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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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Help! How do I Reinvent my Career Now?

Are you struggling to re-invent your career…or do you know someone who is? I’m happy to announce that on Monday, April 24, 2017, I’ll be conducting a half-day workshop for a wonderful organization, ReBoot Career Accelerator for Women. ReBoot offers a unique set of programs designed by women for women to help them re-enter the workforce after a break in employment to raise children. Their programs help you prepare to compete in today’s connected world, landing a job that makes you feel fulfilled and impactful professionally. I recently conducted this workshop for them and it was so well-received that they have asked…

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On Surrender and Self-Imposed Limitations

I’m working on reaching one of the most challenging milestones in my life right now. For the past 12 years, ever since I entered the coaching field, I dreamed of the day when I would achieve the pinnacle designation of the field, the coveted Master Certified Coach Credential (MCC). Granted by the International Coach Federation, the governing body of the field of coaching, the MCC is sought by many and achieved by few. I like to think of it as “the MBA of coaching.” I have played out the fantasy of achieving this many times, opening the email…

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Fast Track to a New Career

Can you believe we are more than halfway through summer? You probably don’t want to get out of the summer state-of-mind, yet (just one more beach read and umbrella drink, please), but now is a great time to start thinking about making a career change or polishing up your professional goals. It’s never too soon to make a change that will get you to where you want to go—both in life and in your career—and having a strategy, and creating priorities, makes all the difference in reaching your goals.Many professionals—whether career changers or business owners—step up their…

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My Team Mate, My Husband

Several days this past week I’ve woken in the middle of the night mid-dream. The dream takes various forms: I’m lost in a building and can’t find my way out, or I’m trying to check out of a hotel but can’t pack my things fast enough to check out in time, are a couple of examples. I wake up in a sweat, and have trouble going back to sleep. My sleep has not been restful these past few weeks. When I think about these anxiety dreams, logically, I know where they come from. They are about all…

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You Can Do It

“If you had a chance to share a message with the world, and could guarantee everyone would hear and understand you, what would you say?” That was the question posed to me. What would my answer be? As I sat in the audience at the Conversation Among Masters coaching conference, I heard an immediate answer come to me: You can do it. Natalie Alexia was the woman who posed the question Natalie is a young English woman who had unwittingly started a global movement through her beautiful photography of all sorts of folks displaying their message written…

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Join Me for Lunch This Thursday!

Are you an entrepreneur in the Bay Area? If yes, I invite you to be my guest for lunch this Thursday. I’m addressing the Alameda chapter of Successful Thinkers on: Coaching Yourself to Success Thursday, November 6th, 11:30am – 1:30pm Pasta Pelican Restaurant, Alameda In honor of my 10-year anniversary of my coaching business, I’m inviting  local entrepreneurs who would like to come hear me speak to attend the luncheon as my guest. My topic is a juicy one. I’m going to be doing something I’ve never done before: talking about the way I think when I’m coaching…

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Readying the Soil for Planting

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the raised garden bed in my backyard, lying fallow as we ready for the planting season. I am thinking about blending in the rich, loamy compost to bring nutrients to the soil and ultimately to the tender, young seedlings. Then, a deep watering or two to bring moisture back into the sun-baked earth. Both these components are an essential precursor to planting new flowers, vegetables, and fruits. Without these ingredients, plus the consistent care of us gardeners, the plants will not thrive—or even survive. Like the readying of the garden…

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A Strong Foundation

When my husband and I purchased our home seventeen years ago, it was just a patch of brown dirt. Slowly, over several months, we observed as the home was constructed, visiting on weekends with our picnic lunch, lawn chairs, and the newspaper to witness the transformation of the bare ground into a lovely two-story house. It was an amazing, empowering experience. We took pictures all along the way. I remember when they poured the foundation, carefully framing it up, placing the rebar, and pouring the cement. They then made sure that the concrete dried flat, so that…

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Accessing Your Inner Wisdom, Part 2

Learn how to harness the power of reflection and dig deep to discover your happy path. In my previous blog post, I explained that the first steps to finding a career with heart are to acknowledge that change is possible and to determine what it is that you truly want to do. The next step is to align your materials with your evolving personal brand. Ensure that the authentic story you tell in your written materials (your resume, LinkedIn profile, etc.) and your oral communication (interviewing, networking) reflects what you’ve learned about yourself and what you want professionally. An edited version of…

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