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  • Self Employment — Career Life Coaching
    book is a fun read Each chapter concludes with a summary of key points which I found to be helpful In addition the author generously provides downloadable worksheets from his website 100startup com to support readers on their entrepreneurial journey It was great to meet Chris at the book signing in Milwaukee He s the real deal Sincere humble and charged with purpose he has walked the walk and turned his own passion for traveling and writing into an incredibly successful business His words positively impact not just entrepreneurial wannabes but everyone who is seeking an alternative to the 8 to late full time job I will be giving away a signed copy of the 100 Startup to one lucky reader on July 1 2012 There are several ways to enter and I will choose one entry at random via Rafflecopter at the end of the giveaway You can do each of the things below once for additional chances all are evenly weighted With Chris permission I m creating and will be teaching a 3 session mini course at the UW Madison in Oct based on his book Check out his website enter the giveaway and let me know what you think of the book once you ve read it a Rafflecopter giveaway Filed Under Featured Starting a Business Tagged With book review Entrepreneurship Self Employment social media Starting a Business Yes Send me the e course Email Career Jumpstart Career Jump Start Save 100 Now is a good time to assess where you are in your career and in your life Are you happy fulfilled and feeling appreciated for your efforts at work If not don t let more time go by doing work that isn t satisfying You CAN have fulfilling work Here s how Career Jumpstart 90

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  • social media — Career Life Coaching
    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 The 100 Startup Self Employment on a Shoestring June 18 2012 by Dee Relyea Me and Chris Guillebeau I recently had the good fortune not only to find a great book for entrepreneurs but to meet the author the inspiring Chris Guillebeau In case you ve never heard of Chris he has a blog called the Art of Nonconformity runs a national event called the World Domination Summit and offers unconventional guides to traveling freelancing making money with your art and more I just finished reading his new book The 100 Startup and I have to tell you it

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  • Starting a Business — Career Life Coaching
    independence here are some things to consider What do you love to do that you do really well For instance are you a terrific organizer who excels at keeping everything running efficiently and timely Do you enjoy re doing closets and cabinets to make the contents more orderly and easy to find Do you get energized by this kind of activity If you answered yes to these questions one of your skills may be in organizing What can you do with this talent Here s an example Nancy McKinney launched her business Successful Organizing Solutions in 1999 and loves being a solo entrepreneur She added some coach training and received certification through BCPO a professional organization in her field and has turned her talent into a successful business Whatever you really enjoy doing and have competency in is worth exploring whether or not you could turn it into a business Who needs what you have to offer Once you ve identified your skills talents and passions it is time to determine where they may best be useful Is there a need for whatever product or service you want to share with others You may be the greatest cookie baker in three states but if there isn t a need for a cookie store in your area it may not a good idea to start a bakery Then again there are many avenues to market products beyond having a bricks and mortar business Gail Ambrious took her passion for chocolate and launched her business in 2004 Laid off from her steady job with the state she decided to pursue her dreams and has since become known for the best little box of chocolates by the Food Network Besides what you are passionate about think of all the life experience you ve had how might that be useful to others How can you be of service in the world Bottom line who needs what you have to offer Answer this question and you ve identified your customer base Is there someone else doing the kind of business you are considering Identify those people and organizations For instance if you are thinking of doing a doggy daycare see who else has one and check it out Note what you like and don t like about their advertising facility customer service etc How do they get customers How might you approach your target customers differently What might you improve on Is being self employed or starting a business a right fit for your personality and lifestyle If you ve been an employee for years you may find it challenging to switch your perspective to being the boss It can be tremendously fulfilling to create your own business work when where and how you choose to and not have to get someone else s permission It also entails self motivation and requires you to be willing to accept failure learn from it and keep moving your business forward Filed Under Finding Your Passion Starting a Business Tagged With career Starting a Business talents 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 The 3 Keys to a Successful and Inspiring Business October 22 2010 by Dee Relyea In this video I explain the 3 components that