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Sharing inspiring stories about finding meaningful employment. Offering encouragement and support. This blog is for Rejection Resilience. Go after your Zest!

Are You Sure You Are Ready To Retire?

If you are contemplating retirement, join us for this interactive workshop that will cover these topics:

Let Go: What parts of your current life will you be leaving behind and what new aspects would you like to explore?

Unleash Your True Self: What are your strengths and how can you translate them into options?

Create a Vision of Your New Future: What would your future look like if it was based on having fun, and yet being relevant and vital?

Join us on Saturday, September 30th from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 the Thomasbrook Apartments Clubhouse, 5900 Roose St.   Register by calling Southeast Community College: 402-437-2700.   This “In Real Time” workshop offers you the opportunity to connect and strategize with other BabyBoomers.   Cost:   $79.00 per person or $119.00 for couples.

Boomer-ANG (Energizing the Zest!)

We are a partnership of individuals with a great interest in insuring that Baby Boomers experience the greatest time of their lives and leave impactful legacies:

Ron Snyder, Ph.D former administrator at Southeast Community College and current Southeast Community College Retention Specialist for the Learn to Dream program; and Cindy Heider Kaliff LMHP, founder and career strategist with Career & Life Options launched BOOMER-ANG to offer Baby Boomers opportunities to transition and transform. Join us this for this transformative workshop!



Energize Yourself

Ready to commit to a healthier life style that nurtures your body?

Every day you will be moving and discovering innovative sensory strategies that help you feel connected to the earth and yourself! Learn how movement can enhance your life and contribute to the health of those around you. Anticipate calming yourself and feeling more grounded.  Join us for a transformative experience Feb. 27th to March 4th, 2018

5 Reasons That You Deserve a Retreat

Join us in Captivating Costa Rica Feb. 27th to March 4th: this website!)

Retreats are good for body and soul and mind. They benefit you and everyone you love. This is why you need to go on retreat. This is why Costa Rica is calling for you…

1) Relax and Rejuvenate
When you remove yourself from everyday responsibilities, you give yourself a chance to catch up on rest, de-stress, and redirect your energy within. Recent studies show that the majority of disease is stress-related. Proper rest and relaxation counteract the effects of stress by strengthening your immune system. If you are Burned Out, Exhausted … and people are bugging the heck out of you … come away with us!

2) Gain a New Perspective
When you visit somewhere new, you give yourself the opportunity to see the world in a new light. By taking yourself out of your comfort zone, you’re able to experience the unknown with a sense of openness and vulnerability that can greatly accelerate our ability to evolve and learn. In this retreat you will learn and apply the wisdom of the Chakra System. I promise you that you will be fascinated by what you find out! This is an opportunity to push the re-set button by enjoying nature. You might even find you are connecting with your own soul and even the Divine!

3) Digital Detox
Let’s face it. We all spend too much time in front of a screen. Technology has opened up a world of possibilities by sharing creativity and awareness around the world, but being plugged in distracts us all from being fully present and aware of our immediate surroundings. On this retreat you will give yourself the gift of focus, and you will balance your body’s energy. You’ll do this through stretching, enjoying yoga, and movement. Reconnecting with your own body is the antidote to a digital life.

4) Reinvent Yourself
Do you feel like you’re stuck in certain roles? Letting go of them for an extended period of time can shift your perception about the roles we play and give you insight into how you want to interact with the world. If you are facing a cross roads in your life it’s imperative to allow yourself time for contemplation, to pay necessary attention to your our heart. This is your opportunity to rediscover your own, true nature, and reinvent yourself. Whether your goal is to be happier, healthier, feel more connected, or more physically fit, this retreat can help you intentionally transform. Consider this retreat as your wish card for becoming a better version of yourself.

5) Capitalize On Relationships
The better you treat yourself, the better you’re able to show up for those who need you. Taking time for yourself ultimately sends the message that you deserve to be respected and appreciated. Treat yourself to this time alone. You’ll find this small amount of time will improve all of your relationships, forge new friendships, and fill in some of the voids you feel within yourself. Come learn. Come reflect. Come heal. Come away with us to Costa Rica.

