Dear Client/Colleague,

Throughout the month, our coaching team receives many questions around career exploration and life balance so last month we decided to initiate a Q/A format. Have your own question related to career or life management? Send it to

“I am considering a transition to a career in a different field. I am feeling nervous and overwhelmed by the process. I am realizing much of this fear is about money. Will I make enough to support myself? Will I need to give up a lot in the process? I find myself unable to take action. How can I work through this fear?” Dan, 41, financial advisor.

Dan shares a real fear many of our clients face and one more heightened by the state of our current economy. This fear can leave us unable to see our path and/or often too paralyzed to move forward. But financial fear, like any, should not be viewed as an insurmountable obstacle. I encourage Dan, and any clients facing similar barriers, to set aside some time for reflection and explore the following:

  • Define the unknown. Get clear about your financial situation­–what are your monthly expenses/income, budget and look at where you can reduce spending. Ask yourself: What is my biggest financial fear? What is the worst thing that could happen? Is that likely? How would I handle that? Read Strategies for Facing and Overcoming Fears for more support.
  • Explore your values related to money. Ask yourself: What does money mean to me? How do I want to define success? Click here for a great exercise on exploring your beliefs around the green stuff.
  • Get support. After reflecting on the questions above, share your thoughts and responses with someone you trust–whether it is a friend, partner or coach/mentor. In the process of doing so, most people find their anxiety begins to dissipate.

Working through these questions will give you more clarity about your next steps.

Let me know how we can support you in gaining greater clarity or focus around your ideal career scenario.


Sarina LaMarche, Career Strategists senior career coach, and The Career Strategists Team

P.S. You asked for it! Join Renee Saturday, April 10th, 9:30-noon for the highly popular The Career Strategy Workshop: Find a Fit, Create a Plan, Love Your Work in Austin. But register today, we have professionals from around the state attend and this fills quickly!


Would you like some insight into how others perceive you, what type of work environment and boss are a fit for you, how to improve your EQ (emotional intelligence) and ways to enhance your relationships? The Myers Briggs Type Indicator is the most widely used tool of its type in the world. Email to set up your personal appointment with Renee today. More details here.


If you are looking for more information about how to work through financial stress or anxiety or want to improve your financial situation. Read a few tips from Renee here.


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.

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

March 26 9:00 a.m-3:00 p.m.Refresh & Renew Mini Self-Care Retreat with Renee Trudeau at The Crossings Spa and Resort; cost: $175. A perfect Birthday or Mother’s Day gift to give or receive. View the flyer here. Make a date with yourself today!

April 10 9:30 a.m. - Noon The Career Strategy Workshop: Find a Fit, Create a Plan, Love Your Work at St Edwards University. A small, dynamic group-coaching workshop focused on helping you strategically map out your next steps and find work that is a “fit” for you. **BONUS** register by March 15 and receive a free DIY Job Search Toolkit (a $99 value). Class size is limited. CLICK HERE to register online. Contact for more information.

April 23-25 Reflect, Reclaim, Re-Balance: A Woman’s Self-Renewal Retreat. Join us for an amazing weekend designed to nurture and nourish your body, mind and soul at The Crossings Spa & Resort. Led by Renee Trudeau. Ideal for women in career/life transition. Commuter options available. Download flyer here. Details/register here.

August 13-15 Reflect, Reclaim, Re-Balance: Reflect, Reclaim, Re-Balance (with Renee Trudeau). Kripalu Retreat Center - Lennox, MA (The Berkshires). Click here for details and to register.

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