Tag Archives: Meaningful Mindsets

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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Feb 04 2014

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


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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.

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Jan 08 2014

I Believe


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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.

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Dec 23 2013

2013, By the Month


I love doing this every year: breaking my year down into the highlights of each month – noting what I did, where I was, what I worked on, and what I achieved.

It’s a celebration in itself, and one that I’m always happy to share with you.

January 2013:

February 2013:

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Photo by Kylie Bellard

March 2013:

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Dec 12 2013

Throwback Thursday: Money is Payment For…


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Quote taken from this post from The When I Grow Up Archives.

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Dec 10 2013

How to Avoid Your Plan B Career (in 3 Easy Steps!)


When you’re getting ready to take the leap into being a full-time Woman of the World (aka entrepreneur), then coming up with a Plan B “career” (I’d rather call it a stop-gap) is usually a comfort.

But when you are a full-time Woman of the World, seriously thinking of having to fall back on Plan B can be really scary and disheartening.

Click Play below to get 3 easy ways to avoid the Plan B career – or get you back on track if you’re getting close to pulling that emergency cord! (And don’t forget to check out the free/low-cost resources after the jump!)

Some resources to help with these 3 steps:

  • Mint is a great (free!) resource to keep your eye on the money coming in and out of your business, and comes complete with right-brain friendly, colorful pie charts and graphs!
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Dec 05 2013

Grown Up Gigs recording with illustrator & writer Summer Pierre is here (with genius gems a plenty)


I loved talking to Summer Pierre so much that, when the conversation was over, I started the recording and listened all over again.

As an artist and writer, she made me swoon when I read The Artist in the Office back in ’10…and then promptly recommended it to everyone I know (and still do!). Since then, she released Great Gals: Inspired Ideas for Living a Kick-Ass Life & has appeared in The Huffington Post, Hobart, Booth, Slice Magazine & then some.

Usually this is where I give you the lowdown on everything we spoke about and the highlights of what she shared, but she gave out so many nuggets of genius I have to just lay them all out here:

“Every day that I’m an artist & illustrator, I touch the kid that wanted to do what I’m doing.” (Click to tweet this gem!)

“What’s one small thing that I can turn towards to help me start assembling my dreams?

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Dec 03 2013

What’s it like to be an entrepreneur? Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at my week.


WEEK IN THE LIFE

It’s been 2 years since I’ve given a detailed view of what A Day In My Life is like…and I feel it’s a great time for an update!

To echo what I said back in 2011, each and every day/week/month is different for me. I don’t always see friends on Mondays or take yoga on Tuesdays or spend every Friday afternoon in a coffee shop…being a solopreneur who wears All The Hats (even with amazeballs help) just doesn’t allow it.

So while I gave you just a day-long overview back then, I wanna give you a week-long overview now.

A behind-the-scenes look as to why/when/how I do what I do – and what it really looks like to be a full-time entrepreneur.

No glossy photos of me with balloons or glasses or a pencil between my teeth, running through a park with a dog.

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Nov 26 2013

10 Things To Do Besides Cry in Your Company’s Bathroom


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Tearpy by The Wicked Littles on Etsy

Spending part (or all?) of your lunch hour – or minutes between never-ending meetings – sobbing in your office bathroom?

Wondering how the hell you got here, and how this is your life?

Instead of giving into despair, do this instead:

10. Watch the 1st video in the 10 Ways to Discover Work That Feels Like Play series (and sign up if you want the next 9 ways):

9. Do whatever you need to set the Reset button. What energizes you? Whether it’s a “sick day” at work to take yourself out for lunch, a movie, and a massage; a journaling practice each morning; or a “pajama day” where you don’t even entertain the thought of leaving the house (or getting dressed!), pinpoint the things that “reset” you back to feeling like you, and do at least one of them.

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