I Should Be Grateful I Have a Job

When working with people who are unhappily employed, many times they come to a point where they say “I guess I should just be grateful I have a job.” Absolutely! It is healthy to be grateful for what we have.  Having income, structure to our days and participating in the world of work are things[…]

The Key to Your Life’s Work

“Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.”  – David Richo Many of you know that I offer astrology as a tool to help understand our career and work lives.  I love using it as I would any other assessment (Myers-Briggs, Strong Interest Inventory, StrengthsFinder) – to identify[…]

Intersection of Scary and Exciting

I often tell clients that the intersection of scary and exciting is right where they want to be – it’s one way of knowing that a decision, idea or job supports our growth. This post is about me being at this intersection, right now.   First though, a little about my theory: If something is[…]

Drawing in the Work You Want

Recently, a client in the human resources field came to me for help.  She was confused and frustrated because she wasn’t being considered for the jobs she wanted. At first it seemed like her resume, with its clarity in job duties and quantitative results, should have opened doors for her. But then we looked deeper.[…]

Finding Wonder in Our Work

I just went to a lecture that was part of the Portland Jazz festival. It’s one of the things I love about having my office downtown – I can spend a lunch hour taking in cultural events.  Listening to live jazz in the middle of my work day transported me.  For an hour, I was[…]

Your Uniqueness – It’s Right In Front of You

I had a client who worked in a call center – he had been laid off and was looking for another call center job.  He really enjoyed the work and it was a great fit for him –  which already made him unique in comparison to much of the population!  There was more though. We[…]

Is it worth the risk?

I’ve had a few conversations with clients this week about taking risks. They were about interpersonal risks (making a cold call) and logistical risks (moving states for a new job). For some, networking felt like a risk.  For others, it was risky to stay in one job for many years.  While everyone views risk differently,[…]

Practicality and Possibility

“I’m saving up for when I have a low-paying job that I love.” Just one of the many things people say when contemplating having work they are passionate about.  I have mixed feelings about this frame of mind. On one hand, saving up to do what you love is a great thing – it’s a[…]

Out With Assumptions, In With Hope

“I can’t find a new job in this economy.  I have to stay where I am.” “I’d love to do that kind of work, but no one will hire me without direct experience in that industry.” “No one gets a job off of online job boards anymore.” We often unconsciously use assumptions to help us[…]

Getting Your Groove Back in a Fear Based Economy

We see it all the time in job search – messages that instill fear as a motivation. “5 Deadly Mistakes to Avoid in an Interview!” “7 Mistakes Job Seekers Make Online and How You Can Avoid Them” It’s this notion that if we don’t’ say the right thing, do exactly the right thing, we will[…]