Episode 035: Using Side Projects to Add More Fire to Your Life

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Episode 035: Using Side Projects to Add More Fire to Your Life

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When you’re feeling unfulfilled in your life and career, sometimes it can feel tempting to trash everything, move halfway across the world to find yourself, and start fresh. While that works for some people (*raises hand*), not everyone needs to go down that route. In fact, you may be able to find the fulfillment you’re looking for without leaving your current job at all.


Take Alex Bisker, my guest for Episode 035: Using Side Projects to Add More Fire to Your Life. Alex had a winding career path doing a lot of different work she was good at in areas she loved. But still, she found herself approaching me several years ago for coaching because she wanted her work to to have “a bigger impact in her heart.”


After a lot of talking and thinking, we found a great career path for Alex that checked so many boxes, but we also realized she needed more in order to find the fulfillment she was looking for. So, she started to use her time outside of work to throw herself into volunteering and activism for women’s rights, giving her exactly the more she was looking for.


Since then, Alex has learned a lot about juggling everything she’s got going on, choosing the opportunities where she can have the most impact, and prioritizing her time based on what will set her up for the life she wants to lead in the future. And she’s sharing it all with us.


Here are a few of the things you can look forward to learning:

  • How to transition your skills to change industries
  • How to prioritize what’s most important to you and where you can have the most impact
  • How to set goals that will get you closer to the life you want to lead in 20 years
  • How to create structure without restriction
  • PLUS some fun strategies Alex uses to make time for her work, her side projects, AND her life


I’d love to hear—what side projects do you think could give more meaning to your life?

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Show Notes (Timings are Approximate):

Alex’s path (2:00)

Balancing career goals with side projects (8:45)

How to think about the future of your career (15:35)

How to measure success in career and life (22:40)

Alex’s goal-setting for 2018 (28:20)

Rapid fire travel question (36:10)


Resources Mentioned on the Show:  

Women’s Information Network of New York City (WIN)

Alex’s LinkedIn