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The Real Clash: Stay or Should I Go?

Burn outs are kinda cool in a hot rod. Not so much on the job. How to stay cooler.  — BadWitch

Readers Are Spellbound & Perplexed…

Dear GWBW — …career of 12 years…What constitutes “burn out”? How do you know if you are actually burned out and it would be wise to find a new course to pursue, or whether you just need a long vacation, and should stay put in the industry you spent so much time developing skills, contacts and your reputation in? Path Trekker

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Dear Path Trekker,

Check out what we told Miller Time about his job exhaustion.

As for what constitutes “job burn out,” as usual, I suggest you do review columns. This time, list all the things that first ignited, attracted and fueled you to and on your job. Second column, quickly jot all the things that frustrate you on the job and about your workplace. I’d rather you list emotions/feelings elicited than nit picky line items like “broken water cooler,” which may or may not translate as “dehydrated, listless and angry.” Half joking. Cross-check the two columns. This one is more a highly subjective look-see between the two columns to see which is: larger/longer, which items may be completely negated by something in the other column, and overall how each column makes you feel. Do this exercise again same time for the next four weeks. See if recognizing and shifting what you can has changed anything for you. Own what’s yours, weigh what you can’t control against your overall life needs and peace.

Meanwhile, a well-deserved, fun-filled (whatever that means to you) vacation away from the office is always a rejuvenating, reenergizing treat our culture doesn’t take as seriously as it should. Go expedia.com, orbitz.com, or Travelocity.com (among others) — do a staycation — but go forward, Path Trekker!

Stop and smell the rose essential oil,

BadWitch

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Dear Path Trekker,

Follow the tickle. The question is what inspires you and leads you t wan to spend your time in the activity.

The truth is whatever you choose to do will, no doubt, use some of the very skills and contacts you have honed over all these years. Though, you may decide the field you are in no longer serves, skills are transferable.

To start, yes, schedule a vacation. Give yourself time from the pressures of everyday to get a read on whether you enjoy the duties and opportunities available to you in your everyday career. Then it’s time you play Blue Sky/

What would you do if there were no limits? If money, security, social pressure and guilt were taken out of the work/life/career equation, what would you do with your time for work, fun, joy?

The questions to such answers may be unrealistic when normal life circumstances are applied, but it will start to point you in the right direction. You will see more clearly where your interest lie.

The key is to rest up and give yourself the time and space to figure out how you feel and what you want.

Good luck,

GoodWitch

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Bored Games: There’s an App for That, Baby!

Had your fill of daytime TV and gaming? Read every rag in the house back-to-front and back again and…still yearn for more entertainment? Making a break from your own boredom.  — BadWitch

Readers Are Spellbound & Perplexed…

Dear GWBW — I broke my leg really bad. …and now the cast will have to stay on another 3-4 weeks… I’m so bored not being able to leave the house much, or have a lot of trouble when I do, and my housemate doesn’t come home til 7 or 8 and I think I might be driving her crazy entertaining me.. …do you have any suggestions? — Bored Castmate

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Dear Bored Castmate,

You’re right. Your roomie is not Julie, your Love Boat Social Director. Your relationship will benefit (and likely thrive) from you not expecting her to take care of your boredom. No need to break another thing in that house.

Look at this “break” as a metaphor for a much-needed break in your routine of automatic sameness. You will likely benefit to stop trying to be “entertained” perpetually and instead look to see what “work” you need to do for yourself. It may start by taking the mundane and meditative route of basic housecleaning. In that mindlessness, you might stir up some real dust and uncover a long-forgotten dream or passion. Entertain your own dang self, Bored Castmate. Start working on identifying your truest desires, towards fulfilling them — now that’s entertainment! Get to work on truly coming Home, Tom Hanks.

Castaway,

BadWitch

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Dear Bored Castmate,

Another 3-4 weeks! It’s not a death sentence. I completely understand your disappointment, however, seems more important to let you leg heal properly than worry about being shuttled around.

To start, you’ve got a broken leg, you’re not a shut-in. Yes, hiking, marathon running are all out right now. But movies are totally doable, as are restaurant lunch and dinners. Even a trip to a friend’s house or having friends over can make a difference. If you feel like a shut-in, it’s because you are acting like one.

Sure, maybe you can’t drive with that leg. Call a cab or ask friends to give you rides and sweep across the backseat. Who cares? It’s the room you need. Go slow in and out with your crutches and ask to be dropped off right in front. You can make it. Probably no harder than figuring out how to walk across a newly waxed floor in your first pair of stilettos. Take a deep breath, buck up your courage and decide it’s time to live your life—whether hampered by a broken leg or not.

