In this episode of “Ask Katrina,” the question I received was, “Katrina, can I really have my cake and eat it too?”

In other words, can I really have both career success and personal happiness?

We all know that as we were graduating with our degrees we created a vision for our lives, a vision that included both success and happiness. We have worked hard in our careers to create that life yet we don’t have it.

As a result of not having it, we believe that we might simply be undeserving of it. Or that maybe we are asking too much. After all, you can’t have your cake and eat it too, can you?

Is It Possible to Have Both?

The reality is that yes, you can.

Subconsciously you know this to be true, which is why you are longing for it and why you haven’t given up on the vision you created for your life.

Had you truly believed you weren’t going to have a life of success and happiness you wouldn’t have created friendships, intimate relationships, children, etc.

Those relationships are evidence of your belief that you can have both.

The gap between where we are and where want to be lies in the career fear we are experiencing and the fact that career success will not result in long-term fulfillment.

Once we acknowledge those truths, we can then move forward and close the gap between what we have and what we want.

Having and Eating Your Cake

The pathway to create this life on our own terms, defined by each of us individually, is done by learning key strategies that provide career success and security so that we then allow ourselves to experience the joy of truly discovering what happiness and fulfillment mean to us.

Never would we sacrifice our career success for something that seems so frivolous as happiness.

In order to have both success and fulfillment in our lives, we must feel secure in our careers. So you must lock that in first.

Determine what must happen, what you must do, how you must behave, and how you confidently step forward and share your gifts in your career so that you have the security you must feel you have in order to have that mental peace of experiencing the adventure of figuring out what happiness and fulfillment mean to you.

Once you have that security and you go on the path of discovery, this too is another process of learning, applying methods to learn how to discover this joy within you without feeling like you must hold back, avoid risk, etc.

This is your recipe for both having and eating your cake.

It’s time to start mastering the recipe and living life on your terms.

If you’re thinking, “Katrina, I need to learn the strategies and master the recipe,” here’s how I can help:

1. Get the Free Audiobook

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2. Join our Time Freedom Implementation Program and be a Case Study 

I have a new female leader case study group here at Legend Leaders centered on time freedom.  In 60 days we will help you get back 10 hours of your work time and rededicate it to personal time. If you’d like to work with me to create time freedom while still having professional success… just send me a message at with the words “Case Study”. 

3. Work with me and my team privately

If you’d like to work directly with me and my team to take you from career fear and burnout to professional success and personal freedom… just send me a message at with the word “Private”… tell me a little about yourself and what you’d like to work on together, and I’ll get you all the details! 

4. Get a Strategy Session 

If you ever want to get some quick 1:1 help, we can jump on the phone for a short call, and brainstorm how to create career success and personal freedom in your life. Simply message me at, comment “strategy,” and I will get you the calendar link.