Jumpstarting Your Dream Career in 2016


The start of a new year is quite special because it signals the time to finally get started on something you’ve been meaning to do. For some of you guys … that might be finally getting jumpstarting your dream career! It might be really scary for those of you who are thinking of making the transition of turning your passion into a full time job, but trust me.. I’ve been there. It’s like trying to attempt the impossible and at times it really does seem impossible, especially when you’re first starting out. Just 6 years ago I was not sure where this whole, for lack of a better word, “blogging” or “youtubing” thing would take me, but needless to say I’m glad that I stuck it out because now I’m living what once was my dream. So whatever your passion may be, never think it’s impossible. The hardest part is starting out. So to make things easier… here are my 5 tips on how to jumpstart your dream career!

1. Set Realistic Deadlines
You don’t have to quit your job the next day and join a band. The stories that you hear about someone quitting their job and pursuing their passion the very next day isn’t a doable possibility for everyone. Some of you guys might have bills or family to support! So instead, set goals for yourself where you are accomplishing something for your passion every day or every week. What works for your schedule? If you are trying to become an artist but have a full time job, maybe set a deadline for yourself to do one painting a week. Or in my case, I used to upload one video a week when I was still a stylist! The point here is to set deadlines for yourself to get the ball rolling and to keep it rolling!

2. Be Successful In Your Mind
Or “fake it til you make it.” The power of believing in yourself is so important when trying to carve out this path for yourself. The thing is, no one will be there with you every step of the way in this journey. So the only person you can really rely on to push yourself is yourself! I know, that sounds crazy, but so is pursuing your passion! It means believing in yourself when no one else does, and going against all odds to seek after the impossible!

3. Keep Seeking Inspiration
This is actually something that I still struggle with even today. Staying inspired keeps your creative juices flowing so you can constantly keep creating more amazing work! So don’t underestimate the power of being surrounded by like-minded people to inspire and motivate you. Always look at what other people in your industry are doing NOT to compare or feel bad about yourself, but to use it as motivation. I’m constantly creating editorial mood boards on Pinterest or ripping editorials out of magazines because I’m so inspired by all the amazing things people are doing! Looking at other people’s work is great because it will constantly keep your mind thinking outside of the box and in the end it will only benefit you!

4. Be Afraid
Being afraid and uncomfortable can sometimes be a good feeling. I think oftentimes people use the feeling of fear as a gauge of something that they shouldn’t do. But I like to think of it as a gauge for “will this make me grow?” I always tell the girls at my office that if they’re scared to do something then that’s good, because they will overcome that fear and grow into someone stronger. I was scared to market myself as a entrepreneur when I was first starting out, but I decided to just go for it and ended up printing out business cards and giving them to everyone! I wasn’t established or had a team back then, but I decided to just bite the bullet and step out into the industry as Chriselle from Chriselle Inc. Fast forward 5 years and now I have a full staff as well as all of you guys to share my journey with!

5. Ride Out The Rough Times
I know, easier said than done. But trust me, there’s no substitute for hard work. I believe that you can have all the talent in the world, but if you don’t have perseverance or hard work, then it doesn’t matter. It’s important to know that although you may feel discouraged (and you will), know that it won’t last forever. There were so many rough times when I was first starting out, like not having money for food, or not getting as many views, but in the end I just pushed through it. Fact of the matter is, when you’re trying to do the impossible, there’s just a time period where you have to ride it out. I’m really glad I never gave up at any part of my journey, because otherwise I wouldn’t be able to sit here and write this blogpost for you guys!

And there you have it, my 5 tips on how to jumpstart your dream career! There were so many times I wanted to give up because things were so rough. At one point I even slept in my car next to a cemetery! (Watch my 5 career mantras video to find out why!) But I’m so glad I never gave up on my passion! The most beautiful thing about all this is that it all starts with just a dream. So it’s the New Year, and if not now then when?

To get more career tips & my 5 Career Mantras watch my latest video HERE:



  • Tiffany says:

    This was an awesome post!
    Thanks for sharing this! I’m currently in a transitional phase in my life and I’m using my fear of feeling comfortable where I currently am to push myself to where I want to be. I love reading inspirational posts like this one because it reminds me to keep pushing through the difficult times. It sometimes feels like it’s impossible and like I’m stuck where I am at but I know better. This year I am more than determined to make a drastic change in my life to move towards my goal!