every business idea must have Watch this and ask yourself Does my business idea have all 3 parts I have coached many people and I find that people focus on 1 or 2 of the keys If they have already started their business they come to me wondering what why their business is struggling Having all 3 of these parts of your business plan is essential for success and inspiration Watch this video and leave a comment Does your business have all 3 keys Filed Under Starting a Business Videos Tagged With career fulfillment Starting a Business 7 Steps of Career Transition August 5 2010 by Dee Relyea Whether you are just graduating college or are experiencing a mid life career challenge and rethinking what kind of work you want to do it is critical to do some self examination What do you really want to do or be What are your natural talents abilities and skills How do you get energized and what challenges you in a positive way Gaining self knowledge determining your priorities and identifying your values are important factors in choosing a career direction and are the first steps to a successful career transition Here are two possible scenarios to consider Scenario A Career Transition to a New Job Explore your wants and needs for career fulfillment by identifying your particular requirements How much income must you have Where and when are you willing and able to work What are your top 3 things you must have in your next job in order to be happy Identify potential employment opportunities Research potential employers to determine corporate or organization culture management style mission and vision Update and revise your resume to maximize getting interviews Build your network through informational interviewing attending events related to your profession joining professional associations and using social media Enhance your interviewing skills practice how you will answer difficult questions Navigate job offers negotiate your salary benefits Scenario B Career Transition into Self Employment Explore your wants and needs for career fulfillment by identifying your particular requirements How much income must you have Where and when are you willing and able to work What are your top 3 things you must have in your next job in order to be happy Analyze ways of working to determine the best fit for you For example be employed part time while building your business or writing your book or going to school etc or jumping full time into starting a business Conduct market research to be sure that your business idea is realistic Launch your business and determine your niche What is the scope of your service or product line Who benefits from what you are putting out into the marketplace Develop your marketing strategy for your business including your brand Build your network create cross referrals with colleagues who serve the same customer demographic utilize social media blogging and article writing to establish your expertise Navigate project offers draft proposals to meet customers needs determine pricing and distribution channels for your product or service In either scenario A or B you start in the same place exploring YOUR wants and needs for career fulfillment If a man does not keep pace with his companions perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer Let him step to the music he hears however measured or far away Henry David Thoreau Filed Under Career Transition Featured Starting a Business Tagged With career employment fulfillment Starting a Business Are You Thinking Like an Entrepreneur or Employee June 25 2010 by Dee Relyea Having a JOB and starting a business do not have to be mutually exclusive The tricky part of this isn t even about how much time you spend on each endeavor although it can be very challenging to do both The tricky part is where you focus your attention and how you perceive your work world Let s look at the differences between the hypothetical mindset of an employee vs an entrepreneur Employee Entrepreneur Regular paycheck Unlimited income potential Orders Options The office World headquarters Co workers Collaborators Grumbling Gratitude Stagnation Innovation Servitude Freedom Pleasing others Pleasing yourself Routine Flexibility Having a boss Being the boss Blend in Stand out Complacent Curious Victim of circumstance Creator of own destiny Feeling small Feeling tall Commiserate Brainstorm The toughest one for most is the first the money issue We live in a culture that trains us from childhood to follow the rules work hard know the right answers and teachers will reward you with good grades These lessons groom us for the employee mentality Be at work on time work hard maybe you can get a good grade resulting in the reward of a raise By virtue of our jobs we live around set schedules of when to sleep eat go to work take a break go home and take vacations It is a very structured life Step out of the job world and you are suddenly free of the schedules the structure the expectations of employers and co workers The very ambiguity sends some would be entrepreneurs back to the perceived security of the J O B With the recent trend of downsizing furloughing and layoffs there is no longer security in having a job Was there ever Why not consider doing your own enterprise Use your skills and talents in a way that is not only personally satisfying but also fills a need in the marketplace One of the advantages is actually the ambiguity When you don t know what s coming next you are pushed to be creative to stretch your imagination and to live outside