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I hope you had an awesome week. I am preparing to travel again – this time to Wisconsin. Never a dull moment.

Today’s post is actually a 15-minute radio show interview where I share my favorite career success weapon.

Over the years, countless professional women (and some men) have called on me for career advice. I am certainly no expert, and share more from my mistakes than my successes….but I certainly believe there are success principles that are enduring. I am happy to share with anyone willing to listen.

With over 20 years experience in the school of hard knocks and life in the corporate (government, ministry, and higher education) jungle, I definitely have some career and life lessons I want to pass on.

A meaningful career does not happen by default. It takes prayer, personal development, strategy and lots of support. It can be a tough yet rewarding journey.

Good news: There are time-tested and proven success strategies anyone can use to thrive at work, and build a career of meaning, purpose, and joy.

Bad news: There are ways that we sabotage our own success. I have the scars to prove it.

More good news: You don’t have to make the same mistakes so many of us have made. There is a better way.

One of my secret success weapons is Mentoring… having mentors (notice the plural) has made all the difference in my career and life.

Listen in as I share the keys to a successful mentoring relationship. Hint: It is all about expectations!

[Mentoring Monday Radio Show ]

Take a listen and send me an email at brendabertrand@gmail.com with your thoughts. Are you finding it difficult to find a  mentor?  Let’s keep the conversation going.

I am cheering you on!
Brenda B 🙂

p.s. Here’s the link again

Saying goodbye is never easy. But we do it, don’t we? I have left a few jobs in my career. All of my career transitions have offered stretch and growth –opportunities to learn more about myself, others, my gifts, strengths, and growing edges.

Transition is seldom easy, but we always survive it and move on from it. I have found that knowing you are in a season of transition is one thing, but knowing what to do in and within that time of transition is quite another. Am I right or am I right? Can I get an amen?

Do you sense the winds of transition blowing?

Is it time for you to leave your job OR to stay with a new attitude, vision and confidence?

Have you been toying with the idea of leaving your job? Praying about taking a step or big leap into what’s next for you? Wondering who you need to become to stay more powerfully right where you are?

Today’s your lucky day.
I created an assessment/worksheet that will get you thinking and praying about your job and whether you should stay or leave.

I have learned, through trial and error, that transitions are inevitable. How and when we transition are where we usually get stuck. Don’t do it alone.

If you need help as you work through the worksheet, email me at brendabertrand@gmail.com. Let’s set up a time to talk by phone to help you gain clarity about your current job and what may be next for you (there or elsewhere).

Give yourself 10-20 minutes to work through the worksheet. There’s no better time than the present to assess where you are and what you are sensing is next in your professional life.
The first step is to get real and honest, to “Assess.”

With self-honesty and lots of prayer, you may well be on your way to what’s next for you and the person you are yet becoming right where you are.

Hello, beautiful soul.

I’m single and many of you are as well. I wanted to share the unique perspective of singles, especially women,  in the context of the church.  Many churches get it right and yet we still need to share with others our unique experiences. Your voice matters and your experience counts. You are an equal member in this ecclesial family.  We may not agree on all things but I hope this article on singleness in the church gives voice to your experience in it.  Maybe it will get an “amen” or an “ouch.”

Regardless, I would love to hear from you either way.  See link below.

To all the single ladies. I am cheering you on! I’m sure Queen Bey approves.

Hugs,

Brenda B

p.s. 4wordwomen.org is an amazing organization. Check the article out and linger there. You will find amazing resources. I’m offering a shameless plug for a great group of people with a marvelous mission.

The Church's Muddled Approach to Singles

Hi Friend,

I’ve been asking God to teach me how to pray. Well, you learn how to pray by…well…praying.  That’s what’s I’ve been learning in this school of prayer.

I recently taught on prayer to a few college students.  I wanted to share with them the beauty of prayer in the book of Luke but also the challenges and dynamics of prayer that we will encounter as we seek God.  I had fun with the students. Unfortunately, the practice of prayer isn’t always so lighthearted.  However, it is the most beautifully messy place on earth: to be on bended knees, to know and be known.  May we all long to go there and linger.

Enjoy.

xoxo,

Brenda B