Welcome Girlfriend, I’m So Glad You’re Here!
Let me take a wild guess... you’re feeling stuck. You are ambitious, a go-getter, but lately you’re not quite sure what your next step should be. You’ve taken every online quiz under the sun to try and figure out what the heck you should do next. You’ve read book after book by inspiring authors about how to change your life or go get that dream job. And yet, you still feel stuck. You have no idea where to start and your 20s are seeming far more complicated than you ever anticipated.
What if I told you that I could help you find your direction?
What if I told you that you don’t have to be stuck in that job you hate?
What if I told you that I could help you find purpose and meaning in your life?
As a life and career coach, I help other women in their 20s do just that, and I’d love to help you too!
Through a combination of 1-on-1 coaching and workshops, I help women just like you to figure out what they really want out of their careers and lives. We dig deep, do the messy work and then create action plans to go get what you want!
Hi I'm Carolyn! I'm a life and career coach for women in their 20s. I help women create a sense of fulfillment and meaning in their careers and lives. I'd love to help you tap into your inner badass and achieve your goals!
You know those times when you’re so set in one way of doing something that you’re almost blind to alternative ways of looking at it? And yet, the way you’re going about something just isn’t working for you?
In these cases, you’re so fixated on the way things are that it's as if you don’t have access to changing your perspective. The more you focus on the problem, the more it seems to stay and the less you're able to see alternatives. It often takes something or someone outside of yourself to access a new mindset or perspective that, when you look back at it, often seems pretty logical or even obvious. Sometimes it comes from a comment made by a friend. Sometimes it comes from reading a page in a book. Sometimes the Universe smacks you upside the head.
How did I not see it that way before?!
Last week I had the privilege of attending Hubspot’s INBOUND conference - an annual marketing conference that the tech company hosts here in Boston. I’d never been to the conference before, but thought it would be a good opportunity to network and hear what’s new in the marketing world, since as an entrepreneur both of those things are super important. Thankfully, I managed to snag a free ticket from an incredible organization called She Geeks Out (if you’re a woman in tech, you should absolutely check them out!) and avoid the $500+ price tag for the opportunity to attend.
I went into the conference expecting it to be like many conferences I’d attended as a sales rep: full of vendor booths, swag, and plenty of opportunities to network, but not a ton of inspiration. Sure, there was a lot of the former. It’s a tech conference after all.
But what I wasn’t expecting was how inspired I would leave.
Hey friend! Going off my normal blog schedule to bring you a bonus post because... I was recently interviewed for The Talent Hacks Podcast and the episode was just released! I was too excited to wait until next week, so just HAD to share today!
Chris Algiere, Marketing Lead at LaunchSource, invited me on the show to chat about women in sales, along with his colleague, Amy Petkanas. As a former-sales-person-turned-coach, I jumped at the opportunity to talk about a subject I'm deeply passionate about.
Well, it's that time of year again, when we say so long to summer Fridays and trade in our bikinis and flip flops for toasty scarves and pumpkin spice lattes. We may get a few more warm days, but the weather is very noticeably changing. Have you seen how quickly it's getting dark in the evenings now?!
Beyond the obvious shift in weather, the changing of seasons brings a shift in energy as well.
Summer's energy is very carefree - all about doing things that bring us pleasure, whether that be travel, lying on the beach or impromptu outdoor dinner parties with friends. Fall's energy, however, is much more focused. Now that our summer plans have come to an end, our focus shifts to getting back to our normal lives and routines. That "back to school" vibe is in the air, and even if we're no longer in school ourselves, the energy is still around us.
For some of us, this transition can make us feel a bit sad - like we're saying goodbye to an old friend. However, I happen see it as an opportunity.
I've seen the phrase "Give yourself permission" a lot recently. From podcasts to social media posts, it's like it was a message I needed to hear. Give yourself permission. The synchronicity of it has not been lost on me and it's made me think about how much of our lives revolve around seekingpermission, rather than granting it to ourselves.
It started when we were kids: permission slips sent home so we could go on field trips, asking our teachers if we could use the restroom during class, asking if we could sit with someone at lunch. While these examples may seem small, they add up over time.
We've gotten so used to seeking permission from others that now, as adults, we often forget how to ask ourselves permission to do things.
This week's blog post is a little different...
I'm very excited to share that I was recently interviewed by my super amazing friend, Michelle Cady, for her blog on Fitvista.com!
Michelle is a fantastic health coach based in NYC. She's a fellow Middlebury grad (although we didn't know each other in college) and took the leap to go to nutrition school and start her own coaching business after facing some major burnout in her finance career.
As her former-client-turned-friend, Michelle is someone whose work and vision I value immensely, so needless to say, I'm extremely grateful to be featured on her blog!
For the interview, Michelle asked me all sorts of questions about millennials, stress at work, and how to prioritize self-care even when things are a bit nuts at the office. Plus we got into some fun questions around health and fitness too! You won't want to miss it!
Work and summer. Two words we really wish we didn’t have to say in the same sentence.
I mean, what happened to the days of actual summer? Like when we were growing up and summer felt like a break from our normal daily lives. None of this being a working adult all year round business. Just thinking about it sounds relaxing, doesn't it?
Your body is freaking brilliant.
While you may have a love/hate relationship with it at times, the sheer brilliance that your body contains is an undeniable fact. All day, every day, your body is giving you cues. It tells you when it needs food, when it needs sleep, when it needs to pee, when it needs you to just stop moving already (or even when you should really get off your ass for a few minutes).
But how much do you actually listen to your body?
The recent opening of the Museum of Failure in Sweden inspired me to pick up the subject of failure, how we perceive it and why it's actually important. The head curator of the museum is quoted in the New York Times saying, "The purpose of the museum is to show that innovation requires failure. If you are afraid of failure, then we can't innovate."
About a month and a half ago, I was feeling some major overwhelm prior to going on vacation. I was spending a lot of time running between networking meetings, client calls, keeping up with emails, creating content and staying on top of my social media.
I’ve always been able to manage a lot on my plate at once, but this time it was causing me to feel like I was trying to run underwater.