Some people love January — they think it’s a time to refresh and reset. Some people like June, when the first signs of summer start to show and everything feels easy and breezy again.
For me, it’s February.
It’s always been a fabulous month for me, and the month where new things happen.
As a career coach, I know I probably should say January is my favourite month. I’ve written blogs about how January is a great time to assess your situation, review your goals, and kick-start the year in a positive way. But if you’re familiar with my work, you’ll know that I’m also very firm about one thing: If you don’t get to something in January, that’s no reason to give up.
That’s why I look at January as a warm up, and February as the time to truly make things happen.
And on a personal note, February has been something of a lucky month for me.
The February that changed my career — and life
You might be wondering what on earth I’m going on about. And I don’t blame you! So, let me give you some context.
Five years ago, in February 2015, I was on a flight to Italy when I made the big, life-changing decision to chase my career dreams and start a location-free business. I felt inspired and excited — I mean, really excited — for the first time in a long time, and I couldn’t wait to hop off the plane and start strategising.
While I was in Italy, I met a man. I wasn’t looking for a relationship and I’m not “airy-fairy” by any means, but I believe that when you open yourself up to new opportunities, things tend to fall into place. Anyway, we connected instantly, and for a few reasons. We shared the same values, with a lot of the same interests and zest for life. Being Italian, he loves food and wine (just like me). We both enjoy spending time outdoors and challenging ourselves. For me, it was marathons and triathlons; for him, it was cycling from Sydney to Cairns. He’s definitely more extreme on the personal challenge front!
And our differences intrigued me, too. He grew up in the Italian mountains and still lives very close to his family, whereas I was a wild child. I left home at an early age and have lived in lots of places and countries. I was intrigued by our different lives and experiences, and loved the way we could be our own people yet be together.
I left Italy with a promise that we would try to make it work.
Fast-forward a year to February 2016, and I was in a long-distance relationship with said man. He was in Italy, and I was in Australia — yep, that’s pretty far to travel for a date! Things were going well, and we were happy.
One day, I was having a conversation with my sister about my big business dream and how I wanted things to develop. It had been a year since I’d made the decision to start my own company, and while I’d been working hard and chipping away at it, I hadn’t officially launched it yet.
My mantra at the time? Good things come to those who wait and do the groundwork.
After chatting to my sister, I realised what I wanted to do. I was working for a high-flying recruitment agency at the time, and I decided to ask my boss for a sabbatical so I could put some serious time and energy into making this career change happen.
I was ready to move on, and move forward.
What happened the following February...
Boom! Before I knew it, February 2017 rolled around. I left my cushy corporate job of 10 years, picked up my life and moved across the world to Italy.
Yep, this long-distance relationship lasted the distance and we decided we no longer wanted to fly thousands of miles to see each other. And we didn’t need to, either — since I was starting a location-free business, I could technically live and work anywhere in the world.
And I chose to live with him, share our life together in a foreign country, and launch my business as a full-time gig, rather than the side hustle it had been while I working full-time in recruitment. And my business growth plans were BIG. Nothing was going to hold me back!
For the next year, I spent many long days and late nights working on my business. I wore all the hats and did everything, from the planning and marketing to invoicing and the actual career coaching aspect.
Oh, and I did it all while being pregnant!
Yep, our little girl arrived in February 2018. I wasn’t lying when I said February is a huge month for me!
The baby was an absolute blessing. I was 42, and as hard as I’d tried to block out everything people and the mass media say, I’d begun to wonder if I’d ever have kids. (Luckily, I have a pretty high tolerance for BS, and I have a lot to say about how the media looks at careers, and especially women’s careers. But we’ll save that for another day!)
Why this February is another turning point
In true Adele fashion, I can’t let a February go by without a major life change!
I’m excited to announce the launch of my brand-new career course, The LinkedIn Launchpad.
After four years of work, I’m finally ready to bring this course to life.
Back in 2016, I didn’t only dream of having my own, location-free business — though that was definitely one of my biggest dreams. I also dreamed of helping hundreds of people with their job search, and guiding them to having a happy and fulfilling career.
I’d worked in recruitment for nearly 20 years at that stage, and although I loved it, I hated that I couldn’t help everyone. As part of the job, I had to turn people away. I’d try my best to give career advice to as many people as possible but the truth was, we didn’t get paid for that. We only got paid if we placed a candidate, and we worked on commission, so I could only really focus my time on people we could find an immediate role for.
It made me sad and mad. So, when I decided to chase my career dream, the #1 thing driving me was thinking of how I could help lots of people — and people from all over the world.
My mission was to create a course to teach job-seekers and career-climbers the best way to move forward in their careers — without needing a recruiter or relying on job boards.
And that mission has gotten me out of bed for the last two years, even when my little one has kept me up half the night!
To tell you the truth, I thought I’d launch this course a year ago. I thought this particular dream would have become a reality sooner. But life is unpredictable, and a baby even more so!
However, when you are clear about what you want and why you want it, it becomes much easier to keep going and to stay focused, even if it’s taking longer than expected.
It’s here now, though, and I can’t wait to meet you and start deep diving into your career dreams.
As a career coach, one of the biggest questions people had when they came to me was how to get ahead in their careers or land a new role without hiring a recruiter or applying for an advertised position. It was a confusing and frustrating topic, so I decided to make it the focus of my new course.
The LinkedIn Launchpad is a one-of-a-kind program that doesn’t just show you how to use the platform and create a standout profile (though it does that, too). It shows you how to leverage LinkedIn to land a job you love and make those big, professional goals you’ve been dreaming about HAPPEN!
It offers a step-by-step guide to building your personal brand to not just land your next job, but future-proof your career.
It’s packed with fail-safe strategies that have empowered previous clients of mine to:
Backed by my many years in recruitment and career coaching knowledge, this course explains how to leverage LinkedIn for real, rapid career improvement. If you’re committed to it, the course will set you up for long-term career security by showing you how to make yourself desirable to companies you admire — and that will pay you handsomely for your skills.
So if you’re actively looking for a new role and want to use LinkedIn to your advantage, let February be a fabulous month where you invest in yourself and take a step towards your dream career.
To celebrate LinkedIn Launchpad, I’m offering 50% off for the next two weeks until 6th March. Head over to the site to sign up, and as always, feel free to email me with any questions.
Let’s get you that career you deserve!