5 Surprising Signs You’re Ready to Find Your Career Calling


You stand at the edge.

Uncomfortable energy coiled in your belly.

You’ve arrived at the place where you know you’re not willing to settle.

Not willing to settle for work that used to be satisfying yet now feels spent.

Even though the money is good. Even though everyone else thinks you’re living the dream.

I’ve been on this edge myself. Holding on by fingernails until my health and the Universe pushed me out of a career comfort zone.

And I’ve landed with certainty in my own calling.

From my own leaps, plus 28-years guiding professionals to make their leap from career to calling, here are five sure signs that you’re ripe to find your calling: [Read more…]

After the Leap and Before the Landing: Your Time Between-Dreams

Image of woman leaping - suspended between an ending and new beginning


Have you been there…

suspended in a kind of limbo somewhere between a major ending and your next beginning?

I certainly have. Several uncomfortable journeys there in fact.

It’s maddening.

Endings are hard enough. By the time you come out the other end, you’re tired and feeling more than a little beat-up.

You’re ready for relief. Ready for something better. And honestly, ready for some certainty.

But instead, you often find an uncomfortable pause. A between-place that can extend much longer than the practical-brain can stand.

It’s not what you were expecting. And you wonder what you might be doing wrong.

Recently I met Ellen

and her story reminded me powerfully about this normal but daunting territory…

Ellen doesn’t dabble.

She dove into law. She did the mountain of schoolwork, passed the bar, and invested all of her effort and talent. Then she entered misery.

Never a wimp, she gave the profession 10 unhappy years of her life (not counting her years of education.) And, like many doomed relationships, she desperately tried to make it work. She changed positions and explored several different legal roles: Public Defender, Prosecutor, and more…

And found misery in every one.

Ellen’s battle to make her profession work took it’s toll. The stress and misery wore at her pride, ate at her self confidence and, eventually, impacted her health.

Finally, with the gut-deep feeling of standing on a cliff edge, she leapt – quitting, and leaving law for good.

More than a Career Change

It took real courage. It took some good therapy. But when she left Ellen knew it was the only way to get her life back. Beyond leaving law, Ellen was leaving behind her way of choosing. [Read more…]

LifeWork Renewal 101: Ten Truths for the Journey to Your Brilliant NEXT

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You’re on a Journey of Renewal

You may have your own title for this – less grand and optimistic sounding.
Maybe your way of talking about it sums up the challenge of your current situation:

  • “I hate my job.”
  • “I’m in transition.”
  • “I’m exhausted but need to keep going.”
  • “I lost my job, my marriage, my spark, my dream…”
  • “I know I don’t want this anymore, but I don’t know what I DO want.”
  • “I’m figuring out what’s next.”
Or perhaps you speak for the part of you that’s already committed to finding a new way. Something like:
  • “I’m ready. Ready for something more.”

However you express it, know that the loss of your old dream is neither a mistake you made, nor a problem with some logical solution that you’ve somehow missed. Most simply – you’ve outgrown it.

And now Life is calling you to discover new brilliance.

Change – Where the Journey Begins

Change happens.

Your change may be external: your job went away, a relationship ended, your nest is suddenly empty, a loved one died, the housing market collapsed…

Or perhaps your change is more internal:

  • A career path that used to be comfortable has begun to feel too small.
  • Important parts of your life that were satisfying have lost meaning.
  • Work that used to energize now drains you.
  • A goal you achieved and enjoyed  is starting to feel like a jail.

Whether something INSIDE has changed and old roles no longer fit, or an OUTSIDE change has mugged your old life, here you are.

Welcome to transition. The journey has begun.

(And, as you’ll discover here at Brilliant NEXT,  you’re in very good travel company.) [Read more…]

The Art of Sitting on Purpose


Could rebuilding the harmonious relationship we once had with the earth, with the Natural World, be the key to living our purpose and expressing our true gifts?



This inspiring On Purpose interview is with Lynn Trotta, who with her husband, Michael Trotta, founded Sagefire Institute ten years ago to help people to live more deeply connected to their authentic self, the earth, and others. Sagefire’s personal development and Nature-Based Coach Training programs are layered with cultural wisdom, primitive living skills, and modern day life-coaching techniques.

In this interview Lynn shares a powerful, and ancient, practice that’s many have reported helps them feel more deeply connected to the natural world, find an increased capacity for joy, and become more intuitive and trusting of their inner voice.

