Your Career Homecoming clients have been executives, stay at home moms returning to work, new college graduates, department heads, admin assistants. They've worked for major news outlets, ivy league universities, nationally recognized non-profits, huge corporations, small businesses, and themselves.
What they all have in common is the drive to do something that matters without sacrificing the life they want to build for themselves. That's what Your Career Homecoming has helped them do.
Here are some of their stories.
“I HAVE A LONG-TERM VISION FOR MY CAREER"
I felt so hopeless when it came to my career because I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do. I also felt like no one could ever need or want what I really have to offer.
Through my own hard work and the support of Laura and the others in this group, I now have a guiding compass. I have a long-term vision for my career, and I have a plan for taking small steps to get there.
I’ve also started writing again, which has been a long-time strength, inner-growth tool, and source of enjoyment that I had really forgotten and neglected. I have reconnected with my own intuition, and I am actually following it more often than not instead of constantly doubting myself. From participating in this program, I now know I actually have value and service to offer the world.
“I CAN DEFINITELY NAME WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR"
I was starting to feel (again) like the career I am in is just not what I’m really meant for. I can do it, sure. I can even be satisfied with doing it some days. But do I feel fulfilled by it? Not by a long shot. Not ever. That eats me up a little bit inside.
I learned so much about myself through this process (which, I have to tell you, shocked me right down to my toes! I have done so much ‘inner work’ over the years that I did not believe I’d learn much of anything new about myself through this program. I was wrong.). This must be the single most thorough and well-thought-out program I’ve ever taken, and I’ve taken a LOT through the years!
Now, I can definitely name what I’m looking for and what would TRULY make my heart sing. That’s pretty exciting for someone who’s spent the last 20+ years feeling like nothing was right; nothing was good enough & I was just wasting my days away. I feel relieved.
“LEAVING MY 10-YEAR LONG CAREER IN FINANCE”
I was going in circles. I knew I wasn’t aligned or fulfilled in my current line of work, so I was thinking up possible other career paths and then constantly second guessing myself - would that REALLY make me happy? What if that ends up being a worse situation than the one I’m in now? Which would then lead to me shutting ideas down altogether: I probably can’t make money doing that; I probably don’t have the right experience for that; I should just stay where it’s safe. Basically, career change was on my mind constantly, but I was making zero traction.
Now there’s no more second guessing or questioning. YCH builds a solid foundation so you can’t argue with the outcomes! It’s based on my core values, interests and skills - and every option is put through a feasibility/practicality filter. So when I landed on final options, I KNEW they would make me happy, and I KNEW they were feasible. Bye-bye excuses and second guessing!
It wasn’t realistic for me to up and quit my job without a transitional plan. YCH made me confident that I wasn’t making an impulsive decision, but rather creating a mid-to-long-term plan for my career. It felt realistic and attainable, and a huge leap all at the same time. But because of the YCH structure, I felt what I was doing was sensible.
UPDATE: I have just accepted an offer for my “transitional” career - an exciting entrepreneurial venture - and I will be leaving my current 10-year long career in finance. I’ll also be formally launching and building my coaching practice on the side!
"MOVING FORWARD IN MY HOMECOMING CAREER"
Before YCH I was trying everything I could to make my current career path in health insurance work. I had already invested so much time in this path. I was trying different roles and different companies but as soon as the “newness” wore off, the same feelings came back.
I signed up for YCH because it wasn’t about finding your one true passion in life that would make everything magical. That is so much pressure…like you only get one shot to find your way to be happy or else your doomed. I wanted to work with someone that didn’t try pushing that one passion answer.
By the end of the program I have been able to get a new day job that will allow me to develop skills that will help me in my Homecoming Career and I’ve signed up for the training I will need to move forward in my Homecoming Career. I am completing this program with a path forward and the confidence in myself to walk that path!
I feel more in control, like I don’t just need to pick a path, cross my fingers and keep moving forward no matter what. I know that I can keep reassessing as I go because there is no one right answer. I can adjust the plan and I have the tools and ability to figure anything out that I need to in order to make my career what I want it to be. I feel really great about my path going forward and I know I couldn’t have done it without this program.
“IT’S REAL NOW”
The first time I heard Laura say that getting paid for being you is a “strategy and a choice,” I was skeptical. I thought it was for trust fund kids that had an option of being a starving artist because they had loads of dough to actually pay the bills (aka: I had some false beliefs to overcome, and I seriously lacked empowerment. Oh, and a smidge of victim mentality). But I knew I wasn’t happy in my current job, and I wanted to make a change.
