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Monday
Dec102012

Salut, Salut! Year-End House Cleaning, Gifts for You, Blah blah blah...

I hear it's December? Holy Moses.

Well, well, well..You know what that means. It's time to tie up any loose ends for this year, sit by the fire and review your progress, make wishes, and tap into that fervent festival energy that comes with the dawn of a new January. Mmmm.

 

First things first, Missy (or Mister)! Please take out your planner, pour yourself a fresh cuppa joe, and put on your game face. I hereby proclaim the beginning of the first annual END-OF-THE-YEAR-SHENANIGANS meeting.

 

Exhibit A:

December Resources are LIVE

You can now view my hot hot resource picks for December. (Hand-plucked by yours truly). Simply slid your gorgeous little mouse over here and gimme a little "click".

 

Exhbibit B:

The Project Moolah Report for January is gonna be off da chain!

No, I don't really talk like that. I'm far too white and middleclass.

My white, middleclass brain is also oozing with money wisdom right now. Oozing, I say! I have had SO MANY new insights on money in the past 10 days (already!) that I can't wait to share with you in the next Project Moolah Report on January 7th.

SO - Make sure that you catch up on the past 3 reports before then. Click here to get on the list, babe.

 

Exhibit C:

The RBC is hittin' the road. Can I visit you?

Actually, I'll be hitting the air in a big ol' airoplane. In 2013 I'm embarking on a Tour de Friends (yes, that's the actual title. Details forthcoming). I'll be visiting: 

  • Boston (Jan 23 - 26)
  • NYC (Jan 28 - Feb 1)
  • Montréal (Feb 2 - 9)
  • Dallas (March)
  • Austin (March)
  • Las Vegas (August)
  • San Francisco
  • Michigan
  • More...

SO - Do you live in one of these areas? Let me know! I'd love to meetcha. The plan is to meet up with as many of my friends as possible and meet new ones along the way. Preettty darn cool, eh? Livin' the dream....

 

Exhibit D:

Want to quit your job and get a way fucking better one?

You do know that I wrote the best book ever about résumés, right?

My private clients pay $200 for a résumé revamp. The service was going so well that I decided to write an eBook containing every single tactic that I use to create job-landing résumés for my clients.

My gorgeous eBook, Résumé Revamp: So Hot You'll Have 'Em Begging for More normally costs $12.99. Normally. For normal people. (Ahem. Not you).

You're not remotely normal. You're EXCEPTIONAL, darlin'.

Because it's December (or so I hear), and I'm feeling fantastically festive, I've decided to throw caution to the wind and give you a 50% discount. Woo!

In order to make 2013 the year of career magic, you need to claim your 50% discount on Résumé Revamp by Wednesday December 12th at 11:59 EST.

 

How do you get your hands on your copy? Click here. Put in the subject line, "Résumé Revamp eBook!". (Link is to email me at Courtney@rulebreakersclub.com). I'll hook you up.

 

Here's what some lovely Résumé Revamp fans have said:

"I love it! I'm really happy with the amount of white space that makes it scannable and impressive looking, not overcrowded. That was something I never thought was possible and never knew how to do."

-STEPHANIE NOVAK, Freelance Journalist for The New York Times and The International Herald Tribune

 

"My new resume is awesome and scored me an interview in my field within just a day of sending it!

You did an excellent job of showing me how I could better summarize my job descriptions, designing them to explicitly highlight my best characteristics for employers. "

- MARY BAGAZINSKI, Graduate Student of French + Linguistics 

 


"Seriously, I would NEVER have even considered someone to help me with my resume before, but now that you have, it's almost like thinking "Why haven't I thought of doing this before?"

- KERILYN RUSSO, Furniture Designer + Life Coach + Greeting Card Designer

 

 

Well, that's it. Meeting adjourned!

 

Thursday
Dec062012

Eliminate Regret Forever: Cake, Skydiving and Champagne Included.

You're probably not going to live to be 100.

Yeah, it's a bummer. But was that really your goal, anyway?

Even though I love the idea of turning 100 (it'll be one hell of a party if I ever make it), I view this age landmark as a little extra icing on top of the cake of life. Too many people use the "100 landmark" as an excuse for not taking action now. They fail to realize that you create your cake of life with every breath you take.

First and foremost, I want my cake-o-life to taste damn dee-lish. I want it to be a multi-layered confection of funfetti and devil's food (my favorite flavors and also representative of my personality). I want to fill that cake batter with succulent life experiences, French macarons, sugary-sweet friends, and at least five gazillion cups of laughter (and a dirty joke or two). 

 

You're probably not going to live to be 100. Build your cake-o-life accordingly.

Why not live every day as if it were your last (or second-to-last, because on my last day of life I'd like to go skydiving and get drunk on fancy champagne)? Every day of your human existence deserves to be as exciting as skydiving and champagne. Every. Single. Day.

Back in college (before my skydiving, champagne drinking days), a lovely professor actually gave me the assignment to LIVE AS IF I WERE DYING. Eight years later, I still credit this assignment to pushing me to move to France and start my blog.

 

I'm going to give you the same assignment. 

Are you ready? 

You're going to want at least 30 minutes of solitude. Light a candle if you're feeling frisky. Get out a piece of paper or a nice journal.

WARNING: if you complete this exercise correctly you will cry, laugh, and feel more ALIVE than you've felt in a loooong time. You'll surprise yourself. You'll start seeing the world differently - better.

 

Ready? Set? Write.

QUESTION ONE: If you had 20 years to live, what would you do? How would you live differently?

QUESTION TWO: If you had 10 years, how would that change? How old would you be?

QUESTION THREE: If you had one year left to live, how would you spend it? How would you behave? What would you feel like?

QUESTION FOUR: If you had one day left on Earth, how would you spend it?

 

Here are some things that came up for me:

: Appreciate both lightness + darkness, happiness + sadness, the whole spectrum.

: Fully accept the present moment with no effort to change it.

: Release all grudges. Total forgiveness.

: Give away all of my possessions. Relinquish attachment to people, places, and things.

: Visit every continent.

: Spend time with people less fortunate than me - the poor, the elderly, the uneducated + illiterate, the sick, the dying.

: Run a marathon.

: Mediate daily.

: Take more risks and go on more adventures.

: See the Olympics.

: Spend extravagant amounts of money on elaborately enlightening programs.

: Live in a state of gratitude, peace, and awe.

: Cook delicious meals every day.

: Laugh more. At everything. Even serious stuff.

: Sit in the sunshine. Stare at the stars.

 

Look at what you've learned about yourself. How can you apply it to live today with a little more pizzazz?