Pop Up Brainstorming Sessions

Tuesday, December 20th

Feeling stuck around a creative project or career?

Need to get out of your head and have a non-judgemental brainstorming session with someone who’s been there?

What are you waiting for??

Join me for a 30-minute or 60-minute brainstorm session to get revived and re-inspired about the direction you’re heading!

30-minute phone sessions: $25.00

60-minute phone sessions: $50.00

Just send the above amount to erinkhopkins@gmail.com via PayPal, and shoot me an email at that address with the subject line “POP UP COACHING” and we’ll get your call scheduled…as early as today!

You deserve to stop suffering and get into action around your goals!

xo,

Erin

 

 

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4 Ways to Stay Sane While Job Hunting

 

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After grad school, I started applying for jobs, but I wanted to start working in the Education Field and had no experience. Up to that point, I’d worked at Barnes and Noble, Target and several theatre companies—not exactly relevant teaching experience.

Every time I saw a post for an instructor, or educator position, I got excited for about two seconds—then the voice in my head that said “I’m not qualified for this…they’ll never hire me” took over my brain and I ALWAYS ended up in the fetal position watching Netflix.

So how can you minimize your “Netflix and Cry” time and be a job  hunting #boss?

Bookend your time completing applications with positive vibes

If I know I’m about to do something stressful—work on taxes, apply for jobs— I make sure to do something fun and uplifting BEFORE AND AFTER the task that I hate. Blasting Destiny’s Child and watching my favorite “Lip Sync for Your Lives” makes it hard for me to be in a bad mood.

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Or I reward myself with some coffee, or a sunny walk around the block. The bottom line is: have a plan to set yourself up for success, and pick yourself up after you complete your task.

Lean on your community

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 Job searching brings up feelings of self-doubt, insecurity and even shame. Want to know what Shame can’t survive? Empathy.

Shame Researcher Brene Brown has done mountains of research that show that if you talk about what you’re ashamed of (“I’m not using my degree” “I’m not qualified” “I feel like a fraud”) it slowly starts to chip away that inner hate monger. If you don’t feel like you can confide in a friend or family member, talk to a therapist, a life coach or a counselor to get some unbiased reminders that everyone has gone through hard times, and there are ways to make it less painful.

Measure your success by how far you go—not how fast you get interviews

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It’s easy to forget that job hunting is a marathon, not a race. While you may only think you’re successful when you get an interview, that’s going to make you feel like a failure 99.9% of the time!

Keep track of the number of resumes you’ve sent, and measure your daily success by setting the number of resumes you’re going to send out and the number of follow up calls you’re going to make each day. The interviews WILL come. And in the meantime, daily goals and tracking will keep you sane.

Identify your inner critic and punch it in the face

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I saw a post for “Student Placement Coordinator” and realized it was basically a career counselor—a job I thought I would be great at. I heard that familiar voice start to chime in, “Yeah, but you’re not qualified…” and I slammed my hands down on the keyboard. ENOUGH. Listening to that voice hadn’t done anything except make me doubt myself. So I decided to apply anyway. What did I have to lose?

And lo and behold, I ended up not only getting an interview, but was hired and worked there for almost 3 years.

Job hunting is never going to be the most fun activity, but with these 4 tips, you’ll make it to the finish line and maintain your sanity in the process.

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For a free Career coaching session, comment below, or contact Erin at erinkhopkins@gmail.com.

xo,

Erin

Easter Sale

Feeling like you’ve been floating through life with little direction? Or maybe you feel like you squandered last summer, and don’t want to repeat it again this summer…how can you make sure that doesn’t happen again?

Fear not! In anticipation of your existential dilemma, I’m offering a sale on my intro sessions!

Talk about your job search, your school work, your relationship woes…you name it, we’ll discuss it!

Just visit ErinHopkinsCoaching.com/sale and select either a 30 minute or one hour sample session and you’ll be on your way to feeling more relaxed and clear about what your next steps are in any situation!

Xo,

E

Self Care Wheel

Sometimes, you don’t even know where to start when you know that you need to take some extra care of yourself.

Here’s a handy-dandy graph so you can get your well-being on!

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Group Coaching For Teachers!

Teacher-friends:

Do you feel like you just barely made it to the end of the semester without getting to the end of your rope?

What if I told you that you have the power to NOT ONLY have a  peaceful and exciting school year that  you don’t have to get through by daydreaming about NEXT summer’s vacation? And that you can feel as recharged as you feel during summer break every day of the upcoming school year?

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I know, I know… Sounds too good to be true!

But there’s a reason you got into teaching– you have a big heart, you want to make a difference in people’s lives in a major way, and want to inspire future generations the way your teachers inspired you!

And it’s TOTALLY normal to forget that, or lose that sense of Passion and Vision when you’re dealing with endless grading, day-to-day mundanity, bureaucracy that makes you feel like YOU’RE back in school.

What if you could keep that passion, inspiration and vision alive and kicking all year-long? And not only that, but you could give 110% to your students while sacrificing 0% of your self-care or mental sanity?

