Most of us will arrive at a moment in our lives that hits you so powerfully in your gut that it almost feels like time stops.
It could be the day you walk into work and realize you’re in the wrong role. Or on the wrong team. Or at the wrong company. Or for the wrong cause.
It’s the moment you know that despite your best efforts to change your mindset or improve your circumstances, it’s not working.
It’s your “not this” moment.
Almost everyone will have one.
You will feel the truth in it. You’ll feel your worth and know how valuable and precious your happiness is, and see you’re in a role that’s not giving your joy any space to grow — or maybe even exist.
And when you experience this realization, it can be really scary. It can feel oppressive or crippling or exhausting or terrifying.
Your body and heart and soul will all be crying out “please, not this!” to your brain.
But the brain, in all its analytical glory, may try to manage those fears by saying “not right now.” Or maybe, “If not this, then what? You can’t make a change without a Plan B.”
And you arrive at an emotional fork in the road: either agree with your brain and let the fears woo you into complacency and settling – or, listen to your gut and use the inspirational fire to push through the fears and take action to align your gifts with your career.
I beg you to harness this motivation and do what thousands of people before you have done to gain more fun and satisfaction out of their careers: make a Pivot.
She is the queen of teaching you how to use what’s working to find what’s next. Her book is drawn from themes and tools she developed working with hundreds of private clients over the past five years as well as in the years of running the company-wide coaching practice she started at Google.
She’s created a simple framework to get through feeling uncertain and overwhelmed that you can use over and over again. First, plant yourself in your current reality and identify your strengths and skills that are hiding in plain sight. Then, scan the horizon and observe what new opportunities are most exciting and energizing to you. Next, create a pilot program or tiny experiment to validate your assumptions about what could be next. Once you’ve gone through the process and addressed the big fears getting in your way, you have everything you need to pivot and make a leap.
Plant, Scan, Pilot, Pivot. That’s it. You can almost chant them like a meditation mantra. Jenny taught me how to integrate these Pivot Method steps into my career coaching, and I use them with clients every day to take big, scary dreams and create a plan to make them into a reality.
If you’re experiencing “not this” right now, don’t waste that precious energy. Every second you focus on worries and self-doubt over what to do next is extinguishing that fire. And, worse: you’re subconsciously telling yourself that your happiness and fulfillment aren’t worth fighting for.
I’m telling you as your friend (and career coach): your joy in work is absolutely worth fighting for. You will likely spend more time awake and working than you will with your spouse, your friends, or your cat.
And your life is too precious and too short to stay in a job that’s not serving you anymore.
While we’ve been creating a networking strategy for you to develop into a leader in your community and field, I’ve noticed you worrying about whether you have “real” expertise to share with your colleagues at work — or with contacts you’re meeting as you’re developing your professional path.
As your friend, it pains me to know that you have such beautiful gifts, intelligence, and passion, but aren’t aware of (or acknowledging) these talents.
By being living, breathing human beings, we are each acquiring personal observations and specific knowledge of the systems, people, environments and tasks we interact with every day. You may not realize you’re doing this, but you always have been. Based on the experiences that have shaped your life, you pay attention to the world around you in a way that is as unique as your thumbprint. Plus, knowing how ambitious you are, there’s no way you’d be happy working in a job for these past years without having opportunities to grow, learn and accomplish cool things.
Here are some thought starters to help you recognize and explore your unique point of view:
What do other people compliment me on? (Your friends and coworkers may be able to see types of nuance in your perspective better than you can)
What accomplishments are you most proud of in your life? (Do you look for others on a similar journey, or pay special attention to news about this topic? Do you know ways to measure progress and achievement here that may not be obvious?)
What are some of the areas of injustice that bother you most? (Not everyone sees the world the same way — so sharing your observations about gender balance or vegetarian options or disability-accessible public transportation can be totally eye-opening.)
