Friends, if it hasn’t been obvious, I’ve been struggling.

You may recall my first post on career design: why three jobs are better than one.  I meant every word I said when I wrote that post. But I have a problem: one of these jobs makes me much happier than the others.

It’s blogging.  I can hardly fall asleep at night because I’m so excited about the opportunities that are opening up for me right now.  I have lists on multiple scraps of paper of topics I want to write about.  My temp link folder in my favorites got so long, I had to create another folder.  And then I get such lovely fan mail, it kick-starts the insomnia cycle all over again.

It started to get to the point where I got a tiny bit resentful whenever I had to do my paid work.  I realized my mind, and more importantly my heart, were elsewhere.  So I made the difficult decision to wrap up the projects I’m working on and leave my consulting job at the end of January.

Scary? You bet. We still haven’t sold our house in Ohio and the real estate news isn’t pretty. Sad? In a sense, yes. The people I worked with are truly some of the most innovative and exciting thought leaders I have ever come across in the field of science.  They are changing the world and it was heady and gratifying to work with them.

They also completely understood when I told them the news.  They were happy for me.  And I was happy, because I could say I was living the advice I would have given my readers.  Although my crystal ball is still on the fritz, I’m pretty sure the future of Everyday Bright looks bright indeed.

What that means for you

Now that  my blog can take front and center on my priority list, I’m celebrating with some new and exciting ventures.  Here they are.

1. A new look

I’m working with the amazing  Lindsey Donner from Well Versed Creative to bring a new look to Everyday Bright.  Not that I didn’t like the old look, but some of the features didn’t meet my needs.  The site will retain its positive and cheerful vibe, but it will have a lot more polish.   If all goes well, we’ll be rolling out the new design in a few weeks.

I’ll also be bringing more multi-media features to the blog, starting with a wonderfully philosophical interview on career design with Sonia Simone.  Think she’s just an awesome writer with pretty pink hair?  Think again.  This woman has ideas you’ll want to hear for yourself.

2. Special deals for regular readers

I love my readers.  You provide insights and a sense of community that far surpasses anything I imagined when I started blogging.

And I want to say thanks. But right now, I don’t have a good way of doing that.

So I will be offering a newsletter that will deliver blog posts whenever they go live, but also exclusive deals and behind-the-scenes insights.  You’ll get input into new products way before they see the light of day, as well as discounts on products from other bloggers and merchants whenever I can secure them.

To kick things off, I want to offer a free product of my own that is available to you as soon as you sign up.  This is something I won’t be offering anywhere else and it’s important to me it has the potential to truly impact your life.  No wishy-washy thank you’s here!  So give me some feedback.  What would you be really excited to receive?  And if nothing here makes you want to do jumping jacks or have my new logo tattooed on your arm, leave a comment and let me know what would (okay, the tattoo thing isn’t necessary).

(polls)

3. Course in career design

Many of you have asked me for a course that ties together my ideas on career design into something more actionable.  I just haven’t had the time to undertake such a big project.  Luckily, I didn’t have to.

I’m delighted to announce I will be partnering as an affiliate with Barrie Davenport on her new course Discover Your Passion: A Step-by-Step Course for Creating the Life of Your Dreams.  The course is really impressive.  Here’s the testimonial I offered Barrie, which I think says a lot about my opinion of what she’s put together:

Want to wake up every day bursting with excitement for the day ahead?  Want to make your work a central and energizing part of your life?  For less than the price of a month’s worth of groceries, you can finally infuse your life with the meaning and passion it’s been missing. Barrie Davenport has tackled the biggest obstacles to career design, providing structure and encouragement as you zero in on what will fulfill you.  Most people avoid this essential work because it feels overwhelming and scary.  This course not only helps you conquer those inner demons, it delivers the answers that have previously eluded you.  As Robert Anthony said, “Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable than risk being happy.”  There’s only one way to prove him wrong. Take this course.

The course hasn’t launched yet.  I’ll be devoting an entire post to what’s in the course and why I think it will be helpful to my readers. I’ll also be throwing in a free 30-minute “2nd opinion” consult on your results for anyone who signs up for the course through Everyday Bright.  More information on that to come.

4. Life mentoring

In my Life Lessons post, I encouraged people to find a life mentor.  Someone who could look at the big picture of your life and help you through times of change.  Someone who’s specialty is breadth, not necessarily depth.  Someone who can look at your strengths and weakness, dreams and fears, and make something whole out of it.  And I realized that I actually am well suited to do that kind of mentoring.  It’s why I started this site, after all.

But I’ve been reluctant to offer consulting services for a couple of reasons.  First, I started this blog to become a writer, not a life coach.  I am seriously protective of my writing time.  I feel like I waited 20 years to become a (near) full-time writer and I’m not about to give up now!

Second, to be honest, the idea of coaching makes me a bit nervous.  In his manifesto 18 Months, 2 Blogs, 6 Figures, Corbett Barr said,

When I started coaching cli­ents, many of them were so new they didn’t know what they wanted to do to achieve their ideal lifestyles. Some of them had serious personal issues to deal with. Some of those coaching calls turned a little closer to therapy sessions than I was comfortable with.

So I’m putting together some material that will lay the ground rules and provide some structure for this kind of service.  It’s going to take me a little time to create it, but I think it will make the experience more positive for everyone.  Stay tuned.

One more thank you

I just want to say thanks, as many times as you’ll let me, for making this career leap so rewarding.  I don’t know that I ever intended on becoming a “professional blogger,” however you define that term.  I only know I wake up every day, bursting with excitement at what’s ahead.  My blog is a central and energizing part of my life.  Career design isn’t a fantasy.  I’m successfully on the other side–and loving it.  And I owe it all to you.