Carole Sanek

Carole Sanek

Chief Expressive Creator


Butterfly Boom Productions

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
First I had to learn how to cope. I have ADD. I am all over the place, so I learned all by myself.
In middle & high school I had a great English teacher who knew I could write well. He mentored me.
I worked as a volunteer which to this day I still do, I believe it is one of the best things to do.
I worked in Oncology. I learned so much from people with cancer and how important every day is.
I married, my husband died young. I had to nurture 3 children with no help, we were suddenly poor.
I worked hard at getting a higher paying job, I took classes, kids grew up, I spread my wings.
My wings broke, breast cancer happened, I swore I would always help others. My blog has won awards.
Then I got published in magazines. I got speaking engagements, I started a business & fell in love.
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
Parma Senior High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Nursing Practice
Cleveland Metro Hospital School of Nursing
Career

Career

Chief Expressive Creator

I produce creative content in freelance writing, social media PR and in podcasting.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship
Writing
Writing
Teaching / Mentoring
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

Welcome to my world of being an entrepreneur. My office is in my home, it is a part of my actual living space. My desk is neatly organized. I work 7 days a week, most entrepreneurs do, but not all day every day and rarely into the wee hours. Sit here with me and you will see me do research for a writing project. I might be creating new timeline/header covers for people. I could be doing a podcast interview, or editing and producing one. We could drive to a mentoring session, or go networking.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Focus is first, you must be focused. Staying on task, on schedule is vital. You have to be able to be your own boss and hold yourself responsible for getting things done. People know I am a consultant. In order to be a great consultant it is absolutely necessary to attend conferences in your niche either in person or virtually. You must get to know the thought leaders and be mentored by them through their newsletters, webinars, ebooks, and more. There is so much available to you online too.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for professionals

Learn everything you can about it, so much is available to you online. Nine years ago I began to blog. Blogging led me to learning social media, soon I was attending conferences, listening to webinars, reading books-many books. I connected to people using social media especially Twitter. If Twitter is confusing to you as it was to me, get un-confused. Learn to use it the right way, I get most of my clients from Twitter. Brand yourself to your name, you need to own your name. Buy the domain.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"You start things and never finish them" - well yeah I had ADD and no one got that. "You are flighty" was another good one. "Why would you want to do that?" when I wanted to pursue music over nursing."

I had undiagnosed ADD and no Dr Google then. I would say that if you think something is different with you find out what it is, deal with it, and go outside your family to do so if you are not getting their support. A teacher, a coach, a mentor, a pastor, a rabbi, whomever - there is always someone out there who will listen to you and give you support. Parents can be hard on you, I know that first hand. Just be careful whom you share with, sometimes your peers aren't the best 1st choice.

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Financial

When my husband died the good salary was gone. Who plans to lose a spouse at 42? I almost went bankrupt but then I talked to someone in the know financially. I learned to pay myself first. I learned the importance of financial security.

Learning Issues
Learning Issues

I am absolutely very smart but not on paper. I had difficulty concentrating. I did not have parental support but eventually I learned to focus, to cope, to concentrate, to remember important things. I trained my brain, to this day I still train it.

Physical Issues
Physical Issues

I can't tell you strongly enough how important your health is. You only get one body. Can certain parts/organs be replaced, yes. However your life is eternally changed afterwards. If you feel something is not right, get it checked. Be in control.