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  • balance — Career Life Coaching
    you passionate about Can you create a livelihood doing things you are passionate about See The 100 Startup for guidance on this Is there a way to bring passion into your work If you work with a team do you mutually appreciate and value the other players What might you do to contribute to the well being of co workers What needs to happen in order for you to have more fun at work to feel energized and yes playful Sometimes it is as simple as shifting your perspective and changing your attitude Work and play are words used to describe the same thing under differing conditions Mark Twain Filed Under Featured Finding Your Passion Tagged With appreciation attitude awareness balance job Passions play values work Let Your Passion Fuel Your Work March 1 2012 by Dee Relyea When you enjoy the nature of your work your potential for true career fulfillment skyrockets positioning you for greater success In reality many people are not in work they love but in jobs that they need simply to pay the bills They diligently move through their work week doing what needs to be done to meet the required performance standard You know the scenario hanging onto a job even when you are burned out or yearn to be spending your precious hours focused in another direction You slog through your days and gaze eagerly at your weekends so that you can do the stuff you are passionate about The question is do you even have enough energy at the end of your day your week your long stint without a vacation to really enjoy your time off when you have it Can you keep working the day job week after week month after month year after year without something else in your life to energize you Probably not One of the recommendations I make to my clients is to identify what they are passionate about and then find a way to spend time on that passion To clarify what you are passionate about try to remember the last time you were really engaged in an activity that brought you joy made you feel exhilarated excited or energized The things that bring us to that place of feeling more alive or more in tune with our joy are our passions They feed us and give us energy rather than sapping it away We all have things we have to do in life that sap energy so we must balance them with things that create more energy for us One of my clients shared that she just didn t have enough juice at the end of the day to do anything but go home eat something and either zone into the TV or go to bed Susan is only 24 years old way too young to be feeling that way at the end of the day I asked her to think about the last time she felt really energized in her life She told

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  • book review — Career Life Coaching
    Starting a Business Gremlin Taming how to free yourself from your inner critic September 16 2010 by Dee Relyea I ve been revisiting a gem of a book Taming Your Gremlin A surprisingly simple method for getting out of your own way by Rick Carson I ve worked with this marvelous material with my coaching clients over the last few years to help them overcome self limiting beliefs and negative self talk I ve found Rick s book so useful that today I registered for a 3 month tele course with him to learn more Gremlin Taming strategies and techniques Here s why I like his work and this book in particular It is written simply no esoteric detail or religious dogma The author personifies the narrator in your head as a Gremlin who influences you My concept of a gremlin is like the picture above I found this little gray guy at my son s house this summer just hanging out in the garden It is flat out full of laugh out loud bits especially the stories from the author s personal experience There are fill in the blank pages like a kid s Big Book of Fun to help the reader with self discovery In describing the acts we put on he uses such terms as Back to the Land Woodsman Red Hot Mama Pious Puritan Hard Rocker Damsel in Distress and Macho Man Have you met some of those folks Yeah me too Lots of pages have hand drawn illustrations most of which are quite humorous The definitions are clear and easy to understand Your Gremlin is the narrator in your head He has influenced you since you came into this world He s with you when you wake up in the morning and when you go to sleep at night He tells you who and how you are and he defines and interprets your every experience He wants you to accept his interpretations as reality and his goal from moment to moment day to day is to squelch the natural vibrant you within your Gremlin wants you to feel bad The Natural You is the one inside that miraculous mass of matter out of which you are now peering The natural me is inside my own body which is at this moment holding a pen From inside this aging sculpture of hair eyes teeth and limbs the natural me is writing the words Hello in there You just pulled in through your eyes the words Hello in there The natural you understands the essence of my words Your mind is busy making sense out of them Your Gremlin meanwhile is gnashing his teeth and screeching something like This is ridiculous or You re just going to get your hopes up and end up disappointed Nothing s going to change least of all you Or You need another self help book like a hole in the head Beliefs are just opinions that we develop loyalty to so

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  • Business — Career Life Coaching
    got some negative response from people You ll never be successful don t you know most small businesses fail in the first couple of years You have no business in being in business You don t understand the principles Go get a steady job and get a regular paycheck like everybody else If I had succumbed to those opinions I would have missed out on years of fulfilling heart engaging and energizing work Just reading these old voices of conformity brings my energy down Don t let the naysayers undermine your intentions to follow your heart Trust your inner wisdom and go blaze a new trail You don t have to do a certain job you can choose differently The voice of self diminishment This one is insidious and can derail your best intentions These are the messages we tell ourselves about not being enough You fill in the blank Don t put off following your passions because you think you have to get more training practice organized money or whatever you feel is missing This doesn t mean that you don t do any preparation to realize your life s work it does mean you stop trying to talk yourself out of it because you are feeling inadequate Do some research and find out the truth For instance do you really have to have a degree in business to start one No you don t The voice of idle complaint Another name for this voice could be the whine