How to Succeed as a Multi-Passionate Careerist

Category : CAREER

By Rebecca Thorman

At BrazenCareerst

Discovering your career purpose is tough work, especially when you have multiple interests. Too many choices, the feeling of potentially missing out and the inability to decide can all act as roadblocks to finding that elusive dream job. When you have multiple interests, it’s easy to feel paralyzed about what you should be working on.

Here are five ways to get in the game:

1. Acknowledge that you’re blessed

No, I don’t mean you’re supremely talented. But having multiple interests—and actually being able to choose one or more to pursue—is a luxury. Back in the day, people didn’t have a choice. Some people, especially in underdeveloped parts of the world, still don’t have a choice.

So take advantage of your situation and show some gratitude. Being multi-passionate isn’t a burden; it’s an opportunity. When someone asks you about your interests, instead of doing the humble brag (“Oh, I don’t know. I have so many things I’m good at, it’s so difficult to choose!”), proudly describe your latest project and revel in it.

2. Freely offer your time

The chances that you’ll discover a dream job encompassing all your desired interests and skills for the rest of your life are slim. Careers aren’t linear these days. Instead, you’ll design a career in bits and pieces that, when looked at as a whole, will create something wonderful.

So consider volunteering. Perhaps you can join a committee as part of your local social media club or help organize monthly events around design thinking. The point is to add another passion piece to your puzzle so that you can feel more fulfilled and harmonious about your career as a whole.

3. Choose to work in a “connector” field

Certain jobs, while only utilizing one set of your skills, do allow you to interact and engage with a wide range of other industries. If you enjoy constantly learning and are interested in being exposed to new ideas and people, choose one of these connector positions.

Fields like event planning or sales can expose you to a wide range of experiences. In fact, many jobs fit this bill if you have the right attitude. Find a job in one of these connector areas, or start thinking about how you can gain exposure to new ideas from your existing set of responsibilities.

4. Schedule your focus in waves

Don’t worry; I’m not asking you to choose between your passions. (We all know that’s impossible.) Instead, dedicate your focus to one particular passion for a period of time—say, two weeks or two months. Put the others aside for that period and really go deep with this one particular interest. You can return to the other passions when the time is up.

This will allow you to stop feeling manic as you bounce between all the ideas in your head and will also let you experience some satisfaction from fully exploring one idea.

5. Make sure you finish what you start

The problem with being multi-passionate isn’t the long list of interests, the bouncing between ideas or even wanting to “do it all.” The problem is when you don’t finish something. If you make a commitment to yourself and back down, you’re going to feel crappy about it.

Instead of trying to narrow your passions, just make sure you finish what you say you will. By completing whatever passion projects you start out on, you’ll get an extreme high that will continue to motivate you in pursuing your other interests.

Accepting who you are and being deliberate in your work will help you achieve fulfillment and success as a multi-passionate careerist. Go on, get out there, and put your hands in everything.

Rebecca Thorman’s weekly blog, Kontrary, offers tips to create the career, bank account and life you love and is a popular destination for young professionals. Her goal is to help you find meaningful work, enjoy the heck out of it and earn more money. She writes from Washington, D.C.


Work Plus Wisdom = Wealth

Category : LIFESTYLE

Wouldn’t it be nice to be wealthy? Travel the world, get that weekend/vacation home, have every label in
your closet read, ‘Chanel’? Or maybe you just want a comfortable nest egg.

Whether you are climbing the corporate ladder or become successful by paying your dues,
once you reach the top you can enjoy the fruits of your labor (who knew that ‘labor’ is Latin for “physical work”??).
Nothing in life comes for free and without well, labor.

Cindy just recommended this fabulous article, “6 Must-Have Millionaire Habits.” A great read with simple
words of wisdom to get to your financial goals (and maybe that new car) as seen on Savvy Sugar.

Learn From Your Mistakes.

Don’t dwell on the mistake, focus on the lesson. Many of the wealthiest Americans endured some tough obstacles in their careers, but they learned from those experiences to keep them on the right track later on.

Look For Value.

People who have money to spend don’t skip the process of comparing prices and seeking out deals just because they can technically afford to pay for the most expensive item. They look for value.

Find Your Niche.

Think you’ll hit the jackpot by doing something everyone else can do? Not likely. Most people who earn big bucks have found a niche that increases their demand and therefore, their paychecks. Not sure what your niche is just yet? That’s OK, for now, work on becoming indispensable at your job.

Be in Control of Your Money.

If you’re not paying attention to where your money is going, then you’re not in total control of your money. People who accomplish their goals get there by understanding how their spending habits, debt, and assets play into the big financial picture. Educate yourself on money matters and be accountable for your personal finances.

Avoid Frivolous Fees.

People don’t build their nest eggs by letting pointless fees slide. Familiarize yourself with the policies of anyone with the ability to charge extra — banks, credit card companies, your cell phone provider, you name it. Those fees add up to money in your pocket.

Believe in Yourself.

Of the wealthiest Americans on the Forbes 400 list, many of them are self-made. Luck may have played a small role here and there, but in most cases it was about taking calculated risks and standing behind ideas, even when others are critical.


Who’s name will we see first on The Forbes 400, mine or yours?!



Nutrition Labels: How To Read Them

Category : HEALTH & BEAUTY

This was written for the Huffington Post but we loved how this article was written. Its always confusing really understanding labels. Here are some highlights.

By, Laura Schocker

One step to fighting the obesity battle might just be printed on the back of your food package. New research published in the journal Agricultural Economics suggests that people who read nutrition labels tend to be slimmer than those who don’t. And that effect was especially pronounced among women: Female study participants who scanned labels were more than eight pounds lighter than their non-label-reading peers.

