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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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Airplane Art Print by The Dreaming Giraffe

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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Mar 19 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Kathy’s Story


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 The Jerk Store card by Signfeld (the best idea for a company ever)

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 Kathy Stowell‘s Story, a former client of mine who learned the hard way how to quiet the naysayers and keep moving forward to being a chicken-raiser, homeschooling Mama and coaching school founder!

On our second date my future husband asked me over sushi what my dreams were. I’ve never been asked that on a date so I got pretty excited. That clued me in he was ‘that into me’ and so far he was passing try outs for my future husband position with flying colors.

We were living in the city at the time and I confessed my ultimate dream was to be out in the country, raising chickens and other small critters (that was my code for kids but I didn’t want to freak him quite yet).

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Jan 30 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Monika’s Story


Let’s not mince words – I love everything about Monika Mundell’s story below: the jerky bosses, her I-won’t-take-it-anymore moment, and the lessons and actions that came from it. Prepare to have a fire lit underneath ya!

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Confidence print by Artsy Designy 

I want to start this post with full disclosure: I never got laid off from a J.O.B. (Just Over Broke) BUT I did endure years of on-the-job bullying by lazy managers who brown-nosed (and probably slept) their way to the top of the food chain in the hospitality industry. And frankly, I reached a state in my career I was sick and tired of working for assholes.

Plus… I lost my passion for cooking because of all the BULL-shiz that went with it.

This is my story of how I went from being a disgruntled chef of 22 years to building a multiple six-figure income in less than 3 years…

(My transformation took place right in the middle of the 2008 recession).

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Nov 12 2013

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Denise’s Story


Denise Diamond and I started working together in September of 2012, just 14 months ago, on what she wanted to be when she “grew up.” She uncovered so much then that was related to entrepreneurship and travel that I was over-the-moon to hear that she started a travel blog…but the happy dance really started when she announced that she got an offer to work for a non-profit in Africa starting this January for a year – and she took it! I forced her to share how she did it for all of us. The tips she shares below are the best!

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Trapped. That’s the word I would use to describe how I was feeling in my career. I received my degree in marketing and then went on to work in the industry for several years, climbing the ranks like I was supposed to.

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Jan 15 2013

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Eileen’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 Eileen‘s Story, and if you can relate to “boring office job + crazy boss” being your reality, then definitely read on.

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Original photo by Eileen

I once had a friend tell me how grateful she was for all the horrible jobs and bosses she’d had over the years – with the reasoning that if they had only been marginally bad?  She might never have left.  I heard that sentiment loud and clear, as a boring office job + crazy boss was my reality for nine years.  This story is not so much about working there though, but about how I left.

For starters, you might be wondering .

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Dec 07 2012

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Lauren’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 Lauren‘s Story, and man oh man, if you’re suffering from a case of the “shoulds” (especially around your degree and/or your stable/traditional job) and feel the travel/yoga bug, this is the post for you. Just beautiful.

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I shouldn’t be writing this post right now. I should be staring pensively out the window from the 38th floor of Four Times Square, imagining my slow ascent to the top of the corporate events world. I mean, if 22-year-old me had had it her way? I would be two years away from Director of Events at a Fortune 500 company.

I should be wearing suit right now.

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Nov 08 2012

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Andrew’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 Andrew‘s Story, and how the 5 year old him would be surprised – and proud – about where he is now.

Surprising Even Myself

When I was 5 years old, I never dreamed of being a speaker, author or coach. So when I quit my comfortable job at a Fortune 50 company to do just that (speaking, authoring and coaching), I surprised a lot of people.

Perhaps most surprised would have been 5-year old me.

Growing up I had the mind of an engineer (and still do). I liked taking things apart, seeing how they worked, and then putting them back together again.

As an engineer, I constantly looked for ways to improve everything I did—10-year old me was ecstatic to discover that if you loaded all of the like-silverware together in the dishwasher, you could save 20-30 seconds on the unload (and I still do this today).

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