I remember when my sister broke her knee and required surgery and to hang around with an ankle to hip brace for an entire summer. You know, she couldn’t drive. We lived in the ‘burbs of the Bronx and all of life happened in Manhattan. You know, I don’t remember how she got around, but I do remember that being one of the most fun summers of our lives. Sure, we stayed home more, but we had friends and family visit from out of town. We went to dinner. We went to the movies. We lived.

How do you do it? Decide to be happy now. Then do what you need to do to make it happen.

Happy travels,

GoodWitch

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Is Your Intention Aligned Your Actions? (BW)

Intentions are everything (as in “it’s all about the intention”), but when our intentions are not aligned with the rest of our lives, it’s because the intention is lacking or missing one’s purpose. Your intention has no real meaning to you at a deeper level. … Ok, so say now you’ve got meaning behind your intention, but life is also cyclical. The personal evolution tool that is our intention must then be reexamined and updated from time to time, to best match our overall life purpose for maximum effectiveness and alignment. Oprah’s ending her successful 25 year megashow to launch a network that can support others helping even more people, is a good example of her Intention supporting her Purpose and in alignment with what she is doing.

How do you even know when you are in alignment between intention and how you live? What have you done to correct this in the past, or currently?  — BadWitch

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You: Accidental Tourist or Purpose Driven?

Everyone talks about Mission Statements and “purpose driven lives” like they’re air and water. Not everyone operates that way, especially if they don’t know what they are. Are you on Purpose?  — BadWitch

Readers Are Spellbound & Perplexed…

Dear GWBW — I have a dumb question. I always hear everyone talk about “purpose.” What is that? I mean I know what “on purpose” and the word means, but what’s everyone talking about exactly? Doesn’t everyone have a purpose? Why is it so hard then?  — Deliberace

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Dear Deliberace,

That’s a great question! Purpose is important in living one’s most vital life. Purpose is the energy to life as the right octane fuel is to a car. “Gasoline with too low an octane rating converts fuel to heat rather than power, making for less efficient fuel usage and reduced engine life.” Without the right octane, you have a vehicle that, as finely tuned a driving machine as it might possibly even be, will knock and ping instead of soaring down the road, and may even ruin its vehicle instead of energizing it.

Purpose is meaning. It is the WHY of the WHAT you do and fuels the HOW you do it. If all this is foreign to you, keep looking for your purpose by asking question after question. Good questions are the way to self-discovery and ultimately, sustainable confidence of living true to your self.

A higher octane form of the basic Who am I? or Why am I Here?-type questions might be: “How can I be of assistance?” “How can I give more love to those I want to give it to?” (etc.!) and then proceeds to answer those questions by living in eternal questioning and openness mode to others, is living a life of purpose. Our To Do and (externally) success-oriented culture can sometimes confuse good solid citizens that they may “not have a purpose” when it is more likely a case of asking better life QUESTions. As for “why is it difficult?” – just keep asking questions — all your life long.

Fill ‘er up with high octane purpose,

BadWitch

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Dear Deliberace,

If you know what “on purpose” means, apply the definition to living your life and you get your answer. Living “on purpose” is living with your heart fully engaged. Some people know from almost their first breath that they want to be a mother, a nurse, a doctor, an astronaut—whatever. That is their purpose. Schooling, career path and extra curricular activities are all focused on moving closer to fulfilling that purpose.

Now, not everyone knows their purpose from the beginning. Remember John Travolta’s character in “Get Shorty”? When asked about why he wants to be involved in the movies when he has a thriving career as a loan shark he says, “Yeah, but I was never that into it.” To have purpose is to be doing work that fulfills you on a soul level. The work is still hard, but somehow you know you are doing what you are suppose to be doing. One way to tell? You get more energy out of doing work on purpose. You get happy, focused and invigorated when you are working at your purpose..

What do you want to do with your life. What activities make you happy, leave you feeling fulfilled and on the right track? Writing? Art? Caretaking? Maybe playing music? Find what makes your heart sing. My guess is you already know. If you are too scared to try, just remember living with regret is really no less scary than trying. Take a class. Take your first steps and do your best. It’s your life.

Live it,

GoodWitch

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Mondays money, work, purpose dilemmas. Thursdays family, relationships, love dramedy. Send your brewing questions on how to thrive—not just survive— modern life to: coaching@stillsitting.net.

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Trapped! Horrible Job, No Hope

Life can be hard enough without feeling like you’re cornered with no options to a job you can’t stand. How to stop waiting for rescue and take charge.      — BadWitch

Readers Are Spellbound & Perplexed…

Dear GWBW — I’m underemployed. I hate my work but feel trapped. Bills and my laid off husband make me feel I have no alternatives again. When’s it my turn? Frustrated  End of Liner

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Dear Frustrated End of Liner,

No doubt about it, these are weird at best, trying times at worst. Personally right now, I don’t know anyone who has or is not undergoing some sort of “trial” at whatever level his/her life (might) need it. I’m saying, I think these are learning times. Other times are doing times. Right now, our broken status quo is in need of a severe and meaningful make-over. Whether we are mostly happy (by nature) or not, the situations, people, circumstances that face each of us today seem, to me, to be laying the foundation of opportunity for some change(s) that are fundamentally different, and hugely paradigm shifting.

