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Jun 30 2015

Are you ready to turn your Dream Into Action?


Are you ready to turn your Dreams Into Action?
In September of 2013, I started working with Paula Jenkins.

A Senior Project Manager for an advertising company, Paula was in her early 40s with a 3+ hour daily commute and a toddler at home.

She thought she wanted to be a full-time retreat leader, but she was fuzzy on both the details (“how do I save up? how is it not too scary? how to I just start speaking about my passion and get others to listen and get noticed?”) and the commitment.

Was that what she really wanted to do? Would that be her grown-up, passionate career?

Paula was obviously smart, creative, and driven, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with her. But, to be honest, I had some low expectations when it came to her follow-through.

A full-time job, a 3+ hour commute, AND a toddler?

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Jun 12 2015

LAST DAY to Ditch Your Day Job – live & for free!


Ditch Your Day Job

Today on Ditch Your Day Job, we’re wrapping up by creating your personalized, deadline-and-reward-driven guide to ditching your day job (’cause I’m obvious like that)

We’ll be mashing up the Breathe Easy Number (aka your financial cushion), your Phase One (explained below!), and Plan B (what will you do if you “fail”?) into a tangible, bite-size timeline so that you know the exact month and year you can quit your job. I call it your Safety Net Action Plan, or SNAP for short!

Our second (and last!) day’ll cover:

  • Phase One, which consists of the simplest and cheapest –yet most impactful! – way to get your business going
  • how to answer The Dreaded Question (“So, what do you do?”) with confidence and clarity
  • who and what makes up your Support Squad
  • your personalized Safety Net Action Plan (SNAP), complete with deadlines and rewards to hit along the way
  • an interview with the founder of Old Town Suds, Steffanie Housman, who worked for years on her SNAP before being let go in 2014 (which was immediately followed by breaking her soap-selling weekend record!)

I’ve essentially spent eight years prepping for this class and I hope it allows you to ditch your day job in a way that’s more comfortable and confident than you could set yourself up on your own.



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Jun 11 2015

TODAY! Ditch Your Day Job begins – and you can watch for $0!


Ditch Your Day Job

Holy amazeballs. Ditch Your Day Job will begin streaming live on CreativeLive at 9am Pacific today. 

The workshop runs from 9am-2:30pm Pacific today and tomorrow, and you’ll leave with your own personalized Safety Net Action Plan (or SNAP, as I like to call it) that not only shows you what you personally need to do to ditch your day job, but when you can actually give your notice!

We’re ripping off the band aid and dealing with lots of scary (but empowering!) stuff today:

  • our Breaking Point stories
  • what Safety Nets are usually made up of, and what’s a non-negotiable in yours
  • your Breathe Easy number – aka the amount of money you need to see in the bank so that you can breathe easy – and ways to quickly get there
  • common Freelancing Fears and how to combat them
  • your Plan B (and C!), so you know what to do if you “fail”
  • an interview with my former client Jema Valle, the owner of Date Night Planners, whose last day at her day job is TODAY!


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Jun 09 2015

A class 8 years in the making


This is me at my GraduLaunch party, celebrating my life coaching graduation & the "official" launch of my biz! June 2009.

This is me at my GraduLaunch party, celebrating my life coaching graduation & the “official” launch of my biz! June 2009.

Eight years.

That’s how long I’ve been prepping for my upcoming CreativeLive class, Ditch Your Day Job.

It was August 2007 when I got hired as an Executive Assistant at a financial consultancy firm. That same month, I started my life coaching certification classes.

You would think that the first step for me to become a full-time life coach would be to build a website, or to start blogging, or to try to find clients.

But it wasn’t. It was to make sure I had the resources (a stable salary and health insurance) to be a “grown-up” (pay my rent, feed myself, go out for a Happy Hour or two). Without having to stress about money, I side hustled my way to being a Woman of the World (aka full-time entrepreneur) and used that job to build a strong foundation for my passion-based business.

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Jun 04 2015

Wanna be part of my small Ditch Your Day Job audience? Applications are closing!


Be part of my studio audience!

There are lots of reasons I love working with CreativeLive.

I love the quality of their cameras and the finished product.

I love how the people who work there know their shizz and are passionate about what they do.

And – I won’t lie – I love the professional hair and make-up and the delicious food I get there. A girl could get used to that.

But one of my favorite things about working with CreativeLive? The live audience!

I love being in a room with only 10-ish students, getting to know each of them personally and working them through the content directly. I love hearing their stories, knowing their goals, and seeing the lightbulb go off when they realize how to connect A to B.

I selfishly do this work because I’m a relationship-builder, and having those touch points during an online class (with thousands of people watching at home or work!) is so meaningful for me.

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May 14 2015

Multi-Passionate Must-Haves sale ends today – FOREVER! (Duh Duh DUH!)


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The 3rd Annual Multi-Passionate Must-Haves sale ends at midnight Pacific today and I have to remind you about it in big, bold letters!

