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4 Career Change Tips I Wish Someone Had Told Me

Looking for career change tips? I wish someone had shared these with me when I was leaving my career as a teacher! Click through for 4 work tips that you might not hear elsewhere!

This post is brought to you by a job you actually like, a decent paycheck, the letter F, and The Forté Foundation

I knew it was time to change careers when I found a cockroach floating in my coffee cup.

At the time, I was working as an ESL teacher at a non-profit. I worked in a not-particularly-great neighborhood in a crumbling building that, apparently, had a cockroach problem.

Now, I should tell you that I loved the teaching part of being a teacher. I loved sharing insights, leading conversations, finding new ways to communicate an idea.

But there is SO MUCH MORE to being a classroom teacher than, ya know, teaching.

There are curriculum committees and budget issues and test prep. There are concerns about students’ safety and well-being. In my specific situation, there were concerns about cockroaches in the break room (!!!!)

When the cockroach appeared in my coffee cup, I’d been blogging for a few years. I’d been getting a slow but steady trickle of emails asking for help with writing, social media, and marketing.

It was the turning point when I decided that it was time to get serious about changing careers. I knew I needed to learn some new skills and make the leap from education to self-employment.

Many of us have had our own cockroach-in-the-coffee moment.

Maybe yours is working at 2 am on a Sunday or having a boss who belittles you. Maybe it’s 200 travel days a year or discovering you earn 60 percent of what your male counterparts earn.

Whatever it is that’s turning your eyes towards greener career pastures, I want you to know that changing careers is totally, totally possible—but you want to be smart about planning your next move.

4 career change tips I wish someone had told me

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How To Write For Your Business But Sound Like A Human

This post is brought to you by sales copy you actually want to read, coffee, the letter W, and We Write You

Have you ever found yourself reading the back of a shampoo bottle and chuckling? Or laughing over a product description and forwarding it to your friend? Or reading a sales page and looking behind you because you’re thinking “HOW ARE YOU TALKING DIRECTLY TO ME???”

You have? Congrats! You’ve encountered sales copy that sounds like a human! It is rare and not unlike spotting a unicorn in the wild.

The fact that fun, engaging, human-sounding copy is so rare makes it about a million more effective than jargon-filled corporate mumbo jumbo. We Write You can teach you how to write like a human and  get past your fears about “being appropriate” online.

And if you’d like a bit of honest feedback on your writing? They’ll look at your stuff and give it to you. For free.

And if you’re thinking, “That’s cool and everything, but I’m too busy to even write my own stuff” – they can help with that, too! Their copywriting packages are A BARGAIN. Go check ’em out!

Yes & Yes runs two sponsored posts each month. Thank you for supporting the businesses that make this blog possible!

Reminder: You can be imperfect, successful, and happy simultaneously

This post is brought to you by a voice that shakes but speaks the truth anyway, newfound confidence, the letter G, and Gwendolyn Weston

I had the idea for Yes & Yes in April of 2008. But if you scroll allllll the way back, you’ll see that I didn’t publish the first post till September.

Why? Because I spent six months – 180 days – worrying about my blog template, obsessing over fonts, and generally hiding in perfectionism. I thought if I could make everything perfect, I’d be immediately successful. I thought that if I did everything “right” I wouldn’t experience the things that other fledgling bloggers experienced.

I wish I could go back in time and introduce 2008 Sarah to Gwen Weston.

Gwen writes (and coaches) about how we Type-A types can show up for uncertainty. She writes about how failure builds confidence and how we should all learn that it’s okay to speak imperfectly. She’s a lovely, refreshing antidote to perfectionism.

There’s that oft-quoted aphorism about shipping products from LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, “If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” I wonder if the same applies to putting yourself out there.

Because I’ve realized that I hadn’t really discovered the depths of my resilience until I put myself in uncertain and vulnerable situations. That only by giving a shaky talk at a meet-up, by hosting an event with low turnout, by releasing an app that no one used did I learn to actually believe I could move past the stumbles and failures of vulnerable situations. Counter-intuitively, it seems that failure builds confidence.

Yes & Yes runs a two sponsored posts each month. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who help make Yes & Yes possible!

You spend 2,080 hours a year working. You probably shouldn’t hate it.

This post is brought to you by Mondays that don’t suck, a clean break room, the letter G, and Gracie Miller


If overheard conversations are any sort of measurement, many of us are suffering from is-this-it-itus. 

In the last month, I’ve eavesdropped on at least five sets of friends discussing the fact that they
a) hate their jobs
b) thought they’d be happier once they got that raise/promotion/corner office
c) aren’t quite sure how they ended up with this career but it feels too hard to change now

Are you grimacing in self-recognition? Were you the cute brunette sitting in the corner at the Caribou Coffee in Richfield talking about your total lack of job satisfaction?

The good news is you’re not alone and help is available in the form of Gracie Miller.

Gracie helps people figure out what they really want, leave jobs they hate, and find jobs they love – whether in person or over the phone.

She writes about what happens when you get the job you thought you wanted … and you hate it. She’ll teach you how to deal when you’re are worried about leaving a job because it’ll inconvenience people or need career clarity.

Gracie’s work is smart, kind, and immediately implementable. Schedule a free, 30-minute consult call with her to see how she can help you!

Yes & Yes runs two sponsored posts each month. Thanks for supporting the people who make this blog possible!

An unexpected winter style tip + The right people to help you pull it off

This post is brought to you by a stylish winter wardrobe, bright colors, the letter W, and We Love Colors

fashion bloggers who have the winter-in-tights situation figured out

A few years ago, I was interviewing a fashion blogger based in Anchorage, Alaska. As we wrapped up the interview, I asked if she had any cold-weather specific style tips to share.

Now, I was only half-listening because I’m a third-generation Minnesotan. I thought I knew all the winter style tricks. I didn’t, because she floored me with this:

“I keep wearing my dresses well into winter; I just double up on tights. I’ll wear tights in a solid color under a pair of patterned tights. It keeps me surprisingly warm, helps me extend my wardrobe, and I get tons of compliments.” 

Whaaaat?! GEN.I.US.

If you’re living someplace Winter-y (or you just love tights), I’d like to introduce you to We Love Colors and their amazing tights.

We Love Colors makes great tights AND they’re a great company. They’re a family-run, US-based company. Their tights start at $8. They carry sizes that fit people up to 500 pounds and they’ve partnered with style bloggers of every size, age, gender, and race.

Inclusivity! Great prices! Stretch! What’s not to love?!

They even made us a free shipping code: YESTOWLC, good through February 28th. Give ’em a try!

Reminder: marketing doesn’t have to be complicated or soul-sucking

This post is brought to you by a business you actually like running, marketing that doesn’t feel gross, the letter R, and Red Slice.

 

When you talk to your self-employed or business-owning friends, what complaints do you hear most often?

If your friends are anything like mine, we’re constantly grumbling over our coffee about

  • How complicated marketing can be (funnels! 17 different social media platforms! analytics!)
  • How sellingsellingselling feels skeezy and gross

If you’ve had that conversation a million times, I’d like you to meet my friend and collaborator of 6+ years Maria Ross.

Maria will teach you how to focus on the parts of your business that matter and tune out the other stuff. She’ll teach you how to plan to your purpose (not just a list of marketing tactics). Most importantly, she’ll teach you how to create a simple marketing plan that actually brings you joy (!!!!).

The truth is, marketing doesn’t have to be complicated and selling things doesn’t have to feel gross. Promise. If you’re struggling with either of those things, check Maria out. She can help!