Passion & Purpose

Do you feel passionate about your career? Whether you’re a recent grad or a seasoned professional, I believe there’s always ways to incorporate more passion and fulfillment into your career.

Incorporating more of what you love doesn’t necessarily mean completely changing your career direction. You can develop more of a portfolio career, where you are working two or more jobs simultaneously. Also, more and more women are starting new side gigs and / or starting their own businesses.

Five Key Strategies for Career Change after Kids


Career change after kids is entirely possible. In fact, it can be down right exhilarating and even fun. You just need the right information and a simple framework. I've never actually sat down and thought specifically about how my mom skills connect to my career as a coach and educator. But looking back on the last seven years, everything about being a mom has affected my career. In fact, I consider being a mom an integral part of my career. Read on to learn how to reinvent or change your career after having kids. See related: Need a Career Make-Over? [...]

Five Key Strategies for Career Change after Kids2020-12-04T08:08:24-08:00

Five Signs You’re Ready for a Major Career Change


To say that these are uncertain times is a giant understatement. Given all the uncertainty, many professionals are wondering if they should jump ship or stay put and wait out the storm. If you've been laid off, should you make a big career change or try to re-enter your prior field? Read on to learn about five distinct signs that can indicate you're ready for a big career change. Sign #1: You've been thinking about it a while You've had a vision for this career change for a long time. I'm not talking weeks, I'm talkin' like months or even years. Your [...]

Five Signs You’re Ready for a Major Career Change2020-10-29T07:44:18-07:00

Making a Career Change After 40? Avoid These Five Mistakes!


Are you considering a career change after 40? There are likely many questions swirling around your head. Am I too old for a career change? Do I have relevant skills for a career change? Can I be successful making a career change after 40? After I turned 40 it was like a fire lit up inside of me. I knew it was time to go after my career dream of starting a blog and being a professional writer. I loved being a career coach (which I've done for nearly 20 years), but I wanted to do my job differently. I [...]

Making a Career Change After 40? Avoid These Five Mistakes!2020-12-04T07:14:42-08:00

The Top Mistakes I Made When Starting an Online Business


Since childhood I've always dreamed of being a writer. In elementary school I told ghost stories on rainy days when the playground was too soaked for playing. I wrote silly poems in class that made my friends laugh. For many years I was focused on publishing a children's book. But the road was long and spending 6-10 months waiting for rejections in an impossibly competitive, over-saturated market eventually wore on me. But I didn't give up on my dream. I was still laser focused on being a writer, I just decided to try it in a different capacity by starting [...]

The Top Mistakes I Made When Starting an Online Business2020-12-04T08:35:11-08:00

How to Create Your Dream Job in Seven Steps


Feeling fed up is what caused me to take my career destiny into my own hands. I was fed up with being underpaid and undervalued. Fed up with being taken advantage of. Fed up with not ever doing exactly what it was that I dreamed of doing. But I quickly realized I wasn't upset with any past bosses or co-workers. No former supervisors had tried to take advantage of me. I had been undervaluing myself all along. I hadn't had enough confidence to ask for more money, or better projects, or higher pay. Then and there, I decided I wanted [...]

How to Create Your Dream Job in Seven Steps2020-12-04T07:55:43-08:00

Considering a Career Change? Ask Yourself These Five Questions First!


Career change can be both exciting and scary. You probably have lots of questions swirling around your head. For example, where do you start? How do you know if you're making the right decision? What if you make a change and wind up hating it? If you are a mom re-entering the workforce, you have most likely honed many skills during your career pause like communication, multitasking, and project management, to name a few. You might be eager to use these new skills in a brand new career field. Regardless of your motivation, if you do some self-reflection and research [...]

Considering a Career Change? Ask Yourself These Five Questions First!2020-12-04T07:27:21-08:00

Three Reasons It Pays to Follow Your Passions Outside of Work (and How to Do It)


Early in my coaching career, I worked with a client who we'll call Amy. While doing a values card sort, Amy placed the "follow your passion" card in the "least important for my career" pile.  I asked Amy why following her passion was at the bottom of her priority list. She replied simply, "I don't need to feel passionate about my job. I just want to do something that I'm good at, that pays decently, and that allows me enough free time so I can follow my passions outside of work." Whether you're someone who needs to feel passionate about [...]

Three Reasons It Pays to Follow Your Passions Outside of Work (and How to Do It)2020-03-06T09:29:52-08:00

Four Ways to Increase Your Career Motivation in 2020


In the post-holiday-letdown season (otherwise known as the month of January), it's not uncommon to be feeling a lack of career motivation. Maybe it's the extra holiday weight dragging you down (Santa didn't really need all those cookies, right?!). Or perhaps it's that miserable, persistent cold that's devouring your energy. When you're feeling drained and unmotivated, it can be hard to get out from under the covers, let alone tackle those pesky new year's resolutions. If this sounds like you, don't beat yourself up. Every now and again, we all feel unmotivated and need what I like to call a [...]

Four Ways to Increase Your Career Motivation in 20202020-09-06T14:47:39-07:00

Three Signs You’re Headed for Career Burnout


According to a recent article by NPR, the World Health Organization (WHO) has identified career burnout as becoming incredibly pervasive in the United States. So much so that in 2022, its International Classification of Diseases handbook will redefine career burnout as a "syndrome" linked to chronic stress at work. There's no vaccine to prevent career burnout. However, there are simple steps you can take before you become severely affected. As a career coach for nearly 20 years, I've found that when clients are feeling burnt out or disengaged from their job, more often than not it's a subtle change that's needed, [...]

Three Signs You’re Headed for Career Burnout2020-09-06T14:48:57-07:00
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