Who are you meant to BE?


Who are you meant to be


I Challenge You to Design a Career of Freedom and Fun

Too often we leave our dreams behind somewhere in our teenage years, setting off on a path to please or a path of rebellion, not necessarily checking in to listen to what we really want.

Society has programmed us to believe that we are not enough, just as we are, that we need to BE somebody.

The result, it’s often hard to accept or believe that we are enough. As we grow the outside world is loud and our own inner voice harshly judgemental.


In reality, we know ourselves best, but all that outside noise and our inner critic make us afraid to listen to our inner wisdom.


When we come up with an idea or path a bit off the “beaten” career path, we often move straight from excitement into assuming “the worst-case scenario.”

When we take our ideas to our friends and family, it is all too easy to listen to external doubters, giving more weight to their opinions than our personal values, insights, and needs.

Add in unexpected events, challenging relationships or economic situations, and it’s no wonder that sometimes we find ourselves with a total lack of career direction.

If you sometimes feel like a sailboat lost at sea jostled to and fro, never knowing when life might bring the next big wave or storm, you are not alone.


Does Your Career Lack Direction?

A few years after the birth of my first son in 2007, I was lost in a sea of career confusion. My first big breakthrough came when I learned to make a distinction between activities I did because I believed “I should” versus because “I valued.”

I recognized that many of my career and life choices, even relationships, I’d made because society had “told” me that I should do them and I’d listened.

The moment that I started to let go of “I should” and get reacquainted with “I value” I suddenly rediscovered a childlike enthusiasm for life and a sense of freedom that I’d not felt since I was maybe 8 or 9 years old.

Following my values led me back to school and into an experimental cohort with 6 other graduate students. Our “coach” as I’ll call him, Rich Male, led us through many interesting discussions and activities, but the one with the most significant long-term impact, was having us take the Gallup StrengthsFinder test (no affiliation, only respect).


Own Your Story

I’d always been told that my “short attention span” for effectively solving problems and then moving on was a weakness. My parents wanted me to get a secure job and stick with it. When I did the Strengthsfinder, Rich said,

“Alison, you have the profile of an entrepreneur! You generate ideas and identify opportunities, you see the big picture and understand what strategy to implement. Don’t let anyone underestimate you!”

My life changed that day. Suddenly, what society told me was a weakness became a strength. I understood why I was so good at what I did and how to make that even better.

Knowing and understanding your strengths is crucial to long-term job satisfaction, as is doing work that lets you exercise your strengths, doing what you do best.


Dare to succeeed


Take Action:

Do the Challenge

31 Days to Career Freedom & Fun

 

I’ve designed a challenge to address many of the most common pitfalls of career confusion.

The desired outcome of this challenge is to guide you through building stronger sails for your boat; possibly even putting down an anchor so that you can choose your course.

Indeed, I like to equate knowing your strengths to deploying your sails; sure, it’s good to see where you have a weakness (patch those leaks), but if you don’t put up your sails, you won’t go anywhere! You can sign up for the challenge behind this link

Each day of the challenge will take you through short exercises or activities that will help you to identify and engage your inner wisdom and celebrate your personal brilliance.

You will clarify your values, desires, curiosities, passions, and needs. You will align these with your skills, strengths, and experiences.

You will finally feel the experience of confidence and faith in who you are and what you do.

Your life compass will be under our control — you will orient your path to head in the direction of a career that provides a sense of purpose and meets your needs.

The final days of the challenge will guide you to the best tools and outlets for you to maximize this inner wisdom so that you can take action, see real movement and find personal accountability. We’ll also look at how you can build a network to help with external accountability, growing community and a sense of belonging with those that belong to our tribe.


Meaningful work and a sense of purpose take effort, aligning your work with what gives the satisfaction of being useful and having a self-selected direction, may not be easy, but it is immensely rewarding.


beat the tide, set goals!


What is your goal?

