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  • 07/22/2021 - Kori Burkholder 0 Comments
    A Creative Journey Towards Launching a Dream Into a Reality

    Missing from Wendi’s life and career was excitement, appreciation and meaningful connections to people. When I first met Wendi she shared,”I've been where I am so long and never thought about how to articulate what skills I bring to the table or what environment I’d like to be in”.

     
     

     
    As our work evolved she was able to decipher how she wanted to grow at work and what she wanted to take on next in her life. She said,”It was good to go through that reflection. At work, I’ve taken on more of a leadership role. I’m more objective, anticipate the needs of others and communicate in such a way that's not intimidating. I feel wiser!”

     
     

     
    After we did the Future Self visualization Wendi came out of it and burst out with excitement and conviction,”I want to create an experience for children and adults that educates them on “‘life is a performance.”

     
     

     
    She sat back and reflected on the words now that they had escaped from her mind and mouth and were now out there in the world.

     
     

     
    I told her,”I hear you! It’s so loud and clear.”

     
     

     
    She laughed and her shoulders relaxed and said ,”that thought is no longer held prisoner, but I’m also scared. This is real.”

     
     

     
    It is real because she declared it! I heard her. We explored the depths of where this desire came from and what it really means to her. It was in fact, REAL. The secret was out and it was time to tell others about it, too. I encouraged her to start sharing it with her family and friends as much as possible. Our words make it a reality and opportunities show up as people hear us.

     
     

     
    And of course she’s scared! She’s heading into new territory. Thoughts like, “how am I going to pull this off with my day job? I have to write it. I have to find a place to hold it, find the actors, do the readings, market it, make a website, fill the seats, etc.”

     
     

     
    Her Inner critics automatically perked up and say,”RED ALERT!! Time to go on duty! A new experience is on the horizon. We don’t want to see Wendi get hurt, embarrassed and fail. We must keep her safe and find all the reasons in the book to keep her safe at her job. We can’t let her rock the boat.”

     
     

     
    And on and on they will go!

     
     

     
    Having a plan usually tames the Inner Critics. So Wendi and I got to work. We worked on the more tactile pieces of building a solid 12 month plan.

     
     

     
    6 months later she wrote and produced and successfully launched her first Off Broadway play. 6 months after that she left her 20+ year career in Sales, found a new less demanding job so she could launch her 2nd Off Broadway play to a sold out audience!

     
     

     
    Reflecting back on the year she shares, “Overall, I have a more positive mindset and I learned how to work against a deadline in theatre with a whole new outlook on life. I have the confidence to make decisions and be ok with those decisions and not be afraid that it won't work. I feel calmer and less stressed because now I’m fine with watching the process naturally unfold”.

     
     

     
    Having a Big Vision is meant to inspire you as big and small challenges come up. In declaring it to others holds you accountable and I know that you stay true to your word!

     
     

     
    For Wendi, there were times during the year where the venue fell through or an actor didn’t show up for rehearsal or a producer pulled funding.

     
     

     
    She said that she would frequently refer back to her Big Vision,”I want to create an experience for children and adults that educates them on “‘life is a performance”, which inspired her to keep going despite the challenges.

     
     

     
    Wendi started declaring it to anyone who'd listen and sure enough, she found a business partner. That was it, game on!

     
     

     
    “Before, doing theater just lived in my mind until I just decided to do it. Of course there was a fear, but I learned to work through it. The need to do theatre had finally been validated”.

     
     

     
    Having a big vision lights the way especially In times of doubt when the Inner Critics gets really loud, a place to come back to for inspiration and when you need that extra burst of energy.

     
     

     
    Declaring the Big Vision to others opens up new possibilities with whoever you share it with.

     
     

     
    Wendi shares about her journey,”I am so proud of myself and I have a new life and it’s definitely not what I thought it would be of a year ago!”

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  • 03/29/2021 - Kori Burkolder 0 Comments
    4 Tips: Setting Boundaries At Work

     

    If you don't set boundaries at work you will constantly feel overworked, stressed and even resentful towards your manager or company, which takes a huge toll on your physical, mental health and your overall wellbeing.

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  • 12/05/2020 - Kori Burkholder 0 Comments
    How Knowing Your Life Purpose Can Impact Your Next Career Move

    How knowing your life purpose can impact your next career move


    I had a phone call with an early career professional woman who’s been in the same office job for a few years. 
     
    She says she feels like she’s in limbo, she’s just there for the paycheck and at the end of every day she feels unfulfilled and purpose less.
     
    I asked her what’s stopping her from finding her dream job and she said that she needs to figure out her skills and she’s starting off with zero ideas for what she wants to do next.
     
    The problem here is that she has no idea what she wants to do so figuring out her skillset is not the best use of her time right now.  
     
    Before we do that we’ve got to go deeper, much deeper! 
     
    She needs to understand who she is at the core and identify her life purpose. 
     
    Think that sounds too woo-woo? Hold on, let me explain.
     
    Discovering your life purpose is going to help navigate and steer the ship towards a more fulfilling life and career.
     
    I’ve been inspired by a book recently written by Richard J. Leider called The Power of Purpose: Creating Meaning In Your Life and Work  and he says,”purpose has a way of ordering time and energies around itself; that is the real power behind purpose! It often involves refocusing our work in order to bring out our talents and full potential”. 
     
    Your life purpose is about who you are, not what you do. It’s your reason for being and the impact you are having in others lives and on the world you live in.  

    Getting clear about your life purpose can be a powerful guide and driver towards what you really want from your work life. 

    And it can raise the stakes considerably and make you feel very powerful and committed to living your life on purpose.
     
    When you understand your life purpose you’re going to be drawn to careers that match your purpose and values and THEN around your favorite skills, strengths and experience.
     
    Think about it like a pyramid. Your Life Purpose and Values are the foundation and then you start building upwards from there. Your Ideal Life and Career is built upon:
     

    • Compensation/Reward
    • Ideal Organization & Environment
    • Ideal Working Day
    • Professional Experience
    • Favorite Skills & Professional Strengths
    • Interests and Passions

    Life Purpose and Values 
    Going about it this way you are going to avoid making the wrong career choice (again). It wipes away doubts because you’re building a life and career build upon this strong foundation
     
    This is how you build a purpose driven career, my friend! It just takes some deep inner work to get to the clarity and once you have clarity you can build the plan to get you there! 
     
    Here are a few prompts to get you thinking about your life purpose:

    1. If I won the lottery today, how would I choose to spend my time?
    2. What gets me out of bed in the morning?
    3. What kind of legacy do I want to leave behind?
    4. What do others often say about me? 

    Watch this video for more tips. In my example in the video, I explain how I’ve built my career around my life purpose statement which is helping people turn their dreams into a reality. I do that in my career coaching and I do that in all of my creative endeavors. That’s what gets me up and out of bed in the morning! The question for you now is: What gets you out of bed in the morning?

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    P.S. And, whenever you’re ready… here are 4 ways we can help you get unstuck and grow your purpose driven career:

    1. Watch a free Masterclass: Clarify the fastest path to land a more fulfilling and purposeful career & beyond. Identify any limiting beliefs and self sabotage patterns so that you start creating an inspiring vision of your future dream career plus learn how to implement the 4-step game plan our clients are using to create a career that they actually look forward to everyday and a solid plan to achieve it. Watch the free Masterclass right here>>> Click Here

    2. Download my “Purpose Driven Career Quiz” workbook: If you’re struggling to figure out what you want to do next career-wise, then download my new workbook “Purpose Driven Career Quiz” to see just how far (or how close!) you are to landing a purpose driven career!>>> Click Here  

    3. Join our FREE Purpose Driven Careers Facebook Group and connect with other driven professionals who are learning how to make the impact, earn the income, and create the freedom they desire in their life and career>>> Click Here

    4. Work with me privately: If you’d like to work directly with me to build a career of your dreams… just schedule your complimentary Career Strategy Breakthrough Call with me so we can clarify your fastest path to finding and landing your dream role and create a strategy for you to make it happen… Apply for your FREE call with me here>>> Click Here To Apply

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  • 12/05/2020 - Kori Burkholder 0 Comments
    How To Link Your Values To Unwanted Tasks

    How To Link Your Values To Unwanted Tasks

    I don’t know about you, but I’m not crazy about all the things I have to do in my job, especially analytics! 

    I’ve run away from it for most of my career by either having an analytics team do it for me or I’d find a willing co-worker who could help me with it.

    But, now that I have my own business I can’t run and hide anymore. I’ve realized that I have to learn this skill so that eventually I can hire and train someone else to do it for me. 

    How did I overcome the resistance and transform my mindset?

    I linked my values, bigger vision and life purpose to analytics! When you can link the task to something bigger outside of yourself, it will give it more meaning and purpose, which ultimately creates more flow and less resistance. 

    Learning analytics is going to allow me to grow my business, be more efficient with time and money so that I can serve more young professionals! 

    This calmed me down enough to get back to the spreadsheet with a refreshed state of mind. 

    Is there is a task or project at work (or life or business) that you want to run away and hide from?  I suggest checking in with your values, your bigger vision and life purpose to see how you can link them to the task or project at hand.

     
    Watch this video to see how I did it.


     

     
    P.S. And, whenever you’re ready… here are 4 ways we can help you get unstuck and grow your purpose driven career:

    1. Watch a free Masterclass: Clarify the fastest path to land a more fulfilling and purposeful career & beyond. Identify any limiting beliefs and self sabotage patterns so that you start creating an inspiring vision of your future dream career plus learn how to implement the 4-step game plan our clients are using to create a career that they actually look forward to everyday and a solid plan to achieve it. Watch the free Masterclass right here>>> Click Here

    2. Download my “Purpose Driven Career Quiz” workbook: If you’re struggling to figure out what you want to do next career-wise, then download my new workbook “Purpose Driven Career Quiz” to see just how far (or how close!) you are to landing a purpose driven career!>>> Click Here

    3. Join our FREE Purpose Driven Careers Facebook Group and connect with other driven professionals who are learning how to make the impact, earn the income, and create the freedom they desire in their life and career>>> Click Here

    4. Work with me privately: If you’d like to work directly with me to build a career of your dreams… just schedule your complimentary Career Strategy Breakthrough Call with me so we can clarify your fastest path to finding and landing your dream role and create a strategy for you to make it happen… Apply for your FREE call with me here>>> Click Here To Apply

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  • 11/17/2020 - Kori Burkholder 0 Comments
    How Self Reflection Can Create More Confidence and Inspiration During a Career Transition

    How Self Reflection Can Create More Confidence and Inspiration During a Career Transition

     

    Are you currently wanting to pursue a new career path, but not feeling confident in yourself or is your future career vision unclear?

    The first step towards gaining clarity in the career puzzle is taking some time to reflect on your career journey so far so you can fully appreciate and learn from the up’s and down’s.

    To start career reflecting you can yourself questions like:

    • What were the qualities within me that drove me forward during the stressful times?
    • When was a time I "failed", but got right back up again? What qualities were within me that keep me going? What motivated me?
    • What were some big wins that I achieved at work that made me feel confident in my abilities?

    Take some time to look at each life and career transition under a microscope and try to understand the lessons learned from lows and highs, the failures, successes and wins. If you  don’t take time to do this before you make a change, you will:

    – risk making the wrong career choice again, running from one bad situation into another.

    – not fully appreciate all that you’ve accomplished and miss the opportunity to gain insight and confidence in yourself, your skills, strengths and natural abilities.

    – be less able to evaluate new opportunities if you don’t understand how you reacted to past opportunities.

    – be less likely to develop your career in the way you want to, especially if you don’t understand the experience you have had and what you’ve learned about what you like and don’t like.

    Click here to watch the video:

    To your future,

    Kori

    Founder & Head Career Coach at Purpose Driven Careers

    P.S. And, whenever you’re ready… here are 4 ways we can help you get unstuck and grow your purpose driven career:

     
    1. Watch a free Masterclass: Clarify the fastest path to land a more fulfilling and purposeful career & beyond. Identify any limiting beliefs and self sabotage patterns so that you start creating an inspiring vision of your future dream career plus learn how to implement the 4-step game plan our clients are using to create a career that they actually look forward to everyday and a solid plan to achieve it. Watch the free Masterclass right here>>> Click Here 
     
    2. Download my "Purpose Driven Career Quiz" workbook: If you’re struggling to figure out what you want to do next career-wise, then download my new workbook "Purpose Driven Career Quiz" to see just how far (or how close!) you are to landing a purpose driven career!>>> Click Here 
     
    3. Join our FREE Purpose Driven Careers Facebook Group and connect with other driven professionals who are learning how to make the impact, earn the income, and create the freedom they desire in their life and career>>>  Click Here
     
    4. Work with me privately: If you’d like to work directly with me to build a career of your dreams… just schedule your complimentary Career Strategy Breakthrough Call with me so we can clarify your fastest path to finding and landing your dream role and create a strategy for you to make it happen… Apply for your FREE call with me here>>> Click Here To Apply
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  • 09/04/2020 - Kori Burkholder 0 Comments
    Purpose Driven Career Case Study: Katelyn’s Career Change From Law Into Chief of Staff

    Purpose Driven Career Case Study: Katelyn’s Career Change From Law Into Chief of Staff

    Katelyn knew she wanted to change careers from Law into something more meaningful and less stressful, but was unclear on what that could be. During the career exploration phase she started her own side hustle, helping sober New Yorkers find interesting and fun things to do that doesn’t revolve around alcohol. (@soberinnyc)

    Through the Career Clarity Method, she was able to boil all these career ideas down into one viable career direction that feels aligned with her values, skills and future vision.

    Katelyn shares, "I went into the program really trying to figure out what I wanted to do next. I was practicing law at the time and after about nine years between law school and working in the legal field, I knew that it wasn’t the right environment for me and the type of work I wanted to do. The day-to-day work and the structure of working in a law firm was stressful and most days I felt like I was going to have a panic attack. I was also bored with the work itself – the legal field hasn’t evolved much in decades, and a lot of the work is monotonous – sitting in your office alone writing, with little interaction with people. I couldn’t imagine doing it forever. I wanted something that was more dynamic and creative! I knew I wanted to do something different, but law isn’t a career that’s easy to transition out of because it’s so specific.

    The only concern I had going in was making sure that I could figure out what I wanted to do next. Over the past six months working with Kori, I figured out exactly the direction I want to go! I’m now crafting a position for a company as a Chief of Staff to support their leadership team where I can do more creative work with leadership, while bringing in the skills I’ve used as a lawyer. I’ve also started a new Instagram in the sobriety community in New York (@soberinnyc), which has helped me narrow down companies I want to work for, like non-alcoholic beverage brands and modern recovery programs. In addition, I hope to franchise my favorite yoga studio to bring it to New York, which feels more realistic now that I’m not tied down to working in a law firm. I’m feeling more confident connecting with people in these fields and sharing my ideas and plans for what’s next; whereas before I wasn’t really talking about it because I was so wrapped up in my legal career that I didn’t know where to start. I don’t feel any guilt or regret about saying I don’t want to practice law, which feels so freeing!

    If you’re considering this program and looking to find something more purpose-driven, it truly helps you do that because you’re not focusing on what jobs are available now and if your skills fit into it and getting the resume done. It’s more about figuring out what you want, the skills you enjoy using, where you want to make an impact and then finding opportunities that match that".

    Listen in on our interview and find out what could be possible to you if you were to invest in yourself and your future!

    P.S. And, whenever you’re ready… here are 4 ways we can help you get unstuck and grow your purpose driven career:

    1. Watch a free Masterclass: Clarify the fastest path to land a more fulfilling and purposeful career & beyond. Identify any limiting beliefs and self sabotage patterns so that you start creating an inspiring vision of your future dream career plus learn how to implement the 4-step game plan our clients are using to create a career that they actually look forward to everyday and a solid plan to achieve it. Watch the free Masterclass right here>>> Click Here 

     

    1. Download my "Purpose Driven Career Quiz" workbook: If you’re struggling to figure out what you want to do next career-wise, then download my new workbook "Purpose Driven Career Quiz" to see just how far (or how close!) you are to landing a purpose driven career!>>> Click Here 

     

    1. Join our FREE Purpose Driven Careers Facebook Group and connect with other driven professionals who are learning how to make the impact, earn the income, and create the freedom they desire in their life and career>>> Click Here

     

    1. Work with me privately: If you’d like to work directly with me to build a career of your dreams… just schedule your complimentary Career Strategy Breakthrough Call with me so we can clarify your fastest path to finding and landing your dream role and create a strategy for you to make it happen… Apply for your FREE call with me here>>> Click Here To Apply
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  • 08/27/2020 - Kori Burkholder 0 Comments
    How To Turn a Perceived Career Weakness Into a Super Power

    How To Turn a Perceived Career Weakness Into a Super Power

    Recently I was coaching one of my Purpose Driven Career clients and we were diving into her strengths and weaknesses.

    She loves to solve problems and create solutions and if there is no problem to solve, she becomes unmotivated. For the longest time, she saw this as a weakness that she needed to overcome.

    As her coach, I could see this as a leadership skill. I saw her with a CEO mindset and suggested that this isn’t a problem, but a superpower! She was blown away by this realization and I could see her excitement about this new found clarity.

    The other challenge is that when she identifies a problem to solve, she wants to offer the solution. When she has done this in the past to colleagues and/or upper management her passion is perceived as anger. She admits that she does go into these meetings in fight mode, fists up (a childhood pattern we had uncovered).

    This is simply a skill that needs to be developed. Not something she has to live with for the rest of her life. I suggested she sign up for either a public speaking course or try a Toastmasters class to get support and feedback so she can work on her presentation skills and how she can come across with passion, rather than with anger.

    Working on this challenge now is going to set her up for success in the future.

    How can you turn one of your perceived career weaknesses into a super power?

    P.S. And, whenever you’re ready… here are 4 ways we can help you get unstuck and grow your purpose driven career:

    1. Watch a free Masterclass: Clarify the fastest path to land a more fulfilling and purposeful career & beyond. Identify any limiting beliefs and self sabotage patterns so that you start creating an inspiring vision of your future dream career plus learn how to implement the 4-step game plan our clients are using to create a career that they actually look forward to everyday and a solid plan to achieve it. Watch the free Masterclass right here>>> Click Here 

    2. Download my "Purpose Driven Career Quiz" workbook: If you’re struggling to figure out what you want to do next career-wise, then download my new workbook "Purpose Driven Career Quiz" to see just how far (or how close!) you are to landing a purpose driven career!>>> Click Here 

    3. Join our FREE Purpose Driven Careers Facebook Group and connect with other driven professionals who are learning how to make the impact, earn the income, and create the freedom they desire in their life and career>>> Click Here

    4. Work with me privately: If you’d like to work directly with me to build a career of your dreams… just schedule your complimentary Career Strategy Breakthrough Call with me so we can clarify your fastest path to finding and landing your dream role and create a strategy for you to make it happen… Apply for your FREE call with me here>>> Click Here To Apply

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  • 08/20/2020 - Kori Burkholder 0 Comments
    Purpose Driven Career Case Study: How Jessica Turned her Career Dreams Into a Reality

    Purpose Driven Career Case Study: How Jessica Turned her Career Dreams Into a Reality

    I am a career coach who loves helping young professionals find and land more purpose driven work that aligns with their values, interests and passions and the skills they enjoy using all while making an impact in the world.

    I want to introduce you to Jessica, who just completed the Purpose Driven Career program. Learn about Jessica’s journey towards finding career clarity and how she stepped into and is now fully owning being an author and turning her childhood career dream into a reality.

    Within 4 months of working together she’s written a book called "Women In Time and Space" and is now writing a mystery novel series and a book on Reflection.

