Feel fabulous about
your career!

Sometimes you need a different
kind of career support.

The traditional way of mapping your career can often leave quirky or global-minded people feeling out of sync and lost.

If you are struggling with feeling out of place because you march to a different beat, if people underestimate you because you present yourself a little differently, if people make snap judgments about you because of your tattoos, piercings, clothes, or hair, you are not alone!

It is my mission to help funky, original, global-minded individuals find meaningful work, or more joy within the work they already have.

Quirky, creative, and international types deserve success, too!

What I love to do

my passion is helping people like you

I can help you:

  • Decide whether to stay at a job or leave it
  • Reinvent yourself after you leave a job
  • Choose a new career path
  • Evaluate opportunities in the world of work
  • Identify career obstacles
  • Stop being the victim of job market circumstance and take charge of your own life!

Learn to:

  • Find jobs you really want
  • Apply for those jobs
  • Interview for those jobs
  • Negotiate a salary you feel good about

Success Stories

kind words from some of my wonderful clients

News & Info

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Vocation versus avocation

According to Grammarist, a vocation is a calling, an occupation, or a large undertaking for which one is especially suited. It can be roughly synonymous with career or profession, though vocation connotes a seriousness or a commitment that these words don’t always bear. Keep reading at shorturl.at/nqvwT   An avocation is something done in addition to one’s…

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Hating your boss, part 2

Okay, I’ve outlined some major reasons for bad bosses, and I’m sure there are dozens more, including just the fact that some jobs are stressful and that we all have different communication styles.  But enough about that! Let’s get to some strategies to help you manage a bad manager.   First of all, it’s important…

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Do you hate your boss?

Do you hate your boss?  I’ve certainly been there—I suspect most of us have! And just to warn you, I have a lot to say here, so this will be a 4-part series.  Be sure to check Thursday and next week for all my tips on surviving a bad boss.   Work is hard enough…

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Do the holidays make you feel stressed and anxious?  You’re not alone!  Here are some tips for getting through the season. Take a few seconds to breathe. Inhale slowly and deeply, exhale slowly and deeply.  I find it most effective to do three or 4 times.  Repeat as necessary. Investigate a mindfulness practice. Some apps…

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You do you

On Tuesday, I talked about changing perceptions of acceptable professional presentation.  But while I’m certainly seeing some improvements in acceptance of self-expression some arenas, some are sadly still lacking. For instance, having hair that’s “too Black” can be a major barrier to success, particularly in more conservative fields.  (See, for example http://www.takepart.com/article/2016/04/13/what-perception-professional-hair-means-black-job-seekers/)  People who are…

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Freak Flag

Freak Flag My friend Iana has an amazing hair studio in Austin called Freakflag by Iana (seriously, if you’re in the Austin area, check it out!  https://www.freakflagbyiana.com/) and I’ve been thinking a lot about what that means in terms of the world of work.  Can you really be your artsy, quirky self at work? New…

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Last time, we talked about time and how you spend it.  I see so many people just getting by, day to day, hour by hour.  And I really don’t want that for you.  I don’t want that for you even if we’ve never met.  Because I know that you have gifts to offer the world,…

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If you live in a place that fell back this weekend, I hope you’re feeling particularly well-rested.  The time change got me thinking about time and how we choose to spend it, as well as about how I wish I could explain it to my dogs.  (The adorably obnoxious pre-dinner song and dance is now…

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Lots of speaking engagements coming up!

Hi everyone, and thanks for checking in.  I have lots of speaking engagements coming, up, and I wanted to let you all know about them. On Thursday, August 23, I will be hosting a free webinar through the Japan Exchange & Teaching Program Alumni  Association.  If you are a JET alum, check the Facebook page…

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Resume basics: part 1

Is there any topic more boring and overdone than resumes?  Google “resume basics” and you’ll get so many results that you won’t even know where to start, and how on earth are you supposed to know who the writers are and whether you can trust their advice? Well I am here to help you out! …

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What is work autonomy and why does it matter?

Hi all.  Today I want to talk a little about autonomy at work.  You will find something about this on pretty much every work values quiz, and for good reason.  While there isn’t necessarily a standardized definition of measure of autonomy at work, I’m defining it as a measure of control over your own decisions…

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Welcome to Career Catalyst

Are you looking for a career path?  Do you need a change? Have an interview coming up that’s making you nervous?  I can help!  Please contact me to schedule an individual or group appointment, in person or via Skype.

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