If none of those questions are sparking energy and recognition of your deep-seated wisdom, I have a hunch the issue might be not one of expertise, but one of confidence. (Hear me out here.)
I’m guessing there may be a secret subtext in your voice, one that’s asking: who am I to share my thoughts? A fear that your contributions might be judged or unworthy.
I used to have that fear permanently stamped on my forehead. I experienced environments where I was expected to show up but not express an independent opinion, so I became convinced my thoughts and ideas were actually worthless and shouldn’t be expressed.
But, playing small and trying to be invisible is not why any of us were put on this planet.
And, recognizing and stepping into your power makes work — and life — a hell of a lot more fun.
The only person who needs to authorize you to share your ideas is YOU. Give yourself permission to be an authority on your work. You don’t have to be the world’s best researcher, marketer, or writer to start helping and teaching those around you.
Take the higher-ups in your company (and your industry) as an example. You’re exposed to completely different information and problems than they are every single day. What are the leaders around you needing that you might be able to provide?
Connection. Sometimes the highest executives in a field spend all day putting out fires and “being the boss,” so they don’t get a chance to speak with someone on a purely human level about what makes them tick or why they got into a field
Local experts. These individuals, while experts in some part of their field, don’t know everything already. You have specialized expertise based on your experience, whether it’s in knowing leaders and whos-who in a different industry or sharing a case study from your own work. You don’t have to be Seth Godin or Gary Vaynerchuk to give marketing advice.
Reverse mentoring. It takes a lot of confidence to speak truth to power, particularly as a more junior staff member, so being willing to offer thoughts on the trends you’re noticing in your own sector or smart ideas you saw competitors execute can be a big asset to them. Being informed and able to offer an alternate perspective can help make a leader smarter and sharper when it comes to upcoming business opportunities.
When it comes to a fear of contributing, Marianne Williamson says it best:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?…There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do…It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Some days you wake up and want to crawl back under the covers and hide from the world forever.
Candidly, I’ve been having a string of those days. And when I try to look for the light at the end of the tunnel (because this, too, shall pass), that light seems very, very far away.
My dad said to me, “Make sure to take care of yourself right now.”
But sometimes, when you’re lost in the depths of darkness and grief that your heart is capable of, it can be hard to remember what taking care of yourself even means or feels like.
For the past week, self-care for me has meant sleep. Sleeping all the time, getting to bed early, peeling myself out of bed 30 minutes after my alarm has gone off. Bed is my refuge where the rest of the world can’t touch me, and drifting off to dreamland has been my emotional lifeboat.
But forsaking all the rest of my needs for the sake of sleep isn’t healthy, productive or loving over the long term. And sometimes simply going through the motions of self-care can be enough to re-awaken feelings of self-worth, joy, and calm that may have gone missing.
So in case you’re having one of those weeks, here are the only three steps you need to think about:
Step One: Outline a self-care plan. Check out the list of my ideas (and real activities) below, and pick the ones that make you feel something. Commit that because you are important, these acts of love and tenderness are important. Put them on the calendar.
Step Two: Outline your obstacles and write out your plan to take care of yourself despite them. Because no good plan emerges from its first interaction with the real world completely unscathed. Traffic or kids or unexpected work projects pop up, so how do you ensure you take care of yourself despite these challenges? The challenges are probably the exact reason you need a little extra self-care, and letting them win and take priority is also inevitably letting yourself lose. So make sure that even if you lose some battles, you don’t lose the war.
Here’s my self-care Achilles’ heel — and it’s not an external event that throws a wrench into my plan: I LOVE beating myself up for taking the time to take care of myself. I have historically made a special habit out of feeling guilty for sitting still or sleeping in or spending money on things for myself besides what’s needed for survival. But I am blessed in times like this to be able to find a little extra time and a little money in the budget to show myself love. Self love and time/financial responsibility don’t need to be pitted against each other like enemies. They are, in fact, partners in crime. And loving myself is an investment that will show boundless returns over time.
