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Welcome to the Shine at Work Podcast, formerly known as Getting off the hamster wheel! I’m your host, Karen Weeks. I’m a transformational career coach who helps career-oriented humans get unstuck and find (and be successful) in careers that bring them joy, fulfillment and success. I believe you should actually love what you do, even on the bad days. That you can find a career that lights you up. Because, spoiler alert, it impacts how bright you shine in your life!!! Every week, I talk to someone who felt stuck in their job and found a way to build a career that's right for them. Because I know what that feels like when your light is dim. I made a career change from theatre to HR and now coaching and at times in my life I had to take a look inside to see what was most important, what made me shine bright, and make adjustments along the way. It’s possible. I did it, my guests did, and I help others do it. I hope you walk away from each episode not just inspired but with some actionable advice. Because you can, and deserve, to shine at work!More about my background...Karen Weeks is the Founder & Principal Coach at KDW Coaching, the host of the Shine at Work podcast, a speaker, published author, Girls in Tech NYC board member and award winning culture leader (currently leading the People team at Ordergroove). My purpose is guiding individuals to get unstuck from a career that is draining them and transform their careers so they can feel the same renewed energy I did all those years ago when I transitioned from theatre to human resources to coaching. I live in NYC with my husband and furry babies! Let's connect: Karen@karendweeks.com or on my social sites @kdwcoaching_careers
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In this week’s episode, I talk with Pariss Chandler.  Pariss has had a couple of careers but then last summer she found how all her previous experiences naturally came together as the country found itself again discussing racial inequality.   After a career in acting, writing, video production, make-up and waxing she was trying to figure out what was next.  She looked to the corporate world, first in marketing and then in tech.  But as she worked at some amazing organizations, she realized she often did not see people that looked like her and she felt the impact of unconscious bias, microagressions and the sense of not belonging on a non-diverse team.  So she started to ask “what does black in tech look like” and that opened the waterfall of conversation that led her to start her own recruiting agency for black tech talent.  She doesn’t just help place amazing tech talent, but she works with organizations to make sure “inclusion” is part of their strategy (not just diversity) and that the new hires are set up for success.More about Pariss Chandler...Pariss Chandler is a former aesthetician turned front-end developer. She transitioned into tech in 2017 after participating in Resilient Coders, a coding bootcamp for people of color.  Pariss is the founder & CEO of Black Tech Pipeline, a platform bringing exposure, resources, and opportunities to Black Technologists.   She is also the creator of the movement and community #BlackTechTwitter, a global movement that brought exposure to the existing Black community in tech. “What ‘pipeline problem’?”How to connect with Pariss...Website - https://blacktechpipeline.comLinkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/pariss-chandler/In this episode you’ll specifically learn...The importance of trying something new and figuring it out from there (but you have to try first!)How to talk to companies, as a candidate, about their diversity and inclusion strategies and how they support their team members in their careersHow to take a hobby, a mission you care about, anything from your personal life and turn it into a careerI’m Karen Weeks, the Founder & Principal Coach at KDW Coaching, the host of the Shine at Work podcast, a speaker, published author, Girls in Tech NYC board member and award winning culture leader (currently leading the People team at Ordergroove). My purpose is guiding individuals to get unstuck from a career that is draining them and transform their careers so they can feel the same renewed energy I did all those years ago when I transitioned from theatre to human resources to coaching. I live in NYC with my husband and furry babies!Connect with Me!WebsiteInstagramLinkedIn“Transform Your Career” Facebook GroupTwitter
In this week’s episode, I talk with Keiko Munro.  Keiko’s energy and approach to life is inspiring.  She has a musician’s soul and while she tried for a few years to pour that energy into a marketing career, she realized that she was “building everyone else’s dreams” but not her own.  So after an eye-opening trip to Guatemala, she decided to try to figure out what success looked like for her and is now on a path to help others as an energy coach.  But more importantly, she found the things that drive her in her career and her life.More about Keiko Munro...Keiko Munro loves to break the rules. She's never been the one who obliges to a path laid down by someone else. Over the years, she has learned to truly take the driver's seat of her life - especially when it comes to her career path. Her love of music from a young age instilled an internal belief (and trust) that not everyone's path to success will look the same. She learned to dance through the doubts and naysayers and continued to believe in her purpose - even with a few obstacles along the way. What does bartending, digital marketing, e-commerce, yoga teacher training and energy coaching have in common? Keiko. Her passions extend wide and she embraces her evolution in all its facets. Her key to a fulfilled, expansive life is to remember each piece of this human experience is a gift and holds a lesson we can grow from.How to connect with Keiko...Instagram - @keikomunroInterested in working with Keiko...Lauren and Keiko's 90-day SYSH Group Coaching program is back!  