My Life as E (And an Unexpected Videographer)

Often people ask me what I do for a living, and it’s not always easy to explain. Right now, I’m helping my sister to navigate all aspects of her career. (If you’ve seen Entourage, I’m basically the sports equivalent of E.) I help her through her decision making process like a business coach, keep track of partnerships and finances like a manager, coordinate travel and scheduling like a personal assistant, monitor deadline execution and flow like a project manager, and analyze social media analytics like a marketer (among many other things). Plus, on top of all that, I get to work with and learn from Paige’s incredible agent, Jeremy Aisenberg, and his team at Octagon (oh hey Ohan, Nicole, Alyssa, and Katie). Their experience in cultivating strategic partnerships and closing meaningful deals is second to none, and I am so grateful Paige chose to put her future in their hands.

But perhaps my favorite and most unexpected job responsibility has become videographer. Thanks to my trusty Nikon D3300, experience hustling as a content creator at startups/nonprofits, plus my highly developed skill of casually lurking in the background (can you lurk and not be a creep?), turns out I’m the perfect person to catch candid footage.

Check out Team Paige’s most recent video below from our trip to South Korea last October!

(Music by the incredible Joshua T Mitchell – thank you!)

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If You’re Having a Case of the Mondays: Robert Waldinger on What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness

Having a case of the Mondays? Or maybe you’ve just been doing some thinking on how you can be happier. Feeling unfulfilled, lonely, stressed out? You need to watch this TED Talk.

What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you’re mistaken. As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life.

Books to Help You Achieve Your Goals

We’re now at the end of February (!) which means that those New Year’s Resolutions have probably fallen by the wayside. About 66% of people break their resolutions in a month or less, while 80% of people don’t make it longer than 3 months. But never fear! The good thing about resolutions is that you can always start them back up again! While the first of the year is a great jumpstart, any day is the perfect day to start marching towards your dreams.

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But what if you need a little kick in the pants? Luckily, there are some very smart people out there in the world who have written amazing books to get you out of your funk.

Here are a few recommendations, ranging from practical to spiritual approaches, for every type of person and goal.

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How to Cultivate a Fulfilling Career with Levo, Maxie McCoy, and Latham Thomas

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Today’s millennial workforce is looking for more than just a steady paycheck, they want careers that matter. Which is why I was so excited to host Levo’s “7 Practices to Jumpstart a Gratifying Career” webinar last week! 

Adam Smiley Poswolsky, author of The Quarter Life Breakthrough, found that young professionals are “asking what their purpose is now, and they’re determined to find the opportunities, organizations, and companies that share their purpose.” But is it worth it to rock the boat of your comfy corporate job? It just might be. FastCompany found that cultivating meaning in your career can be even more important to personal satisfaction than happiness alone. Plus, it is one of the best ways to increase your productivity, engagement, and performance at work!

Maxie McCoy and Latham Thomas both yearned for gratifying careers – and they made it happen. Maxie coupled her talent for inspiring with her experience in professional development to launch her very own brand aimed at unlocking spiritual and emotional intelligence. Latham used her nutrition and lifestyle expertise to transform the maternal wellness movement by founding Mama Glow, which has since helped women like Alicia Keys find true joy in their pregnancies.

So how did they do it? In this webinar, Maxie and Latham talk about their 7 essential practices to bring more satisfaction, purpose, and gratefulness into your career.

Watch the webinar here!

The Fail-Proof Way to Happily Head Back to Work

This morning, after almost two glorious weeks of rest and relaxation, I woke up, made my morning tea (which is much more luxurious after my Christmas gift of Emperor’s Clouds and Mist green tea from Teavana), and stared at my computer, trying to convince myself to start working. I absolutely love what I do, but I think something would be a little wrong with me if I didn’t have an urge to just sit on the couch and start another Sherlock marathon. I knew I needed to clear the cobwebs out of my head somehow – so I went to Omvana to see my good friend Vishen Lakhiani.

Whenever I need a little extra happiness/motivation/soul-searching, I head straight for the 20min 6 Phase Meditation (as I’ve mentioned before). If you need an extra kick in the pants, are feeling stressed about all those holiday emails, or just want to boost your 2016 resolutions with some positive energy, I highly suggest you take just 20min to sit with yourself as Vishen guides you through relaxation and visualization of your perfect future. Download the Omvana app on your smartphone or listen to the YouTube version below!

