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April 1, 2010
Barbara Winter's Joyfully Jobless News
You can only be truly accomplished at something you love. Pursue the things you love doing and
do them so well that people can't take their
eyes off you. All the other tangible
rewards will come as a result.
~ Maya Angelou
In This Issue
Inspired Livelihood in Action
April Showers
Teleclasses are Back
Who Earns More?
Living Abroad
Barbara Online
Buon Viaggio Blog
The theme this month is Richly Resourceful.

Betty Belts
Photo courtesy of Betty Belts

Last weekend when I headed to California to visit my family, I had a short list of things I wanted to do while there. One of those items was to visit Betty Belts, a small shop in Ventura which had recently bestowed one of their tote bags on my sister Margaret in a store contest. Although I didn't need a belt, Margaret insisted I needed to see the store.
She was absolutely right. From the moment we entered this cozy shop, I knew we were in a special place. I learned that the store is named after a pioneering woman surfer who inspired other women to master the sport.
We began our visit by admiring the beautiful silver jewelry made by the group of artisans that stock the store. Owner/Designer Donna von Hoesslin was puttering about the place. Within a few minutes, I discovered that she was passionate about jewelry, the environment, surfing and Bali, Donna has found a way to integrate all these passions into her life.
She also proudly announced that her business had recently reached its seventh anniversary. The shop is a recent addition to the successful online business that Donna's run for most of that time.
When I admired a bracelet she was wearing she told me the story of its inception. She and several members of Team Betty had gone to Bali, Donna challenged them to each come up with a new jewelry design, give it a name and choose a cause that would receive 15% of the profits from its sales. The bracelet she was wearing was called Compassion and the designer had been so moved by the huge number of stray dogs in Bali that her cause was a pet rescue mission there.
Jewelry wasn't all that this shop had to offer, however. There are magnificent scarves imported from Bali, large framed photographs of surfers taken by Donna's boyfriend, and her own signature beaded belts.
I'm quite sure that Margaret and I were both smiling when we walked back to my car.
"I just love meeting people who love what they do so much," Margaret said. Of course, I agreed. All that passion is positively contagious when it's put to such good use.
After I got home, I paid a visit to her gorgeous Web site where I read, "Donna von Hoesslin takes her inspiration from her love of the ocean and the beach lifestyle, combined with the influence of 17 years of living in Europe.
"She believes in giving back where she can and does so by supporting many causes, among which are environmental fundraisers, at-risk youth, women's surfing (through athlete and event sponsorship), 1% For The Planet Membership, Coop America, and support for the mostly female artisans in Bali who make the products and much more."
This lovely field trip reminds me that  people who practice inspired livelihood just keep spreading all that goodness around.

Barbara near Art on the WallYears ago, I decided to designate April as the Month of Abundance. After all, I reasoned, there are many kinds of showers so why not go for the good ones? Now that this harbinger of spring (and new ideas) is here, I've rounded up some resources to help expand abundance in your life.
The first of these is a terrific new e-book from the creative sisters, Sally Evans and Susan Volpe. I had a sneak peak and loved the ideas and attitudes they share in Creative Money Saving Ideas.

Here's how the book came into being, according to Sally.
One of the most common things I hear friends, family, and clients say is that they don't have the money to do the things they want.
I've said it myself many times.
And then I remember that there is a solution to every problem!
My sister, Susan, and I were talking one day about how we manage to live a good quality of life, even when finances have been tight.
Susan and I decided to write an e-book about some of the things we do to create abundance in our lives without being penny pinchers or cheap. It's about really doing the things you want to do and enjoying life.
We are proud to announce the birth of our e-book, Creative Money Saving Ideas.
It is part abundance mindset, and learning to think about possibilities so you can choose to have the things that will bring you more joy and happiness and what you really want in life.
And it is part practical and fun strategies to help you save money. It has over 100 tips.  Some of them are great reminders and some will be brand new to you.  And they may spark some of your own ideas too.
Creative Money Saving Ideas
TeleclassesAfter a bit of a hiatus while I was working on several exciting new projects, comfy teleclasses are back and all three are aimed at helping you create more abundance in your business and life.
The new series kicks off with How to be a Thrifty Entrepreneur Without Being a Cheapskate. on Monday, April 12. How can you be smart, thrifty and creative in building your business without be cheap and stodgy? That's what we'll be exploring here along with showing you practical ways to use your imagination more and your pocketbook less.
The following week, we'll be going Beyond the $100 Hour where we'll explore ideas to help you develop a healthier relationship with the money aspect of your entrepreneurial life and develop a relaxed and confident approach to creating a steady cash flow. This is not a Make Big Money Fast approach, but a thoughtful exploration of incremental growth. Tuesday, April 20
The series concludes with the ever popular I Hate Marketing on Thursday, April 22. Since developing ease with marketing is a big challenge for many new (and not so new) entrepreneurs, this teleclass will give you ideas for marketing in ways that are both fun and effective.
You'll also receive a nifty discount if you register for two or more seminars at the same time. And, as always, all teleclasses will be recorded so you'll receive the audio download whether you can attend in person or not.
Joyfully Jobless Teleclasses
According to the Small Business Success Index, more than half of homebased business owners, from artists to contractors, are 55-plus. Roughly 35% bring in more than $125K and owners' median household incomes are about $75K-above the national median of just over $52K.
Every Day in TuscanyLately, I have been reconnecting with some of my favorite expats. Frances Mayes new book, Every Day in Tuscany has been delighting me and on my recent road trip to California I took Bill Bryson's In a Sunburned Country audiobook along for company.

Then there's DeeAnne White's 100 Reasons to Become an Expatriate. When I posted this list on Facebook, it got a lively response. Bet you can find a reason here that fits you.
100 Reasons to Become an Expatriate

Pay a visit (or several) to Buon Viaggio blog this month where the theme is Richly Resourceful. I'll be sharing lots of ideas for mobilizing the resources you already have.
We've also extended the deadline for joining our Pardnership Posse until April 10. There are two spots left and if you want to claim one of them, do it now. Besides having the fun of helping shape our upcoming Jamboree in Austin, TX, I predict our Posse members are going to find new long-term friends. Awesome group assembling here.
Pardnership Posse

Buona fortuna,
Barbara Winter

Barbara Winter

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