And embrace your multi-passionate nature.

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When you were young, you were probably asked:

You likely had an answer prepared that provided a well defined, easy to describe job title.

But then you grow up, and the question evolves into:

“What do you do?”

A question that evokes a much more complex answer. One that holds weight, sometimes judgement, is filled with emotion and can cause conflict in your soul.

Much of my adult life I’ve struggled with how to answer this question. In order to provide an honest and complete answer, a short story must be told and who has time for that?

As a result, I would often…


And throw away the guilt.

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When I first came up with the idea for this post, I was searching for answers for myself. But the more I shared the idea, the more I realized that others were trying to figure out the same thing:

How do you choose yourself without feeling guilty?

Writing has always given me the opportunity to sort through my thoughts in an effort to find an answer, to explore potential solutions.

Permission slips come in all shapes and sizes, but the one that allows you to choose yourself first seems to be the most difficult to come by. There are so many things that get in the way, mostly…


Getting lost and finding my way back to business.

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I don’t want to bore you with the details of how it all started. After all, we’re all familiar with the effects of the pandemic: the thoughts of unworthiness, confusion around our purpose, wondering if we’ll ever overcome the monotony of how we’ve been living.

As a self described multi-passionate professional, I work full-time in technology while running fashion jewelry brand Klas squared on the side.

I felt isolated — not from people as a result of social distancing, but rather from inspiration and the sense of belonging my passion project had provided.

I felt disconnected from my purpose and…


7 simple steps you can start implementing today

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For a long time I struggled with how to define myself. I found myself spending time trying to reconcile all the different parts of who I was into a neat little package that made sense to everyone else.

Over time, it became easier to be the part of myself that the current environment or circumstances required, and to save the rest for a different day:

At work I started to subdue my style as not to attract attention to myself and fit in.

I would only talk about my passion projects when around other creatives and solopreneurs.

My wellness journey…


And begin to have a real impact on inclusion, diversity, and equality.

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It’s no surprise that this International Women’s Day (IWD) is like no other. Although there will be a number of events to choose from, we won’t have the same opportunity to meet new faces and expand our network by literally rubbing shoulders with others.

Perhaps recognizing IWD in the form of lunch & learns and cocktail hours are a thing of the past. There is no doubt that there is power in celebrating women and their achievements, and that March 8th has been reserved for such an occasion. …


It’s the first step in getting control of your finances, and your well-being depends on it.

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If asked, I would have to say my most successful relationship to date has been with my money.

It has provided me with the opportunity to own both my downtown condo and lakefront cottage. It’s given me the freedom to travel, indulge in delicious food, and discover my sense of style.

Yes, I was fortunate to grow up with parents who supported my interests and ambitions, but I started to pave my financial path the moment I started earning money. It was love at first sight and not a flitting affair, but a long-term commitment.

I love my money, and you can too.

After all, your financial situation…


It’s not as overwhelming as you think.

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I talk to a lot of women about career paths and career progression. It is pretty much a guaranteed conversation whether you’re a mentor or a mentee, and I have the benefit of being both on a regular basis. After all, one of the advantages of having a mentor is to learn how she paved her way. But these conversations inevitably come to the same conclusion time and time again: there is no one-size-fits-all in progressing your career.

At first this might sound frustrating, defeating, maybe even obvious that there is no book, no program, no course that is going…


Start setting boundaries and stop getting overworked.

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For me, productivity has always been a linear equation: the more you are doing, the more productive you are. On the other hand, the less you are doing, the lazier you are. In the past, I’ve been quick to pass judgment on those who spent their weeknights staying in and their weekends sleeping in.

Maybe because being busy has always been in my nature.

Whether it was balancing multiple activities and sports as a kid, or having a full-time job with two hustles on the side as a grown-up, I have always taken pride in my productivity.

I believed that my output equaled my value.

Despite my to-do…


And what you should be doing instead.

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We’re a week into the new year and I have a confession to make:

Zilch. Zero. Not One. And you won’t see me in your next goal setting workshop to make up for it either.

In the past, I have always dedicated a page of my journal to write down what I plan to achieve in the year ahead. (I remain a firm believer that writing down your intentions on paper has power.) For me, goal setting led to acknowledgement and reward — two things I couldn’t get enough of.

But this year is different.

After facing so much unpredictability in the past year, most…


And how it’s impacting our work-life balance and career decisions going forward.

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In many ways it feels like we’ve traveled back in time. To the beginning of an unprecedented year where lockdown looms but this time it’s different: there’s evidence of light at the end of the tunnel. There’s hope in the form of evidence that a vaccine is on its way. But what if we don’t want the year to end?

While it has been a difficult one for many, I can’t help but acknowledge how this year has changed the lives of women in the workplace forever. Likely for the better.

Our professional and personal lives have been disrupted and…

Kirsten Schmidtke

As a woman in tech, fashion-entrepreneur, and feminist writer, I teach women how to thrive in the corporate world while staying true to themselves.

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