Business and Career

SELF-TITLED

I miss the good old days when I was given a title. The title came neatly packaged with a full description mapping out 50 to 60 hours of my week. A one page present of convenience. When living in the corporate world explaining what I did for a living was never worrisome. When someone asked, “What do you do?” I didn’t have to think. The answer was written for me. I was a coordinator or a specialist or senior account executive. It was even typed out on a 2 1/2 x 3 inch card in case I forgot. When uttered, these titles were often accepted without explanation. It was an easy exchange. Titles, particularly job titles, are a funny thing. They can hold immense weight in the description of a person. It can determine salary and how close you park to the office. It can determine the...

5 SUCCESS TIPS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

  Running a small business can be a grind. What’s that phrase? Entrepreneurs quit their corporate jobs so they no longer have to work 9-5, only to end up working 70-hours a week??!! We definitely don’t want that to be the scenario for you. Running a successful business does take a lot of attention and time, but what if you can work smarter instead of harder? What if operating from an inspired and empowered place, can short cut the length of time it actually takes to achieve the results you are looking for? Well, after helping thousands of entrepreneurs around the globe, I have discovered how to just to do that. Here are 5 tips that will help you move into an empowered place, where you will be readily able to see the solutions that are already there for you that will lead you to the re...

HOW I STARTED MY OWN BUSINESS, Part II: Finding the time

   Let’s be honest, it’s a little ironic that the sequel to my first post, How I Started My Own Business, Part I: Finding the Courage to Start, is about finding the time — because it’s been about three to four months since I’ve found time to write this post. (Oops!) Unfortunately the world doesn’t have an emergency pause button, which can make trying to balance work and life extremely difficult at times. So, where do you start? First, take a step back and breathe. While hustling is important, you’ll only end up more stressed if you dive in unprepared. It’s easy to be excited and have momentum during the first couple days or weeks, but once all the work starts piling up it can get slightly (or severely) overwhelming. On the one hand, working solo gives you the opportunity to slow down ...

BLOGGING IN COLLEGE – WORTH IT?

  Over the past year, blogging has taught me so much about  creativity, technology, and social media. I started blogging because I wanted to use my platform or audience on social media to create positive change and inspire people. This broad mission statement allowed me to write whatever I wanted and really allow me to find direction. I’m only just now starting to feel like I sort of know what I’m doing. After spending so much time learning and perfecting -I have to ask if devoting so much time to writing, producing, and promoting posts was really worth it. I think people perceive blogs to be an easy hobby. Although they can be, to run a successful blog is much more work than it seems. With blogging, writing, being involved in two clubs, having some sort of social life and studying -I...

HOW TO GET WORK ACTING

  How do I get more auditions? What’s the best way to find acting work? How do I make money acting? If I don’t get answers soon, I’m going to lose my mind! Let me help prevent that from happening. If you’re brand new to acting and just want to try out a few non-union jobs, the go-to website is Actors Access. Sign up for an account, add as much info as you can, and start submitting yourself to auditions. While there are other sites you can use, this is the most popular. If you’re a more advanced actor and want “real credits” then here’s what I recommend… Obviously, the most effective way to get acting work is to sign with a reputable agency. They will submit you for work, you’ll do well in auditions (because you’ve read my book), and start getting work. Having an agent is by far the mo...

HOW MY TERRIBLE BOSS FUELED ME INTO LAUNCHING MY BRAND

  I’ve always dreamed of working for myself. I didn’t know what that meant though or what my life would look like. Would it feel easy? Fun? Inspiring? But coming from a degree in dance didn’t position me well for starting my own business. Yes, I had a business mind, but I certainly didn’t have the tools or breadth of understanding to know what it meant to even begin. At the time, a wonderful boss and mentor of mine told me that I wasn’t living up to my potential. “Really?!”. I was not insulted, but curious because I had already started to fall in love with branding. I’ve always been curious by nature. So over coffee that day, I listened and asked her what she thought I needed to do. “Go back to school. You’re young. Learn more” she said. So, one year later, I enrolled at BCIT where I ...