Lessons Learned in Two Months at Levo

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Life is funny. About five years ago when I was still in college, I heard a friend talking about a new startup aimed at providing much needed career resources for young professional women. I was just experiencing life in the corporate world and for the first time started having experiences that made me realize, despite my confidence and aptitude, I wasn’t necessarily at the top of the food chain. Time went on, and her company continued to iterate and grow, eventually becoming what today is known as Levo. I dabbled in working for myself, working for others, working for a non-profit, working for a for-profit, working for a large, internationally known corporation, and working for a small, Colorado-based mom and pop shop. But no matter where I was working or what role I was in, my involvement in Levo that started back in college had made an impact on me, and I in turn made an effort to continually engage in women’s issues at work. I went from making mentorship an important part of my job as a small business owner to starting the Women’s Employee Resource Group at the US Olympic Committee to becoming the founding Leader of Local Levo Denver.

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See My Profile on Levo League’s Front & Center

In case you haven’t heard, the traditional resume is dead. As we millennials continue to flood the workforce with experience that is more diverse and unique than ever before, it becomes increasingly important that we be able to share who we truly are as team members instead of simply laundry lists of accomplishments and responsibilities. Enter the Levo League “Best Profile Ever.” As Levo co-founder Caroline Ghosn said,

“When you take this concept of a profile and remove the space and content limitation that society has around a resume, it gives you some breathing room… And all of a sudden, you can dimensionalize who you are as a person.”

I was personally excited about this new feature because I have a very unique job history. From fashion intern to restaurateur, from sports jack-of-all-trades to higher education program manager, I’ve been involved in a wide range of industries and job functions with titles that do not describe what I “did.” Because of this, it is often difficult for me to convey who I am to employers. One time I even flat out had a hiring manager hesitantly say, “So… what do you… do?” And it was hard for even me to describe! But with the new Levo profiles, I have had a much easier time telling my story in an engaging, complete way.

And today my profile happens to be featured on Levo’s Front & Center! I encourage you to take a look at how I and so many other people have utilized this new feature and to create your own profile. You might just be surprised how much more dynamic you look – even to yourself!

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Defining Your Personal Values: Increasing Your Happiness Through Introspection

A lot of the work I’ve done over the years has been in strategy, and good strategy starts with values. From my own small business to large global organizations, from blossoming startups to academic institutions, I’ve seen how having (and not having) well defined values affects decisions and outcomes. If explicitly stating values is so important to the running of a well-oiled corporate machine, why aren’t they more important to the running of our own daily lives?

WE ALL KNOW THAT A GOOD COMPANY CULTURE MAKES FOR HAPPIER EMPLOYEES. BUT WHEN THE CULTURE GOES BEYOND THAT—TO CORE VALUES EVERYONE WORKS BY—THE RESULTS ARE REVOLUTIONARY. – JESSICA AMORTEGUI, FAST COMPANY

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Get Professional Headshots at Levo Your Look with Local Levo Denver

Looking to start a side business? Entering the job market? No matter where you are in your career, having a professional headshot is a must. Local Levo Denver has partnered with photographer Ashleigh Miller from Ashleigh Miller Photography and makeup artist Rose Kalasz from Simply Moore to help you put your best face forward!

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Join us on Monday, July 13 anytime between 6:30-8:30pm at Simply Moore in Cherry Creek to get your professional headshot taken over mingling and some Levo goodies. This is the perfect opportunity to let your natural beauty shine through!

Click Here to RSVP!

Maxie: Unlock Your Brilliance

A little over a year ago I had my first phone conversation with Maxie McCoy about launching Local Levo Denver. I happen to know the exact date because I was so jazzed afterwards that I wrote about it in my five year daily gratitude journal. But that’s just what Maxie does, who she is – she uses her own surplus of positive energy to energize those around her. As she once said herself:

I’m simply a sum of all the gorgeous spirit and soul that you’ve given to me. And It’s my responsibility now to give that back.

Which is exactly what she’s doing. Today I’m happy to share the wonderful news that Maxie McCoy has officially launched Maxie, a digital personality and premium content site focused on unlocking your spiritual and emotional intelligence.

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If you are even a smidgen interested in becoming the best version of you, designing your dream life, and finding inspiration that will make your soul burst open at the seams with love and happiness, I would highly encourage you to get to know Maxie.