your comfort zone If you try out an idea a service or product and you don t get the results you want you get to improvise improve the design or create something different It s wonderfully empowering to use your own skills talents and abilities to turn an idea into a product or service that serves others and brings you income Not ready to leave the JOB That s okay you can always do a little business on the side and see where it grows Just remember to focus on thinking like an entrepreneur You can do or be whatever you want in your own life Nothing can stop you except your own fears Don t blame anyone else you have the power to make the decision Just do it Nola Diamantopoulos Victory always starts in the head It s a state of mind It then spreads with such radiance and such affirmations that destiny can do nothing but obey Douchan Gersi And one more thing a nod to Barbara J Winter who taught me the importance of thinking like an entrepreneur Putting two columns and comparing employee mindset to entrepreneur was her idea and I borrowed some of her definitions Check out her site joyfully jobless for support on the entrepreneurial journey Filed Under Featured Starting a Business Tagged With Entrepreneurship Starting a Business Most Frequently Asked Q A s on Starting a Consulting Business June 24 2009 by Dee Relyea As a part time small business counselor at the UW Madison SBDC I am the voice of the WI Business Answerline a couple of days a week Callers ask a variety of questions such as I m opening a pet store and want to import tropical fish from Asia do I need a permit I d like to sell fireworks out of my garage is that OK and do I have to collect sales tax on mowing yards this summer The answers in order are yes probably not but check with your local municipality and your homeowners insurance and yes With the number of professionals downsized out of corporate America lately there has been a lot of interest in self employment as a consultant Here are some of the most frequently asked questions Q How can I get started as a consultant A First identify your area of expertise Define what services you can provide a potential employer What problems can you solve If you are not already recognized as an expert in your field here are some suggestions Volunteer to do a presentation at a professional organization that is interested in your subject area For instance I gave a presentation today to an organized job search support group on Small Business Startup Start a blog Submit articles to www ezineartlicles com Write a letter to the editor when you see a topic in the paper on your area of expertise Get networking Create and carry business cards at all times you never know who you may run into that could be a great connection to a project Put up a website ASAP and get into social media Linked In Twitter Facebook Q What form of business structure is best as a consultant sole proprietor or limited liability company A In general I suggest the LLC as it enables you to separate out your personal assets and liabilities from what is in your business If things go south you don t want someone putting a lien on your car your house or any other personal property To learn more about the requirements and how to file in your state contact your local Small Business Development Center http sbdcnet org sbdc php If you are in Wisconsin go to www wdfi org to file the LLC or Inc for that matter It ll cost you 130 and there is a 25 annual renewal fee You will also need to contact the IRS and obtain the Federal Employer Identification Number which will become your tax ID for your business There is no cost for the FEIN and you can get it quickly by calling 1 800 829 4933 Q What tax deductions can I take working from a home office A For starters you can deduct the space within your home designated as an office There are two ways to do this either by the room itself or by square footage You can also deduct mileage from your home office to wherever you conduct business with a client their office a coffee shop whatever The same goes for entertainment expenses If you meet a prospective client over lunch keep your receipt Nolo com has an excellent article What are some tax deductions for the self employed tinyurl com lf869b More Q and A coming soon Have a topic you d like to see a Q A on Email Dee at deerelyea dot com Filed Under Starting a Business

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  • stress management — Career Life Coaching
    your best to go with the flow rather than trying to make things turn out a certain way 3 Hold your boundaries allow yourself to just say NO If you are feeling overwhelmed don t take on more obligations What can you let go of to give yourself more time and energy Note to self I give myself permission to skip hand writing notes in holiday cards this year I am not staying up half the night this year to get cards in the mail in time 4 Let go of outmoded traditions Does your family have holiday traditions that may no longer be relevant but you continue them anyway I love the story about the gathered generations of women preparing a holiday ham One cuts both ends of the ham before placing it in the roasting pan The youngest says Mom why did you cut off both ends of the ham She answers because that is the way your grandmother always prepares it The little girl then went to her grandmother and asked the same question Her grandmother s response I had to because my pan was too small In my example it was a big deal to make loads of holiday treats participate