The Truth About Not Knowing Where to Start

[Note: Following up on this post, I’m getting ready to create a second freebie. But before I get too far along, I want to make sure it will help you make progress. Scroll to the bottom of the article for more details on what it is.]

Last week I posed this question to our community:

What is the hardest thing about taking the first step towards shifting your career?

Surprisingly no one blamed Trump. (Just kidding.)

After the political dust settled, new emails, tweets and comments began coming in with responses like:

“Not knowing where to start”

“Fear of failure”

“Paying the bills”

“Being reactive rather than proactive”

“Having LOTS of ideas”

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How do you act when confronted with challenge?

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Yesterday I was flooded with a huge range of emotions. Absorbed in the results of the US election, what I felt was akin to loss and grief. Throughout the day, I bounced between shock, denial, anger, depression, acceptance, and hope.

It was unexpectedly paralyzing and debilitating. The day was reminiscent of Hurricane Katrina’s strike along the southern US when I was in pure shock from an outcome I was not fully prepared to accept. However, the range of emotions I felt then and yesterday were an aid to help me process thoughts on what it meant for me, my work, my beliefs, my values, and the future I want to see happen.Continue Reading

Time to Go Further (And Why I’m Asking for More)

Two months ago my first free product began arriving in inboxes around the globe. Day-by-day, the number has grown at an astonishing rate. We are nearly up to 400 people downloading, reading, and responding to it. The initial cap I set at one hundred was merely to confirm my assumptions—and now I know that the desire for a career in the field resonates much further than I anticipated.

The mentions and replies on Twitter have made me especially overwhelmed. Bragging is not typically my thing but I wanted to share a few favorites from old friends and new that have put a smile on my face.Continue Reading

This Autumn: 1-on-1 Career Coaching Program

Six months ago I decided to not return to the Editor-in-Chief position at Impact Design Hub. It wasn’t an easy decision, especially as I was returning to work from maternity leave. A secure, nicely paid contract position doing work on a topic that resonates deeply with me, surrounded by inspiring, intelligent and funny colleagues—why give that up?

Well, as I mentioned in this post, I was feeling disconnected from those working on the ground. Getting information on the how, who, what and why in this field is important. But it only gets people so far. I was yearning for a more interactive, transformative connection to practitioners–a way to put all the knowledge, resources and expertise I’d acquired to use.

So long story short, I’ve decided to focus on working directly with committed, passionate practitioners, beginning with you here at Design Affects.

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Now Available: Becoming a Social Impact Designer Resource Kit

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Yesterday the “Becoming a Social Impact Designer Resource Kit” went out to everyone who asked for it. If you’re on my “Becoming a SIDer” list then double check your inbox (or click here to get the kit.)

Inside you will find:

  1. An illustrated journey on how I shifted practice from traditional architecture to social impact design, including funding information.
  2. 15 tried and tested tools that you can use today to improve your business acumen.
  3. 5 must-reads to challenge conventional practice.

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