (Career) Adventure!


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Didn’t you loooooove those Choose Your Own Adventure books as a kid?

I realized that I’ve been so all over the Interwebs lately that you can Choose Your Own (Career) Adventure as to what you wanna read, watch or do.

You’ve been sobbing in your company bathroom, again. Do you want:
* a checklist to change your career
* a list of 10 other things to do instead 
* some tough love

You’re in the exploratory stages of discovering and/or creating your passionate, grown up career. Do you want to:
* hear about why Play and And are such important concepts 
* get a career change workbook that’s beautifully illustrated, rhymes (!), and is totally $0
join me live in the small studio audience for Create Your Dream Career

The choice is yours, traveler!

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Aug 11 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Molly’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. This is former client & upcoming CreativeLive interviewee Molly Quigley’s story of how she became the Online Dating Cheerleader – and why she hasn’t quit her “day job”. 

I don’t know when I stumbled across Michelle Ward’s information or website. I do know that, too often, I would sit in Starbucks about to head to my job with one of her newsletters freshly delivered to my inbox, knowing that baby Jesus just shed a tear for me, as he watched me gather up the muster to head into work one more day.

You see, I was terrified to spend what little I had in savings to figure out what I wanted to do with my life.  

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Aug 08 2014

22 Reasons Why It’s Worth Doing The Dirty Work To Live Your Dream Career



My two sleepyheads at 12:17pm on a Tuesday

A few weeks ago, my husband said to me:

Ya know, babe, I finally feel like all those years of advertising brought me somewhere. It brought me to a place where I was able to leave my full-time job and go freelance over a year ago, but it wasn’t about that. It was about right now – being able to spend time with our daughter and not have to be somewhere else for 40+ hours a week. She is why I stuck with it. She is why it was worth it.”

A statement like this, especially from my husband, makes me the happiest.

I realized how right he was, and how lucky worthwhile it was to take the blood, sweat, tears and years of discovering and building our dream careers.

I also liked how he incorporated all of his previous experience and decisions in his realization.

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Jul 10 2014

Wanna be part of the small studio audience for Create Your Dream Career?


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Need help creating your dream career?

Want some hands-on help from yours truly for 3 whole days?

Not shy to be on-camera in front of the Interwebs?

Live near San Francisco or wanna travel there*?

Then click here to apply to be part of my studio audience for my CreativeLive course from Sept 11-13th.

I’ll be calling a lot on my studio audience to walk through the exercises I’ll be showing, and they’ll be the ones to have my ear in class first and foremost. There’ll even be time for some coaching!

There’s a small number of spots available (under 10, I think!), and while the submission deadline isn’t ’til September, it can’t hurt being an early bird.

I really hope to meet/see/hug/help you there!

* Considering my only coaching package costs $3397, a round-trip ticket to San Francisco and a hotel room for 3 or 4 nights could save you a pretty penny.

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Jun 26 2014

Grown Up Gigs: Pet Artist Adriana Willsie


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A doodle by Jenipher Lyn of a sound bite from this interview!

This is the last of the interviews that were initially shared with my Grown Up Gigs list in my 3 week long, mega-amazeballs event in March. Such goodness here!

There’s three main amazeballs things about this interview:

1. It’s with pet artist (!) Adriana Willsie. I mean, she paints pets. What is there not to love?
2. Adriana also happily does independent contracting work in product development and graphic design.
3. Her apartment is gooooooooooooorgeous.


Adriana and I spoke all about:

  • what happened when she internalized that art isn’t a real career from a very young age
  • the 2 years she spent in her “crisis”, going from a major in psychology to working at a non-profit to culinary school to taking pre-requisites in nutrition to working as a restaurant manager, and then in advertising and back to a non-profit (where she got fired!)
  • how a random gift of a box of paints led to her business and 300 paintings!


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Jun 12 2014

Grown Up Gigs: Artist, Author, Teacher & Possibilitarian Kelly Rae Roberts


A doodle by Jenipher Lyn of a sound bite from this interview!

This is the recording that was initially shared with my Grown Up Gigs list in my 3 week long, mega-amazeballs event in March. I’ll be posting one weekly ’til I get all 10 of ‘em up. Such goodness here!

Kelly Rae Roberts has been such an inspiration to me and thousands of others.

She started her career as a social worker, not picking up a paint brush until the “late” age of 30. Then…everything shifted.

I know that she said Yes to this interview (she doesn’t do very many, so I’m extra honored) to share the messiness, truth and lessons learned as she made her way from social worker to artist, shop owner, published author, licensee, teacher, and possibilitarian.

In this interview, Kelly Rae and I discuss:

  • why I’m such a fangirl
  • when and why she “unlearned” her linear career path and decided to go exploring in her “tumultuous twenties”
  • why she wishes she didn’t finish college at 20 & her masters at 23 – and the moment in between where she “broke”
  • the health scare her husband got that prompted them to quit their jobs to travel for a year on $30K – and how it led to her being an artist
  • how a friend making documentaries led her to blogging, which led her to mixed media, which led her to artists, which led her to going to a creative retreat which then prompted the passion of what she’s doing now
  • what to do when you don’t know anyone who’s doing what you wanna be doing IRL, & why it’s important to have those examples
  • the advice she’d give to those over 30 who are inspired to make a career change
  • why she sees her career as being in transition, even when it makes her happy
  • how she juggles all the hats she wears from a prioritization and time management perspective
  • all of her streams of income – from Etsy shops to licensing to running ecourses to writing books
  • what happened when she decided to work “as little as possible”
  • why she decided to write her book

Click Play if you want a soul-centric, heart-based, passionate career.