Step Three: Start to execute your plan, and share your plan with others. Social support can make a crucial difference between talking the talk and walking the walk. Plus, you may end up with people wanting to join you and start their own self-care campaigns!
Ways you can integrate self-care into…
Leave work at closing time consistently, and not stay late unless there are extraordinary circumstances. If I stay above and beyond the call of duty, I will ask for compensation from my boss in terms of a half or full comp day, a work from home day, or a spot bonus.
Don’t check work email on the weekends. Turn off the push notifications on my phone if I have to.
Request and take additional WFH days to get through the grieving process.
Take a lunch break! Take all 60 minutes if I need to for walking around, sitting in peace, going out, running errands, or going for a run.
Do something to make your life easier. Can you automate a system? Can you create a Mad Libs-style word bank of common emails you send, so you can copy and paste them (or use Gmail’s Canned Responses)?
Take your vacation time. It is a part of your compensation package, and yours to use.
Take a (mental health) sick day.
Intentionally schedule in “free” or empty time into your schedule — and guard and protect it fiercely.
Get time on your therapist or counselor’s calendar. God bless Andrea Anderson for being such a pivotal part of my mental and emotional pit crew during this time.
Light a wonderfully scented candle while you’re relaxing (or when I’m doing work from home as a treat for my dedication to growing my side hustle business!).
Have at least one conversation per month with someone whose behavior is causing a hardship in your life, and who may be open to constructive feedback on how to improve your relationship.
Read for a few minutes in bed each morning before you get up. (I’ve made a rule for myself that if I find a book I’m curious about under $3 on Amazon for Kindle, I don’t fret over it or try to find it at the library…I just buy it.)
Make screen-free time on the weekends.
Spend some time alone.
Write yourself a love letter. (I did this once in middle school and remember the phrasing of it TO THIS DAY.)
Listen to some awesome podcasts during your commute time. (I love Jess Lively, The Beautiful Writers Podcast, Kathy and Mo, Jenny Blake, Amy Porterfield, Kary Oberbrunner, and The Moth’s podcasts — all for different reasons!)
NOT watching TV or going on social media. For me, these stimulants trigger feelings of comparison and anxiety. I’d much rather use that time in a nourishing, not draining, way.
Pursue your own interests unabashedly. That means yes I will sing competitive all-women’s barbershop and volunteer as a crisis counselor and occasionally judge high school speech and debate meets.
Allow yourself some retail therapy, especially if it’s an investment in yourself (think: new headphones, fabulous new outfit for interviews/dates, more reliable smoothie blender…)
Start that new project you’ve been thinking about: that short story, that painting, that home renovation concept.
Learn how to do something new. There are a treasure trove of online videos and courses you can take to learn calligraphy, Facebook advertising, furniture upholstery, and more. Learning is good for the soul!
Find a buddy to help you deepen my spiritual exploration and beliefs.
Devote time to writing down your gratitude every. single. day.
Journal each day.
Create a vision board. Grab a couple old magazines and start tearing out all the images, quotes, passages, etc. that are resonating with where you are, and put them together. Augment with your favorite quotes from texts that qualify as spiritual for you.
Plan (and/or do) a spiritual retreat. It can be a weekend holiday, or a full-blown week somewhere amazing. There are incredible yoga or meditation or religious immersion programs that can be wonderfully restorative to the soul. Or it can just be taking a day to sit in your favorite park or museum and journal. The “you do you” principle is in full effect here.
Find a place to volunteer. (Crisis Text Line is always looking for more crisis counselors…! A more restful volunteer option might be a local animal shelter or perhaps supervising the children’s nursery at your church/synagogue.)
Read the biography or the written work of someone who has been a spiritual leader or inspiration to you.
Write a letter of forgiveness to someone or something that’s overdue. (You don’t have to send it if you don’t want to.)
Call a friend on your commute.
Send a randomly chosen friend a gift or old fashioned letter at least once a month.
