Toxic bosses & anxiety meds (5-Min Read)

It's 2013, year 6 of my career and I had just been promoted to manager, executive level, at a Fortune 100 company!

This was a BIG deal. Level change, huge pay increase, amazing benefits, all of it. It was a surprise to me and felt pretty good! I celebrated by purchasing myself a beautiful green amethyst and gold ring I still wear everyday. 

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Stop choosing positivity - Choose to be real!

A positive mindset is key to living a healthy, fulfilling life. Right? I most definitely agree.

I read a lot & spend plenty of time on Instagram - I’m the first to say, I LOVE inspirational quotes and stories of triumph + and I personally post them on my account! They can all totally lift you up, just when you need it most, and I’m grateful for all of it.

But I have also personally been effected by the downside effects of choosing “positivity” in situations where it wasn’t the right answer for me. It actually was detrimental to my mental health and took me further from the positive mindset I so badly wanted.

Sometimes, “just being positive” feels like putting lipstick on a pig and calling it a supermodel. It just doesn’t feel (or look) right.

And It doesn’t feel or look right, because it’s covering up emotions that need to be processed. And once that processing happens, we can then authentically connect with a positive mindset.

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How to Handle Anger at Work

I was recently on an awesome panel, "Beyond Glass Ceilings and #GirlBoss, how gender inequality shapes the workplace." I shared a bit about equal pay/negotiating your worth, on behalf of Ladies Get Paid, and then a lot on women's relationship to anger, something that’s been in the news recently (i.e. Serena, tennis court, final game, big rage, etc..).

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Is it Time to take more risk in your life?

What would you do if you weren't scared to go outside your comfort zone? 

I got to a point in my life, right in my mid-twenties, where I became totally risk averse. From my financial decisions, to my agreeable personality (aka a people pleasing expert), my goal in life was to keep all things stable and copasetic. 

But I remember the day where this all started to change so clearly...

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Do affirmations really work?

This week, we're talking about affirmations. Whether you've seen them on instagram, or have read about them in self-help books, they're pretty popular right now.

What is an affirmation? A positive statement, that when visually/verbally repeated, with focus and intention, can drive small to extremely large change in your life. The theory (backed in scientific research) says that our thoughts determine our actions, and actions drive our reality. So if you're thinking positive thoughts about yourself and aligning them with your goals (whether the goal is wealth, a promotion, peace of mind, or anything else) you will accomplish the goal over time. 

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Out of Work? Let's add structure to your day so you can make progress and stay sane!

You're out of work. You were either laid off, fired, or you've CHOSEN to take time off. Whatever your situation, you've decided to be super intentional about your next move so you don't end up repeating history and being miserable at work, yet again. 

Maybe it's entrepreneurship? Freelancing? Smaller Company? Bigger company? A combination of passion projects? Whatever it may be, you're committed to making the next move the right one. And that involves a combination of self-reflection, inspiration, expanding your  perspective, following your gut intuition, and quieting the fear that gets in the way of pursuing the thing you love.

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The day I realized my obsessive saving habits we're keeping me from living...

2014 was coming to a close. I was just over 7 years into my corporate finance career, making more money than I thought possible at age 29. I was well into the 6-figures, by no means a millionaire, but my financial advisor projected I'd have a $20M net worth when it came time to retire at age 65. 

In other words, my savings habits + compounding interest would be WAY more than enough to live on and eventually make me a millionaire! 

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Want real work flexibility? Here are my 5 tips!

There are perks and downsides to being part of a large company as well as working for yourself. For me, the flexibility and satisfaction that comes with running my own mission-driven company have vastly outweighed the perks I once loved in corporate job. But entrepreneurship didn't feel that way immediately; sure, I was loving my work and clients, but from a lifestyle perspective, it took time for me to unlearn my corporate America habits, the things I had never even thought could be different. 

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Quit the balancing act and try THIS to improve your well-being!

You've heard the term, work/life balance for years, if not decades. Research suggested (and maintains) today that we need balance in order to stay healthy, prevent burnout, increase our sense of belonging in society and improve our overall life satisfaction.

In other words, we're talking about increasing our overall well-being. 

I most definitely agree with this notion of balance and all the other labels like harmony, integration, and flexibility thrown around these days.

But, after reading tons of books, applying recommendations to my own life, and currently helping people struggling to "balance" work and life. as a coach and consultant, frankly, I rarely find myself using the word balance, nor striving for it in my own life.

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How to Identify Your Ideal Corporate Culture

My clients are smart, super motivated, gritty people. They want to work, and make a good living, but they come to me worn out, telling me that they literally have to force themselves to go to work each day.

So what's happening? I mean, why are super motivated people unmotivated to go to work?

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The Dark Reality of an Identity Crisis (and how to get through it)

Are you having an identity crisis? Or maybe you've had one in the past?

I have. It's awful. Scary. Lonely. Out of control feeling, like a hurricane of uncertainty. And you can't avoid it. Wherever you turn, you feel empty and lost.

I called it career burnout when it happened to me, over and over again, but now, in hindsight, I believe it was an identity crisis. Something inside me was telling me I needed to change; I wasn't living in alignment with my values. 

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Tips to Navigate an Identity Crisis

You're kicking butt in your current career, moving up the corporate ladder, enjoying the perks that come with it, not to mention, the praise you receive from your friends and family. On one hand, you are damn successful! But one day, you start to feel like something is missing. You can't put your finger on it. And as much as you try to push it aside, the feeling just won't go away!

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