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Oct 27 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Nancy & Brenda’s Story


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This is part of The Recession is Bullhonkey series, where I share stories of those who have gotten hired and/or started their own businesses (or sometimes both!) since 2008. I love this one (heck, I love ‘em all!) because it not only describes the start of a passionate company (with such a great purpose and mission), but it’s the story of the co-owners of MoolaHoop, Brenda Bazan and Nancy Hayes. They’ve entitled it “Taking the Leap.”

At MoolaHoop, we work with women who own or manage small businesses. Crowdfunding campaigns can raise funds that will help them grow their companies. Many of the women we work with came to small business ownership after other careers and are embracing the opportunities and challenges of the entrepreneurial life. They have taken the leap into entrepreneurship.

In fact, we founded MoolaHoop as a result of our own “mid-life” career changes.

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Oct 20 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Tornow’s Story


The Recession is Bullhonkey: Tornow's Story

This is part of The Recession is Bullhonkey series, where I share stories of those who have gotten hired and/or started their own businesses (or sometimes both!) since 2008. This is Tornow‘s story, and I think it’ll especially resonate with someone who had to create their own career because of an illness. Read on for her story AND the lessons she’s learned!

I wish this story was about agency and power but, in truth, it is about vulnerability. Sometimes I must remind myself that is okay too, and it is okay for me to share it.

Like so many other multipassionates, I hopped around from job to job trying to find one that could be called my “one true purpose.” Being from the SF Bay Area, I sampled start-ups like they were college electives.

It was only after I started working with a coach and began to understand my multipassionate tendencies that I found my “dream job”—the ideal convergence of my passions.

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Oct 13 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Andrea’s Story


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This is part of The Recession is Bullhonkey series, where I share stories of those who have gotten hired and/or started their own businesses (or sometimes both!) since 2008. This is the story of Andrea Jordan, who has quit her job (twice!), joined the contracting world and is now starting her own business. So inspirational!

I felt stomach-clenching nervous. Doing it in the morning was best, I thought. I checked my figures again. They worked out. I was going to be okay. I gathered my courage and walked into my boss’s office.

I resigned from my role as senior associate at a private law firm in May 2009. I had only worked there for 8 months, after moving back to New Zealand from the UK.

This was my second resignation since the Global Financial Crunch as I had left my role in the UK when I realised that I no longer wanted to be a partner in a large law firm.

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Oct 06 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Rene’s Story


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This is part of The Recession is Bullhonkey series, where I share stories of those who have gotten hired and/or started their own businesses (or sometimes both!) since 2008. This is the story of my former client, Rene, who left her six-figure career to start her own spa. Although she acknowledges that it’s “completely expendable” in this economy, she’s found ways to make it a true success. Read on! 

The life of my career has ebbed and flowed since graduating from college. I have always been somewhat of a risk taker, but I never fully committed to the life I dreamed of and always wondered how other people achieved.

So…I began my career in corporate sales, and it lasted 11 years. I truly despised my sales profession but I was ever so good at it. I had two things going for me.

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Sep 08 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Paula’s Story


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This is part of The Recession is Bullhonkey series, where I share stories of those who have gotten hired and/or started their own businesses (or sometimes both!) since 2008. This is former client & upcoming CreativeLive intervieweePaula Jenkins. She titled this post “The Dream is Free, The Hustle is Sold Separately” – and you’ll soon read how she landed 4 jobs in the past 4 years!

It was October of 2010 and we’d just had our son the month before. I was out to dinner with some friends after going to a retreat with them. My friend Kevin was talking about his job, at a credit union, and how he’d just gotten promoted to a VP spot.

“Do you need any project managers?” I blurted out, knowing I had no desire to return to the job I’d left.

