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paNASH is Celebrating Its 10-Year Anniversary!

Ten years ago today, I walked into the Davidson County Clerk’s office to get a business license for paNASH. I had no idea what I was doing since I’d never started a business before.

It was scary to say the least. But, I put one foot in front of the other, filled out the form, and paid my fee.

When I walked out I thought to myself, “Okay, this is real now. I have to do it.” My business license was more than just a little piece of paper. It was something tangible that was holding me accountable.

I started working hard on my business part-time while still working full-time. Nine months later I took a leap of faith and quit my cushy career advising job with benefits to pursue my business full-time.

paNASH’s Beginnings

paNASH originally began as an image consulting business working primarily with up-and-coming recording artists here in Nashville. I used my skills from my previous experience as a college career adviser to teach new artists how to present themselves in media interviews, to labels, and more. The additional wardrobe styling piece of the business served as a creative outlet for me at the time.

But after eight years, I started feeling restless in my business and it no longer felt right to me. I couldn’t yet put my finger on why, but I knew it was about to undergo some big changes.

I loved working for myself and knew I didn’t want that to change, but I was burned out on the original concept of the business. And, I’d become extremely frustrated with the way the music industry works. I loved my clients, but I was done with the constant frustrations.

I didn’t know it at the time, but I was being called back to what I loved most and was best at, career coaching. Only this time, it was taking on a new approach. For the full story, read From Fashionista to Passionista.

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paNASH Today

Since making the change to my business nearly two years ago, I’ve been much happier. It thrills me to see my clients gain the confidence to pursue their own passions that have been lying dormant for so many years.

Although they face a series of common challenges while going through the process of pursuing their passions, they start to sense an excitement in the transition to a new life and career. They have a light in their eyes again.

And while I’m also happier, I still face some challenges in my own transition of the focus and mission of my business. One of those is still being thought of as an image consultant. I guess I did a really good job of establishing paNASH’s brand early on. Too good of a job! When you Google paNASH, there are still some things that pop up indicating image consulting. I’ve had to turn away several people seeking image consulting services.

But, I’m using the same branding strategy now that I did then to eventually replace my former brand. And it’s working. Just like it works for my new clients whom I’m teaching how to develop their own personal brand for their career and their lives.

The Importance of a Mission Statement

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. It’s so important to have a brand and a mission statement for yourself. My personal mission statement is:

To boldly pursue my passions and purpose, and to teach, encourage, and inspire others to do the same, resulting in lives overflowing with joy, peace, and fulfillment.

This mission statement helps me to make better decisions regarding both my business and my personal life.

My business’s mission statement also aligns with my personal mission statement. When I changed the mission of paNASH nearly two years ago, it became:

To serve, educate, and encourage you by assisting you with the discovery and pursuit of your passions in a way that honors your purpose and your own vision for success, while amplifying who you are personally and advancing you professionally.

No matter what your goals are, I encourage you to also develop your own mission statement. To learn how, check out my on-demand program on personal branding (45% of proceeds go to Justice & Mercy International). You’ll be glad you did because once you’ve completed the program, you’ll be able to make better life and career decisions. Decisions that are true to your unique passions!

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paNASH Named Top 10: It’s What Makes paNASH Unique

As I’ve previously mentioned, I recently had eye surgery. When I first was told I’d need the surgery, I assumed that, even though it was “surgery-surgery” as opposed to a simple laser procedure, it wouldn’t be a big deal. After all, it was out-patient surgery.

Boy was I wrong! Because of how quickly I had to have the surgery, I had no time to do any real research on what I’d be going through. That’s probably a good thing because if I’d known what I know now, I probably would’ve chickened out, and therefore ended up losing my sight in my right eye.

I’ve been so confused as to why my healing period is taking so long. But the more medical staff I speak to, all of them tell me the same thing:  “you just went through a big surgery.” Not only have I gone through a “big surgery,” I’ve also experienced some minor complications from the surgery, making healing time longer and more challenging.

