INSPIRATION VS. MOTIVATION

I'm feeling very inspired this week. I'm looking into making some moves in my career and realized how good it feels to be inspired. Abraham's daily quote recently stated:

Inspiration comes forth from within. It's what the light burning within you is about, as opposed to motivation, which is doing it because if you don't do it, there will be negative repercussions. Motivation is making myself do something that I don't really want to do. Inspiration is having the clear picture of what I am wanting — and letting Universal forces come into play to get the outcome.

When researching the thing that inspires me, I realized I need no motivation to do so. It's almost as if it flows effortlessly to learn about the things I love the most. It's a lot like Your Beautiful Story: it's effortless every time Stacey and I have a meeting and we're inspired by all that we do.

I love the clarity that Abraham brings to something all of us FEEL inside of us, but may have a hard time expressing. I am looking forward to continually being inspired and looking for those things throughout my day to keep me on the right track. I think it's important to notice the difference between motivation, which may be something you don't really want to do, and inspiration that comes from being your authentic self.

xxoo, Kaitlin

Kaitlin, like many women, wears many hats as a sister, wife, mother, friend, daughter and the co-founder of Your Beautiful Story. She works hard to enjoy the journey and focus on the present. After many jobs she feels she has finally found her passion. Check her out on Instagram @kaitdel or the YBS team @BeYoutiful_Story.

CURVEBALL

I love baseball more than any other sport… but this is a different kind of curveball.

As the final step in earning my teaching license, I was placed in a second grade classroom at Hampton Oaks Elementary for my student teaching assignment.  Just a few months after completing this assignment, I received a phone call offering me a job as a new second grade teacher at, none other than… Hampton Oaks Elementary!  In the blink of an eye, four years had passed and I was ready to begin my fifth year of teaching at a school that had become my home and with a team that had become my family.  It is safe to say that second grade at Hampton Oaks was all I knew.  I set up my classroom, attached my nametags to the desks, and met my new, precious second grade students at Open House!  For me, this is the moment when I truly get excited for the start of the school year.  Putting faces to names and getting a glimpse of their vibrant personalities… it never gets old!

The next morning, I was headed to a CPR training (late of courseJ) when an announcement was made asking all second grade and kindergarten teachers to report to Room 10.  I quickly spun around and rerouted my steps to our meeting room.  In room 10 we were greeted by our administrators who explained to us that numbers had shifted and they needed a teacher to move from second grade to kindergarten.  I’ll spare you the specifics, but after some debate, the teacher that would be switching grade levels was me.  No, I was not forced.  But I also did not jump at the chance to rip the nametags off the desks, replace those desks with tables, revamp my entire classroom library, and attempt to learn an entirely new curriculum… all within the three short days prior to the first day of school.

I cried…  All weekend.  I’m talking “How do I entertain a 5-year old? – What do you teach a kindergartner? – My life is over!” type of cry!  In case you forgot… second grade was all I knew!  The hardest part was realizing that I would not get to teach the sweet students that I had met at Open House.  Those bright smiles that I had already become attached to would not be walking into my classroom on the first day of school.  One of those students came to pick up his supplies and, as luck would have it, I bumped into him and his family in the hallway.  I lost it.  Yesterday I couldn’t wait to watch him grow; today I had to watch him leave.  (In that moment, his mother probably thanked her lucky stars that I would not be his teacher… because I was a basket case.)

That was not my only ‘basket case’ moment this year… there were many.  But the only thing that outnumbered those crazy moments are the moments that were spent laughing, smiling, and learning with my new kindergarten babies.  And now, with just a few short days left in the school year, I find myself in tears, yet again.  Although this time it is not because I don’t know what to do with them… it is because I’m not sure what I’m going to do without them.  I no longer think of them as kindergarteners, or babies, or 5-year olds… they are now a group of well-rounded, compassionate young people who are able to make me smile on the most difficult of days.  They have become so much more to me than I ever could have hoped and they are ready to swing at their own curveballs. 

