Have Do Be or Be Do Have

Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you really need to do, in order to have what you want.

~Margaret Young

Most people live according to the Do Be Have model- in order to have something, we must do, do, do, and then we’ll be successful. We’ve been taught this. For example, if we want to have career success, we must do something, like work 80 hours/week, and then we’ll be happy. This becomes a neverending treadmill of always needing to do more in the pursuit of happiness, which can lead us to stress and worry so much that we block potential possibilities.

Being Requires Reflection and Connection

In truth, if we stop the constant striving, worrying and planning every moment as a human doing, then life flows, and we can live more authentically, as the human beings we were meant to be. If we can take time to figure out our “why”, our purpose or intention, from a place of love and mindfulness, envisioning ourselves as happy, then the Universe will fill in the “how” and we can take advantage of opportunities as they come. Be first, then do, and you will have all that you need.

I’ve been thinking a lot about this since my trip to Brittany. I felt like more of a human being there and it was wonderful! I was relaxed and happy. My days flowed from one joyful moment to another… I enjoyed precious time with my daughter as we filled our senses with art, flowers, food and the beauty of the villages in the area, speaking a little French and connecting with locals who were more than happy to share stories with us. Yes it was vacation and we had no real “to do’s”, but we were present being as we were doing things.

“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.” ~Brene Brown

In Brittany, I was living authentically…I was being me. I vowed to keep this feeling when I got home- not to worry, or get caught up in other people’s treadmills, or spend my time doing things that don’t really matter to me. It has been a challenge, but I’m committed to making it part of my daily mindfulness practice to be more human. If I feel myself starting to slip into Eeyore mode, worrying about not getting enough done, or meeting people’s expectations, I go to my toolbox and choose from my energy boosters- meditation, yoga, walking, connecting with a friend, going to a music or dance performance, or going to my kitchen and cooking or baking something delicious…and pretty soon, I’m back in my flow, being me…

Be, Do, and Have…

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What about you? Do you feel like a human doing or a human being? The choice is really always yours. Take some time to reflect and just be…Set an intention for the life you really want and take small steps towards it every day with messages of loving kindness to yourself…We can’t get away from doing things that need to be done, but we can come from a place of love and enjoy being while we’re doing.

It’s Spring…Renew, Refresh, and Look Forward!


Spring is finally here!

I just got back from a wonderful vacation in Bretagne, France where Spring had just arrived. The flowers were blooming, birds were chirping, and the sun didn’t set until 9pm. The air was fresh and clear, and I felt so alive. I returned refreshed and renewed, ready to awaken each day to whatever life has in store for me, looking forward in love and joy!

“Like it or not, at times we all reach a point of stagnation in our lives, when we can’t seem to go forward or backward. This can be the death of us, whether of our hope, our health, our faith or our relationships. In such situations we often cannot see the need for change in ourselves, or we cannot see the way of making it happen. We look outside of ourselves for an answer, even just a subtle push. The springtime is nature’s season for giving that subtle push, though our personal season of renewal can come at any time, in any month of the year.

Spring has been the harbinger of changes to come since before mankind walked this Earth. It has been worshipped as sacred, as the time of the new dawn, by countless cultures and religions, both ancient and modern. It is worth pausing to reflect on this time of renewal while it is happening around you. Let spring fill you up with hope, for spring is an energy which never looks back or allows regrets. Spring is the looking forward, the building up, and it is filled with optimism and promise.”

(Shared by a colleague; author unknown)

What is calling you this Spring? Where does your energy want you to go? Pay attention to the signs and follow them. Let yourself go…and enjoy the ride.
May you find success this Spring!

Collaboratory Results Get A Thumbs Up!

As a Career and Life Coach with ICT, I just had to spread the good news!  I hope you’ll share this with fellow job seekers along with my previous blog on the Collaboratory.  The value of this organization and its’ work has far reaching effects- join us and watch your job search bloom! 


Ofer Sharone, PhD, and a founder of ICT,  The Institute for Career Transitions, recently finished analyzing the qualitative data of pre and post interviews with the first cohort participants of the collaboratory and two findings literally jumped of the pages. 

