Um, do you know that I’ve coached hundreds of women since I started offering dream career guidance in 2008? And that these women are freakin’ rock stars, leaving soul-sucking jobs and traveling the world and launching creative, grown-up businesses and simply doing work that fits their lifestyle goals? Well ya do now – and you’ll hear their stories firsthand in my Client Case Studies series! I first worked with Sarah in my group career-discovery program in March of 2014. On June 2nd of this year, I got a short email from her that said ‘I am finally quitting my job on Monday and am “becoming a woman of the world” in my editing business. I could not have done it without you and your work. I am so excited/scared! But mostly excited. Thanks again!’ Of course, I stopped what I was doing and did the biggest of happy dances – and then roped her in to answering my questions for this series. Enjoy!
Why did you decide to work with a creative career coach?
My whole life I wanted to have a job involving books. My first word was “book,” so I am pretty sure books and I were destined to spend our days together. However, I couldn’t figure out how to make a career out of my passion for books. My friend recommended you, and I knew you would be a perfect fit after I saw you rock the ukulele.
What were you doing work-wise when we started our sessions?
I was a technical writer and process engineer. My days were spent reviewing technical documents and telling people how to make their work process more efficient.
What was your biggest takeaway from our work together?
I think it was the belief that it was possible to have a job I loved. I always thought having a career of my dreams was something that only existed in fairytales (okay, I don’t know any career fairytales, but it should definitely be a thing). It really helped having your encouragement and to see the different careers people were doing successfully. If someone can have a career writing on-line dating profiles, I could be a book editor and a novelist!
Was there anything else you tried to do as a career between the time we stopped our sessions and what you do for work now? If so, how did it inform your current career?
I always knew I had a passion was for books and words, so once I determined that I wanted to be an editor, writer, and writing coach through my own business, I just focused on that. Having that goal in mind helped me stick it out with my day job until I was ready to launch my business full-time.
What would you tell someone now that was in your shoes when we first started working together? What’s your best “tip” to allow them to make a grown-up living doing what they love?
I would tell them not to worry about what other people will think. What prevented me from quitting my job to take my business full-time was my fixation on other people judging me. I live in D.C.; it is a city that is very career-oriented. People really don’t often go off the corporate track. I was sure people would look at me like I was nuts. When I did quit my job, I was surprised to find that everyone was super supportive, even those that I didn’t think would be! Even if that weren’t the case, the joy I have working for myself far outweighs any outside criticism or judgment.
If you have your own biz, what’s on the horizon for your business? We’d love to hear about any upcoming offerings or goals!
I am currently offering editing and writing coaching on my website (www.thebookishfox.com). I also am about to launch a membership site for aspiring writers. It will have writing prompts, workshops, and tons of accountability! Finally, I am currently writing a young adult novel. I cannot wait to finally hold my book in my hands!
Applications open up this week for one-on-one work with me. I’ll be adding some new, lower-cost ways for us to work together, so you’re gonna want in on this. Add your name to the wait list here and you’ll get to submit your no-obligation app ASAP. Perfection!