Building a Custom Career Path as a "Slasher"

Building a Custom Career Path as a "Slasher"

Eight years ago, I custom-crafted a business card wallet for myself. I needed to make my own design because I had three different business cards that each needed their own pocket—one for my crafting business, one for the nonprofit where I worked by day, and one for the quilting guild that I started on the weekends. Then I became a coach as well, and I felt like my brain and my wallet were about to explode.

I felt like something was wrong with me—I was fragmented, and couldn't pick just one thing to pursue. Why couldn't I just commit to a path? I was "clocking in and out" of each role and felt like I was four different people instead of one whole, cohesive human being.

And then I came across the concept of a Slasher—someone who creates their own custom combination of careers—and I realized that I'm not alone…

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How Did You Celebrate?

How Did You Celebrate?

Last week marked some big milestones for two of my clients: one launched the new business that she's been building behind the scenes for three months, and the other stepped into a new leadership role that she hadn't imagined possible before we began our work together.

I asked each of them: How did you celebrate?
They stared at me blankly. 


It's too easy to put off celebrating success. We move right on to the next thing, or treat it like it doesn't count yet by saying, Well, I can't really celebrate until ______ happensWe keep moving the needle and before we know it we haven't paused to acknowledge what we've accomplished at all…

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How to Manage That Mean Voice in Your Head

How to Manage That Mean Voice in Your Head

Everyone has a mean voice in their head—a voice that tells you things like:
- You're not ready—don't try.
- You'll embarrass yourself and be a complete failure.
- Who do you think you are?
- No one will care what you have to say.


At first glance, it may appear that this voice—sometimes referred to as the inner critic or gremlin—is a jerk trying to keep you down. But actually, your gremlin is just misunderstood.

He or she showed up in your head sometime when you were young. Maybe you read a poem to the class and someone laughed at you, or you got new glasses that you thought were snazzy but the other kids teased you about. And this voice appeared to protect you, telling you to play it small—stay safe, don't stand out, don't take chances, don't put yourself out there—at every turn…

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