Now as for your question, Frustrated, go talk to your husband and make sure he knows in no uncertain terms that you feel trapped with no alternative today because your family (like all of us) has bills. Stuffing is for turkeys, and misdirected anger is passive-aggressive. Make sure you don’t use blaming (of him, timing, circumstances) language, and own your own (frustrated, and the dashed hope ones, too) feelings in this conversation . When you’ve finished expressing your feelings (not to be confused with  actual facts) clearly and non-judgmentally, give him his turn with no interruption. If your marriage is a partnership, I’m sure he is looking for new work and unhappy about this personal or familial situ, too — something in common. You’re in this together. You chose partnership. Let him be your partner in your frustration. Be his champion in his job search. Make individaual and team goals with deadlines for related tasks together. Show your kids what you want them to know “family” means in tough times and in the best times when it’s easy breezy and a no-brainer.

Move the chains,

BadWitch

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Dear Frustrated End of the Liner,

Don’t give up hope! Today’s trials are preparing you for the next turn in the road. Face them with a determination to create a better life and the diligence to work hard for what you want. In the end, you may very well find yourself with opportunities for that better life.

I could write a whole lot more on the subject. After all, I spent three years under-employed, as a single mother, worrying how to make it all happen (rent, clothes, school supplies, and even gas in the car). But I kept trying. I kept looking for opportunities—taking any possible freelance gig that came my way and sending out resumes non-stop. Eventually, my world turned. All my hard work prepared me for a new full time job, a few freelance gigs on the side and, of course, my own business (StillSitting). Now, my task is to decide on priorities and turn away the gigs that do not move me further down my path.

Maybe I showed the Universe through my diligence and willingness that I was ready for the next stage of my life. After all, my diligence led me to the off-hand Facebook post which eventually led to the full time job I have now with the Owning Pink Center, doing what I love with like minded people.

Am I saying everything will work out, guaranteed? No. Am I saying stop worrying? No. I’m saying life will throw you curve balls on a regular basis and it is how you face those hard times that define you. Do your best and the opportunities will come because other people will see you trying. And people always want to help someone trying to help themselves.

Take a little break, plan your path and then jump back in. Your turn is coming.

MANTRA: As I work hard to create the future I want, I show the Universe that I am willing and ready. It is only a matter of time before I succeed.

Good luck and good work,

GoodWitch

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Mondays money, work, purpose dilemmas. Thursdays family, relationships, love dramedy. Send your brewing questions on how to thrive—not just survive— modern life to: coaching@stillsitting.net.

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Career Change? Dreaming of Vision

Is there life after achieving the perfect job? When your Big Dream is in need of some clarity.      — BadWitch

Readers Are Spellbound & Perplexed…

Dear GWBW — Ten years ago I landed my dream job and I’m still amazing at it. My problem is I am completely bored with nowhere to go. I don’t want partnership. Should I quit and go “find myself”? I’m 46.I Dream of Meaning

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Dear I Dream of Meaning,

Darlin’, hands down, one of the biggest mistakes we tend to make in this country is confusing “climbing” (or promotion) with “success.” Check Webster’s. Get clear. Get over it. Congratulations!, as I see it you’re truly wealthy because you have two issues here: 1) If you’re genuinely brilliant at something, that is a gift. Either embrace that sucker and thank your lucky stars and goddesses then find (go to “C” in that Webster’s and (re-)define “creative” for yourself) a NEW! and Improved! Way(s) to express your brilliance within this skill set; and/or 2) recognize that you are probably in reassessment mode, and this midlife point doesn’t need to be a “crisis” unless you squash and repress it, or buy into your own “boredom” and self-vampirically drain your energy which is highly unattractive and actually boring (for the rest of us to watch). Don’t divert or sublimate. Know what you really need and then serve yourself pronto and consistently.

Life is cyclical. Can’t you see yourself refreshing your work brilliance with new infusions of Ways to Do Things (I just finally! Taught myself how to tie my shoelaces right-handed, making for a prettier and actually more comfortable to wear bow. Expand on my meaning for your situ, muffin) and simultaneously making lists about what no longer serves you right next to what is still fabulous and soul-feeding about your job? Then take those columns and apply them to the next logical step for this age-stage of your adventure! It ain’t over yet.

Go forth, explorer,

BadWitch

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Dear I Dream of Meaning,

I am all for expanding and finding yourself; however, throwing the baby out with the bath water is no way to move forward effectively. Quitting the job you loved may be an alternative, but give yourself the room to explore before giving up your contacts, paycheck and livelihood.

