Employed By Life

by Susyn on September 16, 2014

When you leave the workplace to raise a family or to pursue another goal
how can you claim and communicate your unique value
when it’s time to re-enter the job market?


This inspiring On Purpose interview is with Teri Hockett, Co-founder and Chief Empowerment Officer (CEO) of What’s For Work, a community of Empowered Women that has everything in one place; a community that encourages members and companies to work together; to inspire and help each other grow.

As a wife, mother of two, and business woman, Teri understands the challenges women face, and is passionate about showing those in career transition how to reframe their experience to demonstrate what makes them uniquely qualified. She has spent her entire career making a point to help women understand the value of their Employed By Life skills.

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Gem of Wisdom: 
Insure Your Career

We get insurance for our health, for our life in anticipation that something my happen, but we don’t insure our career, we don’t take care of it, groom it, take classes that we need, network.

Do these things to insure your career.

One Small Step: 
What Makes You Happy?

Take some time yourself, take a journal out or go somewhere quiet and focus on, What makes you happy? When you were the most happy, what were you doing? What did it look like?


Favorite Quotes from this Interview:

“I am my target demographic.”

“I stepped out of the workforce for 16 years to raise my daughters, a choice that difficult, I felt judged but, I was really passionate about doing what was right for me and for my family. I thought it would be easy to go back when I’m ready.”

“I started sending resumes out and it felt as though they were going into the black hole of the internet.”

“When you can’t find it, you create it. That’s what I did with What’s for Work.”

“What’s for Work is an online website community – a social community that allows you to go in and figure out where you are right now. What do you need to do to successfully transition back into the workplace.”

“On the website there are 80 How-To video’s that teach you how to write an objective statement, how to get on Twitter, what is you personal brand and find out how to you show up in the world. Beyond that we have a resume builder – and the heart and soul of the site is the community piece – where you can go and ask and answer questions.”

“We all have a tremendous background and story to tell.”

“When you are sharing something of value with another person, and not expecting to get anything in return, you will typically get a more open response.”

“Employed by life means putting the volunteer work, the things we have done outside of the workforce and bringing that into play. Understanding the value that you bring to society when you are volunteering, when you are taking care of ill family members, when you’re raising your family or remodeling your home – you are using 9 if not 10 of all the top 10 skill sets and many other ones.”

‘Identify what it is you did, how long you did it and then identify the measurable results.” 

“The number one challenge I see is confidence.”

“Understand what you love to do, what you are passionate about and who would benefit from it. Who do they want to work for and what are the problems that that company or industry is having and how can they uniquely solve that based on all of their skill sets, their passions, their experience and education.” 





Creativity: A Path to Calm

by Susyn on September 11, 2014

The journey to a lifework of passion and purpose,
can be stressful with many starts and stops along the way.
Is it possible to find calm in the midst of distress?
The answer is Yes!

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This inspiring On Purpose conversation is with returning guest Rev. Maggie Oman Shannon, Senior Minister at Unity Spiritual Center of San Francisco. Maggie is the author of five books, her most recent is Crafting Calm: Projects and Practices for Creativity and Contemplation.

She is currently working on her next book, Crafting Gratitude. She is the former editor of three national magazines, including the Saturday Evening Post. Her writing has appeared in publications including Utne Reader and Beliefnet.com and her work has been featured in Spirituality and Health magazine.

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Gem of Wisdom:  You Are Creative

 Everyone is creative. Keep exploring until you find your groove. It is so important to wrap your hands, mind and heart around it because it gives you the confidence to bring your creative gifts forward.

One Small Step: 
Capture Grace Notes – Moments of Beauty in Your Life

Carry something with you (a camera, colored pencils, note pad) that would allow you capture a synchronistic moment or a moment of beauty, a grace note in your life. I remember when my daughter saw this oil spill on the ground and said, “Mommy, look – I want to take a picture of it.” It was so beautiful to her. I was walking right by it and didn’t think twice about it. If we can re-train ourselves to look at our world, see the beauty in it, see the grace that surrounds us all the time, our lives will be fundamentally different.

Favorite Quotes:

“There is a saying, Be careful what you pray for, you might just get it! I started my year by declaring for my church congregation a collective intention which was that 2014 was going to be the year of change and transformation. So, this is what I am finding happening in my own life – this is what I asked for!”

“I feel pressure in that I have been doing a lot and have more on my plate to do, so I am actively looking at ways to create little pockets of calm in my day.”

“One of my guiding passions is this idea of how we can integrate our creativity with our spiritual lives.”

“I define prayer very broadly, as a way of communing with God. You’ll often hear the definition that praying is talking to God. I don’t see it that way. I see that prayer can certainly include that component of communicating with the Divine of our understanding – but I really see prayer as a way of communing with Source, with Spirit.”

“Writing my book, The Way We Pray, launched me on an exploration of how prayer practices often are creative and how we can use them to deepen our spiritual understanding.”

“How can I build a little bit of calm into my days? Recently I have been thinking that when I am looking at this big To-Do List, for instance I need to go to Target to get a whole bunch of stuff for my family, for my work and I just don’t have the time to do it. I have back-to-back appointments and I was trying to figure out how I can fit that in. I decided that I can’t do that big shopping trip, but I can go to the pet store and buy cat food. So what I have been working with lately is the idea of just moving the ball forward even if it’s just a smidge. This is helping me to feel more calm. I’m working with the idea of what I can do.”

“Often we don’t have the hours of time that we can immerse ourselves in our art, in our crafts – so finding ways to keep ourselves inspired, even if it’s just five minutes at a time is important.”

“Crafting in community can be joyful and meaningful. One thing to watch out for is the tendency to be competitive. Crafting is not about comparison, it is about bringing forth what is inside in you.”

“The single most important message of my work is for people to see themselves as inherently creative. If people could embrace their own inherent creativity we truly could change the world.”

“We go through our days having a series of creative choices presented to us. Life itself is the ultimate creative act.”





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