Take a “drinking and painting” class with a girlfriend. (Or hold a de-facto one at my house with my amazingly artistic friends.)
Spend time with someone you wouldn’t ordinarily. Go to lunch with a new coworker, go with a friend to take care of a family member you haven’t met, or call up that cousin you haven’t spoken to in 6 months. You may accidentally be a daymaker(!)
Make something delicious for a friend. Acts of service and generosity can be the best therapy.
Write an overdue thank you note to someone. Maybe it’s to a parent, for their patience and love in raising you. Maybe it’s to an old boss, for believing in you and mentoring you. Maybe it’s to your niece, for always smiling when she sees you. Let those built-up gratitudes out and into the light.
Find a way to be active every day.
Stretch. Right now.
Play volleyball one night a week after work.
Make green smoothies whenever you have spinach and frozen fruit in the house.
Do yoga or pilates videos whenever you can squeeze them in.
Be in bed by 11pm and sleeping until at least 6am.
Treat yourself to a soy latte, especially after doing things that are difficult for you.
Get a little jolt of adrenaline. For me, this comes from that one highway on-ramp where I can totally floor it (safely!) in my car while getting up to speed to merge.
Take a fitness class you’ve never taken before. Aerial yoga…here I come!
Clean your room. The physicality of throwing things out, scrubbing the bathroom, vacuuming the floor can be restorative. (And if you’re into this kind of thing, you can read about bringing more feng shui into your space!)
Find someone to (consensually) hug. Physical contact can trigger instantaneous hormonal changes in your body to help you relax.
Get a massage. Thai massage can be particularly fun with its stretch-y versus pressure-y elements.
Take a vitamin. (Get a gummy one for grownups! Or your favorite flavor of EmergenC packets — I like the Tropical and Pink Lemonade ones best.)
Treat yourself to a new pair of fabulous underwear.
Take extra nice care of your physical body. Dry brush your skin, take an indulgent long shower, use a sugar scrub, massage your favorite lotion into every forgotten crease and joint, drink lemon water, and smile at yourself for a full minute in the mirror. And who says you should only do this every once in a while? 😉
Dance it out. (My favorite way? CAR DANCING while I’m stuck in traffic, with the music turned way up loud.)
Sing. Don’t deprive the world of your passions, gifts and talents any longer.
I’m delighted to share the news with you that I just started a coaching role on the Career Services team at 2U. It’s the perfect next step for me to deepen my industry-specific skillset and increase my impact as a coach.
As I’ve been thinking about how I ensure I hit the ground running and become an all-star at work (because, I mean, who doesn’t want to kick serious ass in their new job?), I came up with some ideas that I wanted to share with you on how to prep the night before to have a killer first day.
Preparing the night before is actually part of the trick. Top performers don’t show up blind to anything — and your first day is a crucial time to make a good impression, start learning the landscape, and understand exactly how your work will make a difference to the company.
Figure Out Your Learning Style.
I can guarantee you that your first days at work are going to be full of learning — like, a “drinking from a firehose” spigot of non-stop information learning. And since you know you’re going to get bombarded with tons of information, you should walk in prepared to absorb and retain as much as humanly possible. So, learn your learning style. Rapid learning is the key to making an impact and a great impression in a new job.
Don’t know how you tend to process information best? Take this test (and don’t mind the slightly spammy-looking website.) Your result will be auditory (like to process via listening and hearing), visual (like to process via seeing), or kinesthetic (like to process by physical motion and “doing”).
If you’re visual, try to get your supervisor to draw things and show flowcharts to demonstrate your comprehension of processes. If you’re auditory, consider bringing a tape recorder with you to capture details to review later. And if you’re kinesthetic, write down every important note or detail you see or hear so you can recall them more quickly later.
Note: very few people are completely and only visual, audio, or kinesthetic leaners. Most people are a blend, with one being your dominant or primary processing style. So, think about how you can combine processing style to really ramp up your retention: take notes as well as repeat back key principles. Draw a mind map of a process.