SOCIAL MEDIA: QUALITY VS. QUANTITY

Social Media is becoming an ever prevalent figure in today’s society- numbers of followers, likes, retweets and shares far outnumbering any other measure of popularity. But the credibility of this is something which is to be debated. I, for one, know that if I were shown two fashion sites on twitter and I were to find one had 12.1K followers and the other had 100, I would be far more likely to follow the first, simply due to numbers. Surely that many people couldn’t be wrong? I would then exit the second, no further thought gone on to the subject matter. But is this just shallow? Am I just judging something based on an initial impressive performance? I could find that the brand I followed – whilst having such a vast number of followers – actually receives no interaction from an...

EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER OF A HOMESCHOOLING MOM-PRENEUR

  Everyone says, “Build your own business, you will have more freedom to enjoy life.” What they don’t say is after your third day at home, with two teens and an adolescent dictator, while working on your business and teaching your kids about life, you forget yet again to get dressed and you just might forget to brush your teeth. No seriously, when building a business from your home and having little ones, or even teens in my case, running around getting into everything or interrupting every conversation, you simply forget to take care of basic needs, such as lunch. Your beloved shower gets pushed aside for those absolutely necessary bouncer moments when everyone seems to be fighting. Your home starts to look like a bomb went off in your living room, and your extended...

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS WORK-LIFE BALANCE

  There is no such thing as work-life balance. There is only life balance. Seeing these two things as opposing forces is part of the problem. Ever feel like going to work is more of a break than being home? Part of the reason for this is that the working environment is a controlled structure in which most people, if not all, are working toward a common goal. The goal: making the company or organization successful or getting a paycheck. Hopefully, you do not have to ask your co-worker for a report you need three times before it gets to your desk, like you have to ask your children to pick up their shoes. This feeling of structure and control can lead you to being at work longer than you have to, or should be, because it’s easier in many ways. If this is the case, ask yourself, how can ...

FINDING YOUR INNER POWER

Life is a complete roller coaster. You have your mornings where the coffee tastes perfect, your hair is doing exactly what you wanted it to do, and there’s sunlight streaming in through the window. It’s going to be a good day, you think to yourself. Then there are days where you feel exhausted, defeated, and nothing is going right for you. Why do things have to be so complicated? Humans are complicated creatures with constant overwhelming emotions and impulses. That’s a known fact. Here’s a little tale of how I lost myself, and found myself. I’m 23 years old. Last May I graduated college with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Journalism. I was excited and a little nervous for this big, new step in my life. I figured I would find something soon enough ...

BURNING OUT, THEN RISING LIKE A PHOENIX FROM THE ASHES

For my entire career I have worked with clients in crisis, first as an advocate, then as a teacher, and finally as a therapist. My clients were domestic violence survivors, children struggling to overcome being many years behind in school- academically, socially, and emotionally- and adolescents involved in juvenile justice. I have met people on the worst days of their lives, the morning after their partner attacked them violently, on the day they received an autism spectrum diagnosis for their toddler, or on the day they were locked up and taken from their family for months. I loved the work I did. I got to actually see people benefit from working with me. I saw them be able to make changes in their own lives that allowed them to never need to see me again. But I kept encountering major s...

ALYSON’S STORY: LIFE AS A CRISIS COUNSELOR

Alyson kept glancing up at the clock every few minutes, as most of us are prone to do on a Friday afternoon. It was 4 o’clock, and she was finishing up some paperwork at her desk before heading out for the weekend. Looking out her office window, Alyson saw a police car pull into the parking lot and a young girl hop out of the passenger seat. A few moments later a timid head peaked into the front door of Wild Iris. Alyson met the girl at the door and ushered her in. The girl, who could barely pass for eighteen, introduced herself as Lynn and immediately began to cry – as it was obvious from her puffy eyes she had been doing all afternoon. Lynn handed Alyson a massive stack of papers in exchange for a tissue. “Can you help me fill this out?” Lynn asked between sniffles. “The policeman told m...

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