The curriculum of YCH was amazing. It was practical, and in being practical, it gained credibility with me. I mean no disrespect to the “follow your bliss-ers” but that doesn’t lay out much of a practical path for transition. The great thing about YCH is that it taught me a process for the work; it showed me how to match my career possibilities with income requirements, values, etc. I learned how to match up these possibilities with the core of what I wanted.
Now I feel empowered and beyond excited. I won’t be exactly where I want to be for likely around 3 years, possibly sooner. But it’s REAL now. It feels like a rebirth.
“I JUST STARTED A NEW JOB”
It’s not a weight loss program, but I’ve dropped 17 lbs. with no more need to numb out the drudgery of my day job. Now, I live in a gorgeous, perfectly sized apartment. My family called my last place ‘the one with the Silence of the Lambs shower.’ I’d not been on a date in two years; been out several times now!
But wait, what does that have to do with Your Career Homecoming?
These shifts, these fun opportunities…this opening to Joy – which did not come about through a question like, “How do you open your life up to Joy?” – allowed me to touch center again.
I’d spent eight years pursuing a day job in an industry that was leaving my soul feeling Dementor-ed. With my North Star in perfect view, I knew, instantly, the moment I would no longer work for someone with such incredibly different personal values than my own, and because of YCH, I knew why and didn’t feel a
lick of guilt about it. I could leave. I just started a new job and feel poised for satisfaction.
“I HAVE A PRACTICAL PLAN IN PLACE"
Before signing up for YCH I didn’t feel like I had an intentional direction for my career. I had a work history composed of a series of different jobs where the purpose was to pay the bills. And I realized that I had lost sight of pursuing work that would be meaningful to me – work that would make me happy and pay the bills.
As a creative person, the message of following your passion is one I’ve heard over and over again. I’d tried following my passion and that hadn’t worked for me. While I enjoy creative projects on a personal level, I didn’t have a sense of contribution that I now realize I needed in my work. So the idea of finding a purposeful career, something that I enjoy that would also help others, made a lot of sense.
I have clarity around the kind of work I want to pursue and more importantly, why I want to be doing it. I have a clear set of criteria that is personal to me and incorporates my values that I can use now and in the future to guide my career decisions, whether I continue on the same path or decide to make a change down the road. And I have a practical plan in place to work toward establishing my Homecoming Career!
“BEFORE YCH WAS OVER I HAD SCORED A NEW JOB”
I was in a job that didn’t fit anymore, and in an environment that was getting more toxic every day. I was exhausted.
YCH gave me the opportunity to identify my strengths, and to learn about ME and what I can do. The curriculum definitely opened my eyes to all that I am and am capable of. After Your Career Homecoming I can say I like my current career; it was the environment that had to change.
Before YCH was over I had scored a new job where they’re excited about what I have to offer and treat me as an asset. And now I have the tools to reinvent if this one doesn’t fit at some point. I see possibilities ahead, and there are no limits now.
“I LEFT MY JOB AND CREATED MY OWN CUBICLE-FREE JOB”
Working with Laura has truly changed my life.
Before, I felt a bit like a failure; I was at a point where I knew I wanted a plan to leave my day job, but was unsure of the exact direction. I now have clear direction on my path, I have a plan on when to leave my day job, and I have the clarity and confidence to move forward in a direction that feels right to me.
UPDATE: July 11 is the date I left my government day job – TWO years ago! Time flies when you are having fun. And I’m having a lot of it, thanks in big part to Laura and YCH. The work I did with her not only brought me back to myself, but helped define my work’s purpose: to help people create a foundation – a sanctuary – for themselves through their home. Two years ago I was in a beige cubicle no longer feeling like I was making a difference in my job. I’ve since created my own cubicle-free job, and today, I create programs and resources to help people create a home they love, that inspires them to live the life they want. It makes me jump for joy to be able to say that. Laura – you do really good work…so we can also do really good work. Thank you.
“IT FEELS A BIT MIRACULOUS”
I was bored with the business I’d started 5 years back. I didn’t want to do it anymore — but I didn’t know what might be next … or, rather, I had a few ideas, but didn’t have the courage to go for it.
I’ve gotten very clear about what I want and have organized my life around getting it. Being a journalist doesn’t feel like a pipe-dream anymore; it feels like it’s inevitable at this point. Almost like what I was always meant to do, I just didn’t quite know it before. I’m also happy in a way I haven’t been for a long time. I feel like what I want is materializing in front of my eyes. Not to be trite, but it feels a bit miraculous.
