To celebrate the coming launch of Your Turn: Careers, Kids and Comebacks–A Working Mother’s Guide, we’ve launched a 10-week summer series to help get you closer to what’s next.

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WEEK TWO: GETTING CLEAR

Now that you have started noticing what’s happening around you and paying attention to what you like to do, don’t like to do, the moments of the day that speak to you (see Week One) — keep noticing. This week, we want you to continue honing in on what you want to do. Here’s how!

+ THREE TASKS

ASK OTHERS WHAT YOU ARE GOOD AT

July 4 BBQs and events present a perfect time to talk with others about what they think you are good at. It might feel awkward, but ask. Tell them you’re exploring what’s next and them to describe when they saw you thriving or having an impact. Add their comments to your journal. Do they align with themes from your Week One notes? What is new or different?

READ YOUR FAVORITE MAGAZINE OR NEWSPAPER

No one said we were offering conventional advice! Seriously — grab a few periodicals to read over the week.  What better to do while at the pool? Pick ones (we suggest at least one business magazine) that spark curiosity and that you’re naturally drawn to. Take note of what you pick up. The Economist? Bon Appetit? Real Simple? This is so granular, but why do you like those magazines? Remember we’re getting in touch with what motivates you. While browsing, take note of anything that sparks and idea or something that makes you curious to know more. Articles about people can inspire when they tell us how they got where they are, how they found their passion. Circle, highlight, take notes. 

Bonus: Read the business section of your local or favorite national newspaper every day for one week. What companies are talked about that look interesting? What statistics catch your eye and get you thinking? Are you more drawn to growth stories? Operations? Product? Policy? News about foundations or non-profits? News about specific industries (education)?

PICK YOUR PODCASTS

Podcasts present a huge opportunity to learn while doing something else — like running, driving, commuting — and can spark new ideas and inspiration.

Build something/general inspiration: How I Built This with Guy Raz

Overcome fear: Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert 

Startup: The Pitch Factor

Organization: This Organized Life

Tech: Recode Decode

Summary of self-help books: By the Book

Motherhood: The Motherly Podcast

+ THREE READS

Staying Loose to Achieve Success

No doubt job search and career change decisions are stressful. Take a note from coach Johanna Beyer’s playbook and check out these seven strategies for staying loose, less stressed and more open to what’s next.

Four Steps to Defining Your Own Happiness

Being happier and feeling successful must be based on your truth and your priorities. Here’s a tool to define those.

Opening Her Heart and Finding a New Career

Liz Nelson turned her love for giving back into a part time, flexible role.

+ WORKSHOP

Creating a New Vision

This is a two-part workshop hosted by Johanna Beyer that helps develop a framework to putting your vision in action, and that will put your magazines to good use!

Full Series

Week One: Reconnect with Your Professional Self

Week Two: Getting Clear

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