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May 2014

Dear <<First Name>>:

Some of us are experiencing deep frustration and despair right now. Others are enjoying riding the waves of new opportunity and unlimited possibility. And most of us—feeling ever so hopeful about what’s to come—are dancing with both.
A long-time client, Julie, is really struggling. At the end of 2012, she left a high-paying, high-stress corporate training position, cashed out her 401K to fund a new business venture, and due to sluggish sales and poor timing, she is facing a possible home foreclosure.  And over the past few months, she’s also never felt more alive, more hopeful about her future and more excited about the possibilities she envisions down the road. Sound crazy?
Julie, along with millions of other Americans, is experiencing what is called polarity. And, they’re asking, “How is it possible to live with these extremes?” The concept of living with polarity is not new (from as far back as we can remember, we’ve been fascinated with the balance between light and dark, birth and death, love and hatred—polarity is everywhere).
Debra Wilton Kennedy with Polarity Pathways believes the polarity path—creating consciously from wholeness—is the key to unleashing enormous untapped potential. If we are able to hold opposite feelings and experiences: frustrations—that are very real—and our highest aspirations, we open ourselves up to a vast unknown of possibility. What I like to call, the great wide open (read more).
I encourage you to pause and be open to the unwrapped gifts you might be ignoring. Pull up two chairs and invite the extremes you’re experiencing to tea! What would they share? As you consider this theory, you might ask yourself:
  • What are the current polarities in my life/career/relationships?
  • Which end of the spectrum do I tend to gravitate towards (continuously hopeful/optimistic or chronically negative and discouraging)?
  • Am I comfortable holding these extremes in the same space or do I want them at opposite ends of the building?!
  • If I were to describe this dance (of extremes) would it be a Texas two-step, a foxtrot, the jitterbug, a waltz or Michael Jackson’s Thriller?
  • What opportunities might come forth from “being” with both extremes (i.e. shifts, new perspectives, ideas, etc.)?
As you examine areas of your life where polarities exist, consider what brilliant breakthroughs might be awaiting you if you’re willing to not just live with, but embrace these extremes. I’d love to hear your thoughts on how you come into balance around this theme on Renee’s life balance blog or on Facebook Live Inside Out community page. (We’d also love for you to “Like” our Career Strategists Facebook page!)

Warmly, Renee and Career Strategists Senior Coaches: Angela, Sarina and Debbie /512-459-6700
P.S. The Career Strategists coaching team—a boutique coaching firm based in Austin and serving clients worldwide via personal sessions, phone, Skype—has been supporting clients around the globe since 1999. We are incredibly grateful to do the work we do and find tremendous joy and satisfaction in knowing we have helped thousands of men/women find their calling and experience enhanced job satisfaction. Read some of our past newsletters here to learn more about our philosophy.

Upcoming career and work/life balance events:

  • May 1-31~ RTA-Certified Facilitator Training: Are you self-employed and interested in expanding your business beyond individual client work? Join an international community and receive training on how to facilitate self-renewal groups/retreats/ teleclasses for women based on the award-winning The Mother's Guide to Self-RenewalLearn more. Or, click here to find a Personal Renewal Group in your area. *Offering $100 off training certification through May 31st!
  • Mother's Guide to Self-Renewal Online Experience ~ a self-study telecourse. Learn more 
  • New Way of Being: Learning to Go with the Flow self-study telecourseLearn more
  • May 5-11 "2014 Year-of-Self-Care Mother's Day Giveaway" Compliments of Renee Trudeau & Associates. Includes a week-long Self-Renewal Retreat at Omega Institute (total value $2700.) Details here
  • May 9th 12-1:30 Self-Care for Entrepreneurs ~ A workshop at  Soma Vida, Austin, TX. Learn more
  • June 20-22 ~ A New Way of Being: Women's Self-Renewal Retreat at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Lenox, MA. Tap into the transformative power of self-care to nourish your body, heart and soul. Learn to integrate self-renewal strategies into your daily life, slow down and access your Wise Self and step into a New Way of Being. Led by nationally-recognized career/life balance expert, coach and author Renee Trudeau at beautiful Kripalu. Ideal for women in career/life transition. Details here
  • September 22-26 ~ Putting Yourself First: The Ultimate Self-Care Retreat at Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, NY. Learn more. 

Career Management Tip

What is the number one reason employees are underpaid? They never ask for a raise! Don't assume you can't have what you want. Whether it telecommuting, a raise or promotion, subsidized childcare, employer-paid tuition, or flexible hours, it's your responsibility to do your homework and put together a reasonable quest for what you want. If your proposal involves creating a new company policy, do your research and present a similar plan that company XYZ has successfully implemented. Don't be afraid to ask for what you want. You have nothing to lose and you may be surprised at the outcome! 
Hectic schedule? Try phone or email coaching

Need quick help preparing for your next annual performance review, an interview, resources for starting a new business, assistance jump starting your job search or creating more balance in your life? Consider setting up a phone or email coaching session. Convenient, personalized and affordable. Clients say phone/email coaching is highly effective and a great way to get laser-feedback on very specific career, small business or work/life balance issues.

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  • Strategic career planning and management assistance
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  • Offer email coaching support to all of our clients who purchase career packages and typically respond to our clients' questions within 24 hours
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  • Create special exercises just for our clients to help them gain greater clarity and focus while navigating their career path
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