UPDATE: Today I had the first of two interviews with an American Public Media show— and was thanking my lucky stars for the work we did together. Those tell me what you bring to the table and why are you the best person for this position questions felt so simple. I hope the job is mine. I know I could rock it. Regardless, I feel great to have made it to the final 5 of 300+ applicants.
Anyways, I’m reaching out to say thank you, again. I don’t think I would’ve found my way here without your support. Sure, there’s plenty of hustle and tears and sleep deprivation ahead, but it feels good. I’m inhabiting a kind of confidence I’ve never experienced before. It feels right. And Your Career Homecoming helped me get here.
2ND UPDATE: I’m so excited to announce that I am joining the brilliant team at North Country Public Radio in Canton, New York as a Digital Content Producer. These folks and this station are everything I’ve been hoping and searching for.
"I FEEL IN CONTROL OF MY FUTURE & CAREER"
I had been working at the same company for my entire career, I'd grown up there. And while that has offered me great opportunities it also has taken me down a road that ultimately wasn't in alignment with what I felt wasn't ME. The struggle between my inner self and this job was affecting all parts of my life.
I signed up for YCH because I knew that a half measure wasn't going to solve this for me anymore. I had taken every job fit test, you'd be a great XYZ quiz and personality profile under the sun. I needed something more. Laura and her course offered the accountability, flexibility, and structure I needed.
I feel in control of my future and the direction of my career now. Until I went through this process I felt very much at the mercy of those around me to make decisions to direct my fate. I get to make those choices and will not allow someone to do that for me again.
I really know what is going to make me happy at the end of the day, what I can live with to feed my family, and what I just cannot do.
I am about to leave a job that has caused me a lot of pain, and I couldn't have done that without YCH (tried to for years now!)
“A BLUEPRINT FOR WHATEVER MY FUTURE THROWS AT ME"
I was really unhappy with my job. I spent most of my time pissed off, frustrated, and didn’t like the person I had become in the office and at home. I knew that my job lacked the meaning that I wanted and I felt I was doing things more for other people than based on my own goals and motivations.
Your Career Homecoming has allowed me to dare to go for something I wouldn’t have had the confidence to aim for, something that I may have thought was conceited to even imagine.
I have a blueprint for whatever my future throws at me, thanks to the massively increased understanding I have of myself and what I see as my place in the world. I have a sense of purpose, a mission to absorb myself in, and an area that I am passionate about and fascinated by. I feel confident and comfortable about this new direction.
“I KNOW WHAT BUSINESS I’M GOING TO START”
I was almost a year into my latest position in higher education development when I finally accepted the realization that while I was good at what I did, I wasn’t passionate about it. I was playing safe and needed a program that could help guide a change.
I knew it was going to be hard to balance YCH with a full-time job, raising 3 kids, being a supportive wife and completing my first full marathon, but the program was a no-brainer so I went for it.
Now I know what business I’m going to start, and I’m definitely more confident – and proud – because I am aware of what I really want and the type of legacy I want to leave. Even though I’m still employed in higher ed for now, YCH extended greater confidence in my job.
I’m taking bigger steps than I ever have before. I walking down the path that I’m creating as a result of the YCH work. There is no denying the path will require time and effort but I’m committed to following it. Knowing that my calling can make a difference for people I admire is amazing.
“ALLOWED ME TO EXIT GRACEFULLY"
I found a brand-new facility that hadn’t even opened yet, filled out their application, and told them they really wouldn’t need to interview anyone else for the position I wanted, that I was all they needed, and more. (Such boldness!)
I have *you* to thank for that, Laura, because the work we did reminded me of what I didn’t want, but also what I needed to be okay — and to allow me to exit gracefully from the horrible-fitting job I was in.
So, Laura, thank you from the bottom of my heart! You gave me the confidence to realize I didn’t need to compete with 100′s of other applicants, and from there I had only to decide the *how* of going out and picking up my new job… (just like shopping, LOL).
“I FINALLY FIGURED IT OUT”
Before I signed up for Your Career Homecoming I had an okay job in veterinary medicine for 10 years. I had been looking for a change for some time, but every time I thought I’d figured out what I was going to do next, I convinced myself that where I was was good enough and that I shouldn’t complain or take the risk of pursuing something new. I was so burnt out, stressed, tired, unmotivated, uninspired, and my work performance was terrible in ways I never thought were possible for my high standards and work ethic.
Then, I was fired from my job. Though I had a lot of fear about the future, it turned out to be just what I needed to initiate change.
In YCH, I learned that I can have a transition period – I kept thinking that I needed to go from my crummy job straight to THE DREAM job. Having this re-framed was essential in my process.