Chop up that “Failure”

What happens when we take a bold step, apply for that next job, go on that interview?  We can “fail”, right?  What does that really mean?   When we step forward with courage, we are always bolstering our own sense of “agency”, the ability to count on ourselves!

Elizabeth Gilbert, in her book “Big Magic” suggests we “chop up that failure and use it for bait to catch another project or job option”.

Bait that hook and send out the next application!

It Is Not Over Till It Is Over

Recently a client relayed his job search experience.   He had applied for a position with a company and had what he thought was a good interview.   He never heard from them.   He followed up with a call and still…nothing.   He was discouraged!   Then another type of position came available for the same company.   He was qualified to apply.   He moved past his resistance base on his negative experience.   He received a call…and yet another interview for the new position, that was actually a better fit!    They hired him!

We never know what is happening behind the scenes and likely it has nothing to do with us!   Persistence will pay off!   Stay out there!

Finding Your Calling

The first lesson in finding your calling is patience.   Many people lose their chance at greatness by chasing after a job that is the first opening they see.  We should wait and prepare patiently for our calling to arise like a star in the sky!   It will not rise early.   It will not rise late.   It will rise in the fullness of time-at the most appropriate moment.  you need not worry that you will not be ready.  It will not arise until you are.  You need not fear that you will miss it or fail to recognize it.  It is looking for you even more than you are looking for it.  It will help you to fulfill the purpose of your existence and your whole life is leading you toward it.

(From The Rhythm of Life by Matthew Kelly)

Just Say YES!

In Querying yet another client who has found her work/life balance, I discovered some of her sage advice. To those who have moved or moved back to Lincoln for a do-over, Julie says…say YES to everything!

Whether it is a lunch meeting with a former acquaintance, an interview with a company you know little about, an opportunity to volunteer for a non-profit, say yes every time!   Julie attended the Steve Case Entrepreneurship bus tour forum this last fall and reached out to the winner of $100,000, the Omaha company LifeLoops for an opportunity to meet.  An opening there could be in her future!

Give yourself time to contemplate the resulting opportunities and move on to the next connection!

She also recommends “Get a Life Coach!”   Really…I didn’t prompt her on this one!   She has felt that the suggestions, challenges and encouragement that I have offered her have moved her ahead!   Good to know!

So get out there and take some risks!   Call that former co-worker, attend a meet-up group, join a LinkedIn group.

The energy you put in will sow many dividends for you!



So You Say You Want a New Career in 2017 ll

Are you willing to do the work and stay with the discomfort while you craft your way to the next career, or are you going to settle for what you have?   Don’t Settle!

Advice from two of my sage clients who were burned out and badly need a career change.

  1.  Be patient!   Your breaks will come.   Get new job skills!   Tighten your belt.
  2. Do small, manageable things every week, even when you don’t want to.   Call someone in your intended field for coffee and pick their brain.   You will see progress.

One of these clients was an IT specialist who pursued a change into accounting.   The other was an attorney who is now a non-profit executive.  They had their fits and starts!

It will take focus, perseverance and support but you can do it!

Daring Greatly

Quoted in Brene Brown’s book “Daring Greatly”,  Teddy Roosevelt has prime words to share about the act of putting oneself out there.   These are golden words for the frustrated job seeker:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is married by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause;

who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly…..




So You Say You Want a New Career in 2017!

This is a big decision, to move on from a career that lacks passion and meaning and into the unknown to see if another opportunity could create more satisfaction!   There are multiple sources of risk in making a decision to change jobs or enter a new field:  economic considerations, future potential, family, relationships with coworkers, the need to learn new skills, the stability of the employer, and many more.   Is it worth it?   Do you really want to just settle?   What impact will this have on your family?   Your health?

Two of the factors worth considering are:

The Happiness Criteria:  Your career success can be determined by the underlying enjoyment you derive from your work!

The Attitude Factor:  Your ability to learn and adapt over time-to deal with new situations, different personalities, and ongoing surprises-and make the most of them will all be key to your success!

Career and Life Options can partner with you to pave the road, craft the path and reinforce the endurance on your way to a more satisfying career and life!   Happy New Year!

Adapted from :   Embracing Risk in Career Decisions -Harvard Business Review 2015 by Ron Ashkenas