Doing Work of the Heart

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Meaningful work is one of life’s greatest pleasures.

Over the years, I have coached clients and friends as they moved from business to business, from full-time to part-time work (and vice versa,) or to completely new careers. All in search of fulfilling, rewarding work that makes a difference.

I’ve been lucky to experience several careers myself. I worked professionally as a college professor, a high school teacher, in direct sales, as a business executive, and as a small business owner. Looking back, it is amazing to see how all these experiences prepared me for the next — even when the path wasn’t immediately evident.

I’ve also learned that how we live our life away from work influences who are in our career. Over the last couple of years, I worked (and sometimes struggled,) to put together the important pieces of my life so I could be my best in all things. I learned to cook healthy food, became disciplined in my yoga practice, found a new church, focused on my family, learned to paint (well, kind of), and made more time for friends.

One of the most rewarding experiences has been volunteering for our local Hospice. Over the last two years I made phone calls to bereaved families, provided respite care for patients, worked in the office and helped with special events. Like Hospices across the nation, I found that our organization is one made up of extraordinary people doing extraordinary things. I wondered if there might ever be the opportunity to work alongside these people professionally.

Recently, a position was posted in the Volunteer Department at our Hospice. The job description listed skills and tasks that perfectly fit my own experience.

I got the job.

What I know with utter certainty is that this is what I am meant to do.

What I also know is that saying goodbye is never easy. Sherra is an amazing business partner. Our business, Big Picture Coaching, sprang from her vision. I will be forever grateful to her, and to each of you.

Thank you for your time.  For reading our blog, working with us on the phone, corresponding by email, and for always striving to be the best in your own business. I admire each of you as small business owners and as great people.

As I leave this phase of my career, I ask you the same questions I have asked myself over the years: 

  • Where are you in your career?
  • Are you doing work that counts?
  • Are you leading a life that makes you better in all things?
  • What is your next step?

If you need help finding the answers, get in touch with Sherra! As she continues the work of Big Picture Coaching, I promise she will help you discover your heart work.

I wish you the very best.

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Your Life’s Story

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No matter what you do in your life, 
what you create, what career you have, 
whether you have a family or kids, or make a lot of money… 
your greatest creation is always going to be 
your life’s story. 
Because it’s like this container 
that holds all of those other things. 

~ Jonathan Harris

Read more about Jonathan Harris here and check out his latest project, Cowbirds described as “a community of storytellers working to build a public library of human experience.”

Love’s Legacy

We absolutely fell in love with this video and think you will too. If you are in the business of helping people tell their stories, take 4 minutes to watch and be reminded that what you do matters so much…

Be sure to click that “full screen” icon in the lower right corner of the video to really experience this beautiful story.

Please leave a comment and tell us what you think!

3 Links Worth Clicking

No matter what industry you are in, reading relevant articles for business tips, product recommendations and a little inspiration is a great way to stay connected.

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We were reminded of the importance of networking in our small business owner interview yesterday with Karen Grosz of Canvas Creek Team Building. Here’s more on that topic:

7 Networking Tips for Women Owners ~ you might know them all but it never hurts to review.

Pricing and offering discounts is a hot topic for small business owners. We love this photographer’s spin on discounting:

Do you offer discounts? ~ a great article for any service business

Garr Reynolds and Ken Burns are both amazing storytellers and presentation experts. These skills serve all small business owners well:

Ken Burns on the power of the story ~ a 5 minute video worth watching

Did you miss these three links from last month’s The Lonely Entrepreneur post?

They are definitely worth checking out if you didn’t already.

A Tip…
Dealing with Copycats – Don’t fear competition, embrace it and stand out!

A Tool…
When it’s okay to be Anti-Social

A Little Inspiration…
An Open Letter to Moms

Do you have a great article you’ve read? Some inspiration to share?
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