    This is what can happen in 4 months when you decide to dedicate your time and energy into your career growth. Career dreams do come true!

    Watch our interview here:

    "Before I decided to join the program I was burned out. I’m self employed and I love what I do, but I was at the end of my bandwidth and started thinking, is this what I want to be doing five to ten years down the road?

    I realized I needed somebody to talk things out with and give me some guidance in figuring out what the next five to ten years look like for me. 

    Should I continue on my career path? I’ve always wanted to write fiction and non fiction books, but I had this belief that I could not make enough money to support my family as an author. I just really needed to explore it and look at it from all angles and start making some more conscious proactive decisions around it.

    Fast forward 4 months and my tiny tiny little book is coming out next month with a mystery novel series in the works! The biggest transformation was once I made the decision to step in fully as an author, I said, "okay this is it! This is the direction. It’s all or nothing now and I’m moving forward with it in a very serious way". 

    The three biggest results from the program was getting crystal clear on the direction over the next five to ten years, which was absolutely huge! And then stepping into that author role in a very real way. The other thing was the mindset shift, which was like a flywheel, once it got going it just kind of perpetuated. I feel transformed on the other side of it and it’s amazing!

    If you are on the fence about taking this program and unclear on your career direction this will give you the clarity that you need.  It’s such an interesting and amazing process to go through. You look at not just your career trajectory, but your whole life, your childhood, your dreams. It’s a whole picture, the whole person of who you are and what your skills are and what you could possibly do. I’d say if you’re unclear in any way on your career path this is such a good process to go through just to get that clarity."

    P.S. And, whenever you’re ready… here are 4 ways we can help you get unstuck and grow your purpose driven career: 

    1. Watch a free Masterclass: Clarify the fastest path to land a more fulfilling and purposeful career & beyond. Identify any limiting beliefs and self sabotage patterns so that you start creating an inspiring vision of your future dream career plus learn how to implement the 4-step game plan our clients are using to create a career that they actually look forward to everyday and a solid plan to achieve it. Watch the free Masterclass right here>>> Click Here 

     

    1. Download my "Purpose Driven Career Quiz" workbook: If you’re struggling to figure out what you want to do next career-wise, then download my new workbook "Purpose Driven Career Quiz" to see just how far (or how close!) you are to landing a purpose driven career!>>> Click Here 

     

    1. Join our FREE Purpose Driven Careers Facebook Group and connect with other driven professionals who are learning how to make the impact, earn the income, and create the freedom they desire in their life and career>>> Click Here

     

    1. Work with me privately If you’d like to work directly with me to build a career of your dreams… just schedule your complimentary Career Strategy Breakthrough Call with me so we can clarify your fastest path to finding and landing your dream role and create a strategy for you to make it happen… Apply for your FREE call with me here>>> Click Here To Apply
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  • 07/31/2020 - Kori Burkholder 0 Comments
    How To Make a Stand For What You Want and Need In Your Career

     How To Make a Stand For What You Want and Need In Your Career 

    Where are you feeling a loss of power in your job?

    What actions can you take to get what you need?

    One of my clients recently came to a session STRESSED OUT! She’s been working in advertising for the last few years and has been working herself into the ground. She comes off as confident, but on the inside she’s riddled with anxiety.

    Her anxiety is her motivator. She is recognized by upper management for her talent and hard work, but because of this she is thrown new tasks, projects and responsibilities regularly, which often fuels her anxiety even more.

    The problem is that her salary and job title doesn’t reflect these new responsibilities and she isn’t getting the type of mentorship support she needs in order to truly grow into the new role. She’s stressed most days which bleeds into her weekends. She feels like she’s being taken advantage of.

    Last year, she interviewed and got a job offer with a title increase and big salary jump at another advertising company. She brought the offer back to her direct boss to negotiate a raise and a promotion. Her boss obviously wanted her to stay and promised her she could match it. In result, she was happy to give up the other offer and stay put.

    Weeks and months went by and the company kept putting it off until the pandemic hit. Soon after, the company made a blanket statement to all employees that there will be no raises in the foreseeable future.

    Her job continues to be high stress, they keep piling on more responsibility (whether she likes it or not) and is left to her own devices and resourcefulness to figure it out on her own.

    I asked her what the cost is to the company. Time? Money? She thought about it and said, "there is no cost to the company. The cost is on me! I wake up stressed every day. I don’t have time for my friends and fun in my life. I’m on call all weekend and I work on Sunday".

    I told her that this is a BIG professional growth opportunity to stand up for herself and ask for what she deserves and not to be deterred because of outside circumstances, like a pandemic.

    As I write this, we are busy dissecting her role and finding every single career success story she’s ever had at the company. We’re adding numbers and percentages, money and time saved, money earned, client satisfaction, etc.

    Then we’re going to compare what her job was when she started 3 years ago and what it is now in order to literally show the difference on paper.

    Once we have these materials, she will see her worth, which will give her confidence to go into the meeting with her boss and present her case for getting a raise and promotion.

    Does any of this sound familiar to you?

    If so, think about where you are feeling a loss of power in your job. Where are there growth opportunities for you to take action on in order to get what you need?

    The first step is to prepare.

    The second step is to ask.

    If you don’t ask, you won’t receive!

    If you ask and don’t receive, it’s probably time to move on.

    Tell us what actions you are going to take to get what you need in your career in the private Purpose Driven Careers Facebook group so we can hold you accountable!

    P.S. And, whenever you’re ready… here are 4 ways we can help you get unstuck and grow your purpose driven career:

    1. Watch a free Masterclass: Clarify the fastest path to land a more fulfilling and purposeful career & beyond. Identify any limiting beliefs and self sabotage patterns so that you start creating an inspiring vision of your future dream career plus learn how to implement the 4-step game plan our clients are using to create a career that they actually look forward to everyday and a solid plan to achieve it. Watch the free Masterclass right here>>> Click Here 

     

    1. Download my "Purpose Driven Career Quiz" workbook: f you’re struggling to figure out what you want to do next career-wise, then download my new workbook "Purpose Driven Career Quiz" to see just how far (or how close!) you are to landing a purpose driven career!>>> Click Here 

     

    1. Join our FREE Purpose Driven Careers Facebook Group and connect with other driven professionals who are learning how to make the impact, earn the income, and create the freedom they desire in their life and career>>> Click Here

     

    1. Work with me privately If you’d like to work directly with me to build a career of your dreams… just schedule your complimentary Career Strategy Breakthrough Call with me so we can clarify your fastest path to finding and landing your dream role and create a strategy for you to make it happen… Apply for your FREE call with me here>>> Click Here To Apply
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  • 07/15/2020 - Kori Burkholder 1 Comment
    Let’s Talk About Career Weaknesses

    Let’s Talk About Career Weaknesses

     

    For most of my career I successfully dodged numbers and analytics.  I had always known this was an area I needed to improve on. I took classes in Omniture and Google analytics and thought I had an ok grasp on it until I landed a promotion as the Head of Music for a mobile entertainment company. 

    One day, I got called into the President’s office because my boss was out on vacation and he needed to see data for a certain campaign with specific numbers. I didn’t know what he was talking about or how to even get that data. 

    I stood in his office staring at him like a deer caught in headlights and I could feel the sweat dripping down my face. I was alone with no one to back me up. It sounded to me as if he was speaking in a foreign language. This was on a Friday afternoon and he told me he needed to have the answer by Monday morning. 

    Luckily, we had an analytics team who was able to walk me through the basics and the numbers and data that he was looking for. The analytics team put a sophisticated report together and they were able to walk me through it and share what the data represented. 

    In this particular case, the answer wasn’t good, but luckily, that wasn’t my fault! But, from there, I understood it and could make recommendations for improving our marketing campaigns. 

    The important lessons I learned from that experiences was to:

    1) understand the basics

    2) understand the bigger picture and WHY we needed those certain numbers 

    3) not be afraid to ask questions and for support in order to be better at my job.

    This is also great to think about because if you’re in the process of interviewing this is a VERY common question. It’s important to be able to share the weakness, how you overcame it and recognize the areas where you need to upgrade your skills and how you’re taking the steps to address them.

    What is your greatest weakness and how have you overcome it or how are you dealing with it now? Please leave a comment and share your wisdom!

    P.S. And, whenever you’re ready… here are 4 ways we can help you get unstuck and grow your purpose driven career:

    1. Watch a free Masterclass: Clarify the fastest path to land a more fulfilling and purposeful career & beyond. Identify any limiting beliefs and self sabotage patterns so that you start creating an inspiring vision of your future dream career plus learn how to implement the 4-step game plan our clients are using to create a career that they actually look forward to everyday and a solid plan to achieve it. Watch the free Masterclass right here>>> Click Here 

     

    1. Download my "Purpose Driven Career Quiz" workbook: f you’re struggling to figure out what you want to do next career-wise, then download my new workbook "Purpose Driven Career Quiz" to see just how far (or how close!) you are to landing a purpose driven career!>>> Click Here 

     

    1. Join our FREE Purpose Driven Careers Facebook Group and connect with other driven professionals who are learning how to make the impact, earn the income, and create the freedom they desire in their life and career>>> Click Here

     

    1. Work with me privately If you’d like to work directly with me to build a career of your dreams… just schedule your complimentary Career Strategy Breakthrough Call with me so we can clarify your fastest path to finding and landing your dream role and create a strategy for you to make it happen… Apply for your FREE call with me here>>> Click Here To Apply
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  • 06/26/2020 - Kori Burkholder 5 Comments
    Confused About Your Next Career Step? 5 Action Steps To Take Today To Get Unstuck and Find More Purpose

    Confused About Your Next Career Step? 5 Action Steps To Take Today To Get Unstuck and Find More Purpose

    I work with many early – mid corporate professionals who’ve been in the same job for years who are unhappy and unfulfilled and stuck. 

    It’s a common complaint, which sits on the surface. 

    When I dig deeper and ask what’s the difference they’re making in their job, many don’t know or can’t see or haven’t thought about it. 

    Finding purpose in the work you do every day is one of the keys to finding happiness in work and life.  

    I had a conversation recently with someone working in high luxury jewelry who said he "just fell into" many years ago. 

    At first, it was an exciting opportunity and checked a lot of boxes. He helped rebuild the company after bankruptcy, he was jet setting to various places around the world and earning a high salary, but eventually, the shine wore off.  

    He realized that selling jewelry to the top 1% left him feeling empty. The environment, industry and team had become toxic. 

    The impact it’s having on him now is high stress and constant worry. This often it bleeds into his weekend because he’s always tied to his phone, which affects his family time. 

    He finally awoke to a desire to make a career change. He wants to figure out how to use his skills, strengths and experience to make a difference where it really matters. 

    The problem is he’s confused about his next career step. He’s dealing with mental roadblocks and confidence issues. He looks on job boards, but can’t find anything that fires him up, so he starts applying for similar jobs, but he gets very few responses. He’s stuck.

    It’s easy to get stuck in the groove of firing off resumes to get out of one bad situation. It’s sometimes easier to stay. And before you know it, years go by and you are still stuck in the same mental loops.  Does this sound too familiar?

    Before blasting off resumes, take a step back, dig a little deeper and think about what it is you really want in your future. 

    1. Think about the bigger impact you’d like to make through your work. Would it be to work with an animal rescue to find homes for stays or align with an ad agency who focuses on social causes or a health tech start up saving lives?
    2. Know your top 3 favorite skills and how you can apply those into other industries and job roles.
    3. Dig into your past professional experience and figure out how your experience sets you apart from other professionals in the workforce.
    4. Come up with a list of 5 dream companies, non profits, causes where you’d like to apply your skills and experience. Find them on Linkedin, look for opportunities and start making connections.
    5. Watch this free Masterclass "How To Land A Dream Job With Purpose Even If Your Soul Sucking Job Eats Up Your Monday Through Friday".

    I’d love to hear the after effects of your actions, please share in the comment section below and join The Purpose Driven Career Facebook group to get support and build community with other like-minded professionals like yourself!

    P.S. And, whenever you’re ready… here are 4 ways we can help you get unstuck and grow your purpose driven career:

    1. Watch a free Masterclass: Clarify the fastest path to land a more fulfilling and purposeful career & beyond. Identify any limiting beliefs and self sabotage patterns so that you start creating an inspiring vision of your future dream career plus learn how to implement the 4-step game plan our clients are using to create a career that they actually look forward to everyday and a solid plan to achieve it. Watch the free Masterclass right here>>> Click Here 

     

    1. Download my "Purpose Driven Career Quiz" workbook If you’re struggling to figure out what you want to do next career-wise, then download my new workbook "Purpose Driven Career Quiz" to see just how far (or how close!) you are to landing a purpose driven career!>>> Click Here 

     

    1. Join our FREE Purpose Driven Careers Facebook Group and connect with other driven professionals who are learning how to make the impact, earn the income, and create the freedom they desire in their life and career>>> Click Here

     

    1. Work with me privately If you’d like to work directly with me to build a career of your dreams… just schedule your complimentary Career Strategy Breakthrough Call with me so we can clarify your fastest path to finding and landing your dream role and create a strategy for you to make it happen… Apply for your FREE call with me here>>> Click Here To Apply
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  • 05/28/2020 - Kori Burkholder 1 Comment
    Career Transition Case Study: From Executive Assistant to Chief of Staff

    Career Transition Case Study: From Executive Assistant to Chief of Staff

    "I dug myself out of business debt, secured a bridge job earning a great salary, later landing my dream job as Chief of Staff for a beverage start up company making my first 6-figure salary!" – Becky M, graduate of Purpose Driven Career program

    Entering into the coaching program, I thought I would emerge with a clear picture of "yes, I am pursuing X job now at X salary" and I was worried things were going to be to vague and I wouldn’t see actionable results. 

    That was not the case. I got organized. Kori helped me prioritize what matters and once I began working with her, things started falling into place because of the steps we were building on in my sessions.

    I solved a lot of problems around closing my business, dug myself out of business debt, secured a bridge job earning a great salary, later landing my dream job as Chief of Staff for a beverage start up company making my first 6-figure salary! 

    I see now after the process that I got a bigger picture result out of it. I gained clarity about my strengths and wants as a professional and was able to clearly see patterns emerge around both what I’m good at, and also around what I enjoy doing. This has helped tremendously in job searching but also in my current role. 

    Before I felt like I was trying to adapt myself to job descriptions instead of knowing confidently what it was I really wanted in my next role. I now have a working blueprint of my skills and goals, which continues to help me make decisions. 

    My mind shifted and I was able to focus on the steps knowing there was a genuinely positive person encouraging me and holding me accountable. The little steps each week made all the difference in getting me through the transition with more confidence, support and better tools at my disposal. 

    Even one year after the program, I still use my blueprint which helps me quickly evaluate professional opportunities that come up and I feel so much more confident because I know what I have to offer and what I’m looking for which bolsters my communication when speaking to potential employers, recruiters and even my current boss.

    The Career Clarity Method is approachable and a great way to evaluate where you are and where you want to go. Everyone can benefit from that at all stages and I can’t think of a better person to guide someone through the process. 

    Kori is approachable, patient and positive. I’ve had other coaches that spend sessions lecturing or giving their advice, where I’ve left feeling unheard. Kori patiently listened to where I’m at with things, asked great questions, and at the end I felt like I had more insight about myself and my professional journey.

    Your sessions with Kori will always be fruitful, but doing the work outside of your sessions leads to the most beneficial work in your sessions. If you’re looking for bells and whistles with a quick fix, then that’s a dime a dozen coach in NYC. But if you want someone who will listen, guide your process for real self-awareness with a plan for real change and reflection, then I can’t recommend Kori enough!  

    Watch the full interview with Becky here.

    P.S. And, whenever you’re ready… here are 4 ways we can help you get unstuck and grow your career:

    1. Watch a free Masterclass: Clarify the fastest path to land a more fulfilling and purposeful career & beyond. Identify any limiting beliefs and self sabotage patterns so that you start creating an inspiring vision of your future dream career plus learn how to implement the 4-step game plan our clients are using to create a career that they actually look forward to everyday and a solid plan to achieve it. Watch the free Masterclass right here>>> Click Here

    2. Download my "Find Your Next Career Calling" workbook If you’re a 20-something professional millennial struggling to figure out what you want to do next career-wise, then download my workbook and get to know yourself and desires on a much deeper level>>> Click Here

    3. Join our FREE Career Trailblazers Facebook Group and connect with other driven professional millennials who are learning how to make the impact, earn the income, and create the freedom they desire in their life and career>>> Click Here

    4. Work with me privately: If you’d like to work directly with me to build a career of your dreams… just schedule your complimentary Career Strategy Breakthrough Call with me so we can clarify your fastest path to finding and landing your dream role and create a strategy for you to make it happen… Apply for your FREE call with me here>>> Click Here To Apply

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  • 05/04/2020 - Kori Burkholder 1 Comment
    Career Transition Case Study: From Farm Owner to Special Education Consultant

    Career Transition Case Study: From Farm Owner to Special Education Consultant

    "I have returned to being that driven and motivated woman I knew I was capable of being".

    When Melissa found us, she was very confused on where she should take her career next. She generally considered herself very motivated and professionally driven— someone who would never need a career coach— so this was a very uncomfortable place to find herself in! 

    Melissa had been an entrepreneur for 15 years working in the innovative farming industry and found it very difficult trying to figure out what to do next. She had some general ideas of career paths she was interested in exploring, had read books like What Color is Your Parachute and done career matching tests online, but they weren’t offering her meaningful insights relative to her particular situation with all of its moving parts.

    Prior to investing her time and energy and money into the program, Melissa’s biggest concern was whether she could justify the expense and that she would be rushed through the process just to get it done quickly. She was pleased to learn that she was able to co-create a pace that worked with her lifestyle.

    When Melissa did make the decision to invest herself, she was ready for a clean slate and to make a pivot into a completely different direction, but she was stuck figuring out how to translate skills gained from her past career into a completely unrelated field and felt daunted thinking she might need to start at square one. 

    Through the Career Clarity Method, we were able leverage her career successes, skills, specialities and talents towards something greater and identified what she wants to bring into her next role as well as those she doesn’t (even if she was good at it).

    In the Explore & Refine phase of the program we were able to tease apart the idea of a possible career verses what it might actually look like and we could blatantly see how much her values had changed over the years and realized how her next step needed to be one that supports her need for financial security and good work/life balance.

    Melissa shares, "The most impactful part about the process was discovering my core strengths and transferable skills and identifying my personal and professional values. I had been operating on a lot of outdated assumptions and the coaching process really helped by challenging my beliefs". 

    With a clear understanding of what she’s really good at naturally, we could now see which skills she’d need to develop moving forward. She shares, "because Kori didn’t know me in my past professional life she was able to offer really wise and unbiased insights. I have a solid foundation now and have returned to being that driven and motivated woman I knew I was capable of being".

    With her new found clarity, she decided going back to school to gain a Masters degree in Cognitive Science in Education as a step towards fulfilling her goal of working in Product Design to support diverse learners, something very near and dear to her heart.

    She applied to two Ivy League graduate schools and got accepted to both programs along with some funding! She simultaneously launched her own Special Ed consultancy company while pursuing her graduate studies to fill out gaps in her technical skill set, develop professional connections and create job opportunities in her new field.

    Melissa was finally able to find closure, acceptance and meaning in the value of her professional past. She says, "I needed to do this work in order to free up the mental and emotional bandwidth to figure out where I wanted to go next" and feels like she’s reconnected with her motivated self and she’s back on the path to a successful and fulfilling— and well paying— work.