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Jun 10 2014

Everything I’ve Learned…


How Being Stubborn, Depressed and Unpopular SAVED My Life” is an inspirational, honest, encouraging, vulnerable, emotional, illustrated, sweet memoir-of-sorts of one of my friends and Clubhousers, Jenipher Lyn. In this illustrated book, Jenipher offers her unique view on topics such as depression, body image, and fitting in – perfect for pre-teens through adults. This post is part of the DoodleDream* Blog Party, and features a rare thing: an image I personally made! Learn more — and join us! – by clicking here.

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Jun 05 2014

Grown Up Gigs: Marketing Strategist Halley Gray


This is the recording that was initially shared with my Grown Up Gigs list in my 3 week long, mega-amazeballs event in March. I’ll be posting one weekly ’til I get all 10 of ‘em up. Such goodness here!

It’s a proud moment for a coach when you interview a client for your Dream Jobs series when, less than 2 years prior, she came to you because she didn’t know what she wanted to be when she grew up.

I’m talkin’ about the one and only Halley Gray of Evolve & Succeed.

We talked all about:

  • how marketing, to her, starts with science and language (her first passions!)
  • how a traditional learning environment makes her wanna “set everything on fire”
  • how she figured out that she wanted to run her own biz and put her finger on what eventually turned into Evolve & Succeed
  • her effective escape outta her day job (just 8 months ago!), and what she’d do differently
  • how she made $6K from 50 newsletter subscribers - & where they came from
  • how she’s all about the experimentation, and what she does if one of her ideas / services / offerings don’t work
  • getting over your fear of making touch points with your (potential) clients and/or customers
  • creating killer content that’ll help your people
  • how she decided what and how to charge when she first started out – and how she jumped from a $75 offering to a $1K offering without anything in between (and it worked!)
  • why she thinks some of her offerings sell out within 72 hours, while others don’t sell at all – and when she knows it’s time to abandon her offering
  • marketing tactics for a physical product vs.


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May 29 2014

Grown Up Gigs: Bestselling author Kari Chapin (& a chance to win her CreativeLive class!)


This is the recording that was initially shared with my Grown Up Gigs list in my 3 week long, mega-amazeballs event in March. I’ll be posting one weekly ’til I get all 10 of ‘em up. Such goodness here!

So transparent. So honest. So smart.

Let’s add “Amazeballs Interviewee” to Kari Chapin‘s titles of Best Selling Published Author + Mentor + Consultant.

From 10th grade dropout to furniture designer to theater marketer to shop buyer to stylist to personal furniture shopper, Kari’s story as to how she found her way to her passionate, grown-up career is so inspiring.

In this interview, Kari and I discuss:

▪ why she dropped out of high school and college, what she did to stop feeling like a failure, and how she learned instead

▪ claiming your expertise

▪ how she found her way based on the common denominator in her previous jobs

▪ asking for help to turn your dreams and goals into reality

▪ what she tells herself when she gets scared to pitch her ideas

▪ procrastination, simplification, time management and balance

▪ how she decides on what to work on next

▪ why she rarely says “Hell Yes!” or resonates with “working from your edge”

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May 22 2014

Grown Up Gigs: Fashion Marketing Strategist & founder of PR Couture, Crosby Noricks!


This is the recording that was initially shared with my Grown Up Gigs list in my 3 week long, mega-amazeballs event in March. I’ll be posting one weekly ’til I get all 10 of ‘em up. Such goodness here!

Known as the “fashion publicist’s most powerful accessory,” Crosby Noricks is both a Fashion Marketing Strategist + the founder of PR Couture.

But it doesn’t end there!

She’s also an experienced fashion & consumer marketing strategist who loves nothing more than developing content-rich, experiential campaigns for clients. Getting her start as Director of Social Media and Creative Director at a digital marketing agency, she transitioned into PR by working for an agency and transitioned out of that into working for herself.

We talked all about:

  • how she’s been “persuaded by clothing” her whole life, but she chose to go to college for international + media studies
  • what clothing represents to her as a form of art and self-expression
  • what it means to be a woman who loves fashion from a gender feminist perspective
  • why she was scared of getting hired at a fashion magazine
  • living on popcorn & wine for dinner (& worried about making $500/month for rent)
  • how PR Couture was created (8 years ago!) from her own need to get information that just wasn’t accessible at the time (and her own academic curiosity)
  • where PR Couture is going (in terms of social media marketing, branding, offerings & “what is it”)
  • what you should aim for when starting a career in fashion
  • the 7 years Crosby spent working a full-time job and running PR Couture, and when she knew she was ready to shift it into full-time work
  • how self-trust, support and ease factors into her successful career – and what she wished she’d done sooner
  • playing small (and how to stop)

Click Play below to get an inside look at her dream jobs (consultant!

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