1) Greater openness to alternative sources of income =  as a result of their experience with the pilot participants became more open to more types of jobs.  In most cases this meant that people started with a focus on standard full-time “W2” employment and by the end of the pilot were actively considering other approaches to generating income.  The main factor driving this change is a growing recognition of the fact that “W2” jobs may not be as available as people had hoped prior to the pilot, and moreover, even if they are able to get a W2 job that such job may in fact be a risky move given the constancy of layoffs and churn in corporate America and the particular vulnerability of older workers to layoffs.  Another key reason for broadening beyond W2 jobs was a growing recognition of the barrier of age discrimination.   He attributes all this to the collaboratory’s approach (which I also think is a core ICT principle) of not sugar coating the reality of the barriers that older long-term unemployed professionals are facing. Another factor was having a cohort of others, plus the facilitators, to brainstorm with and bounce ideas with!

2) Improved emotional wellbeing = given that the greater openness to alternatives discussed above stems from a growing awareness of obstacles to getting what are traditionally considered “good jobs,” we might expect to see a decline in emotional wellbeing (I.e., people upset because job market is tougher and less fair to older workers than they might have previously thoughts) BUT there is a very strong pattern of participants describing improved emotional wellbeing.  The key reason for this improved wellbeing is the community of other participants and the facilitators.  The community that formed at the pilot seemed to go beyond filling the gap of what may be a loss of work colleagues and provided a sense of being “cared about.”  In the “pre” interviews job seekers talked about difficulties in their marriages and friendships, and he believes that the improved wellbeing arose to an important extent due to the participant community filling this hugely important need.   This improved well-being in turn made it possible for the participants to more actively pursue their career goals.

Here are a few illustrative quotes from participants:

–Meeting all the people was incredible. It was a unique group of people to come together and bond the way we did.

–Compared to three months ago, I’m in a very different place. Before the Collaboratory, I had become extremely depressed and withdrawn. I had developed so much anxiety that I stopped looking for work. Every little task just seemed to be too overwhelming for me. The Collaboratory has helped make a massive difference in my sense of well being right now. So I’m very, very grateful. The support from everybody, the structure of how it worked, and having a place to report to three times a week and being held accountable for it. And the seriousness I got about having to participate, that really helped to sort of put me back into shape. At first, I was sort of offended by it a little bit. But in the end, it was exactly what I needed to whack me back into shape! (laughing) Let go as much of this emotional baggage that’s been created in the last year or so. I’m very grateful to the Collaboratory.

–I appreciated how the conversations started to get meaty and idea generating. …I did believe that some of the strategic advice was very collaborative and that I got just as much from each of the participants as I did from Tom, Deborah and Scott. It was facilitators, but I think the benefit is that we had nine other people to bounce things off of.

–In any event, what I loved particularly about Collaboratory, they basically gave me a safe spot, a safe place to experiment with my own thoughts and my own ideas. It gave me permission to take the risks I had, either from my career experiences or old belief systems that weren’t working for me any more and getting in my way, gave me permission to suspend those and to really figure out what was important and what was necessary and what I could actually do.

–I was real focused almost exclusively on landing the next W2 job, and some of the things out of the pilot, …has actually led to a potential career transition for me. Instead of doing it a few years down the road, I’m looking at in parallel now continuing to find a full-time job if that comes first….. I think that was as a result of talking about the sandboxes or just constantly being pushed to take action and change. That changed my mindset in that you don’t have to have everything be perfect or done or right. Just do something about it every day to keep the ball moving forward.

–My attitude about this thing called a career has shifted hugely. It’s not about a title and/or a set parameter for the job or the work. It’s not about security or benefits. It’s really just about how I can apply my skills and talents and so something that feeds me professionally.  . . My ability to talk about what it is that I do and want to do and where I could do it is getting more clear as well.  Just being open and flexible and agile really is what the Collaboratory has provided to me.

–We’re still keeping the group together even though the program has been completed. Going twice a week. I know that’s a big part of why I show up, right? It’s still the group, everyone understand what you’re going through. You’ve got something scheduled in your day. It’s interaction with people that you know care about you and want to see each other succeed.

I think you can see this is really worthwhile!  For further information on ICT and the Collaboratory, contact Deborah or Ofer:

Deborah Burkholder, ICT Executive Director, deborah@ICTransitions.org.