Use "SHINE10" and you will receive 10% off the Slay Your Side Hustle  program for both the pay-in-full and payment-plan options. The live coaching calls kick off on Tuesday, Sept 21st.  Listeners can enroll whenever, have access to all 12 modules right away and join in on the upcoming coaching call.   Head to: Laurenwidrick.com/slayyoursidehustle to learn more and enroll.Also be sure to join thier free Facebook group - Grab Life by the Goals Community - for weekly live-stream coaching and all the squad support a badass could ask for! In this episode you’ll specifically learn...How to find clarity in your own career journey, ignoring others narratives, or what is “normal”Where you can use your skills and talents outside of the corporate worldThe importance of trusting your gut so you can lead the life you want to leadI’m Karen Weeks, the Founder & Principal Coach at KDW Coaching, the host of the Shine at Work podcast, a speaker, published author, Girls in Tech NYC board member and award winning culture leader (currently leading the People team at Ordergroove). My purpose is guiding individuals to get unstuck from a career that is draining them and transform their careers so they can feel the same renewed energy I did all those years ago when I transitioned from theatre to human resources to coaching. I live in NYC with my husband and furry babies!Connect with Me!WebsiteInstagramLinkedIn“Transform Your Career” Facebook GroupTwitter
We hope you are enjoying the new season so far.  In this week’s episode, Karen goes deep into the advice given by Lauren, Angelica, Bo & Tevis.  She will share her own experiences navigating her career based on their stories and some actionable ways you can continue to Shine at Work using their journeys as examplesIn this episode you’ll specifically learn...How to design the life you want to lead and how your career fits into thatWhat you enjoy doing and why and what that could mean for a careerHow to get the confidence to say yes to a new opportunity or to raise your hand to a new experienceQuestions to ask yourself for weekly self-reflection to make sure you really do love what you do (and if not, why)I’m Karen Weeks, the Founder & Principal Coach at KDW Coaching, the host of the Shine at Work podcast, a speaker, published author, Girls in Tech NYC board member and award winning culture leader (currently leading the People team at Ordergroove). My purpose is guiding individuals to get unstuck from a career that is draining them and transform their careers so they can feel the same renewed energy I did all those years ago when I transitioned from theatre to human resources to coaching. I live in NYC with my husband and furry babies! Connect with Me!WebsiteInstagramLinkedIn“Transform Your Career” Facebook GroupTwitter
In this week’s episode, I talk with Tevis Trower about her journey through many “on paper” impressive corporate roles into a career as a leadership futurist, an organization nerd and work that allows her to answer the question of “Do I Matter” with  affirmation and joy.  After years of looking around large corporations and not seeing people who reflected her values and honestly weren’t even reflections of their true selves, missing that aliveness that is inside all of us.  Now she helps high-performers and leaders identify what their heart actually longs for in their career (spoiler alert it’s not money and title).More about Tevis...Tevis Trower is an Author, Leadership Futurist, Executive Coach and Balance Integration Corporation Founder/CEO.  Tevis Trower is a pioneer in optimizing corporate cultures from the top down.  Heralded in bestselling Megatrends 2010 as “corporate mindfulness guru for the new millennium," and called ”a breath of fresh air in leadership development" by Forbes magazine (2020), over her long career Tevis has assisted powerful organizations ranging from Disney to Morgan Stanley in optimizing their most precious asset:  humanity.  Serving clients in over 70 U.S. markets, Europe and Latin America, Tevis has facilitated global executive immersions, keynotes, and panels for prestigious organizations including Fast Company, Harvard Business Review Events, YPO, Conscious Capitalism,  Peer 150, PWC, KKR, Soros, Bloomberg LP, Viacom, Google and The Economist on issues including work/self integration, wholeness based leadership, mindfulness, resiliency, mastery, innovation, and radical success.  NYU Faculty teaching Business Creativity & Personal Mastery, Tevis has also served as resident resiliency expert to WebMD and HuffPost. Her board service includes American Diabetes Association, New York Yoga Teacher’s Association, and Conscious Capitalism-NYC.  Tevis lives what she teaches from her homes in Woodstock and Chelsea NYC, enjoying story slamming, surfing, snowboarding, playing guitar and singing. The full quote Tevis kicks off our conversation referencing (from Martin Luther King Jr): “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well. '” How to connect with Tevis...Instagram - @tevistrowerLinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/tevistrowerTwitter - https://twitter.com/corporateyogiInterested in working with Tevis...Balanceintegration.com/happinessIn this episode you’ll specifically learn...How work does not have to be a four letter word, but instead a relationship with others and ourselvesHow to get over perfection and embrace fabulousness; working with  what is going on versus being a victim of our circumstancesThe importance of asking yourself powerful questions, including “What things threw you off this week?” and “How many things delighted you this week?”I’m Karen Weeks, the Founder & Principal Coach at KDW Coaching, the host of the Shine at Work podcast, a speaker, published author, Girls in Tech NYC board member and award winning culture leader (currently leading the People team at Ordergroove). My purpose is guiding individuals to get unstuck from a career that is draining them and transform their careers so they
