You are the Art & the Artist

Everything is a construct including you.

You are the art and the artist.

If you are a grown independent person and don’t like something about yourself or your life, don’t passively flop like a fish out of water in the face of challenges.

Find what you can change and start changing it!

  • Ditch a toxic friend or relative.
  • Retrain for a new career. 
  • Paint your nails a new color.
  • Whatever. 

Take the first step to a better life.

The longer that you marinate in unhappiness, learned helplessness, and regret, the more comfortable you will get in the rut. It will be easier to justify your inaction as more of your life slips away. You’ll find all the reasons why you can’t do it. You’ll pointedly ignore all the examples of people with the same disadvantages as you who said F that noise and just DID WHAT THEY WANTED ANYWAY.

It will become easier to blame everyone and everything because you didn’t get your own shizzle together.

Buck up, buttercup!

I did the same thing- oh, I am too LGBT, grew up poor, I went to a bad school, women shouldn’t travel solo, etc etc etc.

Let me tell you the bitter truth from my own experience… Your excuses will choke you because it’s not about your circumstances at the end of the day.

You could win the lottery tomorrow and still end up broke and unhappy, as so many lottery winners do, until you do the deep work on yourself and for yourself.

It’s on you, boo boo.

Too often people get caught up in the things that they cannot change. They overlook what is in their own power. Don’t accept defeat so easy.

There is always something that you can change in your life from your hair to your location.

You are responsible for your own happiness.


No one else can make happiness happen for you. That’s an inside job.

It’s that easy and that hard.

Your life can be a masterpiece. Just pick up the brush. 🖌️

Keep Pushing

It felt impossible.

I didn’t know if I would make it.

Hell, I didn’t even know anyone in real life who had made it.

Not the Rock of Guatape in my blog picture, those 659 steps up and 659 back down were doable.

I am talking about when I started my career change journey nearly two years ago with the goal of finally cracking the code of online work.

I needed to get out of Tucson- too many ghosts, too little opportunity.

Plus, I already knew that my nonprofit grant wouldn’t get renewed in the political climate of the time.

I have been on that roller coaster of budget cuts, grant funding, and my income being at the mercy of eternal forces.

I was sick of it.

And since I was thoroughly burnt out from my job with high-needs, high-risk clients, I was literally sick and tired of being sick and tired.

I had a full-time job, a part-time job, and I was implementing everything that I could in an intensive business course. Social life… eh, I didn’t have one.

But to be honest, I didn’t have much of one before because I was constantly fatigued and stressed out.

I had been a career specialist for years already with a proven track record with my clients. I also wrote a career course for a tech bootcamp that became the main selling point that brought in enough money to make the startup profitable!

I had done that for others… why not for me?

Working on my new business, I had a dream to focus on. That gave me energy. Each thing that I implemented gave me a jolt. Instead of busting my hump for someone else, all my efforts went to me and my future.

My mind was half in the real world and half in my dream of traveling the world and running an online business.

I might have had a pie-in-the-sky goal but I made sure that I pursued a very practical plan of diversifying my income streams from a stable long-term startup contract to passive income courses.

Every step, every day, my journey got less cloudy and more solid.

When I started, it seemed impossible… then after 4 months of consistent and persistent work, I gave my two week notice and left Tucson only two days after I cleaned out my desk

In the nearly two years since then, I have worked with hundreds of job seekers, traveled to ten countries, and given live talks on three continents.

All epic journeys feel impossible… until you start walking the path with courage and determination.

Don’t forget- kickstart your career, kickstart your life!