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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Rejection... ugh

How many times has someone told you "no" in your lifetime? If you're like me, especially over the last few years, A LOT! No's hurt, they sting. As I built my business, I kept track of EVERY single conversation I had with a potential client. And for SO long, the number of no's was astounding. I mean, like 10x more no's than yes!!!! It was rough...

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Do you believe?

You want a change... whether it's about making more money, getting to the next level at work, making a bigger impact on the world, being respected by your coworkers, etc... But do you truly believe, deep in your heart, clear in your mind, you can achieve what you want? Do you have a vision of what that looks and feels like?

If yes, awesome. Otherwise, follow this 3 step process to make sure you're set up for success.

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Burned... out...

This week, I'm talking about burnout. It's been a few months since we last talked about it, and as we all entered 2018, we had high hopes, renewed energy and goals we wanted to accomplish. Maybe it was weight loss, drinking more water, taking time to reflect and plan our weeks, visit family more often, etc...

Whatever it was, setting and achieving the goals is awesome; feeling like you're missing the mark is not. It doesn't feel good. It gives us a sense of not being good enough. A feeling of hopelessness, failure, maybe laziness, or a lack of willpower.

I'm here to tell you, you've got it all reversed. You most definitely are none of these things! You're indeed the exact opposite.

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Wanting more, But feeling Shame and Guilt?

There can be so much shame, guilt and uncertainty around wanting more in life (and if you know me, you know I'm not talking from a material possession standpoint)... 

But why then, when something deep in your gut/soul/intuition (whatever you want to call that voice) tells you there's something bigger, more impactful, exciting, meaningful, purposeful out there for you, do you experience such discomfort?
 

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Privilege, Gratitude and Your Greatest Gifts

Last week, I was on a burnout prevention and boundary setting panel and received an unexpected question, perfect timing for the beginning of the holiday season. A young woman raised her hand and asked the group, "How do you handle the guilt of privilege, and only being able to help privileged people in your work?"

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Get Off The Hamster Wheel

Burnout is real. Whether it's physical, mental or emotional, it's not fun. I don't know anyone wouldn't sign up for a burnout immunity vaccine (even if it had side effects, lol!).  

I went through MANY burn outs in college and corporate America, but now, three years into entrepreneurship, a profession that some would say is most well-known for burnout, I've maintained my energy (yes, I still get sick, I'm human) and am still excited (if not more excited about my work). So, what changed? 

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How "connected" Are We, Really? (3-Mins)

In the age of constantly being "connected," statistics show that loneliness levels have more than doubled since the 1980's. Loneliness affects us mentally, emotionally and physically; in other words, life expectancy declines as loneliness rates increase. These statistics confirm that humans NEED real, meaningful connection, not only to thrive, but, most importantly, to survive.

So why, if we're constantly connected, are we so lonely?

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