2013 January

Had your fill of the 9-5? Why you should sit tight in your cubicle (for now).

01 29 2013

I’m sure every one of us has had that ‘Monday feeling’.  You know the one – the dawning realization that the weekend is over and it’s time to go back to work and you feel sick, right to the pit of your stomach. 


I’ve been there.  Golly, I think my Monday morning blues started at some point on a Saturday afternoon for a while.  I knew things HAD to change. 


Dreading work is no fun.  It’s no way to live your life.  As someone passionate about passion, I believe YOU absolutely deserve to live the life of your dreams, to ditch the 9-5 if it’s not making you happy.  And definitely if it’s making you UNhappy.  I want you to strive for the happily ever after in your career.


But not NOW. 


Yep, you heard me right.  Don’t do it just yet. 


Unless you have the privilege of financial freedom that will allow you to enjoy a little time out, I urge you to stick with it.  Why?  Because I don’t want you to make the mistake that so many make.  The urgency of leaving one unfulfilling job can lead many people into repeating the same mistake over and over.  And over! 


Draft the resignation letter.  Update your CV.  Begin to imagine a different life.  But don’t act until you’ve considered the following:


  1. Take a little time to look back over your career ‘landscape’.  What have you really enjoyed about your work?  What would you happily never do again?  In the cold light of day, are there any tasks in your current work that you like?  Start to get clear on what kinds of work really appeal to you (and those that don’t) so you can start to shape what your ideal work style looks like.
  2. What is most important to you about work?  Is it the money?  Is it status?  Recognition?  Growth?  Having the freedom to be creative?  Get clear on what you value most and how you want to feel about your ideal work.  Your core values are your compass so get to work on discovering your true north.
  3. Start to think about what you enjoy doing in your spare time.  What do you happily do without getting paid?  Does this offer any clues as to the type of work that would suit you most?
  4. Set your goal.  What do you want to achieve and by when?


Now you are starting to get really clear.  Instead of jumping ship and securing yourself another 40 hours a week of work that you may well have outgrown, start to create a path towards your ideal work. 


Who is looking for your unique package of skills, experience and personality?  You never know, if you’re lucky enough to be part of a progressive company, you may well have opportunities literally on your (work) doorstep.  If not, forge your way ahead with passion and purpose. 


Make 2013 the year that you create the work-style of your dreams.

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The truth about my disappearing act (and why I’m back with gusto!)

01 23 2013

It’s been a little while since I’ve even put my fingers to the keyboard to write this blog.  The truth is, I had to juggle my priorities around for a short while as I’ve been somewhat busy in my family life – namely, relocating to a new home in a beautiful part of North Yorkshire and, very soon after, giving birth to our gorgeous baby boy and adjusting to life as a mummy.  It has been a rollercoaster few months!

In amongst all of that I’ve been crafting and creating some very exciting launches for the year ahead.  Life By Designthe virtual coaching programme designed to awaken your dazzling purpose, has been under-going a facelift and will soon be re-launching.  Spaces will be limited for the spring group so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the launch over the next few weeks.  I’m also hugely excited to be planning the very first Illumine retreat this summer.  

And so, a belated happy new year to you.  I hope 2013 has gotten off to a fulfilling start for you.  What promise does the year hold for you?  Have you got a clear line of sight to your goals for the year?  If you need a helping hand, get your copy of the free goal-getters guide here.

I’m always excited to hear what you’re striving for.  To make sure I’m giving you, dear reader, the most value I possibly can, I’d love for you to answer this one question:

What is the one thing that is holding you back from reaching for your goals and dreams this year?

In the comments below, give me a brief outline of your goal and let me know what your hurdle is.

I can guarantee that whatever the hurdle is for you, someone else reading this newsletter will be feeling exactly the same way.  For that reason, I’ll be (anonymously) offering tips and advice to move you beyond these blockers in my newsletter over the next few months.  Be sure to let me know how I can help YOU make this year your best year yet.

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