    Melissa’s recommendation for those considering the Purpose Driven Career program, "I would recommend this program for those looking to approach their career change in a creative way, even if what they are looking to do isn’t exactly a creative field. Even more so if that’s the case. Kori understands how it all works, knows the rules, but aren’t bound by them. If they are in a career pivot looking to better understand what it is they do and don’t want to recreate in their next professional chapter. Understand that Kori won’t have all the answers for you, but she will absolutely support you in coming to your own understanding about what it is you need and want to do and without hesitation I can say the program was a good investment."

    Are you curious how the Purpose Driven Career program can help you? Schedule a free 15-minute Purpose Driven Career Brainstorming call. On the call we’ll dig into your 1 year career vision, what your current reality is like and any obstacles standing in your way from designing a purpose driven career.>>> Schedule here.

    P.S. And, whenever you’re ready… here are 3 ways we can help you get unstuck and grow your purpose driven career: 

    1. Download my "Purpose Driven Career Quiz" workbook

    If you’re struggling to figure out what you want to do next career-wise, then download my new workbook "Purpose Driven Career Quiz" to see just how far (or how close!) you are to landing a purpose driven career!>>> Click Here 

    2. Join our FREE Purpose Driven Careers Facebook Group and connect with other driven professionals who are learning how to make the impact, earn the income, and create the freedom they desire in their life and career>>> Click Here

    3. Work with me privately

    If you’d like to work directly with me to build a career of your dreams… just schedule your complimentary Career Strategy Breakthrough Call with me so we can clarify your fastest path to finding and landing your dream role and create a strategy for you to make it happen… Apply for your FREE call with me here>>> Click Here To Apply

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  • 04/10/2020 - Kori Burkholder 3 Comments
    6 Ways To Take Control of Your Career Growth During Coronavirus

    6 Ways To Take Control of Your Career Growth During Coronavirus

    Maybe you are at risk of losing your job or maybe you already have or maybe you find yourself busier than ever working from home.

    No matter your current situation, it’s important to keep growing your career even during a crisis like the pandemic. Never become complacent. Complacency can breed laziness, blindness to new opportunities and industry trends, and/or lack of building and maintaining new professional relationships.

    Now is the time to step up your game! 

    The reason I’m talking about this today is because one of my clients in the Purpose Driven Career Accelerator Program has been nervous about her job with all the uncertainty.

    Pre social distancing we were working on identifying her dream job. After social distancing, she’s thinking now might not be the time to be working on a career transition. I challenged her saying now is the perfect time to lay the foundation so that when the U.S. opens up again she’ll be ready to go.

    I imagine you might be in a similar boat, too which is why I’m going to share 6 strategies that my clients learn in the Launch and Land phase of the Purpose Driven Career Accelerator Program.

    These are things you can take control of your career growth NOW and be prepared for whatever this throws at us next and prepare for the future.

    6 Ways To Take Control of Your Career Growth During Coronavirus: 

    1. Virtually network to strengthen your connections: During this downtime, it’s the perfect opportunity to make new authentic connections and revive old ones. Reach out to at least 2 people in your network every day that might include friends, professional mentors, and old colleagues and personally ask for a reference or referral. Share with them what you’re up to and what you are looking for. Don’t forget networking is a 2-way street so always offer something in return like a professional introduction that would help them move the needle professionally. Reach out to recruiters and hiring managers at your dream companies to see about securing an informational interview, plus look into the companies who are stable and hiring during the crisis.  

    2. Learn new skills and/or hone your weaker skills: there is always room for growth and now is a good time to be honing your skills for your future dream job. Given the current climate, several online learning companies have offered to share professional training and courses for free, like Coursera and many others. Start learning and upleveling now to create more options for yourself once hiring picks up again.

    3. Make yourself indispensable at work now by taking on new challenges at your job. Step up and shine in ways you had always been fearful or unsure. Take it on. Perhaps step up to volunteer for a new project or ask your boss where you could improve. Investigate what opportunities are available now that will help position yourself for your next career move.

    4. Become a thought leader in your industry: now is a GREAT time to start improving your personal brand. Once my clients know their next career direction, we spend some time figuring out how to position them as a thought leader in their industry. Some start a blog or now some are starting their own Zoom groups and Youtube channels around industry specific topics or even teaching an online class through Skillshare  or  Udemy which both offer the opportunity to teach as well as to learn.

    5. Update your resume, Linkedin and social media presence: when was the last time you updated your resume and Linkedin profile or did an social media audit? Clean it up and take time to add quantifiable successes that you’ve had in your job in the last year, highlight your education, any new skills you’ve picked up and/or new accomplishments. Make it shine!

    6. Practice and hone your interviewing skills and get your elevator pitch ready: interviewing is uncomfortable for many people, so if you are one that gets nervous and weird in interviews, now is the time to be doing the prep work so by the time you land an interview, you will be totally confident and ready to answer that interview question,"So, tell me about yourself".

    Which of the 6 ways will you take on today to prepare you for your purpose driven future career? Please leave a comment below to be held accountable and if you found value from this video, please share it with a friend. 

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    P.S. And, whenever you’re ready… here are 5 ways to help you get unstuck and grow your purpose driven career:

    1. Watch my free 4 Simple Steps To Answer The Question ‘What Should I Do Next In My Career? Masterclass

    Before you do ANYTHING else, I want you to watch my FREE 4 Simple Steps To Answer The Question ‘What Should I Do Next In My Career? Masterclass right here. Discover the root causes of why you’re unsatisfied in your career, your non-negotiables for your next career move and actions steps you can take today to get moving towards your dream career.>>> Click Here

    2. Download my "Purpose Driven Career Quiz" workbook

    If you’re struggling to figure out what you want to do next career-wise, then download my new workbook "Purpose Driven Career Quiz" to see just how far (or how close!) you are to landing a purpose driven career!>>> Click Here 

    3. Join our FREE Purpose Driven Careers Facebook Group and connect with other driven professionals who are learning how to make the impact, earn the income, and create the freedom they desire in their life and career>>> Click Here

    4. Work with me privately

    If you’d like to work directly with me to build a career of your dreams… just schedule your complimentary Career Strategy Breakthrough Call with me so we can clarify your fastest path to finding and landing your dream role and create a strategy for you to make it happen… Apply for your FREE call with me here>>> Click Here To Apply

    5. Join my weekly Virtual Meditative Art Nights to tap into your creativity, connect with others, let go of what doesn’t serve you and replace it with some positivity and your masterpiece. A wonderful practice for your own well being!>>> Join here

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  • 03/31/2020 - Kori Burkholder 0 Comments
    4 Productivity Tips on Working From Home During CoronaVirus

     

    In this short video I’m going to share with you 4 productivity tips I learned while transitioning from a full time office employee to full time "work from home" biz owner.

    The reason I’m talking about this today is because last night I was coaching one of my clients who’s in the Purpose Driven Career Accelerator Program. My client has never worked from home, her company has always been really strict on that. Suddenly, there is no structure to her day and says she feels scattered and it’s really hard to feel productive all day long.

    Now, if you are watching this I imagine you feel this way, too…and I’m going to share 4 keys to successfully working from home, which is a new tool that’s been added into the Launch and Land phase of the Purposeful Driven Career Accelerator Program. 

    4 Productivity Tips To Successfully Work From Home 

    1. Sunday night write out your weekly goals. Each night before you go to bed, write down what you want to accomplish for the next day so you have structure to your day and the entire week.
    2. Create consistency in your morning routine. What was your routine before this started? Did you wake up and meditate, brew your coffee before getting into the shower, exercise, write, paint? Whatever your morning rituals were, keep them up. Continue to get up at the same time every morning, shower and get dressed as if you were going to the office. 
    3. Make your workspace clean and inspiring and a place you want to work. At the end of each day, tidy up your workspace, so you can start fresh the next day.
    4. Take short breaks in between projects and meetings. Get up and stretch or go for a walk around the block or a take a short meditation break or if you’re like me put a little paint down on the canvas. 

    What is the biggest obstacle you’ve run into as you’ve transitioned from working in an office every day to working solo all day and leave a comment below. If you found value from this video, please share it with a friend. 

    And if you are wanting to find and land a more purpose driven career, but lost on where to begin, let’s talk. Book a complimentary Purpose Driven Career Brainstorm call with me and let’s make a customized 90 day career action plan! 

    And, whenever you’re ready… here are 4 ways we can work together.

    1. Watch my free 4 Simple Steps To Answer The Question ‘What Should I Do Next In My Career? Masterclass

    Discover the root causes of why you’re unsatisfied in your career, your non-negotiables for your next career move and actions steps you can take today to get moving towards your dream career. Before you do ANYTHING else, I want you to watch my FREE 4 Simple Steps To Answer The Question ‘What Should I Do Next In My Career? Masterclass right here>>> Click Here

     2. Download my "Purpose Driven Career Quiz" workbook

    If you’re a 20-something professional millennial struggling to figure out what you want to do next career-wise, then download my new workbook "Purpose Driven Career Quiz" to see just how far (or how close!) you are to landing a purpose driven career!>>> Click Here

     3. Join our FREE Career Trailblazers Facebook Group and connect with other driven professional millennials who are learning how to make the impact, earn the income, and create the freedom they desire in their life and career>>> Click Here

     4. Work with me privately

    If you’d like to work directly with me to build a career of your dreams… just schedule your complimentary Purpose Driven Career Brainstorm Call with me so we can clarify your fastest path to finding and landing your dream role and create a strategy for you to make it happen… Apply for your FREE call with me here>>> Click Here To Apply

    This is Kori Burkholder from Inspirality’s Purposeful Driven Careers reminding you to take action, feel the fear, and do it anyways.

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  • 03/27/2020 - Kori Burkholder 1 Comment
    12 Positives About Self Isolation and Working From Home During COVID-19

    12 Positives About Self Isolation and Working From Home During COVID-19

    There’s no denying that CoronaVirus has wreaked havoc in our world as we know it. It’s changed everything in our careers and lives. 

    Restaurants now take out and delivery only. Schools shut down until who knows when, non-essential businesses closed and most corporate businesses adopting a work from home policy. All of this leading to social distancing ourselves from family, friends and coworkers. So much change has created so much uncertainty.

    Being a career coach who serves mostly corporate millennials wanting to transition into more purpose driven careers, I figured that I’d be dealing with a lot of stressed out and anxious clients, but it’s been quite the opposite. 99% are seeing how to see the light in the dark. However, the 1% are questioning if they should be focusing on a career change now with all this uncertainty?

    I say yes. Now is a great time to be looking towards the future with optimism and hope and start planting the seeds and preparing for your career future, especially now when you are employed. 

    Client: Seriously, with the CoronaVirus front and center, wreaking havoc on our everyday lives and our jobs? 

    Yes, even though we don’t know how long this will last, focusing on your future will bring you structure, a new mission and inspiration. Now is the time to be upping your skills and dreaming up the plan for a new career where you are thriving rather than just surviving. What does that look like to you? 

    A few other action items you could do to prepare yourself for when this all ends is to dust off off the old resume and start to update it with your current job accomplishments. Start reaching out to contacts you haven’t spoken to in awhile. Cruise around on job sites to see what’s out there. Take online classes to learn new skills. Read books. 

    You get the idea! Keep growing yourself and your career during this time so you will be ready to go when this all ends!

    And if you know me, I LOVE to find the good in the bad and I want to shine some of the light your way today with some positivity!  

    I’ve compiled a list based on what I’ve been hearing from a few of my clients, friends and family.

    Top 12 Positives About Self Isolating & Working From Home

    1. Finally, you have that "work from home" flexibility you’ve been craving!
    2. You are learning new technologies, hello Zoom and Slack.
    3. You get to use those multitasking skills: conference call, laundry, feed dog, send off work emails, Zoom call, yoga stretch, last Zoom call for the day. 
    4. You feel more energized and more productive than ever.
    5. You GAIN time! No more long commute (just bed to couch). What are you doing in that time now?
    6. You get to spend more time with loved ones, play games, cook and eat together.
    7. You’re getting in shape with all these online fitness classes!
    8. You’re becoming more Zen by meditating, writing, creating art, reading, making love to your partner.
    9. Sign up for that online project management class you’ve had your eye on. Now is a great time to beef up your hard skills!
    10. You get some much needed space from caddy co-workers and your micromanaging boss.
    11. Change is good! With change brings more challenges, which brings more opportunities for professional growth.
    12. Slowing down! You’re such a go getter and now is your chance to listen to your deepest desires around what you truly want out of your career and start planting seeds for your future.

    How about you? Are you seeing the light in the dark? Please share in the comments section below!

    And, whenever you’re ready… here are 4 ways we can help you get unstuck and grow your career during this time:

    1. Watch my free 4 Simple Steps To Answer The Question ‘What Should I Do Next In My Career? Masterclass

    Discover the root causes of why you’re unsatisfied in your career, your non-negotiables for your next career move and actions steps you can take today to get moving towards your dream career. Before you do ANYTHING else, I want you to watch my FREE 4 Simple Steps To Answer The Question ‘What Should I Do Next In My Career? Masterclass right here>>> Click Here

     

    1. Download my free"Purpose Driven Career Quiz" workbook

    If you’re a 20-something professional millennial struggling to figure out what you want to do next career-wise, but you do know that you want more purpose and passion, but not sure what that even means in the real world, then download my workbook and find out just how far (or close!) you are to a Purpose Driven Career >>> Click Here

     

    1. Join our FREE Career Trailblazers Facebook Group and connect with other driven professional millennials who are learning how to make the impact, earn the income, and create the freedom they desire in their life and career>>> Click Here

     

    1. Work with me privately

    If you’d like to work directly with me to build a career of your dreams… just schedule your complimentary Career Strategy Breakthrough Call with me so we can clarify your fastest path to finding and landing your dream role and create a strategy for you to make it happen… Apply for your FREE call with me here>>> Click Here To Apply

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  • 12/11/2019 - Kori Burkholder 0 Comments
    Stop Applying for Jobs You Don’t Really Want!

    Stop Applying for Jobs You Don’t Really Want

    "I’ve been applying for jobs and I’m not getting anywhere!"

    Let’s face it. It’s tough looking for a job when you have a job, right? There could be many obstacles standing in the way, like time. Managing your time, however is something you have control over.

    A bigger obstacle is that some job seekers are wanting to change careers, but they’re confused about what they want to do next. When we speak, they’re often frustrated because they’ve been sending out tons of resumes and have heard nothing but crickets. 

    When I ask what roles they’ve been applying for they will usually say something like, "what I’m doing now, but somewhere else".

    And I’m surprised that they’re surprised that they’re feeling frustrated! They’re wanting something different, yet they’re applying for the same roles. 

    I get it. Sometimes we want to get out of a bad situation sooner than later and move towards what feels comfortable and in line with our skills and experience, but not necessarily what we truly want.

    When you’re unclear about what you want, sending out resumes blindly and hoping something sticks is a complete waste of time and energy. It’s like trying to hit the bullseye blindfolded. 

    No bullseye, no progress.  

    Are you clear on what you’re looking for? Can you see the bullseye?  

    If you answered no, read on. I’ve got a few tips on how to get clarity and move forward with more confidence while on your job search.

    Take a Bird’s Eye of View of Your Work Life 

    It often requires taking a bird’s eye view of what’s going on right now. Do some reflection about what’s working in your career and what’s not working. Grab a peice of paper, split it down the middle and label one side, "What’s working" and the other side, "what’s not working".

    And deeply think about why you want to leave your job? Is it because you don’t get along with your boss? Is your job too stressful everyday? Are you not connected to the mission of the company?

    What are you really running away from and what are you running towards? 

    Envision Your Ideal Work Scenario 

    Ask the left brain sit back while we do this right brain activity. Over the course of the next 7 days visualize the type of job that would really light you up. Go 5 years into the future first and then do the same envisioning 1 year from now. 

    • Where do you see yourself (city, town, another country)? 
    • Who do you see yourself being (manager, VP, entrepreneur)?
    • What impact do you want to be making in your work, team, company, world?
    • What are the favorite skills that you want to be leading with (we all have skills, but what are the ones you love to use)? 
    • What are your salary requirements?
    • What kind of benefits do you want/need?
    • What does your work schedule look like (flexible, PT, FT)?
    • Do you want to work for a big/medium/small sized company?
    • What kind of career track do you want (fast growth, work on various teams, etc)?
    • Are you working for a service company vs a product company?

    If you’re having trouble, you can always start off by making a list with what you DON’T want, thinking about all of the things that you currently don’t like about your work situation and all of your past jobs, too. Once you have your lists of don’t wants, this informs what you do want!

    List your "Nice to Haves"

    Your nice to haves list is just that. These won’t be deal breakers if one of your dream companys don’t offer them, however, I’m a huge proponent of "putting it all out there" so, you might as well call it out for the Universe and Law of Attract that!  

    • What kind of company culture do you prefer? (casual vs. skirts, blazers and heels vs trendy)
    • What kind of employee perks do you like (around the clock food options, unlimited vacation) 
    • What kind of growth and learning opportunities do they offer (attend conferences, tuition reimbursement, leadership training).

    Capture Your Career Ideas 

    You should have some clarity by now, which is a great time to start creating a list of ideal career, job titles, teams, CEO’s and companies you’d like to join based upon what you want and what you envision for your future

    Dive deeper and research companies, job roles, maybe even find some volunteer opportunities or classes you might need to fill in some skills or experience gaps based on what you found out. 

    Look around on Linkedin using some of the skills you want to be leading with or for job titles that are in alignment with your skillset or ideal organizations.

    Now it is time to research and refine. Once you have a few targets, start to get your personal marketing channels ready.

    Update Your Personal and Professional Marketing Channels

    It’s time to update your social media channels. Yes, even your personal Instagram headline and Facebook profiles.  Update it for the position that you are aiming to get. Professional recruiters, HR managers, hiring manager and future employers will most certainly look!

    If you need help, hire a professional resume/cover letter and Linkedin specialist to get it done quicker. Find one that will get on the phone with you and walk you through it together. 

    Now that all loose ends are tied up, find out who the hiring manager is on Linkedin and send it out and get prepped for your interviews.

    Get out there and network

    Don’t get bogged down behind the screens. I tell job searchers that applying online should take up 20% of their time!

    Get out there and network and b e strategic about it.  

    Is one of your dream companies having an upcoming event? Do you know someone who works there? 

    Getting a personal referral by a current or previous employee or from a respected social connection on Linkedin is a great way to get your foot in the door and bypass any AI. 

    Networking can be done anywhere really (nail salon, traveling abroad, running team), so just get out there and share with anyone who’s willing to hear you what you’re looking to do.

    You never know who knows who and I have seen it happen more through personal referrals than any other way in my years of career coaching.

    When you have a clear target applying for jobs is going to make your life so much easier, you will get better results and be able to see and hit the bullseye. 

     If you need help with finding career clarity, book a free Exploratory call with Kori and let’s figure this out together.

    Kori Burkholder, Certified Professional Career Strategist Coach 

    Kori Burkholder is a Career Success Coach helping early to mid career professionals who’ve awoken to the reality that they want more purpose driven, fulfilling, flexible careers, but are unclear on how to bring it into a reality. She takes clients through her groundbreaking, transformational Career Clarity system that helps transform confusion into a clear vision with a solid plan to bridge the gap. Kori’s work is centered around using creativity as a pathway to turn career, business and life dreams into reality. Kori’s coaching and creative workshop facilitation provides tools, ideas, and resources to support individuals and organizations to become their happiest and best selves.

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    6 Tips For Stress-Free Networking While in Career Transition

     

    6 Tips For Stress-Free Networking While in Career Transition

    When you hear the term "networking event" what comes to mind?

    Dread, nervousness, anxiety, discomfort and awkwardly forced conversations?

    I invited one of my clients to a networking event who’s in the early stages of career exploration.  I knew she was nervous about going because up until this point in her professional life, every career move revealed itself naturally and without much efforting on her part.  