In this week’s episode, I talk with Robert “Bo” Brabo.  Right out of high school, Bo joined the military and had an incredibly successful career serving our country, including working directly for Presidents Bush and Obama.  He had the unique opportunity to follow mentors to amazing jobs he never would have imagined by “raising my hand once and the rest just followed” and help his fellow servicemen and women build amazing careers for themselves.  But more importantly he helped grow future leaders, which he then turned into his second career once he retired from service.More about Bo...Bo Brabo has a combined 30+ years of Human Resources Leadership experience in the Department of Defense and private industry. Throughout his career, Bo has always focused on the people, helping them tackle their business problems as if they were his own. Since retiring from the US Army as the Chief of HR Operations with the White House Communications Agency and Presidential Communications Officer for both Presidents Bush and Obama, Bo has served in several executive positions including most recently, Founder of Hail Media Group and The Brabo Center of Excellence, providing fully accredited continuing education for HR professionals around the globe.How to connect with Bo...Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/robertbrabo/Website - www.robertbrabo.comInterested in working with Bo...Use code  "BOANDLUKE"  for 20% off of any of Bo's e-Learning courses at https://thebrabocenterofexcellence.teachable.com/courses In this episode you’ll specifically learn...The importance of networking and saying yes to new opportunitiesThe art of storytelling and how important communication skills are, not just for leaders, but for all team membersHow to handle high stakes projects and build character and confidence in those momentsI’m Karen Weeks, the Founder & Principal Coach at KDW Coaching, the host of the Shine at Work podcast, a speaker, published author, Girls in Tech NYC board member and award winning culture leader (currently leading the People team at Ordergroove). My purpose is guiding individuals to get unstuck from a career that is draining them and transform their careers so they can feel the same renewed energy I did all those years ago when I transitioned from theatre to human resources to coaching. I live in NYC with my husband and furry babies! Connect with Me!WebsiteInstagramLinkedIn“Transform Your Career” Facebook GroupTwitter
In this week’s episode, I talk with Angelica Patlan about her journey through a couple of different majors in school to years as a police dispatcher and how that led her to explore HR!  Why HR?  During her time as a dispatcher, she saw employee turnover that wasn’t addressed, she saw opportunities to improve morale and communication.  She was told that “didn’t have anything to do with HR” but she felt differently!More about Angelica Patlan...As the proud daughter of a single mother and first generation college graduate, Angelica has been breaking down barriers and overcoming obstacles since day one. She recently transitioned into HR with a nontraditional background and is passionate about employee engagement and bettering the feel of the workplace. She has a B.A in Anthropology from Smith College and a M.S. in HRM from SNHU. How to connect with Angelica...https://www.linkedin.com/in/apatlanIn this episode you’ll specifically learn...How to stand in your own power, and not focus on what you “don’t have”How to network and put yourself out there to meet new people...which leads to new opportunities you didn’t even know existedHow to identify what you want and why...and then how to tell that story with confidenceI’m Karen Weeks, the Founder & Principal Coach at KDW Coaching, the host of the Shine at Work podcast, a speaker, published author, Girls in Tech NYC board member and award winning culture leader (currently leading the People team at Ordergroove). My purpose is guiding individuals to get unstuck from a career that is draining them and transform their careers so they can feel the same renewed energy I did all those years ago when I transitioned from theatre to human resources to coaching. I live in NYC with my husband and furry babies!Connect with Me!WebsiteInstagramLinkedIn“Transform Your Career” Facebook GroupTwitter
