Today I start my Dream Job

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Dear Diary,

Today is the first day at my new job and I have to say that I am both a little bit nervous and a little bit excited. I am nervous because starting over can be terrifying.  A new job means new people, a new office and a new professional experience.  I am a little bit excited because this is my dream job, after over a decade of working in personal finance I am making the career move to communications.

So how did I get my dream job?

I parlayed my personal finance experience and my blogging expertise into my dream job working in corporate communications. Starting today I will be writing financial communications 8 hours a day 5 days a week.  You may remember that for quite some time now I have been enhancing my education, gaining writing experience through freelance work and making valuable connections by attending social media and blogging conferences.  Today I am excited to tell you that all of my hard work has paid off because today I start my dream job.

My blog helped me of course!

When the market crashed a few years ago I needed to find a way to supplement my income and I didn’t have time to learn a new skill or trade because rent was due on the first.  I decided to combine my love of writing with my experience in personal finance and in 2009 I started freelance financial writing.  I started to book freelance jobs writing material for finance and insurance companies who were looking to outsource their work due to budget cutbacks.

I used my personal blog to showcase my portfolio of work as well as let out my personal emotions from time to time. I currently write for several different personal finance blogs and corporate financial websites so I use my personal blog as a place to display all of my accomplishments; it’s a better then sending potential employers to several different websites to view my work.  My most recent personal accomplishments are the release of my first book and being featured on our local news in a feature about how to help people stay out of debt.

The magic dream job formula…

I absolutely love writing and I decided that I wanted to write as a full time job but since I don’t actually have any corporate writing experience I didn’t know where to begin.  I visited a resume building website and I asked my friends and my mother (who works in HR) to give me some resume marketing tips for someone who is thinking about switching careers in their early 30s.  The response (and helpfulness) from everyone was overwhelming, I guess it’s because everyone loves a good success story (aka my new book A Better You).  Soon enough I had a brand new resume outlining my experience in personal finance and highlighting my writing skills as a blogger.

There you have it…

ambition + an action plan + a great support system = getting your dream job – that’s priceless.

Love Always.

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I am Totally Inspired by Bethenny Frankel

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Happy Canadian Thanksgiving Everyone and Happy Birthday to me…tomorrow.  I recently read a post on BlogHer  about how the career of Capella University graduate Rachael Hartman inspired a blogger to work towards her dreams.  This post was so motivating that it inspired me to tell my own story of how Bethenny Frankel and her career have inspired my own career aspirations.

If you are like me then you have been inspired by Bethenny Frankel from her career as a celebrity apprentice with Martha Stewart to the launch of her Skinnygirl cocktail line and multi published best-selling novels.

Inspired by Bethenny to Make Positive Changes

Bethenny Frankel turned her life around from being broke to being a millionaire, she went from being unemployed to building her own Skinnygirl empire. Bethenny Frankel is her own self made success story and that is truly inspiring. Bethenny went from being in her 30s and not being able to pay her rent to having it all including money, love, family, and a successful career.

What was Bethenny Frankel’s motivation to make change? She woke up one day and decided that she didn’t want to be broke anymore. She decided that she wanted to stop complaining about everything that was wrong in her life and she actually wanted to start doing something about it. Bethenny and I have this in common.

I am working towards my personal happiness as I learn to love life and try to love myself by making positive changes in every aspect of my life from my career to my relationship.

Bethenny Frankel Inspired Me To Be Better

I work in personal finance and after the market crash in 2008 I found myself without any income.  If any of you have ever struggled through financial difficulties then you know that it can cause an enormous amount of stress in other parts of your life such as your relationship. Being broke and not being able to pay the bills definitely took its toll on my relationship and I wasn’t sure that my relationship would survive.  I am happy to say that my boyfriend and I are still together, but I am not sure that our relationship will ever fully recover from the things that were said and done during our financial difficulties.

Bethenny Frankel achieved her dreams later in life, this is inspiring because people need to know that it’s ok not to choose the path that was chosen for them, I know that I didn’t.  My parents would have loved nothing more than to have me attend university in my hometown, get married, have two kids, and buy a home in London, Ontario.  However I had other plans.  After I graduated from high school I packed up my stereo and my bicycle and I moved 800 kilometers away to Montreal, Quebec; I have been here ever since. Bethenny Frankel chose her own path in life and so did I.  Bethenny lives on the motto that it’s ok to be yourself and to be different than what you are supposed to be; I totally love that about her.

Bethenny Frankel is my inspiration to write my first book which should be finished by December 31.  The book is titled “A Better You: We don’t have to be the best, but we can all be better”

Who inspires you?

Love Always,

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Save Yourself. Skip the Gym: 90 Days of Yoga

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This year is all about making positive changes as I work towards loving life and learning to love myself. One of my goals for 2012 was to find a career that I honestly and truly love, and I discovered that career is writing.  I want to be an author, but until my fiction and motivational books are published I would like to work for a literary agency, a public relations firm, or even a financial institution in corporate communications.  I want to wake up every morning and go to bed every night feeling good about myself.

