Miscellany

Coaching myself through an "I don't wanna" goal

Coaching myself through an "I don't wanna" goal

I always tell my clients and students, I’m in this with you — working along side you (not above you) to reach my goals as well. So here I am to fess up — my LinkedIn profile page is shit. I have felt little to no interest in updating it in the past and honestly haven’t ever needed to for the success of my business — meaning most of my potential clients aren’t looking for me on LinkedIn, they are hearing about me through word of mouth.

As I was coaching a client on stepping up her game with her own marketing materials, she said that she believes if she cleaned up her LinkedIn profile page it would 100% help her get the valuable side-hustle job that she trusts would support her writing career for the next year or so as she works toward a career as a full-time writer. 

Goodbye 2016!

Goodbye 2016!

2016. What a year! I've heard so many people (personally and in the media) say that this is one of the worst years in recent memory. And, while 2016 has undoubtedly been a chaotic one (particularly from a social/political POV), I don't want to blanket-statement it with "worst year ever." Like many others, I'm happy to welcome in 2017, but I also have some fond memories from the past year, both personally (watching my daughter grow into this amazing little person) and professionally (I can't tell you how many times I've come out of a coaching session feeling energized and inspired by my clients).

#GivingTuesday Gifts from Capes Coaching

#GivingTuesday Gifts from Capes Coaching

Now that the holiday season is officially upon us, I wanted to take some time and "gift" you with three things that I've been really excited to share — a mix of inspiration, practical advice, and advocacy that I hope will bring a little something extra to you over the next month and beyond. So, without further ado...

INTERVIEW WITH FANTASTIC BEASTS' DAN FOGLER

Disclaimer: For those of you who don't know, Dan Fogler is my brother-in-law (he's married to my sister, Jodie). And while I've always been a huge fan and champion of his (both as a person and as an incredibly gifted artist), I'm just beyond thrilled that his latest role (as Jacob in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) is one that will bring his one-of-a-kind talents to a worldwide audience.

Friends with (creative) benefits

Friends with (creative) benefits

In this day and age, we have the ability to share our thoughts and creative endeavors with a vast number of people and receive their input almost instantly. It's one of the benefits of technology that links us together with whomever we choose, whenever we choose to do so. And while it's great to get a wide variety of responses to whatever you're putting out there within a short period of time, there often tends to be a lack of depth and serious thought behind this process. "Easy come, easy go," as they say.

Don't put your career in the corner

Don't put your career in the corner

It’s here. Summer, glorious summer. I think it must be ingrained in us from having summer vacation for at least the first 18 years of our lives, but we generally have a natural tendency to check-out during this time of year. Auto-pilot season, as it were. Now, I’m all for having an extended period of time where we relax a bit more and take up a leisurely pace of life. In fact, it’s probably essential for self-care. But, there’s a difference between relaxing and completely disengaging. If life is going spectacularly for you and you can afford to drop out of it all for months at a time, then by all means — you do you (honestly, who wouldn’t love that luxury??). For everyone else, summer should really be about balance. Chill out, but keep an eye on the horizon.

Healing the world with creativity

Healing the world with creativity

Can art heal the world? It's a question that's been asked numerous times throughout modern history, particularly when society has faced large-scale tragedies and struggles. Whatever the answer, it's clear that art can act as a salve, a unifier, and a provocateur during tumultuous times. In an emotional sense, it's as powerful as any force on this planet, and one that is desperately needed in these modern times. With that in mind, two creative legends — Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock — recently responded to this question put to them by Nest HQ: Given the current state of the world, how can the next generation of artists respond? Their response, composed as an open letter, is insightful, gracious, and inspiring.

When "The Hum" stops...

When "The Hum" stops...

Every once in a while I stumble upon something that strikes a deeply resonant chord within me and my gut reaction is, "I can't wait to share this!" And this is exactly the reaction I had when I watched Shonda Rhimes' recent TED Talk, the gist of which is this: What happens when The Hum stops?

To get a good idea of what The Hum is, you should definitely watch the video, but in a nutshell, it's that feeling you get when everything feels right...when you're in sync with life... when you're in the zone. For Rhimes, it was that underlying sensation she felt when she was in the midst of the chaotic whirlwind that was her work — multiple shows in production, crews and executives in the hundreds relying on her, tens-of-millions of expectant audience members...you get the idea. It all made her feel alive. Her work was The Hum, and The Hum was her. Everything was perfect. Until The Hum stopped. She lost the love...the fun...the excitement. This is how she puts it: "What do you do when the thing you do, the work you love, starts to taste like dust?"

