Intervention: When Your To-Do List Is Running You

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Who doesn’t love a girls’ night every now and then? It’s an opportunity to escape reality for a few hours, feeling rejuvenated by laughter and heart-to-heart conversations. But at my last girls’ night out, we never made it to such subjects. As we scraped the last of the tiramisu from our dessert plates, we were still trapped in our own heads, reciting all of our stresses in a series of echoes: My to-do list is running my life. You should see MINE – I can’t say no to anything! Me neither. My coaching practice is full but I keep taking on new clients… And I just agreed to sit on the board of a new organization…. That’s a lot of work…I sit on five different … Read More

Networking is Giving

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I completed my undergraduate degree at the height of the recession and dove right into grad school to escape the nightmares of the job market… But then I finished my Master’s program, and had to face it. Without that protective umbrella I felt exposed and uncertain about the best way to get my career started. Fortunately, the people I’d met throughout my years in college, undergrad internships, and my graduate program were great resources to me as I began mapping out my future. What surprised me the  most, however, was how much strangers would help me in my career. This was when I realized that my network is my golden ticket in life. Networking can be intimidating for a number of reasons: people are shy; they don’t know what … Read More

Wake Up!

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“It’s been said that when the student is ready, the teacher will appear– and that’s true. It is also true that when the student is ready, teachers appear everywhere.” -Ron & Mary Hulnick I hit a point in my early career where I felt completely empty. I was yearning for more in my life — particularly in my work. I wanted clarity, and I craved a mission. I had spent years chasing goals that looked sparkly on the outside, and with each accomplishment met, I hardly celebrated myself. It was as though I maintained an invisible to do list that never ended. If anything, these accomplishments only served as a discussion piece at dinner parties and DC cocktail hours, but I felt empty. I watched other achievers … Read More

Breaking Your Career Narrative

Blog PostsAshley Stahl

Nothing is more powerful than one’s desire to continue self identifying. We subconsciously decide who we are, and we commit to living in this box that potentially restricts us from fully stepping into our vastness, who we truly are. Here are three truths about the inner experience: 1. Someone’s experience with you has absolutely nothing to do with who you are. Their experience with you is just that: theirs. Overall, nothing is truly personal. (For more on this idea, I recommend you read The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz) 2. You are not your thoughts. With roughly 70,000 thoughts each day (98% of which are repeated), it’s tempting to buy into each and every thought. This is simply a misunderstanding. You’re not your thoughts. Think of them like clouds in … Read More