In this week’s episode, I talk with Lauren Widrick about not just her career journey but also how she helps others now design the life they want to lead.  Lauren was interested in the psychology of marketing and business but like all of us, she found herself in a career that wasn’t filling her soul, “I was a right brain girl working in a left brain world”.  When she found herself in crisis mode, she realized she had to make a change.  And now she helps others realize their full potential, the swagger we all have inside, and how we can craft the life and the career we truly want.More about Lauren...Lauren Widrick is a Life + Business coach.  Her mission is to help you Grab Life by the Goals. She helps people at all phases of their entrepreneurial journey, from startup to sales to scaling. She helps people find the swagger to to expand and disrupt in all areas of business. She offers courses, coaching masterminds, retreats and speaking/training engagements. How to connect with  Lauren...IG - @laurenwidrickWebsite - https://www.laurenwidrick.comInterested in working with Lauren...Use code SQUAD to receive a $300 discount on the Slay Your Side Hustle 90-day business accelerator program.https://lauren-widrick-coaching.mykajabi.com/slay-your-side-hustle-live-programIn this episode you’ll specifically learn...How to identify what you actually want to do by pushing yourself outside your comfort zone, without finding yourself saying yes to everything and drowningHow to take messy action and try something new, breaking it down bit by bitAnd finally making the decision to “love it or list it” - where to make a change in  your life and your career to build your legacyI’m Karen Weeks, the Founder & Principal Coach at KDW Coaching, the host of the Shine at Work podcast, a speaker, published author, Girls in Tech NYC board member and award winning culture leader (currently leading the People team at Ordergroove). My purpose is guiding individuals to get unstuck from a career that is draining them and transform their careers so they can feel the same renewed energy I did all those years ago when I transitioned from theatre to human resources to coaching. I live in NYC with my husband and furry babies! Connect with Me!WebsiteInstagramLinkedIn“Transform Your Career” Facebook GroupTwitter
Welcome to Season Three of the Shine at Work Podcast (formerly known as Getting off the Hamster Wheel).  Why the name change?   As I reflected over last year of all the episodes and the goal of the podcast, I realized (with the help of my new friends at Novice Studios) that really we are talking to people that have all kinds  of career journeys, not just people  who felt stuck.  And that the connecting thread is that they found a way to live their best life and found a career that represented them.  We all work way  too much and if we aren’t enjoying what we do, our light is dim.  This season we talk to people who made full career changes (police dispatcher to the corporate world), people who left the corporate world to be entrepreneurs, folks who have had lots of different jobs because the non-linear career path is right for them, and others who now coach people to design the best life for them or create amazing cultures for others to be set up for success.  They have  all found what makes them shine at work.Links mentioned:Shine Bright Worksheet - find out what areas of your life are a little dim for you right now and how you can adjust to shine brightNovice Studios - an amazing production team that not only helped me with my rebranding but is now editing all my episodes!In this episode you’ll specifically learn...How to take the first step to shine at work (spoiler alert, find a partner!)I’m Karen Weeks, the Founder & Principal Coach at KDW Coaching, the host of the Shine at Work podcast, a speaker, published author, Girls in Tech NYC board member and award winning culture leader (currently leading the People team at Ordergroove). My purpose is guiding individuals to get unstuck from a career that is draining them and transform their careers so they can feel the same renewed energy I did all those years ago when I transitioned from theatre to human resources to coaching. I live in NYC with my husband and furry babies! Connect with Me!WebsiteInstagramLinkedIn“Transform Your Career” Facebook GroupTwitter
I truly cannot express enough gratitude to all the listeners.  I can't believe we have done 50+ episodes over the last year, over two seasons, with full length episodes with amazing guests and mini-episodes in-between to help create some actionable next steps based on the advice of our guests.While there are always great take-aways from every episode and each season.  For me, this season was all about how life is too important to not enjoy the work you are doing.  You don't have to live a life others expect of you, or stay in a career you aren't enjoying any more or that is impacting your health negatively.As we take a break in July, I leave you with this challenge to think about how you can transform your career this summer...Find clarity - Why are you feeling stuck today?   What is not working?  Is it your career or something else in your life?Make a change - Once you have decided what needs to change, what can you do to take a step to make that change?Evolve your career - Maybe you actually are trying to get a promotion or a new role internally.  Or you have landed that next amazing job but you want to make sure you are going to kick butt in the new role.  How can you talk to your manager about your internal career goals?As I mentioned, we will be back the first week of August with all new episodes.  Until then,  please consider subscribing, leaving a rating and review and sharing this podcast and the whole series with others.  You can even just take a screen shot of the episode and share it on social media and tag me!   We do this podcast to help spread the word that everyone can get unstuck and transform their careers.   If our guests can do it, you can too!  Check out our Facebook page: Career Changers or follow me on Instagram(career_changers_kdw) or Twitter (career_changers) for more tips or to connect  so we can help you transform your career and get off the hamster wheel!