Ofer Sharone, PhD, Asst. Professor Sociology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, osharone@soc.umass.edu

This Is The Future Of Work…


I’ve been involved with ICT for several years now as a Career and Life Coach and want to spread the word to all job seekers so that more people can benefit from these programs…Please share this with others…


Are you trying to manage a job search on your own?
Join us for the next ICT Collaboratory.

The “Future of Work” is…NOW. We get it! Precarious income and frequent transitions are the new normal.

The Institute for Career Transitions’ Collaboratory is a structured intense 12-week program designed to help you effectively navigate your job transition and promote a renewed sense of well-being allowing you to show up at your best.

A job search is an intense and often lengthy process. As the search goes on, energy and commitment can wane and we can become more isolated. The ICT Collaboratory will help you focus your efforts and effectively navigate your “work in-between work.”

My ability to talk about what it is that I do and want to do and where I could do it…being open flexible and agile really is what the Collaboratory has provided me.”

“The Collaboratory has helped make a massive difference in my sense of well-being.”

“It really has shifted my thinking about how you make money or how you survive in this new work landscape.”

As part of the Collaboratory, you will contribute your skills as part of a small select team of professionals committed to each other’s professional development and success. Your team meets three mornings a week – an intense schedule to allow the formation of a strong and resilient team to tackle the technical and adaptive challenges of managing your career. Challenges such as:

  • Reconnecting with your strengths
  • Focusing your job search
  • Strategies for generating short-term and long-term income
  • Building your productivity team
  • Crafting your message (LinkedIn, resume, cover letters)
  • Improving your productivity, decision making, and accountability

If you are a professional in or thinking about a job transition, the ICT Collaboratory’s approach will empower and revitalize your job search as you continue to build your network of people committed to your success.

We are interviewing for our next cohorts. Each cohort is limited to 10 talented professionals. Selected candidates are asked to participate in research surveys, interviews, issue discussions, and well-being benchmarking.

Requirements: 1) actively looking for work; 2) three-month on-site commitment. Cohorts start with a 2-day weekend orientation, followed by a regular work schedule – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:30am-12:30pm.

Danvers cohort starts April 14; Brighton starts May 5.

Program fees include facilitated work sessions, professional coaching, and a full membership at the Staples Workbar co-working location. To learn more or to schedule your pre-registration interview, contact:  

Deborah Burkholder, ICT Executive Director, deborah@ICTransitions.org.

The Institute for Career Transitions, a 501c3 non-profit, researches the impact of the changing nature of work on individuals and society. We appreciate Workbar and the Staples Corporation support in making this program possible.

Practicing Loving Kindness

HeartflowersBrene Brown says, “Love is not something we give or get; it is something we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them- we can only love others as much as we love ourselves. We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection.”

I woke up this morning remembering these words from Bob Dylan’s timeless “Blowin’ in the Wind”, “How many deaths will it take ’til we know that too many people have died?”

In the wake of yet another tragedy, I continue to hope for a kinder world where we all live in peace. I believe this is what we all want…and to that end, I invite you to join me by starting each day with this loving kindness meditation. This has become a daily ritual, along with writing my 5 gratitude statements each night. It only takes 6 minutes, so I hope you’ll try it.

  • May we all be happy…
  • May we all be healthy in body and mind…
  • May we all be safe and protected from inner and outer harm…
  • May we all be free from fear, the fear that keeps us stuck…

Love makes the world go round…Let the practice of loving begin within your own beautiful heart. Give yourself what you wish to receive and give others what you wish to receive from them.

With hope in my heart,


How Are Your 2018 Goals Coming Along?

January is the best time to make positive changes in your life.  It’s a time when many resolutions are made, but few are kept.  You have to stay motivated if you really want to manifest your goals and intentions.  How?  Here are 3 great tips from JJ Virgin, New York Times bestselling author…with my thoughts sprinkled in…

1. Find an accountability partner.


Once you have a clear goal, you need to write down the action steps that will help you reach that goal.  (I like Vision Boards, and I use a Goal sheet that has different sections for areas in your life, such as Business/Work Goals, Home Goals, Personal Goals, and Fun Goals.  I fill this out at the beginning of each year and post it on my bulletin board where I see it every day.)

