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Carolyn Ziel
Carolyn Ziel is a writer, speaker and creative workshop leader; however, she is, in her heart, a writer. She has been an entrepreneur most of her career. As the founder of Essential Search, Inc. she has collaborated with companies like The Guitar Center Inc., U.S. Auto Parts Inc., Guess?, Inc. and many others helping them to build dynamic teams. She graduated UCLA with a Bachelors in English Literature, she has studied poetry with Poet Richard Jones and currently is part of Jack Grapes Method Writing Collective here in Los Angeles. Her blog is semi-autobiographical and is a mix of prose and poetry. Carolyn lives with her husband and two cats in Torrance, Ca.

Entries by Carolyn Ziel

Make a Love-It List for 2015

(2) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 10:31 AM

Traditionally, January is the time to start anew. We make a list of things to let go of and we make New Year's resolutions. There is even something called a "F**k It List." It's "the opposite of a Bucket List: a list of things you don't care about...

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Women: Let's Stop Judging and Start Loving Each Other

(14) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 3:11 PM

It wasn't the first time a woman judged me by my appearance.

I was signing up for a yoga class at a popular studio in Hermosa Beach, California. I asked the gal at the front desk about a more advanced class. She looked me up and down, "That's too advanced...

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Why Watching TV Is a Good Thing

(4) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 12:12 PM

I grew up in the entertainment business here in Los Angeles. Growing up in this business here was like growing up in a company town. Most of my friends and family were, and still are, "in the business." Now, I'm a writer and poet. As a poet, when I hear...

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Real Support in a Virtual World

(8) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 2:45 PM

My father died in 1988. When he was diagnosed with cancer, we told only our inner circle of family and friends, mostly because that's what he wanted. As an executive with a major film studio, he felt it was important to keep this deeply personal issue private. It was also...

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5 Ways to Write Away Holiday Stress

(4) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 2:10 PM

I find it ironic that this time of year is so stressful. It's a time of reflection, appreciation and celebration. Instead, we're bombarded with to-dos, family and work obligations and the added pressure of holiday gift-giving. On top of all of this, we're expected to start planning for next year...

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Changing Politics One Poem at a Time

(2) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 4:30 PM

If you've read my last blog post, you know that I believe in the importance of bringing your soul to work with you and that poetry can help to do that. It's apparent, after this election, that politics is in need of soul reviving as well. I'm proposing...

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The Unseen ROI of Poetry

(1) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 6:55 PM

Have you noticed that it's getting harder and harder to separate our personal lives from our professional lives? I have.

More of us spend much more time at work than at home or at leisure these days. Maybe it's time to introduce our personal selves -- the parts of ourselves...

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How To Get 'Un-Busy' and Make Room For Success!

(2) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 2:34 PM

I used to think that being successful meant I had to be incredibly busy, always moving at the speed of light. When I looked around, it seemed to me that all the successful people were rushing around at a frantic pace, ignoring other areas of their lives.

I followed...

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Living a Courageous Life

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2012 | 4:02 PM

What do you do when you're afraid? Do you try to ignore your fear by running from it or pretending it's not rumbling around your belly? Do you get caught, like a deer in the headlights, frozen in your tracks? Are you doing your best to live a fearless life?...

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Luck vs. Empowerment: 5 Tools to Claim Your Power

(7) Comments | Posted April 3, 2012 | 7:23 AM

It seems that almost everyone I meet is reinventing his or her life. There has been a global shift in our economy, and many have been laid off from their jobs. Others have found lifelong careers coming to an end. Some are just waking up to the fact that they're...

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Seven Steps for Reinvention in 2012

(8) Comments | Posted January 10, 2012 | 6:58 PM

I decided not to make any New Year's resolutions for 2012. Resolutions are changes we make based on what hasn't worked. Why not focus on what has worked and create from there?

Clinical psychologist John Norcross agrees with this strategy in order to increase the odds for...

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Financial Advice For Women to Avoid Underearning

(5) Comments | Posted November 15, 2011 | 12:30 PM

This past weekend, I attended a workshop called "Earning Your Worth, A One Day Workshop for Women" led by personal finance consultant, Lisa Gould. Eight women from varied backgrounds and income brackets came together searching for ways to improve their earning power. Among us was a...

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All In A Day's Work

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2011 | 7:00 AM

Oprah has been spreading the word about "Living your best life". To be precise, she believes in living a passionate authentic life. For me, living an authentic life has been about finding my own voice. How we express ourselves is a direct reflection of who we are....

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Is the Goddess Movement the New Women's Lib?

(4) Comments | Posted July 28, 2011 | 6:04 PM

Have you heard? There's a new women's movement underway. The Goddess Movement is a new trend in business and it isn't just here in Los Angeles, the one city where you'd expect to find it. No, the Goddess Movement is nationwide. More and more women believe that a shift to...

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Facebook 101: Business Basics With a Cyber Twist

(11) Comments | Posted July 21, 2011 | 6:38 PM

Ever since Facebook become the dominant player in social networking, marketers and business owners are looking for new ways to tap into this growing community.

Grabbing someone's short attention span with 140 characters, building trust, marketing your brand and monetizing Facebook - all at the same time- poses quite...

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Business Lessons From A Writing Workshop

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2011 | 9:14 PM

I'm a member of Jack Grapes' Method Writing collective here in Los Angeles. "Like method acting, which focuses on truth and organic process, Method Writing deals with the inner voice and how it can be used to create unique works of art, true to your own...

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Our Mothers, Our Leaders

(2) Comments | Posted May 8, 2011 | 2:33 PM

Happy Mothers Day! Today, I celebrate my Mother, Barbara Rothstein. She is a leader in my life. She has always been a seeker: seeking truth, seeking to know herself and seeking to know others. Like a beacon of light, she has often illuminated my way just by listening...

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It's Time to Shift Into Your Heart-Gear

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2011 | 1:12 PM

More and more often these days, the message seems to be "open your heart." "Love thy neighbor" is no longer just for ourselves at home, at play and at work. It's a movement among individuals with the thought of healing: healing ourselves, corporate America, and the planet. Could it be...

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Sales: An Expanded Contemporary View

(4) Comments | Posted April 7, 2011 | 8:53 PM

You've probably noticed that social media has become the new platform for relationship marketing almost overnight. Communities like Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook have spread like wildfire all over the world. If all this makes you feel as if relationship marketing is the next natural step in expanding your business and...

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Who Says Business Isn't Personal?

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2011 | 7:48 PM

Remember the scene in You've Got Mail when Tom Hanks tells Meg Ryan, "It's not personal, it's business"? I love her response: "What is that supposed to mean? I am so sick of that. All that means is that it wasn't personal to you. But it...

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