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Creating A New Identity After A Career Transition with Stacey Lindsay

Hey babe! Welcome back to Boldly Courageous, a podcast created for you — the ambitious woman who is ready to take action and step fully into the life you’ve always dreamed of. I’m glad you’re here!

This episode is all about you. It’s about discovering who you are and giving yourself massive permission to be your highest self. It’s about stepping into alignment with you and your gifts so you can courageously live a life that feels right.

My guest for this episode is the professional boss babe Stacey Lindsay. This girl’s story is seriously inspiring, and I can’t wait to share her wisdom and brilliance with you.

Stacey knows what it’s like to be defined by your job. Over the course of her career in journalism, she pursued her passion and became a powerful advocate for women’s rights, gender equality, and health in the workplace. Truly, she rose to some dizzying heights and built a prestigious career, ultimately landing a position as an editor at goop.

But her full identity was in her work, and she began to feel that something was wrong. As her full-time job took her further away from the work that truly brought her joy, Stacey began to feel that she desperately needed a change. She stepped back from her full-time position and is now living her truth as a freelance journalist, covering the content that matters to her and telling the stories of amazing women entrepreneurs. Stacey’s created a new identity for herself — one that is in full alignment with who she is and who she wants to be.

And today, she’s joining me here on the podcast to show you how you can do the same.

“I’m celebrating really seeing myself. It’s not the perception of me, not what I think looks good on paper, not what I think I should be, but really, really, genuinely celebrating myself and waking up in the morning.”

Stacey Lindsay

Stacey Lindsay has made some bold moves in her life and career. As a result, she is living in her true identity. Are you ready to boldly step into yours?

Who Is Stacey Lindsay?

Before we dive into our conversation, I want to share with you all a few more details about this incredible and inspiring woman. Stacey Lindsay is a multimedia journalist, editorial consultant, writer, and speaker. A passionate and vocal advocate for women’s rights and gender equality, Stacey has extensively covered the topics of workplace health and morale, civic engagement, financial wellbeing, and career empowerment. 

She recently co-launched The Conscious Investor, a weekly digital magazine that uncovers the world of impact investing, philanthropy, and social and environmental impact work. She is the editorial director for the Ayurvedic wellness site, UMA Elements, and a contributing editor at goop where she previously held the position of Articles Editor. At goop, Stacey founded new editorial franchises, including the Game Changers and Good Samaritan columns. 

She is formerly an evening news anchor and reporter for CBS and FOX, where she reported on the veteran healthcare crisis, the disappearance of small-town America, and the state of health insurance in the US. Stacey grew up south of Boston and earned her BA in Film & Media Studies from Emerson College and her MA in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder. 

Stacey and I met at an event in 2019 called Unfair Advantage, which was all about how to build relationships with the media. Stacey and I quickly fell into each other’s energies. Do you know when you meet those people where you feel like you’ve known them forever? That’s exactly how I feel about this woman. I’m so excited for you all to learn from her!

Pay Attention to the Signs

How can you know when it’s time for a career shift? How do you know when your job — or the identity it creates for you — is out of alignment with who you truly are? 

Stacey has plenty of experience with this. When she was working as Articles Editor at goop, she grew enormously! She was challenged, and she got to meet and work with many amazing people and stretch herself as a journalist. But eventually, her intuition told her it was time to move on. Stacey explains it like this:

“My skin didn’t really feel good, or my body didn’t really feel good. I started to really pay attention to that. … And there were certain stories — I noticed when I was doing stories about women, female entrepreneurs — … I just felt so alive. … And then when I was doing stories about other topics, I just didn’t feel as good.”

Stacey Lindsay

For Stacey, working in a job that didn’t fully align with her passions and true identity made her feel down and depleted, even to the point of feeling physically ill. She also described how she would feel more anxious and jealous of the people she loves and values.

But Stacey is a wise woman, and she realized that she needed to pay attention to the signs her body and mind were giving her. She knew there was massive information in her feelings, so she began to listen to what her mind and body were telling her, and as a strongly pro-journaling person, even began to write down her observations. 

“And so I started really listening to that envy, that jealousy … whatever that triggered emotion was, and I actually started writing it down, too. And just seeing all these pieces were kind of coming together, and I was realizing there’s something there that I need to honor.”

Stacey Lindsay

How does your job make you feel? Are you content with the work you do? Is it in alignment with your identity? Or is it creating a false identity for you? If you’re finding yourself experiencing anxiety, discouragement, fear, or jealousy, it’s time to pay attention to those signs! As I like to say — “Awareness is the key to everything.” Take some time to write down your thoughts and grow more aware of your identity and whether it’s in alignment with your work.

How to Recreate Your Identity

Once you’ve built awareness and paid attention to your intuition telling you it’s time for a change, how can you move forward? How can you actually abandon the identity you’ve been building for yourself and create an entirely new one?

