Guest Post: What to do when you're unsure of your next move

Guest Post: What to do when you're unsure of your next move

Say hello to Louisa Shepherd, a classically trained musician turned marketer turned non-profit director turned coach. She's somewhat of a chameleon which makes her a pro at navigating career jumps, bumps, and reinventions. I offered her a chance to share some tips for anyone trying to figure what's next, and here's what she had to say! 

Cross-Country Trip or Change of States: Why I Moved and What I Learned

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Cross-Country Trip or Change of States: Why I Moved and What I Learned

Why did I leave New York City, if it's so fabulous? It's simple: my growth curve was starting to wander towards flat. I mostly mastered most of the things I cared to. I am very good at simplifying processes to make lives easier - it's a skill I lend my clients on a daily basis. But my life had become too easy. Read more to learn what inspired my trip, and what I learned along the way. I'm only eight days in, and the change is already leaning towards exponential. Join me on this crazy journey!

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GUEST POST: My Coaching Experience, by Jessica Trainor

GUEST POST: My Coaching Experience, by Jessica Trainor

Today, I'm excited to share the 2nd in a series of interviews about coaching, featuring my former client and now apprentice, Jessica Trainor. Jessica is not having your shit, and I love it. She is a whip-smart, fiercely loyal, crazy talented, and a seriously fabulous brain-based coach in the making. A year ago, she was working as an office manager. Today, she is freelancing full-time as an opera singer, voice teacher, and much more while simultaneously training to become Rowan Coaching's next coach. I'm so proud of my clients, and Jessica is no exception! Since I've been training Jessica, I've been really interested to see her perspective transform from client to coach - which is not only something that inspires me, but something from which I learn! In that spirit, I had a few questions for her...

What to do when "I never have time" actually means "my brain literally cannot"

What to do when "I never have time" actually means "my brain literally cannot"

Last night, I signed on to Skype for my monthly mastermind meeting with other female solopreneurs. This month, it turns out we all had something similar on our minds: we are too damn busy. Some say it is the entrepreneur's natural state. I refuse to accept this. Beyond the fact that this idea is fundamentally out of alignment with one of my core values, quality of life, I sincerely believe that what's actually occurring is not a crisis of productivity, but a crisis of available mental space. 

This is the second article in a new series from Rowan Coaching called, "Managing Your Own Business and Depression." Check out the first article, "Unraveling the Stigma of Depression to Get Sh*t Done," and tune in soon for more posts in the series!

My Coaching Experience: An Interview with Lauren Slusser

My Coaching Experience: An Interview with Lauren Slusser

Today, I'm excited to debut the first in a series of interviews about coaching - starting with my beloved client of over 18 months, Lauren S. Lauren is a treasure of a human being. She is smart, original, creative, thoughtful, and dedicated. She's more than a little weird, in all the best possible ways. She's made a lot of brave choices on her journey, including not wearing makeup (or shaving), which we chatted about in Episode X of the podcast (listen to it here!). And she's about to finish her Masters at Columbia with a SICK children's television show pitch. I know how I feel about working with her (it's been a serious privilege), but I was curious to learn more about her experience of coaching. So I asked her a few questions...

NEW SERIES: Managing Your Own Business and Depression

NEW SERIES: Managing Your Own Business and Depression

Today I'm going to share something vulnerable with you: I have clinical depression. Now I'm going to share something exciting with all of you who have struggled with depression (or any other really tough time): this doesn't have to prevent you from achieving your dreams. YOU get to decide, and I have a few really helpful ideas for you to try on your path. Stay tuned for more articles in this series, as we explore together how to get your brain to be an asset instead of an obstacle!

GUEST POST: One Entrepreneur's Experience of Getting Her Shit Together with a Coach

GUEST POST: One Entrepreneur's Experience of Getting Her Shit Together with a Coach

My strengths lie in creative pursuits. I was used to coming up with the ideas that other people executed. It's not easy to juggle several business without a little help or a solid sounding board. Working with a coach helped me realized I could accomplish so much more just by slowing down and tackling a project piece by piece. Here's what I picked up by working with Colleen Star Koch and Rowan Coaching!

4 Steps to a Balanced Schedule (and a Better Life)

4 Steps to a Balanced Schedule (and a Better Life)

Are you ready to stop being a slave to your calendar, and let it serve you instead? If so, simply follow these steps to wrestle your schedule back into shape.  It's like sending your schedule on a retreat. When it gets back, it will be refreshed, energized, and full of great ideas about how to live that balanced, "best self" life. 

RAR Ep. 19 - Real Women Are Mothers, Featuring Chaele Davis

RAR Ep. 19 - Real Women Are Mothers, Featuring Chaele Davis

We live in a crazy world, and it's getting crazier. For many women, it's not a world they want to bring a child into - and that's just ONE reason why women are having fewer and fewer children. In the 1970s, one in ten women reached menopause without giving birth to a child. But by 2010, it was one in five, according to data gathered by the Pew Research Center, and one in four for women with a bachelor’s degree. In Episode 19, we interview Chaele Davis, who has known she didn't want children since she found out that was an option. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Chaele is a Sarah Lawrence graduate and Institute of Culinary Education trained pastry chef and baker. She chats with us about the stigmas she has faced, how she handled those encounters, and why not having children is right for her. Please have a listen, and let us know what resonates with you! To learn more, check out the notes and resources below. Thanks!

100s of Ideas for Social Content in 3 Easy Steps

100s of Ideas for Social Content in 3 Easy Steps

If you're like most of my friends, one of your 2017 goals was to take your social media game to the next level. But what the heck are you supposed to post? YOU'RE JUST ONE PERSON, DANG IT. A lot of people get stumped when it comes to good ideas for relevant social content, but don't worry. We got this. Here are three simple steps that will help you come up with hundreds of new post ideas in just a few minutes!