    This isn’t the case now or at least that’s what it seems.

    She shared with me, "I ‘m happy to do this, but I am going to be totally honest ,I feel like unless I have some kind of elevator pitch and can also summarize that intro sentence on Linkedin about "what I’m about" I feel at a loss. I am not a networker by nature, it’s incredibly hard for me, and lately when I do have opportunities to meet new people it’s like one vague run on sentence of what I used to do/be and the vague things I’m interested in". 

    While in career transition, there’s nothing wrong with being honest about where you are in life and saying you are in career exploration and in the process of figuring things out.  

    To help address the question that will most likely pop up like, "what do you do?" or thoughts like, "What do I say when I don’t have the clarity about what’s next?"

    Let’s create a framework and use prompt questions to help formulate what to say:

    • I’m actually in the midst of exploring my next career move. My background is x, y, z
    • I am looking for my next gig at the intersection of x, y, and z.
    • What I’m passionate and excited about right now is the idea of….
    • I’m looking for opportunities to utilize my skills, x,y, z and to meet people in these types of industries. 

    Now that you have worked these out and have more information to work with,  here are a few tips that will help you move from dread to having more freedom and confidence at networking events:

    1. Get clear on what YOU DO KNOW you want. 

    Even if early in career exploration, there are things you definitely DO know.  For example, do you know that you want to use a certain skill set? Do you see yourself  leading teams or working solo? Do you know that you’d like to work for a non-profit or a for profit?  Do you know that you want to work for a small company or a big company? Do you know that you want to work in New York City or do you know you want to move to Dallas? Do you know that you want to work for a startup or do you know that you want to work for an established company? Write these down and use them to sprinkle into the conversations.

    2. What’s your goal for this networking event? 

    Maybe your goal is as simple as going on a career exploration expedition where it’s a place to go and meet new people, learn about what others do and gather ideas and inspiration. Or if there’s a speaker there that interests you the goal might be to go and meet them afterwards. Maybe it’s to practice talking about yourself, or to learn about a new industry that has always interested you. Going in with a goal is going to take the pressure off a bit and keep you focused.

    3. Challenge yourself to have x# of conversations.

    If going up to a stranger and striking up a conversation makes you nervous ASK QUESTIONS, ask lots of questions! Come from a place of curiosity and really dig in and find out how they got to do what they’re doing now. What was their career path? Did they always know what they wanted to do? Find out what their day to day is like or ask what’s the most challenging part of their job is or what they like least about their job? What’s the company culture like where you work. 

    Go for quality over quantity and trust the process and your intuition. Personally speaking,  because of my curious nature, I can get really caught up in a conversation with one person. Then I will hear the voice inside my head saying,"you need to talk to more people". But, no, I tune back to my intuition and tell myself I’m talking to exactly the person I need to be talking to right now.  The x# is completely up to you. Don’t forget to exchange information so you can follow up later via email and Linkedin!

    4. Aim to ask one person out for coffee. 

    Once you’ve had your set number of conversations, choose one and ask them to meet up for coffee or lunch. This will help you get out from behind your computer and out to meet people face to face.  How easy is it for us to get locked in the virtual world? How does it make you feel to connect with someone in person rather than on Zoom or Google Hangout or Facebook? It creates a much deeper connection, in turn creates more of a bond, which may lead to an opportunity somewhere down the line.

    5. Find a Wing(wo)man.

    And if you really don’t want to go alone, find a Wing(wo)man. I always tell clients who "hate to network" to find a Wing(wo)man, (aka a friend), choose something fun that you both want to do, discuss your professional objectives and 2-3 talking points you’d like each other to highlight about each other before walking in. I love this idea because you don’t have to talk about yourself and it takes the pressure off! You get to brag about your friend and their accomplishments and goals and your friend gets to brag about you.

    6. Taking Imperfect Action

    After the event, my client emailed me saying, "This morning was really fun despite my initial anxiety. It was really helpful having you there as a familiar face". 

    What if she decided not to go becuase she didn’t have the perfect elevator pitch? She ended up having nice convesations, she boldly went up to a few of panelists and introduced herself without a perfect elevator pitch. Now, she has 4 more new contacts then she did before! I always tell my clients when feeling stuck or the inner perfectionist is driving to take imperfect action because it will get you one step further.

    Going into a networking event when you’re in the thick of career exploration and not having all the answers quite yet, is ok! Be with the feeling of uncomfortableness as this is just one phase in your career evolution. 

    When you do finally land in your next dream role, you’ll look back on this time as a time of growth and will have your own wisdom to share when you meet others going through it. 

    Kori Burkholder, Certified Professional Career & Life Coach

    Kori Burkholder is a Career Success Coach helping early to mid career professionals who’ve awoken to the reality that they want more purpose driven, fulfilling, flexible careers, but are unclear on how to bring it into a reality. She takes clients through her groundbreaking, transformational Career Clarity system that helps transform confusion into a clear vision with a solid plan to bridge the gap. Kori’s work is centered around using creativity as a pathway to turn career, business and life dreams into reality. Kori’s coaching and creative workshop facilitation provides tools, ideas, and resources to support individuals and organizations to become their happiest and best selves.

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  • 08/07/2019 - Kori Burkholder 0 Comments
    6 Creative Ideas for Your Next Holiday Office Party

     6 Creative Ideas for Your Next Holiday Office Party

    Why start thinking about planning and booking your holiday office party in August?

    Because you won’t be scrambling around come early December frantically Googling "cool holiday office party ideas nyc" or "fun team building events nyc" all while calling, filling out online forms, waiting, then getting the same message, "sorry, we’re booked!" Suddenly, you find yourself biting your nails for the first time in you life because the only thing left is "happy hour at [insert a lame bar]". Now, you’re dealing with possibly of disappointing the whole office! 

    Allow me to spare you the pain! I’ve got you covered with 6 fresh ideas that will make you look like a ROCK STAR when presenting your ideas to the powers that be. 

    Here are 6 Creative Ideas for Your Next Office Party

    I’m a big believer in taking on new challenges. When we’re stretched outside of our comfort zone, that’s where the real growth happens and presicely when and where the team bonding occurs. When experiencing something new together, that’s when office mates get to know each other on a whole new level, which sparks a new appreciation for each other.

    Each of these team building experiences are designed to challenge, to be fun, to encourage self-expression, build confidence and tap into the infinite well of creativity! 

    ART: Paint Your Dreams Into Reality Creative Experience

    This goal oriented, creative activity challenges participants to get clear on a single goal they’d like to achieve within the next year (career, personal, business). Once there’s clarity, individuals get to enjoy a creative experience that blends intention, visualization, interactive dialog and coaching to help individuals and teams move through blocks, and powerfully ask for what they need next to bring it into reality. The session culminates in a fluid watercolor experience incorporating the inspiration we’ve gathered along the way to create a visual touchstone that represents the dream and goal. This experience provides a sort of mental incubation period that can enhance creative thinking, long-term planning, and self awareness. Led by Kori Burkholder, Career Empowerment and Creativity Coach.

    PUBLIC SPEAKING: Public Speaking for Visionaries 

    It is possible to create a movement with your words. To confidently express your Vision with clarity and passion.You and your team members will learn to inspire from your heart and convictions. You will learn to transform your language around challenges and be the one who inspires solution oriented thinking in any group or organization. Your team will learn valuable tools to get into their bodies and out of their head. Practice speaking through fear and limiting beliefs and find a speaking warm up and mindset that works for you. This is a real confidence and leadership booster! Led by PR, Media Training and Public Speaking Coach Marcy Clark.

    IMPROV: Improv for Relationship Building 

    Life is improvisational, and play is the universal connector, most people crave play, but don’t know how to initiate or sustain AND the holidays season stresses so many people out, that if play is a part of it, it can change the temperament of the whole season! Imagine being guided to let loose, connect, be silly and step out of the ordinary chit chat and small talk! The main intention for this work is to feel liberated with creativity laughter and surprise!  A step out of the ordinary and towards imagination, and into the fantastical. Think charades with a ton more movement, engagement and community building. Lead by the one and only Enchantress Shane Kulman ,  owner of The Awkward Academy, your group will feel lighter, more jovial and have an experience that will be the highlight of the season! 

    COMEDY: Injecting Comedy Into Your Marketing Message 

    Laughter is hailed as "the best medicine" so if you’re ready to tackle your stale, flat marketing message, or just a different approach around brainstorming anything , then this fun, light and inspiring comedy experience is for you! Your team will learn Why "I’m not funny" is just a myth, access the humor in any message and utilize it for optimal reach and impact, subconscious ways that comedy helps connect you and your message to your audience and the science behind what makes laughter so effective. You will also experience it in action with Jenn’s Motivational Stand Up and laugh your way to a breakthrough! Led by Jenn Lederer, Motivational Comedian + Leadership Strategist For Creative Entrepreneurs.

    DANCE & MOVEMENT: Dance Into Your Answers

    Whether you’re stuck in a creative rut, approaching transitions, or just itching to let loose and have fun, this team-building workshop and performance session is here to help you. How? Through interpretive dance! But not the kind that you might imagine. Jess will take prompts from you and your team (what are the highlights from the year?) and create fun, comedic dances on the spot to entertain. You’ll also be led through a process of collaboratively creating your own interpretive dances, leading to laughs, movement, and surprising insights that might literally help you dance into answers you’ve been seeking. Led by Jess Grippo "Funny Dancer" + Creativity Coach

    CREATIVE & THOUGHTFUL: "With Gratitude, Me" Card Making Playshop

    Perfect for the holiday season! It’s no secret that expressing gratitude improves mental, physical and relational well-being. Why not take that positive energy into the office? Take the focus off the individual and think of someone on the team or family or friends – anyone they’d like to express gratitude for someone else’s contributions, their talents and their actions. When we consciously practice being grateful for the people, situations and resources around us we begin to attract better relationships and results. Stamps are provided! Imagine opening your mailbox and getting a handmade card of gratitude! This is just a FEEL GOOD, CREATIVE activity. Led by Kori Burkholder, Career Empowerment and Creativity Coach.

    And there you go, 6 fun, creative team building experieneces built for growth, bonding and laughs. One more idea! You could even create a full program that include all of these team bonding experiences. Interested? Let’s talk.

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  • 06/27/2019 - Kori Burkholder 4 Comments
    5 Obstacles Keeping You Stuck and How to Break Free

     

    5 Obstacles Keeping You Stuck and How to Break Free

    It happens to the best of us. We’re deep into our chosen careers and businesses and suddenly we realize that we’re stuck in a pattern where every day feels like an effort or drudgery. We worked SO HARD to get here, so what now?

    I specialize in working with creative professionals who are looking for more fulfilling careers. The major lesson I’ve learned is that we often think that we need a whole career change, but once we dive deeper we find that maybe it’s not the job, but something else. Frequently opportunities for growth and alignment are literally right at our fingertips. 

    Melissa, a smart, bright and super talented copywriter was wanting to work on building her leadership skills, create more confidence in her abilities and ask for what she wants and deserves. We got busy crafting her career success stories and building her 5 year career vision. We figured out that Melissa’s big vision is to be a Creative Director, working with a brand that aligns with her vision, values and purpose while leading a team of copywriters and art directors. 

    With the big vision carved out, we spotted an opportunity for leadership growth, which was to ask for a title bump from Senior Copywriter to Creative Director.  This had been in the back of her mind for months, but due to her own fears and insecurities she kept putting it off.   

    When I challenged her take this on, she became silent. I was curious what the silence was about and she shared with me all of the stories she’d heard from other co-workers that had done the same and either got denied, or heard the word NO. This had become a big obstacle for her and became an excuse not to do it at all.

    I pointed out that this was their experience and that it should not prevent her from going in and doing it herself.  We tapped back into her big vision and how this action step was crucial towards her own leadership development and that it SHOULD feel uncomfortable because it is a new growth experience.

    We got to work and looked back on the last 12 months and what she contributed, what she achieved, we got numbers and data together and prepared as much as we could for any possible objections that could come up. She could now clearly see that she was already doing the work of a Creative Director and that she really did deserve a title bump! With this new level of confidence she sent the email to her boss and set up the meeting.

    Immediately afterwards, she called me and said, "that was just about the easiest thing I’ve ever done!" I asked her if she had to build a case or use any of the prep work we did and to my surprise she said no! That her boss already thought she was a Creative Director and made the change in the computer on the spot! See what happens when we get out of our heads and into action?

    Can you relate to Melissa’s story? Why do we get stuck when pursuing our life, career and business goals? In my work, here are the 5 most common obstacles I see:

    Lack of a bigger vision, no clear idea 

    Hey, when we don’t have a big vision, where are we going? How do we navigate choices and make the right decisions? With a lack of a big vision we might miss big opportunities that show up that are in alignment with what we want. Having a big vision is EVERYTHING!

    Create "failure" stories about the future

    We have big ideas that could really change our lives, careers, businesses for the better, but then we start creating these elaborate stories of failure, or embarrassment or what could happen in the future and we talk ourselves out of it before we even begin!

    Caught in the Mind Merry-Go-Round and not knowing how to get off 

    Should I stay in this job or should I go? Should I write the book? If I write it who the heck will read it? Should I leave the security of my job and turn my side hustle into a business? Yes, no, yes, no, maybe? Yes. No?  And we just keep going around in circles on the Mind Merry-Go-Round.

    Lack of confidence, fear, uncertainty 

    When we are going into uncharted territory, like Melissa – fears will pop up! It’s inevitable, but we can work with the fear. My friend Shane Kulman, Transformational Guide for the sensitive always says,"It’s just energy". She’s right! Fear is energy that can either fuel us or freeze us. We used Melissa’s fear as a growth opportunity to get her the title bump, which will lead her to her next role at a company that aligns with her values and purpose.

    Lack of a plan

    Once the other ducks are in a row, it’s easier to see the steps to take towards the big vision. Like Melissa, we knew that in order to get to the next step she had to get uncomfortable in order to grow – but we also had to plan for it. The prep work built her confidence to go in and ask for what she deserved.  

    What’s the big lesson here to overcome these obstacles? TAKE ACTION! An idea is just an idea when it lives in your head. Are you lacking a big vision? Are you stuck on the Mind Merry-Go-Round or stuck in your fears of uncertainty? What failure stories are you currently creating right now?

    Here is the perfect opportunity for you to take action now! Join us on July 24th at The New York Open Center for Start that Sh*t Inspired Action Playshop where we will work through a proven methodology to get unstuck and you will get into action and make strides towards your own big vision. You will know exactly what to do next to keep the momentum going! Are you ready to play?

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  • 05/30/2019 - Kori Burkholder 17 Comments
    4 Fun Ideas to Boost Your Career Success This Summer

    4 Fun Ideas to Boost Your Career Success This Summer

    Summer is typically the time to take a mental break and enjoy the warm weather, the fun vibes, outdoor picnics and activities. But, the dog days can be a great time to take stock of your career and its trajectory (or lack thereof) and what you want to achieve next. You can take advantage of the downtime to create new goals and find fun ways (yes, fun!) to boost your career momentum no matter what you’re seeking next.

    Is it to find a new job/industry, expand your network, build more leadership skills or maybe it’s to find more work life balance? 

    First, figure out what your career goal is and then try out these 4 fun ideas designed to boost your career success this summer.

    Hate to Network? Find a Wing(wo)man

    If you’re looking to change jobs or industries it’s important to get out there and meet people and expand your network.

    When you hear the term "networking event" what comes to mind? Many people feel dread, nervousness, anxiety, discomfort and awkwardly forced conversations. And the thought of having to talk about themselves, having their "elevator  pitch" down and a CTA to top it off can often derail efforts from doing it at all!

    It doesn’t have to be this way. Networking can be fun if you get a little creative with it. I always tell clients who "hate to network" to find a Wing(wo)man, (aka a friend), choose something fun that you both want to do, discuss your professional objectives and 2-3 talking points you’d like each other to highlight about each other before walking in.

    I love this idea because you don’t have to talk about yourself and it takes the pressure off! You get to brag about your friend and their accomplishments and goals and your friend gets to brag about you.

    And that’s it! Enjoy the activity and see what you can make happen. You are both are a team accomplishing more together than either one of you could ever do alone.

    Want more visibility? Put together a fun team activity

    Want to boost your leadership and visibility? Whether you’ve been working at the same company for years or you’re a newbie at your company, why not create and organize a fun work activity? It could be anything from hosting a creative happy hour at the latest trendy outdoor space or an inhouse activity.

    When YOU become the organizer it puts you into the spotlight. It shows leadership and initiative. It’s no secret that people bond over new experiences. As a workshop facilitator, I see it all the time when colleagues  participate in a new experience together, they walk away with more compassion and camaraderie towards their co-workers. It’s an easy way to get to know the people you work with on a whole new level and can boost team productivity and communication.

    If you are at a loss for ideas, here are a few to get the wheels spinning and will  make you look like a superstar – organize an art happy hour in office or at a location off-site, initiate a group improv or acting class (hey! I just signed up for this and thought we could all do this together), or I’m sure one of your coworkers is a certified (something) like maybe outdoor yoga/mediation, a team run or even raising awareness and money for charity that aligns with the mission of your company or organize a lunch n’ learn around a topic of interest.

    Whatever you choose, make it fun and at the same time, it could put you on the map as a leader and someone who enjoys bringing people together.

    Need more work life balance? Explore a passion

    Are you needing more work life balance? Being a busy professional, we can often get caught up in our work, office politics, tight deadlines and our stress can go through the roof! Usually the things we love to do or think about doing often takes a back seat as "other things" move into higher priority.  

    Having a passion to explore outside of work creates more balance and can reduce stress levels as it becomes an outlet for your emotions and creativity. 

    Personally speaking, I’ve always had something going on outside of my day job – whether it be painting, tennis, my many side hustles, which gave me more purpose and fulfillment, in result giving me more energy and focus at work. 

    The other advantage is that when you’re in a happy place you are your best self, feeling confident, content, maybe even more relaxed. Typically, when we’re in our element and consumed with a passion project we tend to feel more ourselves, which is a great place to be when meeting others and a fun way to network, too!

    Don’t keep it all to yourself! Share your career goals with others

    Whatever your career goals are this summer, start sharing it with others. For example, when you’re at a BBQ or taking that surfing class make an effort to get to know the person sitting or paddling next to you and share with them that your dream company is [fill in the blank] and your dream role is [fill in the blank]. You never know, that person might just know recruiter for that company.  

    As J. Kelly Hoey, author of Build Your Dream Network who has a slew of great ideas for networking says, "What I do know about networking is this: It is an essential and continuous activity. You control the effort – but not the outcome. Networking is everywhere." I agree, networking opportunities are all around us.

    Growing your career this summer can be a fun activity in and of itself, even if you’re on a "mental break." Create the goal, try out these 4 fun activities and see what happens for your own growth. Oh! Don’t forget to grab your sunglasses because your career path is looking so bright you’ll need them (yes, I just used a cheesy metaphor)!

    Please comment and share your results in the comments section below..

    Kori Burkholder, Certified Professional Career Coach

    Kori Burkholder is a Career and Creativity Success Coach and facilitator of transformational art experiences for busy professionals who have a desire to explore their unique creativity. Kori’s work is centered around using creativity as a pathway to turn career, business and life dreams into reality. Kori’s coaching and facilitation provides tools, ideas, and resources to support individuals and organizations to become their happiest and best selves.

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  • 05/05/2019 - Kori Burkholder 2 Comments
    5 Easy Steps to Clear Up Career Confusion this Summer

    5 Easy Steps to Clear Up Career Confusion this Summer

    Feeling stuck and confused about your career path? Summer is the perfect time to reflect and plan for September when the hiring season begins again.

