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Work, Life, and the Stories We Tell Ourselves

May 15, 2018

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Telling ourselves stories is how we make sense of the world — we all do it, all the time. It’s as if our minds are on automatic story-making-up and re-telling mode. Whether it is some variation of your own history that ends in “things generally work out for me,” or “I don’t have enough time,” […]

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The Job Search Void

April 3, 2018

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It’s the time in your career transition between “getting clear about your direction” and “landing a job.” The void is when you’re typically sending out resumes, applying for jobs, trying to land interviews by connecting with your network, or interviewing—all without landing a job offer. It’s when you’re trying to get noticed but no one’s […]

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Making Space in Difficult Times

March 6, 2018

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  When there have been troubling situations at work (a Performance Improvement Plan, harassment, layoffs), it can be hard to find a neutral place from which to make decisions. Should you quit? Should you stick it out? Often there is a pull to take action to get the pain of the situation to stop.   While […]

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Perfectionism: Mapping the Vast Interior Part IV/ Looking North

December 26, 2017

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This is a continuation of a blog about perfectionism that began with a posting on March 21, 2017:  “Perfectionism: Mapping the Vast Interior Part I/Facing East.”  Read it along with Parts II and III if you can. So happy to welcome you as we resume our journey around the Sacred Medicine Wheel, visiting the Four […]

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Taking a Retreat from Job Search

October 3, 2017

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Job search can be stressful, no matter what your personal or professional situation. There can be time pressure, financial pressure, identity pressure, family pressure—it’s up there with other events like moving,  planning a wedding or having a new child. If you are on unemployment, there are requirements for search in order to continue to receive […]

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Perfectionism: Mapping the Vast Interior Part III/Going West

September 5, 2017

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This is a continuation of a blog about perfectionism that began with a posting March 21 2017:  “Perfectionism: Mapping the Vast Interior Part I/Facing East.” Read it and Part II/Heading South before starting Part III/Going West if you can.  So happy to welcome you all as we resume our journey around the Sacred Medicine Wheel, […]

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Going to the Hardware Store for Milk

July 11, 2017

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One day many years ago, I was complaining about my work to a wise friend of mine.   I wanted the corporation I worked for to care more about people than profits.  “Why won’t they step up?”, I pondered in self-righteous irritation.   She replied with a very wise and simple comment – “It sounds like you are […]

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Perfectionism: Mapping the Vast Interior Part II/Heading South

June 20, 2017

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This is a continuation of a blog about perfectionism that began with a posting March 21, 2017: “Perfectionism: Mapping the Vast Interior Part I/Facing East.” Read it before starting Part II/Heading South if you can. Glad to welcome you all as we resume our journey around the Sacred Medicine Wheel, visiting the Four Directions and […]

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Surviving and Thriving When the Work World Overstimulates You – Part II

May 2, 2017

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“Sydney” works as a telephonic advice nurse, providing medical advice to a large group of employees that work for a nationwide company. Although she enjoys helping those she advises in becoming healthier, she finds working in a cubical office with other advice nurses to be overstimulating. It is difficult for her to concentrate when she […]

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Perfectionism: Mapping the Vast Interior, Part 1

March 20, 2017

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Clients talk some about their perfectionistic tendencies. They share dilemmas from concrete to spiritual matters as they work hard to set their lives and careers on the right track.  But many are confused and paralyzed by their ideals, those goals that if achieved will make everything all right. It seems to be in our nature […]

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