Next you want a partner, a friend or two, or a coach to hold you accountable.  Ideally, they’re available weekly and act as your personal cheerleader.  Share your goals, strategize, and plan with them.  You can ask them to check in with you for a progress report and/or schedule a call or in-person meeting with your accountability partner at least a few times a month for updates.  (I like having a coach for this, as well as a coaching group, and this year, I’m going to try it with a friend in TN, where we can be each other’s accountability partner!)

2. Track your progress on a regular basis.

In order to review progress, you have to track it.  Do this in great detail; you’ll see when and where you’re most productive and you’ll learn lots about your habits and patterns.  As you move towards your goal, you may notice that you procrastinate:  Ask yourself, when and why do I procrastinate?  When do I do my best work?  Am I overwhelmed?  Am I eating healthy foods, exercising, getting enough sleep?


Once you’re aware of your emotions and habits, you can tailor your action steps to them.  Look at your calendar and decide how much time you have for action steps, and block out your schedule.  Then track the hours you spend working towards your goal.  On a scale of 1-10, how focused and productive were you?  Write this info down and share it with your accountability partner.  (I put my action steps on my wall calendar in time; this helps me be realistic and not put too many things in one day.  At the end of the day, I check things off if I’ve completed them.  If I don’t get to something, I move it to the next day I know I’ll have time to complete it.  At the end of the week, I check and see if I missed anything and if so, I do it on Friday or the weekend.  But my goal is to have weekends free, so that motivates me to finish things Friday!)

3. Celebrate your small successes and your big wins.

Acknowledge your accomplishments along the way!  Completing action steps and goals is intrinsically rewarding, but plan small extrinsic rewards as well…Take a walk in nature, see a movie with a friend, take a relaxing bath…  Enjoy small pleasures and celebrate each goal as you achieve it- this will keep you motivated to set and achieve goals that really matter to you.  (This is so important.  Make sure your goals and intentions are ones that you really want to achieve-in your heart and your mind.  I write my accomplishments in my gratitude journal each night and I do celebrate them.) 

Feeling good about your big goal or project will keep you motivated to keep setting conscious, authentic goals and and action steps to create the life you want!

Unwrap Your Special Gifts…and Introducing Ginger!

Unwrapping your gifts…

IMG-1931.jpgGingerThe holidays are a time of celebration!  This year,  we welcomed our new puppy, Ginger to our family.  It’s been crazy and unpredictable and more work than I remember, but we’re having fun with her and look forward to introducing her to family and friends  as time allows!  Having a puppy keeps you mindful…you just have to be present and enjoy each event in the moment.  Although they may be a bit late, the most important things on my list are happening..like sending this holiday email, making Christmas cookies, and spending precious time with loved ones!

Each year, I send these questions as my gift to you… this has become a tradition that I do with all my clients at the end of December.  The idea is to take a few minutes, maybe with a glass of wine, or a cup of tea, and write your answers to them. Unwrap your gifts, celebrate your accomplishments, see what others have given you… what has 2017 brought you, and what do you really want in 2018?   I’ve added a few new questions this year, so I hope you enjoy them. And, if you’re inclined to share, I’d love to hear from you!

In 2017…

  • What was your greatest accomplishment?  What are you most proud of daring to achieve/do (whether you did it or not)?
  • Where did you nudge yourself out of your comfort zone?
  • What gifts did you see in yourself?  What’s the most valuable lesson you learned?
  • What are you grateful for this year?
  • Who are the people YOU had the greatest positive impact on this year?
  • Who are the people who had the greatest impact on your life this year?
  • What’s one piece of unfinished business, and how might you complete it, address it, or let it go?
  • Overall, what was the theme of this year for you? (It’s your life story, what’s the title of this chapter?)

In 2018…

  • What will the theme be for you this year? (What’s the title of this chapter?)
  • How will this theme manifest in your life?
  • What are your intentions or goals for this year?  What dreams or passions would you like to pursue?
  • What have you learned from the past that you want to use this year?
  • What old habits, fears, or patterns might get in the way?
  • How will you overcome those obstacles or deal with those fears (what structures will you put in place) so that you can follow through and move forward?


