Tag Archives: Kick in the Knickers

Mar 25 2014

What I Tell Myself When I Don’t Think I Can Do It


il_570xN.390588839_r9z5

LK I Talk To Myself by Tinker Tiles

Despite the confidence I have, there are times that my Vampire Voices (which is what’s told to us that sucks out the good stuff) take over my brain.

My Vampire says things like,

“Nobody will want this.”

“And you think you’re qualified to do this because why?”

“You must think you’re special. You’re not.”

“Why should you succeed when so many others fail?”

“You’ll never pull this off.”

“It’s a pipe dream. Be realistic for once.”

“You’re setting yourself up for disappointment.”

“You’re not (smart/pretty/good/knowledgable/talented/special) enough.”

When those voices talk to me, they’re usually very small but very powerful. I don’t necessarily hear them as much as I sense them. They’re a part of me even though they’re not here to support me.

4 years ago, I wrote that my response to these voices was:

“I know who I am.

Read the rest of this article >>

TAGS: , ,
POSTED IN: Career Actions Activated, Creative Career Charge, Creative Career Cheer
COMMENTS: 11 Comments


Mar 04 2014

Why You Shouldn’t Care Whether Your Dream Job is “In Demand”


il_570xN.560142968_qk6t

Demand Greatness print from my dear friend The Tiffany Han

11 Hot College Majors.

12 Best Jobs for 2014 That Pay Up To $60/Hour.

Here are 5 Top Jobs in Serious Demand in 2014.

Marketing. Accounting. Software developer. Occupational therapist. Web developer. Engineer. Forensic Science. Database administrator. Health care….zzzzzzzzzzzz……

Oh, sorry. Must’ve nodded off there. All these “hot”, “best”, “top” jobs I’m reading about are putting me to sleep.

And they should be doing the same for you, too.

OK sure, it’s interesting to get stats back on the fields that are hiring the most workers now, or the career tracts that are tailored to a shortage. It’s interesting information, but not important information.

There’s no such thing as stability anymore

I’m taking this strong opinion because, well, safe is a four letter word.

A friend of mine just told me that tenure and the pay bump you’d get for having your master’s degree was taken away from teachers in North Carolina.

Read the rest of this article >>

TAGS: ,
POSTED IN: Career Actions Activated, Creative Career Charge, Creative Career Cheer, Encouragement for Everyone
COMMENTS: 8 Comments


Feb 18 2014

43 Modern Day Renaissance Souls (and at least 5 lessons to learn from ‘em)


il_570xN.466367608_o5nm

 

 

When I Grow Up I Want To Be…poster by 1st Class Posters

Think Renaissance Souls went out with the, well Renaissance?

Back then, being an artist and a scientist and an inventor was looked on with admiration, respect, and genius status.

Now? It’s seen as flaky, ADD-like, and unfocused.

But just because Society (capital S) doesn’t like it, it doesn’t mean there aren’t any Renaissance Souls in 2014!

On the contrary.

Here are 50 modern day, living Renaissance Souls:

  1. Justin Timberlake***** (singer + actor + designer)
  2. Tracy Matthews* (jewelry designer + business teacher + yoga teacher)
  3. Crosby Noricks** (fashion marketing strategist & founder of PR Couture)
  4. Danielle Maveal** (rebel leader + GM of Social Good at Bark & Co)
  5. Rosalie Gale*** (artist + comedian + blogger + multiple biz owner + web developer)
  6. Kelly Rae Roberts** (artist + published author + teacher)
  7. Christina Loff ***(publicist + marketer + content strategist + marketing manager)
  8. Jen Hewett* (artist + printmaker + HR consultant)
  9. Melissa Dinwiddle (artist + singer + songwriter + ukulele player + teacher + writer)
  10. Andrea Owen* (life coach + published author)
  11. Delilah Snell (retail store owner + conference co-founder + master food preserver + teacher)
  12. Steve Martin***** (actor + novelist + playwright + screenwriter + comedian + producer + Grammy winning musician)
  13. Leah Kalimakas** (web designer + developer and founder of The Freelance to Freedom Project)
  14. Megan Collins* (fashion stylist + writer)
  15. Lesley Desantis (model + artist)
  16. Oprah***** (TV host + media mogul + publisher + actress)
  17. Allison Costa*** (food writer + owner of Ventura Food Tours)
  18. Jim Hopkinson (speaker + published author + podcast host + teacher)
  19. Mark Powers* (percussion teacher + workshop leader + professional musician)
  20. Summer Pierre* (illustrator + published author)
  21. Rachael Narins*** (chef + certified master gardener + master food preserver + food writer + co-owner of a culinary event company)
  22. Diane Gilleland*** (crafter + writer + editor + producer + teacher + podcast host)
  23. Jessica Swift* (illustrator + surface designer + published author)
  24. Jim Rash**** (actor + director + Oscar winning screenwriter)
  25. Beth Shorr* (Daily Show talent coordinator + owner of an Etsy shop)*
  26. Kim Werker***(writer + editor + blogger + crafter + speaker + brainstormer-for-hire)
  27. Donald Glover****(comedian + actor + rapper)
  28. Alexandra Franzen* (published author + professional wordsmith + teacher)
  29. Cathy Callahan*** (designer/maker + published author + window dresser + merchandiser + product consultant)
  30. S.M.
  31. Read the rest of this article >>

