Real People, Real Careers, Real Results
“IT’S REAL NOW”
The curriculum of Your Career Homecoming was amazing. It was practical, and in being practical, it gained credibility with me. 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. Now I feel empowered and beyond excited. I won’t be exactly where I want to be for likely around 3 years, possibly sooner. But it’s REAL now. It feels like a rebirth.
"I CAN ACTUALLY ENJOY MY LIFE A LOT MORE"
I just felt like I wasn't taking my business "seriously" enough. I knew I could be doing more but I was just busy trying to stay on top of the day-to-day. 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
"NO MORE SECOND GUESSING"
I was going in circles. I knew I wasn't aligned or fulfilled in my current line of work, so I was thinking up possible other career paths and then constantly second guessing myself - would that REALLY make me happy? Now there’s no more second guessing or questioning. Your Career Homecoming 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.
"I LEFT MY GOVERNMENT JOB AND CREATED MY OWN CUBICLE-FREE JOB"
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 FEEL CONFIDENT ABOUT MY NEW CAREER PATH"
The prospect of hunting for one more job, one I did not want and probably would not be great at anyway, was discouraging. Very. I needed to find a career that would incorporate my creativity as well as provide reasonable income and stability. 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.
“NOT JUST A GOOD CAREER, BUT A GOOD LIFE”
Even though I was working hard and doing things I loved, I was embarrassed by my lack of income and wondering if I should get a day job. Because of Your Career Homecoming, there has been a huge shift for me internally. I realized that I was using my career as a convenient excuse to avoid stepping toward happiness in other areas of my life. YCH 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 was able to see myself the way my community sees me, as someone who is capable, creative and resourceful, and I have confidence that these qualities and my big YCH binder can get me through just about anything.
“I AM EXCITED ABOUT AND INSPIRED BY WHAT I’M DOING”
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.
“I FINALLY FIGURED IT OUT”
Before I signed up for Your Career Homecoming I had been looking for a change for some time, but every time I thought I’d figured out what I was going to do next, I convinced myself that where I was was good enough and that I shouldn’t complain or take the risk of pursuing something new. Now I have an idea of what I want to do now and a new awareness of how I want to work. When I finally figured it out, it didn’t come with a choir of angels and trumpets; it just made sense.
“I FIGURED OUT WHAT I REALLY WANTED FROM WORK”
I was working from home and raising my three kids. My youngest children were about a year away from kindergarten and a full school day. I felt like it was a good time to put the focus back on me and address some concerns related to my work. 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.
“CONFIDENT THAT I’M MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION”
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 KNOW WHAT BUSINESS I’M GOING TO START”
I was almost a year into my latest position in higher education development when I finally accepted the realization that while I was good at what I did, I wasn’t passionate about it. I was playing safe and needed a program that could help guide a change. 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. Knowing that my calling can make a difference for people I admire is amazing.
“THE CATALYST I NEEDED”
Your Career Homecoming was the catalyst I needed to get past my stale, unproductive way of thinking about my future, my career. This experience set me on my purposeful path and gave me the roadmap I needed to chart the right route.
“I ‘RETIRED’ FROM MY PROPERTY MANAGEMENT POSITION”
I was feeling unfocused, scattered, knowing I needed a change (…it was LONG overdue), but not certain of the direction. Now I've “retired” from my property management position! Well, more accurately, I moved it into my home and turned in into a 2-3 day/month job so I can focus on building my new business.
"CLIENTS ARE POPPING UP WITHOUT ME CHASING THEM"
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.
"I HAVE A CLEAR DIRECTION TO FOLLOW"
Working with Laura was phenomenal. I was at a crossroads in my career feeling pulled in 20 different directions, with no clear path in front of me. Laura kindly but accurately identified the ambiguity and helped me develop a clear “why” that I feel great about. Now I have a clear direction to follow, FINALLY.
"MORE CLARITY THAN I'VE EVER HAD IN MY BUSINESS"
I was yearning for clarity and direction, and a way to see the bigger picture while still making sure every detail was attended to. Now I have more clarity than I've ever had in my business. I've honed in on what my legacy is, and how to use that as the foundation for my business.
"I'VE BECOME MORE FOCUSED"
Since working with Laura, I have become more focused. She helped me break down the components of my business, so I can essentially build it back up towards a more focused vision.
“IT FEELS A BIT MIRACULOUS”
I was bored with the business I’d started 5 years back. I didn’t want to do it anymore — but I didn’t know what might be next … or, rather, I had a few ideas, but didn’t have the courage to go for it. Now I’ve gotten very clear about what I want and have organized my life around getting it. 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.
"ABLE TO REALLY ARTICULATE MY VALUE"
I have a ton of big ideas and just couldn’t figure out where to start and how to plot my course. Laura helped me figure out where to start. I got clear on my message and was able to really articulate my value. This was tremendous for me!