in cookie exchanges and engage my kids in the process Now as a gluten free empty nester it doesn t make sense to do all that baking Create Peace and Joy 1 Do something for others Consider being a bell ringer for a couple of hours or volunteer to distribute food or toys for a non profit Put your personal holiday stress in perspective by helping those less fortunate 2 Take care of yourself If you have an exercise routine keep it up Nothing releases stress in the body better than exercise Watch what you eat and drink and try not to overindulge If you need a break from people take it One workshop participant who was hosting extended family in her home said she retreated to her closet a couple of times a day for a 15 minute meditation break 3 Have fun experiences Play board games go for walks drive around and see holiday lights do some interactive activities with others If there are children around engage with them Nothing brings joy like a little person s laughter 4 Don t take yourself or your opinions too seriously Allow other people to be right Avoid confrontations with others The old adage count to 10 before you respond is still good advice I find it beneficial to take 3 or 4 deep slow breaths when tensions arise It relaxes the body forces more oxygen to your brain and enables you to make a more conscious choice in responding in challenging conversations or situations Wishing you all the peace love joy and wonder of the season Dee Filed Under Featured Self Development Tagged With energy holiday joy peace stress management Yes Send me the e course Email Career Jumpstart Career Jump Start Save 100 Now

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  • talents — Career Life Coaching
    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 Finding Fulfilling Work is Like an Easter Egg Hunt April 6 2012 by Dee Relyea It is Easter weekend and I find myself remembering my children at 3 and 5 excitedly exploring the house for the colorful eggs and other goodies plastic wind up chicks jelly beans in pick plastic wrap and the like left by the elusive bunny I loved watching the kids dash from place to place excitedly shrieking with glee when they discovered an egg or foil wrapped treat The joy in their little faces at uncovering an unexpected goodie was truly a wondrous thing Once the more obvious eggs had been located the process evolved into a more serious hunt Although the kids would diligently follow our suggestions of where to look they were most proud and excited about the treasures they discovered on their own Finding fulfilling work is sort of like an Easter egg hunt First you look at the obvious what your education skills and training qualify you to do and hope there is a match in the current market When there isn t we need to look harder Consider How might your particular set of gifts experience and abilities benefit others What talents do you possess that the world needs Who needs your talents This applies whether you are seeking employment or considering starting a business We often fail to recognize that our gifts things that come easily to us can be marketable skills Do you have a green thumb with plants Are you creative in the kitchen Do you tinker with cars or bikes on the weekends Are you a movie buff that enjoys critiquing films How might your interests where your talents are often demonstrated be applicable to the workplace What are your transferable non occupational specific skills I challenge you to look beyond your work history your education and your stated qualifications Find those less obvious eggs and put them into your basket err search for fulfilling work Filed Under Featured Finding Your Passion Tagged With employment gifts talents work Career Independence July 4 2011 by Dee Relyea Career Independence As we celebrate the birth of our country on the 4 th of July in the U S I got to thinking about what independence means from a career point of view For many people the word career equals full time job and implies that we will be dependent on employers to derive an income for most of our adult lives Unfortunately with shifting economies and markets long term employment is not always an option even if we chose that route Being someone s employee is not always attractive either If you ve ever considered starting a business or being creatively self employed declaring career independence here are some things to consider What do you love to do that you do really well For instance are you a terrific organizer who excels at keeping everything running efficiently and timely Do you enjoy re doing closets and cabinets to make the contents more orderly and easy to find Do you get energized by this kind of activity If you answered yes to these questions one of your skills may be in organizing What can you do with this talent Here s an example Nancy McKinney launched her business Successful Organizing Solutions in 1999 and loves being a solo entrepreneur She added some coach training and received certification through BCPO a professional organization in her field and has turned her talent into a successful business Whatever you really enjoy doing and have competency in is worth exploring whether or not you could turn it into a business Who needs what you have to offer Once you ve identified your skills talents and passions it is time to determine where they may best be useful Is there a need for whatever product or service you want to share with others You may be the greatest cookie baker in three states but if there isn t a need for a