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Sep 01 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Lesley’s Story


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This is part of The Recession is Bullhonkey series, where I share stories of those who have gotten hired and/or started their own businesses (or sometimes both!) since 2008. This is former client & upcoming CreativeLive interviewee Lesley DeSantis. Below, she talks about how she’s made her multi-faceted career (she’s an artist, model, polarity therapist, and masseuse-in-training!) recession-proof – and how you can, too.

Renaissance soul. Multipotentialite. Scanner. Jack of All Trades. Well-rounded. Multipassionate.

Chances are, you’ve heard one or more of these terms and find they describe that wildly curious, informationally-insatiable, beautiful soul you have floating around in that body o’ yours as you fight the urge to try (and succeed at) every single thing that catches your fancy.

I’m also willing to bet you’ve heard some, if not all of these: Indecisive. Flaky. Can’t settle down.

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Aug 25 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Janette’s Story


The Recession is Bullhonkey: Janette's Story

This is part of The Recession is Bullhonkey series, where I share stories of those who have gotten hired and/or started their own businesses (or sometimes both!) since 2008. This is former client & upcoming CreativeLive interviewee Janette Gorney. Below, she shares the biggest thing she had to do when she decided to shed her material possessions, a job, and a long-term relationship and embarked on the travel adventure of her dreams.

Could life simply be a series of events of either taking in or letting out, inhaling or exhaling, giving or receiving? Allowing ourselves to receive and conversely, allowing ourselves to release is a natural ebb and flow – or is it?

Take a moment to witness the seamless flow in nature, as vibrant grasses give life to the rabbit, whose death gives way to the nourishment of the coyote, whose excrement enhances the soil that then provides sustenance for the grasses…or the hummingbird who gracefully flies from flower to flower sipping sweet nectar while simultaneously pollinating the plants.

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Aug 18 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Megan’s Story


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This is part of The Recession is Bullhonkey series, where I share stories of those who have gotten hired and/or started their own businesses (or sometimes both!) since 2008. This is former client & upcoming CreativeLive interviewee Megan Collins story of how she went from “cobbled-together freelancer” to founder and face of men’s lifestyle site Style Girlfriend.

“We’re going to have to let you go, Megan.”

Oh shit.

It’s January of 2011, and I’ve just been fired from the ad agency where I worked as an account manager.

And when I say fired, I mean fired. Not “laid off due to budget cuts.” Fired-fired.

Looking back, it’s funny to me now, because since taking the job six months earlier, I’d promised myself I would be out of advertising by January. I was going to leave the industry behind – dramatically and triumphantly – in favor of a writing career, my true passion.

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Aug 11 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Molly’s Story


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This is part of The Recession is Bullhonkey series, where I share stories of those who have gotten hired and/or started their own businesses (or sometimes both!) since 2008. This is former client & upcoming CreativeLive interviewee Molly Quigley’s story of how she became the Online Dating Cheerleader – and why she hasn’t quit her “day job”. 

I don’t know when I stumbled across Michelle Ward’s information or website. I do know that, too often, I would sit in Starbucks about to head to my job with one of her newsletters freshly delivered to my inbox, knowing that baby Jesus just shed a tear for me, as he watched me gather up the muster to head into work one more day.

You see, I was terrified to spend what little I had in savings to figure out what I wanted to do with my life.  

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Apr 29 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Kathryn’s story


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From Michelle: This is part of The Recession is Bullhonkey series, where I share stories of those who have gotten hired and/or started their own businesses (or sometimes both!) since 2008. This is Kathryn Hall‘s story of leaving the 9-to-5 behind in 2011 to run 2 businesses. Inspiration + usefulness below!

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It’s 3rd April 2011 and I’m sitting in the departure lounge at Singapore airport.

Surrounded by bored, tired and frustrated travellers there is a strange sense of quiet agitation as people pass the time any way they can… shopping, sitting, reading, sleeping. Waiting for a plane that by now should be 10,000 feet above the ground and heading west to take us home.

As for me? Well, I just sit uncomfortably and anxiously on a plastic chair that’s rooted to the ground.

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