Love Matters. And So Do You

Let Valentine’s Day remind us today what really matters. Love. Not cards or chocolates or flowers or if you are single or not. Love matters. And we can start by loving ourselves. Then we can choose to let that love radiate out to others and in turn put a little more loving goodness in our world. In case today or any other day makes you forget, know that you are precious and loved.


Don’t Miss Out! Vision Board Event Coming Soon

The start of a new year is a great time to do a vison board! It can be a source of inspiration for the year as well as serve as a guide for decision making. The process of creating one also helps you get your fears in check so the “buts” and “I can’ts” don’t keep you from living your best life and reaching your goals.

I am so excited to lead a vision board event with parents and their kids at Brave and Kind Bookshop. Check out the details here.

Hope to see you there and I hope your 2019 is off to a joyful start!


JOMO…Sign Me Up!

You’ve probably heard of and even felt FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) especially since lots of marketing efforts today use FOMO strategies to get you to buy any manner and goods of services that you can’t live well without. It’s the adult version of teenage peer pressure. And it plays on and keeps us focused on our fears. A big part of my coaching process is getting clients to focus on joy instead of fear because what we focus on grows. And I don’t know about you but I see the need for more JOY in our world, not more fear.

I saw the picture below recently and being a joy junkie and an intovert was immediately smitten with the notion of JOMO (Joy of Missing Out). During this hustle and bustle time of year when we are supposed to be merry and bright and filled with good cheer, most of us are exhausted trying to keep up with all the shoulds and to dos in the name of holiday perfection (SO much FOMO). Instead of getting all caught up in the holiday FOMO, what if we also practiced a little JOMO. It’s ok (maybe even glorious) if you don’t attend every holiday party, holiday market, or holiday concert and do something instead to take care of yourself. Go for a run if that’s your thing. Sit on the couch and binge the latest show on Netflix if that’s your thing. Whatever your thing is that helps you unplug and feel more joy and less stressed instead FOMO, do that and be refreshed and renewed so you can enjoy the holidays and all the days to come in the new year. Don’t wait on a new year’s resolution to start taking care of yourself! Join me in practicing JOMO!


Should I do a Job Search Now in Q4 (Oct to Dec)?

The short answer is NO! Unless, you have been presented with a specific opportunity by a specific person in your network to apply for now, you should find a way to cope with whatever is causing you pain in your current role if at all possible.

But don’t misunderstand me. You do need to be working on your job search strategy during this season to be ready to be in full on job search mode come January. What does it mean to have or work on a job search strategy? Here are a few tips to help you get started.

  1. Know your target job. Any ole job won’t do. Know what you are specifically interested in doing next in your career.
  2. Do your homework! What organizations do you want to work for? Pick 10 to 20. Write them down and then go to their website and set an alert to be notified when they post jobs that are of interest to you.
  3. Work on your resume and LinkedIn profile. See how this is step 3 even though most of us want to start with this step?! You can’t do this well without knowing your target job and target companies. Also make sure you know how to customize your resume and cover letter for each job you apply for. There are tools and techniques available for great customization.
  4. Network! That doesn’t always mean handing out business cards at a conference or professional event. Find ways to connect with people in your job market. LinkedIn is a great place to start and there is a way to do reach out authentically, professionally, and with confidence.
  5. Don’t be afraid to reach out for support during this process. A job search is quite the undertaking so confide in a friend, work with a coach for accountability, manage your time so it doesn’t feel like you are always working on the job search, take a day off to do something you enjoy, etc.

While there is much more I could tell you about creating your job search strategy, I’ll leave you with these tips as a starting place. As always, let me know if I can be of help as we all work on choosing joy in our careers and lives!