Figure Out Your Impact in the Organization
The more thought you put into how you from your seat can contribute to the company’s bottom line, the better.
What’s the bottom line? Likely either social impact from services or $$ profit from sales, depending on whether you’re at a nonprofit or a for-profit.
You’ll spend lots of time learning the ins-and-outs of your tasks, but if you don’t connect them to the benefit to the organization, you will hamper your ability to grow and be promoted quickly.
Now, before you start, your ideas about your role’s impact will be hypothetical, and you’ll want to use your first few weeks to vet and confirm whether your assumptions about impact are accurate, or if there are other/different ways you’re contributing to the company’s success.
Don’t be afraid to ask direct questions about how your role ties to the bottom line. The more you ask questions about how to make an impact, the more your supervisors have to articulate the value of your (and their) work…meaning they’re verbalizing exactly how valuable and important you are to the company. Pretty sweet, right?
I’m excited to share one of my favorite new tools with you: my brand new Time Tracker Excel template. It’s how I focus where and how I’m spending my time day-to-day — and how I cut out the activities that aren’t serving me.
I created both a blank sheet (for you to fill in, and/or make as many copies of as you need) and a sample tab using my own schedule. I’m a visual lady, so color-coding is incredibly helpful for me to see themes in my “chunks” of time.
I always find it funny how there seems to be so much more white space and free time when you plot it all out on paper. It’s like there is a temporary “mute” button for all the feelings of overwhelm that sometimes sabotage your progress on your goals.
To get full utility out of this template, I recommend starting by making a couple copies: one version that’s a more optimized view of your current schedule, and a separate copy that is your perfect, ideal, utopian life schedule. (On mine, that one includes sleeping until at least 7:30am…so glorious.)
When you start filling the tracker in with all your daily activities, both copies of your time tracker need to start with scheduling in your life’s non-negotiables: sleep, meals, etc. These are the first to go when we’re stressed, so they must be the foundational bedrock for your plan to keep yourself sane and energized.
Next, you add in spaces for the “musts” of your life: date night with your spouse/SO, working out, time with friends, book writing, empire building…whatever fits with your life’s purpose and priorities right now. Then, everything else can fall in place around it as needed.
Once you’re done, the first “current, but better” schedule template can become your reality — and, if executed properly, it also becomes your bridge to the second one. Very sneaky, eh?
I am a career coach because I had no choice but to be.
Let me explain.
When I was a little girl, my family lived in a beautiful suburb of Denver, Colorado. Growing up, I was the most energetic, lively, passionate kid.
I was a dancer, painter, baton twirler, ice skater, and Whitney Houston impersonator. (I had whole song and dance routines made up to go with my mom’s copy of The Bodyguard soundtrack.)
My favorite thing in the world was reading and learning.
During one elementary school summer, I read over 100 books (most of them Nancy Drew) just for fun.
I was always full of movement and optimism and positivity and life.
As I got older, as happens with all of us, something changed.
I discovered playing by the rules my family and community were setting around me was how I would keep people happy.
I dove headfirst into school and classes, working to get the highest grades I could.
In a lot of ways, focusing on how to win the game at school served me well: I kept working harder and harder to do the right things to get into a “good” college.
Getting into a good school was my ticket to freedom.
(Home wasn’t always the safest place to be with a parent whose mood and anger is volatile, and college seemed like the perfect escape.)
To keep moving towards that dream, I started working towards financial independence.
I had my first part-time job in middle school, and started adding lines to my resume: babysitter, web designer, Baskin-Robbins ice cream scooper, math tutor, Panera Bread barista.
Through all this hustling, I expanded the world of opportunities and possibilities open to me. I was acquiring new skills, learning about customer service and discovering all the ways you can create value.
(And, little did I know, also becoming an expert in interviewing and how to put together a great resume.)
