A life is full of reasons to …
… not share your real self
… build your life around one value: security
… work because “you have to”
… keep your dreams a secret (even from yourself)
compare your “progress” to others + not believe in yourself.

So I exist to write + teach + inspire you to believe in yourself.

Which really means that I show you how to make your own fairy tale career come true. Because now that you’re here, it means you’re old enough to start believing in fairy tales again.

My name is Sabrina Ali. And I’m a Career Counselor.

I work with professionals and executives under 40 (virtually + around the world) that don’t feel fulfilled by the career they’ve worked so hard for. So what I do, is I teach them how to become their own Career Advisor.

They’re busy people who still want wisdom and sense in busyness.

Because there’s nothing quite like navigating your career path with confidence, clarity while being true to yourself.

I invite you to fill out the tiny form on the right so that we can rendez-vous in your inbox (right now about 2-3 times a month). Below is where the library of articles begins (you’ll always be the first to get them if you’re on my very confidential list). Here is where you can find a road map in digital form (something I created just for people experiencing career disappointment + dissatisfaction), to learn more about me, click here and/or how I may be of assistance to you?

If you’d like, you are always welcome to drop me a note. You can do that here.

Make yourself at home. Take care for now. xo

fairy tale career or fairy tale romance? how do you choose?

Whether in a movie on screen or the movie you call your “real life” – career and romance are pitted against one another to create a great deal of angst as well as drama.

Seems hard to create happiness in both. And that’s how it looks in the tabloids too.

It’s a choice for sure, but not in the way that you’re thinking.

Ponder this – think about and really reflect on the ‘formula’ for success you were prescribed to avoid life’s disappointments and failures. It probably went something like this:

The greatest career myth passed on from yonder is the one that warns you to first and foremost excel academically, so that you can then find yourself in a lucrative career quite simply because this is the only way. Once that happens then love can fall into place. You will surely be happy because you did it all in the right order and didn’t compromise your success along the way. And if you’re a girl, you were certainly warned not to dare get pregnant as that would definitely have been frowned upon.

And if you really, seriously thought about it: An earnest pursuit of this path to success would result in someone that felt a lot less than whole and far away from being truly human. It would be nearly impossible to self-recognize work worthy of your spirit’s strength and there would be no romantic partner that felt like 1+1=3. And since no one actually lives this way and many suffer trying, it’s really no wonder then that two of the things you desire most often feel like “frienemies” at best requiring compromise so that neither is as fulfilling as you get the inkling they could be.

But that’s unfortunately the way it’s supposed to be done for so-called “ideal results.”

Lets put a stop to this right now and acknowledge that one of the best things that you can do for your career is to take the hand of the one that is rightfully yours. The good news is that a love career and love relationship aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive. We just make it seem so because both require the commitment of marriage.

Your real purpose and real work in this case is to journey deeply with both in your life because that’s what you yearn for. I know because that’s what I used to yearn for – for the feeling of symbiosis between the two not realizing that I had a hand in making it so. But in order for that to happen, you first need to grant yourself permission to no longer take on responsibilities in jobs and in romance that you don’t ultimately want. This is just a habit based on a lack of trust in life when you’re taught that security is more important than freedom, stability is more important than adventure, containment is more important than expression.

This pain is the pain of believing in dichotomies.

What you don’t know that you need to know is that your most playful career and your life’s playmate are reflections of how you love you. And if you love you the way you want to be loved, then those other two relationships will ultimately support each other.

Is it always “bunnies and roses?” as my darling husband likes to say. No – and that’s not the point. The point of wanting what you truly desire and not what was conditioned for you to desire, lies in the process of “becoming.”

A dream, a desire, a fairy tale ending is really a calling from you to become (the real) you.

And to accomplish this, you need to make real choices and not fabricated ones instead.

Like: “fairy tale career or fairy tale romance” can be a conscious or unconscious choice.

Here’s a reminder of some conscious choices – decisions you usually have some awareness of making (that you’ve maybe even lost sleep over):

Going to university or not going to university this year.

Getting a BA or getting a BBA.

Applying to for a PhD or going to the workforce after graduation.

The red shoes or the black shoes with this outfit.

Skirt or pants today.

Law school or Master’s program next or neither.

Long sleeve or short sleeve.

Longer hair or shorter hair.

Quitting the job or staying in the job.

Spending your money on a house renovations or spending your money on world travel.

Moving to a new apartment or staying in the one you’re already in.

When you pit romance and career against one another (two things that have the capacity to simultaneously co-exist) you’re pitting two things you want against each other which reads like:

Breakfast today or dinner today.

Go to the bathroom today or not go to the bathroom today.

Blink or not blink.

It’s madness because those are unconscious (aka built into your being) choices.

Have a lot more than a little faith that if you want a romantic career and a successful relationship, you need to be utterly you to get them because not being you will never allow the two to co-exist. Transform this unconscious decision into something in alignment with your heart’s desire for the results you actually want.

Especially if this is what you wish with a true heart.

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July 3, 2014 tagged as:

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Honestly, I feel really sad (and sometimes mad too) that most people don’t know what a beautiful question is or how to ask one nor how the beauty of a question can dramatically alter the course of one’s life. (In fact, I am painfully aware of how you rob yourself of the kind of experiences…

at work shit happens … and what’s that like for you?

Work is stressful. Incredibly so. But do you know why? It’s because even though we all know that shit happens at work, we don’t want shit to happen at work. It’s like you think you’re just there to do your job. And if that were true, you could just do your job. But work, like…

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June 3, 2014 tagged as:

40 ways to create more career possibility for yourself especially when you think it’s not possible

Think of these 40 as a starter kit. The purpose of this list isn’t to judge yourself or others for their (or your own) method. Though you you know and I know that your ego will do that anyway. Your ego doesn’t like hearing that possibility exists when it thinks there are none and certainly…

a ‘what if’ (positive possibility) exercise for career bliss

The one rule: Bask in the glow of your potential. The one instruction: Read the completed exercise aloud to yourself (and/or a loving audience) as often as you wish. The one consideration: Give yourself permission to re-write as you evolve your consciousness and self-concept. You don’t wake up the same every day – so keep…

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May 6, 2014 tagged as:

9 writing prompts to help you figure out what’s not working in your career

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career sabotage is real and so is what your body knows

It’s useful, preferable and a good thing to acknowledge when you don’t feel safe. And I’m not talking about your life necessarily being fatally at risk in a literal sense, but in another way. A way the compromises your authenticity … or that asks you to: I’m talking about (not) feeling emotionally safe. Especially at…

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April 5, 2014 tagged as:

23 options (for optional thoughts) with happy career implications

Thoughts are options. And all thoughts are optional. However, options are what seem to be missing from a dissatisfying career. And an unfulfilling, dissatisfying, exhausting career is the result of rigid thoughts. And let me tell you (because I’ve been there x 100) – nothing, absolutely nothing hurts more than a rigid thought trying to…

what should you do to make your career better?

As an expert, professional and human being I don’t believe in “shoulding on yourself.” Ever. Like. Seriously. “Shoulding” on yourself is actually a debilitating way to go about your life. Because I don’t know if you’ve ever really noticed, but take note now – the voice of “should” is not kind, nor compassionate nor wise….

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March 16, 2014 tagged as:

a happy birthday to me! + it’s pay what you can day 4 u!

I would love for you to celebrate with me. And to celebrate you. *** THE SALE IS NOW CLOSED FOR 2014. THANK YOU!*** And to celebrate together, it’s the second: “Bliss Kit Pay What You Can Day.” For the next 24 hours I’m offering the Bliss Kit for whatever you can pay. For yourself? Lovely….

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