“I think it starts and ends with us too. … You teach people how to treat you. I think you teach people how to respond to you. I think you teach people anything to do with you. … And once you change that, then it starts to shift, and I think it’s quite immediate too. … It starts with the conversation you have with yourself in the morning, the conversation you have [with] yourself before you go to sleep. It’s all between you and you.”

Stacey Lindsay

You get to teach people who you are. And here’s the thing: You are not just one thing. You are not a job title. Especially those of you who are entrepreneurs — you wear many hats! You are a business owner, you are creative, and you are a full person who can identify herself any way she wants! And you get to teach others how you want to be recognized.

Of course, part of that teaching process is going to happen on social media. Platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and even YouTube can hold enormous potential for connection and growth, but you have to utilize them to showcase your authentic self.

“It’s actually quite fun. It’s another thing that I’ve been exploring more in this skin. … It’s symptomatic of a lot of things, but I was very adverse to social media for so long. I thought, ‘Why, Stacey?’ because I thought I had to do it a certain way to appease everybody else, and I go, ‘I just kind of can’t do it this way or it’s not me.’ That’s fine. Social media is whatever you want it to be. And I’m embracing that more and actually doing what feels right.”

Stacey Lindsay

So often — especially for us as entrepreneurs who need to have a strongly branded image online — we feel this need to present a perfect and positive version of ourselves on social media. We use all the Instagram filters and spend a lot of time to present the absolute best version of ourselves, but that’s not authentic to who we are. It’s essential to be real and genuine and to show the world who you are! When your social media accounts reflect your true identity, other people will understand and accept who you are, and that’s how you can step into your new identity.

So be bold on social media! Post pictures, videos, blog posts, captions, and comments that reflect who you are. Teach other people the identity you see in yourself, and they will come along with you on your journey.

Get Out of the Box

Many of us have put ourselves in a box. We have an idea of what the “perfect” career looks like, and we spend our lives striving for that ideal. But the problem is that the “perfect” career isn’t really what’s perfect for you. It’s what society says is perfect. But prestige and income and particular job titles aren’t necessarily aligned with who you know you are in your purest essence.

So choose today to get out of the box. Boxes are no fun anyway; unless you’re a kid pretending a refrigerator box is a spaceship or something! Ask yourself, “If I weren’t doing this, what could I be doing? What kind of work is more aligned with my identity? How can I create my career around my identity, instead of the other way around?”

And if you’re worried that the work you want to do can be done better by someone else or you’re not sure if there’s room for you in the market you want to go into, remember this brilliant advice from Stacey:

“It really is realizing [that] no matter what it is that you want to do, there is endless, endless, endless space and endless, endless need. Even if … you think what you want to do is almost identical to what somebody else is doing. You’re doing it with your own unique set of cells and DNA and ideas and thoughts.”

Stacey Lindsay

Create a life and do work that suits who you are, and your contribution will add something to the world that only you can bring.

Remember, too, that not everyone is going to resonate with your message — and that’s okay! The important thing is to put your true identity out into the world; you’ll naturally attract the people who are going to resonate with you.

Either people are going to love you, or they’re not going to resonate with you. And we get stuck in this idea that if people don’t resonate with my message, then I’m not good enough, I’m not worthy, I’m not successful.

And I say it’s the exact opposite.

You know, when you can shift your mindset from lack to abundance and fear to fulfillment, you want people NOT to resonate with your message. It’s actually a really good thing, because it lets you know that you are staying in your own lane and creating space for the people that do align with you.

When you discover your identity and create a life and a career and a message that aligns with it, you’ll find the people who will resonate with you. Choose to discover who you are and courageously bring your unique gifts into the world!

Be Boldly Courageous with Stacey Lindsay

Here’s the bottom line: do what feels good. If you take care of yourself and boldly lean into your true identity, you’ll find yourself, as Stacey said, shifting “from lack to abundance and fear to fulfillment.” 

I hope this message helped you feel empowered today. If it resonated with you, and you think it may be time to leave a career that doesn’t align with your identity, that’s awesome! There are so many other women out there just like you who feel empowered to create the lives they want, and you can do that too.

I want to remind you of what Stacey said to me about what she’s celebrating in her life right now:

“I’m celebrating really seeing myself. It’s not the perception of me, not what I think looks good on paper, not what I think I should be, but really, really, genuinely celebrating myself and waking up in the morning.”

Stacey Lindsay

Choose to see yourself and celebrate yourself. When you celebrate who you are at your very core, you step into alignment with yourself, and your contributions to the world make this a better place for all of us. 

Thank you, babes, so much for checking out this fabulous interview. Stacey Lindsay is an incredible woman, and I’m so grateful to her for joining me on the podcast and sharing her wisdom and experience with us! If you want to connect with her more, check out her Instagram, @staceylindsay, and her website. Also, keep an eye on her YouTube channel, where Stacey will soon be posting videos telling the stories of women who are empowered and are creating businesses they’re passionate about.

Okay, babes, it’s time for you to go live the lives you were made for. Live boldly and courageously today! I’ll talk to you next time.

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