In order to achieve my career goal of becoming a professional writer and in order to achieve my personal goal of becoming an author I decided to go back to school. I am currently enrolled in the journalism program at Concordia University here in Montreal. My class this semester is called “Writing for the Web” and our assignment is to create a blog and start writing on a regular basis. Since I already have a blog, I decided to blog about one specific topic on My Diary Entry throughout the school semester.

In addition to achieving my career goal of becoming an author I also have a personal goal to be healthy, get fit, and lose weight; but I absolutely hate going to the gym.  My ideal weight is 120lbs for my 5 foot frame and therefore I would like to lose 20 to 25 lbs.  It is very hard to lose weight if you don’t exercise because you hate the gym, so I decided to do a little investigative journalism and find effective at home exercise routines that will help me get fit.

From October 1 to December 31 I am going to do a yoga workout routine in my apartment every other day.  I can’t commit to exercising every single day because between working my 9 to 5 at the bank, going back to school, and all of my freelance gigs I just don’t have the time. Finding the right balance between work and life is a dilemma that a lot of people have when they are trying to achieve career goals and trying to achieve personal happiness at the same time.

One of the main reasons why I don’t exercise on a regular basis is because I get bored easily and a regular gym routine is boring.  The key to achieving success and continuing to exercise on a regular basis is to have a variety in my yoga routines. I already have the Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown DVD and I purchased 3 other Yoga DVDs from eBay, including Shape Lean & Strong Yoga, Rodney Yee Power Yoga, and The Biggest Loser Yoga for Weight Loss with Bob Harper.

I am looking forward to exercising on a regular basis because endorphins from exercising make people happy. I am also excited that I will actually be taking a break from my freelance work every other night to do some yoga, instead of just working from 6pm to 11 pm every day.

If you have a favourite yoga DVD please share, I would love to read about it.

Love Always,

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A Second Chance at a Career

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Dear Diary,

More than 12 months ago I decided to start trying to love my life and to start learning to love myself.  A major part of my new self-loving mentality is that I am starting to make positive changes in my life; this includes trying to eliminate everything in my life that makes me unhappy.  At the beginning of 2011 I decided that I will try to make positive changes with my family, in my relationship and in my career. After working in the financial services industry for over a decade I decided that my real passion is (and has always been) writing.

I definitely want to pursue a career in writing, but I don’t want to throw away my twelve years of experience in the personal finance industry.  I would love to be an author and I am currently writing my first book, however writing an unpublished book doesn’t pay the bills. I honestly still love working in personal finance, I just don’t totally love working in retail banking anymore. I want to combine my financial experience with my love of writing. In order to achieve my personal goal of combining my experience with my passion I decided to pursue a career in corporate communications.

I had no idea how to make the career change  from retail banking to corporate communications so I just started applying for jobs. Unfortunately the response from potential employers was not as enthusiastic as I hoped it would be. Many potential employers appreciate the fact I have many years of retail banking experience, but they feel that I am under experienced in the writing and communications aspects of the job qualifications.  Of course I feel that this is not true because I have been writing for almost as long as I have been working in the personal finance industry, but employers love to see diplomas.

After being declined for two corporate communications jobs I decided to stop applying for my dream job and I decided to start researching exactly what skills and education requirements are needed for jobs in corporate communications. Before I apply for another job in corporate communications I will make sure that I have the experience, the skills, and the education to get hired. So to sum up my long story, I recently enrolled in the journalism program at a local university.

Going back to school while working a full time job at the bank and working a part time job as a freelance writer is definitely a challenge.  However, this is what I have to do right now in my life in order to achieve my personal and career goals later in life.  Every morning that I am too tired to get out of bed and every night that I am awake and working past midnight I keep telling myself that this is only a temporary situation.  My life will be hectic for the next two years but in the end it will all be worth it to achieve my ultimate personal goal of becoming and author and my career goal of working in corporate communications.

Love Always,

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Check out the other post in my “A Second Chance” series:

A Second Chance at Love

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Networking: Personal Gain or Business Strategy?

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In an effort to meet some new online friends, learn from other bloggers and build up some professional resources I recently joined the Yakezie Blog Network.  Yakezie is an online network of personal finance and lifestyle bloggers who share their personal and professional experiences with other members.  It was a no-brainer decision for me to join the Yakezie network because I am lucky enough to fit into both categories.  As a professional I write for several different personal finance blogs and in an effort to find personal happiness I also write here on my personal blog.

Why Networking is so Important

The main reason why I joined the Yakezie Blog Network was to spread the word about My Diary Entry.  An added benefit of joining the Yakezie Blog Network is that it enforces strict blogging guidelines for its members that include writing blog posts at least twice a week and promoting other members of the network.  Joining the Yakezie Blog Network forces me to blog daily and it also makes sure that I build relationships with other bloggers, both of these things will help me spread the word about My Diary Entry.

Networking helps spread the word about your business or your blog; it also forces us to meet other people who may be experiencing the same things that we are currently experiencing in our careers or in our personal lives. Different ways to network include attending conferences, offering to guest blog post on websites that have a similar audience, finding a niche and building personal relationships with people in the niche.

How do you meet new people and network?

Love Always,

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