"BEFORE YCH WAS OVER I HAD SCORED A NEW JOB"
I was in a job that didn't fit anymore, and in an environment that was getting more toxic every day. I was exhausted. Your Career Homecoming gave me the opportunity to identify my strengths, and to learn about ME and what I can do. 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.
"I DON'T FEEL TRAPPED IN MY JOB ANYMORE"
After I finished my MFA program, my sole goal was to find a job that would allow me time and energy to write so that I could finish my first novel. I felt like I was trapped in all-work-but-no-play mode, and this made me anxious and frustrated, but I wasn't sure how to repair things. Now I feel freshly committed to writing and am both more aware and adept and more realistic about balancing the writing part of writing, the business part of writing, and paid work. Your Career Homecoming also gave me a big booster shot of patience with my current job, and I don't feel trapped in that job anymore. I feel level-headed and autonomous. There’s nothing I’d change about Your Career Homecoming. This program is a lifeboat!
"I'M SERIOUSLY TRYING OUT MY BUSINESS IDEA"
I was struggling with what career I should choose. There were so many options, and I was trying to combine everything I liked into ONE career!! Your Career Homecoming 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. I am at a point where I'm seriously trying out my business idea (like- actually talking to people and having SALES conversations!), so I'm experimenting as I go. Your Career Homecoming has provided me with a firm starting point so that I'm not floundering anymore with 'what shall I do with my life?!'
"I JUST STARTED A NEW JOB"
I'd spent eight years pursuing a day job in an industry that was leaving my soul feeling Dementor-ed. 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.
“INTERVIEWING FOR A DEFINITE CAREER HOMECOMING”
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. But before YCH, I felt like I actually had to have a million dollars in order to do this work. Because who gets to do this for a living? Maybe I do.
“I WAS HIRED AT MY TOP PICK RANCH”
In three months I will be working on a dude ranch in Wyoming. It was visiting a ranch last summer that sparked the question, “Could I do this for a living?” I had several interviews and just today I was hired at my top pick ranch. I’m so thrilled and wanted to share that with you. Thank you for helping me open up to my hopes and desires and discovering new thoughts of what work means to me and how that might look.
“I QUIT THE OFFICE JOB”
Before Your Career Homecoming, I was floundering. I’d hit a wall at my administrative job and was scrambling to find a way out. I felt absolute despair at the thought of being stuck here, or, maybe worse, of finding another job exactly like this…and another after that. Thanks to YCH, I quit the office job and am working exclusively on building my new business over the next couple weeks. 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 EXPECT MORE AND I KNOW I DESERVE IT NOW”
Now 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 DEFINED THE ETHEREAL THING IN MY HEAD”
The Homecoming Binder. Oh, how I love that binder. It provided very specific questions to start defining the ethereal “thing” in my head that could potentially become a new career.
“I FEEL REALLY GOOD ABOUT THE FUTURE OF MY CAREER”
I felt I was at a cross-roads. I liked my job, but did not feel any sense of fulfillment from it on a personal level. I feel really good about the future of my career now. I am more open to possibilities, and feel more confident about what my intuition says is a right move for me.
"ALLOWED ME TO EXIT GRACEFULLY FROM THE HORRIBLE-FITTING JOB I WAS IN"
I found a brand-new facility that hadn’t even opened yet, filled out their application, and told them they really wouldn’t need to interview anyone else for the position I wanted, that I was all they needed, and more. (Such boldness!) I have *you* to thank for that, Laura, because the work we did reminded me of what I didn’t want, but also what I needed to be okay — and to allow me to exit gracefully from the horrible-fitting job I was in.
“I CAN RETURN TO THE WORKFORCE ON MY OWN TERMS"
I was bored out of my mind at work with a high stress level. I knew I could not keep doing what I was doing and so I stopped; I took a big break. I needed to understand more about me and see only then, what in the world might fit or what I could create from my strengths and joys. I am glad I did! I know what type of work makes me happy and is sustainable versus just what I can do to make the most money. I feel like once I decide to return to the work force I can and will do it on my own terms.
"MY FUTURE WAS TOTALLY SAFE IN HER HANDS"
I wanted to be an illustrator, but all of my experience was in teaching English. Those two interests seemed worlds away and overwhelmingly impossible. Once I put Laura’s suggestions into motion, stuff happened. Today, two years after seeking out coaching with Laura, I have published illustrations and I teach art classes. Working with Laura changed my life. She is practical, but she also saw my future, the one I wanted, and it was totally safe in her hands.
"CREATED A BUSINESS THAT IS A SOURCE OF JOY"
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 WAS ABLE TO CREATE A PLAN FOR THE YEAR"
I was winging it a lot, which while in one way was freeing, was also NOT freeing because sometimes it meant last minute, panicky actions taken or not enough time spent on proper launches. Lack of planning was doing me - and my work - a disservice. Working with Laura, I was able to create a plan for the year that so I didn't feel hemmed in, but could also relax a bit because I knew what was coming and could prepare accordingly.