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Apr 29 2015

5 Ways to Thrive as a Renaissance Soul in your Career


5 Ways to Thrive as a Renaissance Soul in Your Career

I learned about the term Renaissance Soul thanks to a book I picked up years ago, when I was writing my research paper for my coaching school on how coaching creative types differs from coaching non-creative types.

The sub-title of the book was “Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One” (it’s now “How To Make Your Passions Your Life”). If that resonates with you, then you’re a Renaissance Soul, although you can find a bigger checklist here.

Now, if this IS you, which it probably is (it’s me AND about, oh, 100% of my clients), you might just make really negative connotations with this personality trait of yours. You can equate it to your flakiness, or ADD-ness, or that you often don’t finish what you start.

But really, being multi-passionate is positive! We’re lifelong learners, we thrive on variety, we’re creative, we can juggle lots of virtual balls in the air, we’re natural entrepreneurs, and we always have something to share and teach to others.



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Apr 22 2015

Fear of Failure? Remember This One Thing.


Fear of Failure? Remember this one thing.

On Sunday, I ran my first half-marathon: the MORE/FITNESS/SHAPE Women’s Half in Central Park.

Never in my life did I think I could run a half-marathon. My time was a bit longer than I wanted, but I’m so proud of myself for hitting my overall goal of not walking during the race at all (a pee break & water stops excluded). #womenruntheworld #fuckyoucancer

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On Thursday night, I had an anxiety dream that involved not starting the race until 3:30pm, going off course multiple times, and pinning a hamburger to my shirt so I could eat it when I was done.

I woke up Friday with a knot in my stomach that wouldn’t go away, and it stayed with me during my very last training run that morning.

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Apr 08 2015

Are you saying one of my trigger words?


Are you saying one of my trigger words?

As a certified life coach who’s been at this for 7 years and change (how did THAT happen?!), I have red flags in my head that shoot straight up when I hear my client say the words listed below.

Now, these words aren’t bad, per se, but they usually do express an internal battle that my client is going through. When I hear these 3 words, I know that my client is trying to mold themselves into something they’re not. They’re holding themselves up to an ideal that, frankly, just isn’t their truth and is not the way they’ll ever thrive.

Here are the words that send up those red flags:

FOCUS. When it comes to being a multi-passionate, creative woman, “focus” is our F-word. I know what my client means when she says she wants to “focus” (not feel disjointed, have an action plan, feel confident in following through, etc.), but usually “focusing” means “I must pick one thing to do at a time until it’s done and I can’t do anything else until then!” and that’s the worst damn thing we can do to ourselves.

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Mar 31 2015

6 Things My Hobbies Are Teaching Me About My Career


What my hobbies are teaching me about my career

It feels totally abnormal, but since our little sweets came along, I actually have picked up a new hobby and am holding on to an old one. As a new Mom, it feels a bit wrong to take time away from my baby and my business to do things that “aren’t productive” (aka don’t bring in any money or take care of anyone else but me), but I think subconsciously I know it’s more important than ever.

Here’s what I’ve learned from my hobbies that absolutely pertain to my career:

Do what you want. My uke teacher left me with these words at the end of a lesson a couple months ago, and they’ve been sitting with me ever since. Ya see, I’ve been in lessons at least monthly for over a year, and on and off for before that for even longer.

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Mar 25 2015

10 Things You’ll Need to Accept to Have a Successful Creative Business


10 things you'll need to accept to have a successful creative biz

This is a long-ass post, and I really don’t think it needs more of an introduction other than

HERE ARE 10 THINGS YOU’LL NEED TO ACCEPT TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL CREATIVE BIZ.

{And for serious – if you accept this stuff sooner rather than later, you’ll become successful sooner rather than later. So get on it, yo!}

1. You’ll have to want to trade one type of stress for another. When it comes down to my clients deciding whether they wanna be entrepreneurs, there’s usually never a clear-cut answer. On one hand, they have to deal with someone’s else rules and do work that’s not aligned with what’s meaningful for them and feel inauthentic for 40+ hours a week…but then there’s the steady paycheck and the benefits package and a simple answer to The Dreaded Question. On the other hand, there’s creating a business that’s based around the type of work that’s important to them and the people they wanna work with…that is also totally dependent on them bringing in the money and bearing the weight of insurance, retirement plans, etc.

