Jump inside my mind as well as those of other millennials as we work through the uncertainty of career, purpose, and relationships in our 20s.                                                                                     


  • So Now Who’s Richer? – Fired Up Friday: Week 63

    So Now Who’s Richer? – Fired Up Friday Want weekly emails on top personal growth tips and career resources?  Sign up for the Fired Up Friday Newsletter!  Below is a newsletter I sent out last Friday to give you a little taste of what you’re missing.   — Career Tip: Who’s the Richer Person? I used to associate personal wealth with […]

  • I was a Workaholic – Fired Up Friday: Week 62

    I was a Workaholic – Fired Up Friday Want weekly emails on top personal growth tips and career resources?  Sign up for the Fired Up Friday Newsletter!  Below is a newsletter I sent out on a past Friday to give you a little taste of what you’re missing.   — Career Tip:Leave Your Work at the Office. I was a workaholic. I […]

  • Should Coulda Woulda – Fired Up Friday: Week 61

    Shoulda Coulda Woulda – Fired Up Friday Want weekly emails on top personal growth tips and career resources?  Sign up for the Fired Up Friday Newsletter!  Below is a newsletter I sent out on a past Friday to give you a little taste of what you’re missing.   — Life Hack: Shoulda Coulda Woulda. Throughout our lives we […]

  • Kiss Corporate A$$ – Fired Up Friday Week 60

    Want weekly emails on my top personal growth tips and career resources?  Sign up for the Fired Up Friday Newsletter!  Below is a newsletter I sent out on a past Friday to give you a little taste of what you’re missing.   Kiss Corporate A$$ – Fired Up Friday Here’s your weekly dose of Fired Up Friday, the newsletter from Straddle The Line where […]

  • Young, Dumb & Professional – Fired Up Friday: Week 59

    Want weekly emails on my top personal growth tips and career resources?  Sign up for my Fired Up Friday Newsletter!  Below is a newsletter I sent out on a past Friday to give you a little taste of what you’re missing.     Young, Dumb & Professional – Fired Up Friday: Week 59 Here’s your weekly […]

  • Two Ways to Increase your Likability

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuyW4QYpYlI Being liked is a key component your happiness in life and success in the workplace. Here’s a video I created on two techniques that you can implement TODAY to improve your likability.   Note: Please excuse video quality… still working on improvements!          

  • Is your Job right for You? Here’s Three Questions you Need to Ask Yourself

    https://youtu.be/OOYm5vnc3HQ Sitting in a cube wondering if the job you’re in is right for you? Here’s three questions you should be asking yourself to see if a career change is right for you. Subscribe to my brand new YouTube channel (literally, I have no subscribers) to show your support of STL!       

  • Three Steps to Jumpstart your Career Redirection

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adtAkoX6oIw&t=22s Going through a quarter life crisis? Starting to think that the career you’ve been leading since college isn’t right for you? It’s ok. A year and a half ago I was just like you. There are ways to get out of your current role and find a new job that matches your lifestyle. Here […]

  • How to Begin Every Informational Interview

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AligQlVoh9M&feature=youtu.be Informational Interviews are critical to finding your next job and building your network. But, how do you conduct the interview itself? It all starts with the setup. Here’s 3 basic steps to conducting the first five minutes of your informational interviews: Small talk Show your appreciation Set your agenda Check out the video for […]

  • Why Informational Interviews are Critical to Finding your Dream Job

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=io5nTc4L17k Why are informational interviews so important? And how do you go about landing your first one? I discuss all of this in my first ever video on the blog. If you’re a young professional looking to find the best career path for you, this video will give you the pointers and actionable items you […]

  • Three Steps to Reinventing your Career

    Having second thoughts about your career path?  Wondering if it’s time to jump ship? A year ago, I was just like you.  I had spent five years building the foundations of a promising career in financial sales.  I clawed my way up from an entry-level service job and was on the verge of landing a […]

  • Whatever You want to Do, Do it. There are Only so many Tomorrows

    “Whatever you want to do, do it.  There are only so many tomorrows.” – Anonymous I have this quote taped to the corner of my bedside table. I see it when I wake up.  I see it when I go to sleep.  I use it as a simple reminder.  Life is not infinite.  This is […]

  • 4 Habits You Can Start Today that Will Fundamentally Change Your Life

    I used to sleep walk through each day not knowing my direction.  I would have these vague ideas of what I wanted my life to be but have no idea how to get there.  Each day would flow into the next as I followed a winding path to nowhere.  I wasn’t sure what my life […]

  • Lend to Change Lives: Join Straddle The Line’s New Movement

    Most days I get lost in my own mind and forget how fortunate I am.  I get so caught up in trying to make my work have meaning.  I get frustrated because I haven’t figured out a way to work for myself yet.  My dreams are taking longer than I’d like and I spend too […]

  • Blog Reflections and Readjusting My Focus

    When I created this blog back in April, 2016, I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted it to become.  What started as a bunch of “quarter life crisis” journal entries slowly morphed over time.  Today, my content shifts between personal growth hacks and career tips. As I write to you now, I’m still searching for […]

  • You Have The Power, You Can Design Your Life

    A new job. My own blog. And now a new city. What was just a vision 18 months ago, has finally become a reality.  It didn’t happen overnight.  It didn’t happen the way I would’ve predicted, but it happened.  I overcame the uncertainties I had last year as I sat in my cube in Boston.  […]

  • A New Vision for Straddle The Line

    Am I burnt out or at a turning point?  Have I failed or can I pivot?  I write to you today with tired eyes and an uninspired mind. The blog posts that used to flow so easily have become difficult and sometimes painful.  I’m not sure what’s happened.  I’m not sure what to do. I […]