TAGS:
POSTED IN: Career Actions Activated, Creative Career Charge, Creative Career Cheer, Encouragement for Everyone
COMMENTS: 8 Comments


Feb 11 2014

35 Careers You Won’t Believe Actually Exist


il_570xN.554786554_6055

 Nothing is Impossible print by Le Monkey House

As I travel through the Interwebs (as I’ve been known to do on a regular basis), I sometimes come across a career, field or company that blows my mind with its existence.

These careers are the opposite of what we’re told is possible, lucrative, or stable.

And yet – here they are!

Get ready for some if-that-exists-than-I-can-do-what-I-want inspiration and encouragement (my favorite!):

  1. Professional mermaid
  2. Home run baseball catcher
  3. Music thanathologist (playing music bedside to help ease that person into death)
  4. Personalized rapper-for-hire
  5. Professional whistler
  6. Lego artist
  7. Flatulence filtering underwear seller
  8. Foley artist (they make sound effects!)
  9. Laughter therapist
  10. Elvis minister
  11. Pet detective
  12. Branded shirt wearer (which looks like it’s now morphing into selling book sponsorships)
  13. Snake milker
  14. In-home head lice remover
  15. Pizza firetruck owner
  16. Paint drying watcher
  17. Professional cuddler
  18. Goat renter (for landscaping)
  19. Professional Airbnb-er
  20. Human bed warmer
  21. Scavenger hunt master
  22. Smashing Place owner (where people can go and smash things to alleviate anger)
  23. Professional contest winner
  24. Wedding dance choreographer
  25. Graphic facilitator (take notes for meetings with mindmaps, illustrations and doodles.
  26. Read the rest of this article >>

TAGS: ,
POSTED IN: Career Actions Activated
COMMENTS: 13 Comments


Feb 04 2014

An argument against In The Name of Love (or, why I wanna encourage you to Do What You Love)


il_570xN.262075740Do What You Love poster set by The Ink Society

A poster set like the one above set it all off.

When I finally got around to reading the article “In the Name of Love“, I knew why I put off clicking on it the first dozen times it came around on my Facebook and Twitter feeds.

The sub-title of the article states, “Elites embrace the “do what you love” mantra. But it devalues work and hurts workers.” And that’s the gist of the opinion that was shared here.

“(Do What You Love) is a secret handshake of the privileged and a worldview that disguises its elitism as noble self-betterment. According to this way of thinking, labor is not something one does for compensation but is an act of love. If profit doesn’t happen to follow, presumably it is because the worker’s passion and determination were insufficient.

Read the rest of this article >>

TAGS: ,
POSTED IN: Career Actions Activated, Creative Career Cheer
COMMENTS: 42 Comments


Jan 14 2014

A Can’t-Mess-It-Up Checklist For Your Very First Year of Full-Time Entrepreneurship (and BTW, the Clubhouse is closing today!)


il_570xN.524587964_sz8s

 2014 Desk Calendar by blushface

In the midst of your very first year as a Woman of the World (which is what I call being a full-time entrepreneur)?

Gearing up to become a Woman of the World in 2014 or 2015?