    Thanks again for sharing!


  • Chriselle – I absolutely LOVED reading your post. I am at the point where I still have a full-time job, but I am so much more passionate about my blog and there are so many times I think I should just throw in the towel and follow my passion (even if it means stretching out my $$!) I am going to save this and read it when I need that little nudge to move towards my dreams 😉

  • Maggie says:

    Thank you for sharing! This is all great advice. I am trying to take my goals one day at a time in effort to not burn out on them and keep at it!


  • This is such an informative and inspiring post! I am an aspiring novelist and screenwriter and have been for years. I’m trying to make moves this year that will really amount to something and allow me to take things to the next level. I’ve been feeling down and it’s reassuring to know you’ve been there too and things eventually turned around.

  • Karina says:

    This post is so encouraging and you’re such an inspiration. .I am turning 18 this year, and I really want to achieve my dream of becoming a fashion stylist (Or working with fashion) I am living in Norway and have made a new Instagram. I would appreciate if you could take a look and tell me what you think I should improve ? 😉

  • Bella says:

    #Peaceful, This was so well written, I appeciate you. After 25 years of services with one company, I have decided to take a leap of faith and make a career change.Your sweet spirit, lets me know it will be well worth it.

  • Bella says:

    #Peaceful, This is so well written. I am about to make a career change after being employed for over 25 years with the same company. Thank you again, as this leap of faith will be well worth it.

  • Elisa says:

    Thank you, Chriselle, for this super useful article.
    I’d like to move to full-time blogging one day, I know it can be hard, but with your tips I hope to do that!
    These days, finding a good, or at least one, job is really hard, so focusing on personal skills and talents can be the right choice.
    I wish you all the best, always, for your blog and for the new year. After years, your blog it’s still my favourite so far!
    A big hug,

  • Alexandria says:

    Thank you so much for all of these motivational words! I am upcoming fashion blogger. This will help me.

  • Maria says:

    This post is so encouraging!! I really want to be a fashion stylist so I look up to you so much! But damn it’s scary.

  • fabulous tips, and seriously fabulous photos. Love it, your office is divine

    Mel x

  • Honey says:

    Your video made me so emotional Chriselle! It is so well done and you have condensed your experiences in such an organised manner! I just printed out your post so I can read it everyday 🙂
    You are the most inspirational YouTuber and blogger to me 🙂
    Always love your work
    Your tips this time were exactly what I needed to hear


  • terra says:

    hello beautiful <3
    so , this is my first year at the uni ,and i work as a designer on a website , i'm actually proud of the job that i reached , but i keep thinking that it's not enough ,
    i have a big dreams , and your video have saved me a lot of thinking and time ,
    you helped me to skip a lot of steps that i was going to do ,
    and thank you , so much ,

  • Gilda says:

    Already read it and read it over…
    Too much motivated by this post…
    Thank you Chriselle <3

  • IOANNA says:

    You are such an inspiring person Chriselle! Thanks for this post!
    xoxoxo, Ioanna

  • Ashley says:

    Loved reading this. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    XOXO, Ashley

  • This is such a beautiful written and inspiring post! Thank you! I will definitely take all of these to heart!

  • Ayana Elon says:

    Great post! Have shared this with others! 🙂

  • This was super inspiring! Often times we forget that successful people/brands were once in our shoes. That you didnt become successful overnight. I appreciate the honesty that there were times when you didnt have money for food etc. Its these things that places things in reality that I just have to keep pushing, that the hard times dont define me there just a moment in time and i too will get there granting i dont give up.

    Thanks again for sharing!

  • Gianina says:

    Absolutely love it!!

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  • Gianina says:

    Absolutely love it

  • Leta says:

    Thank you for sharing!

    Your weekly inspiration and motivation on

  • Leesa says:

    Really great tips Chriselle! Thanks for sharing!

  • That’s an inspiring article
    I can relate with most of the things that you said in this article as i have also started fashion blogging from two weeks. Too much to learn 😉

  • Cristina says:

    This was just the perfect thing for me today!
    Namaste, beautiful Soul!

  • Daniela says:

    You are such an inspiration. This post got me in the situation when I’ve been trying to turn my passion into a full time job for a while. I love your advice!