    With the summer fast approaching, the vacation mindset begins to seep in. It’s the high season for fun, vacation, BBQ’s and beach days which makes easy to "check out".  

    But, if you’ve been feeling stuck and experiencing career confusion, summer can be a great time to "mentally recalibrate" as it’s typically the time of year when the corporate hiring season slows down. Take time now to reflect and figure out what you want, why you might be unhappy and explore what other options might be out there for you.

    How do you know if you have career confusion?

    Career confusion shows up in many ways and as a Career Success Coach, I hear it all! The most common clues I hear from professionals are: it’s hard for them to get out of bed in the morning, they feel depressed, they’re highly irritable, they snap at co-workers, they’ve stopped caring about the quality of their work, they feel resigned, they’ve stopped growing, they’re in robotic mode, underutilized and the list goes on!

    In this state of confusion, they’ve become paralyzed with indecisiveness or are feeling desperate to get out of a bad situation. Some have been busy updating resumes and maybe even interviewing, but not landing any offers. When I ask what they’re looking for they say they’ve been applying for any job –and ones that they don’t even want!  

    I get it. I’ve been there. You’re really unhappy and you want change now and anything would be better than where you are.  But, when in fuzzmode, looking at job sites, sending out resumes blindly and interviewing for jobs you don’t want isn’t the best use of your time. It’s like trying to hit the bullseye with a blindfold on wondering why you keep missing!

    Figure Out What’s Missing First

    First, you’ve got to figure out what’s missing, what are you really running away from or towards? You want to get super clear on what’s bothering you at work so it won’t follow you into your next role. Is it your boss, co-workers, the company culture, your salary, all of the above?

    Once you’ve pinpointed it and have figured out what you really want in your next role – then it’s time for the more tactile things like revising your resume, writing cover letters and practicing your interviewing skills.

    Set Off On a Career Expedition 

    To  start clearing up your career confusion this summer, work through these 5 questions. These are designed to take you deep and will get you clearer on what your ideal life looks like and start consciously building a career around your work preferences, your favorite skills, strengths and what you really want in your next role.

    1. Are your values in sync with your company’s mission?

    Figuring out your career values is the key to fulfillment. Once you figure this out it will be glaringly obvious why you’re unsatisfied in your job. When you know your values it’s much easier to navigate career choices and make decisions quicker. Figure out your top 6 values and create a unique definition of what they mean to you. Now compare your work with your values. How many are being met? Are you living in alignment with your values?

    2. What would you rather be doing?

    When you daydream, what’s it about? What would you be doing if money wasn’t a factor? Is it starting a new business, working for a company, product, brand you feel more passionate about? Are you saving animals or the environment? These could be mini clues for future career possibilities or creating more balance and fulfillment outside of work.

    3. What’s your 5 year career vision?

    9 out of 10 people I ask this question don’t have an answer to this question.  If you don’t know what you’re aiming how do you know where you are going? You’re wearing that blindfold again! What do you want your career to look like in 5 years? What kind of company are you working with? What types of people are you working around? Are you the boss? Are you managing a team? What kind of projects are you working on? If you are one of those who don’t have a career vision, start there – with what you don’t want.

    4. When was the last time you did a skills audit?

    As we progress in our careers we’re always picking up new skills and figuring out which ones we enjoy using and the ones we don’t. Has your job become more analytical than creative? Are you doing more online research than in person? Determining your  top 5 favorite skills every few years is fundamental to career development. Knowing what skills you want to lead with makes it easier to navigate career choices as they arise. Knowing these puts you in a great position to ask the right questions in an interview and confidently articulate your strengths!

    5. What can you do TODAY to help your professional growth?

    I am a huge proponent of looking around in your current work situation to find opportunities for your career growth. As you’re getting more intune with your career vision you will start to see gaps that need to be filled. You can start to create new opportunities for yourself without having to change jobs! This will revive you, it will give you more purpose and will set you up for success when it comes time to make a change.

    With a clear vision, it’s so much easier to build a plan that supports your goals.

    When you have a clear career vision, it’s so much easier to build a plan that supports your goals and you can see the gaps that need to be filled to get you from A to B. Do you need to learn new skills? Ask for a raise or promotion? Build a network in a new industry? Connect with new co-workers?

    By the time September rolls around and the hiring season kicks back in, you’ll be in a great position to succeed in your next big career step!

    If you need help with finding career clarity and bridging the gap, book a free Exploratory call with me and let’s figure this out together.

    Kori Burkholder, Certified Professional Career Coach

    Kori Burkholder is a Career and Creativity Success Coach and facilitator of transformational art experiences for busy adults who want to discover their unique creativity. Kori’s work is centered around using creativity as a pathway to turn dreams into reality. Kori’s coaching and facilitation provides tools, ideas, and resources to support individuals and organizations to become their happiest and best selves.

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  • 02/25/2019 - Kori Burkholder 2 Comments
    How to Successfully Ask for a Raise

    How to Successfully Ask for a Raise

    Let’s face it: We all want to make more money. We might have ambition or want to take on more projects. Or we might want to be rewarded for loyalty or completing a big project on time and under budget.

    But having those difficult conversations of asking for a raise can be trickier. It’s hard to broach the concept of money with management, particularly because you might not be sure what your flexibility in numbers is and you might not be sure what kind of options exist. 

    One thing to do is research — to figure out what your profession pays people. You also need to figure out what’s stopping you from asking for a raise. For some people, they just aren’t comfortable with the conversation. Some think they might be termed pushy. Or perhaps its lack of confidence, self doubt or maybe they just haven’t taken the time to sit down and reflect and analyze what they’ve accomplished in their role up to this point.

    So how can you get over your worries and instead ask for (and get) the raise you deserve? This graphic offers some ideas. 

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  • 11/05/2018 - Kori Burkholder 1 Comment
    7 Easy Ways to Deal with Stress At Work

    7 Easy Ways to Deal with Stress At Work

    While Figuring Out Your Next Career Move

    Monday morning you wake up before your alarm goes off. You’re already feeling anxious and stressed. You’re dreading going into work because you just don’t like your job anymore. You feel frustrated because the work  doesn’t light you up as it once did or maybe it never did?

    56% of employees report stress and anxiety impacts their work performance. As a career success coach, I hear all sorts of anxiety and stress triggers that professionals deal with at work on a daily basis, f or instance:

    • Fran, an account manager at a media agency is constantly stressed because she’s working 60 hour weeks, getting bounced around from account to account, gets very little recognition for her contribution and has become resentful for the lack of any consistency.

     

    • Mary, a creative director at an ad agency is always fearful of getting laid off because of the latest industry trend of mergers/acquisitions and budget cuts. This translates into working late hours and weekends to continually prove her worth.

     

    • Amelia, a Program Director at a non-profit is in a constant state of hustling to secure funding for programs and deals with a 90% rejection rate and has to deal with a "crazy boss" who yells and throws things around his office after each rejection.

     

    • Sheila, a pharmacists has to be very precise in her job. If she makes a mistake, it could literally mean life or death. Overtime, this has taken a toll on her health because its a constant source of anxiety and stress.  

    Each one of these women is now working towards creating her ideal career path, but how do you deal with the stress and anxiety at work while navigating the shift, which could easily take months?

    Here’s 7 easy strategies to deal with stress and anxiety at work while searching for what’s next in your career:

    1. Get Up and Move Your Body

    Stress gets caught in the body, so when you get a hit of anxiety get up move. Go for a walk, go for a coffee, take a lunch yoga class or go into an empty conference room and stretch. Moving the body is a great way to release tension and get back into a more relaxed state.

    2. Tune Into Your Breath

    Sure, our breathing is on autopilot (thankfully!!), but our breathing can get out of whack when stressed out. The simple act of tuning into your breath can immediately release tension.

    Kathleen Booker, The Jedi of Calm shares, "if we ignore our Breath we give more space in our mind and body for anxiety, worry, brain fog and exhaustion. This equals bad health, disease and less productivity at the job and home. The Breath is always present. Make the switch, you already know how to pick up your phone instantly. Learn to take a deep inhale before you do..it will shift your life dramatically. As a result your anxiety and worry will decrease and your ability to focus will increase. You will become more productive and live a healthier life.’

    Try this next time you feel stress or anxiety coming on: take 3 deep breaths in, hold for 3 and breath out for 3. Repeat three times. Now notice how you feel. 

    3. Tune Into Your Body

    Try to pinpoint exactly where the anxiety is living in your body. Is it in your stomach, chest, head? Give it a shape, a size, weight, color and give it a name. Talk to it. Ask what it’s purpose is in the moment. Listen. Now notice how heavy the anxiety is in weight. As you give it attention the weight of it should decrease quite significantly.

    4. Tune Out

    In Amelia’s case, she has a crazy boss who yells when things don’t go his way. Although this is never directed towards her, it does disrupts her workflow and can trigger her own anxiety. She found some noise reduction headphones and has been putting them on and listening to some calming music or an interesting podcast during these outbreaks in order to literally tune out so she can tune back into her work.

    5. Speak Up and Release

    Can you go straight to the source of stress, talk about it and figure out how to tackle it, together? Do you have a colleague, mentor, coach, psychologist, or someone you can vent to? The point here is to release it. When you keep things bottled up that’s when it starts to grow bigger and bigger. Keeping the stress inward can cause sickness. So find someone who you can talk to. Anyone coming to mind? Reach out to them today, speak up and release.

    6. Morning Rituals: Arm Yourself With Calmness

    Highly successful people start their day with a morning ritual. It allows your mind to slowly wake up and for the creativity to flow and to get grounded into the day. Start your day with a mindfulness practice anywhere between 5-60 minutes. Find an activity that calms your mood and mind. It could be meditation, painting, writing, listening to music, dancing whatever it is, choose something you like to do and will look forward to. 

    In Sheila’s case, she chose to wake up an hour earlier each day to journal, play guitar and/or dance to one "happy song". A few weeks into it, she stopped waking up feeling stressed because she looks forward to her morning ritual routine. She’s also reported being much calmer on her way to work and throughout her day.

    7. Get Sleep

    Being too busy can trigger stress responses and if you’re working 60+ hours a week it can be tough to get a good night’s sleep. Sleep deprivation is no joke! My belief is that you can create time. After digging deep into a client’s life and schedule 99% of the time we can find ways to make adjustments to get more sleep. Getting the proper amount of sleep is going to give you more patience, motivation and creativity to continue moving towards your next career move and being more alert to recognize new opportunities for growth in your current situation.

    You may not be able to change things outside of your control, but you can control how you deal with it. Take a breath, speak up, get enough sleep and keep moving in the direction of your ideal career and life. Surround yourself with the right people and use the tools to deal with the stresses as they come up.

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  • 10/03/2018 - Kori Burkholder 0 Comments
    Stepping Out With Confidence When Stepping Into A New Career

    Stepping Out With Confidence When Stepping Into A New Career

    7 Beauty Secrets To Help You Feel Confident From Within

    Before stepping into your new dream job it’s time to think about how to step into it as confidently as possible.  I always recommend taking time to mindfully check in and ask yourself, "how do I really feel on the inside and out"?

    And who better to ask beauty advice than Candi Sterling, Founder of Candi Marie Beauty. Candi delivers exquisite beauty experiences designed to promote confidence, rejuvenation and self-care.  Specializing in bespoke beauty, she creates custom cosmetics that match skin tone while supporting skin health.

    I asked Candi to share a few tips on how to feel the most confident and powerful when it comes to stepping into your next dream job.

    She shared that "similar to your individual skill set, your own brand of beauty is unique" and goes on to say that "over the years, I’ve seen women feel most empowered when they have a personal connection and a strong sense of pride about their outer image. That is one of the reasons why I love connecting my clients to quality products, and guide them in developing a beauty routine that is truly based on their wants, desires and lifestyle."

    Are you curious about what her inner and outer beauty guidance specifically entails? She opened up about her client process and shared insights on what she found has helped both herself, and her clients.

    Here’s Candi’s 7 Beauty Secrets To Help You Feel Confident From Within:

    #1 Imagine The Most Successful Version of Yourself

    First, envision what she looks like and how she moves through her day. How does she feel, and more what does she need to be at her best? This is where mindset and personal growth work come into play. Getting clear on who you want to become paves the way for making this your new reality. This is my initial step whenever I embark on a new initiative or being a new venture, and I have seen this exercise help others open up to new possibilities.  

    #2 Capture Your Updated Look that Matches Your Future Success

    This is where you get to have a little fun and shamelessly dive into Pinterest or your favorite style magazine. No matter how you do it (online or with scissors and glue), take some time and create a vision board that captures beauty looks that align with your future success. What looks good to you? The only rule is that everything you include should inspire you.

    #3 Conduct A Lifestyle Audit

    Given today’s ubiquitous healthy living movement, it’s no secret that beauty begins within. However, the challenge that most women face is figuring out where they should specifically focus their efforts. Whenever I have this conversation with my clients, we always begin by analyzing their movements through the day, from dawn until night. Ask yourself honestly, are you caring for yourself in the most optimal way possible? Think about food, water, sleep and exercise… What areas of self-care need more attention in your life? More importantly, what can you do about it?

    #4 Love, Love, LOVE Your Skin

    ​​Your face is your #1 branding asset and we’re only born with one. This is why skin gets its own spotlight in the personal care department.  A common misconception is that skin care routines are simply feel-good pampering rituals… and there is nothing wrong with that! However, it does go much deeper that what one might first assume. For example, are you protecting from environmental stresses on a daily basis? For women changing careers, it’s also important to consider how the physical environment related to  your new career path might impact your skin or health. At minimum, make a habit to cleanse, tone and moisturize daily with products that are compatible to your skin type.

     #5 Update Your Beauty Tool-Kit

    Like pantry items that somehow seem to have survived last decade, expired makeup is something that can happen to anyone…  but don’t fret. Consider this time (while you’re making a shift in your professional life) the ideal moment to freshen up your makeup bag and dump old products. It won’t take long and truth be told,  this is an activity that should occur regularly as makeup expires throughout the year. During this process, it’s important to also clean makeup brushes, throw out old disposable applicators and clean the overall space where you store your personal care items.

    #6: Find Your Beauty Power Color

    Now that your old beauty items are gone, it’s time to explore new products and play with new shades — some of which may be on your beauty vision board you previously made. Power makeup colors are amazing because they give an instant boost of (that’s right) power. Maybe it’s that amazing customized foundation that perfectly captures "you" in a bottle, or perhaps is a bold lip color that says you mean business. For some women it’s well manicured nails and for others, it’s that perfect loose powder that instantly adds the right touch of color in all the right places. No matter what it is, this is where you can step outside of your comfort zone and stock up on something classic or really try something new.

    #7 Embrace Power of Beauty Affirmations

    As you move through this process you will start to see a difference in your own reflection, and feel more confidence as you move forward into your new career. Throughout this journey, powerful beauty affirmations will not only enhance your experience, they will build your believe in yourself. These beauty affirmations could be anything that empowers you!

    "I am beautiful today."

    "This is the lipstick color of a woman ready to take over the world!" 

    "This is the skin of an award winning fitness guru!"  

    Learn it, say it and believe it. With the right attitude, you will be ready to step out and face the next challenge that comes your way and you’re set up to not only rock your first day, but the first 90 days and beyond!

    About Candi Sterling

    Candi Sterling, is the founder of the women’s personal growth website On Her Mission and the creative director of Candi Marie Beauty – a brand dedicated to delivering exquisite beauty experiences. As a female entrepreneur, her mission is to help women live with confidence.

    Known for her lifestyle and image consulting expertise, she is a public speaker and beauty industry professional with an eclectic interdisciplinary background in journalism, the performing arts and information science. Her lifestyle brands serve as a powerful platform to empower women through beauty and online education.

    She is currently co-leads a Connecticut based chapter of Believe Inspire Grow and is a 2019 Ms. International candidate. Explore her personal journey and endeavors at candisterling.com

    www.candimariebeauty.com

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  • 08/01/2018 - Kori Burkholder 0 Comments
    4 key steps to connect to your unstoppable force

    4 key steps to connect to your unstoppable force

    Before making a big career jump or any big change in your life

    "The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why". – Mark Twain

    Before I left my job to launch my business, I had watched leadership expert, Simon Sinek and the "Why" advocate share in his famous Ted talk , "very few people or companies can clearly articulate WHY they do WHAT they do. By WHY I mean your purpose, cause or belief – WHY does your company exist? WHY do you get out of bed every morning? And WHY should anyone care? People don’t buy WHAT you do, they buy WHY you do it."  

    His talk inspired me to get to the root of my why, to find my unstoppable force. I knew going from full time employee to full time business owner wouldn’t be an easy transition especially after seeing my friends who’d already made the leap. I saw their struggles and I wanted to arm myself with mental tools to get me through the ups and downs.

    Let’s explore the 4 key steps to find your unstoppable force

    Step 1: Look back on your younger years

    Looking back on your younger years and what got you excited back then is an easy way to reconnect to what you value. 

    Spend some time reflecting on: 

    • How did you spend your free time as a kid?
    • What activities were you involved in as a teen?
    • What classes did you LOVE?
    • How did you answer the question, "what do you want to be when you grow up"?

    As a kid, you’d find me surrounded by friends, drawing, painting, playing in the woods and going on adventures on my bike. As a teen, spending time with friends, doing my art, going to parties and concerts and playing tennis were always on the top of my list.

    In hindsight,  I was always looking for fun ways to express my creativity that had a level of excitement, adventure and challenge, which is probably why I eventually chose a career in the entertainment industry.

    This process gives you the opportunity to think about what you value today and serves as reflection when you might be feeling indecisive, unclear or confused about what to do in certain career situations. I was able to identify the connection between my values and what has always fueled my career and life choices.

    Step 2: Study the lows and see the lessons

    Studying the lows teaches us how we got through tough times and won.

    Early on in my career, I had to wait tables for nearly 2 years before landing my first paying job on a movie set. Just as I was ready to call it quits, I got a call from my neighbor who just happened to be a Wardrobe Designer and needed an assistant for a new show called Dawson’s Creek.

    When I looked deeper into my determination during those 2 years, I was clear about what I wanted, an exciting, fun, creative career that didn’t involve sitting behind a desk from 9-5.

    Remembering how I overcame the more challenging times in my life helped me mentally prepare for what was to come. The reflection back on what fueled my fire throughout different stages of my career, reminded me that with my vision, determination, passion and the will to succeed, anything is possible!

    Now it’s your turn, start by ask yourself:

    • What was a low in my life and what was the lesson?
    • How and why did I endure it?  
    • What personal values and  traits were prevalent?

    Step 3: Dig deep until you find the gold

    When making a change and starting something new like a new job, a business, pursuing a passion – start by asking yourself, "why do I want this", "why am I doing this"? What is at the heart of it?

    Dig deeper and ask yourself, "why is that important" and when you get the answer to that ask again, "why is that important" and keep going until you can’t go any further. It might be something like freedom, contribution, creative expression, unconditional love, etc.

    Then ask yourself, "What would I do if I knew I’d be wildly successful?"

    By now you should start seeing patterns, words reappearing and themes starting to emerge. This is the start of your why – your unstoppable self.

    Step 4: Putting it Altogether

    Your why might evolve over time as mine did through my various careers changes. Today, I not only want creativity, fun, adventure and challenge, but I also want to be of service to others wanting to express their creativity and find a careers they love.

    Why? Because I have my North Star, I know where I’m heading. I get to be the conduit and witness the transformation through the work I do with my clients and get to see them go off in the direction that feels aligned with who they are. I get to wake up everyday and work on what inspires me and work through challenges as they arise and have the freedom to work from wherever and whenever I please.  That’s my why and that’s what drives my unstoppable force.

