April 19, 2013
Barbara Winter's Joyfully Jobless News
Dear Lisa,
Too often we decide to follow a path that is not really our own, one that others have set for us. We forget that whichever way we go the price is always the same: in both cases we will pass through both difficult and happy moments. But when we are living our dreams, the difficulties we encounter make sense.

~ Paulo Coehlo

In This Issue
Not Business As Usual
Good Seeds
Is It Ok To Get Paid To Have Fun?
Barbara Online
Buon Viaggio Blog
 
The theme this month is
Catch the Spirit
NOT BUSINESS AS USUAL

Barbara with the Bulls

"April is the cruelest month," declared T.S. Eliot. Actually, March would be getting my vote this year. Things have been more than a bit crazy around World Headquarters and I feel as if I've been MIA for several weeks.

 

The year got off to a lively start with the launch of the Joyfully Jobless Weekends. I was zipping around on airplanes in January and February. My calendar for March did not include any travel so I decided my theme for the month was Maintenance and I'd catch up on some neglected personal projects.

 

I envisioned a few home improvements, maybe a project involving yarn, tackling the stack of library books that were heading toward their return date.  

 

My first bit of maintenance was having an overdue eye exam. Although I've been wearing glasses since I was 5 years old, this was the first time I left without a new prescription. "You have the eyes of a twenty year old," the optometrist said.

 

A preview of coming attractions? Maybe I'd glide through this maintenance month.

 

Then things began to change. While the new attention-getters certainly qualified as maintenance, they didn't involve the creative activity I'd envisioned. My body started to

misbehave, as did my beloved automobile. Instead of picking out a new light fixture for my dining room, I was hanging out at my doctor's office and repair shop. 

 

I had to postpone all trips involving airplanes and cars. I warned visiting grandchildren that I was grumpier than usual. My personal energy levels drooped. 

 

At the same time, I was enormously grateful that my business allows me to step aside and focus on self-care when that's called for. 

 

Then I remembered something I'd read several years ago in Anne Lamott's wonderful book, Traveling Mercies. It's a story that might also get you through a frustrating time so I wanted to pass it along. Here's what Anne wrote:

 

Carolyn Myss, the medical intuitive who writes and lectures about why people don't heal, flew to Russia a few years ago to give some lectures. Everything that could go wrong did-flights were canceled or overbooked, connections, missed, her reserved room at a hotel given to someone else. 

 

She kept trying to be a good sport, but finally, two mornings later, on a train to her conference on healing, she began to whine at the man sitting beside her about how infuriating her journey had been thus far.

 

It turned out that this man worked for the Dalai Lama. And he said-gently-that they believe when a lot of things start going wrong all at once, it is to protect something big and lovely that is trying to get itself born-and that this something needs for you to be distracted so that it can be born as perfectly as possible.

 

I've thought of this story frequently over the past month and am on full alert to see what lovely new thing is trying to be born. Feel free to use it yourself if the situation calls for some encouragement.

GOOD SEEDS

I've always loved Paul Hawken's observation that the best training for becoming an entrepreneur is to be a gardener. If you're good at finding metaphors, you quickly discover that there are numerous parallels between those two worthy activities.

 

And since spring is upon us in the Northern Hemisphere, that means it's time to plant some seeds and seedlings. It might also be time to do some transplanting and weeding.

 

Here's a little roundup (no pun intended) of some things that could fertilize the seeds you're planting in your business. 

  • Cultivate inspiration. Derek Sivers recently wrote a brilliant piece about the true nature of inspiration-and why so many people think it's elusive. If you haven't seen it, I urge you to read it asap. http://sivers.org/io
     
  • Attend a seminar. It could be the start of something bold. I was reminded of that when I saw a Facebook post from a very excited Dyan deNapoli. "I've been invited to speak on World Penguin Day in Washington DC on Thursday, April 25th at 6:30 pm!!"

    It made me smile because I had just seen a message Dyan sent me a while back that began, "I could never have imagined, when attending your Work at What You Love workshop, where following my passion would take me in just a few years' time." She went on to tell me about the invitation she'd received to be the penguin expert on a Galapagos Islands cruise and another expedition cruise to Antarctica.

    From the moment you commit your time and money to attending a program, you begin to put the odds of success in your favor. Self-employment is an evolutionary process, one that challenges you to keep stretching and growing. Even short programs can bring rewards.
     
  • Keep making deposits in your Option Bank.  Big projects. Little projects. Fast projects. Slow projects. Serious projects. Silly projects. Diversity is a good thing.

    Here's a nice collection of Five Ways to Make Extra Income Online that you may want to add to your Option Bank.  
     
  • Pay a visit to Buon Viaggio blog. This month I'm sharing postcards from the field, messages I've received over the past several years from people who have set out on their own Joyfully Jobless Journey. I hope you find their stories as intriguing and encouraging as I do. 
IS IT OK TO GET PAID TO HAVE FUN?

After twenty-five years in corporate life, my sister Margaret set off on her own and put her considerable creativity to work in her business.  

 

Every time I visited her that first year, she'd show me what she was doing, we'd talk about her business and then she'd look at me and say, "Is it really okay to get paid to have all this fun?"

 

Of course, I assured her it was just fine. Like so many of us, Margaret did not grow up expecting that the joy of creating was the way to earn a living. As more and more of us, however, are joining the ranks of the creatively self-employed, we may be surprised (and held back) by our resistance to getting paid for creative activity.

 

If you're ready to get rid of such defeating notions and gather even more ideas, support and information for building your business, join Rodney Washington and the terrific team he's put together for the upcoming Monetize Your GIfts Masterclass

 

The program is being held May 1-3 and I'll be there sharing my thoughts on Outsmarting Resistance. If you'd like to have more time, more fun, more money, 

we'd love to have you along. Click on the link below to find out more.

 

Monetize Your Gifts Masterclass

Buon Viaggio,

 

Barbara Winter

Barbara Winter 

 

P.S. On occasion, I may receive a commission or compensation when you participate or purchase a product or service I recommend. That being said, I strive to always offer useful content and resources in each issue of Joyfully Jobless News.
 
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