I have an idea of what I want to do now and a new awareness of how I want to work. When I finally figured it out, it didn’t come with a choir of angels and trumpets; it just made sense. I feel confident that if I take steps in the direction of my purpose, the road will be illuminated on my way. YCH was a very complete plan which spoke to a part of me that I needed to hear from.
UPDATE: I did end up going back to school to get a degree in Nursing. I worried a lot about how I would pay for college. However, when I went back, within a few months I received a scholarship for a FULL RIDE. Yeah, no joke! For me, it was a sign that I was on the right track.
I still use my worksheets about every 6 months to reaffirm my decisions. They help me to know I'm still in alignment with the values I put in place.
Thanks for the emails! I still read them and feel part of the community even though it's been a few years.
"WORK THAT MAKES ME FEEL MORE CREATIVE AND ALIVE"
As a nonprofit director with two business degrees, I will admit that I was a bit leery of taking a program that was taught by someone who comes from a different discipline. But I am SO glad that I did.
I finally have what it takes to say “yes” to a change and let go of the past. I am letting go of parental and societal expectations (the path I *should* be on as an MBA, etc). I am more aware of what it feels like to “come home” and Laura created the space for it to slowly sink in with me that it’s OK to want this feeling while I work. Did I have doubts? You betcha. But the YCH community was there to keep me going.
Update: Yesterday [6 weeks after YCH ended] I told my boss I was accepting another job (quitting). WOW, that was cathartic! Thanks to the support of YCH, I have been able to reconnect with work that makes me feel more creative and alive. I am now able to move away from my toxic boss and work environment, and work in a way that’s in alignment with my personal / family needs and Homecoming Career.
“I FIGURED OUT WHAT I REALLY WANTED FROM WORK”
I was working from home and raising my three kids. My youngest children were about a year away from kindergarten and a full school day. I felt like it was a good time to put the focus back on me and address some concerns related to my work. I had always been told I was a “people person,” but I couldn’t understand why year after year my clients were draining me and why I couldn’t find true satisfaction in the work I was doing. Getting answers to my uncertainty was exhausting because I just couldn’t get to the wisdom on my own.
Your Career Homecoming helped me identify the beliefs that were holding me back and articulate what success would look like for me. I figured out what I really wanted from work and walked away with options on how I could serve the world in strength.
I feel a tremendous weight has been taken off my shoulders! I am motivated in a new way because I understand my story and what I need to strive for in order to flourish. Currently I’m focusing my creativity to giving value in the area of character strengths. I believe everyone has an inner-beauty that can fuel deeper connections, positive experiences, and authentic self-expression. My work helps people to be understood. I will always cherish what I learned from Laura and continue to use the results of my YCH experience as a “life” guide.
“MUCH MORE CONFIDENT ABOUT MY FUTURE"
My husband had just gone into remission for cancer, the hospital bills were piling up, and we were both frustrated that he was still the one working daily, despite chemo and radiation, bringing home the bacon as the breadwinner of our household. I was feeling shame, guilt, and desperation that my freelance job as a virtual assistant was inconsistent when it came to being paid.
Now I feel more energized and more confident about finding work. More opportunities (especially writing and editing ones, jobs I had dreamed about in the past) seem to be opening themselves up to me, more than ever.
And I love the group coaching calls and the YCH community; there’s something about being with others who are on similar paths, yearning for similar goals, that makes you feel less alone, more fortified.
I feel much more hopeful and confident about my future, wherever it goes. I am realizing there isn’t just one path for me. The career that feels like home can and will change. And that’s okay. Trust is something I can actually hold onto now.
“THE CATALYST I NEEDED”
The words that would describe the amazingly positive, insightful and thought-provoking journey of Your Career Homecoming just don’t seem to exist.
Your Career Homecoming was the catalyst I needed to get past my stale, unproductive way of thinking about my future, my career. Your amazing ability to ask just the right questions in a way that’s gentle yet piercing to the core made me think about the answers and reset my “what I want to be when I grow up” button. The importance of HOW I want to be when I grow up became crystal clear.
This experience set me on my purposeful path and gave me the roadmap I needed to chart the right route.
UPDATE: I have really appreciated your guidance over the last few months and I know that some of the decisions I made were a direct result of going through this work with you! I honestly don’t believe that settling on a master’s program and going through with the application process would have happened had I not been able to clarify my vision of where I wanted my career to go. So thank you from the bottom of my heart for the support, the encouragement, the hard questions, and the kick in the pants!
