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Are You In Need Of Some Vocational Soul Searching?

Are You In Need Of Some Vocational Soul SearchingBy Christy Schutz

You’d be surprised how many people I come across who have already invested a decade or two in a particular line of work and are still unsure of what they want to be when they “grow up.” This has been my experience with people who work in a traditional office setting as well as people who work from home. With so many different positions now offering full or partial telecommuting arrangements, it can be overwhelming to narrow the focus down to something that will meet someone’s work arrangement needs while also leveraging their skills, interests and personality.

If you can relate to this statement, I would recommend you set aside some time to do some career self-assessment, or, as I call it, Vocational Soul Searching.  You can dig deep and get clearer on the types of roles you should explore by completing the following four steps.

1.) Get really clear about what aspects of your current job you like or dislike.

Author and speaker Marcus Buckingham describes a process where you take the time over a week or two to be really mindful about the tasks that you are completing each day. Do they energize you, or strengthen you? Or do they weaken you? And it isn’t about what you are necessarily good at or bad at. Someone can be really good at a task, but, absolutely dislike doing it. To complete this task, keep a pad of post-it notes nearby. When you feel a strong emotion, take a moment to jot down “I felt energized when…” or “I felt depleted when…” Chances are you will start to see some patterns emerge on the types of tasks you should navigate toward or away from. (more…)

Become a Stella & Dot Stylist In June and Get $450 in FREE Accessories

Stella & Dot BizLooking to earn extra spending money? Want a fun, flexible career in the fashion industry? Join Stella & Dot as a Stylist for only $199 and get paid up to 35% commission weekly!

Stella & Dot is a company that empowers women to live bold and joyful lives. Our mission is to give every woman the means to style her own life.  Being a Stylist means that you represent our line of accessories and sell one-on-one in person, through in-home Trunk Shows, and online. You take control and decide when and where to sell and how much time you want to invest in the business. This lets you create a business that fits your life, scaling up or down as you wish.

We are a new kind of company – one that lets entrepreneurial women like you style your own life. We design irresistible jewelry and accessories that are sold at home Trunk Shows and online. Over 12,000 active stylists are living the home-based career their mothers never had the chance to have – and loving it. You can, too. We’re an Inc. 500 Fastest-Growing Company with a $25 Billion global market opportunity. We welcome you to become part of that growth. Want to learn more about the company? Watch our story and see what all the buzz is about! (more…)

6 Business Books to Read This Summer

6 Business Books to Read This SummerBy Holly Reisem Hanna

Where has this school year gone?! In the next couple of weeks my daughter will be out of school and summer will be upon us. While I have our vacation plans mapped out and my daughter’s camp activities booked — I haven’t had much time for focusing on myself. Fortunately, Amazon makes it so easy to do some quick research that I was able to find some fantastic reads for this summer.

So whether you’ll be traveling the world, lounging by the pool, or enjoying some quiet time at home while the kiddos are off at camp — make sure to stock up on some good books to help cultivate your mind and spirit over the summer months.

Here are 6 books that are on my reading list this summer.

Dale Carnegie – How to Win Friend and Influence People

This has been on my reading list for a long time. It was first published in 1937 and has since sold 15 million copies. Especially in this digital age where personal connections are lost, we can all benefit from Dale’s networking and relationship building techniques. This book gets 4 1/2 stars on Amazon and is only $2.99 for a Kindle copy.

Lois Frankel – Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich: 75 Avoidable Mistakes Women Make with Money

For some reason, this title rubs me the wrong way. Perhaps it’s because I consider myself a nice girl. Anyway …  I was at the book store when I stumbled upon this book. (more…)

So, You Want To Write A Book …

So, You Want To Write A Book...By Lesley Vos

Stephanie Mayer, J. K. Rowling, and Margaret Atwood … What do these beautiful women have in common? They are all famous writers. Do you want to be the next one?

Today’s economy is ever changing. According to The U.S. Department of Labor, half of the professions that students will choose in the year 2025, do not exist today. And a half of professions popular today will cease to exist at all. But there is a niche that is becoming more and more popular today, and this is the work of a writer.

Many professions have a tough age discrimination, but a value of a writer does not depend on her age at all. The more experience she has, and the richer her vocabulary is – the more interesting her works will be for readers. Even though the medium has changed greatly, people have not stopped looking, listening; and this means, that there is still the need for fresh new stories.

First of all, let’s check to see if you have the writer mentality, here are ten signs of its presence.

1. You read a lot of books.
2. You like learning why people do things.
3. You have a diary.
4. You “watch” a movie about yourself in your head.
5. You write fan fictions.
6. You post thoughts instead of cats or dogs on your Facebook. (more…)

6 Ways to De-Stress Our Work at Home Worlds

6 Ways to De-Stress Our Work at Home WorldsBy Christy Schutz

For the second year in a row, May has proven to be a very stressful time for me at work. One of my largest clients has weeks of planning, which involves research and hours of conference calls, that all culminate in a week of marathon, back-to-back meetings. My already-challenging job is kicked up a notch, and I find myself getting really mindful about managing my stress. So, I’ve decided to take a quick break from the grind and write today’s post on six ways we can de-stress our work-at-home worlds.

Foster a Mellow Environment

One distinct advantage we have in our home offices that we probably wouldn’t get in a traditional office space is that we get to be the interior decorators and space planners. The color of our walls, office layout, plants or no plants, lighting, music, artwork and picture choices are all under our complete control. So, if scented candles or aromatherapy helps you to calm your nerves, you can enjoy without any judgment. Or, if you like cranking heavy metal when you need to blow off some steam, so be it. Or, want to paint your walls a soothing pastel color? Go for it. This is your space, so, design it in such a way that it helps to bring you to your “happy place.” Goosfraba!

De-Clutter Your Work Space

I am definitely not a neat freak. Sometimes my desk gets so downright cluttered that a passerby might wonder how in the world I get anything done. (more…)

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