"Working with Laura changed my life. She was practical, but she also saw my future, the one I wanted, and it was totally safe in her hands."
from 6th grade English teacher to author/illustrator
This Is It with Greenwillow Press/HarperCollins debuts 2018
The career I thought I was "supposed" to do and worked at for 20 years was always a struggle. Working with Laura, I learned to to harness the power of giving my true gifts to help others through my work. The minute I claimed my new life's work, it has been as smooth as butter. Clients are popping up without me chasing them and I can't wait to get to work on every new assignment.
From participating in Your Career Homecoming, I now know I actually have value and service to offer the world. I now have a guiding compass. I have a long-term vision for my career, and I have a plan for taking small steps to get there.
Your Career Homecoming must be the single most thorough and well-thought-out program I’ve ever taken, and I’ve taken a LOT through the years!
"You want Laura's gaze on your path. She's an Illuminator of the highest order. You will see more clearly where you've been, where you are, and most importantly, where you're going."
Leadership Coach and TEDx Speaker
I went from being in a career that I was miserable in to a position and work environment that are actually aligned with my core values, and are perfect for my schedule and lifestyle. Plus, I still have the time and energy to work on my personal business goals because I am excited about and inspired by what I’m doing.
Your Career Homecoming helped me find my way to a home that I always had within me. It’s not that I suddenly became something; it’s that I found something within myself that I’d overlooked before. I had no idea that I truly could get paid for being me
I am happy to share that a couple weeks after YCH ended, I officially transitioned from my tech job into my new role as a floral design assistant, the first stop on my path towards becoming an event designer. I owe YCH for helping me find purpose for doing this work and giving me the tools I need to make my next leaps forward.
"I have sent countless clients who have a hunger for more meaningful, right-fit work to take Your Career Homecoming. The feedback is always ‘That was exactly what I needed!"
Life Coach and Creator of FEAST
After 6 years of trying to figure it all on my own, I wanted to get on the YCH tour bus and be delivered to career clarity. I now know what course I am going to study. I feel safely delivered to that doorstep! I also have a game plan so I know the next steps forward in terms of starting a business.
Doing this program helped me come up with concrete, realistic career ideas that fit me. I quit my draining job. I started taking better care of myself. I feel like I now have a clear, practical path and am on my way to a career that I am excited about.
I had been working in the financial industry for about 10 years, which was about 9 years too long. Now I’m solidly on my new career path, and, much more important for me personally, I know WHY I want what I want, and am confident of the direction in which I’m headed. It really has been life changing.
"Laura's counsel has helped me tremendously in my business and life. She is whip-smart, kind and generous. Once you add in her experience helping hundreds of people through their own unique transitions, working with her is a no-brainer."
Brand Strategist and Host of Raise Your Hand Say Yes
The great thing about YCH is that it taught me a process for the work; it showed me how to match my career possibilities with income requirements, values, etc. I learned how to match up these possibilities with the core of what I wanted.
With my North Star in perfect view, I knew, instantly, the moment I would no longer work for someone with such incredibly different personal values than my own, and because of YCH, I knew why and didn’t feel a lick of guilt about it. I could leave. I just started a new job and feel poised for satisfaction.
I was not stimulated in my administrative job, unclear what to do to move forward, and not utilizing my best skills. Now I am in the process of interviewing for a definite Homecoming Career!! The wild thing is that I used to joke with people that if I retired or if you gave me a million dollars today, what I would do is continue to do the programs that I’ve been volunteering with for the past 10 years. And what’s amazing is that I could actually do that.
"If you want to come home to your career and have a guide who will challenge, push and question you in a loving, welcoming, supportive way, then Laura is it."
Creative Career Coach
Working with Laura has truly changed my life. Before, I felt a bit like a failure; I was at a point where I knew I wanted a plan to leave my day job, but was unsure of the exact direction. I now have clear direction on my path, I have a plan on when to leave my day job, and I have the clarity and confidence to move forward in a direction that feels right to me.
I no longer feel apologetic about working toward the life that I want. I feel more self-assured. Mostly, I feel very hopeful about the future, and confident that I’m moving in the right direction for me. I know it won’t be easy, but I know it is possible and that I’ll always regret it if I don’t try.
I've gotten very clear about what I want and have organized my life around getting it. Being a journalist doesn’t feel like a pipe-dream anymore; it feels like it’s inevitable at this point. Almost like what I was always meant to do, I just didn’t quite know it before. I’m also happy in a way I haven’t been for a long time. I feel like what I want is materializing in front of my eyes. Not to be trite, but it feels a bit miraculous.
"I feel as if you have taken a bandage from my eyes. Like many others, I got stuck with the same question 'what do I want to be?', but your approach to careers makes me feel hopeful."