and procrastinate process We all know people who seem to enjoy complaining You know the ones that love to share how awful their work life relations situation whatever is Please don t do that to yourself Evidence of the voice of idle complaint appears when we procrastinate When we turn a deaf ear to the voice of our inner wisdom and come up with excuses to ignore it For example you might say to yourself or others I will make a career change when I have enough money my husband wife finishes school when my kids go off to college when I get fired or laid off when XYZ occurs We wait for some external circumstances to change in order for us to take action to create our own future Write down a few actions you can realistically take towards making your dreams for fulfilling work come true and then do them I am not suggesting anyone act irresponsibly and just assume if you leap off a cliff your wings will appear but I am encouraging you to really examine your reasons for staying in a job or work situation in which you are truly unhappy Your time is limited so don t waste living someone else s life Don t be trapped by the dogma which is living the results of other people s thinking Don t let the noise of others opinions drown out your own inner voice And most important have the courage to follow your heart

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  • career — Career Life Coaching
    shift careers The first step is to identify your package of skills talents and natural abilities We all have abilities life experience knowledge talents passions creativity yearnings interests and skills within I imagine them as being different shapes sizes and colors kind of like this picture I took of Dale Chihuly glass I find clients often assume that they are stuck in the same type job because that is all they have done in the past If we look beyond the job description and instead look within ourselves we can discover a wellspring of transferable skills and hidden talents that can help qualify us for a variety of potentially satisfying jobs Let me give you an example Scott had been a master electrician for 15 years He climbed up ladders and crawled through ducts while wiring commercial buildings At 35 he was finding the physical demands becoming challenging and decided to explore a career change When I asked him what he liked best about being an electrician he responded it is really satisfying to wire an entire system and then bring a building to life with the flip of a switch We began exploring how this could relate to other kinds of careers You see if you start with what you really most enjoy about your work and look at where you can do something similar in a different environment some times the ideal career reveals itself After identifying his transferable skills and natural gifts Scott decided to become a chiropractor He compared the work of being a chiropractor to his career as an electrician In both cases he said you are working with the electrical system In the human body it is the nervous system but my role is the same Determine where the electricity is failing to connect and fix it He went on further to say instead of working in a building with ducts and blowers to move the air and maintain the temperature and electrical wiring to circulate the juice I work on the human body it too has respiratory circulatory and electrical systems Today Scott has a thriving practice in Landrum SC and says he just loves his work He s good at it too I often see him when I am visiting there You never know what new wonderful career may be just around the corner Identifying your own skills and talents is the first step in exploring other kinds of work Need a nudge to start looking at your own Here is a list of Transferable Skills for you to select from After you identify the skills you possess review the list and note those that you really enjoy doing Then mention those in correspondence with potential employers emphasize them on your resume describe them in interviews or launch a business built on them YOU have a unique package of skills talents and abilities Why not use them and live the work you love Filed Under Career Transition Featured Tagged With career change creativity job Passions skills talents work How to Have More Mindful Moments May 14 2013 by Dee Relyea Last week I facilitated two workshops on mindfulness for employees of John Deere Financial I was struck by how earnestly engaged the participants were in the process It was like they were hungry to explore mindfulness What a gift it is to give ourselves time out to allow our busy brains to re focus on the present moment as we did during those workshops For the most part we move through our days on autopilot Scientists tell us that the average human brain thinks 70 000 thoughts a day Now if those were all empowering positive thoughts imagine how different our lives might be Unfortunately we humans tend to ruminate on the past and imagine and plan for the future We also tend to get in loops of repeating memories or patterns of thinking Consider the times you have re played a situation in your head and thought about what you could have should have or would have done differently if given a chance to do it over The nice thing about using mindfulness techniques is that every time you awake to the present moment you have the opportunity to consciously choose how to move forward to the next one When you consider career paths choosing wisely can make all the difference in whether you experience a job that is boring or stressful vs having work that is interesting and enjoyable The more consciously aware we are the more control we have over the course of our lives Instead of being at the mercy of our mental default programs we can start to wake up to each moment each choice point So how do we become more mindful Here are some exercises you might try 1 Watch the mind move in time Take a piece of paper and draw a horizontal line At one end is the future at the other the past In the center of the line make a circle and write in the word NOW Start with your finger on the circle and simply observe your thoughts for 5 minutes Every time you realize you are thinking about the future move your finger on the scale Do the same thing when you realize you are thinking about the past Don t try to stop the thoughts just observe how your mind wanders in time 2 Focus your senses Pick up an object you find interesting and study it for 5 minutes Really look at it touch it observe every detail of color weight shape even whether or not it has an odor This is one method to bring you into the present moment It offers the additional benefit of increasing your power of sensory perception 3 Set wake up calls When I was in grad school I was also a student in The Fourth Way work which was based on the teachings of G I Gurdjieff One of the most