By Shea Ki
Has something brought a smile to your face at work lately?
If you said no, I challenge you to sit with that response more. You surely can think of something. Now try to add on to that list. Gratitude is such a powerful practice. When you can find something or someone to be genuinely appreciative of, it invites more of the good stuff in.
I've been keeping a gratitude journal, off and on, for several years. It was challenging at first to be able to list more than three things a day, but as I kept at it I found it getting easier. And at the same time, I found myself feeling happier. Not because any big change had happened in my career or day to day, but more because I was taking time to notice what was already GOOD.
I hope sharing my recent joys at work sparks you to start creating your own daily or weekly gratitude list.
Writing Articles That Help Others Shine
While teaching others how to interview better is a big passion of mine, writing for publications whose mission I believe in also lights me up at work. Every time I get the notice from Arianna Huffington's publishing team at Thrive Global that informs me an article I contributed is being published, I smile big.
I love being part of the Thrive Global community that pushes back on burn-out at work being a badge of honor and instead advocates for people being "paid for their judgment, not their stamina".
Sometimes I get emails or comments from someone that has read one of my articles and felt inspired to do something that makes their work situation feel better. It gives me goosebumps every time and ignites me to keep helping others shine in their careers.
My most recent piece has a special place in my heart as it honors the spirit of a dear friend of mine.
How often do you share with others at work what excites you? Let it happen today.
Art Pieces That I Love In My Work Space
I am lucky to have so many talented friends who also know the benefits and challenges of owning and operating your own small business. I used to work in government offices that were such a bland gray it made my skin crawl. When I resigned from there, I promised myself that I would always align my work space to who I really am and not ever again put up with a toxic environment.
Soon after my coaching business starting picking up, I rewarded myself by supporting the talents of a wonderful friend and photographer.
I purchased a lovely canvas print that she created.
I look to this art piece often and get deeply re-energized by it. It reminds me of how powerful it is to have your 3rd chakra/solar plexus in balance. The swirls and creamy touches of the yellow mesmerize me. I love knowing she was inspired by a chandelier in Barcelona, Spain--a country I've visited and adored.
What is around your work space that revitalizes your creative juices? If it needs some sprucing up, give yourself that time today.
Mentors Always At My Fingertips
When I put this phrase on my vision board at the beginning of 2018, I wasn't sure what I meant by it yet. I just knew it would feel great as a new business owner who also juggles motherhood to be able to plug into the best, most energizing advice whenever I needed it. I knew I did't want to find that support externally, so I changed up my daily routine. I make more time to connect to my highest energy before I begin any blog posts, videos, client calls, projects or social media updates.
It brings me more joy at work to first gravitate to the wisdom of my own inner voice before I do anything. I often do this through Reiki and meditation. Somedays it works to take a walk in nature, schedule coffee with a delightful friend, or do something kind for a neighbor.
Besides strengthening the connection to my highest self, I am happy to have discovered other mentors at my fingertips. I continue to be uplifted by the divinely timed guidance I find in the years of accessible, authentic content out there on the internet offered by Abraham-Hicks. SO grateful!
Below is one of my favorite videos with content from Abraham-Hicks that I often listen to when starting my day.
What music, podcast, or inspiring video has had your attention lately? If you haven't let your ears at work listen to something TODAY that lifts you up, get those ear buds out now!
The days that I intentionally pause and do things that recharge me first thing in the morning, noon, and around 4pm feel the most satisfying.
Unexpected Gifts Of Soulful Books
Did you any shouting and hollering in happiness a couple of weeks back from Virginia? It was me! My Vietnamese aunt-in-law sent me such an incredible collection of some of her most treasured books on spirituality and I've been dancing in the clouds ever since.
I treasure each one and they all sit near me in a book shelf where I work from home. I want them close by so I can turn to them for a mindset boost when I need it. I also love that some of them I already have (including A Course In Miracles), but now I have a lovely second copy to give forward to my kids.
What book has you highlighting and feeling inspired lately? If you haven't taken a few minutes to read something that stirs your soul at work, open one up!
Finding A Closer Place To Home For Crystals
I used to have to go almost 45 minutes to one hour (depending on traffic) across Northern Virginia when I wanted to purchase a special crystal or other spiritual gift for a client or friend. But because of a recent discovery called Healing Crystals showroom, I only have to go 10-15 minutes with no traffic!
Of course we can all go online to do this, but I prefer to get the special object, especially if it is a crystal, in my hands first to confirm it holds amazing quality and energy. Plus, I got to meet the staff at Healing Crystals and their energy, customer service, and knowledge about their items impressed me. If I love something but want a little more time to think about it, they do have everything available online, too. I can then purchase it knowing I've seen it's quality and that the source it is coming from is genuine.
What crystals have you brought into your workspace to bring in positive energy and protect yourself against negativity? Has it been a few days since you held it and remembered the intention it holds? Go on, give it some love right now.
My Clients Who Put In The Work To Upgrade
I am so inspired by my clients who choose to put in the time and effort it takes to make a positive change that lasts to upgrade their interviews skills. It isn't easy to brave up and ask for professional feedback about their interviewing skills, but they choose to do it anyway. The assessments I include in my coaching packages, including a mock interview, are not for someone who wants me to press an "easy" button.
It can be a challenge to fit into a busy professional's schedule extra time to do the mindset, body language, and energy work assignments that I ask them to do.
But they make the time and get it done anyway!
I feel great joy seeing how proud they are when they realize their return on this investment is big. Their answers to interview questions stand out from the pack because they are more deeply connected to and confident about their message of professional value.
By learning how to sustain your authentic presence while interviewing, more of your warmth and competence can be seen and felt by the people asking you questions.
I love seeing those who fully complete their coaching package with me attract more enjoyable opportunities.
And that win-win keeps this holistic Interview Coach smiling big!
New Projects With Incredible People
Through the successes and lessons learned of trying new things, I always feel the growth achieved is worth it. It's thrilling to me to collaborate on a project that I haven't done before with someone who also cares deeply about their work.
Right now, I'm thrilled to be co-creating with Sarah, the #girlboss at Coffee and Spice on an online mini-course. This project is targeted to graduates who are seeking to feel more prepared, confident and at ease when interviewing.
It's been a great adventure getting to know each other's teaching styles, creating new content, and sharing engaging ideas.
I can't wait to show you soon the fantastic offer for the minicourse. Your support in sharing it with others will help us reach more young professionals so they can have amazing interviews.
YOUR TURN: Whether you are working for yourself, for a company, or preparing for your interview--
What is bringing you joy while you work? Your voice matters here at Upgrade My Interview. Share something that is making you happy at work in the comments below.
Most of all, believe in yourself.
Shea Ki is an Interview Coach for spiritually minded women who lead. Every month she sends her subscribers resources that will align your mindset, body language, and energy with your message of professional value.
Shea is also a regular contributor of practical and intuitive career guidance to several online media outlets, forums, and groups that want to see more women shine in the hot seat.