Dear Krachel: How do I decide which opportunity to pursue?


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Welcome to another episode of Dear Krachel, our monthly advice segment where we answer listener questions about life, career, relationships, existential angst, and anything that helps you become a more whole, fulfilled version of yourself.

This month we answered questions from:

  • Higher Thoughts, who’s in a “mental breakdown, rock bottom, everything spiraling out of control” phase … how do they regain focus and positivity when everything is falling apart?
  • Tasha, whose passion is cooking and whose dream is to open her own restaurant. But she’s done research into what it takes to become a chef, and the low pay, long hours, and weekend work is making her think again. Should she pursue her dream anyway and ignore the disadvantages?
  • Loving Shiny Objects, who can’t seem to stop bouncing from one amazing opportunity to the next, often before they finish the last thing they started. How do they tame their incessant fascination with everything and actually decide what to pursue?

We also got an update from Murphy’s Law, a listener who wrote us back in April of last year when she was in a phase where everything was going wrong — listen in to hear how things turned out!

Leave a comment below after you’ve listened to share how our advice for these listeners resonated with you!


At the end of the episode you’ll hear us mention one of our free e-books: AM I DOING ‘LIFE’ RIGHT? Wisdom, relief, & tough love for getting through difficult times. Find that, and the other three e-books, here!


Side Chat: Passion Profiles & The scale of ambition (October 2021)

Dear Krachel: Tell me how to stop thinking, “This will never happen!” (May 2021)

Dear Krachel: How do I ask people to meet my needs? (April 2021)

Dear Krachel: Will I regret pursuing a career that’s not aligned with my Passion Profile? (December 2020)

Bonus Book Club! Outrageous Openness by Tosha Silver (November 2018)


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  • Cassie

    OMG, Mary! I am so sorry about your brother. My brother was recently in an accident that could’ve easily resulted in the worst and thankfully didn’t. But I think it kicked my ass. My motivation is renewed and my fear is so stupid.I’m so grateful for my job, clients, and coworkers who have been so supportive. I’m grateful I wasn’t without income especially in 2020. But it’s time to buckle down and do something because life is too short not to spend time with family because of work, especially when I’m burned out. ❤️💜

  • Murphy's Law

    Glad you liked my update! 😀

    I did have something happen ahead of that time, which was why I felt I needed a ‘good’ accountant. Basically I was given the contact details of a semi-retired accountant from my hometown – she was really nice, but did seem like a bit of a lounge-room operator – like her email address was [email protected] XD

    She ended up telling me I would have a $10k tax bill, which freaked me out as that would have wiped my savings – but then my company’s finance manager said that was completely wrong and it would be more like $5K not including any tax deductions I may have for the financial year. So I think that put into my head ‘wow my tax situation must be really complicated, I better find someone with experience in NFP wages, salary sacrificing (which my company offers) etc. – but I really just needed someone who was a current full-time professional accountant – which really wasn’t that hard to find!

    Oh Rachel – I’m sending you a BIG hug. I was going to write in this response about the Tower card in the tarot, I often call it a Tower moment and it’s my belief that no one gets through life without experiencing a Tower moment. Another way I like to think of a Tower moment is that when everything crumbles down like that, it strips you of so much gunk and unnecessary crap and all that is left is who you fundamentally are at your core. It’s also I believe, the moments that prove how resilient us human beings really are – we rise again like a Phoenix rising from the ashes and we look back and think, ‘I don’t know how I got through that time – but I did and I’m still here.’ Hang in there Rachel! I know you’ll get through to the other side xo

    • Rachel East

      I’m so glad you found an accountant who’s up to date with the current tax situation, lol! And thank you. I’m REALLY looking forward to the “rising from the ashes part,” but I’m not there yet!

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