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Feb 16 2015

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Michelle’s Story


The Recession is Bullhonkey: Michelle'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. Michelle Fifis post is not only amazeballs for its inspiration factor (can we say she went from in-house textile designer to freelancer, blogger, teacher and community leader?), but for giving us the biggest secret of her success – and ways to apply it to your career.

I’ve found the secret to growth in just about any economy – recession or not. This secret is easy to understand, but oh so difficult to master. Are you listening? Good, because…

The best way to grow is to really listen….and it’s harder than you think.

Listening is the most important skill I’ve ever learned, and it’s also the one I struggle with most on a daily basis.

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Feb 02 2015

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Nikki’s Story


The Recession is Bullhonkey: Nikki'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. I think what I love most about Nikki’s story today is that she joined forces with her family to create the business that compliments all their strengths, skills and passions. You don’t have to do this alone, people!

First of all, let me just say that not only do I believe this recession is bullhonky, but in general I believe the idea that making money is hard, jobs are scarce and people occasionally have to “settle” instead of pursuing their passions are all equally in the bullhonky basket. Some people call me oblivious. I call me optimistic.

I also believe that my sheer stubbornness to acknowledge difficult times is why I’m doing what I’m doing now, which is starting a business.

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Jan 19 2015

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Harper’s Story


The Recession is Bullhonkey: Harper'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. Harper Spero sent me an introductory email and, after reading her About page, I asked if she’d share her story here. The goodness is below!

Fast-paced. High stress. Nonstop. Urgent. E-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g is urgent.

Everything must get done right this second, not a minute later. There’s no time to wait. If the editor doesn’t get her lipstick before she goes on vacation, she’ll never think about our brand again. If we don’t respond to this customer in the next 20-minutes, we’ll lose their business. If we don’t send that tweet during the MTV Video Music Awards, our client is going to be devastated.

I lived this life for many years until my body shut down and told me “enough already!”

It was 2012 and I was working in (clearly) a very toxic work environment.

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Jan 12 2015

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Lukasz’ 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. Lukasz Laniecki started tweeting me a couple months ago, and when I heard a snippet of his story (leaving litagation law to consult and speak and then start a parenting blog – all in the course of under 3 years!) I asked him to write it up for this series. I’m thrilled that he obliged!

My story is not of an abusive or micromanaging boss. I have not gotten fired. It is not a story of escaping a cubicle job or ditching the corporate world. I was never even a part of that world. No, none of this happened to me.

I did not have a feeling of hating what I was doing.

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Dec 29 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Tess’ 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. Tess Blankenship was in my March 2014 session of Career Camp, and man oh man she is working the Nancy Drew angle of her career change in the best way possible! Her story shows that you don’t have to put your multi-passionate self yourself in a lil’ box & that you can have a full-time gig *and* have time to put not 1, not 2, but 3 (!) career ideas in motion. Love!

I have no sad story to tell, no traumatic life changing event, years in the corporate world, decent bosses, and good pay…so what’s the big deal?

No soul, no passion.

It’s just a job and I now refuse to believe in the camp that says you should just keep any old job and live with just your free time to do what you love.

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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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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 10 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Vanessa’s Story


The Recession is Bullhonkey: Vanessa'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. As a cancer survivor myself, I especially love Vanessa‘s story, which you’re about to read below. Cancer can take our organs, but never our (sick but appreciated!) sense of humor OR our dream career!

I was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 after losing my dad and my last full time job. I had a big, fat gap on my resume that I couldn’t quite explain away. No one at my college’s career counseling department warned me that I could be broke, bald and dying at 25. As Stephanie Tanner on “Full House” would often lament, “How rude.”

So I did what any sane person would do. I started my own business.

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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 27 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Nancy & Brenda’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 love this one (heck, I love ‘em all!) because it not only describes the start of a passionate company (with such a great purpose and mission), but it’s the story of the co-owners of MoolaHoop, Brenda Bazan and Nancy Hayes. They’ve entitled it “Taking the Leap.”

At MoolaHoop, we work with women who own or manage small businesses. Crowdfunding campaigns can raise funds that will help them grow their companies. Many of the women we work with came to small business ownership after other careers and are embracing the opportunities and challenges of the entrepreneurial life. They have taken the leap into entrepreneurship.

In fact, we founded MoolaHoop as a result of our own “mid-life” career changes.

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