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July 2014

Dear <<First Name>>

My family is thinking of moving to a different area of Austin. This is part of a larger plan we’re piecing together around how we want to work, play, connect, foster community, generate revenue and “be” in the second half of our life. (Read more about making hard life choices from my life balance blog.)
We’re doing this slowly, intentionally and purposefully, and there’s a lot more inner work happening around this decision right now, than outer work.
I rolled very differently in the first 30 years of my life. I often made decisions–such as buying a house, a new dress or a car, accepting a work assignment, taking a trip–because an opportunity was presented to me, it was something I thought I should do, or I got caught up in the momentum of doing and never questioned, “Why?”
I was living more outside-in, than inside-out. Looking back now, I realize I often created more work for myself than was necessary because I rarely stopped to ask, “What do I *really* want?” I was too caught up in not missing the train.
One definition of intention is “An anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions.”
To live intentionally, we have to first know what we really want. What we most desire. We have to be willing to ask and sit with big life questions. And for me, that means lots of belly button gazing and a commitment to living life from the inside-out (read more). It requires me to question rather than follow conventions and preconceived ideas of how things should be … and to continually turn inward, before I leap.
Some of the questions we’re asking right now as we consider this move (which is bigger than just buying a new home) are:
  • What do we ultimately hope to accomplish through this action?
  • Is there another way our desired outcome can be accomplished? What are we not seeing?
  • What do we want our living situation to look like in one year? In six years (when my son graduates)?
  • How can we do this in a way that is most supportive to our family?
  • Where/how/who do we need to tap for help and support?
  • What is my Wise Self (my inner guidance) telling me about this proposed action? 
I believe my external world is a reflection of my inner landscape. That means regular weeding, pruning, tilling and watering are essential to clearing away internal clutter so I can hear what most needs to be heard and ensure that important action blossoms from a place of clear intention. Living intentionally also means that I’m mindful and protective of how and when I use my energy and I remember that just because I can … doesn’t always mean I should.

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:

  • July 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 July 31st!
  • September 11-October 9, 2014 ~ Permission Granted: The Art of Extreme Self-Care A new, *live* telecourse with Renee, Thursdays at noon September 11,18, Oct. 2, 9 (recordings available). Are you tired of living status quo and ready to create a life that nourishes you inside and out? Are you craving high-level mentoring and authentic, meaningful connection with like-minded women? Learn the advanced art/science of self-renewal and receive support for naming and claiming the life you truly desire. Space is limited; early bird rate through July 31st. Register here. 
  • 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
  • September 22-26 ~ Putting Yourself First: The Ultimate Self-Care Retreat at Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, NY. Learn more. 
  • October 24-26 ~ New Way of Being: Women's Self-Renewal Retreat at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Lenox, MA. Learn more.

Career Management Tip

In the new economy, employees who can operate cross-functinally score high. Acquiring new skills sets is one of the best ways to quickly increase your marketability on the job. Determine the skills that would best complement your career plan and interests. Put together a list highlighting what you'd like to learn and approach your supervisor about trying out these new responsibilities over the next six to twelve months. Collaborating with a coworker on an interesting project, leading a new product team, or registering for a class, training course or e-learning program are all excellent ways to enhance your skill base. 
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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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