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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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Moms and Dads don’t give up on your other career dreams!

December 12, 2016

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As a divorce coach and vocational expert in collaborative and mediated cases that are settled out of court, I have the privilege of supporting moms and dads needing to go back to work, as a result of their divorce. Typically the stay at home spouse has spent several years, often more than fifteen, out of […]

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

November 15, 2016

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Do noises at your workplace drain you? Do you get headaches or experience eye strain from the fluorescent lights above your workspace? Is it especially difficult receiving feedback on your performance each year? Perhaps you are highly sensitive. If so, how can you not only survive but thrive in the work world? Highly Sensitive People […]

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Ask Yourself the Big Questions

July 19, 2016

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“What’s my purpose in life?”  “What do I want to be when I grow up?” I used to think these were THE big questions.  The big questions, the ones to be pursuing about career and work. Knowing my life purpose or even what I want to do 10 years from now can help set a […]

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“Where for art thou, my self-confidence?” she cries.

June 21, 2016

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Many of the people I talk to about career direction feel they lack the confidence to fully explore their options. They express being overwhelmed by second-guessing, self-doubt, perfectionism and the inability to take action when deemed necessary. Women, in particular, describe discomfort while trying to outline paths beyond what they already know. It seems a […]

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Sudden and Unexpected Job Loss

May 9, 2016

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At some point in your career you may experience sudden and unexpected job loss. You may feel overwhelmed with anger, shock, fear, betrayal, numbness and fatigue, or all of these in the span of a minute. Your heart may hurt. These are all common emotions. Even when your job loss is expected or in some […]

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Integrating Career Dreams to Lead the Life You Want

November 24, 2015

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Do you find yourself saying, “I’ve never known what I really wanted to do” or “Is there some test that will tell me what I am best suited for?”  I hear these comments all too often from clients whose current work seems mediocre or worse, meaningless, and they desperately hope I can help them find […]

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Filling the Well

July 21, 2015

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Imagine drawing your energy for your work life as if you were drawing water from a well.  You lower the bucket and pull up the fresh, clean water you need each day to feel sustained through the ups and downs. When your work is fulfilling, the well can feel like it is practically overflowing!  No […]

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How Do You Choose to Persevere with Life’s Obstacles?

March 16, 2015

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“If all else fails, perseverance prevails.” This anonymous quote is important to keep in mind, especially those days when you’ve had yet another interview turndown or your job search is not going as you had hoped. We often default to feeling failure, no doubt because our society is especially unforgiving and judgmental when it comes […]

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You Gotta Have Hope

February 17, 2015

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Consider: In terms of your life and particularly your career, are you a person who tends to be hopeful about your future? Or do you tend more towards despair that things will not improve, no matter what you believe or do? Stay with me here—this is more than pop psychology. In my career counseling practice, […]

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