Hi! I'm Kimberly.

I’m a Career Mindset Coach, personal growth blogger, and host of The Money In Integrity Podcast. I help high-achiever women overcome self-doubt and perfectionism to truly live up to their career potential. Tired of getting in your own way? Lost and don’t know where to start? You are in the right place!

Kind Words:

Working with Kim has truly been transformational. I truly felt heard and understood after every coaching session. She has helped me see my strengths and the value I bring to work and as a spouse and mother.” – 1:1 Coaching Client

THE TRUTH ABOUT CAREER ADVICE

For years, I scoured the internet for career resources to try to find the perfect resume template, the perfect interview answers, and how to beat the elusive ATS (Applicant Tracking System) because I truly believed that would be the answer to achieving my dream job. 

I read all the blogs, took in all the advice, and would pore over my resume to make sure it said the ‘perfect” thing. And it did work….to an extent. I could land the job, but I could never break out of entry level roles. Most of my titles were followed by the word “assistant.” I’ve always been ambitious, a quick learner, and a hard worker, but I had trouble getting promoted.  

After sharing my experience and working with clients, I found that this is not uncommon. Career advice is great, but only if you have the correct mindset to take in and apply it. There’s no point in having the perfect resume if you have an unfulfilling career. 

yes, templates and scripts are great, but to truly break out of your career, you need to understand the true things holding you back including:

Self-Doubt

Should you change careers? Should you start a side business? What if you fail? What will everyone think of you? These are all questions I asked myself A LOT and it was paralyzing. When I wanted to switch into my dream career, I had so much self-doubt and that led to extreme procrastination and stopped me from applying jobs that I felt unqualified for, going the promotion, and starting my side business.

Perfectionism

 I always knew I had so much potential, that I was capable of so much more, and I felt a lot of shame and embarrassment when I didn’t live up to it. Perfectionism prevents us from moving forward because it perpetuates the thought that  “if it can’t be done perfectly, then there’s no point in doing it anymore”. Perfectionism allows holds you back because it leads to overwhelm and burn out. 

Impostor Syndrome

Even when I started seeing success in my career, I started to feel like a fraud. I felt like I didn’t deserve to be there, even though I had been hired for the position and felt like someday, someone would call me out for it. I sought success, but was also terrified of the next level because I didn’t feel “ready” for it. I let my impostor syndrome keep me small and it ended in self-sabotage because deep down inside, I never felt “good enough.” 

If this resonated with you, you are in the right place. And you are not alone.

HOW THIS BECAME MY LIFE

I graduated university in 2015 with a Bachelor’s in Political Science and a Minor in Psychology.  I went into my degree because I wanted to help people, but I wasn’t sure how to… and in what capacity.

I struggled a lot to find my footing in my career. I have worked in so many industries and different career choices, I don’t know if I could list them all here (because sometimes I forget). I worked in travel for 7 years, worked for the Federal and local government, Security Services, IT Services, Academia …. the list goes on and on. I’ve also interviewed to be a Canadian spy, I’m not kidding.

I spent a lot of time searching for what my dream career should be. I took all the personality tests and read all the articles. In the back of my head, my dream career would be in international development, but I didn’t know if I had the means to fully pursue it. As I started making the strides in my career choice while working in micro-finance in Tanzania, I had a family emergency that brought me back home.

There was a very clear divide in my career; before & after that family emergency.

And then I had to change my idea of what a dream career could be. I used to think a pursing my dream career purely revolved around my job title. But then I realized it had to reflect my life circumstances which is why this platform is called Work Life Money. Life is the stuff that happens in-between that no one can control. I then started blogging under the name Millennial Life Admin as I started to find my voice and realized I loved talking about career and personal finance which is what Work Life Money has become today. To hear more about the decision to no longer end MLA, click here.

I now have a more holistic view of my career which is why I don’t believe solely in chasing work-life balance, but seek to find the balance between work life and money. 

More About Me

My name is Kimberly Van and I am an INFJ-T which means I’m an advocate. I’m ambitious and determined, but that also means I’m extremely altruistic and a people pleaser. This combination means I burn out easily and take on too much which eventually overwhelms me. I have found that when it comes to my career, a personality test has been much more helpful for any career aptitude test.

Career is about more than “following your passion” or a salary. Finding a fulfilling career is a pivotal part of you (and yes I do believe that a career doesn’t have to be a standard 9-5). Personal growth comes with a lot of ups and downs and I love making it relatable by sharing my mistakes and successes along the way. We are in this together.

I’m 29 and currently live in Downtown Vancouver, BC with my partner. My partner owns the apartment we currently live in and I own an apartment in New Westminster, where I used to live and currently rent out. Although we do not have the lifestyle for a dog, one day we hope to be able to adopt one. I currently work in my dream career of public procurement and am also a part-time student.

Fun Facts About Me!

1. I have travelled to 6 out of 7 continents (and yes Antarctica is the last one).

My early twenties were spent pretty nomadically. I used to work 2-3 jobs at home in Vancouver and then travel for 4-6 months at a time on a shoestring budget.  And although I have nothing against luxury travel (I used to work in it), my travels always looked a little different, because I need to be “pulled” to a destination. I lived and studied in Italy, I have been an au pair in France, spent time in a meditation monastery in Thailand, worked in micro-finance in Tanzania, and did a Bollywood performance on a cruise ship. My life is very random.

2. I have a pothos plant named Pythagorus!

If you are looking for beautiful plant that doesn’t die, I highly recommend a potho plant, trust me, I’m not a plant person; all my plant had dies. This is the most resilient plant I’ve ever met. Forget to water it for week or so? I just water Pythagoras and then place him in the sun, and he pops right back up. Even better is that potho plants are SUPER easy to propagate. I’ve propagated Pythagoras twice and they are all doing well. This is the most economical plant I’ve ever had and in my mind, it makes up for all the plants I’ve spent money on and died.

3. My favourite TV shows are the GG shows: Gilmore Girls and Gossip Girl.

I’m a huge Gilmore Girls fan and admirer of the iconic Blair Waldorf.  I also love competition cooking shows, and my dream is to be on an amateur cooking competition one day. I hope to pursue this more after COVID is over. If you are reading this and COVID is over, OMG we made it.

4.I’ve been described as a bit of an adrenaline junkie…

For such a small person and someone who grew up very shy, I am very adventurous. I’ve been sky-diving, bungee jumping, and am an avid scuba diver. I’ve done almost every high adrenaline activity you could think of: I’ve cage-dived with Great White Sharks, swam with jellyfish, and scaled waterfalls. The only high adrenaline activity I’ve done and didn’t like was paragliding off Table Mountain in South Africa. It was boring. I need an activity to be dangerous enough that I feel like I’m going to die, but safe enough that I don’t actually die (I do a lot of research on tour operators). Paragliding was way too safe. My physiotherapist is not impressed by my rationale.

5. My favourite foods are cheese and ice cream.

Even though I’m lactose sensitive (not intolerant), I still turn to dairy, especially when I need comfort. My favourite cheese is brie (it used to be camembert, but it started making me sick) and I’ll eat basically all types of ice cream. While I was studying in Italy, I was known to my friends as the “gelato girl” because I ate gelato every. single. day. I have absolutely no regrets.

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