My personal self-work first started with a Buddhist Retreat led by Thich Nhat Hanh, the insights of the StrengthsFinder, reading Brene Brown, and working with some fantastic programs. Each of these experiences helped me to clarify my values and strengths, to see my own brilliance and to have the courage to follow my passions.

The material for the 31-Day Challenge takes its inspiration from diverse sources with a particular emphasis on the science of flourishing as described by the school of Positive Psychology, the practice of Mindfulness, and research into resilience and strengths-based career coaching.

This is a coaching-based program, so no one will TELL you what to do, but you will get a mix of deep questioning, exercises, guided actions and more!


HOW DOES it Work?

This challenge is based upon the successful work of many life and career coaches. Its researched based, yummy chunks of self-awareness and action broke into digestible daily chunks of 5 to 20 minutes.

A short intro lesson will be sent to you each day via email. Each email will have a link to my MemberVault, where deeper lesson and any activity links from worksheets to videos will be shared.

MemberVault is an incredible free platform for you to access not only the challenge but other free and paid career coaching tools and resources.

If you are ready for a work-life worth living, sign-up today for the 31-DAYS TO CAREER FREEDOM AND FUN and set your course.

Learn from the shared experiences of those who flourish and listen to your inner wisdom.

Signup Today!


Master the art of working and living.

Doves of Peace, by Bill Border
Bill is my father and he has Mastered the Art of Living

A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play, his labour and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself he always seems to be doing both.

“Education through Recreation” by Lawrence Pearsall Jacks

The first time I read this quote, it was at the start of a chapter in the book Chesapeake, by James Michener.  I felt a sense of longing, wondering if I could ever achieve this ultimate example of work-life balance.

I printed off the quote and posted it above the monitor on my desk at work. I printed off another version that I framed and put on my dresser in my bedroom at home.

For many years I had no idea if the ideas in this quote represented reality or if they were just a dream, a work of fiction created by a gifted author. The answer to this question is complicated, and of course dependent upon the individual in question.

In my particular case, I’ve found that I’ve been able to craft a life, in which I’ve been able to find a balance between my work life and my personal life that indeed engages a gentle and playful flow existing between the two and that allows me to excel in the areas that I value the most.

Hope & Possibility

The good news is that since I first posted that quote and set the intention to discover the mystery behind it — I’ve made massive progress on a personal level.

For example, last week I had the honor to be invited to lead a group of LinkedIn Profile Ambassadors for an Executive Networking event with 500 RSVPs in South Denver. A decade ago I could have done the work needed and succeeded, but my inner anxiety, fears, and stress would have made me a grump at home, prevented me from sleeping well and possibly contributed to a little road rage on my commute.

This year, however, the event was energizing and as fun as playing a game with my kids. Teaching the ambassadors to assess and review LinkedIn profiles was an absolute delight. I enjoyed meeting people, answering their questions and even my drive to and from the event.

I did excellent work, and if you’d been observing me, you could have easily questioned, was I working or playing?

How did I get from where I was to where I am today? And if I did it, can you? Yes. Yes, you can.

Regardless of the unique situations of our diverse professional lives, the science of human flourishing, also know as Positive Psychology, has some answers.

A Crucial Distinction

Let us start by making a distinction between the following three words:

Job
Career
Calling

When we think of our work as just a “job”, the data shows lower levels of satisfaction, engagement and an overall sense of work-life-imbalance.

When we think of our work as a career our engagement and life satisfaction, our ability to juggle work and life tend to get better. Many people have “long and happy careers.”

The quote, however, best describes those who have found a calling. Engagement at work and personal satisfaction go up exponentially, even from the level of “career” when we start to see our work as a calling.

The problem for many of us, however, is that we’ve never had a sense of a true calling or purpose that aligns with our work. Sure, we may have a calling to serve, or we may have a calling to explore the outdoors, care for rescue animals or protect the environment, but we cannot align these passions — callings — with what we do for a living. I was once in this boat too.

So what can you do if you have a job?

Or how can you turn your career into a calling?

