Hiring Military Spouses is Good for Business

  By: Jaime Chapman, Founder & CEO of Begin Within & Ana Levan, Director of Marketing at Premier Talent Partners  Consider Hiring a U.S. Military Spouse Hiring U.S. military spouses is good for business. Military spouses are scrappy, diverse, and highly...

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Live with intention in 2020 by celebrating with perfect purple and gold fireworks

Once I decided that I was going to live with intention and purpose in 2020, I saw my whole life starting to shift in a more positive direction – and especially my career. Focusing on how to live with intention helped me create goals and the boundaries I needed to not only do my best work but to be my best professional self as well.

If you’re hoping to change things up for 2020 but you’re feeling a little lost, here are two great to-do lists that you can keep in mind for the new year.

For Self & Soul

  1. Ask yourself – what can you do for yourself so that you can function as a high performer and be your best self? We all need to rest and rejuvenate sometimes — I make it a point to do some type of self-care (yoga, washing my face with my fancy products, a long bath, etc.) every single day because how I treat myself when I’m not working will affect how I will perform at my job.

    For me, it’s mostly drinking a cup of coffee in the morning that’s so strong I can see colors and being extremely realistic and transparent when selecting project deadlines.
  2. Realize that the first day of your work-week is going to set the tone of your entire week. Live with intention and make sure that your “Monday” (no matter what day it falls on) is a good one. If you struggle with loving Mondays, perhaps schedule yourself a creative class or dinner-date that you would love after work so that all day, you’re looking forward to this amazing thing that you know is going to happen.

    Personally, I started making Mondays my “self-care days.” Every Monday, I meet up with Sharon Smith in Jacksonville, Florida for Girls’ Club and we work on our group project, Bold City Vibes.
  3. Value yourself – this is the most important thing that I learned while I was in the military. No one is going to care more about you than you are.

    I didn’t realize how important my work was to me until I stopped doing it. When I stopped taking fulfilling clients and projects I believed in, I stopped getting excited to wake up in the morning and really take on the day. When I value myself and allow myself to wake up in the morning with purpose and intention, I feel fulfilled in my life and that allows me to be a better wife and mom too.

  4. Everything is everything. And by that, I mean that everything that you put out into the word is everything that will come back to you.

    I have been talking to my children a lot lately about the energy that they’re putting off into the world and how it’s reflected back to them. When I am being my best self and living my best life possible, I am overwhelmed by how beautiful my life is sometimes — even though it’s hard too.

Goals for Your Career

  1. Build your persona. It’s more than your online presence. You can’t just show up — it is vital that you are creating amazing content for the world so that people have the desire to share about you as a person and what you do in your professional life. It is also crucial that you are being authentic and true to yourself, always.

    As a writer, I meet with a lot of small business owners and I have to quickly learn everything about them that will affect my job. A lot of the content that I create on their behalf is considered ghostwritten, which simply means I am expected to write in “the voice” of whichever entrepreneur I am working with. It is vital that I intentionally live as a person worthy of trust because I know many of the most intimate details of my client’s lives.
  2. Make BIG career goals. And then set smaller mini-goals that lead and build you up to your smaller goals. Setting your goals will help you live with intention and guide you along the way.

    My big goal is to write a successful book about our life as a blended family. My smaller goals leading up to this goal was to get published in publications, such as Respectful Parent and Military Families in their print magazine. (I made the December issue!!!)
  3. Consider a capsule wardrobe centered around your power color and classic pieces. Sticking to classic, well-made pieces allows you to buy clothing less often while maintaining a professional appearance. And, because you feel so confident in your power color, people will notice your confidence — not the fact that you’re wearing your favorite blazer again this week.

    And if you don’t have a power color yet, you should get one! Jaime (Begin Within’s Founder & CEO) even has a power color… it’s gold.
  4. Finally, update your online presence – comb through your website and every social media profile and make the small tweaks and changes that you’ve been putting off all year… and if you’re working for yourself as an entrepreneur, live with intention and send out your 2020 rate increase as well. 😉

    Every week, I take a personal day so that I can update my personal website and evaluate my writing goals, ensuring that I’m on track to meet all of my professional and financial goals for my own business.