“I ‘RETIRED’ FROM MY PROPERTY MANAGEMENT POSITION”
I was feeling unfocused, scattered, knowing I needed a change (…it was LONG overdue), but not certain of the direction. There were elements I wanted, like creativity, but other than that I was sitting with a bunch of anxiety over what steps to take next.
Your Career Homecoming helped me to look at my journey from a variety of angles, ensuring I created a full and complete map to bring me to my Homecoming.
UPDATE: I “retired” from my property management position! Well, more accurately, I moved it into my home and turned in into a 2-3 day/month job so I can focus on building my new business.
“I AM EXCITED ABOUT AND INSPIRED BY WHAT I’M DOING”
I began working with Laura when I was weirdly lost and going in a direction that everyone else felt I should go. Inside, I knew it wasn’t for me, but I wasn’t equipped with the right tools to make a shift.
I went from being in a career that I was miserable in to a position and work environment that are actually aligned with my core values, and are perfect for my schedule and lifestyle. Plus, I still have the time and energy to work on my personal business goals because I am excited about and inspired by what I’m doing.
“I QUIT THE OFFICE JOB”
Before Your Career Homecoming, I was floundering. I’d hit a wall at my administrative job and was scrambling to find a way out. I felt absolute despair at the thought of being stuck here, or, maybe worse, of finding another job exactly like this…and another after that.
Thanks to YCH, I know what business I’m going to start! I know that I’m going to start a business! Can you feel how huge that is for me?! At the start of this program, I had NO idea whatsoever that, months later, I’d find myself on a journey to become a solo-preneur. It wasn’t even remotely on my radar. Once it emerged toward the end of the program, I flipped back through my YCH pages, all the way from the beginning, and reread all of my writing and musing about who I am and what’s important to me and what I want to be known for…and sure enough, it was there all along. What a gift!
Your Career Homecoming helped me find my way to a home that I always had within me. It’s not that I suddenly became something; it’s that I found something within myself that I’d overlooked before. I had no idea that I truly could get paid for being me.
UPDATE: I quit! I quit the office job and am working exclusively on building my new business over the next couple weeks. Next month my beau and I are embarking on The Adventure of a Lifetime — traveling by RV all over the U.S. until we find Home. It’s wild to me that you’ve only known me as this whirlwind woman because, I swear, I’m. not. usually. like. this. I don’t typically leap. Ever. But, in the past year, so many things have felt either so not right or so right, and it’s been wonderfully easy for me to tell the difference. Decisions I might’ve agonized over previously are now no-brainers. I attribute some of this to learning so dang much about myself through YCH.
“CONFIDENCE, CLARITY, AND DIRECTION"
Before YCH, I felt like I was losing sight of who I was. YCH seemed like the real deal. No flowery language, no crazy promises. I decided I was ready to do the work and finally talk to someone who understood what I was going through.
I’ll be honest – I didn’t expect my life to change after YCH. I now have three things I never (in my wildest dreams) could’ve imagined: clarity, confidence, and direction. I no longer feel that sense of dread when I think about work. I actually wake up everyday excited to work on my Homecoming Career. The happiness I feel has inched its way to other areas of my life and for that, I am grateful.
As someone with I-have-too-many-interests syndrome, YCH has been invaluable in helping to ground me and figure out what to focus on. The best thing that I’ve gotten from YCH is action. I made a solid and responsible plan for leaving my job. I didn’t wait for permission, more education, the right time, or more money to start working towards my Homecoming Career.
I am happy to share that a couple weeks after YCH ended, I officially transitioned from my tech job into my new role as a floral design assistant, the first stop on my path towards becoming an event designer. I owe YCH for helping me find purpose for doing this work and giving me the tools I need to make my next leaps forward.
"I GOT A CHAMPION"
After 6 years of trying to figure it all on my own I knew that I would just be in the same place as I was now 4 months later if I didn't sign up. I wanted to get on the YCH tour bus and be delivered to career clarity.
The course gave me time to try things on for size (eg how do I feel about being an employee, how about journalist?) and then ditch that idea two weeks later. I love that there was time and room to try things on for size and entertain all the possibilities.
I feel much more confident in my direction of my career now. It was a really important moment for me when you gave me permission to pursue the career I was most interested in. Before you said that I don't think I would have felt "allowed" to pursue it. I also had an important moment on our final call when you said that the things that I don't like about that field can become points that I can use to differentiate myself. Also your encouragement that being a beginner in the field brings with it it's own advantages. That was a real confidence booster. So I got given lots of confidence in the course from you Laura. I got a champion in you to say yes I can do this, it's possible.
I now know what course I am going to study. I feel safely delivered to that doorstep! I also have a game plan so I know the next steps forward in terms of starting a business.
