Are you Ready to Find a Job You Will ACTUALLY Love?

Do you ever find yourself wondering why everyone else seems to have their sh*t together, but YOU can’t even seem to find a job you like?

So many women are underpaidoverworked and constantly passed over for promotions AND not even super psyched about their personal lives!

You are not alone. 

50% of people are unhappy in their jobs and 80% of women are underpaid.

But I am here to help! I help women take the fast track to seeing the value they provide, identifying the skills they bring to the table and finding jobs they enjoy showing up for – at least MOST of the time 😉

Sound like a plan? Let’s chat and figure out if this is the right time for you to get started.

The Worst Question in the World

What do you do?” A question in the same family as, “When are you going to find a partner/get married/have a baby?” and “What are you doing after you graduate?” These are often questions which strike a nerve. They are questions which, while meant well, can be stressful to answer- at best!

So what are you to do if you don’t have a traditional answer to this type of question?

Step 1. Breathe. Like so many things in life, breathing is the answer. Consider who’s asking before feeling judged or threatened – are they asking out of genuine care for you? Are they asking because this is a handful of questions that just come easily to most of us? Do they even care about your answer? – and then embrace the reality.

Step 2.  Is this a social or professional situation? If this is a social situation, it is much easier to brush off the question – make light or a joke of the answer if it suits you. But keep in mind that if you are job hunting, every opportunity could quickly become a professional situation.

In a professional situation, turn to your mighty 60-second pitch. This is a one-minute summary of where you are at in your life. It should include a quick, relatable background story, a humble brag or explanation of what’s happening right now, a reference to how amazing you are and goal statement.

Example: I got into advertising after being mesmerized by commercials when I was a kid. I used to make my sister act out commercials for whatever product our mom had purchased that day.  I recently took the lead on a campaign for Toys R Us and they were thrilled with the results. My boss was impressed by how I managed to bring together the ideas of our clients and copywriters to have a cohesive theme. Now, I am looking to use these skills to transition into a leadership position on an in-house advertising team.

Phew! That is a mouthful, but when it is meaningful to you, having your 60-second pitch can take away the anxiety of the moment and flows as if it’s off the cuff.

Having trouble coming up with your pitch or not even sure what your goal is beyond “get me out of my current position?”Let’s figure it out together! Schedule your free consultation today!

Happiness Showdown: Time vs Money

Work-Life Balance has been a phrase associated with millennials and their desire for happiness. I still do not know how the headlines make this a bad thing.

I think the association of work-life balance to the younger generation is at least partially incorrect. I think that our generation has been forced to declare this desire because it was previously more prevalent. Due to new technology, our work can fit into our pocket, something the baby boomer generation did not have to worry about.

But does work-life balance, or time outside of work, truly make us happier? The University of British Columbia seems to think so.

They recently published a study looking at the trade-off between work and money.  They analyzed the impact of a person’s general orientation to prioritize time over money on their overall happiness. In doing so, they developed the Resource Orientation Measure to determine a person’s general orientation to prioritize money or time. People who prioritize time over money reported experiencing greater happiness. This association was small but statistically meaningful. They controlled for* materialism, material striving, current feelings of time and material affluence, and relevant demographic characteristics such as income, employment, marital status, gender, and age, and the results still held up.

So what does this mean for you?

You do you. If you are at a point in your career and life where you don’t mind long hours in exchange for pay you feel comfortable with – go for it. If you do crave personal time outside of work, now you have the scientific evidence to back up the happiness gained from prioritizing time over money!

Not sure how you feel about money vs time? Haven’t quite figured out that happiness could be your primary goal in life? Even before prestige, fame or money? – lets chat!

*To control for a variable means to reduce the effect of that variable on the outcome.

How to Stay Calm When the World Might Be Ending

This morning as I watched Morning Joe I felt the familiar stress of the uncertainty in the world right now. It seems everyone has become an expert in politics and its almost always a topic of conversation.  Personally, I try to achieve a balance between awareness (upset) and acceptance (not investing energy in anger). I believe it is our responsibility as a citizen of the country to express our feelings, however, I do not believe it is worth risking my personal happiness.

Here are my top 3 tips for staying positive and calm through uncertain and stressful times.

  1. Take Inventory. Reflect on the constants in your life and the things you have control over. For example: you have a home to go to everyday, maybe you have a class you attend after work consistently. Seek out stability and consistency in things you can control.
  2. Gratitude. There are a multitude of studies which show that gratitude is the the ultimate way to happiness. I try to make an effort to acknowledge everything that I have in the world and to appreciate those things. It is easy to get caught up int the next big thing that you don’t yet have or be (rightfully) worried about the future. However, if we can appreciate what we have now, it will only make the future brighter. Bonus points if you document this gratitude so that you can reflect on it on more difficult days!
  3. Distraction. Exercise (physical movement of the body) is often an amazing chance to distract yourself, to focus on something other than the issue at hand and I have never met someone who regretted doing to a workout.  Going to the movies, reading a book, meditating can also be excellent ways to distract yourself from your stress, and the real beauty of distraction is that it allows your brain to have new thoughts. I find that its easy to get into a cycle of negativity, but taking a break can let you see the situation with greater clarity.
  4. Action. Action may mean going to a rally, making a donation to an organization you believe in or volunteering on the weekend to show others that people are naturally good. Again, action can be good for breaking the negativity/anxiety cycle and it gives the added benefit of improving the world around you!

What do you do when the stress becomes too much? Does uncertainly worry you or do you thrive on the adventure?