Not what we think we are supposed to do, but how we want our work to work for us.
This winter I attended the Think Better, Live Better Conference in San Diego.
I was invited to lunch with three amazing women who were also attending the conference.
As I listened to their conversation about work, I realized I wanted to share this conversation to show you and others the kind of conversation we need to be having about work.
So I got an idea.
I asked them if they were down for a little experiment. I asked them if I could interview them all at the same time on my podcast to share some of what we discussed over lunch.
Fortunately, they agreed!
Each of these women has their own journey, but they are all trying to figuring out how to create work that energizes them, makes them feel like themselves and works for their needs.
Jennifer Sailer has worked for herself for the past 23 years as the owner of a graphic design agency, Evoke Idea Group.
Julie Seibel recently left an executive-level position in the oil and gas industry to explore building her own business.
Ellen Gull has held a variety of positions in a consulting capacity and is now in the process of finding a new career that fits her needs and passions.
Left to right: Julie Seibel, Ellen Gull and Jennifer Sailer.
It was so cool to listen to them bounce ideas off each other and share their different perspectives on the evolving nature of their own work.
We covered a lot of ground in this conversation including workshopping some ideas for Ellen’s next steps in her career, why they all chose to go to this conference, and what we all want our lives to look like in the next year.
Lot of great lessons in our conversation including:
- If you’re not quite sure what your next step might be, take action by trying something. You can’t think your way out of feeling stuck!
- How to maintain motivation to keep your business going for years as Jennifer as done.
- Gain insights into your life and work by finding the time to self-reflect.
Life Skills That Matter In This Episode
- Embracing discomfort
- Practice self-awareness
- Plan your actions
“I joke and say if you ever wanna quit a job, tell them you’re leaving to travel the world and everyone’s like, ‘great, I wish I was you, let me know when you’re coming back.'” – Julie Seibel
“When I’m in certain environments where I’m helping people, we’re doing good work, we’re exchanging ideas, and we’re really advancing something, I get more energetic, I get more passionate and it really lets me live.” – Ellen Gull
“You have to have some foundation of faith that you can do this, it’s gonna work out, it’s gonna be ok. You know, it could be rough, you’re gonna have to work hard, but in the end, if you wanna make it work, it’s gonna work.” – Jennifer Sailer
Resources + Bonus Materials
Video of Jennifer, Ellen and Julie riding electric scooters for the first time at the Think Better, Live Better conference in San Diego.
Get a few of your friends together to challenge each other about how to make your work, work for you.