In this week's episode, our last full episode of season two, I speak with Kellie who took her years of experience as a physical therapist and expanded her offerings to include a broader approach to wellness.  Some of the shifts were purposeful, others were opportunistic, others were "forced" upon her but every time she asked herself "who do I serve and how can I be helping them even more".  We also talk about that she honestly wouldn't have been able to make the career shifts she did earlier in her career because she needed that strong expertise and knowledge to have the confidence and credibility to expand her business.In this episode we specifically talk aboutHaving those light bulbs moments when you say, "I actually think I can do this"The importance of starting with one new thing, asking people if it would be valuable, and trying it out - versus getting stuck and waiting until its perfect before putting out in the worldListen to the opportunities when they present themselves, be open-minded with a growth mindset because that's when you find something new and excitingAs always, please consider subscribing, leaving a rating and review and sharing this podcast and the whole series with others.  We do this podcast to help spread the word that everyone can get unstuck and find the thing that brings them joy in their careers.  If our guests can do it, you can too!  Check out our Facebook Group (Career Changers) and Instagram page (@career_changers_kdw) for more tips!  So let's connect so we can chat about the best way to get you unstuck and into a role, or life, that is right for you!More about Kellie...Kellie is foremost is a mom of 4 kids and a true entrepreneur.  Kellie studied at the University of Arizona for her bachelors degree and the Mayo clinic in Rochester Minnesota for her Masters in Physical Therapy. She then achieved a second Master’s degree in Business from University of Phoenix. Kellie and her husband, Arthur,  have their own private practice in Laguna Niguel, California specializing in Neurological disorders; Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion, as well as Wellness Optimization.   She has an integrative approach to treating and a huge passion for Prevention, Wellness and Regaining Vitality.   She is also part of an International Wellness Company bringing a medical breakthrough to the world.    Today, Kellie and her husband, have a Podcast, “Becoming the CEO of your Health” and she is the CEO of Women’s Wellness Revolution, a Membership for Women over 40 looking to optimize their energy, focus, overall health and life using the Vitality Method.  Learn more: https://linktr.ee/kellielupshahttps://members.thelupshas.com/wwrHttps://thelupshas.comContact me on messenger: Kellie Lupsha or info@thelupshas.com
In last week's episode with Duncan he spoke about the connection between his work and his personal values.  Values have come up a lot over the last few weeks in my life so I thought this might be a great time to share an exercise you can do identify your personal values!In this episode, I walk you through a values exercise...1) Over a week, write down (draw, vision, journal, post it, whatever!) words, behaviors, phrases that best identify you at your core, your true self.2) Find 3-5 themes from everything you captured.3) Ask trusted others what words they would use to describe you.4) Think about a time when you felt you were at your best and when you were not.  How do those themes overlap with those times.  Often the right values describe you at your best, and they were missing when you were at your worst.5) Put it all together :). Pick words, phrases, something simple for each value that mean something to you!Now you can use those values to help guide your life and your work.  Help you make decisions, help you prioritize, help create goals and communicate with others.  What can you be doing differently to live your life aligned with your values?  How does your work & career align with your values?  What is one thing you can do more of because it IS aligned?  And what is one thing you can do differently to better align with your values?As always, please consider subscribing, leaving a rating and review and sharing this podcast and the whole series with others.  We do this podcast to help spread the word that everyone can get unstuck and find the thing that brings them joy in their careers.  If our guests can do it, you can too!  Check out our Facebook page: Career Changers or follow me on Instagram (career_changers_kdw) or Twitter (career_changers) for more tips or connect with me so we can find a the right career for you!
