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Career Change Is Not Comfortable But You Can Make The Journey Enjoyable
In Career Pivot
Mira (Lindsey Miranda)
Peppercorn Pioneer
Peppercorn Pioneer
Sep 10, 2021
I love the way you explain comfort zones! So true.
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Tell me about yourself…
In Self Awareness
Mira (Lindsey Miranda)
Peppercorn Pioneer
Peppercorn Pioneer
Aug 17, 2021
This is more or less what I've settled into as a rough script when asked this question in interviews. "We begin with my time in retail sales management, as AGM for Teavana. By the time they offered me my own store, I knew I didn’t want to be in retail for the next part of my journey, so I stepped down and finished my degree in Holistic Psychology. My internship at a 501c3 nonprofit called Strongwater Therapeutic Equestrian Center, was all about connecting people with different abilities with horses. They hired me to be their Volunteer Coordinator before I graduated! By the time I left, our new Director had tripled our program size, and I’d grown our volunteer pool to match, from about 35 burned-out but dedicated folks to over 300, and I was organizing and scheduling about 90 volunteers weekly. Now keep in mind, this is nonprofit we’re talking about, so I was doing full time work for part time pay and holding up to three other jobs at the same time to sustain myself. Eventually, that needed to be just one job. So I pulled out my toolbox from retail management, volunteer coordination, effective people strategies, events, etc. and realized I had all the right tools to support me in Office Management. I focused my efforts there, and began a six-year journey in managing operations, vendors, facilities, staff, internal communications, etc. for primarily SaaS-based startups sized 30-225, on both coasts of the US. That brings us to 2020 and the Pandemic initially settling in on the West Coast, when I was laid off from my most recent office management role, managing all aspects of our 48ksqft downtown SF headquarters. I felt very strongly that I needed to find a way to do social good, so I co-founded my first LLC, Tell Me More Gifts in June 2020 and were able to begin paying artists by Fall 2020. We built TMMG to be a small business, and we continue to run it on the side as a hobby. When it was time for me to take my toolbox out again in 2021 and give it a good shaking, I had a lot more puzzle pieces to work with. I took my time figuring out what pictures I could make out of all these new parts, initially considering returning to ops management remotely or generalist roles. The strengths I want to focus on next are my passion for collecting data, feedback, and insights and converting them into stories that are easily understood, while collaborating cross-functionally and building diverse relationships...Ideally while also developing/innovating curriculum to support the growth and education of all. That all leads me directly to Customer Success, which is why we’re here today!"
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Imposter Syndrome
In Self Awareness
Mira (Lindsey Miranda)
Peppercorn Pioneer
Peppercorn Pioneer
Jun 17, 2021
Imposter Syndrome shows up for me all the time when applying for jobs--and plenty of times just during my Peppercorn adventures too! Everything everyone's said already has also been helpful for me. An additional idea I'll share is that I've been working to update one of my internal tools to work with my own Imposter Syndrome, which used to only entail me flooding the insecure thoughts with supportive ones. That being said, I know my brain's in the habit of feeling Super Insecure About Everything, Often (TM) and flooding it with positive thinking isn't always enough to get my Anxiety Spiral to shut up for long. To try to help with this, I've been working on finding my own examples of past success to literally remind me of what I've already done and talking myself through it--out loud. Sounds a little familiar, like the Success Briefs exercise, yeah? This is one of the many reasons I'm really digging my Peppercorn experience--the skills are truly cross-functional; completing Phase 1 exercises directly helped me improve something important to me in my personal and professional life. It does take more time and emotional energy to remember to stop myself and think of specific examples to combat the insecure thought. And, it's also been more effective in helping me decrease the amount of Imposter Syndrome that pops up than the tool I was using prior. Ex: Insecure thought: "I don't know who I'm kidding to think I could do this job; it's way too much, I don't have the experience." Former coping skill: "I've done a lot of things, my experience might look different from other people, but it helps set me apart." This is fine, and I've realized lately it hasn't been helping as much. I decided to try altering it a bit. New coping skill I'm practicing: "I've done a lot of things that give me relevant experience. Remember that time I did x, y, or z relevant thing? I felt similarly then and I found ways to work through it then, so I believe I'll be able to work through this new situation, too." I think adding something like describing the type of skill set(s) I utilized would probably be the next step for me, once this becomes more palatable to my brain. Anyways, I hope any of this either rings true or helps. I think it's safe to say we all live with Imposter Syndrome issues all the time, and we aren't as alone as our brains might like to imply :)
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Offer: 3 Clubhouse Invites
In Peppercorn General
Mira (Lindsey Miranda)
Peppercorn Pioneer
Peppercorn Pioneer
May 25, 2021
Heck yea! Even better, thanks for the info Mansi!
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Offer: 3 Clubhouse Invites
In Peppercorn General
Mira (Lindsey Miranda)
Peppercorn Pioneer
Peppercorn Pioneer
May 24, 2021
I think I followed you on CH! <3 Hear you there sometime!
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