cookie store in your area it may not a good idea to start a bakery Then again there are many avenues to market products beyond having a bricks and mortar business Gail Ambrious took her passion for chocolate and launched her business in 2004 Laid off from her steady job with the state she decided to pursue her dreams and has since become known for the best little box of chocolates by the Food Network Besides what you are passionate about think of all the life experience you ve had how might that be useful to others How can you be of service in the world Bottom line who needs what you have to offer Answer this question and you ve identified your customer base Is there someone else doing the kind of business you are considering Identify those people and organizations For instance if you are thinking of doing a doggy daycare see who else has one and check it out Note what you like and don t like about their advertising facility customer service etc How do they get customers How might you approach your target customers differently What might you improve on Is being self employed or starting a business a right fit for your personality and lifestyle If you ve been an employee for years you may find it challenging to switch your perspective to being the boss It can be tremendously fulfilling to create your own business work when where and how you choose to and not have to get someone else s permission It also entails self motivation and requires you to be willing to accept failure learn from it and keep moving your business forward Filed Under Finding Your Passion Starting a Business Tagged With career Starting a Business talents The Key to Fulfilling Work Look Inward March 25 2010 by Dee Relyea Are you scouring want ads searching internet job sites and checking out staffing agency listings in hopes of finding your next great career move The truth is there aren t so many employers looking to hire these days and the job market remains quite competitive Maybe what you are looking for isn t out there There really isn t a job description that says this is your ultimate perfect work come apply now The thing is we need to stop looking out there for the elusive fulfilling work and start looking inward In working with people on career change one question I hear frequently is How can I have work that is personally fulfilling makes a difference and pays the bills There is no easy answer to this question Cheryl Richardson in her book Stand Up for Your Life says First you must make your personal and spiritual development a top priority by following your own unique path toward healing and growth Second as you develop a strong character by doing this work you are also charged with improving the world in some way Personal and spiritual development requires you to look inward to get to know your inner self Who are you What are you passionate about What are you good at What motivates you What kinds of tasks do you really enjoy doing and do well You don t have to have all the answers at any given time but it can be extremely helpful to identify these Here are some examples bringing joy to others building things teaching or mentoring others creating beauty healing wounds analyzing information finding a new or better way for something to function gathering data nurturing people Think about what you love to do that comes easily to you These are your natural talents or gifts Next consider how these talents are expressed in your life Let s say for example you identified teaching or mentoring others as a core driver for you How might you do that in your life Is it something you do in your current occupation or job Are you able to teach or mentor through other means such as volunteer work If not is there a way you can incorporate teaching and mentoring others into your life Moving into the work you love to do and do well gives us energy it feeds the spirit and more often than not brings us a sense of abundance as well as increasing our cashflow If you have a sense of being prompted to move into a different line of work consider what is missing in your current job or occupation Could be a bit of looking inward is in order More on this next post Filed Under Featured Finding Your Passion Tagged With fulfillment Passions talents Respond To Your Calling February 27 2010 by Dee Relyea I believe that each and every human on the planet possesses a unique combination of gifts and talents that need to be expressed in the world I view our physical being as the vehicle that houses our soul our essence our personality through which these gifts flow What are you dreaming of doing of creating of finding These thoughts are prompting you to take some action We tend to sit in our minds complacently pondering the what ifs and wondering about the roads not taken in the past and years go by Sound familiar How about these thoughts I can t switch careers now I am too old or I d have to go back to school and get a degree training certified or the economy is bad now is the wrong time for me to start a business What are you telling yourself that is holding you back from pursuing your life s work Make a list write it down and then go through each and every thought and look at it boldly and ask is this really true If your inclination is to nod your head just stop for a moment and watch the proof that your minds puts up How do you know the internal dialog you are listening to is the truth What if it isn t What if you could move beyond the naysaying in your brain and embrace a different perspective Challenge