interesting homework assignments we were given was called the doorway exercise Every time you pass through a doorway say to yourself I am here now When you realize you have sailed through a doorway without remembering your statement in essence being on autopilot or asleep at the switch go back through the doorway and say it While it may not be practical to actually go back through every doorway for instance exiting an airplane it is remarkable to see how often we are unaware All these moments of mindfulness add up You start to realize how much of life you ve missed because you have been riding around on your own thought train Increase your mindful moments and your life begins to change in some interesting ways Who knows That dream career that ideal life may be just around the corner Filed Under Featured Self Development Tagged With awareness career change enlightenment job joy mind Passion at Work April 7 2013 by Dee Relyea Pattiy Torno What would it be like to be excited to go to work on a regular basis to be brimming with creativity and inspiration to be energized by your own efforts I have often asked that question in an effort to find answers to share Do you know someone who says they absolutely love their work Have you ever heard someone say I enjoy this so much I can hardly believe I get paid to do it Who are these people and what do they do I found some shining examples during a recent visit to the Carolinas I spent an afternoon wandering the River Arts District in Asheville NC a couple of months ago This unique neighborhood along the French Broad River is home to more than 165 artists with working studios located in 18 turn of the century industrial buildings I loved that people are welcome to wander in and talk with the artists and if you re lucky observe them at their craft What really struck me was the unbridled enthusiasm of the artists I spoke with Their passion for their work was a tangible living thing exuding from each studio I visited No one tried to sell me anything either I loved that Take Jonas Gerard for example Born in Casablanca Morocco in 1941 he migrated to NYC and began showing his art on the streets at the age of 16 Although he spent years working in the engineering field his passion for his art eventually lead him to pursue it full time Largely self taught he is best known for his abstract art He describes the essence of it as To unfold the spirit of self exploration by painting or creating freely without restraint or self criticism To develop a deeper trust in one s intuition and instinct as they happen To realize that letting go of set goals opens up a whole world of infinite possibilities I think these are terrific goals for anyone seeking fulfillment in their work don t you agree William B Leonard of Bold Life said it would be hard maybe even impossible to find anyone who is more passionate and energetic about his work than Jonas Gerard He is an artist with the heart of a showman and he happily welcomes visitors into his studio to watch him work As he paints he dances in front of the canvas to music that blares raucously from his cd player and talks while painting saying that he has no idea where the music and paint will take him Another studio I visited was Pattiy Torno s When she was in high school she decided to head towards fashion design as a career She says on her webpage It was the only career I could think of that would allow me to earn a living doing what I love most sewing She apprenticed in the fashion industry in New York and then started her own business in the 1980 s as she wanted to get back to the simple joy of playing with fabric She began making quilts See her picture above with a thimble on her finger and quilt behind her As I sat in her studio drinking herbal tea that chilly afternoon I was struck by how much she truly loves what she does Pattiy shared her work and encouraged me to touch and try on her creations I walked out with one of her lovely fleece hats on my head Whenever I wear it I think of the joy of the artist who made it and it makes me feel good it s nice and warm too Do you have passion at work If you are shaking your head NO you might re consider if you feel or express any of the following Empowered energized excited unstoppable joy entertaining creative evocative motivated a sense of flow giving to others or sharing your talents And if none of those words apply you might rethink your career path Life is too short to spend more than half your waking hours in passionless work Filed Under Featured Finding Your Passion Tagged With art career creativity empowerment energy joy love talents work Ages and Stages in Your Career Life December 11 2012 by Dee Relyea I had the good fortune to be interviewed recently by Teresa Bryan Peneguy an editor with the Wisconsin State Journal The subsequent article Ages stages are factors in education career was published in the newspaper on 12 10 12 It was at the back of the Sports section under the heading Education for Life and I thought it might be helpful to share it with you Here it is in full All the world s a stage and all the men and women are merely players they have their exits and their entrances And one man in his time plays many parts His acts being seven ages William Shakespeare The average American now works close to 50 years That s a heck of a long time to do something you detest Luckily you don t have to Even in today s economy and job market you don t have to feel trapped at a job that makes you want to run screaming for the exit Nor do you have to feel hopeless if your career is threatened by changes in technology and society Whatever stage of life you re in whether you re new to the workforce or a seasoned worker you have options in education and occupation You just have to find out what you really want to do know what your talents and gifts are and figure out who needs what you have to offer says Madison based career life coach Dee Relyea Your 20s Although some people are questioning whether or not college still offers a good ROI labor force data still reveals that the college educated do earn more than their peers without degrees and the higher the education attained the higher one s earnings over a lifetime The times of spending seven years in college for a degree in Medieval Literature may be gone but college is still a smart choice as long as one s chosen career path requires a college degree An awesome thing about being in your 20 s is that you may have great flexibility at this stage of life Relyea talks about Sally who attended college in Minnesota and earned a liberal arts degree After she returned to her home state of WI she went to work in an off which didn t suit her said Relyea Because she had a roommate which lowered her living expenses she had some wiggle room in terms of her salary needs So she worked part time in