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Sep 08 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Paula’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 intervieweePaula Jenkins. She titled this post “The Dream is Free, The Hustle is Sold Separately” – and you’ll soon read how she landed 4 jobs in the past 4 years!

It was October of 2010 and we’d just had our son the month before. I was out to dinner with some friends after going to a retreat with them. My friend Kevin was talking about his job, at a credit union, and how he’d just gotten promoted to a VP spot.

“Do you need any project managers?” I blurted out, knowing I had no desire to return to the job I’d left.

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Sep 01 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Lesley’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 Lesley DeSantis. Below, she talks about how she’s made her multi-faceted career (she’s an artist, model, polarity therapist, and masseuse-in-training!) recession-proof – and how you can, too.

Renaissance soul. Multipotentialite. Scanner. Jack of All Trades. Well-rounded. Multipassionate.

Chances are, you’ve heard one or more of these terms and find they describe that wildly curious, informationally-insatiable, beautiful soul you have floating around in that body o’ yours as you fight the urge to try (and succeed at) every single thing that catches your fancy.

I’m also willing to bet you’ve heard some, if not all of these: Indecisive. Flaky. Can’t settle down.

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Aug 25 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Janette’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 Janette Gorney. Below, she shares the biggest thing she had to do when she decided to shed her material possessions, a job, and a long-term relationship and embarked on the travel adventure of her dreams.

Could life simply be a series of events of either taking in or letting out, inhaling or exhaling, giving or receiving? Allowing ourselves to receive and conversely, allowing ourselves to release is a natural ebb and flow – or is it?

Take a moment to witness the seamless flow in nature, as vibrant grasses give life to the rabbit, whose death gives way to the nourishment of the coyote, whose excrement enhances the soil that then provides sustenance for the grasses…or the hummingbird who gracefully flies from flower to flower sipping sweet nectar while simultaneously pollinating the plants.

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Aug 18 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Megan’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 Megan Collins story of how she went from “cobbled-together freelancer” to founder and face of men’s lifestyle site Style Girlfriend.

“We’re going to have to let you go, Megan.”

Oh shit.

It’s January of 2011, and I’ve just been fired from the ad agency where I worked as an account manager.

And when I say fired, I mean fired. Not “laid off due to budget cuts.” Fired-fired.

Looking back, it’s funny to me now, because since taking the job six months earlier, I’d promised myself I would be out of advertising by January. I was going to leave the industry behind – dramatically and triumphantly – in favor of a writing career, my true passion.

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Apr 29 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Kathryn’s story


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From Michelle: 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 Kathryn Hall‘s story of leaving the 9-to-5 behind in 2011 to run 2 businesses. Inspiration + usefulness below!

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It’s 3rd April 2011 and I’m sitting in the departure lounge at Singapore airport.

Surrounded by bored, tired and frustrated travellers there is a strange sense of quiet agitation as people pass the time any way they can… shopping, sitting, reading, sleeping. Waiting for a plane that by now should be 10,000 feet above the ground and heading west to take us home.

As for me? Well, I just sit uncomfortably and anxiously on a plastic chair that’s rooted to the ground.

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Mar 19 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Kathy’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 Kathy Stowell‘s Story, a former client of mine who learned the hard way how to quiet the naysayers and keep moving forward to being a chicken-raiser, homeschooling Mama and coaching school founder!

On our second date my future husband asked me over sushi what my dreams were. I’ve never been asked that on a date so I got pretty excited. That clued me in he was ‘that into me’ and so far he was passing try outs for my future husband position with flying colors.

We were living in the city at the time and I confessed my ultimate dream was to be out in the country, raising chickens and other small critters (that was my code for kids but I didn’t want to freak him quite yet).

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Sep 10 2013

A 5-Step, Easy to Follow Formula for Making Money Doing What You Love


I met Kate Northrup in 2009 at Danielle LaPorte’s NYC FireStarter Session. Geez, it was forever ago! I’ve been friendly with her ever since, always impressed by her smarts, her chutzpah and her smile. So thrilled to have her guest posting here, especially since I’m about halfway through her new (and first!) book, Money: A Love Story & it resonates so damn much.

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Follow Your Passion by SpoonLily

People throw the phrase “Do what you love and the money will follow” around quite a bit.

I wish I agreed with it, because it sounds really nice and pretty, but the truth is, it just doesn’t work that way.

I love to go to the movies. I love to read novels. I love to go out to dinner with my fiancé. I love to swim in the ocean. If I do those things will the money follow?

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Sep 09 2013

How To Build Your Creative Business Quickly


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I just love it when super smarties join forces, don’t you? In this case we have Becca from The Uncaged Life teaming up with Ellen the Money Making Expert to help coaches jumpstart their biz. But the interview they give below applies to building any creative biz. Win-win!

What do creative businesses struggle with?

Becca: Creative business owners tend to fall into the category of multi-potentialites, scanners, and shiny-object chasers. We have TONS of new ideas and are always creating new stuff – often stuff that is unrelated to our other stuff. So what happens is that we find it hard to settle on just one thing or one group of clients, and as a result, we end up being super wishy-washy, and trying to help EVERYONE, which means that the people who really need us get lost in the mix and never find us – which sucks for us and them!

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Jul 24 2013

Irish Wisdom & Moving Forward


Oh, that Stacy Kathryn. This post needs no introduction. Just know that all of it is the absolute truth.

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As I sat on the tour bus and watched nervously as our driver negotiated tight turns down a narrow, one-lane road, enroute to Connemara on the gorgeous West Coast of Ireland. As we headed out from one of our first stops of the day the bus driver mentions the possibility of rain but quickly adds,”we’ll just take it as it comes” in his thick Irish brogue. Even though he was only referring to the weather, it felt to me like so much more. It was one of those oft-used phrases that seemed to have weight to it despite its simplicity. Maybe because they were the words I needed to hear at that moment; a message somehow specifically meant for me. I adopted it as my motto for the rest of my trip across Ireland, and even back home here in the states those words still resonate in my mind.

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Jun 12 2013

Wabi Sabi and Your Uniquity


Julia Ng is back to post here all the way from Singapore, and I love being introduced to the concept of Wabi Sabi. It’s all about beauty, being present, and a world full of change and possibility.

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Must be kismet that I snuck a spot on the WIGU blog during The Declaration of You’s Uniquity week! It’s an incredible blessing that I get to witness clients (re)awaken to their unique Soul qualities and unfold these Soul qualities in both their inner and outer worlds.

Each time I do a reading, I’m struck by how each person’s Soul story is different and how it’s played out in their lives. At the same time, I’m reminded to stay centred in my uniquity while embracing change. It’s not always easy.

It’s often much easier to see how others are beautiful and unique, but I daresay we all tend to hold back on, or worse, FORGET our uniquity.

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