The indecision panic has subsided. And if it flares up again I just go back to my awesome tower/filter/career manifesto and it always answers my questions and reassures my doubts. Like you said, that piece of paper is my real resume. I can always come back to that and refine it with time as I continue to learn about myself and my likes and dislikes.
"CONCRETE, REALISTIC CAREER IDEAS THAT FIT ME"
While I was successful in terms of external factors (promotions, people being pleased with my work), I was really unhappy and it was draining me. I had come to realize that the field I was in was not a good fit for me. I wanted a job that I enjoyed, and that supported my life rather than detracted from it.
Before YCH, I felt like the kind of work that I was good at was work that I didn’t enjoy. I had a swirl of ideas about what I was interested in, but all of my ideas felt impractical. I was really stuck. I longed for something that was a better fit, but felt like having that was unlikely and unrealistic.
Doing this program helped me come up with concrete, realistic career ideas that fit me. I quit my draining job. I started taking better care of myself. I feel like I now have a clear, practical path and am on my way to a career that I am excited about.
"I’M SOLIDLY ON MY NEW CAREER PATH"
I had been working in the financial industry for about 10 years, which was about 9 years too long. I knew from the beginning that it wasn’t my thing, but I just didn’t know what my thing was! After trying to figure out my next career move on my own for, oh, 3 years (not exaggerating), I knew I needed help.
There have been such big changes for me in the past 4 months! I’ve quit my job.
I’m solidly on my new career path, and, much more important for me personally, I know WHY I want what I want, and am confident of the direction in which I’m headed.
That whole grounded, HOMECOMING feeling it took me awhile to wrap my head around, but once I figured it out everything fell into place. It really has been life changing.
“I CAN DEFINITELY SAY WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR"
I was unclear of my career options. I felt ready for a change and was doing what I knew to do, yet nothing was panning out.
Now, I can definitely say what I’m looking for. Unclear, “what do I do with my life?” frustrated days are gone. I’m less fearful, and more focused, hopeful, and courageous.
Even though I am just starting out toward my Homecoming Career, I’m on my way. The steps are paying off, and I have more deeply satisfying days than I’ve known in a long time.
"AND A PLAN FOR HOW TO GET THERE"
I was a scientist running out of funding, feeling like I had failed but also just very puzzled, because I had come off several years of working hard and getting better, and yet not rising in the ranks or feeling like I fit in. I knew I had cool skills but had no clue about where to take them.
I am much more confident now and have a more rational understanding of why I no longer fit with my old career. I’ve traded shame for understanding and clarity. I have an ending for the statement, “What I really want to do is…” and a plan for how to get there. That’s exciting! And a huge relief.
“NOT JUST A GOOD CAREER, BUT A GOOD LIFE”
When I signed up for YCH, I was out of grad school for about a year. It was an MFA degree with a focus in writing novels, and I came out of the program with enough knowledge to find my own way writing books but without the tools I needed to build a career. Even though I was working hard and doing things I loved, I was embarrassed by my lack of income and wondering if I should get a day job.
Because of Your Career Homecoming, there has been a huge shift for me internally. I realized that I was using my career as a convenient excuse to avoid stepping toward happiness in other areas of my life. YCH helped me to see through a lot of lies that I believed about work, figure out what was really important to me, and chart a clear course toward not just a good career, but a good life. I was able to see myself the way my community sees me, as someone who is capable, creative and resourceful, and I have confidence that these qualities and my big YCH binder can get me through just about anything.
“CONFIDENT THAT I’M MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION”
I had an inkling of what I wanted to do with my life career-wise, but I lacked the conviction and courage to pursue it.
Now I’m so excited about my plans that I can’t sit still!
I no longer feel apologetic about working toward the life that I want. I feel more self-assured. Mostly, I feel very hopeful about the future, and confident that I’m moving in the right direction for me. I know it won’t be easy, but I know it is possible and that I’ll always regret it if I don’t try.
"I GET EXCITED TO GO TO WORK"
My biggest problem in my career was not feeling challenged enough and not feeling like I was growing or learning as much as I wanted, and just feeling underutilized. And at work that was obviously difficult because I didn’t feel satisfied. And then when it got really bad, it followed me around after work. I was just too tired to want to do anything else because the day was such an energy suck.
When your confidence is shaken, you feel like you can’t find or don’t deserve something different. But I did the Your Career Homecoming work and turned the corner.
Now that I have my new job, I get excited to go to work. Haha! It’s a weird feeling! I feel like I have literally learned something new every day. My self-pride and confidence is up. When people used to ask me what I do, I would kind of groan. Now I feel happy to answer that question. I care, and I like what I do.