In this week's episode, I speak with Duncan who started as an engineer and spent years at Virgin Mobile.  But he always had a focus on people and the human interaction between technology and customers.  So when life presented an "interruption moment" he spun that human focused approach first into a psychology degree.  He started a non-profit to help student think about their careers in Ghana and then created the Burnout Clinic in Toronto which helps companies and their leaders prevent or treat burnout.  Little did he know that this focus on the human side of business was going to be so crucial as a pandemic hit the globe.In this episode we specifically talk aboutThe Hero's Journey and how those moments of resilience and questioning and forks in the road can end up creating an amazing careerRecognizing "interruption moments" and how to leverage those into a pivot in your life (and career!)A lot of talk about burnout!Finding our motivation through personal valiesAnd how we are coping through this pandemic in a collective movement that will hopefully continue as we start to figure out our new normal As always, please consider subscribing, leaving a rating and review and sharing this podcast and the whole series with others.  We do this podcast to help spread the word that everyone can get unstuck and find the thing that brings them joy in their careers.  If our guests can do it, you can too!  Check out our Facebook Group (Career Changers) and Instagram page (@career_changers_kdw) for more tips!  So let's connect so we can chat about the best way to get you unstuck and into a role, or life, that is right for you!More about Duncan...Duncan So is the Co-Founder & Executive Director at The Burnout Clinic. Duncan has been a child of corporate burnout that has led him professionally into the field of human flourishing for over a decade working on systemic social change projects. He’s a social entrepreneur and change agent, on a mission to create a more passionate world building systems and programs for companies and communities on the path of making social good.Board Certified with the Association of Integrative Psychology.  A Master Practitioner in Mental Emotional Release, NLP and Hypnosis.  He graduated with a degree in Applied Sciences specializing in Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto.At the Burnout Clinic, we help HR Leaders and Entrepreneurs develop and integrate burnout intervention programs within their organization.  Our flagship 2-day burnout intervention program stops the cycle of high anxiety, fatigue, creative slumps, and burnout, and rapidly returns leaders back happy, productive and creatively engaged at work.
In last week's episode with Brittany, she talked about how at one point she thought she found her "dream" job but it still wasn't making her happy.   She had to take a step back and figure out what was not aligned for her, her values and what was going to really bring her joy in her role.This is common with the folks I talk to - you think you have figured it all out but when you get there you aren't loving it.  Instead of running away from a job you aren't enjoying, I challenge you to take some time to reflect what you actually don't enjoy about your current situation.  Is it...1) The company or the culture?2) Is it your manager or your team?3) Is it the actual role and day to day responsibilities?Once you have figured that out, then you can figure out what you need/want to change in the next job.  And you will be running towards something amazing, not just away from a job you aren't enjoying today?   Need a little more help with this, check out this worksheet that I use with my coachees to help them dig a little deeper in these areas!As always, please consider subscribing, leaving a rating and review and sharing this podcast and the whole series with others.  We do this podcast to help spread the word that everyone can get unstuck and find the thing that brings them joy in their careers.  If our guests can do it, you can too!  Check out our Facebook page: Career Changers or follow me on Instagram (career_changers_kdw) or Twitter (career_changers) for more tips or connect with me so we can find a the right career for you!
In this week's episode, I speak with Brittany who while going through her own career journey of getting unstuck in a career she wasn't enjoying found a purpose of helping others with the same.  While working her "dream job" (ie the job that combined all her past experiences and education) she still found herself uninspired.  She started working with a coach and realized he wanted to offer others what she was gaining from her own experience with a coach.  Even after landing a great corporate job, when COVID hit, she knew she had to make a leap and start her own practice!!!As always, please consider subscribing, leaving a rating and review and sharing this podcast and the whole series with others.  We do this podcast to help spread the word that everyone can get unstuck and find the thing that brings them joy in their careers.  If our guests can do it, you can too!  Check out our Facebook Group (Career Changers) and Instagram page (@career_changers_kdw) for more tips!  So let's connect so we can chat about the best way to get you unstuck and into a role, or life, that is right for you!More about Brittany...Brittany is the founder of Hello Velocity where she empowers ambitious millennials to get unstuck now to avoid the midlife crisis later. When she isn’t coaching, you can find her doing yoga, learning something new (currently: Spanish and piano), or cuddling with her cat and dog at home.  You can follow her on Instagram!
