Soul Worker: Success Starts with the Basics

The first soul worker interviews I conducted for this series focused on two people, Jackie Fuchs and Mark Anthony Lord, who’d followed their callings in art and ministry, respectively. Both crafted productive and profitable careers or side gigs by exploring and committing to their passions. Conversations about callings are common in the arts and spiritual service, vocations where the end product is easy to see, touch, or experience. However, I…

3 Quick Tips To Build A Foundation For Change

Feeling and acknowledging appreciation for the small stuff and the big stuff in our lives and at work is a great foundation for anyone who wants to create change. This practice of gratitude can open your mind and heart.It’s also a proven technique for reducing stress; recent brain science research like this study from Berkeley University explains how the practice of gratitude can improve your health. I’ve learned about gratitude…

What Are You Afraid Of? Career Change Resilience Grows With Each ‘Ask’.

ACK! GAK! CAK! These are the sound effects made by three characters engaged in a funny-face contest in one of my son’s bedtime books. For many people, these sounds stand in for their reaction to networking. But what if I told you that networking could improve the functioning of your heart? First, let’s establish a baseline mindset about networking during a job search or career change (aka – asking others…

Soul Worker: Good Career Mojo On Repeat

My dear friend and spiritual teacher, Mark Anthony Lord, is on his third chapter of soul work. His first was as a successful dancer, performer, and choreographer. His second was as a minister and founder of the Bodhi Spiritual Center in Chicago. Now, he has a portfolio career as a spiritual teacher and entrepreneur, providing on- and offline programs, coaching, and ministering at a start-up church called Cityside, also in…

Career Changers: Have you met ‘The One’ yet?

Career Changers and Job Seekers Take Heart – You Only Need to Find ONE Career changers and job seekers are often looking for greater alignment between their natural talents, honed skills, and genuine passions in life. This is a perfectly wonderful intention and I applaud the courage and enthusiasm one must find to plunge into the unknown. At some point, your enthusiasm may waver and your courage turn to doubt.…

Soul Worker: A Career Collage of Passion & Process

“Soul work is the best use of your passions and purpose.” Welcome to the Soul Workers Series.  I hope these conversations inspire you to reassess all the supplies in your toolbox – the talents and interests you may have set aside in pursuit of work you don’t truly love. When you uncover new or unexpected ways to live your genius, you create the life you deserve.  I’ve studied people who…

Judge Well, Live Your Genius

Great coaching can feel like magic. There is a sense of wonder and grace that is palatable when a client works through a challenge, has an epiphany, or discovers a new connection.  Creating that magic consistently and teaching other coaches to provide it is my mission at Bright Livelihoods. This series on Compassionate Coaching was the result of looking at the complexity of coaching and getting to its essence. The…

Let Intuition Be Your Career Guide In 2018

Compassionate Coaching & Trusting Your Instincts Yoga teacher. IT recruiter. Operations director. Actress. Program manager. Waitress. Venture fund manager. Career coach. What do all of these jobs have in common? Me. I’ve held them all – and that’s the edited list! The menagerie of roles has provided me with an unmatched depth of experience, figuring out what’s next, seeking out the best opportunities, and getting the job. Intuition – along…

Our Coaches Let Love Rule

Thanks for joining us as we explore the philosophy of compassionate coaching. The first of three foundational practices is love. For the purposes of coaching, love is defined as the demonstrating a sacred regard for the client, their circumstances, and the world. For effective coaching, the coach has to be spiritually prepared to cultivate feelings of hope and safety through love. Client – An expert coach provides a sacred container where they practice…

Bright-er Livelihoods begin with compassion! 

Dear Friends: First, THANK YOU for supporting a dear Bright LIvelihoods graduate in her quest to compile data for an exciting new professional project. She’s proof that Bright Livelihoods clients turn their dreams into big, amazing “I did it” stories! And she couldn’t have done it without you. Stay tuned to hear how her project faired; we’ll report back in the coming weeks. Second, the year that is – 2017 – is…