Sooo, the last few months I've been working with a Coach, who is helping me reach out to potential clients as an independent Career Counselor. My idea is that I will continue working with a community college or colleges, and have a few independent clients, as well.
Working independently versus under the umbrella of a school or an organization, feels newly liberating. I had three independent clients at the end of last year/beginning of this year and worked with a few people when I lived in San Luis Obispo, as well. When I met with them in independent counseling sessions, it allowed me to truly focus on the their current needs and allow the trajectory of their process to guide us in our work.
The only hitch to doing more of this work is that I needed to actually generate more of this work! Marketing is not my forte, nor something I enjoy doing. I am a bit shy with people I don't know, and I prefer deeper conversation to making small talk - a label which I think applies to most efforts to sell yourself or promote your business. Handing out my business card to everyone I meet? Ack, sounds incredibly awkward. Can't people just find me by telepathy or osmosis or something?
Anyway, I've been working on developing confidence and overcoming my anxiety, which tends to block forward momentum. In the last three months, I have scheduled meetings with my coach every couple of weeks. My experience has been that in between our meetings, things tend to get done, even if I end up cramming and getting them done the day before. Accumulating these successes had helped to build confidence.
Today, for example, I put the finishing touches on my "Coming Out Letter." I hope I don't insult anyone referring to the process this way. I know it's not nearly as life altering and potentially terrifying as coming out as gay (I saw a couple of my friends go through this and it was a huge life event), but it does feel vulnerable and like I'm exposing this new part of myself that is raw and sensitive.
We also did a visualization exercise, in which I connected with my "Captain," the part of me that is unconditionally loving, compassionate, clear, confident, and supportive. Not surprisingly, another part of me that I call my "Sabateur" came up and tried to figuratively shank my Captain with negativity and judgments lol, but some significant insights and guidance came out of the process. *As a side note, my Captain looked like a non-blue female Avatar, wearing animal pelts. She was pretty cool.
In any case, I committed to send my letter out to at least a dozen friends, and I thought I might share my letter here with this community, as well (see below). I would love to hear your thoughts before sending it out later this weekend. Please also feel free to pass it on to anyone you know who needs career counseling. I work over the phone, as well as in-person, and can be reached through this blog. I have a website I can then share with people, too. Thank you for your help!
I am writing to let you know that I’m doing it: I am hanging out my shingle as a Career Counselor! I’m excited to announce that I’m accepting new clients. I would like to offer you - and anyone that you refer - half off your first session.
As many of you know, my background includes over a decade of working in community colleges and non-profits as a Career and Academic Counselor. My favorite part of the job has always been working with people to figure out what they most love to do and then helping them focus and use these passions (and package their related skills) in the work they do in the world.
I wanted to share a little about what turns me on most about working independently... Working with people on my own allows me more freedom and creativity than when I work under the umbrella of a college or organization! When I work with clients through my business, I feel that “magic” can happen as I follow insights and their inspiration to the next step, and the next, as they pursue their dreams. Also, we are not held back by any government or grant requirements, and can set goals together based on their priorities and needs.
The clients I’m looking for include:
- Recent Graduates
- People in career transition needing guidance and someone “on their team.”
- People wanting more independence or inspiration in their work life
In a bit more detail, my services include:
- Providing assessments like the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the True Colors assessment to help my clients see and appreciate their strengths . . . which are then integrated into a dynamic counseling process connecting them, not just to their next job, but to their calling.
- Experienced guidance repackaging and adding to a client’s work experience in order to launch them in a new, more inspiring direction.
- Job search tips and strategies to save time and increase employer responses. Includes resume review and editing.
- Increasing client’s personal resiliency through building multiple income streams and a broad awareness of diverse skills and talents... as well as how these skills and talents can be combined to meet market/community needs.
- Green career counseling: Providing information and guidance on careers that help people and our planet thrive.
My session fees are reasonable and include a sliding scale fee structure. In addition to the introductory offer mentioned above, for the next three months, I will also offer 20% off the total if clients sign up for three or more sessions. Due to the cumulative effect of our work together, and depending on a client’s goals, I suggest a minimum of three sessions, and up to 10 or more for longer-term transitions and support. I’m also happy to meet with someone one time, as well.
If you need support and direction in a career transition, or if you want to feel more inspired in your work, please contact me. Also, will you consider sending this note on to anyone you know who might be interested? I really appreciate your support.
Kristina B., MA
I'm on Day 9 of my current cycle, in which I took Femara again Days 3-7. As mentioned in a previous post, S and I decided to try Femara again because I had such a good response to this dose last time. I have purchased the Ovidrel trigger and the progesterone supplements, as well.
I was going to go out of town this weekend for S's nephew's graduation in San Diego, but if I would have gotten my LH surge on Saturday or Sunday, I would have had to go to a random fertility clinic in So. Cal. Doable but awkward. Also, we decided we wanted to save our money for ttc and a trip we're taking to DC to see his daughter at the end of July. So, I'm on my own this weekend, with plans to meet a friend Saturday for lunch and go dancing Sunday morning, but the rest of the time plans to work on creative projects, read, and lay in the sun.
Starting today (Friday), I am testing every morning with my new digital OPK. Wow, I will say it IS a lot easier with that little circle or smiley face reading. Very clear. When I get the positive, then I call Pac.ific Fertility Center and go in for an ultrasound. If I don't get a positive until Monday (or later), I definitely go in mid-day Monday for my scheduled ultrasound. I will likely do the trigger shot that day, with IUI to follow on Tuesday. S is nervous about the IUI. He's trying to follow all the rules to prepare and asking me about timing etc.; it's cute.
Finishing this post up on Saturday, Day 10. No smiley face this morning, which is a good thing. The earliest we would do the IUI is Monday, so S will not be at risk of cutting his family visit short. I hope tomorrow is a negative, as well, so I don't have to go in for a monitoring appointment tomorrow morning by myself.
We are definitely excited to be trying some new things this time. I don't think I mentioned, however, that I went in for the first monitoring appointment last weekend and the doctor saw what he thought was a cyst on my left ovary. Damn left ovary. But he thought it would likely resolve, and that there was no health risk to going forward, so we decided to keep on keeping on. I hope the risk pays off, but there is a chance the IUI will be cancelled if the cyst interfered with ovarian stimulation. Fingers crossed!