Well I’m here to tell you that YOU CAN! 

I want to share with you the tips and tools that my clients have used to regain control of their well-being (and sanity) and create a teaching career that they love.

The first step is remembering that in order to put others first, you have to put yourself first. It’s time for a SELF- CARE REVOLUTION.

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The second is remembering you’re not alone, and there is NOTHING wrong with you! You’re an agent for change who get to make a difference for hundreds of people every year– it’s time to start treating yourself like the educator you are.

Group Coaching for Teachers

In my 6-month LIVE coaching program, for $150 per month (or $800 up front) you will create:

  • An action plan to help you design and make the school year you want HAPPEN
  • A community of friends and fellow teachers who know your struggles and can help encourage you to get back out there and give your all
  • Customized tools to use daily and weekly to help you lessen feelings of overwhelm & stress, increase empowerment and have you LOVING (NOT DREADING) your day-to-day job
  • Confidence in your ability to handle ANYTHING that comes your way!

Wanna learn more about how you can take back control of your career and live a life that has you inspired and empower every day?

Join me for a Video Q&A this Friday, August 8th at 11am! Sign up below for the call link!

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Let’s create the life and school year of your dreams!

❤ Erin

 

Practicing Possibility

The alarm goes off.

Ugh.

I’ve never been a morning person, but lately my mornings have been less inspiring than usual.

I once had the ability to bounce out of bed, grab a cup of coffee in my favorite mug, read something inspiring, meditate,  eat breakfast and, most importantly, feel confident and prepared for my day.

Mornings lately have been more like wake up, rue the day, think about getting up, feel anxious and discouraged about what I should do, wondering pessimistically if I’ll have enough time or energy or belief in myself to do it, fall back asleep, have a bad dream about all the things I’m anxious about, and linger in bed for just enough time to make me late enough that I have to choose between food and clean hair, packing lunch and being 15 minutes late (or 45 depending on DC traffic.)

And the biggest kicker? I’m a Life Coach…I’m supposed to have my s*** together so that I can help other people get THEIR s*** together, right??

Insert another level of shame and discouragement that loves like a black cloud over everything I do.

Super inspiring.

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One GOOD thing about being a coach is that I have lots of tools to help me get un-stuck when I’m in this place of shaming myself, then shaming myself for shaming myself ad nauseam. So I was thinking about how journaling at the end of my day has helped me remember that I’m doing really well and the things I’m afraid of only have the power over me that I give them.

Then EUREKA! It hit me.

What if instead of journaling at the end of my day about how the day went, I journaled at the beginning of the day how I WANTED things to go?

So I started thinking about things from that perspective….If I could design the perfect day, how would it go?

I’d wake up refreshed, would get up without lingering in bed too long (just enough time to cuddle with my cat!), would grab the coffee that was already ready for me thanks to my nifty coffee timer, sit at my computer reading about current events, seeing what my friends are up to on Facebook, doing my morning stretching and workout routine….make breakfast, check my schedule and see how I could set my day up for success. While listening to Pandora the whole time, of course!

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By reframing this simple exercise in my mind, I started to focus on what I wanted to CREATE instead of focusing on the things I felt I had no control over (grogginess, time, traffic etc.)

I’m a bit of a skeptic when it come to the idea of “manifesting” that has become so popular in recent years, but if this is what manifesting is– deciding how I want my day to go, then doing what I need to do to set it up to go that way– then I’m on board!

If you were designing how your day went, what would it look like? How would you spend the morning and what would you do to set your day up for success? Let me know below!

xo Erin

 

 

 

 

 

How to Not Be Hard on Yourself

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I’ve been doing a lot of reading on self-compassion and loving-kindness, and this infographic beautifully illustrates a few of the concepts that have really stuck with me.

The first is that there are three components to self-compassion (definition by Kristin Neff: )

  1. Self-Kindness
  2. Common Humanity
  3. Mindfulness

…and these three components have counterparts– the things we do when we are NOT coming from self-compassion.

  1. Self-judgment
  2. Isolation
  3. Over-identification

My brain exploded a little when I read that when I feel like:

  • I’m doing something wrong (self-judgment),
  • My mistakes mean that I am a failure (over-identification),
  •  I am the only one who is struggling with what I’m struggling with (isolation)

I’m actually doing the OPPOSITE of loving, accepting and trusting myself.

What I tend to forget in the moment when I notice that I am beating myself up, or being hard on myself is that I have the choice to either come from Judgment or Compassion– Fear or Love.

But we do have a choice.

Judging myself makes me feel powerless, helpless and incapable, but remembering that fundamentally I HAVE A CHOICE to decide where I’m coming from is immediately reminds me that I’m in the driver’s seat.

Next time you notice yourself comparing yourself to others, judging yourself for a mistake, or underestimating yourself remember: you have the power to do something OTHER than beat yourself up, isolate yourself and push through or suffer through challenging and stressful moments.

We can choose compassion. We can choose community. We can choose being present. And most importantly, we can choose to love, trust and accept ourselves.

-E