retail and part time providing marketing for a martial arts school She began trying on different workplaces says Relyea She discovered she really liked social media and since she had no need for a steady paycheck she decided to do that and be a freelance writer full time Since all of her work was done via computer she was able to live anywhere so she moved to Denver It was the perfect scenario for Sally Your 30s Another client of Relyea s Bob got a computer science degree went to work at Epic where he had no trouble getting his foot through the door He loved his job until his position changed and he was required to travel frequently This was a problem because he had dogs and he was miserable with the travel aspect of his job Bob realized that his favorite thing was teaching computer skills to other people so he stared a home business doing that He needed to earn a little more so he picked up a part time job at the Apple store Addendum to this story from Dee which evolved into a full time career and where incidentally he met the love of his life and is not only fully engaged in his work he is engaged to be married The universe works in wondrous ways Your 40s Betsy had a high end marketing job at a Fortune 500 company As technology advanced and Betsy was required to carry a smart phone she found she had no respite from the office whatsoever says Relyea Betsy was a single mom with two adolescents and she was working 70 hours a week Then she heard the company was going to be bought out She came to me to create an exit strategy says Relyea Betsy completed a career assessment the MBTI which revealed her natural personality preferences and transferable skills She discovered she wanted to teach She had a master s degree in marketing but she needed to go back to school for a teaching degree When she was laid off she got a severance package which gave her the time and the money to get the education she needed She was prepared and thrilled when she got that pink slip says Relyea Today Betsy is a high school teacher and loves what she does Your 50s and 60s In middle age many people find themselves discontented with unfulfilling jobs They want to do something they are passionate about says Relyea Sometimes they have been downsized and sometimes they want to respond to an inner calling You have a right to enjoy what you do for a living says Relyea It s really not a luxury she says We don t have much time on this earth You shouldn t have to do something you don t like Often people in this age range have golden handcuffs they re held hostage by a big house or a fancy car or expensive recreation But you can choose to downsize your standard of living she says People have successfully done that to find more fulfilling work A lot of people in their 50s freelance or consult and work part time in retail or whatever to make ends meet Multiple streams of income are the way to go Relyea has answers for any questions you may ask For example what if you want to start a home business but you need health insurance You do have options she says If you have a spouse you may get it through them Umbrella group policies are available the Chamber of Commerce may offer insurance as do almost all professional associations You might be able to get COBRA to tide you over until insurance is easier to purchase through the Affordable Care Act You can find a way to do what you have to do The bottom line is that you do have choices There are many paths available just decide which one you want to take I ve seen some people achieve some amazing things says Relyea I d love to hear stories of your career experiences Please comment below Dee Filed Under Career Transition Featured Tagged With career consulting freelance fulfillment job social media work Let Your Passion

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  • change — Career Life Coaching
    talk yourself out of it because you are feeling inadequate Do some research and find out the truth For instance do you really have to have a degree in business to start one No you don t The voice of idle complaint Another name for this voice could be the whine and procrastinate process We all know people who seem to enjoy complaining You know the ones that love to share how awful their work life relations situation whatever is Please don t do that to yourself Evidence of the voice of idle complaint appears when we procrastinate When we turn a deaf ear to the voice of our inner wisdom and come up with excuses to ignore it For example you might say to yourself or others I will make a career change when I have enough money my husband wife finishes school when my kids go off to college when I get fired or laid off when XYZ occurs We wait for some external circumstances to change in order for us to take action to create our own future Write down a few actions you can realistically take towards making your dreams for fulfilling work come true and then do them I am not suggesting anyone act irresponsibly and just assume if you leap off a cliff your wings will appear but I am encouraging you to really examine your reasons for staying in a job or work situation in which you are truly unhappy Your time is limited so don t waste living someone else s life Don t be trapped by the dogma which is living the results of other people s thinking Don t let the noise of others opinions drown out your own inner voice And most important have the courage to follow your heart and own intuition They somehow already know what you truly want to become Steve Jobs Steve got it right He certainly blazed a trail and changed the world You can to Filed Under Featured Finding Your Passion Tagged With Business career change creativity inner voice inner wisdom intuition job joy work Identify Your Skills and Talents and Find Your Ideal Career June 11 2013 by Dee Relyea Are you thinking it is time to get a different job or shift careers The first step is to identify your package of skills talents and natural abilities We all have abilities life experience knowledge talents passions creativity yearnings interests and skills within I imagine them as being different shapes sizes and colors kind of like this picture I took of Dale Chihuly glass I find clients often assume that they are stuck in the same type job because that is all they have done in the past If we look beyond the job description and instead look within ourselves we can discover a wellspring of transferable skills and hidden talents that can help qualify us for a variety of potentially satisfying jobs Let me give you an example Scott had been a master electrician for 15 years He climbed up ladders and crawled through ducts while wiring commercial buildings At 35 he was finding the physical demands becoming challenging and decided to explore a career change When I asked him what he liked best about being an electrician