Motherhood: The Sweetest Surprise

Motherhood: The Sweetest Surprise

I didn’t expect to be surprised by motherhood. I went into motherhood with a realistic view, knowing that it would be challenging and test me in more ways than I could count. After reading stories about hardships, hearing them directly from family and friends, and seeing how society treats mothers, let’s just say, I didn’t have rose-colored glasses on. I was also scared to become a mom for a...

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7 Trends I’ve Observed as a Career Coach

7 Trends I’ve Observed as a Career Coach

I’ve been a career coach and offering my services for over four years and in that time have supported nearly 100 inspiring and high-achieving women. Whether they've been looking for a new job, changing careers, seeking a promotion or navigating challenging situations in the workplace, there’s been a few trends I’ve observed. My hope is that by sharing these insights, you can identify if they...

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5 Things to Remember in Your Career

5 Things to Remember in Your Career

Whether you’ve been in the workforce one year, ten years, or beyond that, there’s five key things I want you to remember when it comes to your career. No time is wasted in a job if you have the right attitude.  Even in the crummiest of circumstances, lessons can be gleaned. I’m a firm believer that you can derive something valuable from all work experiences, no matter what it is you’re doing if...

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Life Lately: A Tale of Two Identities

Life Lately: A Tale of Two Identities

If I'm being honest, I've been struggling a bit with my new identity as “Mom.”   For so long, I've wrapped myself up in my career and my work achievements. Since college, I've been known as the token career girl, someone whom my close family and friends turn to when they need career advice or a resume review. I've taken pride in that role, supporting those where they need guidance while I...

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Setting Career Goals (When You Don’t Know Where to Start)

Setting Career Goals (When You Don’t Know Where to Start)

Setting career goals in particular can be both intimidating and challenging. This time of year can bring about a heightened awareness of our careers and what it is we actually want to do. If you’re feeling that pull, take the opportunity to explore it and set the goals that can help you get there. If you need some guidance, here’s a few things you can do: Take time to reflect Looking back and...

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Welcome to Lipstick & Ink®, your home for everything career and life inspired. I’m Kelly, a Chicago-based career coach, branding consultant, and speaker.

Whether we’re working together on achieving your career aspirations, refreshing your professional documents, or crafting your brand, think of me as your career sidekick who is going to push you to your potential and cheer you on every step of the way.

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