If you are lucky, it’s simply a matter of reframing. Maybe your “job” entails the work you intentionally went to school to study and then intentionally set out to find a “job.” Perhaps it’s just that you see your job as something you do during the day, distinct from who you are and how you live your life.null

In reality, it’s likely more complicated.

Since about 2000 we’ve been tracking workplace engagement in the USA, and 66% of employees report NOT being engaged at work. We’re good at something, and so we do it, we get hired, we get promoted, and we do the job. Inertia keeps us where we are, but over time we start to feel the pressures of life. Maybe we suffer from an unhappy boss, unfair corporate policies, or just from our lack of engagement at work. To us, it’s just a “job.”

Whatever your unique situation, and even if you have a career versus a job, the surprising thing is the same types of activities can help you, just as they’ve helped me, to achieve greater life satisfaction. Whether you work as a cashier or a rocket scientist, we can all move our compass in a positive direction. There are real and statistically significant actions we can take to start moving our perception of ourselves and our work-life balance from “stuck” to “free to be (or play)!”

In this post, I look at three techniques you can take to move your work satisfaction and your work-life balance or meter in a positive direction. We’ll look at Gratitude, Self-Awareness, and Goal Setting and how you can put them in action today.

Gratitude

Balloon Man, by Bill Border
Remember the joy you felt when receiving a balloon as a child? That is the experience of gratitude.
Now
what does that look like in practice?

The practice of gratitude is exceptionally powerful. But many of us get gratitude wrong as we confuse “being grateful” with practicing gratitude, so let’s talk about the difference.

Think of it this way: you can appreciate the smell of fresh baked chocolate chip cookies, but you don’t enjoy them in full, until you actually bite into the cookie and enjoy it’s texture and taste, until you have that little moment of savoring the contrast of the bitter chocolate and the sweet cookie dough side by side.

You can be grateful that someone just passed you a freshly baked cookie. Practicing gratitude is stopping and taking a moment to think about what has happened. Perhaps your boss, your mom, your neighbor made the effort to bake the cookies, had the thoughtfulness to put them on a plate and the desire to bring you joy through sharing the cookies with you. Awareness of all that you’ve just received is gratitude combined with a verbalized and wholehearted thank you — to the person and the universe — is the practice of gratitude in action.

Being grateful is the act of thinking “I am really lucky to have such great kids.”
Practicing gratitude is taking a moment to savor what it means to have your kids, to feel their love, and experience both their joys and their trials. Taking a moment to reflect on your gratitude, to write it in a journal, so that you can go back and savor this moment in the future is the practice of gratitude in action.

Being grateful that you have a job, when your neighbor is jobless, is not practicing gratitude. Taking the time to think about what your job provides you, from a place to go during the day, an opportunity to make an income, a place to practice your strengths or try new things, and a way to support your financial expenses in life, is getting to the practice of gratitude.

Another way to frame this is to go from a scarcity mindset to that of abundance. If you’ve just paid your phone bill, it is typical to regret the money we’ve just spent. But what happens if you flip it? If I’ve only paid my phone bill, it’s because I have a phone with service that lets me call my friends and family, surf the net, check my email, and do all sorts of things my grandparents never dreamed. Practicing gratitude for having my phone and my service provider suddenly flips my once negative bill-paying experience into one of gratitude and positivity.

Ever wondered why a monk that has nothing to his possession is so happy? It’s all a frame of mind and awareness of the things we do have versus a focus on what we lack.

Navajo Skies, By Bill Border

Awareness

The second technique for improving our experience of our work-life balance is awareness. Two kinds of consciousness can contribute.

There is self-awareness, which focuses on things like our strengths, be their personality strengths, characters strengths or simply things we are good at doing. Maybe you are really good at identifying problems and finding solutions; perhaps you are really good at seeing discrepancies; maybe you excel at finding opportunities for harmony or explaining how to get something done. We all have core strengths that often account for why we’ve ended up where we are, but over time we get accustomed to being us, and we cannot see the forest for the trees.

