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March 3, 2010
Barbara Winter's Joyfully Jobless News
We evolve at the rate of the tribe we're plugged into. ~ Caroline Myss
In This Issue
Decisions, Deadlines and Doing It Now
In Beautiful Places
Joyfully Jobless 101
Looking for a Good Read?
Barbara Online
Buon Viaggio Blog
We'll be talking about Habitats on the blog all month.
Barbara and the Cowboy in Sedona When I was thinking about my theme for 2010, it was an easy choice. After a year of being a bit of a homebody, I was ready for a change. I'd been spending lots of time working on projects that required solitude and now it  was time to head in a new direction.
The theme that was a perfect  fit for this next chapter is Collaborate. Like many folks who are wildly independent, I'm also an interdependent creature. Working with others who bring strengths and talents I don't possess produces astonishment-and even magic. We have the power of synergy to thank for that.
Synergy is something I learned about early in my entrepreneurial journey. What I didn't know was that it's a rather new word coined by Buckminster Fuller to describe what happens when we collaborate. My favorite definition says that when synergy occurs the result is greater than the sum of the parts.
While we may do wonderful things on our own, we can also participate in projects that are creative collaborations. The movie business is one big synergistic enterprise, of course.
Which leads me to tell you about a couple of my current collaborations that have me so excited I can hardly sleep. The big project (in terms of people involved) came about when Sandy Dempsey suggested (in her quiet fashion) that we organize an event to bring Joyfully Jobless folks together.
We began talking about it, picked dates (October 15 & 16), decided that Austin TX  would be the perfect spot for such a thing, and named it the Joyfully Jobless Jamboree. Not a run-of-the-mill business conference, by any means, but a true celebration of self-employment is our vision. We also envisioned ways we could help people connect and, perhaps, form new synergistic relationships of their own.
We gave the Jamboree a theme: More Time More Fun More Money
Joyfully Jobless Jamobree PardnersWhat we quickly realized was that we also need More People if we were to bring this lively event to life. Then Alice Barry came up with the idea of forming a Pardnership Posse. We settled on a dozen folks as our ideal Posse to add their talents, ideas, spirit (and muscle) to the event.
What's the Posse all about?
The Pardnership Posse is an investment of ideas, time and money and an incredible opportunity to be one of a handful of people to stake their claim at the Jamboree and to blaze a trail for others to follow.
All Posse Pardners need to be ready, willing and able to...
  • Promote the Joyfully Jobless Jamboree to their own posses and communities.
  • Join collaborative conference calls in advance to help brainstorm ways to make this event fabulous and magical.
  • Get behind-the-scenes experience in planning a creative event
  • Be ambassadors and mavericks of goodwill when we all meetup in Texas at the Jamboree.
In return for joining this roundup of fun...
  • Your business will be promoted on the Joyfully Jobless Jamboree website.
  • You will have the opportunity to showcase your business at the Jamboree.
  • You will be sittin' down to a private Jamboree breakfast with Barbara.
  • You will receive entrance to the event, all the speakers, lunch and all-day snacks and beverages
  • And, you will receive a special Pardnership Posse T-Shirt so everyone at the Jamboree will know who you are.
Our deadline for Posse participation is midnight March 19th. So you can't dither on this one if you want to be part of the team. Head over to Joyfully Jobless Jamboree to sign up.
Still not sure if this is for you? Check out the Pardnership Posse Creed.

Joyfully Jobless Jamboree
Inspired Livelihood, SedonaWhen Terri Belford proposed doing Inspired Livelihood in Sedona, AZ, it met all my criteria for another theme of mine: spending time with inspiring people in beautiful places.
I was equally intrigued by the mission of this event. While many of us love the notion of creating a business that is profitable and makes a valuable contribution to a better world, designing such an enterprise can be challenging.
And that's exactly the challenge we'll be taking on at Inspired Livelihood. If you want to bring your values into alignment with your work, if you refuse to merely give lip service to the things that matter most, if you want to shine a brighter light, I can't imagine a better backdrop for doing so than magical Sedona.
The Early Bird deadline is coming up fast on March 15. Oh, yes, and the wonderful Alice Barry will be with us for this exploration too.
Inspired Livelihood
When I began doing seminars, I especially enjoyed collaborating with adult education programs around the country. The independent programs were an especially good match for me since they were small businesses that offered a wonderful option for lifelong learners in their communities.
I'll be back in two of my favorite spots with Making a Living Without a Job and Establish Yourself as an Expert. If you're in the San Antonio, TX  area, you'll find me  at the Northside Independent School District on Saturday, March 13.
Then I'm going to be doing both of those programs plus Cheap Tricks: Marketing on a Shoestring at the wonderful Colorado Free University in Denver on March 19 and 20.
Upcoming Seminars
Head on over to Flashlightworthy Books and check out their hundreds of suggestions. I've got a couple of reading lists posted there, including one called First the Business, Then the Book, a compilation of my favorite how-I-built-it stories.
Flashlightworthy Books
Buona fortuna,
Barbara Winter

Barbara Winter

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