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 Client Case Studies series! Peg Hall is a powerhouse. Full of warmth, smarts, humor and drive, she’s someone who sets a goal and then achieves it like whoa. When we started working together, she bravely faced the fact the she wanted to be a writer – and then, after a few weeks, that she wanted to help fellow creatives in a different way, too. Read all about it below, and make sure you check out Breakthrough Besties!
Why did you decide to work with a creative career coach?
I had taken Michelle’s CreativeLive class about a year prior to reaching out to her. I had recently had a very good performance evaluation with my supervisor who was challenging me to write my dream job description. I was really struggling with the “what’s next?” question. For some reason, Michelle popped in my mind from the CreativeLive class. On a whim, I sent an email to her from her website.
After our first meeting, my gut just told me that this was the next best step and I just told myself to trust the process. Since I was busy working on a dream job description for my work, I thought that was the path that I was going down. However, that was too obvious. Michelle pushed me to continue to struggle with the bigger career questions.
It was through that process that I started writing again (which is one of my biggest joys). And as our work winded down, I came up with the idea of Breakthrough Besties. I knew that as much as I like to write, I also needed a peer who would help me stay on track. Michelle really helped me think through this idea and pull from my communications and training background. She really helped me discover a strategy that would support helping other creatives while keeping me focused on inviting more writing in my life.
I’m so grateful to have found Michelle!
What were you doing work-wise when we started our sessions?
Work-wise, I was working as an internal communications and web specialist for local government when I met Michelle. It is not glamorous, however, I love my boss. She is one of those dream bosses who encourages personal development, gives solid feedback, and encourages you to look at your career as a whole. In fact, she recently gave me a “girl boss” mug right as I started my development with Michelle. It was the perfect gift and a symbol in the the confidence that she places in me.
What was your biggest takeaway from our work together?
My biggest take away was “just start.”
Besides writing, my other big joy is being a mom.I currently have a four-year old. Right after contacting Michelle, I found out I was pregnant. (It took a few months from our initial conversation to our first coaching session due to logistics and scheduling.) I was nervous about staring coaching four/five months into my pregnancy. I didn’t know if I could handle exploring “career ideas” and dealing with ups and downs of pregnancy. However, from Michelle, I learned that “just starting” is the most important step, regardless of where you are in your life.
If we keep waiting, there’s never going to be the perfect moment.
Was there anything else you tried to do as a career between the time we stopped our sessions and what you do for work now? If so, how did it inform your current career?
(Not really… I am going to continue to work with Michelle because the Breakthrough Bestie idea was a result of the end of our work together. I’m just entering another phase of work with Michelle.)
What would you tell someone now that was in your shoes when we first started working together? What’s your best “tip” to allow them to make a grown-up living doing what they love?
For me, I think you have trust the process. On the surface, It looks like I added things to my plate. However, through working with Michelle, I started to see how to find the time for things that really matter to me.
So, even though I am still working for my same company, I now have a writing habit (and that will take time to see the results of that labor. I’m just celebrating making progress on a story that I’ve always wanted to write.)
I’m also starting to launch the Breakthrough Bestie site. I’m super excited to launch a program that helps other women use peer coaching to make progress towards a creative goal. I know that having a peer coach is vital to my writing. I hope that I can pass along what I’ve learned in my past life as a learning professional, and what I’ve learned from having an accountability partner to help other creatives make progress towards their goal.
(And let me just say that Michelle is one of those people who truly gets that your success is her success. She is always has your back and that’s probably one of the best things that someone could know about working with Michelle.)
If you have your own biz, what’s on the horizon for your business? We’d love to hear about any upcoming offerings or goals!
I’m excited to launch Breakthrough Besties. Since folks are 85% more likely to be successful when their goals are shared and supported, I thought matching people with an accountability buddy was a fun solution. I like to think of myself as a creative matchmaker. By using tools that I gained as a training professional, I love the notion that I can help creatives connect to an allay, a work wing (wo)man. The pair can each other overcome creative hurdles and personal barriers. Basically, Breakthrough Besties is the online, peer coaching program where you are matched with an accountability partner. Together, the pair will create momentum towards creative dreams faster than they could on their own.
Applications to work with me one-on-one open publicly tomorrow, but are already available to those on my waitlist. Check out the details and sign on up if you’re interested! There’s no obligation, and 1 of my 4 spots is already gone. Go get you some personalized clarity, support, and accountability STAT!