Wishing you all the joy and magic of the season…may you enjoy it with family and friends in health, peace and love.  I look forward to hearing from you in the new year!



My Thanksgiving Wish for More Gratitude

2a29e6f8-3a6b-4e44-8812-6fdcab326646Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”  — Melody Beattie

Practicing Gratitude

I sat down to write something new but as I thought about the past year which has been filled with chaos, change, surprise, concern, dismay, and just about every emotion there is, it seems that now more than ever we need to unite in gratitude. I know we all are grateful for certain things at certain times, but I suggest we all commit to becoming more grateful and embrace gratitude by making it a permanent daily ritual.

United We Stand

Whatever your feelings are about the world, remember that you create your own outcome, regardless of who’s in charge. This is a time for unification with others… as the song says, “United we stand, divided we fall…” This is a time for more compassion and understanding, for more love and kindness. We must keep our energy in a high vibration state, send more love out to the Universe and trust that the Law of Attraction will find the best outlet for it to flow. And if we get stressed or frustrated when things don’t go according to plan and life becomes chaotic and overwhelming, how can we get our energy back up so that we feel fulfilled, at ease, and content?  One way is to form daily habits that ensure that we’re operating from our highest positive vibration…like writing gratitude statements.

Keep a Gratitude Journal

2 years ago, I started writing down 5 things that I was grateful for every night. It has become a daily habit along with my meditation and I highly recommend you try it! Try to think of new things each day, simple things like:

  • I’m grateful to have a job that allows me flexibility
  • I’m grateful I had time to make an apple crumb slab pie today
  • I’m grateful to be picking up my new Wheaton terrier puppy this Friday!
  • I’m grateful for family and friends
  • I’m grateful my daughter is coming home for Thanksgiving!

Taking time to be grateful on a regular basis can have long lasting positive effects and keep you operating at your highest vibration so that you’ll attract more opportunities and people, and you’ll feel more focused, positive and happy!

Other Success Rituals

Performing random acts of kindness is something else you can do to keep your vibration high.  Simple things like holding the door open for someone, making soup for a sick neighbor, donating to a charity, or just smiling and saying thank you to the postman- all of these raise your vibration by sending positive energy out to others.

Offering compliments, words of encouragement, or watching inspirational TED talks are also ways to keep your energy vibrating at high levels. I find meditating alone or with others to be very helpful as well as practicing yoga, dancing, or walking. Exercise is important for your physical as well as mental energy balance, so do what feels good to you.

The key to being successful is really repetition of daily habits like these to keep your vibration high and your thoughts consistent with your actions.  This takes time and effort and like anything, practice!  But isn’t it worth it?  Imagine a world filled with gratitude and love, which turns “…denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow”…this is what I’d like to attract; how about you?

Love and Kindness Meditation

This Thanksgiving and every day, more and more, I am grateful for family, friends, colleagues, and clients (and all beings)…and I’ll leave you with a partial meditation I first heard from a friend and amazing woman, Robyn which is even more relevant today…

“…May everyone be peaceful and loved, healthy and strong, safe and protected, and have self-love so that your life is filled with ease.”

May you all have a peaceful Thanksgiving filled with love and kindness…plus lots of your favorite foods shared with those you love!

With Gratitude,


Have You Found Your Igikai?

Happiness defined…

We all yearn to be happy; it’s a universal goal and it is often linked to finding our life’s purpose, life satisfaction, appreciation, gratitude, and moments of pleasure or joy.Happiness-quotes-1

University of Minnesota researchers found that about half of happiness is genetically determined… And that we’ll be happy if we pursue basic values such as faith, family, community and work.

Where Meaning and Happiness Collide

Work can bring happiness by joining our passions with our skills, empowering us to create value in our lives and in the lives of others.  As Franklin D. Roosevelt said: “Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”  Americans who feel they are successful at work are twice as likely to say they are very happy overall as people who don’t feel that way.

Finding Your Ikigai

More often than not, happiness and meaning often feed off each other. The more meaning we find in life, the happier we typically feel, and the happier we feel, the more we often feel encouraged to pursue even greater meaning and purpose. And if you can mesh passion and skills with a mission and work that you’re paid for- voila! It doesn’t get any better than that!