yourself What do you dream of doing of becoming Play around with ways you can share your talents your abilities your knowledge and skills with others Who knows You just may find yourself turning your dreams into reality There is a vitality a life force a quickening That is translated through you into action And because there is only one of you in all time This expression is unique If you block it It will never exist through any other medium And will be lost The world will not have it It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable it is Nor how it compares with other expression It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly To keep the channel open You do not have to believe in yourself or your work You have to keep open and aware and listen To the urges that motivate you Martha Graham and Agnes Demille Filed Under Featured Finding Your Passion Self Development Tagged With fulfillment gifts talents Doing Work You Love November 25 2009 by Dee Relyea What is the purpose of working Is it just a paycheck a way to buy stuff Or is it an expression of your values talents and skills For most of us in the U S it is a combination of both Far too many of us view work as a necessary evil to be tolerated in order to live a preferred lifestyle Given the number of hours we spend working what does that say about our overall happiness If we view work as drudgery how can we experience a fulfilling meaningful life I propose a different perspective on work How about looking at work as a vehicle to joyfully express your talents skills and creativity and make a difference in the world It would be great if we came with directions for our life internally imprinted so that we d know exactly what vocational path to travel As the poet Rumi said everyone has been made for some particular work and the desire for that work has been put in his or her heart It seems to me that doing work you love to do get s you closer to uncovering your heart s desire than doing work you dislike One way to identify potentially fulfilling kinds of work is to look at your natural gifts and talents Make a list of all the things you enjoy doing and do well such as building boats organizing data healing emotional distress keeping track of timelines Joe for example has a talent for taking complex technical information and translating it into terms non techies can understand Not only does he do this competently he really enjoys the process When he is working on a project he becomes so engaged in it that he typically loses track of time The hours fly by and he finds he is energized rather than exhausted at the end of his workday Joe is perhaps doing the work that has been put in his heart as Rumi states We often think there is some profound calling to heed and that one day we will figure out what that is In reality callings don t often show up with a job title Instead of seeking that perfect career that dream job consider finding a way to create income doing those tasks you do well and love to do Megan is a mosaic artist who loves to take beautiful pieces of colored glass and make everything from bird baths to address tiles She teaches classes on mosiac making and sells her products from her home studio at shows and on the internet Take a moment make your list and listen to what your heart is telling you What do YOU love to do that you do well Get input from your friends and family You may be surprised at the talents they recognize in you See if you can come up with a list of 10 things and then look at how you may be able to generate income doing some of them More on this topic next post Everyone has a vocation talent is the call Emerson Filed Under Finding Your Passion Tagged With gifts talents Twelve Questions to Help You Find Your Calling October 20 2009 by Dee Relyea 150 years ago peoples jobs were primarily determined by what they had a talent for people worked at crafts and provided services based on their natural skills and interests In modern times most of us end up choosing careers for all sorts of reasons that have little or nothing to do with what we

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  • travel — Career Life Coaching
    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 Yes Send me the e course Email Career Jumpstart Career Jump Start Save 100 Now is a good time to assess where you are in your career and in your life

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  • values — Career Life Coaching
    Lawrence Boldt We re so engaged in doing things to achieve purposes of outer value that we forget the inner value the rapture that is associated with being alive is what it is all about Joseph Campbell Filed Under Featured Finding Your Passion Tagged With career Dream intention job Passions Purpose values Merging Work and Play September 25 2012 by Dee Relyea I love the sense of playfulness the artist captured in the movement and sheer delight of the two children in this picture I took this shot while waiting for my plane in the Greenville Spartenburg airport in SC It is a reminder to have fun to find time to play in our lives and to experience light hearted moments I am heading there again this week and remembered this photo I got to thinking that the average person spends an inordinate amount of time at work and not enough time in play The traditional American work ethic is to indulge in leisure pursuits or play only when our work is done There is a common belief that work requires self discipline long hours and sacrifices As a career coach I