Tag Archives: Michelle’s Memoirs

Dec 18 2014

Why I probably won’t run Career Camp again (and a last-chance special deal!)


Why I won't be running Career Camp again - & a last day special!

Deciding to run Career Camp again – to start this January – was a bit of a last-minute decision.

I sent an email to my Tech Titan on Nov 7th with the subject line: “12/1 Career Camp Launch – am I nuts?”

I was nuts (still am, and proud of it!), but I knew that I could pull it off.

It felt important to me to offer this in the new year. I was excited about thinking of working with a new group of Campers who wanted to discover their passionate, grown-up career but couldn’t afford my one-on-one sessions and/or liked the aspect of being part of a group. I couldn’t wait to meet them!

So I did what I was “supposed” to:

  • I created an editorial schedule for my blog and newsletter that I felt was valuable content that related to the benefits of Career Camp. 


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Dec 17 2014

What happens when you live for your retirement?


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My Dad is in his mid-60s. He and his wife recently moved out of their condo and into a retirement community an hour or two away from where they were living.

They made the move earlier than they planned, but are enjoying the “semi-retired” life that’s spent doing a bit of work and a lot of leisure.

In late October, my Dad came to visit from Florida. He was here for a family celebration, and was in my apartment with his wife, my mother-in-law, myself and the baby.

I walked into a conversation that my Dad was having with my mother-in-law, and it’s stuck with me since.

He was explaining to her how much they love their new home and lifestyle, and how devastated they were to hear that a close friend of theirs was newly diagnosed with terminal cancer.

A man in his 60s, he was given just months to live.

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Dec 03 2014

Why I’ve pared down my offerings – and my business mission!


Why I pared down my offerings AND my business mission

Within the past couple months, I’ve made some BIG decisions.

The decision to no longer offer Running Over Writing Roadblocks – a workbook I made 3 years ago – as a download on my site.

The decision to transition my Grown Up Gigs interview series from video to a podcast.

The decision to close The When I Grow Up Clubhouse – my community site that’s been open for almost 2 years – this past Monday.

The decision to take less one-on-one clients and, instead, offer smaller coaching packages to my upcoming Career Campers.

These decisions, as you can imagine, were not made lightly. Some of them were truly nerve-wracking and filled with tons of resistance.

But behind it all, there was just one thing.

It’s the thing that’s behind my business evolution.

It’s the thing that’s been clear for quite a few years, honestly, but I was too scared to pinpoint.

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Nov 19 2014

I’m yearning for _____ but am _____ instead.


What I'm yearning for

Thanks to all the amazeballs feedback I got on my last super personal post (seriously, THANK YOU!), I’ve promised myself to share more journal-like entries here in hopes it continues to help comfort, inspire, and ignite you. 

I’m yearning for structure, but am winging it instead.

I’m yearning to read and/or journal right before bed, but am scrolling through my phone instead.

I’m yearning for exercise, but am telling myself I’m “too busy” and it “costs too much” instead.

I’m yearning for my morning meditation + yoga routine, but am telling myself I don’t have time instead.

I’m yearning to organize All The Things, but am living amongst the chaos instead.

I’m yearning to have a more normal work schedule, but have yet to come to terms with getting childcare instead.

I’m yearning for reinvention and expansion, but am staying safe instead.

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Nov 05 2014

Confession: I’m stuck.


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Inspirational Card from Nightly Doodles

I wrote this on October 15th and have been keeping it in draft form. Now that I’m on the other side – and have decided & communicated what to do with my Clubhouse with the existing members- I thought I’d post it even though it scares me. It’s always scary to be vulnerable and expose that you don’t always have your shit together, but so is my way. It’s why I have this blog. It’s why I do this work. It’s what I want to encourage and bring to the surface. Things are NOT always shiny on the other side of your laptop, and the business owners you follow do NOT come to their business decisions quickly or easily very often. Here’s how I got through my latest hurdle.

I’m stuck.

It feels weird.

It’s so unlike me.

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Jul 16 2014

How to Make Your Dreams Come True (or, How I Became a Mom)


It’s with over-the-moon happiness, joy, pride, excitement, love and All The Emotions that Luke & I get to announce that we’re the parents of this 9 wk old, 11+ pound bundle of deliciousness.

We’ve been parenting her since 6/16, & while the adoption won’t be finalized ’til the end of the year-ish, we’re now secure in the fact that this is our daughter – and we’re so beyond-beyond we have to shout it from the rooftops.

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This is our first official family-of-3 photo, taken Saturday morning. She even gave us The Ward Eyebrow to show how much she belongs.

Luke & I decided we wanted to adopt in Dec ’12, and it took 9 months to pick an agency, get the paperwork done, etc. We’ve been “on the books” since September (when our profile started to be shown to birth Moms), but only had 4 days notice last month when we were told that we were “chosen”.

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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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Jan 28 2014

Tapping Into Your Inner Child


I’m thrilled thrilled thrilled (thrilled!) to be able to show you guys my presentation + interview from the Reboot Workshop back in October here in NYC.

I spent my 15 minutes on speaking from experience on tapping into your inner child, and how it pays such a big fat role in my life and my biz.

The video even shows the slides I was showing behind me, and let’s just say that they include lots of embarrassing old show shots. (Can we say spandex leopard-print bell-bottomed sequined jumpsuit? Yes, yes we can.)

Here it is:

And after I was done, TED Speaker and the founder of 1 Second Every Day Cesar Kuriyama interviewed me (and Lucille, my pink ukulele!):

What did you takeaway from the video(s)? Any questions for me? Like the spot in the video where I totally lost my place?

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Jan 20 2014

Confidence.


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Go Confidently print from Sarah Frances Art.

I’ll admit it and risk the big head you might think I have:

I’ve never had a lack of confidence.

In fact, my mother has said it’s the #1 thing she wanted to install in my brother and me when we were children, and I think my parents succeeded in spades (although it shows itself differently in my brother, which is a whole different post to be written by someone else).

Growing up, I was told I was smart, pretty, talented, special, sweet, and pretty much The Best.

As both a child and an adult, I’ve had my fair share of failures: careers, relationships, you name it.

But the thing is…I never really let it stop me from believing that I could do it.

Sure, I picked the hardest things to pursue: acting and then, of all things, life coaching.

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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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