Tag Archives: Happy Hooplah

Mar 26 2015

Waiting for lightning to strike? (1 spot left)


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Do you know there’s only 1 spot left for It’s Business Time? If you’re feeling ready to get out of your head and into your hands, this program is for you.

Over the course of 6 months with us, you will claim your personalized biz idea and create the platform to authentically offer it to the world.

First: We start where you are and with what you already know and we’ll lay all of your Big Dreams on the table and start to make sense of how they fit into the big picture of your life and what you want for yourself.

Next: You’ll design your personalized Career Compass to serve as a guide in your biz journey and craft your first offer – and get your first guinea pig client!

Simultaneously: While you’re learning All The Things from your guinea pig client, you’ll be developing your mission statement and putting all of the pieces together.

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Mar 19 2015

It’s the debut of Grown Up Gigs – the podcast!


I just couldn’t help myself.

I just had to bring my Grown Up Gigs interview series to the podcast airwaves, and the first two episodes are available to listen to on iTunes right now!

It’s my 5th Entrepreneuriversary today, and it’s such a big way for me to celebrate.

Grown Up Gigs: freelance Creative Director Luke Ward

The first episode features a talk with my husband, who is celebrating his 2nd freelance anniversary (no, he does not wanna say “freelanceiversary”) this month. I wanted to shine a light on what it’s like to be a dual-entrepreneurial household, and how we make it work while, um, paying a mortgage in Brooklyn and making sure our child is fed and clothed.

You’ll also hear some background on me and why this series is so near and dear to my heart. It’ll feature a new segment called, “THAT’S a Career?”, where I showcase some “crazy” business ideas that grown-ups do for work.

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Mar 16 2015

It’s Business Time right.freakin’.now!


If you’ve been wondering when the time for Business Time is – it’s right.freakin.NOW!

I’m happy dancing so hard over here to see the invite page live and oh so pretty, since Tiff, Erin and I have been scheming for months over our 10-person, 6-month program that helps creative women discover their dream businesses, brand said businesses in a truly authentic way, and then have a custom logo and website live on the Interwebs by the time we wrap in September.

You will get focused on which business idea is best suited for your lifestyle goals and personal passions.

You will have an offering based around the work you’ll do with a guinea pig client.

You will have a mission statement and clarity around your ideal client.

You will have a plan that’ll catapult you beyond September.

And you will have a customized logo and website designed and built for you.

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Mar 12 2015

TOMORROW: What We Want You To Know About Starting a Business webinar (it’s free! and live!)


It's Business Time

I just had to have a solo post about the What We Want You To Know About Starting a Business webinar.

Business coach Tiffany Han, designer Erin Cassidy, and yours truly will spend an hour tomorrow, March 13th, giving you the secrets of our business success. We have a combined 15 years of happy clients and proven results, all the energy + funs, and we walk the walk as creative women and solopreneurs.

Our clients get off calls with us and tackle their work with an energy and optimism that they say they haven’t felt before, and we know this webinar will leave you with the same results. Plus, we have some special lil’ somethings up our sleeve AND plenty of time for Q&A!

Sign up for this no-cost, live webinar – happening at 1pm Eastern tomorrow! -right here.

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Feb 11 2015

Dream Careers Made Tangible


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It’s hard to think of anything that excites me as much as seeing my clients take all the puzzle pieces of their dream careers and turn them into something tangible.

Whether it’s while we’re working together or years later (do you know I’ve been The When I Grow Up Coach since ’08, and full-time since ’10?!), it doesn’t matter: I do the biggest of happy dances.

Two recent former clients in particular made me wanna shout their new businesses and recent offers from the rooftops, and I realized I should reach out to all my former clients to ask what I can put in the spotlight for ‘em.

Now, I have a few hundred former clients, so I’m glad they didn’t all respond (can you imagine the length of that post?!), but here’s the excitement from those who did:

Screen Shot 2014-05-06 at 10.33.39 AM (1)Lauren Caselli started coaching with me in the spring of 2011, when she was an event planner for a corporate law firm.

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Jan 07 2015

New York magazine and a New York-based workshop


Did ya see that I was in this past issue of New York magazine?

I’ve been dying all day to get my hands on today’s copy of New York Magazine. My Kindle hasn’t refreshed with it, my issue has yet to arrive, & my local newsstand said they never got it today. Thankfully, Luke snagged a copy tonight & sent me this pic. I have yet to read the article & it won’t be online until next week…but I’m SO damn proudcited about this.

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I did happy dances all over social media about it, but held off happy dancing here ’cause I was told it’d be about a week ’til the article would be put online.

Thankfully, that week is up and you can read about what we give up when we become “freedom-seeking, self-determining, autonomous entrepreneurs” right here.

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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 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 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 06 2014

The 21st Century Workplace


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Sad that my podcast interview with Tiffany Han on Raise Your Hand. Say Yes. came to an end? Wanna hear more from me, this time around work engagement, life coaching, deliberate shifts and the new world of work?

You’re in luck!

I’m honored to be the interviewee for the first installment of the Women In The Workplace series on The 21st Century Workplace podcast, appropriately titled “Throw Out Your Career Dictionaries.”

Give a listen right here!



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