When college application season arrived, I got the chance to attend college in New York City. For a Colorado mountain girl, the Big Apple was the most amazing, glamorous place I could imagine, and I jumped at the opportunity.
I got to college, and immediately got a job to both help pay for school and also expand my post-college options.
In a typical semester, I would take a full courseload plus one paying part-time job and an unpaid internship.
As I picked out my major, I had desperately wanted to pursue Psychology or in Art History, but asked myself, “Will that get me a job after graduation?”
(That, instead of “What will I love learning about forever?” or “Which major would bring my joy?” was the guiding question for decisions at that point in my life. So now, part of my coaching practice is about learning how to ask yourself better questions. )
Instead of art history or psych, I took Econ classes, and did all kinds of internships as ways to supplement my classes with joyful extracurriculars.
Within four years in undergrad, I interned at my dream companies: Seventeen magazine, American Cancer Society, Teen Vogue, and CBS Sports.
I also got opportunities to get my hands dirty contributing at smaller organizations like the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, CollegeFashion.net, and even by launching a fashion and beauty blog.
By the time graduation rolled around, I had experience doing everything: sports media, fashion journalism, blogging, event planning, social media, investigative research. (Everything except economics, that is.)
While I kept trying to play by the rules of other people’s expectations of me, I couldn’t help but follow my joy into companies and sectors I’d admired from afar.
When I arrived at life after college, I followed my heart to a job at an education nonprofit. But as the months ticked on, I noticed that some of the joy from my childhood wasn’t present anymore.
I told myself, “This is what it means to be an adult. You can’t have as much fun anymore. There are responsibilities. There’s work to be done.”
And that started becoming my truth. I moved to a private sector job and started to become okay with trading my joy and optimism for the hardening of Corporate America.
I started to believe that it was normal to deliver feedback to colleagues in ways that weren’t respectful or rooted in kindness. And, that working for a company or industry I loved was a privilege reserved for other people, not for me.
“I mean, nobody loves their work, right?”
Statements like that were accepted as true among my peer group.
But believing that truth was a huge blow to my happiness.
So I sat there, facing my quarter-life crisis in a depressive funk.
“I just, I remember being happier. I don’t know what happened.”
Unpacking each decision that led me to that point with coaches and therapists allowed me to discover something fundamental and profound about myself: I am a woman driven by my values.
And some of my values — fun, respect, kindness, giving – were in direct conflict with my employer or my company’s environment.
This was a revelation for me: I need to do work in a context that aligns with my values.
Otherwise, it doesn’t matter how much money you pay me or how many days I get off or how many standing desks there are at the office: I will not be happy.
And from that moment on, my career became about finding jobs that aligned with my values and allowed me to live my truth every day.
That’s how we end up in the present. I discovered the way I could best honor my values and priorities was in working with individuals to help them discover and honor theirs.
And, nobody would (or should) trust a coach that doesn’t walk their talk…
So, I took the leap to pursue my passion full time.
Seeking out balance and peace in your life is a struggle. It is a struggle for everyone.
And here’s my candid opinion: the concept of balance is bullshit.
“Balance” is a myth we’ve invented to make ourselves feel guilty for being ambitious – or to rationalize why we’ve taken a foot off the gas pedal.
Life isn’t really about balance. Life is about having priorities and making tradeoffs.
You can’t do everything, but you can have anything if you set your time, energy, money and intention toward it.
Once you know what your priorities are, making tradeoffs gets much easier.
That’s why I’m here: to serve you by creating clarity around your values, helping you turn them into priorities, and make strategic career decisions that align with your vision for how you can impact the world.
It is definitely not New Year’s Eve anymore…and I know a resolution or two has slipped through the cracks for me. I’m guessing you might be able to say the same.
That’s okay — and totally normal. Making radical change in your life isn’t easy, and definitely doesn’t always happen overnight.