Celebrating 10 Years of Capes Coaching

Celebrating 10 Years of Capes Coaching

On April 1st, 2004, Capes Coaching opened its doors with the mission to serve and empower our artistic community. We wrote our first business plan, got a loan through the Small Business Administration, rented a tiny office space in Union Square and began to coach. We simply would not be here, 10 years later, if it weren’t for you, and we would like to take this opportunity to honor you and all that you’ve meant to us throughout the years. We are forever grateful…

Goodbye 2013!

Goodbye 2013!

Wait a second — 2014 is only a little over a week away??? Wow. That means that the 29-Day Giving Challenge ends this Friday! I don't know about you, but I've been loving this year's challenge even more than the past years'. The experience seems to become richer and even more powerful the more I do it — or maybe it's a cumulative experience, where I'm feeling the rewards of every giving challenge that I've done before. In any case, I hope that you're enjoying giving just as much as I am. Now, before I wrap up the blog for the year and head out for the holidays, I want to take a moment to recap the challenge giveaway requirements, just so we’re all on the same page.

It's so easy!

It's so easy!

This was my big epiphany a few days ago when I was running outside in the rain: It's SO easy. I was halfway through my run when a woman who was clearly lost asked me for directions. For a quick moment, I was like: "Ugh! I am in the middle of a great song. I have to stop my music, stop my run, stop my flow…" But, then I did just that. I got out of myself for a moment to help this woman get to where she was going. And you know what? She was so grateful. Plus, it took less than a minute!

Capes Coaching's 29-Day Giving Challenge (2013)

Capes Coaching's 29-Day Giving Challenge (2013)

It's heeeeeere: the official start of the holiday season. From now until the end of the year it's probably going to be go-go-go for most of you. Places to go; people to see; parties to be partied. Yes, it can be very hectic, but let's not kid ourselves — it's an awful lot of fun as well. Plus, before you know it, it'll all be over and the January chill will be knocking on your door. Maybe we can all try to be in the moment as much as possible through this season so that we can fully appreciate the time spent with family, friends, and loved ones. Oh, and let's not forget about gifts! If you're anything like me, giving presents is just as wonderful as receiving them...maybe even more so. But, there's actually another kind of giving that gets me the MOST excited this time of year — a kind of giving that deals in gestures both large and small, and that gives back in the most amazingly resonant ways. If you've been following this blog for a while, you probably know that I'm talking about our 29-Day Giving Challenge.

Hello 2013!

Hello 2013!

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday and were able to take some time to relax, reflect, and rejuvenate. 2012 is now officially behind us, but that doesn't mean that it will stop affecting us. The changing of the year is the perfect time, symbolically, to contemplate your life experiences over the past twelve months and I'm sure that there are things both good and bad that will have an impact on how you move forward in 2013.

Goodbye 2012!

Goodbye 2012!

Is it possible?? The 29-Day Giving Challenge ends tomorrow?? Yeesh! I don't know about you, but this last month has flown by for me, which is somewhat of a testament to the power of this challenge — it was such a joy to do that it never felt like a chore. Pretty amazing stuff. Before I wrap up the blog for the year and head out for the holidays, I want to take a moment to recap the giveaway requirements, just so we’re all on the same page.

Generosity Everywhere!

Generosity Everywhere!

Well, here we are a week into the Giving Challenge. How does it feel, so far? Does giving come easy to you? Is it difficult to think of something new each day? Have you noticed a shift in your daily perspective? I know — so many questions! But, that's one of the great things about the challenge: it forces you to consider things that you might not normally think about. It is, after all, called a "challenge," which in itself means that it should be an endeavor that pushes you and requires some bit of effort to complete. One thing I've noticed from the commentscoming in (great job, btw — keep 'em coming!!) is that it seems like people are realizing just how much the little things matter. When we talk about gifts and giving, the first thing that pops into most people's head is a physical gift. A present. Now, don't get me wrong, I love a good present! And I really love finding the perfect present for someone else. But given the season, you're going to have all kinds of practice buying and getting those types of gifts. The beautiful thing about this challenge is that it's given people the opportunity to understand just how wide the definitions of "giving" and "gifts" truly are. The small gestures count. And often times, they count the most.

Capes Coaching's 29-Day Giving Challenge (2012)

Capes Coaching's 29-Day Giving Challenge (2012)

I know, I know — it's been a while. And, wow, a lot has happened in the meantime. On a personal level, I'm a new mom and it's been one of the most amazing, beautiful, and — yes — tiring experiences of my life. My husband and I couldn't have asked for a more precious gift than our daughter, Zoe, and our time with her has been an extraordinary adventure, so far. We can't wait for everything that's still to come.