  • Land your Dream Job with this Interview Template

    Even after fighting through the gauntlet of grueling job boards and countless informational interviews, landing that perfect job is far from over.   Despite your hard work to this point, the interview process still looms up ahead.  A successful interview can be the difference between attaining your dream job and being thrust right back into […]

  • Design Your Life using The Odyssey Plan

    If you want to build your ideal life it has to begin with you.  No one is going to sit you down and tell you it’s time to start planning.  No one is going to show you your path. It’s up to you to decide when to start and which direction to choose.  To be […]

  • 5 Steps to End Suffering & Find a Purposeful Life

    A month ago I was on the other side of the world traveling through Japan on the trip of my dreams.  Everything was perfect… on most days.   But on some days I struggled.   I struggled to find joy despite the beauty around me.  I struggled to find contentment despite the fact that I […]

  • After Years of Darkness, My Eyes are Finally Open

    I used to walk this world blind.  I used to let other people show me the way. In college, I turned to my friends to help me decide on a major.  In the early days of my career I let my colleagues alter my path. I used to tell myself I didn’t know what I […]

  • 3 Steps to Manifesting Your Dreams with the Law of Attraction

    Note: This is a guest post written by STL member Olivia Auzenne who runs an online marketing agency called The Auzenne Agency and has a YouTube channel called WithLoveOA.  Thanks for posting Oliva!   When I was 17, my father ushered my entire family into our living room and made us all watch this new documentary.  […]

  • The Best Souvenirs Won’t Cost a Dime but They Can Change Your Life

    Note: This is the second guest post from STL Member Becca Rose.  Enjoy and thanks again Becca!   It’s natural for us to want to bring back a souvenir or two every time we go abroad. I know for me, every time I look at the coffee mug from Ireland I’m reminded of the tiny roads […]

  • 3 Methods for Fighting your Quarter Life Crisis

    There was a time not too long ago that I felt a lot like you. I felt purposeless. I felt lost. I felt like I was wasting time. The career I had worked so hard to build no longer made sense to me. My life suddenly lacked purpose. I was devastated. And the worst part? […]

  • STL Music: Motivational Flow Playlist #1

    A friend asked me recently what keeps me going.  How do I blog week after week?  How do I write when I don’t know if anyone will read it?   How do I stay focused? These are good questions.  Ones that I had to reflect on. Sure, it takes discipline and time management.  It takes goal setting and […]

  • Why I’m Done with “Self” Help

    Sometimes I question my own motives.  I often wonder if the way I’m living is the right way. Over the last few years I’ve been reaching higher and higher.  I reach for the next level in my career.  I plan a trip to a new continent.  I launch a blog. It’s always more, more, more.  […]

  • My Japan Photo Stream: Walk with me from Tokyo to Kyoto

    There are only 26 letters in the English language.  And with these 26 letters we form words and sentences which we use to express our thoughts.     We then use these thoughts to explain our experiences and tell people our stories.   But sometimes it’s just not so easy.  Sometimes what we see and feel is […]

  • Overcome Your Fears to Find Your Ideal Life (Thoughts from Japan)

    I won’t sit here right now and tell you 10 reasons why you should go to Japan or give you 51 travel tips for your next vacation abroad.  That’s not what this blog’s about.    This is not a travel blog.  This is a blog about uncovering your life’s purpose and creating your own ideal […]

  • Don’t Miss the Mark, Make It (A Traveler’s Story)

    Note: This is a guest post by STL Member Becca Rose.  Enjoy and thanks Becca! Since the day I started driving, I would imagine a marker on a map tracing all the places I went. Whether I was off to school, a friend’s house, or the mall, that marker would follow me everywhere.  My little […]

  • My Journey to Japan Starts… Now

    Today I set out on my most ambitious adventure to date: a two week solo trip to Japan. Yup. Two weeks. Alone. JAPAN. I know, I know. A lot’s going through your mind right now and you’re not alone. In the last few weeks, as I’ve told people about my journey, I’ve been met with […]

  • How to Become an Informational Interview All-Star

    The job hunt can be a grind, but I think I found a way to help ease your pain.  Over the past year as I explored various career paths and eventually landed my ideal job, I also became a master at the informational interview in the process.  By the end of my job search I had […]

  • STL Podcast #2: The Birth of a Blogger (Ft. Joe Barca)

    Since our first podcast together was met with critical acclaim, my Dad and I decided to bring back the father-son duo for Straddle The Line’s second podcast.  This time though, we did a role reversal.  As some of you may remember, in the first episode I interviewed my Dad Joe Barca about his twitter poetry, […]

  • 5 Things You Can Do Now to Land Your Next Promotion

    When I entered the corporate world five years ago I had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t know what to wear. I didn’t know how to handle office small talk.  And I especially didn’t know how to speak to big executives. I didn’t have a clue. I was a tiny little pawn thrust […]

  • Turn a Painful Job Search into a Lifestyle Redesign

    So you’ve decided it’s time to explore your options. This job isn’t what you thought it was. You’re overworked.  You need more money.  Maybe you just need change. But where do you start? You were so certain that this was the job for you. This was supposed to be the step to catapult your career […]

  • How This Blog Helped Me Land a New Job and Start a New Chapter in Life

    It wasn’t easy. It didn’t happen overnight. And there were many moments when I doubted myself. But it happened at last. After months of networking and informational interviews I finally got that new job in a new industry I had been craving. A fresh start. A new chapter. Next month, I’ll be leaving my sales […]

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