If you’re lucky enough to be in love with your career, the fall can be an exciting time. It’s the time of year when we settle back into work, life, and school routines and reconnect with our goals.

If you’re like many of my clients, this time of year can be a little less shiny.

I meet so many clients that hit a wall in the fall season, because their routine is such a stark contrast from the summer. Rather than spending time with family, traveling, and thinking positively about the coming months, they step back into work overload and start to drown in busywork.

The thing is, being less-than-excited about work in the fall isn’t “just the norm”. It’s a product of not being fulfilled by the work that you’re doing, and feeling stuck.

This situation is so common, but it doesn’t have to the only path. It just takes a little extra work to define and build the career of your dreams.

Sometimes the obstacle for my clients is not knowing what their “thing” is. Sometimes they’re so busy picking up extra tasks that they can’t catch a breath start thinking about what their “thing” could be. But they know they have a “thing”, and you want to be doing that.

It’s easy to get caught up in the habit of doing, doing, doing — but refocusing on what will truly support you and your career is more accessible than you think.

In my recent chat with Lou Blaser from Second Breaks, I shared how I went from juggling too many tasks to streamlining my process and reshaping my career path.



Lou is all too familiar with shifting interests and career changes. She’s carried out four major career pivots in her professional life, and she’s experienced all the self-doubt and anxiety that even one of those moves involves. Now she’s committed to helping other professionals make big moves to transform their careers, and find fulfilment in their work and life.

In my conversation with Lou I shared stories from my own career pivots, and how a few key strategies helped me focus on what really moved me — and what moved my career forward. Here are some of the topics we covered:

  • When to say ‘yes’ and when to say ‘no’
  • How to catch yourself when your choices limit your opportunities
  • Creating a unique career path from your multiple interests.


Interested in shifting your career focus to align with your passions and goals? Click here to listen to our conversation.

Hi I'm Maya

Mia Scharphie , career coach, headshot

I’m a career coach and strategist with a secret power (I mean, past career) as a designer. I love road trips, graphic novels and helping people like you design the career you love on your own terms.