For me, seeing which resolutions fell apart and which ones gained momentum is a great indicator of where my values are. The ones I talked about in “shoulds,” but never made any progress on, are totally fine to fall by the wayside for me…because clearly they weren’t as important or as aligned with my values and the life I want to be living right now.
But if those ideas and dreams for who you want to be in 2016 were important to you and yet have fallen to the side while you’re trying to make it through your crazy busy daily life, you deserve to put a system in place to help you make massive progress on those goals in the next few months.
Wouldn’t it be great to look back on 2015 and say to yourself: that’s the year I got my tush in gear? That’s the year I actually pursued my dreams instead of giving them lip service? That’s the year things changed for me?
Your peers can stay in a Netflix-induced stupor and continue to talk about what kind of life they’ll start living…once they make more money. Or…once they are far enough along in their careers. Or…when they get old. Or…when they settle down. Or…when happy hour isn’t so fun anymore.
It’s easy to find excuses for why you aren’t living the life you want to be living.
And it’s easy to stay exactly where you are. It’s comfortable. It’s relatively safe. But it’s not getting you out of bed in the morning full of joy and energy anymore.
Is being that excuse-maker who you want to be?
Are you tired of rationalizing why you shouldn’t or can’t pursue your dreams and honor your desire to have a life filled with happiness and energy?
Do you want your life to happen to you, or do you want to be in the driver’s seat?
This is the day to start breaking into those excuses, exposing them to the light, and saying “Let’s figure out how I can keep moving forward.”
A quote from Confucious is: “You have two lives. The second one begins when you realize you only have one.”
What if you stop right now and make the commitment for that second life to start today?
You are important.
Your life is important.
Your goals are important.
And you can act on them right now.
You don’t need permission from anybody to start living the life you were meant to live.
I’m honored and excited to help you craft a career path that you’re proud of.
While you might catch yourself thinking that it looks so simple for other people to find their Dream Job, choosing your perfect path is never easy — particularly for ambitious, multi-passionate individuals.
That’s why I’m thrilled to share my resource library with you. It’s a free list of all of my most popular worksheets and tools to allow you to narrow down an infinite world of possibility into the right list of potential next steps for you — and make them happen:
If you struggle with making (or keeping) your New Year’s Resolutions and want structure and accountability to make them “stick,”check out my downloadable Best Year Yet PDF workbook. It’s ten pages of reflection and prompts to allow you to assess how the past year went for you, celebrate your momentum, notice areas for growth, dream about what the upcoming year could hold, and start to plan all the big and small action steps you can take (starting today) to make that happen for you. If you’ve ever needed a big sister to give you a kick in the pants to do the things you’ve dreamt about for years, but have been too afraid to start, download this workbook. It might just be exactly what you’ve been needing all along.
If you did the Best Year Yet exercise and want a way to manage all those goals, try the companion Best Year Yet Goal Template Spreadsheet. This allows you to put your goals into a sort-able, prioritizable form where you can organize by due date, completion status, life fulfillment category, and more. The best part about it is the “Next Step” column where you make your goal so easy to take action on that you can do it the very same day. Making a habit of baby steps every day will amount to massive progress across all aspects of your life by the end of the year.
If you feel like you’re burning the midnight oil and want to optimize your schedule,download my Google Doc Excel time tracker template. The best way to use this template is to do several versions: one for your current time usage, and then make a copy to play with that shows your ideal time allocation. (Make sure to start by scheduling in your non-negotiables like sleep!) You can take a look at my sample version on the second tab, and base yours around similar ideas and color themes. This is an amazing tool for visual learners!
I love holding Professional Lady Badass Brunches in the DC area, because I get to be infused with the incredible energy of the ambitious, passionate, savvy women of DC.
I walked participants through the Best Year Yet workshop, an exercise to help you plan the year ahead so you don’t fall off the resolution bandwagon in February but actually make massive progress on all the things you’ve wanted in your life for years — but haven’t quite had the right tools or framework to make happen.