058: Navigating Career Transitions with Grace with Megan Smiley

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What if you had a guide to navigating a change in career? 

Today we're diving into a conversation that's all about fun, joy, and reimagining the trajectory of our careers. I had the pleasure of sitting down with the incredibly inspiring Megan Smiley, a holistic career designer and the voice behind the Lawyers Escape Pod. Megan shares her journey from practicing corporate law to helping others navigate their career paths with creativity and alignment with their true selves.


Who is Megan Smiley?

Calling herself a “recovering lawyer,” Megan Smiley is the host of The Lawyer’s Escape Pod Podcast and career coach. On her podcast, she highlights stories of lawyers who took the path less traveled in their careers. Megan coaches her clients on building heart-centered businesses that fit into the lives they want to live–instead of the other way around.


Key Takeaways 

  • How the pandemic has reshaped our social circles and the importance of seeking out meaningful connections, whether in person or online
  • Megan’s unique approach to career coaching, which sits somewhere between a recruiter and a life coach, focusing on integrating your career with your overall life vision
  • How embracing our creative sides can lead to fulfilling careers and lives
  • A fun aside on how understanding our Enneagram types can offer insights into our personalities and how we navigate both career and personal challenges 


Mic Drop Moments

  • “It's thinking about your career in the context of your life... designing from the inside out rather than from the outside in, which is what we all have been doing and probably is why you're not happy where you are.” – Megan Smiley
  • “I'm always trying to work with people to say it doesn't have to be all or nothing. You can be on a path of sort of evolving towards, you know, what you most want, even if it's not all at once, it's still worth the effort.” – Megan Smiley
  • “I always felt like I was two different people, right? Like either I'm like on it, let's move, let's do this, let's move the ball forward or I'm like... I just wanna go have fun. And so, you know, learning that I have to make time for both in my life.” – April Roberts




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