4 critical pieces for executing your career plan

Execution is crucial. After all, we can daydream about a future career path, but until action is taken, it will remain a dream. If you’ve been following along with my blog, you have assessed yourself and found paths to pursue. You have conducted research and tested your assumptions.  You have selected a direction for your next move. Now, you are … Read More

Fall adventures in the southeast

Our adventures in the RV over the past six months have been closer to Marietta and limited to short trips once a month.  Below, I’ll share some of the places we visited in the fall months as the leaves were turning.  Last September, we took a break at Gatewood Park in Bartow County, GA. It’s a convenient and easy trip … Read More

Why it’s important to test out roles and how to do it

Now that you have done your research, it’s time to test out your assumptions. Career exploration includes trying out roles to see if they are a good fit. There are many ways to do this, as I will describe shortly. This method allows you to test drive before making a full career change. It can help you avoid committing to … Read More

Experiencing Asheville, NC, in a new way

After coming back from the Galapagos Islands, we returned to visiting places closer to Marietta, GA. Also, our situation with eldercare changed so that our RV travels would be less frequent for the foreseeable future. In fact, in late August, we took a trip without the RV to Asheville, NC. Jason’s brother lives about 30 minutes away from Asheville, so … Read More

Three critical facts to research about your next job

Career exploration starts with research. Now that you have taken stock of your Values, Interests, Natural disposition, Exceptional strengths, and Skills (known as your V.I.N.E.S.) and you have come up with potential targets, it’s time to seek out information. The data you collect will help you narrow down your search. As you gather more facts, you may decide to remove … Read More

Our Adventures in the Galapagos Islands – Part Two

In my previous blog about the Galapagos Islands, I shared my overall observations. In this blog, I will share our itinerary of visiting three islands and two cities in Ecuador. Due to an unexpected, last-minute change of flight schedules (a “minor change” according to the airline), we had to suddenly leave a day early and return a day earlier than … Read More

Putting together the pieces and finding additional help

Self-exploration can be very clarifying and help point you in the right direction for your next opportunity. Going through the A.S.T.E.R. Career Model offers a structured path for evaluating your Values, Interests, Natural disposition, Exceptional strengths, and Skills (known as your V.I.N.E.S.). After completing the assessment process, you should have personal insight and data on the types of jobs and … Read More

Our Adventures in the Galapagos Islands – Part One

After traveling along the Southeastern US coastline for the first few months of the year, we parked the RV for a while and went to explore the faraway world of the Galapagos Islands. We lived the month of May there, celebrating a couple of major life milestones. The overused tagline “a trip of a lifetime” felt very true for this … Read More

Transferable skills are the key to your next career transition

When you are trying to name your skill sets, it can be difficult. It makes it harder to find the right job. Without this clarity, you may find yourself in a mismatched role. Identifying your favorite skills is one of the best ways to make a successful career transition and ensure role alignment. When you know your skillset, you are … Read More

More travels along the Southeast Coast in NC, SC, and GA

After starting 2023 with travels in FL & GA, we went back to Marietta for a short stay and then set back out on travels along the Southeast coast from Wilmington, NC, to Brunswick, GA. At the start of this stretch, the weather was still a little cold and wet, but as we drove along the coast, it warmed up, … Read More

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