About, oh, 100% of my clients would classify themselves as being multi-passionate (and I do, too!), so there’s a good chance that you, dear reader, resonate with having a lot of different interests, passions, and projects on your plate.

While most of the world tells us to “Pick One Thing”, we know that we thrive with variety and always seem to want to learn something new. And that’s why Multi-Passionate Must-Haves was created in 2013 – to scratch our learning itch and not break the bank doing it!

26 courses, audios and ebooks – worth $1,730! – that help you to integrate your many passions into your life, are yours for just $97 until midnight. That includes my EXCLUSIVE product, Find Your Career Compass, along with products from Jennifer Lee, April Bowles Olin, Mayi Carles, Cory Huff, Leonie Dawson, and so many other multi-passionate rock stars.

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May 12 2015

26 products to rock your multi-passionate career for $97 (yes, really)!


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Today’s the day! Multi-Passionate Must-Haves is out and I’m super pumped to let you know about how you can thrive in your career as a multi-passionate peep, give back to others (by supporting breast cancer research), & get 94% off some of the best products created by and for multi-passionates (including moi!).

26 courses, audios and ebooks – worth $1,730 – that allow you to integrate your many passions into your life and use them as fuel for income, are yours for just $97 ‘til Thursday at midnight.

That includes my EXCLUSIVE and never-before-released product, Find Your Career Compass, along with:

  • 2015 Life is Messy Planners by Mayi Carles ($40 value)
  • Best of the Right Brain Business Plan Video Summit by Jennifer Lee ($97 value – EXCLUSIVE to the sale)
  • Biz Shiz by Rebecca Tracey ($35 value)
  • Coaching Biz Badassery Bootcamp by Jennie Mustafa-Julock ($250 value)
  • Creative Business Kickstart by Amanda Genther ($75 value)
  • Creative On Command: Instant Inspiration Exactly When You Need It by Jennifer Blanchard ($9.99 value)
  • Finding Balance: Tools to Define and Defend Harmony in Your Life by Paula Jenkins ($15 value – EXCLUSIVE to the sale)
  • How to Sell Art on Instagram by Cory Huff ($25 value)
  • How to Write a Lovable Homepage by Carrie Klassen ($165 value)
  • Living Room Strategy Training by Tara Gentile ($99 value – EXCLUSIVE to the sale)
  • Marketing for Creatives by April Bowles-Olin ($29.50 value)
  • More Shenanigans Please by Tiffany Han ($31 value – EXCLUSIVE to the sale)
  • Multi-Passionate Branding by Michelle Nicolaisen and Emilie Wapnick ($67 value)
  • The Perfect Set of Testes by Halley Gray ($10 value – EXCLUSIVE to the sale)
  • Ridiculously Awesome Resume & LinkedIn Combo Platter by Jenny Foss ($49 value)
  • Say it with Grace: a blueprint for stellar client communications by Nita Apple and Jess Larsen Jukelevics ($159 value – EXCLUSIVE to the sale)
  • The Ace Freelancer’s Guide to Negotiation by Katie Lane ($60 value – EXCLUSIVE to the sale)
  • Be.


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May 05 2015

Grab your copy of Find Your Career Compass (& 25 other products!) at the 3rd Annual Multi-Passionate Must-Haves Sale!


I’ve been teasing ya for a while about this, but I can now let the cat out of the bag!

In 1 short week, the 3rd Annual Multi-Passionate Must-Haves sale will be kicking off, and I created a brand new workbook for it.

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Find Your Career Compass will help you clarify and articulate what makes you unique, why you’re valued, and what you want to be known for in your field. Then, you’ll use these foundational pieces to create your career compass and put yourself back in control. You can use your career compass internally to guide you to make the right decisions, as well as externally to speak to your manager and/or clients, make connections, update your cover letter, and more. And lookit! The image above gives ya a peek into my upcoming rebrand!

I based this e-book on a recent workshop I gave of the same name this winter.

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Apr 09 2015

Watch Create Your Dream Career for free this weekend!


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I just got a heads-up that Create Your Dream Career will be rebroadcasted on CreativeLive this weekend, from 9am Pacific on Saturday 4/11 through about 8:30am Pacific on 4/12.

I’m super excited for this rebroadcast since those of you with traditional jobs don’t have to worry about sneaking over to the site on company time to watch the class. You can watch from the comfort of your own home, pjs encouraged!

Here are some reviews of the class that I swear I didn’t pay for:

“(…)the class really opened my eyes to the possibilities of having the career of my dreams, and being able to truly love what I do every single day.”

“Michelle’s course put me back on track into guiding me towards my goals. Her course curriculum is actually broken down into a very logical way, but she’s so energetic and fun you don’t feel like you’re in this boring classroom setting.”

“Michelle Ward is truly inspiring, best course I’ve ever taken through Creative Live!”

“(Michelle’s) enthusiastic, kind personality really shines through each of the lessons.

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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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