To find your Ikigai, or life’s purpose, ask yourself these 4 questions:

  1. What do you love?
  2. What are your strengths? What are you good at?
  3. What does the world need? What is your mission?
  4. What can you be paid for?

Without purpose, people can feel unfulfilled, and this can affect their happiness quotient.  Positive psychology researcher Sonja Lyubomirsky says happiness is “the experience of joy, contentment, or positive well-being, combined with a sense that one’s life is good, meaningful, and worthwhile.” We like to feel that what we do matters beyond just getting a paycheck.

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace & gratitude.” – Denis Waitley

Ready to Find Your Ikigai?

It’s possible to find your purpose and be happy in a career that’s meaningful where you’re fulfilled…  Sure, you have to do the work which takes some courage, and perhaps shifting your mindset… but you can address the challenges and obstacles and make appropriate choices, one step at a time.

If you’re unhappy or feel stuck in your current situation, if you’re unemployed or underemployed, and you’re ready to see what else is possible, I have a super special offer for you! (details below) Together, we’ll craft a strategy so you can define happiness on your terms and create your own personal road map for success.  Sound good?

Special Offer for Unemployed or Underemployed Job Seekers- *50% off Career and Life Coaching with Clare!

The first 3 people who send me an email will receive coaching at half my regular (job seeker) rate!  I’ve seen it make a difference for so many clients and I’m committed to helping people find work (and a life) they love…plus recent research has shown that coaching helps job seekers find work faster by providing emotional support, objective feedback and accountability that keeps their motivation and momentum strong. It’s a win-win!

So, what do you really, really want?  And what are you waiting for?
It’s your life, and you can make it work! Let’s find your Ikigai together!

*Conditions: A minimum of 3 months or at least 6 one hour coaching sessions, meeting weekly or every other week per terms on my coaching agreement, which will be sent ahead for review.

Stay-at-Home Moms- Ready to Get Back to Work?

readytoworkMany of us have been fortunate enough to stay at home and raise our children.  When I had my first child, I thought I had it all figured out.  I’d stay at home for 6 weeks, then go back part time for a couple weeks, and transition back to full time.  And I did…But what I didn’t factor in was how being a mother had changed me.  I no longer wanted to be a workaholic, clocking in up to 80 hours a week.  I had a baby and I wanted to spend time with him.  So after almost a year of much stress, and angst, I left my job.  It felt great! I had my second baby 21 months after the first, and became a full time mom!

While I loved being a stay at home mom, part of me longed to do something else, some kind of work that used my skills and that I was really passionate about.  I got a copy of What Color is Your Parachute and started reading it. But not having anyone to share the exercises with or get feedback on wasn’t working…and then it dawned on me. Why not offer a class for people who, like me, would benefit from feedback and accountability?  I called it Get the Job You Want, and I’ve been teaching it for over 25 years now!

Over the years, I added classes on Stress Management, How to Network (things I’d taught while I was working as a side gig), and I became a DiSC trainer and gave workshops on People Reading and Communication Skills.  I also had always loved cooking and baking and had done some catering and baking for area restaurants in the past so I started doing that again too.  I had made lots of contacts at my last job and through all the activities with my kids, I had built a network and found work I loved!

Of course, this is only part of my story.  There were obstacles, fears, and choices to make and being a self-employed coach, helping others find their magic formula for success, continues to be a journey.

So are you ready to get back to work? A lot has changed and it’s harder to re-enter the workforce now especially if you’re looking for a 9-5 career with benefits like you had previously and you’ve been out for more than a year.   Though it’s tough, it’s clear that women bring many vital skills to the challenge.  All that juggling, coordinating schedules, meals and activities, advocating and allocating resources, essentially being CEO of your home is an advantage and has prepared you for your next job!

Returning to work requires that you now advocate for yourself!  There’s lots to think about and do before you launch.  For starters, you need to figure out what you want to do, whether you want part time or full time, and whether you’d like to start your own business or freelance etc.  You may want to volunteer or check out paid internships or returnships.  Path Forward and IRelaunch are two programs to research and you can’t apply unless you have a gap in your resume!  But, before you leap, take the time to think about what you really want.