Work-life balance


It is with great pleasure that I announce the winner of the 2010 Val Agosta VocationVacation Scholarship — Robi Malone of Simpsonville, South Carolina!

Everyone at VocationVacations has a special place in our hearts for our private investigator mentor, Val Agosta, of Boise, Idaho.  She lost her battle to breast cancer in March of 2009.  However, her spirit for living, her sense of humor and her laugh live on in our minds.  And, most especially today since December 15 is her birthday.

Choosing the scholarship winner was once again not an easy decision for Val’s family this year as we had so many entrants whose short essays exemplified Val’s essence and zest for life.  But, after much discussion and deliberation, Robi Malone was their choice.  Robi’s essay detailed how she put her life and goals on hold for many years in order to raise a family, including a son with a disability.  Once the diapers were changed, the soccer games attended and the kids were all in school, she went back to school herself and received her GED.  But Robi didn’t stop there.  She received her bachelors degree from Wright State in Dayton, Ohio.

Along the way Robi also pursued her love of photography.  But Robi feels it’s time to take things to the next level: she wants to start her own photography business — and she wants a portion of her work to be charitable, pro bono photography for families who are going to lose a loved one due to a terminal illness.  More on Robi’s plans and which Photographer VocationVacation she will take in 2011 in the January VocationVacations newsletter (if you’re not signed up, please do so on our homepage).

Please join me in congratulating Robi!

And thanks to the hundreds of folks who submitted their applications.  Don’t give up — please apply again in 2012.

Happy Holidays To All,
Brian

Hi Friends!

Disclaimer right up front: I’m a complete CHOCOHOLIC, DOG LOVER and CRAFT BREWING FAN. That being said, let me share a few exciting career transition stories that include three of my favorite things:  chocolate, dogs and beer (not always in that order).

First, I want to share the very recent launch of a new chocolate-making business, The Art of Chocolate. Vocationer alums, Chris and Darcie Farrow, of Monument (between Denver and Colorado Springs), Colorado just opened their doors!  Chris had his VocationVacation career mentorship with our phenomenal mentor, Will Gustwiller, at Eclipse Chocolat in San Diego in May, 2010 and Darcie had her VocationVacation career mentorship with the venerable Jack & Iva Elmer at Jaciva’s in Portland, Oregon in July, 2010.  Well, Chris and Darcie haven’t wasted ANY time in making their dreams a reality and opened The Art of Chocolate just this month.  Congratulations to the Farrows!

Second, I want to share a couple of wonderful articles that recently appeared on AOL.com about two past clients of ours.

Toni Cory went from being a laid-off Motorola employee to a successful businesswoman.  She launched her business, Almost Home Dog Daycare, after her VocationVacation career mentorship under the tutelage of Dawn Walton at Dog Zone Dog Daycare in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Read more about Toni’s complete career change.

And…

Mark Peffers is a grocery store department manager who is in process of becoming a full-time brew master after having his career mentorship with our fantastic mentor, Darren Currier, at The Gilded Otter back in 2008.  Mark is now working part-time as a brew master and is off to the University of California-Davis this upcoming January to study the art and craft of brewing from one of the finest institutions in the United States (the other beer making institution we often recommend to people is the Siebel Institute in Chicago).  Read more about Mark’s career transition.

If Darcie, Chris, Toni and Mark can do it, so can you!

How do YOU plan to take your first step in trying out a new career?

I am a bit of a news wonk.  I love my morning newspaper (I’m old school)….have CNN and ABC News alerts on my iPhone….and check the news throughout the day online or on my phone.

But not this week.  I’m tired of the negative news.  I need a break from it (other than the fact that I just watched Germany blow-out Argentina 4-0 this morning).  It’s not that I am not concerned about what’s happening in the gulf with the oil spill or that I am not sad to hear of more military and civilian deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq.  I am disappointed to hear that the June labor stats were horrible.  So, what am I doing about it?  Realizing that I, Brian Kurth, can’t impact the macro level events in this world.

But what I can do, however, is take some time to appreciate the small things in life.  Yep, I’m literally taking some time this week to turn off the news and stop and smell the roses….and other wild flowers.  Literally.

My brother, sister-in-law and I have a place in the Canadian Rockies that we were lucky enough to buy 10 years ago.  Each summer we block out time for ourselves — to come up and rejuvenate.  I have all of my normal calls with my career transition clients.  I’m also writing a treatment of a possible new TV show.  So I’m busy up here.  This morning I walked down the mountain to the town of Canmore, Alberta as I often do.  I usually try to go as fast as I can to get as much exercise — especially coming up the mountainside.  It’s a GREAT workout.  But this morning I “dilly-dallied” as my Mom used to say.  I stopped to take pictures of the many different types of mountain flowers….to appreciate life….and to be focused.  Here are just a few of the many Canadian Rockies mountain flowers I saw this morning coming back up the mountain with my coffee in hand after watching the World Cup at the Rocky Mountain Bagel shop…

Buried in fear of the economy?  Worried about the oil spill, Afghanistan and Iraq?  How are you going to pay for your kids’ college education if this economy continues?  I hear ya’.  All legit concerns and fears.  And I share some of them with you….but stop and smell the roses with me.  What are YOU doing or going to do to stop and smell the roses?

Hi friends,

I want to send out a quick note to let you know that Aaron Pottichen of the Austin, TX Merrill Lynch office is sponsoring a FREE teleclass this Thursday, June 24.  I will outline the 8 Steps To A Successful Career Change and take questions.

Please join….and feel free to tell your friends.  Here is the call-in information:

Thursday, June 24 — 5PM Eastern / 4PM Central / 3PM Mountain / 2PM Pacific.  It will be 1-hour in length, including Q&A
Conference Call #: 1-866-637-2663
Passcode: 3971883

“See” and hear you this Thursday…

Cheers!
Brian

Brian Kurth
“America’s Dream Job Matchmaker” – CNN
Speaker, Author, TV Contributor and Founder of VocationVacations
Brian Kurth + Company:  www.briankurth.com
VocationVacations:  www.vocationvacations.com

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