Know Your Career Phase

“Wisdom consists in knowing one’s place in any given cycle, and what kinds of action (or restraint of action) are appropriate for that phase.” – Richard Heinberg  The natural world gives us good cues about cycles.  The change of seasons, tides and phases of the moon are among the reliable processes that our ancestors were[…]

Are You Drained, Sustained or Fulfilled At Work?

There is great power in acknowledging where we are in the present moment of our work lives. When we can see and accept the reality of our situation, we can better identify our needs, make decisions about our next steps and appreciate what is going well. In the spirit of the New Year and reflection[…]

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,[…]