    Thank you so much for sharing it!


  • Lindsay says:

    Wonderful video!! So inspiring!!

  • Annie says:

    Hi, Chriselle!

    Thanks for the personal and helpful post!

    I apologize for the non-related comment, but I have a question concerning Chic List. I signed up the day you first mentioned it on the blog, but I don’t seem to be receiving any emails. When I try to sign up again it just tells me I’m already in the list. As a long-term subscriber to your blog, I’d love to get as much content as possible, so I’d appreciate someone looking into it!


  • sanssouci says:

    Wonderful post! So powerful and inspirational, thank you for this!

  • Gloria says:


    Thank you so much for sharing your experience. It has been a couple months since I dove into the deep ocean of working for myself as a fashion illustrator and artist. I must say, it has been a very difficult road full of up and downs, no money, or incentive. This article has made me feel much better about my decision and cannot wait to make my dreams come true!

    Have a great day. Xx.

  • Elizabeth T. says:

    Such an inspirational post/video Chriselle 🙂 Thank you so much for all of these motivational words! 2015 has definitely been a year full of ups and downs, but just like you said, all of those fears just made me that much stronger and prepared for 2016. So happy that all of your dreams came true, and I’m going to continue working hard so that one day, mine can too! <3 Thank you for being so positive and motivating!

    XO, Elizabeth

  • wengyi says:

    This was so inspiring ! Xoxo ❤

  • Prudence says:

    The running does get really tough when pursuing a dream and I think your tips are so motivating and needed by many women! Thanks for sharing your stories and being a true inspiration!


  • Cindy says:

    I absolutely LOVED your stories, thanks so much for taking the time to share them with us! A lot of times I do find myself in those situations you described so this video but now I feel so inspired and can’t wait to take on the new year 🙂

    xx Cindy

  • Eliza says:

    I alsolutely loved this video. Every woman needs a little bit of this kind of uplifting messages every now and then to keep them pushing. No matter how much motivated we are. Honestly, every one of us have those days when we have our second thoughts kick in and out fears take over us. This video really made my night when I first got my first shipment to start my new venture. It’s good to hear honest strories like yours. Thanks chriselle!! Love xo

  • Malu says:

    Honestly, this is a very helpful post. I love all five of your tips for success, especially where you talked about being afraid. I find myself so scared of my dreams and get frazzled thinking about it because there is so much I need to do and don’t know how to do it. Although, I know you can’t have big dreams without being somewhat afraid of them, so I know I will just have to push through. I also need to work on patience and realizing that nothing happens over night, which can be a huge misconception with any dream. Thank you so much for this post. It gave that extra boost I needed to start school next week.

  • ronlet says:

    this video was inspiring and totally real!!! xoxo

  • Ren says:

    Dear Chriselle, I’ve been dying to know what brand of shoes are those. Iv’e been searching online everywhere! xoxoxo

  • Genesis says:

    So much good advice on your recent post! I wish I can be a successful street style photographer one day <3

  • This was such a great and inspiring read! As one who decided to pursue my own passion into a full-time pursuit as well, this definitely hit home for me. Thank you for sharing!

    xo Soo |

  • This was so inspiring to read as I am determined to make this the year to create my own dream career.
    Thank you!

  • m.yang says:

    Great tips Chriselle =) Thanks for sharing!

  • Alice says:

    This post is really comforting for me at this difficult time in my life; there are days where I’m definitely struggling to just get out of bed. Thank you for sharing this, the video was a joy to watch!

    xo, Alice | Miss Inconnue

  • Lena says:

    Great advice! I am hoping to make big leaps in my business this year!

    Lena Parker-Duncan – Graphic Designer and Photographer

  • Ashley says:

    You’re such an inspiration, Chriselle! Thanks for sharing this x

  • Poshnessary says:

    I think number 2 is so important – no matter what you do

    Kisses from

  • Thuy says:

    Been loving these career posts. Especially the YouTube video! I thought that was a great medium for it. Loved hearing your stories 🙂

  • La Bijoux Bella | by mia says:

    I totally agree. Fabulous tips for the creative minds! 🙂

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

  • oh some excellent advice from the career woman/hustler of the century! Thank you so much <3 x

  • Great advice. Cute pictures to much too.

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