he responded it is really satisfying to wire an entire system and then bring a building to life with the flip of a switch We began exploring how this could relate to other kinds of careers You see if you start with what you really most enjoy about your work and look at where you can do something similar in a different environment some times the ideal career reveals itself After identifying his transferable skills and natural gifts Scott decided to become a chiropractor He compared the work of being a chiropractor to his career as an electrician In both cases he said you are working with the electrical system In the human body it is the nervous system but my role is the same Determine where the electricity is failing to connect and fix it He went on further to say instead of working in a building with ducts and blowers to move the air and maintain the temperature and electrical wiring to circulate the juice I work on the human body it too has respiratory circulatory and electrical systems Today Scott has a thriving practice in Landrum SC and says he just loves his work He s good at it too I often see him when I am visiting there You never know what new wonderful career may be just around the corner Identifying your own skills and talents is the first step in exploring other kinds of work Need a nudge to start looking at your own Here is a list of Transferable Skills for you to select from After you identify the skills you possess review the list and note those that you really enjoy doing Then mention those in correspondence with potential employers emphasize them on your resume describe them in interviews or launch a business built on them YOU have a unique package of skills talents and abilities Why not use them and live the work you love Filed Under Career Transition Featured Tagged With career change creativity job Passions skills talents work How to Have More Mindful Moments May 14 2013 by Dee Relyea Last week I facilitated two workshops on mindfulness for employees of John Deere Financial I was struck by how earnestly engaged the participants were in the process It was like they were hungry to explore mindfulness What a gift it is to give ourselves time out to allow our busy brains to re focus on the present moment as we did during those workshops For the most part we move through our days on autopilot Scientists tell us that the average human brain thinks 70 000 thoughts a day Now if those were all empowering positive thoughts imagine how different our lives

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  • consulting — Career Life Coaching
    social media and since she had no need for a steady paycheck she decided to do that and be a freelance writer full time Since all of her work was done via computer she was able to live anywhere so she moved to Denver It was the perfect scenario for Sally Your 30s Another client of Relyea s Bob got a computer science degree went to work at Epic where he had no trouble getting his foot through the door He loved his job until his position changed and he was required to travel frequently This was a problem because he had dogs and he was miserable with the travel aspect of his job Bob realized that his favorite thing was teaching computer skills to other people so he stared a home business doing that He needed to earn a little more so he picked up a part time job at the Apple store Addendum to this story from Dee which evolved into a full time career and where incidentally he met the love of his life and is not only fully engaged in his work he is engaged to be married The universe works in wondrous ways Your 40s Betsy had a high end marketing job at a Fortune 500 company As technology advanced and Betsy was required to carry a smart phone she found she had no respite from the office whatsoever says Relyea Betsy was a single mom with two adolescents and she was working 70 hours a week Then she heard the company was going to be bought out She came to me to create an exit strategy says Relyea Betsy completed a career assessment the MBTI which revealed her natural personality preferences and transferable skills She discovered she wanted to teach She had a master s degree in marketing but she needed to go back to school for a teaching degree When she was laid off she got a severance package which gave her the time and the money to get the education she needed She was prepared and thrilled when she got that pink slip says Relyea Today Betsy is a high school teacher and loves what she does Your 50s and 60s In middle age many people find themselves discontented with unfulfilling jobs They want to do something they are passionate about says Relyea Sometimes they have been downsized and sometimes they want to respond to an inner calling You have a right to enjoy what you do for a living says Relyea It s really not a luxury she says We don t have much time on this earth You shouldn t have to do something you don t like Often people in this age range have golden handcuffs they re held hostage by a big house or a fancy car or expensive recreation But you can choose to downsize your standard of living she says People have successfully done that to find more fulfilling work A lot of people in their

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  • creativity — Career Life Coaching
    age of 16 Although he spent years working in the engineering field his passion for his art eventually lead him to pursue it full time Largely self taught he is best known for his abstract art He describes the essence of it as To unfold the spirit of self exploration by painting or creating freely without restraint or self criticism To develop a deeper trust in one s intuition and instinct as they happen To realize that letting go of set goals opens up a whole world of infinite possibilities I think these are terrific goals for anyone seeking fulfillment in their work don t you agree William B Leonard of Bold Life said it would be hard maybe even impossible to find anyone who is more passionate and energetic about his work than Jonas Gerard He is an artist with the heart of a showman and he happily welcomes visitors into his studio to watch him work As he paints he dances in front of the canvas to music that blares raucously from his cd player and talks while painting saying that he has no idea where the music and paint will take him Another studio I visited was Pattiy Torno s When she was in high school she decided to head towards fashion design as a career She says on her webpage It was the only career I could think of that would allow me to earn a living doing what I love most sewing She apprenticed in the fashion industry in New York and then started her own business in the 1980 s as she wanted to get back to the simple joy of playing with fabric She began making quilts See her picture above with a thimble on her finger