You can hear the full interview replay or download the mp3 file using the audio player at the top of this post. You can also listen to this interview, as well as past and future interviews, by subscribing to our free iTunes podcast => HERE.  (Resource links for this episode are near the bottom of the post.)

Gem of Wisdom: 

You are Absolutely Perfect
If you are confused and really trying hard to figure something out. That’s not you. The perfection is you. All you have to do it to sit long enough in quiet and all of the chatter will disappear and you will once again see your own perfection.

One Small Step: 

Start a Sit Spot Practice

  • Find a place outside that feels comfortable. (this is actually the only rule) The closer to your house, or a place that you are everyday the better.
  • Sit down on the ground, or on a chair – whatever is comfortable for you.
  • Start by giving thanks
  • Tune into all of your senses and pay attention to whatever is happening inside of you and noticing whatever is happening around you.
  • Start by doing this for twenty minutes daily.(See the link in the Resource section below for to get Sagefire’s free 14-day email series with complete instructions for developing a Sit Spot practice.)

Favorite Quotes from this Interview:

“I was a nature girl. When I got older I had a need for a mentor to guide me and there wasn’t one. In native cultures there were the Aunties, Uncles, Grandmothers and Grandfathers who knew all that information and could guide the children but there was none for me.”

“In college all the careers I was looking at didn’t feel right to me. The only ones that were exciting were the nature ones. So I went for a degree in Biology. And even in that everything was so clinical. While I was passionate about nature there was no nature career out there…

“It wasn’t until I met my husband who had been taking a lot of survival classes where they were showing you how to live in a completely different way with nature – it was seeing nature in a familial way – that totally sparked the childlike heart within me.

“I realized that was what my heart was really calling. It wasn’t the degree in biology, it was to fall in love with nature.”

“So many of the decisions in our lives are waiting for us to find them. The decisions are our there for us and they are trying to find us as much as we are trying to find them and that can’t happen when there is so much craziness happening in our minds.”

“Sit Spot in it’s most basic definition is a place in nature – a place where you can go outside and sit and be with yourself and make connections with yourself and with the earth and with whatever you call God, Spirit or All of Creation.

“Done on a regular basis it is amazingly effective in reducing stress and all of those other things that come with a mindfulness practice. The added bonus of being outside is that you are opening up pathways for yourself to be in connection to all things. There is the experience of Oneness with all creation that naturally unfolds.”

“Nature is non-judgmental. It never tells you that you are wrong or that you have anything to be ashamed of. It tells you nothing except reflecting back to you what is happening in your mind.”

“Seeing the metaphors in nature will always give us what we need to hear – because it is what is happening within ourselves.” 





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The Call of Your Heart


Do you feel the call to color outside the lines and dance to a different tune – but just don’t know how to listen to your heart and have your work be a clear reflection of this call.


This inspiring On Purpose interview is with Robin Korth – a spiritual renegade and outlaw. She is also an international speaker, writer and businesswoman.

After years of doing life as she was “supposed to,” she walked away and began living life from deep inside. She captures her experience in Soul on the Run which is her courageously honest exploration of the power and joy that living is meant to be.

You can hear the full interview replay or download the mp3 file using the audio player at the top of this post. You can also listen to this interview, as well as past and future interviews, by subscribing to our free iTunes podcast => HERE.  (Resource links for this episode are near the bottom of the post.)

Gem of Wisdom: 

There is no such thing as failure.
Things just turned out different than we thought they would.

One Small Step: 

Slow Down and Pay Attention
Take 5 minutes for yourself everyday. Where you just be with yourself. Honor how you are feeling.   And if you are feeling uncomfortable – that is a great place to be. Being uncomfortable is the Universe’s pry bar under your butt – letting you know that you’ve got to do something different.”

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Are You Following Your Bliss?


Does it really take more work to uncover our gifts or keep them hidden?  Can there be any more direct route to bliss than bliss itself?



This blissful On Purpose Show interview is with Frank Gjata, founder of Blississippi.com. Frank is passionate about creating fun, unique and effective tools that support people (including himself) to wake up, discover and live their bliss.

He’s also a writer and founder of “Acknowledge Is Power” coaching, where he ignites organic change and blissful journeys through the practice of acknowledging the truth in the moment, unconditional acceptance, authentic communication and the breaking of old unconscious patterns—and does it all with a sense of humor.