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Mar 11 2015

5 Widely Held – and Totally False! – Career Beliefs


5 widely held - and totally false! - career beliefs

I wanted to build on last week’s post about one of my biggest false beliefs, and do some more expectation-busting.

Humor me while I step on my soapbox and reveal the truth around 5 widely-held career beliefs:

What everyone thinks: That your career will be a linear path.
What the reality is: Ohgoodgodlordylord, that is never the case. Never! OK, maybe not never, but I’ve yet to talk to anyone who has that story – and let’s be honest, I talk to everyone. So if you expect to not have your own dips, twists, and wrong turns, you’re gonna be super disappointed. Instead, view your career as an experiment and act as the detective. That way, nothing is a failure and everything is a learning experience!

What everyone thinks: That nobody’s hiring.
What the reality is: CNN reported that 257K jobs were added in the States this January, and last year was the best year for job growth since 1999.

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Feb 25 2015

Stop looking for a savior.


Stop looking for a savior.

Spoiler alert: The secret of your success and the foundation of a passionate and lucrative business lies within YOU.

You might want it to be the online business guru. Or the marketing guru. Or the PR guru. The one who touts a six or seven-figure business and holds retreats throughout the globe.

You might hope it lies in the Virtual Assistant, the copywriter, and/or the designer that’s bound to make you an organized, professional, jealousy-inducing brand.

You might wish it’s in your next offering or product, the “perfect” combination of what you think your target client might need, want, and be willing to spend.

You might seek it in a popular online course, or high-cost mastermind, or expensive life coach.

But really? If you get on the train before you’re sure that you really wanna be on it when it leaves the station, you’re wasting your time and money.

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Feb 18 2015

The only thing that matters right now…


The only thing that matters right now...

The only thing that matters right now is that we’re finalizing our daughter’s adoption today.

I thought about the different posts I could write, but none of them were met with any kind of enthusiasm or focus. So, I’m pushing them out a week to tell you the things that’re in my head.

I have to tell you that you can find yourself saying aloud, “I really think that Insert-Dream-Here is never going to happen”, and the next day you could get a phone call that changes your life.

I have to let you know that having a career you love is important, but a life you love filled with people you love is what matters most.

I have to say that the ache you have in your heart right now for whatever is missing in your life can be filled.

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Jan 21 2015

It’s your choice.


On Friday, December 26th, I decided to sign up for my first half-marathon.

I’m not sure what was in the air that made me do it.

I’ve only ever run a 5K, and did it barely and slowly. And that was 8 months ago! Since then I’ve walked tons (for the Avon 2 Day Walk I now do annually), but have only gone on runs super sporadically.

Wish me luck! #1st5K #dontdie #gorgeousday

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On the day I signed up, I knew I could only run 2 miles without stopping. I also knew that, without being a member of a gym (or wanting to be), I’d have to train in the cold NYC winters (which I’m a total wimp about).

But I also knew that, without something to train for, my exercising had gone by the wayside – and the best way to hold myself accountable and get my butt moving was to have an external commitment.

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Jan 13 2015

Dear Future Me (2015)


Dear Future Me (the 2015 edition)

New glasses (that I’m planning to wear in public often, which I’ve never really done before – and I’ve had glasses since 1987!) + new haircut + unstraightened hair (which I also haven’t done regularly since ’87 or so!) = the 2015 me!

This is the fifth time I’ve written a Dear Future Me letter. You can read the others here and here and here and here (and why I didn’t write one in 2013 here), and the idea behind the Dear Future Me letter from the amazeballs woman I stole it from (hi Jess Lively!) right here. Like past years, I decided to keep some things private…but this is about 95% of the letter below. 

Dear Future Michelle,

This has been your year.

Everything has really “clicked”, and it’s because – after 5 years of being a Woman of the World (aka full-time entrepreneur), of the things you’ve gone through, the lessons you’ve learned, as well as your successes – you feel really, truly, ready to Play Big and step into the spotlight.

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