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Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter (Career Trend)

As cliche as it sounds, I think the start of a new year is an opportunity for new beginnings.

My January has been an exciting ride that has included personal renewal (physically and intellectually), as well as an opportunity to really step it up for clients. As such, January has been in perpetual motion, onboarding a plethora of new, executive and professional careerists looking to propel their careers forward. It's an exciting time for career rebirth and rejuvenation!

Thank you for this forum to share!

I am looking forward to continued momentum in February. As well, I will circle back to read what others are expressing about their current month's journey, and their future plans!


Shahrzad Arasteh

On the last day of January, take a few minutes to jot down what you've been up to this year,so far. What do you want to do this year (in your career and life)? Look at the steps you need to take to move toward these goals and dreams. Don't forget to include your community as part of this journey.

Shahrzad Arasteh

Hi Jacqui,

Thanks so much for stopping by, and for sharing the wonderful and exciting things you've set into motion already this year! I can't wait to hear more as the year unfolds.

Everyone, Jacqui is one of the great contributors to "Nourish Your Career" (the book and the community) and always shares great advice and information. You'll know her as @ValueIntoWords on Twitter.

Mary Wilson

Shahrzad,I've had a January similar to the one Jacqui described, with new clients, speaking engagements and other new opportunities cropping up. February is shaping up to be just as exciting. One of the things I love about being self-employed is that I get up every morning not knowing exactly what awaits but feeling that I'm ready to take on whatever happens.

As a career coach, I feel it's important to model what we advise our clients to do--step forward into the new year and the unknown with a sense of adventure. Feel the fear and do it anyway! I'm sure the other NYC contributors agree with me on that.

Thanks for this forum and chance to share.


Paula Brand

Hi all,
I'd like to sit at the table (even if it's for the last few minutes :-) I wanted to post a picture of my pesto dish today but I am not sure exactly how to do it with this forum.

Shahrzad Arasteh

Thanks so much, Mary! I agree with you and Jacqui about how the year has started and the promise of all that will unfold. Interestingly, I don't necessarily (or typically) think of January as a natural starting point for things. This year, however, there's just something about it that makes the beginning of the calendar year feel like natural starting point to me. Like you, I look forward to what we'll each create and experience in the coming months.

Yes, as you wisely point out, approaching the path ahead with a sense of adventure is wonderful advice (and a great approach to model for our clients). Thanks for being such a great colleague and contributor/member of this community!

Folks, you can also connect with Mary on Twitter (@LearnSolMary).

Shahrzad Arasteh

Hi Paula,

Great to see you! You're always welcome at the table :-) It'd be great to see your petso dish photo (just email it to me and I'll post it). Thanks!

All, the pesto recipe is included in the book, right after Paula's career tip and bio. She (Paula, not the pesto recipe) can be found tweeting at @paulabrandcprw

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