    Before you make a career jump, shift, or reevaluation, start by creating your big vision so you know where you’re going and then do some reflection back on your own life. It’s a real confidence booster and you’ll be reminded of just how powerful you truly are and in times of doubt, you will always have your unstoppable forceto sync back up with!

    And as philosopher, Frederick Nietzsche once said, "He who has a why can endure any how."

    Download ​​this​​ ​free worksheet to find your unstoppable force!

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  • 05/31/2018 - Kori Burkholder 0 Comments
    Get Unstuck: 4 steps to get clear on what you want and turn it into reality

    Get Unstuck: 4 steps to get clear on what you want and turn it into reality 

    "I don’t know what I want, but I know I need to do something"

    Sound familiar? Being a busy professional, it’s easy to put yourself and your dreams onto the back burner. Maybe you’ve been thinking about a career change or planning that dream trip to Amalfi or signing up for that improv class.

    But, you haven’t done it. Why?

    As a career transition coach I see so many people wanting to find more fulfillment and purpose in their careers and lives. By the time they find me, they’re done with excuses. The light has gone on.  They want to carve out time in their busy lives to put the focus back onto themselves and their dreams.

    The challenge is that most just don’t know where to start. More likely than not, their dream is a bit fuzzy. They know something is burning inside of them, but they need time to get more clarity and steps on what to do next.

    When the light is on, it’s the perfect time to take that long-held desire to do something and start to transform it from a fuzzy vision into a clear vision. We start with these four steps: 

    Step 1: Clarifying Your Dream – Finding Your North Star

    John C. Maxwell defines a dream as "an inspiring picture of the future that energizes your mind, will and emotions, empowering you to do everything you can to achieve it."  

    If you don’t spend time clarifying your dream, you’re not going to know where you’re going.

    You have to find your North Star, which is your inspiration, it’s why you get up in the morning. It’s the work that you’re here to do. It’s the driving force behind your dream. The more specific you can be about your dream, the more excited you will be to pursue it.

    To clarify your dream you need to figure out what you really want. If you don’t exactly know yet, start by figuring out what you don’t want .

    Once you know what you want, it’s helpful to lock it in by getting to the heart of your WHY. Simon Sinek, the "Why" advocate shares in his Ted talk , "People don’t buy WHAT you do, they buy WHY you do it." Start by asking yourself, "why do I want this"? Dig deeper by asking yourself, "why is that important" – keep going until you get to the heart of it (freedom, creative expression, unconditional love, etc.). Then ask yourself, "What would I do if I knew I would succeed? 

    Once you’ve identified your North Star, it’s time to start envisioning your success. 

    Step 2: Envisioning Success: The Power of Visualizing

    Visualizing opens up your mind, expands your perspective, and unlocks your creativity. It’s important is to be free and unlimited and allow your imagination to run wild and free.

    Visualizing is a way to turn your brain off for a moment instead of thinking about reality. It’s a  way to tap into your higher self, your subconscious mind and create from a space of nothing.

    It’s a place where you’re able to feel what it feels like to already be in your dream, so you’re able to lock in that feeling of what it’s like to already have achieved it. That feeling is feeding your subconscious mind and you are able to identify and zone in on the opportunities that are going to be leading you to your North Star.

    Mary Morrissey explains visualization as "a place that the power of our imagination is rooted. As you let the childlike side of yourself begin to dream and get emotionally involved with ideas that enliven you, you enter a new realm of possibilities. This new realm of possibilities comes with new solutions that were previously unavailable to you."

    Through this technique, I have manifested my relationship, dream trips and business partnerships. Recently, while facilitating Paint Your Wildest Dreams workshop for a women’s retreat in the Poconos I realized that I was actually living inside a dream from a seed I had planted 5 years prior while on a retreat in Ecuador.

    I had been envisioning in vivid detail The Inspirality Center, what it would look like, the design of the building, the view, who would be there and how I would feel being in the space.  I saw myself leading life changing creative programs and attracting the best healers and teachers in the world.

    It suddenly dawned on me as I was setting up, the room was very similar to my vision – big open space with sliding doors that revealed a beautiful view of a lake. I was surrounded by a beautiful community of women, who were healers and teachers leading life changing creative programs to women attendees who were there to create and live empowered lives. 

    That’s the power of envisioning! If I hadn’t spent time creating and clarifying my dream back then, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

    Step 3: Declaring Your Dreams To Create Opportunities

    Declaring it provides the opportunity to not only say it to yourself but the others around you will experience your dream through your own words, your unique expression and passion.

    For some, it’s not always easy to share it – for reasons like vulnerability, maybe some will laugh or say it’s unachievable. Personally, I had a story in my head that I’m not engaging or interesting enough and that people are bored when I speak ( limiting beliefs at its finest!). I recognized it as story and regularly challenge myself to share my vision with others because that’s when it starts becoming real and opportunities start showing up 

    When others hear you, you start to create personal accountability and through sharing it opportunities show up that might not have been there otherwise. Maybe someone has a helpful connection or is looking for what you have to offer. You just never know! 

    Step 4: Solidifying Your Vision With Your Unique Creativity

    The creative process adds fuel to your fire and allows the space to really connect to your vision on a deeper level. I encourage my clients after our deep work to solidify the vision by crafting a creative project like a painting, a vision board or journaling. Start with your intention in mind and start using your creativity to bring it to life.

    Now that your light is on, take action with these four steps! Get support. Keep sharing it with others. If you hit a bump in the road go back to your vision, your why and your artwork to keep you motivated.  And remember to have fun along the way!

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  • 05/01/2018 - Kori Burkholder 1 Comment
    How to Resuscitate Your Dead End Job

     You might be ready to jump ship right now from your "dead end" job, but if you’re unsure about what’s next you may have to suck it up while you’re figuring things out. Why not take advantage of the situation and make it work for you instead of against you?

    As a career transition coach I hear all sorts of complaints of why people don’t enjoy their jobs. I encourage them that resuscitating their job can be a creative and fun process and to just look around them, it’s literally fertile ground for growth opportunities.

    Start by asking yourself, what new skills can I learn or challenges can I take on that will empower my next career move?

    Is it to ask for a raise or promotion, improve my communication skills, ask for more responsibility, sharpen my negotiation skills, learn how to read contracts, blog, edit, etc.?

    4 common dead end job complaints and how to resuscitate each

     1. Complaint – I don’t get along with my boss.

    One of my clients who works in ad tech gets stressed out when her boss calls her in to present a new product idea. Usually it’s fairly complicated and hard to grasp at first. At the end of his scattered spiel, he’d say,"Got it?".

    Often times, she didn’t get it on the first go and would relay back what she heard. He’d shoot back,"No! You don’t get it, do you?", which was a major trigger for her.  She would blow up at him and storm out of the office.

    She grew tired of it and wanted to figure out a way to make their communication work better. We thought about how to best approach the conversation and what would be her ultimate outcome.

    We practiced until she was confident and then set up a time to meet with him. To her surprise, he was totally open to her feedback in how to best work with his communication and her learning style. He actually thanked her and things progressively got better between them.

    Action item: What is it that you don’t like about your boss? What doesn’t work for you? How can you take the lead and make it better for you, the team and the company? What’s your ultimate outcome?

     2. I’m stressed out even before my alarm goes off.

    One of my clients is a pharmacists and has to be very precise in her job. If there’s a mistake, it could literally mean life or death. Overtime, this has taken a toll on her and is a constant source of anxiety and stress.

    I suggested to start a morning ritual routine and fill it with whatever it is that makes her calm and happy. She chose to wake up an hour earlier each day and journal or play guitar and dance to one "happy song".

    A few weeks into it, she stopped waking up feeling stressed because she looks forward to her morning ritual routine. She’s also reported being much calmer on her way to work and throughout her day.

    Action item: What could you do in the morning to create more happiness and balance before you leave home? Is it writing, meditation, painting, dancing? Mark it down in your calendar as "ME TIME" for at least 30 minutes a day and make this a non-negotiable.

    3. I’m bored to death at work.

    Boredom is an opportunity to become resourceful and creative! One of my clients is an artist who does photo retouching as a day job. She hates it because it’s redundant and says there’s no creativity. The feeling of boredom is a perfect time to look around for opportunities! I asked her:

    • Can you look for assignments that are more aligned with your favorite work skills? No.
    • Is there any room for growth? No, I don’t want to put the more energy into this company.
    • Is there a new skill you want to learn? Yes, there’s a new software that I should learn and there’s a training next week. I’ll ask. But that doesn’t make my boredom go away.
    • Do you know all of your co-workers? No.
    • Would you be willing to ask someone you don’t know very well out to lunch and get to know them? Yes.

    She got the training, enhanced her skills and took a coworker out to lunch and found out she’s an artist, too! They are now collaborating on a new project together outside of work. 

    Action Item: There’s always something you can to do to inject newness into your job. Keep looking out for things you want to learn or people you’d like to meet, expand your network and start laying down the foundation for what’s next.

    4. My job is meaningless.

    When my client who works in the music business started out with her company it was her dream job. As time went on the company kept changing direction and suddenly she found herself working on a product she had zero interest in. But, she hung in there because she had grown attached to her high salary and the benefits. She could tolerate it, but continued to be unsatisfied and dreaded work.

    As soon as we uncovered her core values we found there was a gaping hole! She had been disconnected with the her own values for years. We’d also discovered that she wasn’t aligned with the mission of the company either. Now, she was crystal clear why her work had no meaning.

    Action item: When you are feeling unhappy, check in with your values and those of the company. What’s its mission? What’s your mission? More immediately, find a cause you’re really passionate about and start a fundraiser. Ask co-workers, bosses, friends to donate. In the meantime, start looking around for other companies with common values and missions.

    Use your "dead end" job as your playground for growth and empowering your next career move, whether its dealing with communication, learning a new skill, getting to know a co-worker better or just plain figuring out what you really want next in your career and life.

    What’s your biggest complaint about your "dead end" job and how can you use it to your advantage?

    Add to the conversation and add your comment below.

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  • 01/01/2018 - Kori Burkholder 4 Comments
    7 Steps To Create Your Big Vision for 2019

    Now that you’ve looked back and reflected on your big wins, disappointments and have thought about what you want to do different this year, it’s time to get creative and start to build your big vision. 

    This fun, creative process allows you let go of being strategic and organized while your creative and dreamy side comes out to play. Strategy, planning and goal setting comes at the end. For now, turn on some inspiring tunes, light some candles, and get out your journal, pens, markers, magazines, glue and anything else you need to be creative and in the flow.

    7 Steps To Create Your Big Vision for 2019

    1. Make a gratitude list: Make a list of what you’re grateful for and share it out loud to a loved one or heck, social media or looking at yourself in the mirror. When we express gratitude, we invite more of that into our lives (The Law of Attraction concept).
    2. Free write: about what you want in 2019 in your relationships, family, business, health, lifestyle, personal growth and so on. If you’re having a hard time, write about what you don’t want (this informs what you do want).
    3. Visualize: Connect with your Powerful Self and get insight and inspiration and get a glimpse into your future.
    4. Create your BIG Vision: what’s the essence from your free writing exercise? Can you sum it up in a a few words, for example, "2019 is the year of abundance and adventure!"
    5. Connect to your WHY: What lies behind what you want? Why do you want it? If it’s more money – what does money mean to you? More freedom, travel, providing for your family, accomplishment, etc. Get to the heart of your why and connect to it.
    6.  Create a visionboard: roll up your sleeves and get creative and crafty. Use the information gathered from above and visually lay out your goals, dreams and desires.
    7. Make a plan: Look at your vision board and figure out a few baby steps you can take for each item on it. If you have a picture of a beautiful beach location and this signifies a girls trip – what baby step can you take to make that into a reality? It might be to put away $50 per week, buy a new suitcase or go to a book store and look at different travel books.

    What are your goals for the New Year? What dreams and plans do you want to see happen for you personally, for your career, business, your family, your friends, for the world even? When it just lives in our head, thats where it lives. Be bold and put it out there to the world. Leave a comment below, share it in the Trailblazer group or email me directly: kori@inspirality.com.

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  • 12/31/2017 - Kori Burkholder 0 Comments
    10 Powerful Reflection Questions for the New Year

    I love the week between Christmas and New Year’s because it’s so quiet. I’ve been taking full advantage of it and planning for a powerful 2018 by reflecting on the last 365 days and creating a vision board around my business and life goals in 2019.

    This fun, creative process allows me look back on my year and shine the light on each area of my life with all its lessons and gifts, and welcome in an even more positive and productive year. I then set intentions about the goals I want to accomplish in each area: relationships, family, business, health, lifestyle, personal growth and so on.

    Before you go into the new year, I’d like to invite you to do this with me. Take an hour or two to reflect on who you are now and how your experiences over the last 365 days have shaped you and then start creating your big vision for 2019.

    10 Reflection Questions for the New Year

    1. What were your best accomplishments/achievements that makes you proud?
    2. What is your biggest disappointment?
    3. What was the smartest decision you made?
    4. What are you most grateful for this past year?
    5. Who came into your life this year and who left?
    6. What was your best financial decision?
    7. What is one miracle you experienced?
    8. What was the greatest, kindest service you performed?
    9. What unfinished goals do you have from this year?
    10. How do you want next year to be different?

    Spend some quiet time writing and reflecting not only on the answers but how you can learn from these events to avoid repeating them again in the New Year.

    Now that you’ve looked back over the past year and got clear on what happened, both good and bad, it’s time for part 2 of this exercise to create your big vision and goals for the new year!

    Get started on creating your big vision for 2019.

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  • 09/06/2017 - Kori Burkholder 0 Comments
    Are You Wearing Invisible Cuffs?

    For 3 years I was stuck in a job I hated. I wore my invisible cuffs that kept me in fear of the what if’s and afraid of the unknown.

    felt disconnected to the work, putting on a happy face, getting it done and counting down the minutes to "swiping out" and the days before it was Friday, again. I knew I had a bigger mission and my  time was being wastedsitting behind that desk all day in a freezing cold office wearing my winter coat no matter what season.

    When I began the job 8 years prior, I had landed my dream job! But then the company kept changing directions and each time my role changed, I became more disheartened with it’s mission and my purpose within the company.
     

    The turning point was when it morphed into an Ad Tech company and all of a sudden I was clueless, insecure and hating the work! I couldn’t pretend any longer. I had to take things into my own hands.
     

    I had the dream of growing my part time business into full time position. I desired to ease into it, so I got up enough nerve to ask to go part time and presented a strong case to my direct boss. He was surprised and warned me that it probably wouldn’t go over well with the CEO. A few weeks later, they laid me off. It really couldn’t have worked better! I was relieved and excited about my future. The invisible cuffs were finally released.
     

    Now, I spend each day growing my business, collaborating on projects that inspire me. I choose to work with clients who’ve awoken to their own desiresto break out of situations that no longer serve them, to discover their bigger mission and are determined to figure it out.
     

    I realize that in order to move forward we need to step out of our comfort zone and take some risks. I was clear a year earlier on leaving and pursuing my business full time and had financially planned for the transition, but, if I hadn’t gotten up the nerve to ask for what I wanted and make a stand for myself and my needs, I could very well still be sitting in that freezing cold office counting down the days until Friday.
     

    Are you ready to make a stand for yourself and find work that inspires and fulfills you? Join the upcoming 180º Career Shift Deep Dive Circle let’s do this together!


    Save the Dates:
    Kicks off September 13th, every Wednesday – November 1 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm EST.

    I’m Ready!

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  • 08/10/2017 - Kori Burkholder 0 Comments
    How To Face and Embrace Your Dark Parts to Break Free

    We are complex human beings with many parts of ourselves. Some we accept while others we alienate and bury deep down into the crevices of our soul because we think it’s better that way.  We put up a front so people won’t see our darker parts, the anger, resentment, fear, lust, bitchiness, etc. or our so called "weaknesses". Denying our dark, hidden parts can create chaos and disharmony.

    I’m always intrigued by the two "opposing", sides of self, both light and dark. For example, I spent many years torn between staying safe in my cush job and wanting to quit and start my own business. I looked at one part as good, Safe Kori and the other part as bad, Risk-Taking Kori. They both felt very compartmentalized.

    When attempting to silence or ignore parts of self, they can often get louder and even stronger, more forceful, sometimes it can even show up in the form of challenging people, patterns, circumstances, even in in physical form as stress, anxiety, depression or sickness. In my case, in the last year at this particular job, I was experiencing heart palpitations and couldn’t understand why because I didn’t feel stressed or anxious, I just felt numb.

    Find Out Who’s In the Driver’s Seat

    I realized that the Part that had been in the driver’s seat for the last 9 years was Safe Kori. She made sure everything stayed even keel in both her career and her home life. She loved making a nice and steady living, building up her 401K, saving money and enjoying her paid time off.  She didn’t want to entertain the idea of losing it as she feared we’d fall flat on our face, wither away and die on the streets of New York City. She kept us safe even if it meant dreading Monday through Friday.

    Dialogue and Meditate With the Alienated Part

    Learning to dialogue with these alienated parts of self helps to diminish its power and become our ally. I use a methodology on myself and with my clients to go deep into Parts of self, which is the key to our liberation. In my case, I wanted to touch base with the alienated part, Risk-Taker Kori, so I went into mediation and she told me the following:

    "I’m sick of living in this shoebox. Why have you sentenced me here? It’s dark and I’m suffocating. We’re wasting time, we’re uninspired, we’re disconnected. We’ve done riskier things and we’ve prevailed, we’ve won. Trust me. I am asking you to trust me again.

    The meditation was enlightening. At first she was pissed for feeling like a prisoner for so long. She was living in the pit of my stomach, wearing a white nightgown with a pair of scissors in her hand. She was pacing back and forth barefoot, with wiry blond hair, mascara streaming down her face as if she’d been crying. She resembled a psych patient. But, as I shined the light on her and gave her time to be seen and heard, she became lighter, excited and thankful that she got to say what she needed to say.

    It’s shining the light on the difficult or alienated aspects that allows us to understand, grow and evolve into our best selves. This is the start of the healing process. When we can connect with it and give it space to say what it needs to say, it lightens the burden and we can physically breathe easier. As we gather more and more information we can become more empathetic to ourselves as we begin to understand the pain and suffering and we can start to unify the Parts. 

    How To Do Parts Work on Yourself To Break Free

    Find a quiet, private spot where you won’t be interrupted and have a journal close by to take some notes afterwards:

    • Choose the target Part – in my case, I wanted to get to know Risk-Taker Kori
    • Close your eyes and connect with your breath
    • Notice any concerned Parts (Safe Kori) to kindly step back as you narrow in on your Target Part.
    • Begin to notice where this part lives in your body (pit of my stomach)
    • What does it feel like? (facing back and forth)
    • How heavy/light is she, in pounds, what shape/form is she, what color?
    • Do you notice anything else about this Part? (white gown, psyche patient)

    Now, Ask this Part:

    • What do you do?
    • How do you do it?
    • What are you afraid would happen if you didn’t do your job?
    • What else do you want [your name] to know about you?
    • Do you like your job?
    • What would you rather do?
    • Ask this part if there is anything else she’d like to share
    • Once you both feel complete, thank Parts to complete the process.

    After exploring one part (Risk-Taker Kori), go through the same process with the opposing part (Safe Kori) to begin to bridge the gap between them. How can they understand each other? How can they work together for the greater good?

     Integrating Light and Dark Parts

    The goal in doing Parts work is accepting and integrating the darker, more hidden parts of self into your daily life. Carl Jung once wrote of the shadow,"To confront a person with his shadow is to show him his own light. Once one has experienced a few times what it is like to stand judgingly between the opposites, one begins to understand what is meant by the self. Anyone who perceives his shadow and his light simultaneously sees himself from two sides and thus gets in the middle."  

