Tag Archives: Meaningful Mindsets

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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Sep 10 2014

What a Creative Career Doesn’t (& Does!) Care About


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I’ve been The When I Grow Up Coach for the past 6 years, working with creative women to help them out of their soul-sucking jobs and into work that feels like play.

And in that time – and because of the type of work I do – I’ve come across all the excuses for a freelancer to not be ready to launch their business or commit to their work.

It makes me weep, especially since the things we tell ourselves that matter when it comes to having a successful creative career are usually, um, the things that don’t matter.

Click here to hop over to the Freelancers Union blog & read all about what a creative career doesn’t (& does!) care about.

This starts tomorrow! AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

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Jun 10 2014

Everything I’ve Learned…


How Being Stubborn, Depressed and Unpopular SAVED My Life” is an inspirational, honest, encouraging, vulnerable, emotional, illustrated, sweet memoir-of-sorts of one of my friends and Clubhousers, Jenipher Lyn. In this illustrated book, Jenipher offers her unique view on topics such as depression, body image, and fitting in – perfect for pre-teens through adults. This post is part of the DoodleDream* Blog Party, and features a rare thing: an image I personally made! Learn more — and join us! – by clicking here.

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May 27 2014

A summer to be tested, create space, embody “new”… and why I won’t be around as much as you’re used to


My kind, wise friend Kari Chapin made this postcard for me last year & it’s been on my calendar ever since. (Coincidentally, I’ll have Kari’s Grown Up Gigs interview + an exciting contest up on the blog this Thursday).

Last month, I was scrambling.

I had signed a contract with creativeLIVE (which was literally a dream come true) to teach a course in September, and I had to cut the amount of private clients I’d be working with this summer so I can create some time and space to give to prepping for the course.

And just like that, my last private coaching spot was gone – and I wasn’t gonna have another one for 5 more months.

Actually, there wouldn’t be any way to work with me during that time.

I started the “What if…?” game, fueled by panic and fear.

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May 20 2014

The 8 Secrets that Proud Renaissance Souls Know (and grab 30 muti-passionate-friendly products for $97 today!)


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Lookit! It’s all the amazeballs contributors to the 2014 Multi-Passionate Must-Haves sale!

Today’s the day! Multi-Passionate Must-Haves is out and I’m over-the-moon to let you know about how you can help your multi-passionate self, give back to others (by supporting my Avon Walk for Breast Cancer team!), & get 95% off some of the best products created by and for multi-passionates (including moi!).

But first? I have to let you know the 8 secrets that proud Renaissance Souls / scanners / multi-potentialites know, in no particular order:

  1. Having multiple passions is a blessing, not a curse. It means that we’re quick and eager to learn, that we’re enthusiastic to jump into something new that we’re fascinated by, that we have a shorter learning curve than the average person, and are quick to move on (and learn from!) “failure.” We’re natural creatives, entrepreneurs and researchers.


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May 06 2014

How I’m a Renaissance Soul In Disguise


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Create All Things With Love, Always by Autumn Grey Designs.

If you’ve been around these parts for more than, oh, a minute or two and/or have met me in person and spoke to me for more than, oh, a minute or two, then you know I’m a huge advocate for us Renaissance Souls.

Renaissance Souls are people who have lots of different interests (or passions!) and are usually seen as flaky or ADD or unfocused. But we’re not! We’re creative, talented, and smart – it’s just that society hasn’t embraced us since the, um, Renaissance…so we always think there’s something wrong with us.

If this sounds like you but you don’t yet believe my pro-Renaissance Soul perspective, read this book and then get back to me. I don’t mean to oversell it, but it’s pretty life changing if this is a new concept for you and it resonates with how you tick.

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Mar 25 2014

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


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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.

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Mar 04 2014

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


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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.

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