Inspire-Aspire: Join The Female-Led Career Revolution

Sarah Comer
When I first met Sarah Comer at an event in Los Angeles last summer, she made an instant impression on me. She is warm, poised, well-spoken, and passionate in her convictions — in a word, inspirational. It should come as no surprise to learn, then, that she is the woman behind the website Inspire-Aspire: Be the Career Change, a source of informative career inspiration for women looking to combine their passions with a purpose.

Much like Sarah herself, Inspire-Aspire is reflective, uplifting, and brimming with insights. It features in-depth interviews with women such as Seane Corn and Ruchira Gupta, who are creating positive change through their work. Sarah hopes that the stories of such women will inspire and empower other women to “Be the change you wish to see in the world” through their careers as well — hence Inspire-Aspire’s tagline, “Be the career change.” Continue reading

Welcoming a Season of Change

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There is a time and a place for all things, and nowhere is this clearer than in the changing of the seasons. The earth’s seasons are natural, designated times of change, and provide us with fresh surroundings, hopes and inspiration. With each transition, we’re able to experience the earth’s gifts and wonders anew, and in turn, to see ourselves in light of these new changes. Continue reading

Unleashing From Expectations

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Growing up, I had clear expectations for the kind of life I would lead as I matured, including what I would know, how I would behave, the kind of job and husband I would have, and so on. As I’ve gotten older, most of those expectations have died, but new ones never seem to fail to take their place.

We all have expectations for our lives and our careers – whether big or small, positive or negative, realistic or not – despite the fact that we’re often told how damaging these expectations are to our wellbeing. As 18th c. poet Alexander Pope put it, “Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.” Continue reading

Finding Happiness in Others’ Success

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 matter how much we might strive for perfection in each area of our lives – in our relationships, in our careers, in our health, or even in our faith – it’s inevitable that we’ll fail at times and see others outshine us. Yet when this happens, what’s our reaction? Do we express happiness for our friends’ and co-workers’ successes in life? Is our happiness for them genuine?

A sense of ambition and competition can inspire us to reach for new goals and be a useful driving force for improvement, but when our competitive tendencies prevent us from rejoicing in the achievements of others, it’s time to evaluate our thought-patterns. Continue reading

Being OK With Being Last

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 When it seems like all of our friends are getting married, having kids, purchasing houses or settling into careers before us, how are we supposed to feel? Is it possible to maintain true excitement for them without comparing their circumstances to ours?

In such situations we’re often first told not to measure ourselves against others, but this advice is easier said than done. In most cases, it’s just natural to compare ourselves to those around us; we look to others’ situations and behaviors in order to gauge our own. At one point or another, haven’t we all asked ourselves, Am I as happy as her? As capable? As successful? Yet, if this is how we determine our worth, we’ll never win. Continue reading

Getting There {With Gratitude}

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Think of one person who’s made a positive difference in your life. Perhaps it’s a motivating sports coach, an encouraging college professor, an inspiring boss or a dependable friend who comes to mind. Or, perhaps several names come to mind.

We all have people in our lives who have left an indelible mark upon our souls and who have shaped us through their positive influence and guidance, but how often do we make the effort to thank those who’ve invested so much into our well-being? For most of us, I suspect the answer is not often enough.  Continue reading