Organizational change and career counseling studies over the last few decades have shown over and over again that learning to recognize our strengths — turning our focus from what we do right and away from our deficiencies, improves not only our sense of well being, but it also improves our productivity and engagement at work.

Emotional intelligence, appreciation of beauty, a sense of fairness are in fact measurable strengths. Strategizer, individualizer, and developer are also descriptions of strengths in action. If you want to feel more engaged at work — find out what are your core strengths through an assessment such as the GallupsStrength finder — a look at what you “do.” Or the VIA Strengths Survey — a look at how you “be.”

An amazing thing about strengths is that we are all a mix of 5 or 6 core strengths and everyone is different. There is not a “best” or “worst” scale on a strengths test. What knowing your strengths does, is that it gives you the language and the confidence to understand how you tick and insight into why you work the way you do. Alongside an understanding of why folks you know do things differently.

From a positivity standpoint and working towards that work-life balance the best thing about strengths, is that once you know your strengths, you can get benefit from both focusing on improving your existing strengths, as well as, working on areas that you might be less “strong.” Indeed, identifying areas that are perhaps not part of your core strengths profile, but are things you value if you focus on “growing” these value points, good things will happen.

A look within, a focus on self-awareness naturally leads to mindfulness. And taking the time to be mindful of how we work, where we naturally excel, where we’ve worked hard to learn or improve increases our sense of engagement in life and work. It also opens us up to opportunities to grow and desire strategic change.

Painting 5 of the Carousel of Life Collection
The Carousel ofhttp://www.billborder.com Life, by Bill Border
Life is not a carousel that goes round and round. It has an end. Why wait for tomorrow when you can set your goals today?

Goal Setting

In life it is easy to go with the flow and just follow the path of most resistance; however, long term life satisfaction is directly linked to living with intention. Happily, practicing gratitude and cultivating our self-awareness opens up opportunities for us to see things we might like to change or add to our lives.

Perhaps today you have a job, but if you can connect your job today with your strengths and where you’d like to be, you now have the framework to set some goals and set in motion a plan of action.

Perhaps your job would be a career or a calling if you changed companies, maybe you’ve ended up in a toxic workplace.

Maybe, your strengths led you to a field of work where you can do a good job, but that doesn’t engage your passions.

Or, if you are a bit further along in your career, perhaps you started with a career or a calling, but you’ve been promoted up the line until you’ve ended up in a job that no longer utilizes your core strengths and causes you distress. Awareness of your strengths and an understanding of what you need to work on to better engage in your current role, can turn the tables and move you back to your calling.

Resources

Strengths Finder

Via Strengths Survey

Please note that I am not affiliated with either the VIA or Gallup Strengths tests; I share these resources because they are useful tools.

Are you LinkedIn LOST? Let’s get you FOUND!

Are you LinkedIn LOST? Let’s get you FOUND!

When it comes to LinkedIn profile strategy are you LOST?

STOP ignoring LinkedIn, blaming the universe for your lack of clients, missed speaking opportunities or your dead-end job.

STOP declaring that the success of others must come from pure luck or because they are just better at marketing or they spend hours and hours on LinkedIn. They’re not.

 

LinkedIn is an amazing tool if you understand how it works. To make the most of LinkedIn you need to simplify and focus on results-driven strategy for your unique goals.

 

I see too many profiles that are LOST on their target audience:

  • Profiles that are UNFOCUSED like someone else’s prescription glasses.
  • Profiles that are cold and UNAPPROACHABLE like a Hollywood socialite;
  • Profiles that UNPROFESSIONAL like an half-finished science fair project;
  • Profiles that are AMAZING  but that still simply fail to target the RIGHT audience.

If you’ve got one or more of these issues, it’s no wonder LinkedIn doesn’t work for you or your business.

 

It drives me nuts when I see hard-working, and passionate folks like you put a valuable time investment into LinkedIn but miss the mark. The LinkedIn profile for a job seeker will not be the same as for a freelance writer nor will it be for someone seeking speaking gigs.