I feel like it’s spurring me to make other changes in my life. I’m moving into a new apartment in a new part of town that I’m excited about. I’m taking fun workout classes. I’m finding joy again.
“I WAS HIRED AT MY TOP PICK RANCH”
I have some awesome news to share. In three months I will be working on a dude ranch in Wyoming. I get to meet people from all walks of life, write in my free time and take photos of the beautiful landscape, and of course wear boots and jeans every day.
It was visiting a ranch last summer that sparked the question, “Could I do this for a living?” So I began scouting ranches online and submitting applications, which was an experience of its own having to submit my resume that highlights my work background in finance/real estate and trying to explain why a realtor from Nashville wants to work on a ranch. Anyway, it worked! I had several interviews and just today I was hired at my top pick ranch. I’m so thrilled and wanted to share that with you. Thank you for helping me open up to my hopes and desires and discovering new thoughts of what work means to me and how that might look.
“INTERVIEWING FOR A DEFINITE CAREER HOMECOMING”
I was not stimulated in my administrative job, unclear what to do to move forward, and not utilizing my best skills.
Now I am in the process of interviewing for a definite Homecoming Career!!
The wild thing is that I used to joke with people that if I retired or if you gave me a million dollars today, what I would do is continue to do the programs that I’ve been volunteering with for the past 10 years. And what’s amazing is that I could actually do that. There’s only one paid position in this entire organization, and I’m up for it. They contacted me. That is pretty unbelievable. But before YCH, I felt like I actually had to have a million dollars in order to do this work. Because who gets to do this for a living? Maybe I do.
And that’s one thing that has really stuck with me from YCH. Laura helped me recognize my own style and how things come to me. I’m not Mr. Write 12 Things Down and then go do them. But I still experience lots of awesome success, and synchronicity, and growth. I realized that I don’t really like to hustle, and that’s not a detriment. I learned in YCH that I am not flawed. I do not have to revamp the way I do things. I have to embrace more and more of who I am and my style of things and not complicate it.
“I EXPECT MORE AND I KNOW I DESERVE IT NOW”
I had been contemplating a career change for about two years because I felt like my current position no longer aligned with who I was or how I wanted to show up in the world. I would apply for jobs that I really wasn’t excited about but sounded like something I could do. Unsurprisingly, I didn’t land one interview during that time. I knew it was because my heart just wasn’t in it. I was frustrated and knew I needed to take a different approach.
I thought at 37 years old I had a pretty good handle on myself, but through YCH I learned a lot about myself and how to ‘own’ those unique qualities and leverage them effectively in my next career. Rather than trying to bend and shape my resume to what I think an employer is looking for I feel like I know who I am, what I need and want from a position, and am not willing to settle for anything else.
I have my own personal filter to run potential career choices through and if it doesn’t meet my standards, it’s not the right fit. I have shifted from the, ‘You have a job that pays the bills and has health insurance so be happy,’ mindset. I expect more and know I deserve it now.
"I DON’T FEEL TRAPPED IN MY JOB ANYMORE”
After I finished my MFA program, my sole goal was to find a job that would allow me time and energy to write so that I could finish my first novel. I took a part-time corporate support job at a law firm in New York City. I had both an income and time and energy to write, and I felt incredibly lucky. Eventually the balance between my law firm job and my creative energies that had served me so well for the past two years shifted. I felt like I was trapped in all-work-but-no-play mode, and this made me anxious and frustrated, but I wasn’t sure how to repair things.
Now I feel freshly committed to writing and am both more aware and adept and more realistic about balancing the writing part of writing, the business part of writing, and paid work, and I’m able to be more open-minded, creative, and versatile about brainstorming ways that I can tip this balance by seeking out paid work that is more creative and by seeking out ways of getting paid for my writing in addition to trying to sell my novel. YCH also gave me a big booster shot of patience with my current job, and I don’t feel trapped in that job anymore. I feel level-headed and autonomous.
There’s nothing I’d change about Your Career Homecoming. This program is a lifeboat!
“I’M SERIOUSLY TRYING OUT MY BUSINESS IDEA”
I was struggling with what career I should choose. There were so many options, and I was trying to combine everything I liked into ONE career!!
Laura is hilarious and means business at the same time. The process was fun, reflective and gives you a chance to evaluate each career option with your intuition AND logic- something that I haven’t seen with other career coaches. If you want some clarity, even if it’s clarity on ‘What career do I start exploring first?’, get into Your Career Homecoming and get ready to know yourself like you never have before.