The most challenging part of recovery (aside from the pain and not being able to drive) has been my sensitivity to sunlight. I love being outside when it’s sunny and the weather’s nice. I don’t like the dark. This is why I always choose doing something outside over going to a movie during the day.

But, I’ve had to spend weeks on end sitting inside with the blinds closed. This has brought me down mentally and emotionally, especially on the days when we’ve had 80 temps in February! But just the other day, I received something that lifted my spirits.

paNASH Named in Top 10 of 2017career transition coach

My coaching business, paNASH, received recognition as one of the top 10 coaching services in Nashville for 2017. This is based on Expertise’s analysis across 25 different criteria, including:

  • Reputation
  • Credibility
  • Experience
  • Availability
  • Professionalism

I’m very honored by this distinction, and it’s made me use this time to reflect on what makes my coaching business paNASH unique from other great coaching services.

What Makes paNASH unique:

paNASH provides a “hybrid” approach.

While I’m a certified coach, my background is in career advising. Therefore, I strike a balance between challenge and support. Traditional career coaching focuses only on asking you questions. My hybrid approach provides both challenging questioning to help you arrive at the answers that are within you, along with realistic career advice based on my knowledge and extensive past work experience.

paNASH provides unique and cutting-edge career advice.

Much of the job search advice found on the Internet is the same advice from nearly 20 years ago. I know because it’s the advice I was giving to my clients all the way back in 1999. I love staying abreast of the latest career strategies. In addition to the tried and true advice, I strive to provide unique and cutting-edge advice others aren’t currently providing. This makes you stand out (in a good way!) from other candidates who are only applying outdated job search strategies.

paNASH encourages you to think outside the box.

I love helping you unleash your creativity when it comes to your career and your life. I’ll help you see other options you’ve never previously considered that are different from a traditional path. This can lead to both personal and professional freedom, which you’ve probably been seeking for some time now.

paNASH understands the importance of personal reflection and experience.

I could give you numerous career assessments, and sometimes do without overwhelming you. But you’ll never know if something is a fit for you until you’ve spent time in self-reflection to figure out your “why” and in trying new things. paNASH provides you the permission and the space to explore your passions and to figure out your purpose. Assessments are great at telling you what you’re good at, but they can’t tell you what you really want. Only you can answer that question when given a safe place (away from societal and/or family pressures) to ponder and consider what feeds your soul.

paNASH likes to get moving!

Because of my own passion for the outdoors, I’ve been known to hold coaching sessions outside and even on the water. It’s not unusual when the weather is nice for me to take you out for a walk or hike, or even a paddle on my spare standup paddle board. The results have been so beneficial because clients have commented on just how rejuvenating the experience is. It’s helped them gain clarity on their current situation, adopt a fresh perspective, and even confirm for them what their next steps should be. Plus, they got a little exercise, and most of all, had fun!

So, if you’re ready to get started with paNASH, take the first step by completing the paNASH intake form. Now that I’m finally on the mend and spring is nearing, I’m anxious to get moving again and to help you get motivated!

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New to Nashville?

Nashville’s paNASH Announces Integrative Services for New Residents

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 22nd, 2016) – Passion and Career Specialist Lori Bumgarner announced her company, paNASH, will now offer relocation support through a new program entitled the New To Nashville Track.

This program provides a myriad of focused sessions meant to limit the time it takes for new residents of the Nashville Metro Area to acclimate to their newly adopted hometown.

“It can sometimes take up to two years to feel like you really live in a new city: what neighborhood you favor, where to plug in with professional and social networks, how to earmark city resources to explore,” Bumgarner explained, “I looked around the city’s landscape and realized that the increase of available jobs would create demand for an integrative program for these new residents.”

