Behind The Perfect Holiday Card… Is A Mess

It is so easy to feel like other people have their lives together, especially at this time of year, when holiday cards arrive in bright white envelopes filled with smiling faces. It can seem like you are the only one sitting at home while others head off to festive holiday parties or head out of town on a wonderful vacation to bask in the glow of friends and family. Gosh, even a stroll through a holiday catalog is enough to give you a sense of FOMO. No wonder this time of year is hard for so many….

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Community Comes Together To Help Others

We can do amazing things when we come together. This year’s Jammie Drive, our fifth annual, was a raging success. I started the drive five years ago to help my children experience the true spirit of the holidays, while providing core essentials to those in need at an emotionally charged time of year. It’s amazing to see how this idea has grown in reach and impact, beyond my wildest dreams. In fact, this was our largest turnout ever: our community was able to gift 200 people with jammies and slippers, packages of underwear, socks and other essentials,…

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Adopt a Family This Christmas

We are excited to announce that our drive is underway and adoptions for our 2017 drive are now open! Click here to make your selection. Now in our fifth year, this family-friendly holiday drive helps clothe the women and children residents of Alameda’s Midway Shelter, their safe house, and the San Leandro Shelter with new, cozy jammies, socks, and underthings to open on Christmas Day. This year’s party culminating the drive will be held on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 in the early evening. For the past four years coordinating this event, my heart has been filled with gratitude for the  generosity givers…

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Everyday Blessings

What do blessings look like these days? At this time of Thanksgiving, I sat down to make a list of things I’m thankful for. What a shift from my normal way of thinking, obsessing about the mountain of to-dos I have yet to conquer. It is so solidifying and valuable to train a lens on what makes life wonderful, and what we are grateful for. Here’s a list of everyday things that make life feel worthwhile, special, and worth giving thanks for to me, in the hope of getting you started on your own list. Feel free…

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How to Dominate the World in 8 Fantastic Quotes

In mid-July I headed north to Portland, OR for my annual pilgrimage to the World Domination Summit (WDS). WDS is an event I plan my year around because it inspires me and helps me reground myself in my passion for the work I do and the life I reach for. To give you a sense of what it is like, I thought I would recap my favorite quotes from this year’s event: 1. To get yourself to do something you are having trouble finishing like writing a book, “Write a $1000 check to an organization you hate…

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9 Strategies to Create an Effective Resume

In a recent post, Three Keys to a Resume That Works, I mention that resume writing is an art and not a science and that everyone you talk to will give you a different perspective about what makes an effective resume. To expand on the ideas outlined in that post, here are some strategies for what we’ve seen work well for the hundreds of professionals who have partnered with our career coaching team. I’ve included answers to common questions we receive. Document length: No more than two pages. Early career professionals can target a one-page resume and…

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Seeing Hamilton Recharged my Creativity

I’m not a fan of musicals. Typically, I’m checking my watch and wondering when intermission is. …And then last week I saw Hamilton. How I got to go was a true miracle. I had been wanting to go but not planning to due to the high cost of tickets and, truth be told, I was interested in the phenomenal success of the show but not obsessed with going. I could take it or leave it. Then, my dad called saying that he had won tickets for the matinee the next day. I happily said yes at my…

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Three Keys to a Resume That Works

Resume writing is an art, not a science. Everyone has a different opinion about what kind of resume works. You have to run the advice you get through your internal filter to figure out what makes sense for you and your situation. I’m sharing what we’ve seen work with the hundreds of clients who’ve hired our career coaching team to get well-dressed for a career or job change. Here are three fundamental perspectives to consider: • The number one shortcoming with most resumes is that they tell the story of where you’ve been, but not the story of where…

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The Question of Age: Part Two

(Last week we tackled part one of the sticky subject of age and the bias that may hold you back as an older job-seeker. Read part one, first.) Take care of yourself. Aging requires you to pay more attention to your body than when you were younger. It is important to listen to your body’s messages! Move your body, eat well, get enough sleep, drink enough water, and  keep your mindset in a positive place. Podcasts and guided meditations are my go-to resources. My current favorite meditation app is Insight Timer. Try the guided meditations by Sarah Blondin…

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The Question of Age: Part One

The question of age—I get asked about it all the time. It comes in several forms from people in their 40s, 50s and 60s: How do I deal with my age when looking for a job? What is your take on ageism in the career search process? And other related questions. It is a touchy subject, for sure. Yes, age is an issue in the job search/career transition process, though not as much as people think. Here are some thoughts on how to deal with it: Drop all but the last 10 years of experience off your…

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