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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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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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A Million Little Things

Over lunch, an executive client of mine and I were reflecting about her past few years of professional and personal development as we closed out the current phase of our work together. One thing she said really struck me. “What I’ve learned is that it’s a million little things, not the big things, that matter.” What did she mean by this? She was referring to all the mindset conversations we had had, the small tweaks to how she becomes more aware of herself and how she shows up in conversations with her in-house and extended team, and…

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Think of Career Missteps as Failing up

It happens to all of us. We all have what we think of as failures, or missteps in our career (and our life). Whether we: Took a job that wasn’t a good fit Stayed too long in a toxic work environment Put out a program that didn’t take off in the market Crossed our boss, or Didn’t perform as expected and therefore got overlooked for promotion or even dismissed We tend to carry the scars – and often, the shame – of these experiences going forward. In fact, they can color how we feel about ourselves in…

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10 Steps to Move Past Self-Imposed Limitations (Part II)

If you are up against something that makes you feel stuck, check out all my steps to help you move toward your goal. This is a continuation from my post last week. You can find steps 1-5, here. 6. Divide your stuck project into baby steps. If there is a particular area in your life that feels super stuck, it can feel like a mountain you are trying to climb. If you are feeling overwhelmed, you can divide the project into small chunks, and then with some prioritizing define a pathway to follow to tackle things one…

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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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Is It Possible?

Is it Possible? That’s the question my clients keep asking me. It comes in various forms, such as, is it possible: To have flexibility and still be paid well for work I love? To land a good job after a certain age? To find a job that supports my dreams and goals? I get these questions all the time. The answer that immediately comes to me is—Yes! It is ABSOLUTELY possible, if you believe it is. But, it all depends on you. It is so easy to focus on all that’s wrong in our lives and in the…

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A Life of Intention: An Opportunity to Experiment

I just returned from my annual sojourn to Portland, where I spent a long weekend in deep connection with 1,000 other seekers, people who feel called to “live a remarkable life in a conventional world.” World Domination Summit, the brainchild of author and world traveler Chris Guillebeau, whom I had the good fortune to interview earlier this year, is a pilgrimage for those who want to bask in the company of others who are seeking adventure, community, and service in their lives and careers. Since discovering the conference four years ago, I have designed my year around…

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That Magical Back-From-Vacation Feeling

That lazy back from vacation feeling. That I-don’t-want-to-apply myself feeling. That so-glad-it’s-summer feeling. That life-i-so-simple feeling. Yes, that. Back from a week in the mountains, I’ve been thinking big thoughts and also thinking about nothing at all. I’ve been enjoying time in the wilderness with my children. Watching my kids thrive in the outdoors, with the freedom that family camp brings, able to go around and do what they want, to eat exactly what they want, and to spend their allowance at the camp store buying treats, and staying up late having s’mores around the campfire. Ah,…

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