From 2010-2015, the Nashville Metro Area saw a 20% rise in job growth. That trajectory continues to rise right along with a 10% overall population increase and many businesses are increasing focus on attracting talent and professional workforce while maintaining low turnover rates. Large companies are encouraged to take advantage of paNASH’s services as an added benefit to internal human resources initiatives.

“Essentially, while many larger corporations can provide the jobs, many do not have the resources necessary to encourage those employees new to the city to plug in and find their niche within the community,” Bumgarner said, “the New to Nashville Track meets that need.”

She continues: “moving to a new city, starting a new job and meeting all these new people can be stressful. With this program, local businesses can provide a program to help their employees acclimate.”

Studies prove that happy employees are 12% more productive than those that do not feel supported or engaged in their environments*. The New To Nashville Track from paNASH will include support for job search, new job entry, relocation support, exploration of city resources and recreation, networking skills and many other integrative learning skills. This instant support system and increased environment awareness program is available for human resource firms, large corporations and individuals.

For more information, please visit www.yourpassioninlife.com

*statistic via Fast Company, July 22nd, 2015

About paNASH:

Based in Nashville, TN, paNASH’s mission is to serve, educate and encourage others by assisting them with the discovery and pursuit of their passions in a way that honors their purpose and their own vision for success while amplifying who the client is personally and advancing them professionally.

paNASH is owned by Lori Bumgarner, a certified coach with 15 years of experience as a career consultant. Lori is the author of the Amazon #1 bestselling book Advance Your Image. paNASH clients include Girlilla Marketing, recording artist Corey Smith, and author and speaker Kori Yates.

Don’t believe us. Ask the clients:

“Even before we began our training sessions, I felt I had learned a very important lesson. Lori’s process led us to many positive changes that we would have not made or even thought of without Lori’s expertise.”  Jennie Smythe – CEO, Girlilla Marketing

For press inquiries, please contact:

 

Samantha Spector

sx2 consulting

330.464.3289

samantha@sx2consult.com

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From Fashionista to Passionista: How a Year of Limbo Gave Me Clarity

Life In Limbo

For a year and a half I felt stuck in my life and career.

What was the event forcing me into this kind of limbo? Nothing I would describe as an “event” occurred.

I just know that during the summer of 2014, whenever I wasn’t busy with my work as an image consultant, I was packing in as many fun activities into my schedule as I could.

Parasailing, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, hiking, biking, rock climbing and more. Heck, I even got to ride in a race car during one of the video shoots I was working on. It was absolutely exhilarating!

F to P

This opened up in me a whole new yearning for a fully-lived life, not just for me, but also for others.

But at the time, I couldn’t see exactly what that looked like. I started feeling restless and burned out with my image consulting work I once was very passionate about. And I was lacking a vision and purpose for the future of my business.

Despite having so much fun in my free time, I was definitely in limbo. Which is not always a fun place to be.

Fear As An Obstacle

During my limbo phase, I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do or what God wanted me to do career-wise. It was frustrating and discouraging.

All I know is, during the summer of 2014, people were coming to me with the same struggles. They were saying to me how they feel they need some kind of change in their life and work. How they wish they could have the time and the means to enjoy life discovering and pursuing their passions like I was.

Every time I heard this my heart would go out to them. I would say, “You CAN!” But, my encouragement was always met with some kind of obstacle, either real or perceived.

Their responses included reasons (or are they excuses?) such as,

“I don’t have the money.” Or, “I don’t have the time.” Or, “I don’t have the skill/education,” etc., etc., etc.

I think a lot of those examples could easily be translated to “I don’t have the courage”. This is understandable because fear can be extremely paralyzing. Whether it’s fear of the unknown, fear of failure, or fear of change.

The Vision Becomes Clear

The summer turned into fall, then winter and then summer again. I continued trying and doing new things to help me make sense of the uncertainty I was experiencing.

I went ice skating for the first time in my life, took a fly fishing class, and learned archery.

