Do you love what you do?

Love your work is about inspiring you to do work that matters. Whether you are an entrepreneur, intrapreneur or simply excited about creating and sharing the cool work you are doing, this is the place to find resources, share ideas and get inspired.

It is possible to be excited about Monday morning instead of simply working for the weekend and dreading the start of a new week. You can feel empowered by what you are contributing to your life, your business or the organization you are part of.

I have worked for other people and I have worked for myself. Like everything in life, both have their pros and cons. Figuring out where you fit best may take some time, and you may even go back and forth, but the constant will always be giving it your all and doing work that matters no matter where you are.

Here's to loving your work!

Kate

Are You Ready to Get Unstuck?

photo (7)When life isn’t going as you planned (and let’s face it, how often does that really happen?) and you aren’t excited about where you are or what’s going on, you have options. You can:

  1. Keep doing what you’re doing and hope to get different results (we all know what that means)
  2. Suck it up and try to convince yourself that you enjoy where you are and what is going on around you
  3. Decide to make changes

Although it seems obvious which option you should go with, let’s face it, the others are sometimes easier. Definitely not fun, but easier for sure.

We all experience feeling stuck at different points in our lives.  Knowing we aren’t exactly where we want to be, but not necessarily sure where we are trying to go.  During these times of stucky-ness (what?  Not a word?) we often feel alone.  We tend to lock ourselves in a room and act as if nobody else could possibly understand what we are going through.

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Journey of a Young Entrepreneur: Interview with Channing Miller

photo (2)When I found out my friends Nick Mohnacky and Chris Callahan, co-founders of SurfrApp, were opening Startup Palm Beach, an entrepreneur resource center, I was beyond excited.  A chill space where entrepreneurs can gather together to not only get work done, but also bounce ideas off of each other when they need to get unstuck about a particular challenge.

I head up to visit the space and attend their events whenever possible to touch base and see what cool things are happening.  I love talking to entrepreneurs about their journey.  The never ending ups, downs, twists and turns we all experience while building a business are constantly keeping us on our toes.   Being surrounded by others who are pursuing their dreams is almost necessary during the challenging times when we feel like no one else could possibly understand what we are going through.

There is always such an amazing energy at Startup Palm Beach.  People are hustling, ideas are being shared and no matter what how crazy your business may seem, this group believes it is possible. When I met Channing Miller, Co-Founder of Baru Exchange I was drawn to his positive energy and enthusiasm for entrepreneurship.  No matter what is happening in his business and life, he always has a smile on his face and is excited about opportunities ahead.

I was so happy when Channing agreed to be interviewed.  In our casual conversation, we talked entrepreneurship, surfing, being open to opportunities and how to turn negative situations into positive ones. Check out my interview with Channing here:

I would love to hear your thoughts so please comment below and let me know what you think.

And don’t forget to check out Baru Exchange.

 

 

Craving Inspiration? Surround Yourself with Crazies

photoI’ve been doing a lot of self reflection over the past few weeks .  I have been thinking about all of the things I’ve done, the decisions I’ve made, the cool people I’ve met and of course what the future holds. We all go through it.  Asking those ever important questions:

Am I doing what I am meant to do? 

Should I be at a different place in my life?

How can I better serve others and change the world?

So, what do you do when you find yourself in this place of self-discovery?  Some try to shut it off (if you figured out how, please let me know how you accomplish it), others play out the same conversation with themselves over and over in their head and some actually take such massive action they probably don’t realize what they’ve even done until days later.

While everyone has their own method of figuring things out and deciding what their next move will be, I tend to reach out to my creative friends who are doing cool things.  Fortunately, I know some amazing individuals who are not only doing what they love, but are also changing lives in the process.

My friends Nick Mohnacky and Chris Callahan are two people I reach out to when I need some creative energy and inspiration.  Not only did they create SurfrApp, but they also co-founded Startup Palm Beach, an entrepreneur resource center.  Yeah, they’re pretty much amazing and I feel lucky that they pick up the phone when I call, or more likely, tweet.

Two nights ago, they hosted an event with special guest Jason SurfrApp (yeah, that’s his last name – click here to find out how that happened), speaker & author of Creativity for Sale.  Jason talked about his crazy awesome journey as an entrepreneur; from getting paid to wear t-shirts for a living to selling his last name to raising $75,000 to write his first book (before he wrote a single word…um….how awesome is that?!)!

During the discussion other entrepreneurs in the room chimed in to share their opinions and experiences.  It was awesome to be surrounded by other people going through the journey of being an entrepreneur.  The ups and downs and complete craziness of it all sometimes.

We talked about when to make a shift, how to stop doing something you know is no longer serving you, how to make it through the most difficult times, why relationships are key and where to find some helpful resources.  It was such an inspiring evening.

I felt awesome on my ride home!  Hearing those stories and being surrounded by people who believe in the idea that they can do anything, get through the challenging times, and never give up on their dreams is absolutely inspiring.

Whether you are currently an entrepreneur or you are working a day job and pursuing your passion on the side, my hope for you is that you keep moving forward.  Take action and believe in your vision.  Your direction may change and you sometimes you may do something that feels like taking a step backwards, but as long as you have a clear vision and are always taking some kind of action to move forward, you will get to wherever it is you are meant to be.  The course probably won’t look the way you think it should, but hey, that’s all part of the process, so embrace it and just have fun!

When you feel like giving up and are craving some kind of inspiration, find some crazies; the people who are hustling and fiercely pursuing their passion.  They get knocked down and get up with a smile on their face. They believe in you and your vision.  They believe that they can find a way, create a new path and have no time for negative people.

Who do you hang out with when you are craving inspiration and know you need to take action?  What else do you do to get yourself in the mindset of getting your work done?  I would love to hear from you so comment below.

 

 

 

How to Love Your Work: Interview with Pamela Slim

photo (7)Do you believe you have more to contribute to this world?  Do you lay awake at night thinking about starting a business?  Or maybe you have an awesome idea, but keep talking yourself out of bringing it up to your boss.

You read inspirational quotes about making a living pursuing your passion, but then you start thinking about the bills you have to pay and the people in your life who depend on you.  We’re all pretty good at talking ourselves out of the things we want most, aren’t we?

We all have a passion.  That one thing we can’t go a day without thinking about and deep down believe is necessary to create and get out into the world.  Some people figure out how to pursue it while others choose to believe there is no way they can achieve their dreams.

I believe that whether you own a business or work for someone else, you can start something that provides the opportunity to fulfill your passion which is why I was very drawn to author and speaker, Pamela Slim.  I had the opportunity to meet her at a conference last year and she is awesome.

Her blog, Escape From Cubicle Nation, has been recognized as one of the best business blogs around.  First of all, the name alone is pretty cool and resonates with many people and second, her content is extremely helpful to anyone who is looking to start something new and figure out a way to pursue work they enjoy doing.

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