    This process is by no means is an overnight solution. In fact, I had been exploring these 2 sides of myself for a year before taking the leap from employee to business owner. I had been working with my own Parts coach, doing meditation, healing mantras, chanting, journaling from each Part’s perspective and through my own artwork (seen below). It was my own unique journey towards self-love, as yours, too will also be empowering and unique.

    Do you have opposing parts? Which one has been in control and which one has been suppressed, buried, ignored and hidden in a shoebox?  

    If you’d like to explore your Parts, please contact me to learn more the process or to book a private session.

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  • 07/25/2017 - Kori Burkholder 0 Comments
    7 Ways to Beat Career Indecisiveness

    7 Ways to Beat Career Indecisiveness

    Have you ever experienced career indecisiveness? Where you felt overwhelmed by too many career options and just gave up and stayed put because it was the easier? Indecisiveness  is a consequence of having too many choices and as researcher Barry Schwartz calls this "choice overload."

    I’ve been there, too.

    Early in my career, I had been working at a big ad agency as a Executive Creative Assistant. I had the opportunity to go to Thailand solo for a month. While I was there, I ended up meeting some really interesting people and was having some eye opening life experiences when I decided to give into my adventurous side, quit my job, travel around SE Asia and teach English.

    When I got back to New York 5 months later, I had no freaking clue what I wanted to do next. The problem was that I had so many interests and choices that I became paralyzed with indecisiveness, thinking:

    Should I turn my passion projects into full time gigs, become a producer, get a Master’s degree, teach English, or finally pursue A&R for a music label, which is what brought me to New York in the first place.

    I then started bombing interviews for jobs I didn’t want, while trying out different things like in-person wine sales, which lasted all of a day.  This choice overload "problem" led me down a path of partying too much, perhaps as a way to deflect what was really going on, which was depression and hopelessness.

    Career Breakthrough Moment

    While searching for jobs on Craigslist, I saw an ad, "Lost in your job search? Try working with a Life Coach".  I didn’t know what a Life Coach was, but it got my attention and called the number. I met with him and decided to work with him. 2 months later, I landed my dream job at one of the biggest Indie record labels and found myself at the forefront of the multimillion dollar ringtone business!

    Let’s breakdown the process which helped me beat my indecisiveness:

    1. Create a deadline and accountability system:  I gave myself a goal to land a job in 3 months.  Working with my coach,  I was able to create structure, goals and have accountability to keep myself on track. For the accountability piece – you could ask a friend, family member, co-worker, etc.
    2. Process of elimination: I came into the meeting and laid down all my options like a deck of cards. We slowly started to eliminate some of the obvious ones until we  were left with just a few that really energized me. Over the course of a few weeks, it was clear to me which card to pursue.
    3. Have trust in your choice: once I decided, I felt at ease. I trusted that I made the right  choice. Having trust combats the fear of making the wrong choice. And look, sometimes it works out, while other times, not so much. In this case, it did! I was able to get on the ground floor of an exciting new revenue generating product in the music industry. I was writing voicetone scripts for Pitbull and Lil Jon and recording them together in the studio, what a dream!
    4. Put blinders on as to not get sidetracked: Before I landed the job at the Indie record label, I took a soul sucking temp job at Major music label in the IT department. The office had no windows, I had to work in a dark, freezing cold shoebox, I lived in spreadsheets looking for duplicate numbers and entering in new raw data. Yuck, my worst nightmare! I had to put my blinders on and keep reminding myself that there was a bigger mission.
    5. Detach from the outcome: In Deepek Chopra’s "The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success ," he says, "When you attach yourself to a specific objective, your intention gets locked into a rigid mindset, and you lose the fluidity, the creativity, and the spontaneity inherent in the field. It’s much better to stay open and relaxed about outcomes. Have goals, but don’t make them part of your happiness." For the Indie music label interview I prepared as much as I could, practiced my interviewing skills until I was confident. Afterwards, I kept myself detached to the outcome as it helped create a sense of calm and trust in myself.
    6. And Something More: I love the chapter in the book, Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude called "…And Something More", meaning is there something more you could do to bring the success you are seeking? During the indie label job interview I found out the woman hiring was getting married.  My ‘something more’ idea was to bring her a beautiful orchid with a nice note and drop it off at reception. I walked out detached to the outcome and just felt good to do something nice for someone else. Wouldn’t you know that that was the move that got me hired?
    7. Act, examine your results, make adjustments, and move on: I chose to act and found a way to conquer my choice overload. In most cases, it’s not the end of the world if you make the "wrong" choice. Nothing is permanent. If I didn’t like the job, I didn’t have to stay. About 1 year in, I set a goal to double my income. When I saw there was no room for advancement, I started interviewing elsewhere. One month later, I landed my next dream job as the Music Merchandising Manager for a mobile entertainment company and I did in fact, double my income that year!

    Beating career indecisiveness and choosing to be decisive leads you to your bigger purpose

    If you choose to stay in overwhelm of "too many choices", and don’t take action you’re depriving the world of your gifts.  Being decisive and taking action impacted my life and turned me in the direction of my purpose. Ironically enough, over a decade later armed with more life experience, I now help others out of choice overwhelm, empowering them to feel more connected to life and experience more joy in every day.

    Are you experiencing career indecisiveness and can’t decide what to do next in your career?

    I challenge you to write out all of your choices on different pieces of paper and spread them out like a deck of cards. Be decisive and toss out the ones that you don’t feel energized by. What’s left are the ones you need to start the process of elimination.

    Need help? Book a free 30 minute strategy session and we can tackle the elimination step together!

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  • 07/01/2017 - Kori Burkholder 0 Comments
    4 steps to turn negative thoughts into positive affirmations

    4 steps to turn negative thoughts into positive affirmations

    Negative thought patterns can destroy self worth and send you spiraling downward. Here’s how to transform them.

    We all have negative thoughts about ourselves. They creep in regularly with no warning no matter where we are or what we are doing.

    I just returned from a 5 week working vacation in SE Asia. One of my ultimate dreams turned into reality. Traveling and experiencing new cultures, eating ethnic food and working remotely. You think all would be good, right?

    One day early on in the trip I was with my business partner who’s 9 years younger and her friend who’s in her 20’s. We were talking to a local man trying to get a taxi and while we were waiting he asked me, "Is that your daughter?" I wasn’t sure which one he was referring to, but I was shocked, stunned and offended. It literally knocked the wind out of me and I immediately became depressed and I made it mean that I’m no longer attractive. I am old. I have nothing to offer the world. Who am I without my youth? It sent me into a downward spiral feeling really shitty and unattractive. I kept it bottled up for days, trying not to draw attention to it until I was triggered and bursted into tears.

    I finally said something to my business partner and we came to the conclusion that we all have "teachers" that come into our lives on purpose and force us to look at our own stuff. That he did!

    It’s our job to transform old disempowering beliefs into new ones that make us feel good. It’s important to go even deeper to understand the root cause of the reaction. As I look back at the encounter and how it rocked my world, I had to ask myself — what beliefs do I have about getting older and where did they come from? Based on what I made it mean I discovered some disturbing old beliefs: old people don’t get attention, life is over after you lose your looks, you can’t rely on your looks forever, they fade . I can imagine these came into being at as a teen and observing how society treats aging and how youth is treated like royalty.

    Once I wrapped my head around the forgotten "Teacher" concept, and got a better understanding of my worn-out belief system, I started using my own 4-step method that I use with my clients, which is to get clear on ‘what I don’t want’ to get clear on ‘what I do want’. From there, we create new affirmations to integrate into the internal dialogue and start the creation of new beliefs:

    1. Negative Thought: I’m old. What do I have without my physical youth? No one thinks I’m attractive anymore!
    2. I Don’t Want: I don’t want to feel shitty about getting older. I don’t want to feel unattractive.
    3. I Want: I want to feel sexy, beautiful, and embrace my age with confidence and excitement and feel gratitude that I get to embrace each new day to the fullest!
    4. Positive Affirmation: I am beautiful and sexy. I am embracing coming of age with excitement and vigor and what is and what is to be.

    Teachers will pop up in the strangest places, at any given moment and force us to look at ourselves in a new light. It will jolt us and knock us off balance, but it’s in how deal with it, learn from it  and transform it into something new and powerful that matters.

    Here I am shortly after the incident and getting caught warming up to do my Facebook Live. I love seeing this side of me.

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  • 03/19/2017 - Kori Burkholder 0 Comments
    Career Inspiration: Conquer Indecision, Master Networking and Life Long Learning

    Career Inspiration: Career Inspiration: Conquer Indecision, Master Networking and Life Long Learning

    In case you missed it on Facebook, here’s a wrap up of your Career Inspiration! 

    This week: 

    • Four Questions to Help You Figure Out If You’re Making the Right Decision: When clients find me, they are often at a crossroads – wanting change, but afraid of change. When you’re at a point of making that decision, ask yourself these few questions and see what comes out of it. Feel free to share your new found insights with me: kori@inspirality.com would love to hear about it! Get Inspired!
    • 20 Questions to Make Meaningful ConnectionsFocus on how you can start an engaging conversation
      I spent most of my day at a Women’s In Business networking event and I threw one woman off when I asked, "What do you love to do?" She said, "Wow, most people ask me what do I do for a living". Once she thought about it for a few minutes, she got on a roll and I loved seeing her light up when she talked about it. It’s a nice way to make a connection and even better when following up. Here’s a list of more questions for your back pocket. Get Inspired!
    • Bill Gates, Warren Buffett And Oprah All Use The 5-Hour Rule"The busiest, most successful people in the world find at least an hour to learn EVERYDAY". Read, Reflect, Experiment. 1 hour a day is definitely doable! What would you like to spend an hour today learning? For me? I’d say sassy sales skills. Listen now! 
    • Cultivate Your Voice 3 week workshopDo you have a bigger mission, but are held back by fear? Join VitaminR presents: Amplify Your Voice Series for hands-on small group program designed to empower you to amplify your message with confidence in person and in the media. led by PR veteran Marcy Clark and Career Transition & Fulfillment Coach Kori Burkholder. Program starts March 28, April 7, April 11th at CoLab-Factory from 6:30-9:30. Early bird special: $295 until 3/21 and $350 afterwards.
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  • 03/11/2017 - Kori Burkholder 0 Comments
    Career Inspiration: What advice would you give to your 22 year old career self?

    Career Inspiration: What advice would you give to your 22 year old career self?

    This week, I looked back and reflected on my career up to this point. What advice would I give to my 22 year old self in terms of her career? I remember 22 very vividly. I just got back from traveling in Europe and moved back home to Simsbury, Connecticut to save some money to move to Wilmington, NC. There, I took my first waitressing job to learn the ropes. I knew those were skills I was going to need for a much anticipated career in the TV and Movie industry. When I moved to Wilmington, I was bright eyed and bushy tailed and excited for the adventure. For my first few years, I experienced many many set backs, false starts, disappointments – but, somehow, I kept going. I kept the vision of what I was desiring front and center and just kept going for it. 

    This week: 

    • 12 Important Career Lessons Most People Learn Too Late in Life: All really good lessons here. What I could have benefited early on was knowing that success is incremental. I always wanted things quickly and would get so frustrated and depressed when I didn’t see results right away. Now, when I change gears career-wise, I do keep in mind that it does take time to build the empire.  Get Inspired!
    • Why You Should Change Careers Even When You Don’t Want To: What advice would you give your 22 year old self today? I would tell her to follow her dreams and desires. To look at fear in the eyes and and transform it into power, embrace change, have fun in the process and don’t take yourself too seriously! How about you? Get Inspired!
    • Song Inspiration! Electric Light Orchestra – Hold On Tight: This one pumps me up when I feel self-doubt or experiencing some disappointments. ELO tells us to simply hold on tight to our dreams. Visualize it. Feel it, touch it, taste it, be it, then listen to this. What song pumps you up when you feel in the career dumps? Listen now! 
    • Cultivate Your Voice 3 week workshopDo you have a bigger mission, but are held back by fear? Join VitaminR presents: Amplify Your Voice Series for hands-on small group program designed to empower you to amplify your message with confidence in person and in the media. led by PR veteran Marcy Clark and Career Transition & Fulfillment Coach Kori Burkholder. Program starts March 28, April 7, April 11th at CoLab-Factory from 6:30-9:30. Sign up for the FLASH SALE until 3/15 early bird special: $295 until 3/21 and $350 afterwards.
    If you’d like to see more of my posts, then please LIKE my Page and SHARE, COMMENT and/or LIKE. 
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  • 03/04/2017 - Kori Burkholder 0 Comments
    Facebook Round Up: networking wingman, confident public speaking, making a change at any age

    Facebook Round-Up: Career inspiration, networking wingman, confident public speaking in any situation and making a change at any age

    This week I found some inspiring articles around shifting into a new career that inspires you. First, it’s finding out what that is, then it’s making the decision and of course the many steps in between. What new skills do you need? I find honing in on your personal presentation and public speaking skills is a necessity. Being confident when talking about yourself, your message, your mission and goals in any situation. If you haven’t honed that skill yet, think about asking a friend to be your networking buddy or wingman where "I talk about you and you talk about me". Or think about taking a public speaking class. Here’s a round up of what you may have missed on Kori Burkholder: Career Transition Coach Facebook page, plus a special discount to an upcoming VitaminR public speaking and PR course.

    This week:
     

    • What makes you come alive? | Sean Aiken | TEDxVancouver I’ve been a serial passion chaser my entire career. I’ve followed it where ever it’s taken me up to this point. Switched and reinvented many times over which has inspired me to become a career transition and fulfillment coach. I believe it’s possible to make a living at what inspires you and that’s the stand I take for my clients. Get Inspired!
    • Own Your Voice – Cultivate the Confidence to Inspire Wrap UpThe audience feedback after Tuesday night’s panel Own Your Voice: Cultivating the Confidence to Inspire was immense. Many felt inspired and moved by all 6 ChangeMakers, Regina Huber, Anita TeresaJim ClarkVeronica CabezasJohanna Miller and Ann Marie Cushing who shared their stories, insights and tips when it comes to public speaking. They each had to overcome fears and insecurities because of their bigger mission. Do you have a bigger mission, but are held back by fear? Join VitaminR presents: Amplify Your Voice Series for hands-on small group program designed to empower you to amplify your message with confidence in person and in the media. led by PR veteran Marcy Clark and Career Transition & Fulfillment Coach Kori Burkholder. Program starts March 28, April 7, April 11th at CoLab-Factory from 6:30-9:30. Sign up for the early bird special: $295 until March 8th and $350 afterwards.

     

    • The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Career Involves A Wingman: I love the idea of a networking wingman. How many times do you go to networking events and fumble around with what you have to say about yourself, especially when you are in career transition? Find a a buddy and try this at your next event: I brag about you, you brag about me. It works. Get Inspired!
    • 11 Powerful Ways Anyone Can Turn Their Life Around–at Any Age: I was stuck in the "I don’t know’s" for a few years. Perhaps it was fear of the unknown or being addicted to a routine and safety. Not until I shifted my mindset and took a risk, then things started to move again. Is there something you want to change, but are afraid? Here’s some inspiration for you.  Get Inspired!

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  • 02/25/2017 - Kori Burkholder 1 Comment
    Facebook Round-Up: Career Inspiration, Tips and a quote from the Dalai Lama

    Facebook Round-Up: Career Inspiration, Tips and a quote from the Dalai Lama

    Each week I’ve been posting different articles, tips and inspiration to inspire your career, especially when you know you want to change career directions. Sometimes we stick with what we know because it’s safe or we don’t have passion for what we’re doing anymore and we begin to under achieve at work. Or maybe it’s a matter of being afraid to speak up and communicate what you need. Here’s a round up of what you may have missed on Kori Burkholder: Career Transition Coach Facebook page, plus a special invite to an upcoming VitaminR event this week. 

    This week:
     

    • 5 Signs It’s Time for a New Job: I spent a few years in the indecisive mode. Should I stay or should I go? Telling myself, "but it’s safe here. Its not that bad. I don’t know what I want to do next…" I had 4 out of 5 signs on this list. How about you?  Get Inspired!
    • An economics professor shares the career lesson he’s taught 20,000 students: "If you want to achieve a great career and you don’t have passion, you’ll fail. Passion leads to innovation, and without innovation, careers stall".  Get Inspired!

     

    • Special Invite for you! Own Your Voice – Cultivate Confidence to Inspire: When you see someone on stage, powerfully embodying their mission and inspiring people, someone who makes it all look easy and effortless – do you ever think to yourself, "how the heck do they do that"? For most people, speaking in public doesn’t come naturally and many have to work very hard to overcome their personal limitations to be the force you see onstage. Many have realized that they have a message that’s bigger than themselves and they are propelled on a mission to share this message with the world. Get Your Ticket for Free!

    Featured Panelists Include:

    Regina Huber – Transformational Leadership coach and author of "Speak up, Stand out and Shine"
    Johanna Miller – Advocacy Director, NY Civil Liberties Union
    Ann Marie Cushing – Chairwoman of the Open Center, Voice for Hope, Integrative Medicine Visionary
    Anita Teresa – Founder of the Sex & Medicine Summit
    Jim Clark – Founder of Unite for America and The World Technology Network
    Veronica Cabezas – Genostyle Founder, The World Happiness Summit

     

    • Your Career Inspiration from the Dalai Lama for your Monday morning: "Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can." Do you have a daily ritual to put you into a positive mindset for the day? If not, try this mantra!

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  • 02/17/2017 - Kori Burkholder 0 Comments
    Facebook Round-Up: Career Inspiration, Tips and a Few Laughs

    Facebook Round-Up: Career Inspiration, Tips and a Few Laughs

    Over the last several days, I’ve posted articles to inspire your career. I often think of my career as a friend, a soulmate and sometimes it needs to feel a little inspiration, a laugh or maybe even some advice.

    This week:

    • My Quarter-Life Career Crisis Didn’t Kill Me—It Taught Me How To Pivot: Whether you are 25 or 45, making a career transition takes thoughtful planning and a bit of risk. Here’s some wise words from a millennial who has career jumped around successfully. Utilize your hard skills, pick up new skills and network so you’ll be setting yourself up for success in your next adventure. Get Inspired!
    • How to Successfully Make a Career Change Without Losing Your Mind: When my clients find me, most are at the end of the rope in their current career situation and want a change right away. The thing with making a big change is that it takes time to plan, maybe acquire some new skills, meet people in that particular industry and even save money for the in between stages depending on what your switching into. Here are some tips to keep in mind. Get Inspired!
    • Work it: 6 Daily Mantras Every Career Girl Should Swear By: I just got back from a Yoga weekend retreat in Woodstock, NY and one of the things we practiced to create a positive mindset was the use and creation of mantras. Here’s a unique spin on mantras specifically for your career. Which ones resonate with you? Get Inspired!
    • Changing Careers? Here’s How to Market Yourself In Any Industry: Some really great points here if you are thinking of transitioning into a brand new industry. First things first: take stock of your strengths and then figure out your transferable skills. Read more for some good advice here. Or come talk to me and we can create a customized plan to get you from A to B. Get Inspired!

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  • 01/18/2017 - Kori Burkholder 0 Comments
    7 Questions with Career Transition Trail Blazers: Leora Edut

    7 Questions with Career Transition Trail Blazers: Leora Edut

    As part of my on-going Career Trail Blazer series, Leora Edut founder of Goddess On the Go is here to give us some career inspiration on how she transitioned from being a celebrity makeup artist into a Goddess entrepreneur.