I know, I know, I know.

 

You are busy. 

You don’t have the time. 

And, you rewrote your profile just last week/month/year. 

Here is the thing —

LinkedIn done right will SAVE you time.

It will MAKE you money.

LinkedIn is an AWESOME tool.

If you are not getting results from LinkedIn, you are doing it wrong, and I can help.

So let me help you. 

With my LinkedIn Overhaul Strategy Today (LOST) you will suddenly see the light. You will be LinkedIn FOUND.

My offer:

 

I am promoting LOST (LinkedIn Overhaul & Strategy Today) to help passionate and smart freelancers, digital nomad women, and small businesses like you.

For the next seven days only, this package normally priced at $1750 will be available to the first ten takers for only $1000 US.

$1000 for Seven DAYS. One week.

On September 10th the cost will revert to the full price of $1750.

Get LinkedIn FOUND

 

You will get found with a LinkedIn profile overhaul plus networking strategy customized to your audience and personal LinkedIn goal.

  • Signup for LOST to get FOUND:
    – 4 Zoom video LinkedIn Strategy Coaching Sessions
    – I will audit your profile and show you where you are strong and where you are weak; you’ll learn how to make small changes for significant results.
    – I’ll guide you through choosing the right relationship building tools for your business, from InMails to Publishing, to Text Ads.
    – I’ll answer your questions and concerns.
    – I’ll draft a one-month custom LinkedIn engagement strategy to address your unique business goals for LinkedIn.
    – Your time commitment: 8 hours for one month (two hours per week).

Book now to reserve your spot. I schedule profile overhauls on a first-come-first-serve basis.

 

With my LinkedIn LOST Package you CAN:

This offer is a fantastic value and investment in your business for only two hours per week and 1-hour or less per week in the future, turn LinkedIn into a tool that converts clients and customers, grows your authority and builds relationships for your business.

  • Attract attention to your profile.
  • Hook your target audience.
  • Celebrate authentic relationships and your success!

As a professional resume writer, career strategist and LinkedIn GEEK, it KILLS me to see individuals discount their skills and experience, miss opportunities with silly mistakes, creating unfocused profiles that distract and mislead their ideal audience.

I want my clients to see real results and real SUCCESS.

Let me help you!

Let me be your LinkedIn Compass. Don’t be LOST.

If you haven’t already, sign up for your total LinkedIn Overhaul & Strategy Today!

Need a LinkedIn Profile Audit? Let Me Roast You!

Need a LinkedIn Profile Audit? Let Me Roast You!

What is a LinkedIn Audit or Profile Roast?

If you’ve ever roasted a marshmallow, you know that marshmallows start out perfectly perfect white poofs of sugar. But when carefully roasted they please different palettes. Some people like them golden brown and others burnt to a crisp.

You are like a marshmallow. Perfect just as you are.

However, to effectively optimize your LinkedIn profile, you need to be able to communicate your perfection to your ideal audience.  With my LinkedIn profile roast, I’ll take your profile — your marshmallow — and roast it to please the palette of your target LinkedIn audience.

In approximately of 5 minutes of live recorded video, I will go over each section of your profile and provide you with an overarching assessment followed by 5 to 10 pieces of strategic and actionable tips to guide you to get the most from your profile.  

So, get out a pencil and take notes. Just kidding. I’ll send you my notes in a single page PDF report, in addition to a link to your video.

Who doesn't love a FREEBIE!!!

Once a month I offer 3 to 5 public roasts to members of the Digital Nomad Girls Community or anyone woman who is ready for a career change. Complete my Typeform questionnaire to get on my waiting list. First come first serve. Must be willing to have your roast shared on my LinkedIn feed. 

Are you in a rush or do you want your roast kept private?

Once per week I record private roasts with my actionable tips shared directly with you via a private video link and a single page LinkedIn Actionable Tips PDF report. If you are a do-it-yourselfer or simply can’t afford a personalized profile rewrite, this is an awesome way to high value from my experienced feedback, fast and for the cost of free minimum shipping on Amazon.

