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“We are the New Busy. We are redefining busy Because we know that having a full calendar means having a full life.” –Hotmail advertisement “Busyness…can be a way to avoid God, the meaning of life, and life itself.” –Sidney Macaulay   COVID-19 and Busyness Many online articles attempt to answer the question, “How can I stay busy when I am stuck at home during the...
I recently read an article which asked the question, “Are you taking enough risks?”  This is an important question in our work life because without taking risks we will not grow.   While some people's personalities drive them toward taking risks, many people only take risks in their professional life when forced to do so. The layoffs and furloughs forced by COVID-19 have catapulted workers out of what felt...
The coronavirus pandemic is causing the world to realize just how fragile life can be.  More than ever, people need to hear that God is good and offers us salvation through Jesus.  As Christians, we have a unique opportunity to glorify God as we serve our neighbors. Through the ages, amazing things have occurred during difficult times. The story of C.S. Lewis writing the classic book Mere Christianity is one of...
Kevin Brennfleck,and Kay Marie Brennfleck National Certified Career Counselors   Donald Miller (the author of  Blue Like Jazz ) describes how the rules or principles in storytelling are also the rules for living a meaningful life.  In his book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life,  Miller says, “If you watched a movie about a guy who wanted a Volvo and worked for...
by Kevin Brennfleck and Kay Marie Brennfleck National Certified Career Counselors and Life Calling Coaches SM    "There is an eagle in me that wants to soar,   and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud." - Carl Sandburg Discovering and living your calling is an adventure. Responding to God's call to fulfill your mission in life will require you to journey beyond the boundaries of your...
By Kevin Brennfleck and Kay Marie Brennfleck National Certified Career Counselors and Life Calling Coaches SM Are you thinking about going back to school? If so, you are not alone. A recent analysis of U.S. Department of Education data by Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of FinAid.org and FastWeb.com, found that the average annual increase in total college enrollment during a recession is 3.7 times more than increases in between recessions....
By Kevin Brennfleck,and Kay Marie Brennfleck National Certified Career Counselors   Most people spend more time planning their vacations than their career and life.   What about you?  If you are like many people, you may feel less than excited about your current work.  A Gallup poll found that more than 55% of people in the workforce were not engaged in their work, meaning that they had no energy and/or...
By Kevin Brennfleck and Kay Marie Brennfleck National Certified Career Counselors   Just like the gauges on your car that warn you of overheating, low oil or engine problems, there are also "warning signs" that indicate it could be time to make a career or job change.  Do any of these seven signs describe you? 1.  You and your boss don't get along and/or have personality clashes.   Your boss can have a huge...
" What does God want me to do with my career ?" is a question many of us ask at various points in our lives.  Equally important as the question are our expectations of how God will guide us in finding an answer.  While we may want direct guidance with a specific answer, God doesn't usually choose to act in that way. God certainly can indicate supernaturally which job or career path we should pursue.  At times, he may choose to...
Do you have any  killer skills ?  "What are killer skills?" you may ask. Killer skills can be some of your best abilities; they could be skills that others-including your boss-ask you to use frequently. Killer skills are those abilities that you perform very well, but that you hate using. Whenever you have to use them, you can feel the energy draining out of you. They therefore "kill" your energy and enthusiasm for work (and life)...
Would you like to quickly find jobs that use your work experience and expertise? CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, provides  My Skills, My Future,  which is a tool to help you find careers that use your skills and experience. My Skills, My Future  is one of many tools that the U.S. Department of Labor has to help job hunters and career changers. It can help you: Find new occupations to explore...
Each January provides a chance for a "do-over"; the fresh, new year presents the opportunity to wipe the slate clean, set some new (or newly embraced) goals, and do things differently in the months to come. If your goals for this year include finding a new career-one that is your vocational calling-you may not be sure where to begin. Here are some suggested steps to get you started: 1.  Take stock of your work life thus far....