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Shahrzad Arasteh
Baltimore-Washington Region ~Work Globally
Holistic career counselor and trainer, and author of Nourish Your Career. Specialize in Whole Life Exploration for Meaningful Work™
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Dear Paula and Kam, Thank you so much for your sweet words of comfort. Love and thanks to you both.
Toggle Commented Oct 16, 2014 on Sweet Calli at Shahrzad's Garden
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Yesterday, my sweet Calli took her last breath as I held her. Her latest generous gift to me was going on her own just a few minutes before our wonderful vet, Dr. Myers, arrived at the house. She (and her brother, Bell) will always be in my heart. For the last year, she so sweetly and bravely put up with the process of managing her cardiac diagnoses, putting up with mommy administering meds and keeping a close eye on her little angel, regular visits to our wonderful vet and cardiology veterinarians,... (forgiving me each time for it all). Through it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at Shahrzad's Garden
Stevie Puckett Audio 2014 Stevie Puckett, Founder of kindly joined me recently to talk about using intuition in your career. Listen as she shares her definition of intuition and some tips for low-risk ways to begin practicing using intuition as part of our daily life and work (e.g., in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at Nourish Your Career
Today is Heather Plett's birthday. You might remember her as one of the wonderful contributors to Nourish Your Career. She has invited her community to help her celebrate by supporting a school in Uganda, founded by Nestar Lakot Okella. If you read Heather's post about this decision, you'll see the... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2014 at Nourish Your Career
You've heard it before: we prefer to do business with those we know, like, and trust. It makes sense, and I was reminded of it again recently when I recommended JibberJobber (, as I often do, to participants in a career search workshop. It's even listed as a resource in... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2014 at Nourish Your Career
I love giving gifts! So, in honor of Mother's Day, I am giving away a copy of Nourish Your Career. If you'd like the opportunity to receive it, just write a brief note in the comments section, sharing one (or a few) of the many things that make your mom... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2014 at Nourish Your Career
Thank you so much, Dorlee, for stopping by, and for your kind and thoughtful comment! I think you're quite right. The ability to find something to feel thankful for can certainly help us in our current situation, and there is every chance that at least one thing from our experience will prove useful in a future opportunity. I love the quote you shared! How beautiful! Thank you so much for introducing me to it. Thanks again for your visit, and for kindly sharing your wisdom!
Toggle Commented Jan 4, 2014 on Thankful for your career? at Nourish Your Career
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Many thanks, Karen! How kind of you to stop by and to share your thoughtful comment. Enjoy a great week- Shahrzad
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Hearing Maya Angelou talk about an Attitude of Gratitude on NPR a few years ago, just a few days before Thanksgiving in the U.S., inspired me to write about this important concept (value, really) and how it can relate to so many aspects of our lives, including our careers. Chances... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2013 at Nourish Your Career
Barry Davis Barry Davis is a career coach, speaker, and founder of Gift of Self Career Services, LLC. One of his gifts is helping others discover how to use their gifts and passions to thrive in the world of work. He recently joined me to talk about bringing your passion... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2013 at Nourish Your Career
Halloween has many thinking carefully about what costume to wear (and what "to be"). Dressing up can certainly be fun and lets us be someone else for a little while. Why not use the same opportunity to explore what a different career would be like? Imagine you can try out... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2013 at Nourish Your Career
Great to see you here, Anita! Thank you for your kind feedback. Sometimes I feel like I'm on a one-woman mission to prevent the pitfalls that come with the endorsement feature,and help LI users get the most out of it :-)
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Thanks so much, Lori!I completely agree with your great advice on behaving with integrity and honesty. Thanks for reading and for sharing your helpful comment! (Thanks, especially, for using your role and expertise as a social media manager to teach others well!)
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Thank you, Mary. It's always great to see your thoughtful comments. This LinkedIn feature has certainly generated many questions for all of us (especially if we do career coaching and training) and our clients. I'm glad you found the post helpful.
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There has been a lot of talk about LinkedIn Skill Endorsements, their value, and whether and how to use them. For one little feature, there is so much we can cover about it. In this post I’ll just focus on a few tips for using it well when endorsing others.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2013 at Nourish Your Career
Jeff Davis is a career coach and trainer with recruiting experience. His insights and passion for helping people thrive in today's world of work have enriched many lives and make me proud to share our field with him. He recently joined me to bring the saying "You are what you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2013 at Nourish Your Career
Hello and thank you for visiting. I'm now primarily using the Nourish Your Career site and online community to post, so that everything is in one place (rather than having separate blogs for Career Consulting Services and Nourish Your Career).... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2013 at Career Consulting Services
Linda VanValkenburgh audio Linda Van Valkenburgh, Nourish Your Career contributor, is a certified executive career coach and owner of My Executive Career Coach, LLC. Linda recently joined me to discuss career search and management and maintaining momentum. Hear our conversation and her great tips, including using a three-month view of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2013 at Nourish Your Career
Heather Plett Interview - audio Heather Plett is a pathfinder (in addition to her many other talents) who guides people, communities, and organizations on their unique journeys and helps them "emerge on the other side at the place [they] need to be.” She recently joined me to talk about how... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2013 at Nourish Your Career
Sally Gelardin Interview - audio Sally Gelardin is the originator of the Careerwell Tele-Interviews with industry experts and a Nourish Your Career contributor. She is an educator, counselor, and has most recently begun focusing primarily on issues related to aging well and the importance of thinking of elders and aging... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2012 at Nourish Your Career
Cindy Kraft Interview - audio Cindy Kraft is the CFO Coach and a Nourish Your Career contributor. She helps her clients understand and communicate their value so they can position themselves as the candidate of choice. Cindy joined me recently to talk about a few important career tips, including always... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2012 at Nourish Your Career
Hannah Morgan Interview - audio Hannah Morgan, aka Career Sherpa, is a "Guide for Lifetime Career Navigation" and a Nourish Your Career contributor. She generously shares specific and valuable advice to help others with their job search and career and enjoys giving her clients the tools they need to succeed.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2012 at Nourish Your Career
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Sep 26, 2012
Lisa Bennett Interview - audio Lisa Bennett is a counselor and a higher education professional, and a dear friend of mine. She is passionate about helping others grow and thrive, and is always her clients' strongest advocate. Lisa recently joined me to share some of her best tips for career... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2012 at Nourish Your Career
Stevie Puckett Interview - audio Stevie Puckett, Nourish Your Career contributor, is the Founder and Creative Director at Known as the "tech savvy career coach," Stevie brings enthusiasm, insight, and optimism to her work with clients. She joined me recently to share her thoughts on creating and growing your... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2012 at Nourish Your Career