In last week's episode with Danielle, she mapped out how she made the move from accounting to internal communications through freelancing and starting to write on the side.  This allowed her to build a portfolio and brand as a writer that she could then present to jobs when she was ready to make the move. This is one of the key elements of getting UNSTUCK!   So in this mini-episode the challenges I lay out are...1) What is one thing can start doing on your own that represents the new career you want to move into?2) Then how can you start doing it casually for others?3) Finally, how can you do it as a freelancer or part time to start building credibility and experiences you can share with future employers.I use event planning in the episode, but whatever becoming a teacher?  You start by helping teach (especially remote learning) kids in your family, then maybe you offer to volunteer to help at a school or a non-profit for kids whose parents can't help them with their school work, then finally you sign up to be a substitute teacher or a tutor.   It all builds to a great list of experiences as a teacher without ever having to take that leap to leave your current job until you are ready.As always, please consider subscribing, leaving a rating and review and sharing this podcast and the whole series with others.  We do this podcast to help spread the word that everyone can get unstuck and find the thing that brings them joy in their careers.  If our guests can do it, you can too!  Check out our Facebook page: Career Changers or follow me on Instagram (career_changers_kdw) or Twitter (career_changers) for more tips or connect with me so we can find a the right career for you!
In honor of Mental Health Awareness month, I wanted to follow up Regard's episode with some insight into how different areas of your life can impact your health and of course when you don't feel your best, you often feel disengaged at work as well.  It all feeds each other!  I call this our ability to Shine Bright!  All the areas below impact our satisfaction and happiness in life.  Where are you feeling the most dim?  Where are you stuck?  CareerFinancesHomeRelationshipsHealthPurposeHere's the link to my Shine Bright worksheet if you you want to explore and reflect further.  It includes action plans once you have identified where you are feeling the most stuck as well!  As always, please consider subscribing, leaving a rating and review and sharing this podcast and the whole series with others.  We do this podcast to help spread the word that everyone can get unstuck and find the thing that brings them joy in their careers.  If our guests can do it, you can too!  Check out our Facebook page: Career Changers or follow me on Instagram (career_changers_kdw) or Twitter (career_changers) for more tips or connect with me so we can find a the right career for you!
In this week's episode, I speak with Regard who shares her story of finding her way as a make-up artist in the fashion industry to recognizing the impact it was having on her mental health to starting her own business focusing on self-development, self-love and mindset.  She has such an infectious laugh and energy but is also very real about her struggles with burnout and mental illness and how she has now turned that into her mission to help others.  Her message of finding the path that's right for you, no matter your stage of life, finding success through joy and fulfillment (because otherwise what's the point), to love what you do and do what you love, and stop comparing yourself to others is all a reflection of her own journey of trying things outside of her comfort zone and riding the ride along the way!As always, please consider subscribing, leaving a rating and review and sharing this podcast and the whole series with others.  We do this podcast to help spread the word that everyone can get unstuck and find the thing that brings them joy in their careers.  If our guests can do it, you can too!  Check out our Facebook Group (Career Changers) and Instagram page (@career_changers_kdw) for more tips!  So let's connect so we can chat about the best way to get you unstuck and into a role, or life, that is right for you!More about Regard...Regard was a professional makeup artist in the fashion and commercial industry for over a decade turn certified life coach. Her focus is on self-development, self- love and mindset. Her strong work ethic and people skill as an artist has landed her on many magnificent projects and well-known brands, such as Victoria’s Secret, Project Runway, JCrew, Nike, Levi's, Bobbi Brown, among many other amazing clients. Regard always knew her gift is to create a trusting relationship with her clients by making them look and feel beautiful aboutthemselves. Despite finding success, Regard felt unfulfilled and dissatisfied in her work. She developed depression and anxiety without knowing for many years. In 2018, she started going to therapy to find joy once again in her life. She realized an unpredictable makeup artist lifestyle doesn’t serve her anymore. The silver lining was that her career in cosmetics would lead her to a bigger mission.In 2020, Regard decided to start her coaching business. She knows love and compassion are much needed especially during a pandemic. Regard’s friendly, fun-loving and trustworthy character attracts many clients in her coaching practice. She believes everyone is enough and beautiful in their own way. Her compassion and kindness help clients to achieve their goals and help them bring out a better version of themselves. Regard is committed to giving each individual client exceptional service, full and nonjudgmental support and authenticcommunication.