YCH builds a solid foundation so you can’t argue with the outcomes! It’s based on my core values, interests and skills - and every option is put through a feasibility/practicality filter. So when I landed on final options, I KNEW they would make me happy, and I KNEW they were feasible. Bye-bye excuses and second guessing!
Before YCH was over I had scored a new job where they’re excited about what I have to offer and treat me as an asset. And now I have the tools to reinvent if this one doesn’t fit at some point. I see possibilities ahead, and there are no limits now.
I have my own personal filter to run potential career choices through and if it doesn’t meet my standards, it’s not the right fit. I have shifted from the, ‘You have a job that pays the bills and has health insurance so be happy,’ mindset. I expect more and know I deserve it now.
"I just felt like I wasn't taking my business 'seriously' enough. With Laura's help, I'm doing more long range thinking and I've freed up a lot of time so I can enjoy my actual life a lot more ... or spend more time on client work and make more money!"
SARAH VON BARGEN
Blogger at yesandyes.org
By the end of the Your Career Homecoming I have been able to get a new day job that will allow me to develop skills that will help me in my Homecoming Career and I’ve signed up for the training I will need to move forward in my Homecoming Career. I am completing this program with a path forward and the confidence in myself to walk that path!
I have clarity around the kind of work I want to pursue and more importantly, why I want to be doing it. I have a clear set of criteria that is personal to me and incorporates my values that I can use now and in the future to guide my career decisions, whether I continue on the same path or decide to make a change down the road. And I have a practical plan in place to work toward establishing my Homecoming Career!
Laura is hilarious and means business at the same time. The process was fun, reflective and gives you a chance to evaluate each career option with your intuition AND logic- something that I haven’t seen with other career coaches. If you want some clarity, even if it’s clarity on ‘What career do I start exploring first?’, get into Your Career Homecoming and get ready to know yourself like you never have before.
"There’s nothing I’d change about Your Career Homecoming. This program is a lifeboat!"
Yesterday [6 weeks after YCH ended] I told my boss I was accepting another job (quitting). WOW, that was cathartic! Thanks to the support of YCH, I have been able to reconnect with work that makes me feel more creative and alive. I am now able to move away from my toxic boss and work environment, and work in a way that’s in alignment with my personal / family needs and Homecoming Career.
Would I recommend YCH to a friend? I would say Yes. And then Yes again. It is an invaluable experience, and worth the cost, if you’re willing to do the work and follow through.
Your Career Homecoming helped me identify the beliefs that were holding me back and articulate what success would look like for me. I figured out what I really wanted from work and walked away with options on how I could serve the world in strength.
"Now that I have my new job, I get excited to go to work. When people used to ask me what I do, I would kind of groan. Now I feel happy to answer that question. I care, and I like what I do."
I would just like to take a moment to tell you that your contributions are a bright spot in my day. I've been quietly subscribed to your emails for several years, and I believe every single one has brought a smile to my face. Thank you so much for what you give.
I feel in control of my future and the direction of my career now. Until I went through this process I felt very much at the mercy of those around me to make decisions to direct my fate. I get to make those choices and will not allow someone to do that for me again.
Because of the Your Career Homecoming process, I’m much more conscious of who I really am, as opposed to who I think I am or who I’ve always tried to be. And I feel confident about my new career path.
"Now, I can definitely say what I’m looking for. Unclear, 'what do I do with my life?' frustrated days are gone. I’m less fearful, and more focused, hopeful, and courageous."
Now I know what business I’m going to start, and I’m definitely more confident – and proud – because I am aware of what I really want and the type of legacy I want to leave.
Laura has helped me create a business and a workflow that is both a service to others and a source of joy for me. It's shown me that it is possible to work with ease and earn money without sacrificing authenticity.
I just wanted to send you a huge personal thank you for your talk. You have already shifted how I think and I honestly thought there was ‘nothing new under the sun,’ but you have such a different perspective and it is revolutionary.
"The words that would describe the amazingly positive, insightful and thought-provoking journey of Your Career Homecoming just don’t seem to exist."
Her solid direction and accountability has given me the confidence to look at what I really want in my life and have the courage to act. Without Laura’s direct questions, gentle touch, virtual Kleenex and keen sense of humor, I know I wouldn’t have come out on the other side. Her integrity and brilliance are a rare combination to encounter. I’m so thankful to have found her.
Your Career Homecoming helped me to see through a lot of lies that I believed about work, figure out what was really important to me, and chart a clear course toward not just a good career, but a good life.
I know with greater clarity now the kind of work I want to be doing, what I need from my career, and most importantly, have a framework to apply when making decisions towards getting there.