You can hear the full interview replay or download the mp3 file using the audio player at the top of this post. You can also listen to this interview, as well as past and future interviews, by subscribing to our free iTunes podcast => HERE.  (Resource links for this episode are near the bottom of the post.)

Gem of Wisdom: 

When are stuck, focus on what would raise your state of consciousness. Instead of focusing on the problem, do something that focuses you on your bliss, whatever that is for you – dance, take a walk, take a breath, anything that connects you to the truth of who you are.
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Marketing for Hippies


Do you desire to grow a business doing something you love – but hate marketing?  What if marketing could be guilt-free, respectful, beautiful, inspiring, honoring, fun, warm, gracious, quirky and honest – and effective?



This inspiring On Purpose interview is with Tad Hargrave, a hippy who developed a knack for marketing (and then learned how to be a hippy again). For almost a decade, Tad has been bringing refreshing and unorthodox ideas to conscious entrepreneurs and green businesses that help them grow their organizations and businesses (without selling their souls).

You can hear the full interview replay or download the mp3 file using the audio player at the top of this post. You can also listen to this interview, as well as past and future interviews, by subscribing to our free iTunes podcast => HERE.  (Resource links for this episode are near the bottom of the post.)

Gem of Wisdom: 

Be More You

“Be more of yourself. Be honest and real.”

One Small Step: 

Build a Hub Data Base
“We get introduced to people in our niche through people who know us and know our work, which creates a different dynamic – this is a warm approach. We build a relationship with a hub and that hub introduces us to a crowd. “

Create a spreadsheet that maps out potential Hubs:

1) Where can you find your ideal client.2) Who are they connected with, 3) What media do they read and, 3) What groups are they a part of.

Then it is only a matter of building relationships with those people. 

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The Wholehearted Life


Do you feel as though you are going through life half-hearted; searching for a way to wholeheartedly live a life of passion and purpose?

This special On Purpose interview is with my On Purpose Show co-host Susyn Reeve about her new book, The Wholehearted Life: Big Changes and Greater Happiness Week by Week.


Susyn was interviewed by her VIVA Editions Publisher, Brenda Knight.

Brenda Knight – as founder of VIVA Editions Brenda is a national leader in the area of inspiration. VIVA focuses on expansion, courage, and joy in life – in short all that is about the very best in the human spirit.

Susyn Reeve is the best-selling author of The Inspired Life: Unleashing Your Mind’s Capacity for Joy and in her new book is, The Wholehearted Life she brings together everything from her illustrious 35 year career as a corporate consultant, self esteem experts, and an InterFaith Minister. Susyn has been a delegate to the UN Commission on the Status of Women and she is a global champion for the value of Elders and what they have to bring to the world.

You can hear the full interview replay or download the mp3 file using the audio player at the top of this post. You can also listen to this interview, as well as past and future interviews, by subscribing to our free iTunes podcast => HERE.  (Resource links for this episode are near the bottom of the post.)

Some Favorite Quotes from this Interview:

“I had struggled with what does wholehearted living mean – then it occurred to me that wholehearted living means saying, Yes, to it all. To really know that all of our experiences, even the ones that leave us heartbroken, for a time, are experiences that allow love to flow through us – whether that is from the outside-in or the inside-out.”

“I know the power of intention, the power of declaring, so the Prayer for Wholehearted Living that I wrote is a declaration for living a wholehearted life and allowing myself to give, to receive and ultimately to be a mighty expression of Love in the world.”

The Prayer for Wholehearted Living

Today, I live a wholehearted life. I easily let go of my attachment to thoughts and behaviors that block the in-flow and out-flow of Love in my life. I know my purpose is to be a mighty expression of Love in the world through my unique gifts, talents, and skills. I trust that every experience I have is an opportunity to deepen and expand my capacity to be, give, and receive Love. I ask for and receive all help available to me, visible and invisible, to effortlessly learn from and release habit patterns of fear, blame, and separation, to have faith in a loving future, and to live fully and wholeheartedly in the present.

To the Eternal Peace and Happiness of All.

And, so it is.

“It’s important to get that we are all connected. Each one of our actions, each one of our thoughts charged with emotional energy contributes to the collective consciousness.”

“When we really get, in our gut, that each one of us matters – that we really don’t know who is going to be the tipping point for greater peace, cooperation, love and compassion in the world.” [Read more…]