and quilt behind her As I sat in her studio drinking herbal tea that chilly afternoon I was struck by how much she truly loves what she does Pattiy shared her work and encouraged me to touch and try on her creations I walked out with one of her lovely fleece hats on my head Whenever I wear it I think of the joy of the artist who made it and it makes me feel good it s nice and warm too Do you have passion at work If you are shaking your head NO you might re consider if you feel or express any of the following Empowered energized excited unstoppable joy entertaining creative evocative motivated a sense of flow giving to others or sharing your talents And if none of those words apply you might rethink your career path Life is too short to spend more than half your waking hours in passionless work Filed Under Featured Finding Your Passion Tagged With art career creativity empowerment energy joy love talents work And the winner is July 9 2012 by Dee Relyea The 100 Startup winner I met Janis when she attended my 1st Steps for Starting a Business class last month She is a fine art photographer and has been self employed for over 20 years Her photographs have been purchased by health organizations for placement in hospitals and clinics and provide wonderful uplifting images of nature Four years ago she became interested in social media and how it could help her promote her business Janis who holds an Masters in Fine Arts recently completed the Social Media Certificate program at Madison College She wants to assist other creatives to ramp up their entrepreneurial efforts by having a web presence and participating in social media marketing She told me that her mission is to help others expand their artistic vision by reaching more people using the internet Using the Springboard for the Arts in St Paul as a model Janis decided launched a social media consulting business She assists artists art organizations small business owners and nonprofits to find marketing solutions using the internet Check out her website and her beautiful photos Janis suggests that social media can transform your business She states Here you are exploding with this fantastic brilliant creative idea that you want the world to know about and beat a path to your door How can you possibly spend time on marketing and turn your idea into an art form at the same time The answer is to use social media to get the word out Those people who are listening are following you are your supporters and will buy your product I asked her to give some specific benefits to using social media and she shared the following Increases traffic to your website Improves your search engine optimization SEO Better SEO being found more sales 93 of all purchasing decisions start with an online search Amplifies your message through word of mouth Communicates with and engages your fans Suggested channels Facebook Twitter Blogging YouTube Spreads your content beyond your locality You have the potential to attract potential customers world wide Whether you are thinking about starting a business wanting to expand your marketing or just want to share your latest pictures with others social media can maximize your efforts Janis would be happy to be of service Please contact her for a complimentary consultation Oh and if you haven t already done so get your hands on The 100 Startup Filed Under Featured Starting a Business Tagged With creativity marketing social media Starting a Business Making Enlightened Career Choices July 29 2011 by Dee Relyea Are you making enlightened decisions about your career Are you doing work that is fulfilling and rewarding Does your current work give you an outlet to make a difference to feel alive with purpose If not you might want to consider making some changes You don t have to do a particular job work in soul deadening surroundings or be chained to a desk in a cubicle YOU have CHOICE If you want to create a different career path you need to make choices that will propel you to new actions How do you typically make decisions Are they based on Shoulds doing what you believe you should do Pleasing others doing what others want or expect you to do Fear choosing the safe route or being afraid to make changes Habit and reaction you don t even think about what you re doing you ve always done it this way Or are you consciously considering each decision and maintaining an awareness of these factors Feeling empowered to choose truly for yourself not to please others Authenticity you know who you are and choose in alignment with your core values Creative expression you have talents and skills to share and seek to express these through your work To make more enlightened conscious choices 1 Clearly define your wants and needs Get in touch with your sense of purpose Listen to your intuition Ask yourself Does this choice feel empowering or disempowering Is this decision in my highest good 2 Consider your current situation and ask yourself Why am I doing this What do I want to achieve It may be helpful for you to write down your answers and ponder them Be more conscious of how you are spending your precious time because this is your life passing by 3 Stay out of the victim mindset You alone are responsible for your life When you accept this you will claim your inner power and make better choices Change often comes from nothing more than a shift in perspective 4 Be open to new possibilities for yourself Select one area of your life where you are unsatisfied and choose something new something more for yourself 5 Simply notice opportunities as they show up We miss so many options because we just don t see them Wake up and look around You have an opportunity right in this moment to choose something new or different If you find you spend a lot of time in a job that leaves you tired frustrated and discouraged at the end of the day it may be time for Plan B You have gifts talents work and life experiences skills and expertise to create your next career Identify them and search out how who needs them Then you can make a plan to move in a new direction Filed Under Career Transition Featured Self Development Tagged With career creativity enlightenment self actualization values work Location Independent Careers June 14 2011 by Dee Relyea View from my office in Myrtle Beach SC With summer in full swing many of us have trips and vacations planned or are dreaming about long days on the beach If you re tied to an office job or have limited time off this can be a challenging season and one that gets a lot of people thinking about working for themselves It sounds great doesn t it You could be working from home or better yet poolside somewhere Maybe you could design your schedule so you have the best parts of the day free to be outside and enjoy the sunshine Or maybe your ambitions are bigger a lot of people who want to