In that time I also continued my favorite activity I had picked up the previous summer, stand up paddle boarding. I have two boards now and paddle every month of the year, even in the dead of winter, because I am so very passionate about it.

Also, I did something in September 2015 I never imagined doing. I paddled 16.4 miles from downtown Nashville’s Nissan Stadium on the winding Cumberland River to Rock Harbor Marina. I thought it would take me about five or six hours to complete. But I finished in 4 hours and 15 minutes. All while going against a headwind with little to no current to help carry me downstream.

Photo by Joey Martin

Photo by Joey Martin

This experience taught me that, although I couldn’t see the finish line because of all the twists and turns in the river, it eventually would become clear as I neared it. Even if it took what seemed like forever. All I had to do was be patient and keep moving one paddle stroke at a time.

That’s exactly what I did in my time of limbo. I kept doing the little bit I knew to do at a time and waited for the answer to come.

All this, along with much prayer, led up to the moment on December 17th, 2015 when suddenly my limbo ended. The clouds parted and the sun shined brilliantly on what my purpose is at this stage in my life.

I was in the shower, where I do my best thinking. And suddenly I could see in my head the word PASSION, as if written in flashing neon lights.

The message I was getting is I am to help other people discover and pursue their passions in life and work, and help them find ways over, through, or around the obstacles and fears keeping them from their passions.

As soon as this came to my mind, I could clearly see and visualize ways of helping people do this, using my own unique strengths and passions.

The rest of that day and for the time since, I’ve received numerous confirmations this is truly my new path. And I’ve taken steps toward making it a reality.

From Fashionista To Passionista

From Fashionista to PassionistaWith this new vision for my future, I was also able to look back on the past and see how God is using my past experience to prepare me for this.

Straight out of grad school I became a college career adviser because I was passionate about helping college students discover what it was they loved and wanted to do in their life (instead of just doing what their mom or dad told them to do).

Twelve years of that experience has prepared me to coach people on how to incorporate their passions into their work and how to make money doing what they love while helping others.

My own sense of adventure and love for developing new interests outside of work has also prepared me to help others pursue passions outside of their work.

I was even able to see how the name of my image consulting business, paNASH, can still work with my new mission and purpose (God doesn’t waste anything!).

So, now, I am no longer an image consultant. While I enjoyed styling people’s wardrobes and helping them look and feel their best, I’m ready to instead help them BE THEIR BEST!

I now have my certifications in transformational coaching and solution-focused coaching to become a Passion & Career Coach (my own little niche and twist on career coaching).

I guess you could say I’ve gone from somewhat of a fashionista to a passionista!

I’m excited to embark on this new journey. I don’t look at it as something I do just for a living. It’s something I live.

If you want to start living this way, then pursue your passions with paNASH! Email me to find out more on the ways I can help you put your passion into action. Or, join our newsletter and receive a complimentary 8-Step Goal Achievement Plan.

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A New Vision

You may notice a new look to the paNASH web site, along with a new vision and mission for paNASH. I am excited about some wonderful changes soon taking place in services and offerings that are designed to help people discover and pursue their passions in life and career on a deeper level.

A New Vision

As the owner of paNASH, I believe everyone can find the courage to discover and pursue their passions despite the obstacles they may face. I want to see people actively pursue their passions with flair (“paNASH”) and confidence, along with responsibility to their purpose in life.

A New Commitment

I am committed to helping people find the courage to overcome the fears that are preventing them from fulfilling their potential and living life to the fullest. And I am committed to helping them find ways through and around both real and perceived obstacles to fulfill their passions. For some people, this may first mean assisting them in figuring out what their passions are. For others, it may mean helping them put their passions into action, either through work, service, or leisure (or all of the above!).

Stay tuned for more information on this exciting new adventure, including announcements on individual and group coaching services, resources, and more! In the meantime, join our newsletter and receive a complimentary 8-Step Goal Achievement Plan.

Lori Bumgarner, owner of paNASH

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