This is, by far, the hardest thing I have ever done.  How was I able to make it through?  Well the snow days certainly didn’t hurt, but all the credit goes to those little ones who were just as scared as I was on that first day of school.  We learned together and grew together.  They taught me more about myself than I taught them about math.  They taught me more about life than I taught them about literature.  They are so ready to tackle any first grade obstacle, but that doesn’t make it any easier for me to let them go.

INTENTION: When life throws you a curveball, I encourage you to embrace the change.  You will never know how much you are capable of unless you take a swing at it.  As scary as that challenge seems, I promise you the reward is far greater.

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Annie is excited to teach Kindergarten for a second time this coming fall!  In addition to helping young minds grow, she spends a lot of my free time writing lesson plans, creating resources, and making her classroom the brightest, happiest place it can be.  She also loves cooking, working on DIY projects, boating with my family, spending as much time in the sun as possible, and attending her favorite Dance Fusion Fitness class! 

Follow Annie on Instagram with @annieschmannie

How Pain Reveals Your Next Career Step

How Pain Reveals Your Next Career Step

The more pain you feel, the more energy you have to launch your new career. See the pain as fuel - not as something that stops you from moving forward.

The Love of My Life

The average child is taught life’s priorities in this order; to find the love of their life, get married, have children and work in a field that interests them, which also pays them enough to provide for their family.

I was taught to find what I truly love in life and the rest will follow.

Working at a talent agency is not what I originally thought I would be doing as a career, but now that I am, I can’t imagine doing anything else. My married friends often joke that I speak about my job the way they speak about their spouses! I am absolutely in love with my job.

I went to college in New York City and majored in Advertising and Marketing Communications. I’ve always been interested in advertising and commercials and thought it would be fun working on the copywriting for commercials. Instead, I help put the actors into commercials as a representative at a talent agency. There isn’t a specific college major required to break into the business of agenting, but there are specific skills and personality traits an individual must posses in order to be successful working at an agency. Being assertive, passionate, creative, street smart, book smart and being able to multi-task are a few of the most important.

I interned at a talent agency when I was still in college and I loved it, but finding a job in fashion was what I immediately fell into after graduating. It was easier to find a job in fashion than entertainment in NY and when the opportunity arose, I took it.  I worked in fashion for a few years but never felt 100% in love with my career. I was going against what I was taught and while I felt comfortable, I wasn’t satisfied.

A couple of years later I moved from NYC to LA and soon got the entertainment industry bug!  I made a decision that I needed to immediately change career paths from fashion to entertainment. I decided my first step would be to contact a few people I already knew in the industry. The day after I reached out I was extremely lucky to find out that the agency I had initially interned at while in college was looking to fill a temp spot for a few months. The timing of my decision couldn’t have been better and it was a perfect opportunity for me to step in and figure out whether or not working at an agency was what I was meant to do.  Needless to say, the temp desk turned into a full time position and I’ve been with the same company for the past two and a half years.

One of my favorite things about working in the entertainment industry is being surrounded with creative people everyday who actually enjoy their careers. Although it is one of the most stressful, time-consuming industries in America, it is also one of the most fun and rewarding. Whether in front of or behind the camera we in the industry are creating pop culture for the rest of the world- which is really cool to think about!!  If we didn’t enjoy what we do, we would be doing a job that pays our bills and allows us to clock out at 5pm every day to be with our friends and family. It is a choice for us to be in this crazy business, and when we’re working more than we’re doing anything else we might as well be in love with it. If not, what’s the point?  I’m happy to say I’ve found the love of my life and the rest will continue to follow…  

INTENTION: We all deserve to have it all.

This article was originally published on Ms. In The Biz.

 Lindsay Cooley

Lindsay Cooley

Lindsay's mission in life is to set an example for everyone to believe in themselves and live the life they’ve always imagined! Shortly after moving to Los Angeles from New York for the SUNSHINE, Lindsay fell in love with the entertainment industry and currently works in the Adult Commercial Department at The Osbrink Agency. Lindsay loves going to the beach, wine tasting (cab and chard are her faves), spin class, painting and writing! Follow her on Instagram: @linsinthebiz or Twitter: @linsinthebiz