If you dream of making a big change in your life, or of making a difference in the world, then join Britt and I for a chat on Twitter later this week. We’ll be chatting Wednesday, 23 June 2010 at 19:00:00 GMT (use the hashtag #zpchats).
What is it that breaks your heart? What fills you with hope/joy?
The number one thing that breaks my heart is genocide.
Other issues that break my heart are unequal access to quality education and healthy food, and the lack of arts in the schools.
One of the things that gives me hope and joy these days are initiatives like Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, and the work of organizations like People’s Grocery that are all working towards more equitable access to healthy food. I’m also encouraged that the film, Food, Inc. was nominated for an Oscar, and that the book, Eating Animals was on the New York Times bestseller list. I think a food revolution is on its way!
What are you doing about it?
I’ve worked for, volunteered for, and/or donated to organizations working on most of these issues, but I’ve realized that I can use my skills best by helping other people realize their big vision for a better world, as a big vision career coach. I’ve also written for many blogs, and have produced, or hosted several podcasts that were all themed around “doing good.” My hope is that by sharing inspirational stories and helpful resources, I can help facilitate people living their big visions for a better world.
How did you get started doing this?
About 12 years ago I was trained by Carol Lloyd to teach workshops based on her book, Creating a Life Worth Living, that were focused mainly on career design for artists. I taught the workshop for about 7 years. I don’t teach that curriculum anymore, but I used my experience to coach people one-on-one, and have expanded my practice to serve creative entrepreneurs and do-gooders, as well as artists, who want to create work they love while making a positive impact in the world.
I started blogging about five years ago after I moved next door to Jory Des Jardins, the co-founder of BlogHer. I’d always thought blogs were just for people interested in politics. Reading her personal blog inspired me to start my own blog, Have Fun, Do Good. About six months after I started blogging, I found myself wanting to interview people who were living their big visions. My husband, who is a location sound mixer and recorder, taught me how to record interviews, and I started the Big Vision Podcast.
What do you do to take care of yourself and to make sure your work is personally sustainable?
I can’t say I always do this, but when I start my day by doing a little yoga, writing in my journal, and reading, and end it with a home-cooked meal, it always turns out better, and more balanced than if I don’t. I’ve also been experimenting with a daily practice of moving, playing, reflecting, and connecting.
Do you have any advice for someone who dreams of doing what you do?
In terms of blogging, and podcasting, anyone can start that today! There are lots of free/low cost blogging platforms. A fun book that walks you through starting and growing your blog is Blogging for Bliss. I also do blog coaching, if folks want some one-on-one help.
The better microphone you have, the better sound you’ll get, but I do a lot interviews with Skype and an affordable program called Call Recorder for Skype, and they still sound pretty good. You can edit your podcast using a free editing program called Audacity, (or GarageBand if you have a Mac).
In regards to career coaching, I learned to coach in an unorthodox way, but there are lots of professional coaching programs out there. You can search for one near you on the International Coach Federation website.
My final piece of advice is to follow your curiosity, and notice the things that make you happy. They really are clues leading you to work, and a way of living that you love.
Or join Britt and I for our Twitter chat on Wednesday, 23 June 2010 at 19:00:00 GMT. Bring your questions for Britt and join us by using the hashtag #zpchats.