Here’s a simple, bare-necessities can’t-mess-it-up checklist to take over the world as a new/soon-to-be Woman of the World, and if anyone tells you that you *have* to have anything else, they’re wrong:

  • A one-page website. As long as it makes it clear as to who you are, what you do and for whom along with a way to contact you, you’re golden. Resources: About.me, SquareSpace, Wix, WordPress.com.
  • Business “cards”. It’s so important to have something to leave someone with when you’ve sparked their interest in what you do. Business cards are still standard, but I’ve been to conferences recently where people passed out business tattoos, pencils, and post-it notes – so don’t be afraid to get creative. 
  • Read the rest of this article >>

TAGS:
POSTED IN: Career Actions Activated, Creative Career Charge
COMMENTS: 18 Comments


Jan 08 2014

I Believe


il_570xN.374182574_28pb

I Believe in Pink wooden sign by WordsOnWood11.

I Believe that you can do it. We all can. Nobody has superhuman strength or luck that’s better than another’s. What differs between us is our optimism, our drives, our perspectives and our choices.

I Believe that work can feel like play. That we can all make a grown-up living doing what we love. That 5/7th of our week does not have to be dreaded and anxiety-filled.

I Believe that there is a Renaissance Soul insurgence at hand. Having a “slash” career with more than one title or occupation will soon become commonplace…and I’ll be ushering it in with open arms and lots of happy dances.

I Believe that we’re each unique snowflakes, and there is room for us all.

I Believe that we all work for ourselves, even when someone else is signing out paychecks.

Read the rest of this article >>

TAGS: , , ,
POSTED IN: Encouragement for Everyone
COMMENTS: 4 Comments


Jun 06 2013

How to Create Your Best Art (no degrees, hustlin’, or experience necessary)


Ooh, that Kat McBride. Not only is she killing it with the art classes she’s been teaching, but now she’s gonna give fear the smackdown – especially when we’re convinced that we need “more training” or that we’re “not creative.” Puh-shah!

 

Fear Not of Breaking the Rules by Sincerely Noted

If you’re not creating the art you want because you, “can’t even draw a straight line,” please, get a ruler and get on with your bad self.

I share art tutorials for beginners online, plus I teach art classes and workshops to all ages. I want people to get their hands on this info and use it to better their lives by creating more beauty via art: Art and beauty can heal by building self esteem through positive self expression, and it doesn’t have to be hard.

If you couldn’t tell – I’m a painting zealot.

Read the rest of this article >>

TAGS: ,
POSTED IN: Career Actions Activated
COMMENTS: ( 0 )


May 28 2013

The Exceptions to The Rules: Part 2!


ColorOutsideTheLinesColor Outside the Lines by JM Design

I wrote The Exceptions to The Rules back in December, and have been keeping the idea of a follow-up to it in my back pocket since then. It sparked lots of comments & conversation as well as kudos & thanks, so I can’t stop myself from busting more Rules & finding even more Exceptions!
 

The Rule: “You have to be an expert before you can offer up your services!”

The Exception: I have a feeling I can point to anyone here (including myself!), but I wanna point ya to Halley Gray. She doesn’t have a marketing degree and never had her own full-time biz, but yet her sweet spot is absolutely working with creative entrepreneurs on their marketing strategy (seriously, she’s super smart & passionate ’bout it). Did she say she had to get a master’s or write a book or work in PR or get 10,000 followers before she put an offering on the table?

Read the rest of this article >>

TAGS: , ,
POSTED IN: Career Actions Activated, Creative Career Cheer
COMMENTS: 9 Comments


Apr 02 2013

Is Follow Your Passion Bad Career Advice?


LiveYourPassion

Live Your Passion By Bit O Whimsey

In my travels through the Interwebs, I keep noticing sites quoting that Follow Your Passion is bad career advice. It happened once, it happened twice, and then when I noticed it again last week, I decided to go to a trusty Google search, type in “Is follow your passion bad advice?” and stood back while I got “about 2,360,000 results.”

Wait – that wasn’t dramatic enough.

Typing in “Is follow your passion bad advice?” to a Google search bar results in two MILLION, three hundred sixty THOUSAND results. {insert bumbumBUM music here}

Just a cursory glance at some of the articles that show up in the first few pages of that Google search touch on the same type of thing: Passion isn’t enough.

Well, duh.

Obviously, you can’t just take what you’re passionate about, snap your fingers, and find/create a successful career around it.

Read the rest of this article >>

TAGS: ,
POSTED IN: Encouragement for Everyone
COMMENTS: 12 Comments