$30 per roast

Complete my Typeform questionnaire and I will follow up with scheduling and payment details. 

Why you need a Vision Board and How to Create Yours

Why you need a Vision Board and How to Create Yours

Why create a vision board? Visual imagery is immensely powerful in helping us to visualize our dreams.

That sentence is a tad redundant and I wrote it that way on purpose. It’s one thing to have an idea in your head. It is yet another to start thinking about what that “idea” would look like put in action.

And yet another to put it on a Vision Board where you can not only see it but imagine it alongside your life goals. 

Once you can visualize an idea, think about what it means to you and how it is is a part of your life, you become closer to turning that dream into a reality. Many successful athletes visualize success before events.

Creating a vivid and detailed image or plan is, in fact, part of successful goal setting, because doing so requires you to think through the steps and understand what is required of you to achieve a particular goal.

What’s more, creating a Vision Board that you post in an area of your living or working space where you can see it daily further reinforces your goals and your ability to achieve them.

Seeing something daily is both an affirmation and a reminder of our goals.

The Form of Your Vision Board

Today you can create virtual or concrete vision boards. I prefer the practice of creating a concrete, tactile vision board, because for several reasons. One is just because it’s fun to cut and paste. Don’t we all wish sometimes we could return to the early days of primary school where glue sticks and not computers dominated our daily life? Similarly, it is all too easy to get caught up in “SERIOUS” goal setting and making plans for the future.

Life should be fun.

Life is good.

Life is beautiful.

Have a little fun!

On a more serious note, ahem, the act of physically cutting, pasting, and designing your board is therapeutic and a robust tool to help make your goals and dreams a reality.

The first time I made a vision board, it was in a seminar run by Career Services at my Alma Matter CU Boulder.

However, it wasn’t until I read the Gifts of Imperfection, by Brene Brown that I really began to realize the gift behind the creative work for any and all adults, in creating a Vision Board.

Vision Board Function:

  • Give your vision and goals clarity.
  • Highlight your values, needs, strengths, passions, inspiration, and your available resources.
  • A functional way to reaffirm your goals that you can come back to and “see” for inspiration.
  • To keep yourself on track and motivated.
  • Allow yourself to be playful or creative: find your passion and inspiration, have fun!
So, let’s do the work. Create a representation of your vision. Cultivate and embrace your creativity. Have fun. Enjoy your path.

Again, I like physical boards for the “creating” process and because they are easier to hang/display for future inspiration. If you make a digital one, print it off when you are finished and hang it in your work/living space.

Vision Board Warm-Up

Answer the following questions quickly. Blink responses. Gut answers. Don’t overthink! Just Go! Grab a pen and paper and answer the following as a warm-up:

  1. What makes me happy?
  2. What is a quote that I find inspiring?
  3. What is an affirmation I’d like to use to guide me?
  4. Who is someone (real or fictional) who inspires me?
  5. What are five words my co-workers/classmates would use to describe me?
  6. What are five words my boss would use to describe me?
  7. If I could do anything for work, what would it be?
  8. What are my five biggest strengths?
  9. What do I do for self-care right now? What can I add to this practice?
  10. What do I want to achieve professionally in the next year? Go back to work? Change my work? Create my own business? Other?
  11. How much time do I want to spend at work vs. not at work? What is my personal “work/life ratio” for feelings of happiness and success?
  12. What do I want to achieve in my personal life in the next year?
  13. What do I want to achieve for my health in the next year?
  14. Where do I want to be professionally in 3 to 5 years?
  15. How do I want to live?
  16. What does my dream workplace/office look like?
  17. What does my dream home look like? Or what makes a “home” for me?
  18. How do I envision my ideal relationships?
  19. What experiences do I want to have that I’ve yet to access?
  20. What is my definition of success?
 

Basic Supply List at Amazon (these are affiliate links) or your local Office Supply Store. 