    At a young age Leora Edut had an undeniable passion for bringing women together. She witnessed there was a powerhouse genius all of us.  She believes that every woman should have access to empowering communities no matter what culture, religion, or economic background they come from.  From rocking out with the Girl Scouts at age 7 to bringing women together to gather in a goddess circle in her early 30’s, Leora could not deny that when women came together to support one another MAGIC occurred!  Growing up in the city of Detroit Leora made it her business to expose herself and learn about all different types of communities. She was curious about others cultures and socioeconomics. Later in life this became a gift in helping her relate to the young girls at GEMS as well as the women she worked with that have just came home from prison. Her own healing journey was filled with abusive relationships, alcohol, body image issues, and self hate. At age 25 she moved to NYC and her spirit knew it was time to release some of the pain and anger. After spending 10 years on a focused path to move through this, she met 7 women who she began an intimate goddess group in her tiny apartment. During this time the walls of distrust came down. She was BLOWN away as she saw into the hearts and most authentic parts of each woman there. The beautiful thing that occurred in this circle; was that each woman began to get what she truly WANTED! Whether it was a JUICY romantic relationship, adopting a child, moving to Italy, making more money then they could ever imagine with EASE, and leaving a corporate job to start their dream career. Leora knew it was time to bring women out of isolation and into a THRIVING community where they could be learn, nurtured, and be seen. Goddess On The Go was birthed in 2011 and is now in NYC, LA, and Detroit. Living La Vida Goddess (her smaller more intimate circle) was created in 2014.

    In terms of your career, what are you doing now?

    I run a company called Goddess On The Go which holds 1 day experiences in major cities around the US, luxury retreats, and host intimate Goddess circles. Our give back is working with GEMS-girls.org a non-profit organization that works with young girls who have been sexually trafficked in NYC.

    What were you doing before you transitioned into living your purpose?

    I was a Celebrity Makeup Artist.

    What was the biggest challenge before/during/after your transition?

    The biggest challenge was stepping out into my truth and message. I knew I was going to have to be super vulnerable and I was scared that people were going to think I was a fraud.  There was a big fear that they wouldn’t resonate with this vision of bringing women together in a safe space for sisterhood, learning and fun.

    What was at stake if you didn’t make the transition?

    Gosh! I was miserable and felt as if everyday when I woke up I had to twist myself into a pretzel version of what people wanted me to be. I didn’t feel as if I was using my voice to really help empower women on the scale I’m able to do now. I think if I would’ve stayed scared it would’ve crushed my spirit and had me go into a depression.

    What is your favorite part of your career now?

    I love seeing the women around me get what they want. One women, who just completed my 12 week circle who came in ready to divorce her husband. I  knew she had a passion for serving women, but couldn’t seem to own her own worth and put everyone else in front of her. By the end of the circle her and her husband were meditating together with their kids every day!  She’s now out there spreading her message daily, she started her own coaching business and she has a waiting list for people to sign up with her. I’ve watched women fall in love with themselves and then attract their life partners, make more money then they ever imagined because they own that who and what they give are valuable. They cure their story of being alone because they have a community of women who remind them of their goddess super-powers daily!

    What nugget of wisdom could you offer those thinking about making the leap?

    Don’t try and do it alone. It’s way to hard that way. Women really need to be in communities and around other women who don’t squelch them but rather make them feel safe and good about who they are.

    Anything else you’d like to add:

    Stay true to your vision. Don’t get attached to where opportunities are going to come from, how its going to happen, and when its going to happen. Stay consistent and ask for support. Practice oodles of self care daily to keep you out of your head and present in your body. Your body never lies. Trust her!

    Meet Leora in person:

    If you are in the New York City area, pamper yourself for the day and join the next Goddess on the Go event on January 29th from 10:45am- 5:30pm.  

    Leora has given a discount for my readers. When signing up use GODDESS in all caps. I’ll see you there!

    Want even more inspiration? Check out previous Career Transition Trailblazers, Nidhi Huba and Kathleen Booker!

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  • 01/10/2017 - Kori Burkholder 0 Comments
    7 Questions with Career Transition Trail Blazers: Nidhi Huba

    7 Questions with Career Transition Trail Blazers: Nidhi Huba

    As part of my on-going Career Trail Blazer series, Nidhi from AumHome and Kundalini instructor is here today to give us some career inspiration and the lowdown on how she transitioned from being a fashion model to a mindful entrepreneur.

    Nidhi is a multi talented yoga teacher, energy therapist, artist and a designer with almost three decades of experience.  She is trained in Hatha & Bihar yoga from her motherland of India and is certified in Kundalini Yoga and has taught for over two decades. She also has had a successful career as a model and stylist and now fuses all her talents of decor, energetic space clearing and Feng Shui to offer AumHome. A blend of spirit and space that she has created retreats for Yoga Journal Convention, Menla and Ahisma Yoga festivals. She loves to share her wisdom of crystals, yoga, aromatherapy and sound in her classes.

    In terms of your career, what are you doing now?

    I am focusing on my product line, soul spray is my first one and more to follow. My purpose in this is to combine my passions, my logo has a lotus that has many petals – like a woman’s talents but the core, the root that can dig into the earth is Spirit based.  I am also passionate about offering the teachings that have helped me and so many – especially the yogic techniques to empower women, thus the retreats that Marcy Clark and I host, Bliss Babes.

    What were you doing before you transitioned into living your purpose?

    I was a model for years after college and then was transiting into working as a stylist. I always had a spiritual practice as it was in my lineage and ancestry, but took Kundalini training because I was offered a scholarship and had an opportunity to meet and cook for Yogi Bhajan.  I never planned on being  a teacher full time but he offered me a job in L.A. and the truth was that despite it being less money that’s where my passion was.  I incorporated my design sense to start Aumhome and creating the products I just mentioned earlier .

    What was the biggest challenge before/during/after your transition?

    I guess the finances were different than the high rates that I was getting in the 90’s fashion world.  But I literally chanted my way to paying my rent or bills more than once! I had the faith that I was on the right path, and even when I doubted it I would receive signs to keep going.

    What was at stake if you didn’t make the transition?

    My happiness, which to me means more than any paycheck or social status!

    What is your favorite part of your career now?

    The look on someone’s face when I see them connecting to spirit in a healing, or in a class or even when they use soul spray and feel  the shift in energy.

    What nugget of wisdom could you offer those thinking about making the leap?

    BE prepared, walk the talk. Literally practice everything you are advocating and teaching.  I feel confident in teaching as silly as some of the kriya’s may seem. I know they work as I have done them and experienced the miracles and healing.

    Meet Nidhi and experience her work:

    If you are in the New York City area, meet Nidhi next week at VitaminR’s event at Empress.One / District Co-Work where she will be leading a Kundalini class for Energy and Focus. RSVP to reserve your spot.

    Missed last week’s Trail Blazer? Get more inspiration from Kathleen Booker and see how she turned her life and career around when she found the Breath.

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  • 12/28/2016 - Kori Burkholder 1 Comment
    7 Questions with Career Transition Trail Blazers: Kathleen Booker

     

    7 Questions with Career Transition Trail Blazers

    Kori interviews experts who have said goodbye to a career that no longer serves them and have forged ahead on their own career path and are living their purpose. The purpose of this interview series is simply to inspire others to find and live their purpose, too!

    ​​Kathleen Booker  is an effervescent native New Yorker.  Her energy is infectious. Kathleen is passionate about Conscious Connected Breathwork therapy and knows first- hand the energy, healing, peace, and joy it creates in one’s life. As a certified Breathwork Coach, she has worked with many masters in the field of Conscious Connected Breathwork therapy. Kathleen lives by: Breathe Deep…Live Deeper!  When you Breathe deep the answers are revealed and the pain dissipates.

    In terms of your career, what are you doing now?

    I am Blessed to LOOOOVEE what I do! I am a Breathing Technician. I teach people how to Breathe deep to Live Deeper.

    What were you doing before you transitioned into living your purpose?

    OMG…working dead end jobs, living a life that was not fulfilled Spiritually.  I went from job to job never staying longer than 2-3 years. Never allowing myself to reach higher to be happy because I did not know what higher or being happy meant.  I was numb with unhappiness and it was the place I KNEW so there I sat.

    What was the biggest challenge before/during/after your transition?

    Biggest challenge before my transition was getting clarity as to WHAT the transition would be.  I knew I was miserable however, I did not know what I was going TOWARDS. I just knew where I was was uncomfortable and pain-full.

    The Universe was very helpful. My rotator cuff tore and I was out of work for several weeks. During that time all I did was Breathwork sessions and cry and talk to God.  During that time it became clear that I was to teach Breathwork.

    My biggest challenge during my transition was that I worked 7 days a week!  I worked my day job and whoever would allow me to teach a Breathwork class at their facility, I did. I was so pooped yet exhilarated because I knew each step lead to freedom from the doldrums and dead in jobs.

    After my transition the biggest challenge was getting clear on business basics: marketing, creating back office operations.

    What was at stake if you didn’t make the transition?

    My friggin’ sanity!

    What is your favorite part of your career now?

    Sharing the Breath with my clients and having the honor to see their emotional, mental, physical and spiritual transformations take place in front of my eyes!

    What nugget of wisdom could you offer those thinking about making the leap?

    Be clear that your chosen path is one that you love. Love it so much that you would do it for FREE!  Get support! A business coach and life coach. There is nothing like starting your own business that will bring up ALL your SH*t!  You must be willing to press into your dark places (those spots that tell ya, "no you can not have your own business. Go have a snow cone and stay miserable!" You must look those places in the eye sit with them and move THROUGH them to SOAR. Otherwise, you just have a nice hobby.

    Anything else you’d like to add?

    Be brave, be willing, be courageous and run your business from your heart…SOAR!

    Get an opportunity to Breath with Kathleen at VitaminR‘s event called Breathing Back to Life on January 3rd, 2017. RSVP here.

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  • 12/23/2016 - Kori Burkholder 0 Comments
    A Guided Meditation Class in NYC with Anita Celeste at Empress.One & VitaminR

    A Guided Meditation Class in NYC with Anita Celeste at Empress.One & VitaminR

     Anita Celeste sets the scene. Lights are dim, 12 chairs in a circle, 12 candles lit up in the center, an array of tarot cards on the table and the feeling of calmness.  

    Each person present giving themselves the gift of 1 hour to relax, retreat and go within to find some peace from the chaos of their lives and the New York City holiday season.  

    Celia Lapin, VitaminR’s Essential Oils expert and attendee shared afterwards, "I loved the meditation. It helped me feel more present and grounded. I loved the ambiance it created in the room. Calm, serene and trusting. 

    My Journey with Guided Meditation

    I met Anita Celeste, the class facilitator, a few years back.  A friend told me about her work because it seemed aligned with what I was doing with Inspirality. She was offering a Creative Guided Meditation Journey that incorporated art and writing, which totally appealed to me! The session became the gateway to my first guided meditation experience.

    Her process was transformational, at a time that I was professionally burnt-out and unfulfilled. I knew I needed to get quiet and go within to find the answers and figure out what’s next.

    Through the meditation experience I gained personal insights, wisdom and discovered parts of myself that I still check in and consult with today. It made me realize that meditation was a way to organically find answers to questions.

    Even though my practice isn’t always consistent, I do tend to meditate when I’m in the midst of creating something new — whether it be asking for a raise or promotion, changing careers, or starting a business.

    I’ve learned getting quiet is key because there’s always going to be outside challenges, forks in the road, confusion and disappointments that come up, but taking the time to get quiet and go within to find the answers is one tool to use to forge ahead. Because within that space of quietness, we can find the answers. 

    What is Guided Meditation?

    Guided meditation is quite simply, meditation with a guide either in a class setting or audio guided. Most meditations have themes that focus on different aspects of your life, like self confidence, relief from anxiety, positive thinking, personal empowerment, goal setting, etc. each designed to improve different aspects of your life. 

    Typically, your meditation guide will ask you to sit comfortably or perhaps even lie down. You’ll then tune into your guide’s voice as they lead you through a series of calming visualizations. As the meditation progresses, you’ll begin to gradually relax, your inner chatter starts to calm down, stress melts away and your mind becomes clearer.

    While you’re in this relaxed state, your subconscious mind opens up to more positive suggestions which is when your guide takes you deeper into an inner exploration. Within this space, you can get really present to new personal insights that lead to fresh perspectives and inspiration.

    How does Guided Meditation Help?

    As busy New Yorkers, we always have 10,000 things going on at once – job, family, friends, finances, health –  joining in on a Guided Meditation (in person or audio)  is an easy way to get yourself into a state of deep relaxation and quiet down the inner chatter. Other positive effects of Guided Meditation are:

    A consistent Guided Meditation practice can lead you to overall positive personal changes as those mentioned above. Participants state that after experiencing a guided meditation they feel refreshed, rejuvenated and relaxed.

    Another opportunity to get quiet and learn how to meditate and breath will be VitaminR‘s event called Breathing Back to Life with Kathleen Booker on January 3rd, 2017. RSVP here.

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  • 09/08/2016 - Kori Burkholder 321 Comments
    Say yes to a new beginning (even though you might have no idea where to start)

    Fall signifies the kick off of new beginnings – new projects, career goals, personal challenges, classes, fitness, etc. Sometimes you’re crystal clear on what to do next and other times you have no freakin’ clue.

    And if you fall into the ‘no freakin’ clue’ bucket, it’s easy to get caught there. That’s one reason we end up in a "rut" or in a holding pattern – because we over think it or it becomes our story or because we are scared to face something.

    Believe me, I’ve been there. I also know what it takes to get out of it and that’s to take action (no matter how small), to take a step, to be decisive and to not over think it.

    I just recently played tennis and during one of the points, I found myself standing flat footed on the court with the ball heading right down the middle. I couldn’t decide whether to take a forehand or backhand. Because of my indecisiveness the ball whizzed right by me and my opponent easily got the point. To me, that’s how it feels to have ’‘no freakin’ clue’.  

    Keeping with the tennis metaphor, if you want a new beginning you have to have the desire to play, you have to be on your toes, anticipate the next shot and be decisive so you don’t give the point away.

    If you can relate and have the desire to get out of the ‘no freakin clue’ zone and onto your toes, let’s talk.

    You probably know that I’m a life and career coach, and I LOVE helping my clients work through this kind of stuff. Working together we break through the blocks keeping you in the ‘no freakin clue’ zone, get crystal clear on what it is that you really want, then we co-create an inspired, fun action plan to get you there.

     Now through September 11th, I’m offering 15% off my 3-Month Get Clear Now On What’s Next Coaching package because I know that once you decide to take action in getting clear about what you want, more than likely you’re going to achieve it!

     Learn more about Get Clear Now On What’s Next package includes.

     Ready to just dive in?  

    (normally $1500 15% off is now $1275)

     Questions? Hit ‘Reply’ and ask away. Or Call me: 929-244-2119

     Have your new beginning already in mind? Post a pic that captures the spirit of it on Inspirality Facebook  page and let the world know!

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  • 08/30/2016 - Kori Burkholder 0 Comments
    Channeling Fearlessness

    August is my birthday month and I always try to do something fabulous!

    This year, I wanted to push the limits of my comfort zone and learn how to surf.

    I was a bit fearful, as big waves scare me and  tend to toss me around like a rag doll.

    And trying to get in and out gracefully with the bathing suit intact? Forget about it!

    I decided to turn that voice off and tune into my bright-eyed, eager, fearless inner child.

    I intently listened to my instructor’s directions, did a few "pop ups" on land and was ready to go.

    With my fearless inner child in charge, I grabbed the surfboard and submerged myself into the water.

    As I was waiting for my first  wave, I could feel my body shaking. Was it nerves, fear, Adrenalin, excitement?

    I decided Adrenalin and excitement.

    Then I heard my instructor say, "ready!?" and I felt him push my board and say, "POP UP!"

    I got up on my first try and rode the wave all the way in! It was so much fun! And then I did it again and again.  

    I did get tossed around like a rag doll trying to get back out beyond the break. Waves crashing over me and pulling me back to shore, water up my nose, etc. I got so frustrated and mad.

    But, this time I had new found motivation. I wanted to get back out there to try it again, to anticipate the next wave, to be in tune with the ocean so that I could recognize, align and seize an opportunity to "POP UP" again on a wave and ride it all the way in.

    I see now how this could be a metaphor for life, right? I think it is!

    Where’s fear holding you back from diving into your life?  

    What little step can you take in this moment to move beyond the break?

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  • 07/21/2016 - Kori Burkholder 0 Comments
    WTF are Visualizations and Affirmations

    WTF are Visualizations and Affirmations

    Recently a client was very skeptical about doing visualizations and affirmations to get results.

    She asked me, ‘why are they important when setting new goals’?

    I totally get the skepticism and she’s not the only one, but…

    You have proof from your own life. You’ve used these techniques without probably knowing it.
      
    Think of a time when you really wanted something and then accomplished it?

    What did you do?

    If I had to guess…

    …you had a clear vision, pure focus, a positive mindset, really wanted itfelt it and no one was going to stand in your way of achieving it.

    That’s it.

    When you have a clear goal or are creating a new one, visualizing and affirming are techniques and a practice to keep you in the mindset to achieve it.

    They counteract inner-critics, change negative thoughts into positive ones, create new pathways in the brain and increase your vibration to attract situations and people into your life that supports your goal.

    Have a story on how affirmations and visualizations have helped you achieve something awesome? Please share in the comments section below.

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  • 07/07/2016 - Kori Burkholder 0 Comments
    Get through sticky situations with a positive mindset

    Getting through sticky situations with a positive mindset

    I love helping clients shift from a negative mindset into a more positive mindset. It’s not easy, as it does require practice, dedication and patience.

    My own practice kicked into high gear on a recent family trip to Canada.

    The trip had been planned for over a year.

    When we got to the airport we quickly learned Dad had the wrong kind of passport (by land and sea ONLY, not by air).

    My stomach dropped. I felt the panic and I could see the panic in my family’s eyes.

    BREATH.

    We had to think, quick!

    We decided Mom and Kyle would continue on while my Dad and I stayed back to try and get an emergency passport.

    Luckily, Delta found us a flight later in the day, so we headed into the city to see if we could get an emergency passport.

    My Dad suffers from severe anxiety, so I knew I had to be the one to stay calm. I adjusted my mindset from panic to calm and came up with an affirmation, "each step of the way is easy and effortless".

    I shared it with my Dad and it became our motto for the day:

    How long will this line take at the Passport office?
    "each step of the way is easy and effortless"

    Oh no! We need a passport picture!
    "each step of the way is easy and effortless"

    Where do we go for that?
    "each step of the way is easy and effortless"

    How long will it take to get the actual passport?!
    "each step of the way is easy and effortless"

    They tell us, "Go to lunch! This will take awhile.
    "each step of the way is easy and effortless"

    We found a nice place for lunch and talked calmly, affirming that when we get back to the agency Dad’s passport will be ready.

    And when we got back from lunch, BOOM! The passport was ready earlier than expected and we were back at the airport in plenty of time to lounge in a Lounge.

    Nine hours past our initial landing time, we finally made it to Canada to be reunited with the other half.

    Under these circumstances, the process could have been a nightmare! But, it was as easy and effortless as it could be because of the mindset (calm) and the affirmation ("each step of the way is easy and effortless") we chose to choose.

    A positive mindset is a deliberate choice and needs practice, dedication and patience and utilizing it in everyday situations.

    And I have to thank my Dad for giving me the opportunity to be reminded of just that.

    What mindset are you choosing today?

    Explore and practice positive mindset through creative expression in these upcoming workshops!

     

    1. Paint Your Dreams Into Reality July 13th, Manhattan

    2. Free Painting in Central Park July 9th & 17th – contact kori@inspirality.com for time/location details.

    3. Paint Your Wildest Dreams July 31st @ MahaRose in Brooklyn

    4. Paint Your Dreams Into Reality Aug 10th, Manhattan

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