Overcoming fear of uncertainty: Words from a recovering worry wart.

For as long as I can remember I’ve been a worry wart. Not like I have an anxiety disorder kind, but worry wart none the less. When I was in grade school I was type-casted in the role of Tessie in Annie, the little girl forever going, “Oh my goodness, oh my goodness!”

I think my worrying is rooted in my ability to see the big picture. I look at every choice, every decision as sending me on some sort of far-reaching trajectory. Ripple effect and all that. Thus I’m a planner. I used to be the sort of 1 year, 3 year, 10 year planner.

Not anymore. [Read more…]

Nontrad Careers: An interview with Michelle Edgemont, Wedding Stylist

There’s an interesting statistic I hear being kicked around lately – 80% of us hate our jobs. 80%! That’s a lot of people.

At first I thought it was a younger person pandemic, people in their twenties and thirties who weren’t getting what they were promised after graduating college. Many of them have felt they kept up their part of the bargain, only to fall flat due to the recession or the realities of corporate life. But the reality is that 80% incorporates everyone – the difference is those of us in our twenties and thirties are doing something about it. [Read more…]