Daisy Swan - Los Angeles Career Coach, Career Counselor and career strategy

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Enter 2013! Time to reboot.

As I look back at the past year and consider how our clients and we, at Daisy Swan & Associates, have grown, I see that everything comes down to the people we are being and to those who help us to grow and change. The people who love us, see something in us and, perhaps even more so, those who challenge us, are what turn the wheel of our lives.

We know that with all of the complexities of life, it still doesn't take much to offer a smile, a call, an unexpected thank you, a little bit of kindness to set a happier tone in our - and someone else's - life. I wish you peace and harmony as you conclude 2012, with lots of hope and curiosity for the New Year.

- Daisy

light at the end of the tunnel

So as 2013 rounds into view, here at Daisy Swan & Associates, we're seeing the light at the end of the tunnel – in fact, there's lots of data that says we all are.

We've lived through several remarkable years that have stretched everyone in a myriad of ways. Finally, it looks like we may be emerging from the worst of the retracted job market. But this is still not the job market that it once was. Many people have had to change how they work, learn and retool, and many people have endured jobs that they'd rather have left, after co-workers were let go and work demands increased. Even if your work hasn't changed, the pace of life has increased as emails, technologies, and choices flood our lives.

With increased responsibilities, loss, and overwhelm – and ultimately, stress – we tend to emotionally retract into a defensive posture. We can close down; our dreams may feel thwarted; our irritation level rises and burnout takes over.

Enter 2013! Time to reboot.

Finding a way back to an energized quality that sparks new possibilities and opportunities, can be tricky. Researcher and author Bren้ Brown has found that vulnerability is essential to creativity and innovation. But who really wants that?

Think about it. Does shutting down feel good? Or does feeling alive and fulfilled? What does it take, then, to bring something fresh into our lives and our work, which results in a new and reinvigorated vision? New tools are needed to bring that to fruition.

reboot keys

Daisy Swan, and a group of wonderful experts in wellness, mindful mental health and even relationships and parenting, will be leading "CREATING A MINDFUL LIFE", a half-day interactive workshop, on Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 9 AM – 1 PM, in a Los Angeles location TBA. This workshop will address new and effective ways to start 2013 off right, so that you too, can live a balanced and fulfilling life. We'll share ways to:

  • Create a healthy narrative and vision to change your story, and open yourself up to new work and life opportunities.
  • Nurture wellness for disease prevention and increase life force to overcome stress.
  • Cultivate mindful practices to create connected and compassionate relationships at home and at work.

All for the affordable price of $49.00 per person.

Please join us for this dynamic workshop and inspiring panel discussion, some likeminding and light refreshments. More information about this event is available on my "Events" web page.

What Daisy's up to...

We're excited to announce that Daisy will be a guest on not one, but TWO radio shows in the coming weeks. You'll be able to catch her THIS WEEK, talking with Ken Jeffries on KFWB Newstalk 980. Daisy and Ken will be discussing job search issues from a "hirer's perspective" – who's getting hired and who's not, the toughest thing companies are facing in finding qualified candidates, skills that are in most demand now and how people can develop them. They'll also be touching on how to develop a healthy approach to work and life in 2013.

And in January, Daisy will appear – once again – with Bob McCormick on his show "Money 101", on KNX 1070 Newsradio, where they'll be discussing how to improve your job situation in the coming year.

radio show

As always, here are some suggested books that we’ve been enjoying:

Makers: The New Industrial Revolution”, by Chris Anderson

The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings on Authenticity, Connection, and Courage”, by Bren้ Brown, PhD, LMSW

To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others”, by Daniel H. Pink

The Rise of the Creative Class--Revisited: 10th Anniversary Edition--Revised and Expanded”, by Richard Florida

Go Suck a Lemon: Strategies for Improving Your Emotional Intelligence”, by Michael Cornwall

You can also find a wealth of resources on my site, from other suggested books, links to helpful sites, a Q&A with me, newsletter archives, and more. You can even sign up to receive a FREE sample chapter from my new book, “Making Work Work: Secrets from a Career Coach's Office”; the signup box is located right on our home page. And please feel free to tell your friends and colleagues about the FREE sample chapter, or any of our other services and offerings.

And don't forget that with our one-on-one coaching services, we're also here for your individual coaching needs. Please feel free to reach out to us at any time with questions about any of our coaching services – or if you simply want to provide some feedback or suggestions: anna@daisyswan.com or 1-877-872-3929.

We're wishing you the most inspired and rejuvenating holidays – and 2013!

Daisy Swan & Associates

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Daisy S. Swan, MA, CPCC
The Los Angeles Career Counselor and Coach
4132A Del Rey Avenue
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

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