I am at a point where I’m seriously trying out my business idea (like- actually talking to people and having SALES conversations!), so I’m experimenting as I go. Your Career Homecoming has provided me with a firm starting point so that I’m not floundering anymore with ‘what shall I do with my life?!’
“I FEEL CONFIDENT ABOUT MY NEW CAREER PATH”
The prospect of hunting for one more job, one I did not want and probably would not be great at anyway, was discouraging. Very. I needed to find a career that would incorporate my creativity as well as provide reasonable income and stability.
Because of the Your Career Homecoming process, I’m much more conscious of who I really am, as opposed to who I think I am or who I’ve always tried to be. And I feel confident about my new career path.
“I DEFINED THE ETHEREAL THING IN MY HEAD”
The Homecoming Binder. Oh, how I love that binder. It provided very specific questions to start defining the ethereal “thing” in my head that could potentially become a new career.
Would I recommend YCH to a friend? I would say Yes. And then Yes again. It is an invaluable experience, and worth the cost, if you’re willing to do the work and follow through.
“I FEEL REALLY GOOD ABOUT THE FUTURE OF MY CAREER”
I felt I was at a cross-roads. I liked my job, but did not feel any sense of fulfilment from it on a personal level.
I feel really good about the future of my career now. I am more open to possibilities, and feel more confident about what my intuition says is a right move for me. I was able to explore so much during the course that made me aware of my past successes, what matters to me most, and how I thrive and I watch for those things now in my day to day. I would highly recommend Your Career Homecoming to anyone who is searching.
UPDATE: I sold my home and downsized to a condo! Part of this enabled me to refinance and open up doors financially to consider courses for my planned YCH career. It also enabled me to gut and completely renovate my condo so it is exactly a true reflection of me. I also recently met a lovely guy who has become a huge part of my life in a very short time. As for the current job, I was recently recognized for my hard work with a promotion and raise (which was amazing)!
I would say that all of this came as a result of deep reflection and learning that I have been doing over a number of years – and with the help of YCH as well to help me segment my life into going for the things that are a true representation of myself and putting other things aside that are not.
“I KNOW WHAT THE NEXT STEPS ARE"
Before YCH, I was unemployed by choice. While I knowingly had left my job without another job so that I could take a break, the plan never was for me to be unemployed forever. But even with over a year to rest and recover, I still couldn’t navigate my way into job seeking beyond sitting on job posting sites.Every job looked either “too hard/not qualified” or “something I would hate doing.”
YCH appeared to be exactly what I was looking for – not a job in hand at the end, but a knowledge of self that would help me from never being in the situation I was currently in again.
When people ask me what I’m going to do, I no longer have an internal mini-crisis. I feel like I still have some work to do, but I have the tools to do it. I know what the next steps I need to take are. And instead of seeing dead ends and no possibilities, I see possibilities and opportunities.
“I CAN RETURN TO THE WORKFORCE ON MY OWN TERMS"
I was bored out of my mind at work with a high stress level. I felt drain, burned out, lacking in creativity and options. I knew I could not keep doing what I was doing and so I stopped; I took a big break. While the big break has been awesome I wanted some ideas about what to do next.
I knew a traditional type of career counselor was not going to help me because they tend to do an outside in type of process – see what is in the world and how I could fit it, and what I wanted and needed was an inside out approach. I needed to understand more about me and see only then, what in the world might fit or what I could create from my strengths and joys. I am glad I did!
Now I feel like I have the knowledge and tools to set myself up well professionally and avoid burn out much more effectively. I know what type of work makes me happy and is sustainable versus just what I can do to make the most money. I feel like once I decide to return to the work force I can and will do it on my own terms.
"I'M DOING WHAT FEELS LIKE THE NEXT RIGHT THING"
Before YCH I was bored and at the same time exhausted by my job. I didn't feel creatively or intellectually inspired or fulfilled. I felt disconnected from my true interests and abilities and I'd lost faith in my inner guide. I didn't want to just grab on to the next job idea I had without knowing what it is I really want.
I'm definitely more confident and in tune with my values and abilities. I feel like I know myself a lot better and I'm less hesitant about speaking up and expressing my thoughts at work and in my personal life. I'm more conscious of taking responsibility for my fears and anxieties, and hopes and aspirations. No one can do this for me.
I've learned to reconnect with my interests and strengths and to trust my inner guide. I know with greater clarity now the kind of work I want to be doing, what I need from my career, and most importantly, have a framework to apply when making decisions towards getting there.
I'm doing what feels like the next right thing.