You want to align your work with your purpose.

You’re on a noble quest, my friend. It’s worth it to find work that’s aligned with your sense of meaning.

You’re likely to spend upward of 90,000 hours of your life working. That’s roughly 1/3 of your life. Why not focus that time on worthwhile projects and causes that light you up?

Don’t get me wrong. Working with purpose doesn’t mean your work will be easy. It doesn’t mean you won’t have tough days or have to deal with challenging colleagues. It doesn’t mean rainbows and butterflies flow out of your keyboard. No. …

“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” -Carl Jung

Imagine you’re on your deathbed.

I know it’s morbid but stay with me. Take a deep breath.

What would be your biggest regret in life?

According to the book, The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying — A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing, by Bronnie Ware, a palliative care nurse, the #1 regret of the dying is “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”

How can you live a life “true to yourself?” What does that mean?

The first step of being true to yourself is…

“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.” ―Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Throughout history, visionary leaders used mastermind groups to accelerate their growth and sharpen their personal and professional skills. Is joining a mastermind right for you? This article will help you find out.

Let’s start with you. Does this scenario sound familiar?

Every day you jump from meeting to meeting. You efficiently plow through your mountain of work each day, knowing that the mountain will be the same height tomorrow. Task, meeting, task, meeting.

At the beginning of the year, you wrote down your personal goals. Maybe they’re in a journal, or on a sticky note somewhere in your office. But…

You’re searching for your best next professional step — a role that leverages your strengths, with an organization that you believe in, where you can work toward a fulfilling purpose.

Though the career journey is often filled with doubt, when you meet the right person at just the right moment, everything clicks into place. Honing your digital networking skills increases your odds of finding that person so you can take that career step you’ve been dreaming of.

Think of the moment when you’ll meet your next manager. They need your skills, energy, and passion. They are looking for you to fill a gap in their team!

The question is, how can you find them?

During the pandemic, digital relationship-building suddenly became more important than ever before.

If you’re used to handshakes, eye-contact, and in-person interviews, the screen in front of you might…

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Searching for your next professional step can be a disheartening process.

Whether you’re out of the job and actively searching, or you’re in a soul-sucking job trying to find a way out, you face a great challenge. In fact, studies show that job transitions are one of the top ten most stressful moments in a human’s life, up there with losing a loved one.

Some days you feel hopeful, maybe after a positive meeting, or upon finding a new role opening. Other days are crushing. Rejections, waiting to hear back from HR. …

Is it worth spending the resources this year to address lingering issues in your relationship with your significant other?

Building a fulfilling love relationship might be one of the biggest challenges you ever face.

It can also be one of life’s most rewarding pursuits.

When you choose to do the work, whether by engaging in a book like Dr. Sue Johnson’s Hold Me Tight, talking to a relationship coach or counselor, or having regular honest conversations with your partner, there are huge benefits:

  1. you become a better version of yourself by practicing new skills and qualities (like reliability, humility, and…

“If I were to summarize in one sentence the single most important principle I have learned in the field of interpersonal relations, it would be this: Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” -Dr. Stephen R. Covey

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In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey writes about listening in Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then To Be Understood.

He starts by sharing the four levels of listening:

  1. Ignoring the other person or pretending to listen (“sure…uh-huh…yeah….”)

2. Selective listening (when someone is going on and on…and on…and on…)

3. Attentive listening (paying attention to the words being said)

4. Empathetic listening

Let’s talk about the…

Recently my husband and I watched the film, Up in the Air, starring George Clooney as a professional corporate “downsizer.” The movie came out in December 2009, during the aftermath of the Great Recession.

It hit a tender nerve now as global unemployment rates spike due to COVID-19. The movie captures the pain of being fired — the sudden loss of security and dignity and the anxious uncertainty that follows.

To think of the millions of people experiencing this right now makes my heart cry.

But if you’ve seen the movie, you know it isn’t only about the doom and…

About your potential to live a happy, meaningful life…I have some bad news, and some good news.

THE BAD NEWS: Your brain wasn’t built for happiness. It was built to keep you safe. Your mind evolved with a negativity bias that continuously brings your attention to potential threats to your survival.

Your brain evolved to keep you safe from threats, not to make you happy. Photo: Pixabay, Pexels


Also, your thoughts are almost impossible to control. Thinking positively will always be an uphill battle, (though there are many ways to practice it.)

More yikes. Good news, please?

THE GOOD NEWS: There are infinite actions you can take to create happiness in your life!


As this…

Jealousy is a natural human emotion that surfaces in most every relationship.

Though painful for both people in a couple, jealousy doesn’t have to be a problem. In fact, the ability to talk openly about jealousy gives you an opportunity to build trust with your significant other.

Instead of avoiding jealousy and wishing it would go away, what if you could lean into it, explore it, and see it as an opportunity to learn something important about your relationship?

According to Jenni Skyler, Ph.D., LMFT, Director of The Intimacy Institute, as she’s quoted in The Oprah Magazine, jealousy is rooted…

Elise Dorsett

Professional Dev Coach. Argentine Tango Dancer. Writing on leadership, emotional intelligence, authentic relationships

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