work for themselves picture life away from the office as one full of adventure traveling to exotic places having the freedom and flexibility to just pick up and go If you re one of those people then this series of posts is for you Whether you want to live abroad or just travel from time to time there are ways to make a living on the go Over the next few weeks we ll explore the pros and cons of location independence and go through some of the how to s Thanks to things like laptops and wifi being location independent is far more feasible now than it ever has been before But that flexibility only exists if you re not still tethered to one place which means being very deliberate about the type of business you start for yourself If you want location independence you probably aren t looking to open a restaurant or a storefront There are dozens of ways to have a virtual business by selling a product online or offering a service that doesn t require you to physically be present to do the work Thinking up a business that can be done from anywhere that you have a laptop and wifi can be a challenge but with a little creative thinking you can find a way to take your skills and passions and make a living from wherever you are Often times it is simply a matter of looking at the business you want to start or the work you want to do from a slightly different angle or finding the niche within it that allows you to be on the move You can also create a business that is partially location independent allowing you to travel frequently but still having a home base Many savvy entrepreneurs are successfully doing this Chris Guillebeau is traveling to every country in the world and writing about it and making money doing it Barbara Winter ventures across the country and around the world speaking writing and teaching Lea and Jonathan Woodward have been making a living from Mexico Corbett Barr has built an online business that supports him regardless of where he happens to be from one day to the next My daughter Nicole enjoys a lifestyle where she s got a home base and an office in Denver but she travels at will last weekend she was working from a resort in the mountains and this week is sending me emails from funky coffee shops in Minneapolis I took the picture above a few weeks ago while enjoying time with my mother at a Myrtle Beach resort and still serving my clients needs and will be traveling to Denver and Rochester MN in coming months and conducting workshops Some of these people are writers some are teachers some are techies There are many more examples out there of people who sell crafts or products do design or consultations I ve even heard of a woman who teaches remote voice lessons using a program like Skype The thing they all have in common they are inspired innovative and determined to find creative ways to earn a living while jet setting living abroad or spending more of their time away from their offices than in them What do you want to do for work How can you begin to reconfigure it to support your wanderlust Filed Under Career Transition Featured Starting a Business Tagged With career creativity Entrepreneurship Starting a Business travel values 4 Ways to Discover Your Passions February 14 2011 by Dee Relyea Passions excite us enliven our being and reflect our heart s desire Do you know what you are really passionate about Are your passions able to be expressed through the work you do How do we identify our passions For some their passion is ingrained in their being from birth They just know what they want to be when they grow up and find a way to live their life around what they are passionate about 1 Discovering your passion through just knowing from birth discover your passions My Dad for instance was fascinated with flying and spent his life in aviation first as a Navy pilot then as an aeronautical engineer with NASA When he retired he continued following his passion of flight and built an airplane in his garage It took him 7 years to plan and then build the plane and then another year to get healthy enough to fly it He was in his late 70 s by then and had to have cataract surgeries on both eyes before he was allowed to pilot his beloved little plane He really lived his life around his passion 2 Discovering your passion through an epiphany Sometimes life hands you the insight in an epiphany I ve heard many clients report a crisis of sorts prompted a sudden realization of what they wanted to do with their life I call this the wake up call It may be precipitated by a dramatic life event such as a losing a job going through a divorce or experiencing a serious illness or injury For me it was facing being downsized from my job as a recruiter in a staffing agency It was literally like a switch was flipped in my brain and I made the mental leap from guess I ll need to go look for another job to what if instead of looking for candidates to fill companies staffing needs I championed individuals and helped them find satisfying work that really fits their needs read more on my story on the About page 3 Discovering your passion through trial and error The third way to uncover our passion is by trial and error I think most people do this to some extent We take classes we have some interest in and explore various careers The process of trying out a variety of work situations can lead us to realizing what we do and do not find rewarding We may stumble into a great job or end up in a fulfilling occupation simply by circumstance and the process of elimination My daughter for instance studied a variety of subjects in college and ended up with a degree in cultural studies and comparative literature Not exactly a fast track to a solid career Over the next 5 years she worked in office administration retail sales taught karate became a licensed massage therapist was a tour guide and concluded that what she was really passionate about was being creatively self employed helping people tell their stories and throwing theme parties She now lives in Denver and happily juggles multiple income streams as a freelance writer editor social media consultant and wedding planner You don t have to pick just one occupation or career Keep experimenting until you find work that makes your heart sing 4 Discovering your passion through introspection When we respond to a yearning to have creative self expression to do work that is in alignment with our core values and beliefs we have begun the process of looking inward Conventional wisdom teaches us to go to school get a good job work hard and save enough money to someday retire However practical this path seems to be there may come a point in which our heart overrules our head and the sensible path is no longer enough for us We start to question the status quo we become restless anxious stressed or depressed We began to really want to be able