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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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Oct 17 2012

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Leigh’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 Leigh‘s Story, and you’ll soon see why you can call yourself a Planner without having a plan.

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A Planner without a Plan

If you’re like me, you tend to feel safest with a plan.  You can go into a new situation because you know what to expect.  You don’t have to worry about the future because you have planned everything out, and life always goes according to plan, right?  (Picture a skeptical eyebrow raise here.)  Mmm-hm.

Recently, I left a job I had held as a developmental psychology lab manager for over 3 years.  But I wasn’t leaving to move on to a dream career like I’d always planned.

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Sep 17 2012

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Katie’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 Katie Clemon‘s Story, and it’s gonna kick your butt if you’re all over the But-I-Don’t-Have-Anywhere-I-Can-Work excuse. 

Raise your hand if you like the idea of journaling.

Keep your hand up if you struggle with keeping said journal. Or keep raising your hand if it seems like you’re only journaling one sort of thing: the sad stuff. The confusing things. The boring details.

I don’t know about you, but once upon a time, both of my hands were WAY UP.

You’re not going to jump up every morning and say, “This is awesome!” Every minute of every day just isn’t like that, right? But what about those minutes that are awesome?

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Aug 15 2012

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Kris’ 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 Kris’ Story, and you’ll soon find out why she called it The Long and Winding Road to Myself.

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The Long and Winding Road to Myself

“There is only one way to learn. It’s through action. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey.”
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Every life is a story with its own plot, characters, settings, conflicts and themes. In the circle of Campbellians (the bliss followers who love the work of Joseph Campbell and everything mythological) that I belong to, our stories are the lifeblood of our personal mythologies. We make meaning from the stories, myths, cultural behaviors and psychologies that weave throughout our lives in the guise of recurring events and themes.

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