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As you read this issue, think about these insightful words from Joseph Chilton Pearce:

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.

Barbara as a child Many people thought my Aunt Agnes was a professional malcontent; I thought she was an adventurer. When I was growing up, I watched her reinvent herself every few years. She was trained as a teacher, but she was done with that before I came along.

She spent several years running a college bookstore where she became friends with both students and professors. She also took advantage of her academic surroundings and studied Spanish and any other subject that caught her fancy. After she left the bookstore, she worked in financial services for a few years, but she was restless. The only solution was to do something really exotic--and she did.

In her mid-fifties, Ag surprised us all by heading off to work in a mission hospital in Nigeria. Since she had never learned to drive a car, she decided it was time to add that skill and learned on the dirt roads of her adopted home. When she returned to the US, she promptly bought her first car and added frequent road trips to her adventures.

Since she'd always thought she wanted to write, she signed up for a correspondence course and began turning out essays. That led to her becoming a regular columnist for her local paper. She also gave slide shows about her stay in Africa at churches throughout the area. This was a woman who thrived on new challenges and I'm forever grateful for having her as a role model.

Ag collected friends like other people collect porcelain. She was a voracious letter writer and kept in touch with people who had been her friends throughout her life. When she wasn't writing letters or essays, her hands were busy crocheting or knitting. I was spellbound by the speed with which she worked her crochet hook and carried on a conversation at the same time.

She never stopped reinventing herself and got married for the first time at the age of 63. She threw herself into her new role as wife, stepmother and grandmother with the same gusto we'd seen her display in all her projects.

Even now, I have no idea how much I absorbed from having this model of reinvention in my family, but I do realize that living this way, of moving on when one life choice no longer thrills, takes imagination and courage.

The real gift Ag gave was showing me through her example that when we challenge ourselves to live the most adventurous life possible, we become accidental role models for others. Somehow Ag knew that having a long career with a single employer is not what inspires successful reinvention.

Our work, especially, can be an invitation to new adventures. Stephen Pollan offers more evidence on the importance of reinvention. He says, "Create your own work path. Use your savings to start a business. Take a sabbatical. Those with conventional career patterns age ten spiritual years for every five physical years they spend in the rat race. Those with a unique work path are constantly being reborn."

Since the new year rolled around, I've been racing to create more tools to help anyone who is determined to come through this chaotic time with grace and serenity. Information and ideas are powerful confidence-builders, as well as business builders.

What better way to warm up a chilly winter evening than to curl up and participate in a lively teleclass? I know it always warms me up to share tools that I've used successfully to create my Joyfully Jobless life.

For starters, there's a brand new class called Better Than Brainstorming which is, in fact, the brainchild of Alice Barry. It's impossible to spend even a short time with Alice and not come away with a new idea-or a dozen. Alice and I will show you how to generate bigger and better ideas AND what to do with them once you've got them. Better Than Brainstorming is happening on Wednesday, February 18, 8-9:30 PM Eastern, 5-6:30 PM Pacific.

That teleclass will be followed by the ever-popular Outsmarting Resistance on Monday, February 23 (same times) and I Hate Marketing on Wednesday, February 25. Sign up for two or three, and you'll get a nice discount.

Note: Invariably, some people wait until the last moment to enroll in a teleclass. This can cause a problem in that I many not receive notification immediately and sometimes the class has passed before an order comes through. Last minute enrollments also don't have the advantage of the pre-teleclass info which sometimes asks for you do some exploring in order to be ready for the class. So the earlier you commit, the better.

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One of the most fascinating businesses in the country right now is one from my hometown. Zappos is getting attention everywhere, including founder Tony Hsieh's recent appearance on Oprah and making Fast Company's list of the world's 50 most innovative companies.

Unfettered creativity is encouraged throughout the company, which even produces its own video blog. Click on the link below to see their Valentine take on love.

Love According to Zappos

I'm going to be sharing more about the Zappo's philosophy at Buon Viaggio blog this weekend...along with other interesting things I uncovered this week.

Buon Viaggio Blog

I don't recommend specific business opportunities very often, but there's one that I know has proved to be a terrific profit center: resume writing. And those creative folks at AWAI can help you learn how.

In only 6 hours and 35 minutes, you can be in business - well on your way to making upwards of $150 per hour. And, with the demand for winning resumes growing exponentially these days, your skills are needed now more than ever.

Whether you're just looking for some extra spare-time cash, or are looking for a new career, you should consider it. Resume writing can also be a great source of income while getting your freelance business off the ground, or to fill in the gaps between projects.

And AWAI's Pro Resume Writer Program gives you everything you need to start and run a successful spare-time resume service. And for the next 48 hours, AWAI is going to practically give the program away for only $48.

There will never be a better opportunity to have the kind of part-time income you've always dreamed about. And since we know that not everyone is going to pursue self-employment, there are thousands of people in your area who need a resume - to aid their own reinvention.

Order AWAI's Pro Resume Writer for only $48 now.

Or learn more about becoming a freelance resume writer.

AWAI Pro Resume Writer

Buona fortuna,


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