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Women Who Went for It! is a bi-weekly podcast, hosted by Career Change Agent, Sara McArdle. The show features inspiring chats with successful industry changers who share how they found the clarity, courage and motivation to step into a deeper vocation and a life of meaning and fulfillment. We hope you'll see just how many before you have GONE for it—and they're eternally grateful that they took the risk!

Apr 14, 2019

Women Who Went for It Podcast Guest: Kelly Herzberg
In this episode, Sara talks with Kelly Herzberg about her move from hospital psychometry and standardized testing for kids with Autism into thrift styling. Kelly talks about how she transitioned her career over a four year period, she reveals the insecurities she had about going into business for herself full-time, and she describes her compassionate, body neutral approach to styling. Today, Kelly owns Sweet Kelly Anne Styling, a personal styling service that specializes in finding high quality clothing at thrift stores.
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Sara and Kelly Discuss:
  • Sara finding Kelly through Seattle Goodwill & a piece on KIRO Radio
  • Kelly majoring in psychology and leadership studies at the University of Minnesota
  • Her intention to be a guidance counselor
  • Not knowing what a career in school psychology would look like
  • Hating her internship
  • Applying for jobs outside her field
  • Starting her "professional career" at Seattle Children's Hospital
  • Moving into a psychometry role, doing standardized testing with kids with Autism
  • Working in that position for nine years
  • Shopping at Goodwill out of necessity
  • Her coworkers loving her style and asking her to shop with them
  • First doing thrift styling as a hobby, and then seeing a niche making money at it
  • Her self-doubt
  • Starting her styling business in 2014
  • Building her confidence
  • Working two jobs at the same time for four years
  • Why she was attracted to school psychology in the first place
  • Kelly's (and women's!) desire for external validation
  • How Kelly ensures she's making the right decisions for herself
  • The difference between passions & interests
  • Shame
  • How Kelly made the transition work, financially
  • Work/life balance as an entrepreneur doing what she loves
  • Impostor syndrome
  • Being a solopreneur
  • Business resources Kelly recommends:
  • What Kelly learned from her parents about work and career
  • Outsourcing
  • How she structures her work week
  • The process of working with her as a stylist
  • The benefits of thrifting
  • Collaborating with clients
  • What "body neutrality" is
  • Kelly's biggest piece of advice for the listeners
  • ...and more!
Kelly's Full Bio:
Kelly Herzberg is Seattle's premier thrift stylist. She is the founder of Sweet Kelly Anne Styling, a personal styling service that specializes in finding high quality clothing at thrift stores. She has been featured in various Seattle publications and media outlets, including KIRO Radio (twice!) and the KING 5 morning show, "New Day Northwest."
Kelly studied psychology at the University of Minnesota and then moved to Seattle to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Washington. After graduating with a Master's in School Psychology, she promptly realized she did not want to be a school psychologist. So, she pivoted and began her professional career at Seattle Children's Hospital—first as a family services coordinator, then quickly moving into the role of psychometrist. During her tenure, she began styling her coworkers which lead to launching a personal styling business in 2014. In May of 2018, she quit her job to pursue styling full time.
Along with being a personal stylist, Kelly is also a licensed mental health therapist and certified life coach, both which greatly inform her styling philosophy and practice. She values self-love, self-acceptance, and body neutrality, and she seeks to inspire these values through fashion.
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