Dear Clients/Colleagues:

After my mom died suddenly from the flu in 2000—thirty days before my wedding day--I could feel the earth shift beneath my feet and I knew I’d never be the same (read more in Remembering What Really Matters from my first book The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal).

Similarly, the current economic crisis is having a huge impact on us all. We’re all sensing the world as we know it has changed for good and it’s causing many to ask some big questions right now.

If you’re experiencing discomfort around your career, business, key relationships or how you work and experience balance in your life, chances are this period of uncertainty has probably triggered some deeper questions around happiness and fulfillment (read Being Happy no Matter What).

But as challenging as these perceived hardships may be--losses, financial upheaval, layoffs, foreclosures, dissolving partnerships, unexpected career changes—they also present us with precious opportunities to slow down, hit the pause button and reflect on whether it’s time for a course correction.

HOMEWORK: Set aside 30 minutes, find a quiet spot away from work and your family, grab a paper and pen and reflect on the following:

  • If I were to give myself a “career check-up” how do things look? On a scale of 1-10, how satisfied am I with work most of the time? When it comes to my career, what is working and what’s not? Is it time to explore a career change? Read more. Do I have all the professional support I need?

  • How present am I in my key relationships? Do I have enough time in my week to cultivate these important connections? Are my professional and personal relationships feeding me or draining me? Is it time to re-examine my friendships (or client base) and who I choose to spend time with?

  • How would I describe my relationship with myself? Do I relish time alone and enjoy my own company? Do I feel connected to my passions, needs and desires? Do I avoid being alone? Is it easy for me to describe what is most important to me?

  • What does the flow of my work day look and feel like? Is it comfortable or overly scheduled? Do I have space to breathe in my day or am I barreling through a to-do list? If I were to compare the pace of my day to a mode of transportation, would the rhythm be like a horse and buggy? A Volkswagen Beetle? A Lamborghini? What’s working and what’s not when it comes to “how I work?”

December is a great month to schedule a break for a Personal Life Planning Retreat.

Whether you take a solo retreat for eight hours at a friend’s lake house or cabin, an afternoon at a state park, or a weekend away (check out all of Renee’s upcoming retreats including her Dec.16 Empowered Entrepreneur half-day retreat) you need and deserve time to reflect on how you want to experience 2012.

Think of your personal retreat as one of the most important investments you’ll ever make—in yourself.

And remember to go easy on yourself. Pausing to reflect and examine whether you need to course-correct is not about being judgmental or critical of where you’ve been or the choices you’ve made. It’s about giving yourself the opportunity to tweak, modify or overhaul your career and life direction. And to remember you’re in the driver’s seat and you don’t have to do this alone.

Let us know if we can support your career/life path through strategic, individualized career, small business or life balance coaching or consulting. We look forward to hearing from you.

Warmly—Renee, Angie, Sarina and Angela, the Career Strategists Team


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Ready to make a change but need a “jump start” to help you get started? On a tight budget or unable to allocate the resources for one-on-one coaching? Purchase a DIY Career Change Toolkit or a DIY Job Search Workshop today—only $99! Learn more.

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HAVE A HECTIC SCHEDULE? CONSIDER PHONE OR EMAIL COACHING
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Need quick help preparing for your next annual performance review, an interview, resources for starting a new business, assistance jump starting your job search or creating more balance in your life? Consider setting up a phone or email coaching session. Convenient, personalized and affordable. Clients say phone/email coaching is highly effective and a great way to get laser-feedback on very specific career, small business or work/life balance issues.

Email info@careerstrategists.net to learn more. Or, call our office at 512-459-6700 to schedule an appointment with Renee, Sarina or Angela.

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UPCOMING CAREER & LIFE BALANCE EVENTS
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New Way of Being™: Let Go, Embrace Flow and Love Your Life,
A national telecourse for men and women led by Renee Trudeau. Are you done with overwork, overwhelm and ready to discard your old habitual ways of working and being? Would you like to de-clutter, simplify, learn to leverage the power of self-care and step into a more spacious, free work/life flow? Join Renee as she supports, guides and coaches you into a new way of being and helps you access greater peace and harmony in your everyday life. Class downloads/materials will be sent to you via email as well as an invitation to join the private New Way of Being interactive online community. REGISTER HERE

December 16 Friday 9:00-1:00 p.m. Envision, Create and Expand: A Business Planning Retreat for Empowered Entrepreneurs. Casa de Artistas, south Austin. Are you ready to shift your relationship to your business? Gain clarity and focus on how/where to direct your energy, receive laser coaching/feedback, tap Renee’s most powerful exercises and tools, enjoy guided support and leave inspired, focused and ready to move into the new year with renewed passion and clarity. Led by small business coach Renee Trudeau at a small, quiet, private retreat center in Austin. Limited to 8 people. Cost: $249. Details/register. Email info@careerstrategists.net with questions.

March 3 4:00 pm, Seton Hospital Ignite Women’s Health Program Creating Balance in an Unbalanced World (keynote) Seton Medical Center Williamson, The Learning Center 201 Seton Parkway, Round Rock, TX 78665 Details/Register

April 27-29 Reflect, Reclaim, Re-Balance: A Women's Self-Renewal Retreat, Esalen, Big Sur, CA Nurture and nourish yourself physically, emotionally and spiritually. Tap the Transformative Power of Self-Care. Led by nationally-recognized career/life balance expert, coach and author Renee Trudeau at beautiful Esalen. Ideal for women in career/life transition. Details here.

June 22-24 Friday-Sunday, A New Way of Being : Women's Self-Renewal Retreat, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, The Berkshires, MA. Nurture and nourish yourself physically, emotionally and spiritually. Tap the Transformative Power of Self-Care. Led by nationally-recognized career/life balance expert, coach and author Renee Trudeau at beautiful Kripalu. Ideal for women in career/life transition. Details here.


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HOW CAN WE SUPPORT YOU? VISIT OUR WEB SITE TO LEARN MORE
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Career Strategists' Personalized Services Include:

  • Strategic career planning and management assistance
  • Client marketing, branding and positioning services (including resume and cover letter review/development)
  • Coaching on job transitioning, interviewing and salary negotiation
  • Tailored job search strategy sessions
  • Work/life balance coaching, groups, workshops and keynote addresses
  • Entrepreneur/small business planning, start-up and marketing coaching
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment and interpretation sessions for individuals and groups
  • Customized presentations and seminars for companies and groups

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Career Strategists' clients receive personalized, targeted, strategic resources, support and guidance to help them create a life and career that is aligned with their personal and professional values. Did you know we:

  • Offer email coaching support to all of our clients who purchase career packages and typically respond to our clients' questions within 24 hours
  • Offer a complimentary job leads service to let our clients know about jobs in Austin's "underground job market"
  • Offer complimentary access to our new online password-protected Career Management Resource Center, packed with hundreds of tips, how-to lists, articles and resource lists on Career Management/Job Search, Personal Branding/Marketing and Work/Life Balance
  • Provide our clients with connections and referrals to companies/organizations to help them move forward on their career or life path
  • Create special exercises just for our clients to help them gain greater clarity and focus while navigating their career path
  • Offer a discount to all current Career Strategists' clients on single sessions
Check out our coaching packages and fees to learn more about our services and don't hesitate to call or email to let us know how we can help you. (Note: we have different rates levels based on which Career Strategists’ coach you work with.)

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