often ask people what the word work means to them I get answers like boring drudgery wage slave too many hours frustrating exhausting routine hard meaningless etc I remember asking my daughter as a new college grad what came to mind when she hears people talking about getting a job and going to work She thought for a moment and then said I see a sweaty bald guy in overalls dragging a ball and chain in a warehouse with a concrete floor and small windows and it s raining outside and the water is dripping on the floor I wonder how many other people have such dour imagery around the concept of work FYI my daughter is an entrepreneur at heart and is enjoying being a freelance writer and social media consultant in Denver as I write this We are taught that we must strive for success and be our best and work hard to get ahead Well meaning parents teachers and other authority figures tell us to keep your nose to the grindstone and pay your dues and climb the ladder to success This doesn t sound like much fun to me Does this advice motivate you to go out there and get a job Surely there is a way to make a living and be happy at the same time a way to merge work and play What if we shift our perspective and start bringing a sense of playfulness into our jobs Wouldn t our workday be more pleasurable Absolutely Let s look at the concept of play As in this photo the children appear to be alive in the moment are having fun and seem to be exhilarated Considering they are sculptures that s kudos to the artist How can we bring this joy this sense of fun and being present into our daily work lives A good place to start is by looking at your situation with new eyes Here are some questions to consider Does your work environment support you or deplete you Are you doing work you enjoy and find satisfying Do you feel valued and appreciated at work by peers and management If freedom and flexibility are important values for you does your current work provide these Think of play as an activity in which you are fully present enjoying the moment feeling free valued and appreciated by the other players Whether you work for somebody else or are self employed there are ways to bring more playfulness into your life For starters if your work environment doesn t support you change it This is easier to do if you are the boss but even as am employee there are often options to personalize your work situation Would you be more comfortable and potentially more productive with an ergonomic chair or an office with a window How about suggesting flex time or job sharing to balance your work and leisure time What are 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 Expand Your Career Horizons October 4 2011 by Dee Relyea Are you tired of your work routine burned out on your occupation or struggling to please your boss or coworkers Maybe it is time to seriously consider a career change Here are 5 Action Steps to help you get moving Evaluate your current life situation and how your work fits into it Do you live to work or work to live Are you staying in a job that you don t like just to pay your bills If so how is that impacting your family your health and your precious time How do you want to spend your days Where you do want to live What lifestyle is desirable and what are your most important values Optimally you want to have meaningful purposeful satisfying work that energizes and enlivens you as well as pays your bills Look beyond your occupation Just because you ve always worked in an office as an administrator doesn t mean you have to stay in this field What are you passionate about What are your hobbies and interests What are you doing when you feel most exhilarated alive and engaged Do you love to cook and fantasize about being a personal chef or having your own restaurant Well maybe you can Just don t go after hot jobs because they might be lucrative unless they are truly a fit for your skills talents and personality Do the research One of my favorite sites to share with clients is http www onetonline org You can browse occupations by industry by employment outlook by how much education or training it requires by industry or career cluster This Department of Labor website links with others to provide wage and data info hiring trends and growth patterns You can even find out the prevailing salaries of workers in an occupation in your geographic area Handy to know when you receive a job offer and want to negotiate your paycheck Another consideration is the physical demands a new line of work may require For instance it may not be practical to become a massage therapist if you have joint problems Find out before you enroll in a program Identify your transferable skills What skills and abilities do you already possess that are valuable in a different line of work We all have them but often overlook them I m talking about non occupation specific skills such as public speaking writing concisely gathering resources implementing new systems mentoring others translating complex information and building consensus Here s a checklist for you Examine the market The bottom line here is who needs what you have Where is there a problem you can solve Does your community need another coffee shop or chiropractor or whatever it is you plan to do next Consider the timing If you need to go to a 4 year degree program to enter a new field better be sure it is in a growth mode New occupations are arising all the time Five years ago Social Media Consultant wasn t an occupation Today it is a promising field