9 Ways to Make Your Career More Creative

9 Ways to Make Your Career More Creative

Photo taken by Casey Cosley. More details in point 8 below!

I know first-hand what it’s like to be a creative person in a corporate environment.

For two years and seven months, I stifled my style, talents and personality to fit in in the finance world.

I remember so clearly getting rid of all the “business casual” attire I had in the days after I became a Woman of the World (aka full-time entrepreneur).

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Is it time to quit your job? Here’s how to tell.

Is it time to quit your job? Here's how to tell.
As The When I Grow Up Coach, I’ve heard it all when it comes to deplorable work situations.

Quotas that are impossible to reach.

Being spoken to in a way that counts as verbal abuse.

Bad reviews that come without merit or explanation.

Sexual harassment that has no consequences.

But despite obviously toxic work environments, you hear a voice in the back of your mind that says,

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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,

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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

A photo posted by Michelle Ward (@whenigrowupcoach) on Apr 19,

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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.

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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


{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. 

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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,

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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,

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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,

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