 

  • Poster Board:  22” x 18” or 24” x 36” (60 cm x 90 cm): can be white, corrugated cardboard, plastic board, signboard, whatever you wish, as long as you can glue on it, write on it, and hang it on your wall!
  • Glue Sticks: (clear) or fast drying glue paste of your choice.
  • Colorful Markers: I like Sharpies for ease of use and because they write on just about anything (my toddler has tested this for me).
  • Pictures, quotes, etc. from Magazines, Journals or News Papers.
  • Images you print off from online.
  • Post-it Notes or note cards for handwritten quotes.
Supply Explanation: 

Find a big piece of paper, cork board or poster board. Minimum size (legal paper) but can be as big as you wish.

  • Unless you’ve got a big display space, I recommend a half-sheet or 22x18 inch (about 55 x 45 cm) poster board as the ideal size. Beware that if you order on Amazon, you might get a lifetime supply, although this will make it easier to update your board every year! Generally, you can find some poster board in the school supply section at your supermarket or Target.
  • If you’ve got lots of display space, feel free to go big and use a standard 24x36 inch poster board (60 x 90 cm).
  • Other supplies:
    • Scissors
    • Glue sticks (I like clear).
    • Fun Stickers (themes, beach, sparkly,  stars, rainbows, nature, anything that makes you happy)
    • Colored Markers (I am a fan of Sharpies because they write on almost everything).
  • Find your inspiration:
    • Magazine clippings or digital images (again, I like magazines, so you don’t fall down the black hole of the internet, but I also don’t want you to devote a day to find your materials.
    • Follow the path of least resistance. If you don’t have adequate magazines, print off pictures online or draft your vision board on Pinterest today and create a physical board later.)
    • Look for images (and words) that represent the three goals you addressed last week. Keep your Mind Map and goals close by for reference.

The Vision Board Process:

Once you have your supplies in place, look for images, text, and quotes that align with your vision and goals.

  • First, find a picture of yourself from any time in your life that you love. Maybe you are 4 years old at the park on a swing, maybe you are at university reading a book, maybe it was last week out with friends.
    • Whatever it is, look for a picture that aligns with your goals.
      • Maybe it shows you happy, with a twinkle in your eye, ready to go after the world!
      • Or maybe the picture is thoughtful, you watching the sunset or looking over a peaceful body of water, someplace where you felt calm and in control of your destiny.
  • When deciding what else to use, ask yourself:
    • What is it about the image or the text appeals to me?
    • What the story behind the image or text in terms of my goals?
    • Is the image aligned with my values?
    • Look for Images that show where you want to live or work (geography, space, architecture, nature).
    • Quotes that inspire you or represent your values or that are indicative of your goals.
    • Pictures that represent the steps to your success, what you want to do, learn or achieve.
    • Pictures that represent happiness, success, satisfaction, connection, your future.
  • Find as many images and texts pieces as you can. You might want to “over find” in the sense that when you start to construct your board, you will decide that certain selections work better to pull your image together than others.
  • If you find a quote or image that really “sings” to you then give it a central spot. Glue, paste or tack your images onto your board. Creating this visual representation of your dreams that you can go back to in a blink of an eye will keep you on track and motivated.
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Now Go Create!

Now that you have your materials and you’ve done your warm-up exercise, it’s time to sit down and get sticky. Have fun creating your vision. Designing your life. Living a life of intention. If you’ve got any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. And, when you are done feel free to share your vision board via your favorite social media. On Instagram, you can tag me at @Voky_Be On LinkedIn, you can find me at linkedin.com/in/alisonrakoto And on Twitter, I am @alibcandid.

Who is Alison?

I am a career coach and strategist that helps you find work you love.

How do I do this? Think of me as a professional grandmother. I ask you questions, I help you identify and celebrate your strengths, I provide you with guidance in setting career and life goals that will help you achieve success. Whatever you chose to do, I am your champion and I support you in chasing your dreams.

If you’d like guidance finding work you love or help with your vision board, I’d be thrilled to work with you. Contact me today and let’s set up a time to talk!