You have been lucky enough to find your dream job, be amazing at it and enjoy it for ten years. Now, it is time to explore what else excites you. Branch out and rediscover your sense of excitement. Is there some hobby you’ve been interested in taking up? Is there some other work that correlates with your current position that seems interesting to you? Chances are the path you are seeking has left some hints in the things that already interest you.

Finding your new path does not mean trashing the old. For instance, I have recently made a career switch from more than 15 years of marketing which led all the way to the Director of Marketing position. But all the time, I had been following a tickle that led me into the world of alternative and complementary medicine. Over the years, my interest led to certifications, deep research and practice. Eventually, I would walk into the world of wellness, but not without relying on the tools I had refined through my years of marketing.

In other words, follow your tickle, while you continue to analyze what you still love about your current career. You may find yourself in some unlikely exploits, but it will be worth the journey. And when you are ready to leave your current position, you’ll know. It won’t feel like a jump, but the next logical step.

Enjoy the journey,

GoodWitch

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Mondays money, work, purpose dilemmas. Thursdays family, relationships, love dramedy. Send your brewing questions on how to thrive—not just survive— modern life to: coaching@stillsitting.net.

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Hard Worker, Tired! “I want to quit…”

Where do Masters of the Universe go to vacay? Can chillaxing, dropping out for a while, be productive?    — BadWitch

Readers Are Spellbound & Perplexed…

Dear GWBW — I want to quit my job and go live on the beach somewhere. What is wrong with me?! I’m usually this super achiever. I’m 36.   — Miller Time

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Dear Miller Time,

Silly Wabbit! You’re more concerned about your identity and how you and others view that than anything — because pretty much no one who’s ever worked a real J-O-B  worries about wanting to chill out. Here’s my mind at work, images automatically generated by your question: the Wheel of Life, that morphed into Charleton Heston as slave being whipped while turning that big stone wheel, that morphed into a Corona beer commercial.

And that’s it, isn’t it? On the wheel of life, sometimes we’re up, sometimes we’re down. When we get burned out or just had enough of the grind, we just want to give it all up and go lie on a beach with a beer. I gotcha. It ain’t brain surgery.

Don’t worry about being less go-getting for a period of time. This is you regrouping and probably long overdue for battery recharging. For good credit ratings sake, put a deadline on your R&R, then bring your usual super achiever to that task and enjoy the heck out of your down time, then see what comes up (or out of) for you. 36 is a typical age to start midlife reassessment — if you honor your instincts on this, you can avoid it turning into a worn out stereotypical “crisis.”

Cheers!

BadWitch

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Dear Miller Time,

It sounds like you need a retreat. Maybe you are ready for a full life overhaul or maybe your “super-achiever” just needs a time out. Before you throw in the towel, try some of the following replenishing exercises to recharge.

1. Take a hot bath with bath salts—either Epsom or Seas Salt. Mix in a few drops of essential oils. For stress add: lavender, palmarosa and/or chamomile. For nurturing self love: rose, rose geranium and/or spikenard. Find the combination that makes you want to breathe deeply again and again. Now, soak.

2. Go for a long walk in nature. A walk in the woods can refresh and re-energize. It allows for a mental get-away with a little endorphin-producing exercise on the side.

3. Take a nap. You’d be surprised at how refreshing carving out time for a nap can be. Quite often, we think napping is for kids and pseudo-nap while watching T.V. instead. Turn off the phone, the TV and the computer and take a lie down. There’s something scrumptiously recharging in giving yourself the time and space to sleep mid-afternoon. Your rested brain, body and psyche will thank you.

4. Take a weekend retreat. Whether you run off to camp in the woods for a couple of days or find a hot spring to soak away your worries, there is something incredibly resting about just getting away. You can find meditation retreats, writing workshops or even mini-dance camps that can help you get back into your groove.

5. Schedule a massage or acupressure appointment. There are few things as renewing as having a trained professional work out all your knots and kinks. If your practitioner also does energy work—BONUS! Let them help you relax, release and recharge. Again your brain, body and psyche will thank you for it.

6. Read a book. Most of us don’t take the time to cuddle into a comfy chair with a book, but allowing yourself the time nd space to sink into another world is incredibly recharging. Part is the allowance of time to “do nothing but read a book.” But the other part is the flexing of your imagination, which always help recharge your energy stores.

7. Create. Make a painting, write for no purpose at all except to express yourself or create a luscious five course meal. It doesn’t matter how you express yourself, but letting yourself out of the box of to-do’s is incredibly fulfilling and releasing on many levels. Express yourself.

If after a full recharge you still feel like you’re ready to run away and live on the beach, then it’s time to take a deeper look at what you are doing for work and how to find work that is more enlivening to your spirit. But my guess is, you just need a little, regularly scheduled “ME” time.

Enjoy,

GoodWitch

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