In this week's episode, I speak with Danielle who eventually went from accounting to corporate communications.  But her message is less about the career change and more about the steps she took to get there.  First moving out of accounting, when she realized it was impacting her health, to recruiting accountants.  And then writing on the side, sharing her story and writing for others, then to social media marketing and finally corporate communications.  But she kept taking small steps to get her closer to her goal (and honestly, learning more about what she wanted that goal to be along the way)!As always, please consider subscribing, leaving a rating and review and sharing this podcast and the whole series with others.  We do this podcast to help spread the word that everyone can get unstuck and find the thing that brings them joy in their careers.  If our guests can do it, you can too!  Check out our Facebook Group (Career Changers) and Instagram page (@career_changers_kdw) for more tips!  In addition to 1:1 coaching, I have a free workshop this Thursday, April 22nd that focuses on how your health and your engagement in your career are directly tied.  And registration is still open for the May cohort of Transform Your Career, my group program for people making a career change.  So let's connect so we can chat about the best way to get you unstuck and in a role that is right for you!More about Danielle...Danielle Doolen is a Charlotte-based communications professional and freelance writer. Her writing has been published in Business Insider, Career Contessa, Elite Daily, PopSugar, The Financial Diet, Motherly, and more. She has a master’s degree in professional accountancy from the University at Albany, which she realizes has nothing to do with her current profession. By day, she works at a Fortune 500 automotive retailer to create content and strategize the best way to share it, but her favorite role to date is being a mom and a wife. Learn more about her at www.danielledoolen.com.
A little something different this week as we approach the halfway point in season two.  My approach to helping people in their careers is to help them get UNSTUCK.  It's the theme of every one of our guests - they felt stuck and worked to find a new path forward that was more fulfilling.  So this week, I walk through what UNSTUCK means and how you can apply it to your own life.The challenge for this week is just one thing!   Where are you feeling the most stuck in your career journey...and what is one thing you are going to do today to start getting UNSTUCK?And of course I'm here to help!I offer 1:1 coaching packages and my group program starts the first week of May.  Our next career changer workshop will be on April 22nd with special guest Julie Wald from Namaste Wellness.   Check out my website for more info or follow me on social media to learn more about upcoming registration and ways we can connect.As always, please consider subscribing, leaving a rating and review and sharing this podcast and the whole series with others.  We do this podcast to help spread the word that everyone can get unstuck and find the thing that brings them joy in their careers.  If our guests can do it, you can too!  Check out our Facebook page: Career Changers, Instagram (career_changers_kdw), Twitter (career_changers) or LinkedIn (Karen D Weeks0 for more tips or to connect so we can find the right next career for you!
In this week's episode, I speak with Marie about her journey from teaching to writing to the editorial department to corporate communications and social responsibility.  The whole time she was creating her path and finding unique opportunities to challenge herself.  Then when two layoffs happened in two years, she realized life was telling her that it was time to work for herself and create the kind of business that reflected who she was and the impact she wanted to have.  Take a risk, take a leap, especially if you are in a toxic environment, and find a way to thrive!As always, please consider subscribing, leaving a rating and review and sharing this podcast and the whole series with others.  We do this podcast to help spread the word that everyone can get unstuck and find the thing that brings them joy in their careers.  If our guests can do it, you can too!  Check out our Facebook Group (Career Changers) and Instagram page (@career_changers_kdw) for more tips!  As you will hear in this episode my first group coaching program launches this May, registration is now open.  And my next free workshop is this April 22nd.  So let's make sure to connect so I can help you navigate your own career journey and get off the hamster wheel!More about Marie...Marie Gettel-Gilmartin is a writer and marketing communications coach who loves to connect people and resources or solve seemingly impossible problems.She guides clients in discovering what makes them special and helps them share that with the world. She also does that on her Finding Fertile Ground podcast, where she interviews people who possess grit, resilience, and connection and helps them bring their stories to life.Marie helps clients communicate about pressing issues; create compelling websites that showcase company culture; implement world-class sustainability and community engagement strategies; ghostwrite for clients to position them as experts in their fields; write communications that boost employee engagement; coach leaders and executives on how to strengthen communications and leadership; help win work by writing compelling, unbeatable proposals and award applications; and coordinate authors and reviewers to produce documents in one voice.Find out more at Fertile Ground Communication or contact Marie directly at marie@fertilegroundcommunications.com
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