The Mindfully Creative Podcast is back with the latest episode and the first one for 2018. This time we are talking about making career changes into a creative career later in life. Lisa Vogt and I had a great discussion about how those of us over 40 can make some career changes to fuel our creative interests.
Lisa Conners Vogt, MBA, APR helps others to see their experiences as stepping stones to an exhilarating future. Lisa is a life coach, speaker, podcast producer, author, and corporate marketing professional whose mission is to help people realize their talents and skills and take action to use them for a larger purpose.
Through her Ever Better Podcast, she shares inspiring discussions with people who are living extraordinary lives and making a difference in their communities. Ever Better is a highly-rated iTunes podcast that debuted in the New and Noteworthy Top 10 and was featured on NPR’s The Big Listen. Lisa has been a guest on podcasts such as Maturepreneurial, Working Women Entrepreneur, Simple Change, and Financial Karma.
Lisa has ridden the roller-coaster of multiple professional and personal transitions and her speaking is infused with stories of these experiences. She also draws on wisdom that dozens of innovative entrepreneurs, coaches, and authors have shared with her through in-depth podcast interviews. Through using humor to share these lessons, she opens a path for others to see possibilities.
Her career has included roles as corporate communications professional, business owner, consultant, non-profit executive, and digital expert. She is a wife, mother, sister, daughter, breast cancer survivor, and volunteer who is deeply involved with multiple communities.
Her formal education and training includes an M.B.A. from University of Rochester’s Simon School of Business and a B.A. from Colgate University. She holds the Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) from Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).
Lisa lives in Bethesda, MD with her husband and teenage son and enjoys spending time with her extended family, preferably near a beach or lake.
During this discussion, we talk about how to plan and prepare for making a career change into a creative field, including networking, unique ways to get experience, education and training, and other cool stuff.
And yes, I am re-emerging a bit later than many on social media, etc. But for me going into the New Year in the last few years is no longer a hasty, jump in exercise for me.
Each year, I have delayed my “entrance” to become more grounded, to reflect on lessons learned from the previous year, clear out the old and open up for the new. This has involved a lot of self-care, ritual and focus…especially on intentions and goals.
As a creative who is immersed with my own art making ventures and launching a new creative venture, it is important that I take the time to be clear on what I want, what matters and what doesn’t. I have found in the past when I did not take the time to “feel” my way into the year, the grounding doesn’t happen and I end disappointed and a bit frazzled at the end of the year. Thus, the slow and steady wins the race process I have adopted during the last three years which has really worked for me.
Theme for 2018: #VibrateHigher
Early in December, I decided on my theme for 2018. Many people develop a word for the year or theme to guide them through the year. I have expanded to a desired overall goal, not necessarily an object or physical achievement, but more spiritually or intuitively based. I work to align my Core Desired Feelings (see below) to compliment my yearly theme as well. In 2016, my word was Authentic and theme was #MyAuthenticLife. In 2017, my word was Courage and the theme was #MyCourageLife. This year, based on the the teachings of one of my favorite wellness and spiritual leaders, Lalah Delia, I have adopted the theme #VibrateHigher for 2018.
What does this mean for me? To be able to focus on thinking, feeling, believing, trusting and manifesting the good in all areas of my life. To attract those things to my existence that is aligned with where I am going, to focus on creating that kind of aura for myself. It is a reminder to ask myself when things look side ways, how am I showing up here? I am reflecting the kind of vibration that is attracting or reflecting this experience (positive or negative)? Am I mindful in my communication with others and myself? Is my art coming from a geniune place that inspires, lifts or reflects positively my true essence?
One of the methods I have been working with is Danielle LaPorte’s Desire Mapping process, which helps identify the “feelings” you want to experience with all aspect of your life, rather than tangible, concrete resolutions or goals for any given year. As a creative individual, this process appeals to me because it allows me to look at major goals and opportunities based more on energy/vibes than a check mark for my resume. The Desire Mapping process focuses on what Danielle calls “Core Desired Feelings” or CDFs that you identify after a fairly lengthy process which includes not only identifying on what you want to feel about all aspects of your life, but also reflecting on those you don’t as well as the things that did not go well. I downloaded the workbook and since Christmas, started working my way through it. I completed my CDFs for this year, still working three I identified last year (Abundant, Healthy and Joy) and added two more (Gratitude and Presence). Much of what I decide to engage in or be informed by will be based on these CDFs. You can learn more and purchase the Desire Map book here or sign up for the video course here.
I believe the right planner makes all of the difference in the world for me. I have used so many different systems through the years….some worked others did not. The written planner for all of my creative, life and business goals lately has been The Desire Map Planner. Using the CDFs I identified for the year, it enables you to make decisions and schedule activities, etc., based on the question “What I Will Do To Feel The Way I Want to Feel?” There are a couple of versions of the planner, one which is a Daily Edition which I got last year and this year I am using the Weekly version for 2018, which is full of cool things to help guide you through the week like asking what are three things you want to get done this week, an area for daily To-Do lists, soul prompts, and area to keep your CDFs in full view as a reminder of what you committed to for the year. And beautiful artwork on the cover from artist Marta Spendowska! Interested in exploring and getting one for yourself? Click here.
Need Help in Setting Your Creative Goals for 2018?
These are just some of the methods I am using to plan and manifest my goals this year. How are you grounding and preparing to reach your life and creative goals this year?
Will 2018 be the year that you let your inner creative loose? Or the year you will actually sign up for guitar lessons? Create that cookbook from the food you love to cook that everyone raves about? Start that novel?
This coming Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 7:30 pm ET, through Spark Your Creative, I will be hosting a complimentary webinar will explore how to get started on reaching your creative goals for 2018. We will discuss:
-How to move past procrastination and make your creative life more of a priority
-Setting easy milestones to help you move forward with your creative projects
-A complimentary creative planning and goal setting guide that you can use after the webinar is completed.
Link to the webinar and other information will be sent to all who register prior to the webinar.
Space is filling up quickly, register here to ensure your spot!
Looking forward to spending a creatively inspired year in 2018!