to express our passions to work enlivened to be intrinsically in alignment with our deepest yearnings Responding to this call of the heart can be life changing Tama Kieves in her book This Time I Dance poignantly describes her experience of leaving her law practice in order to do pursue her love of writing She talks about searching for answers by reading self help books like she was in a library on fire and by challenging her own beliefs about the work she was supposed to do Today she is a successful author speaker and workshop presenter who inspires others to live their creative dreams Who knows what you might become what inspiring work you may do If you re in the looking inward process seeking to identify your passions and discover your natural talents one of my earlier posts may be helpful 12 Questions to Help you Find Your Calling My heart guides me tenderly and truly I find ways through the wilderness My heart finds paths through the desert Julia Cameron To find your passion listen to the wisdom of your heart Dee Filed Under Featured Finding Your Passion Tagged With career creativity Passions values Mind Map Your Future January 3 2010 by Dee Relyea I had a dream last night about being lost and confused en route to the beach It seems

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    the work you love Dee Filed Under Career Transition Featured Finding Your Passion Tagged With appreciation attitude career employment Passions values work Use Linked In and See Your Career Opportunities Blossom May 16 2011 by Dee Relyea I participated in a webinar last week Linked In Insider Secrets and it was an interesting perspective on the job search process The presenter Greig Wells provided some great tips on enhancing your marketability to potential employers by utilizing social media You don t need to be a job hunter to appreciate the following tips for leveraging Linked In as I think they work equally well for entrepreneurs freelancers and the self employed Create a strong LI profile Think about why you are on Linked In Are you looking for a career change trying to attract customers or clients or are you just creating a network of colleagues and potential collaborators If you are in the job market you want to be sure your profile includes key words commonly found in your ideal position description Demonstrate your abilities and highlight your accomplishments as your profile is like a mini resume Do put that you are open to career opportunities under the contact settings unless you are concerned that your current employer may see it as a red flag in which case indicate you are open to expertise requests Be sure to get your profile to 100 completeness by adding a picture your education specialties and recommendations Build your network When you send emails to people you d like to add to your network be sure to personalize your request and remind the person how you know one another LI offers to search you email address book and send a generic request to all It sounds like the easiest way to gather a network but there is the quality vs quantity issue There is some debate over whether to ask to link to everyone or just people you have some personal connection to L inked I n O pen N etworkers LIONs for instance link to anyone who asks which is how they have those prodigious numbers I think it is more productive to approach individuals who are well known in your field and have a large network You are more attractive to recruiters if it appears that you are connected to leaders in your industry Additionally you are much more likely to show up on recruiters searches if you have 500 connections Join and participate in Groups If you have been out of the workforce for a while creating a group can be a good way to fill your gap in employment Greig shared an example of a marketing professional who started his own association on Linked in and subsequently listed his role there as Vice President under his work experience Another advantage to being in groups include meeting new people with similar interests learning from what others share in the discussions and enlarging your sphere of influence though your contributions In summary if you want to be found on Linked In you need to be perceived as having expertise providing value to others and being well connected If you d like more information on using Linked in and other social media resources for finding a job I recommend this book How to Find a Job on LinkedIn Facebook Twitter MySpace and other Social Networks by Brad and Debra Schepp Filed Under Career Transition Featured Tagged With career employment getting hired social media Dream Careers are Like Butterflies April 4 2011 by Dee Relyea In our culture the mass media bombards us with the idea that there is a dream career or a perfect job out there for everyone I believe this is true but for many of us finding that ideal work situation can be like trying to catch a butterfly it always seems to be just beyond our reach You may spend years in school studying to become a you fill in the blank only to enter that career and discover it s not what you really want or worse that you just aren t good at it Some folks chase the money and plan their career trajectory based on what work yields the highest paycheck but even if they end up making the big bucks most don t report feeling they have the work of their dreams So the question is how do we discover what the perfect career for each of us is The keys to determining what might be fulfilling work for you are pretty simple 1 Identify what work tasks you both enjoy and do well 2 Identify work tasks that you don t like BUT do well 3 Identify work tasks you enjoy BUT don t do well 4 Identify work tasks that you both dislike and don t do well Here is a video explaining this further The challenge is that most people get stuck in jobs where they have several tasks that they do well but don t really enjoy In order for us to be fulfilled at work we need to be engaged doing things that we both are good at and therefore can be successful doing but that also connect us to our passions and have an intrinsic value to us This is what makes work truly fulfilling By identifying the things above you are taking the first step toward determining what the best work for you may be Bottom line you ll never find that dream job without first determining what you re naturally talented at and enjoy doing You must to be willing to take some risks in following your heart s desire for doing work you ll really enjoy You may need to take a less than perfect job to make ends meet while you return to school to increase your knowledge or get training to learn new skills You may experience criticism from friends family and colleagues if you decide to leave the mainstream and significantly change your

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