Of course, it could be that those who look at labels are already more health-conscious, but it can only help to understand what’s really in your food. And while the finding is somewhat intuitive, the truth is that many of us aren’t reading those labels. A study published last year in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that while a third of people say they always look at the calorie counts on a label, in reality only 9 percent really do. And just 1 percent looked at the other components, including total fat, trans fat, sugar and serving size.

“The results of this study suggest that consumers have a finite attention span for Nutrition Facts labels: although most consumers did view labels, very few consumers viewed every component on any label,” study researchers Dan J. Graham, Ph.D. and Robert W. Jeffrey, Ph.D., of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, wrote in their findings.

So how can we make label reading more accessible?

Smart Ways To Read A Nutrition Label

Serving Size
“The entire food label is based on one thing, and that’s serving size,” Blatner says. “It is the most underestimated, under-written about, under-talked about thing on a food label.”

And so, accordingly, this should be the first thing you look at when scanning the back of a package. Planning to eat all three servings in a bag of pretzels? You’ll need to remember to multiply all the numbers below by three.

Learn more about how serving sizes are determined here.

Calories (And Calories From Fat)
Now that two thirds of the U.S. population is overweight or obese, Blatner says calories should be your next stop when evaluating a label. “Calories make the world go round with weight,” she says.

Forty calories per serving is considered “low,” 100 calories is “moderate” and 400 calories and beyond is “high,” according to the American Heart Association. Food labels are based on a 2,000 calorie diet — you might need more or less depending on your age, weight, gender and activity level. For reference, calculate your recommended daily calorie intake by clicking over to the Mayo Clinic, and speak to your doctor for specific recommendations.

As for that “calories from fat” line? Skip it, Smithson says. “It’s confusing and it doesn’t give as much great information as the other parts of the label.”

Fat (Total Fat, Saturated Fat, Trans Fat)

In the past, Blatner says, people obsessed about the “total fat” line on the label — but now we know there are actually good fats we need in our diet, namely the heart-healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (found, for instance, in fatty fish).

So instead of focusing on the total fat count, look for saturated fats, which raise blood cholesterol levels and increase risk for heart disease and stroke. The American Heart Association recommends limiting these fats to 7 percent of total daily calories — that adds up to 16 grams for someone on a 2,000 calorie-a-day diet. Too complicated? Try the 5 and 20 trick: 5 percent of your daily value is considered low and 20 percent is considered high, anything in between is moderate. So aim for 5 percent or less on the things you don’t want (like saturated fat) and 20 percent or more on the things you do.

Trans fats are especially dangerous, as they raise your LDL (bad) cholesterol and lower your good (HDL) cholesterol at the same time, according to the Mayo Clinic. Fortunately, many manufacturers have scrambled to remove trans fat from their products. But Smithson points out that a label can say it has 0 g of trans fat as long as it actually contains .49 grams or fewer — meaning that if you consume more than one serving size, you might still go beyond the daily limits. Look for the words “partially hydrogenated” on the ingredient label, which is another way of saying trans fat, the Mayo Clinic says.

Total Carb
Despite their bad rap, carbs are an important nutrient, and a key source of energy for the body. (Complex carbohydrates, which include whole grains, are the healthier pick over refined or simple carbohydrates, according to the NIH).

Carb counting is important for people with diabetes, Smithson explains, as carbohydrates raise blood glucose levels.

“Saturated fat is tied even more to your actual body cholesterol levels than cholesterol in food itself,” Blatner says, so when doing a quick label scan, you’re better off to look for the former rather than the latter. That said, you should still keep the amount of cholesterol as low as possible (5 percent of your daily value or less according to the 5 and 20 rule).

And remember that cholesterol only occurs in animal products — if a bag of peanuts, for instance, is boasting being “cholesterol free,” that’s no great feat.


Plenty of dietary fiber is important for maintaining intestinal regularity and bowel health, Smithson explains. Other benefits include reducing blood cholesterol levels and controlling blood sugar levels, and assisting in weight loss, according to the Mayo Clinic.

The USDA recommends consuming 14 g of fiber for every 1,000 calories per day, which adds up to 28 g for someone on a 2,000 calorie diet. But no need to do math — the 5 and 20 rule applies again; shoot to pick foods with 20 percent or more of your daily value of fiber. For a list of surprisingly rich sources of fiber, click here.

According to the CDC, about 35 percent of your daily calories should come from protein — that’s about 46 g for adult women and 56 g for adult men. The FDA doesn’t require labels to list percent daily values for protein (unless a claim is made that it’s “high protein”), as most adults and children consume plenty of the nutrient.

Meat may be the most well-known source of protein, but it’s definitely not the only option — for a list of meat-free sources, click here.

Read your labels,stay informed, and make it part of everyday life. The benefits will be energizing.

What’s Got You Reading?

Category : LIFESTYLE

Summer’s over and we are back in the swing of things!!!! What you didn’t get to read at the beach, pool or summer vacation, why not use your one hour lunch break or mass transportation commute to delve into a great book? Like most of us, I work and therefore, my free time is limited so choosing the right book is key. Here is my new list of “Mindy’s Must’s”. These books I have read and loved and some I really didn’t want to put down. Which one will you hate to put down?


Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Marriage can be a real killer.
One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this un put down-able masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.


Defending Jacob by William Landay

Award-winning author William Landay has written the consummate novel of an embattled family in crisis—a suspenseful, character-driven mystery that is also a spellbinding tale of guilt, betrayal, and the terrifying speed at which our lives can spin out of control.


Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising twenty-five-year- old named Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future.


Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H Balson

Once We Were Brothers is a contemporary legal thriller and a poignant look back into the lives of small town Poland during World War II.


The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

The Kitchen House is a tragic story of page-turning suspense, exploring the meaning of family, where love and loyalty prevail.


If you have read or intend to read these books let us know your thoughts!!!