Corporate Social Responsibility Manager.
Head of Knowledge.
I've made a few career leaps over the years and always remember the self-talk that coursed through my mind right before taking the plunge:
"I can't waste all of these years working on this to start something else now."
"I'm too old to make that transition."
"I'm not going to be good enough."
Thankfully, I was able to move past some of these negative thoughts by speaking with people who had similar experiences and maintaining the faith that no matter what happened, I'd be okay. Following my curiosity has led me to the most interesting career opportunities in my life; From working in Ecuador on a clean water project to leading an anti-child labor program with the government of Mexico in collaboration with MTV. More recently, it's led me to The Grand, and it's our ethos that ultimately helped me gain the confidence to take these leaps: Talking to people who've been there before.
That's why I'm particularly excited to share our latest Grand Session: Reinventing Your Professional Self – Career Shifts Later in Life, with Grand Guide Caroline Anzur, who made a number of career transitions in her 30s and 60s. If you too have been thinking about making career shifts, we'd love for you to join us for this session.
How to Talk About Money With Your Partner. Our Grand Guides, and husband-wife duo, Aditi Shekar and Dalmar Hussein are excited to share how they've approached talking about money throughout their relationship, from the early days of dating to moving in together, adopting two dogs, getting married, and buying a house. Individuals and couples at any stage of a relationship are welcome to join us.
It's been wonderful to see your conversations unfold after your September Sessions. We're grateful to highlight a few of your insights here, beginning with three valuable reads from Grand Guide Karen Wickre. Stay tuned for the rest on Twitter.
45 Milestones You Can Have in Your Twenties besides Falling in Love "Finally doing something you’ve always wanted to do but initially avoided out of fear – scuba diving, voice lessons, exploring your spirituality. And finding that, even if it was difficult, it also brought you a level of happiness and thrill that you hadn’t felt in a long time."
The Difference between Loneliness and Solitude: "In 1957, the German-American theologian and philosopher Paul Tillich described this striking difference: “Our language has wisely sensed these two sides of man’s being alone...It has created the word ‘loneliness’ to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word ‘solitude’ to express the glory of being alone.”
Morning Pages: These 3 Pages Might be Your Key to a Clearer Mind, Better Ideas and Less Anxiety "In order to retrieve your creativity, you need to find it. And it’s through this seemingly pointless process that you are able to find it. You discover things that have been hidden inside you and stuffed down in the business of life."
If you try Morning Pages, perhaps consider dedicating an extra page to exploring an inspiring insight shared by two Grand Members on living a values-driven life.
"It's a practice to clarify your values," they shared. Try creating and recalibrating your values by describing your perfect day.
As always, we are so appreciative of each of your invaluable contributions to The Grand.
We're excited to hear what you think of these pieces, and about your experience journaling should you decide to explore these practices. We're off to kick off our's now too.