along with distance learning coordinators GPS systems developers nanotechnology engineers and about anything in the green industry Again check out Onet for info on emerging careers as well as the outlook for careers you are considering You don t have to do any kind of work there is choice Get the information you need to chose well Dee Filed Under Career Transition Featured Tagged With career employment getting hired values work Work Labor or Love September 5 2011 by Dee Relyea Work is it a labor of love Today is Labor Day in America It became a national holiday in 1894 when President Grover Cleveland reconciled with the labor movement following the deaths of workers during the Pullman Strike Fearing further conflict the bill was rushed through Congress a mere 6 days after the strike Much has changed in the workplace since then Now we largely look at Labor Day as the last weekend of summer and the kickoff of the football season a day off for fun and relaxation If we view this occasion as it was originally conceived it is a day to appreciate those in the workforce and celebrate employment I ask you do you feel celebratory at work Are you fully engaged and joyfully expressing your talents and skills Do you really like your job Are you appreciated and rewarded for your contributions Do you feel energized by the work you do Sadly I don t think the majority of workers would answer yes to these questions When my daughter graduated college she had a hard time being motivated to get that first job I asked her what came to mind when I said the word work She thought a minute and then said I get a picture of a sweaty bald guy in a warehouse pulling a huge chain My internal response was yikes she views work as drudgery Sadly I think many people view work from this perspective Happily my daughter now loves her work as a blogger freelance writer and social media consultant in Denver For many people a job is tied to the idea of being in servitude to get a paycheck I ve had coaching clients tell me they are miserable in their jobs but are locked into the golden handcuffs They feel they cannot leave their jobs for fear of losing health insurance and other benefits I ask them If you really can t leave your work can you find a way to be more satisfied with it What would happen if you shifted your perception and viewed work as a creative expression of yourself How might you bring your natural talents and skills into your work life Can you see how your work could then become a labor of love I believe that each and every one of us can find or create work that is inherently fulfilling If you are currently in a job consider how you can experience it with more joy Ask yourself What is one thing I can do this week to find more pleasure and satisfaction at work How can I make the best contribution to my workplace my co workers or my employer What can I change in my daily routine to make my job more interesting If you are looking at career options consider these questions What am I passionate about How might I express my passion through my work Is my work an expression of me Is the work I do in alignment with my value system What kind of work would energize me Who could utilize my natural talents skills education etc Where is there a need I can fill If you can t find a way to love the work you re with it s time to look elsewhere You might consider creative self employment starting a small business or a combination in income producing endeavors Remember you don t have to do a particular kind or work you have choice Follow the path of your potential and live the work you love Dee Filed Under Career Transition Featured Finding Your Passion Tagged With appreciation attitude career employment Passions values work 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

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  • vision — Career Life Coaching
    I mean I remember answering incoming calls in a tiny office space storage room with no windows One day instead of lunch I headed to a poster shop to find visions of serenity I came back with 3 beautiful photos of ocean scenes You know white beaches palm trees unlimited horizons to gaze at kind of like the Corona beer commercials That one small improvement in my work space enabled me to breathe easier and put a smile into my voice in responding to callers It was a quick and inexpensive action step toward changing my environment for the better and resulted in my feeling more relaxed and optimistic in my job That one small action step created immediate change for me What do you want to change Do you want to have more joy peace love achievement success health or wealth Whatever it is that you want to bring into your life I challenge you to take a least one action step in the next 30 days to help it to happen and I d love to hear about it Dee Filed Under Featured Self Development Tagged With achievement change joy love peace vision Yes Send me the e course Email Career Jumpstart Career Jump Start Save 100 Now is a good time to assess where you are in your career and in your life Are you happy fulfilled and feeling appreciated for your efforts at work If not don t let more time go by doing work that isn t satisfying You CAN have fulfilling work Here s how Career Jumpstart 90 Minutes of Personal Coaching 200 value Just 100 Please visit my Specials page for more information Follow Me 3 Keys to a Good Business Idea Tweets by deerelyea Amazon com Widgets Recent Posts Growing Gratitude 8

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