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June 9, 2010
Barbara Winter's Joyfully Jobless News
 
Wealth is not a matter of intelligence;
it's a matter of inspiration. ~ Jim Rohn
In This Issue
Every Day Encounters with the Muse
Five Places Where You Might Meet Your Muse
The Muse in Your Mailbox
Live in Portland? Lucky You!
In Case You've Been Wondering
Barbara Online
Buon Viaggio Blog
 
The theme this month is Making It Better.
EVERY DAY ENCOUNTERS WITH THE MUSE
Cirque statueOne morning last week, I woke up to several messages from folks reporting close encounters with dreambashers. I know it happens to all of us, but it still makes me sad. Even sadder was the message from a woman who was, in fact, her own dreambasher listing all the reasons why she couldn't possibly do the thing she loves most.
 
Things began looking up when I headed out for my morning drive to the post office. I had my usual companion, Nevada public radio, turned on. Lately, the morning program has been devoted to interviews with local political candidates. Boring.
 
On Friday, however, the conversation I tuned into was with an artist named John Bell who was exhibiting at our First Friday event. He talked about his one and only job which he quit after a year and a half. Then he headed to Colorado and became a snowboarder.
 
"How did you support  yourself?" the interviewer asked. Bell laughed and said he had mastered bartering. He also began putting his artwork on t-shirts and selling them. As he talked about art and inspiration, I began feeling my own spirits lifting. I couldn't wait to see his YouTube video, which is quite wonderful.
 
When I returned home, I did a quick e-mail check and found this message on Facebook from Michael Temple. He wrote, "Every  few years or so I have to test whether I am still permanently unemployable. A board member I work with sent around an announcement for an open position at a national company heading up the eCommerce division. I had the skills to do this job. Unfortunately I started to get physically  ill at the thought of working for another company ever again. Test results positive, I must remain self-employed."
 
My Friday morning ups and downs remind me again that inspiration is a renewable resource that responds to our invitation. Both dreambuilders and dreambashers played a part in that , of course. If John Bell and Michael Temple had not come along, I'd have looked for other folks who were living the joyfully jobless life.
 
This experience also reminded me of the CS Lewis quote which I regularly consult. He said, "Good things as well as bad are caught by a kind of infection. If you want to get warm you must stand near the fire; if you want to get wet you must get into the water. If you want joy, peace eternal life, you must get close to, or even into the thing that has them....They are a great fountain of energy and beauty spurting up at the very center of reality.  If you are close to it, the spray will wet you ; if you are not, you will remain dry."
FIVE PLACES WHERE YOU MIGHT MEET YOUR MUSE
As you probably know, summertime is stunningly hot here in Las Vegas. I consider that a perfect time to catch up on reading and to plan new projects. Here are five reads that are perfect for this time of year...or whenever you need a creative jumpstart.La Bella Lingua
 
La Bella Lingua by Dianne Hales is the account of the author's long love affair with the Italian language. My Facebook friends heard me raving about it as I was reading it over Memorial Day weekend. This isn't just a story about Hales' language studies, however, but how studying Italian led her to explore Italian culture including music, art, literature, movies, food and, even, profanity. It also triggered a summer project of my own.
 
How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci
How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci
by Michael Gelb is a book I go back to nearly every summer. Gelb writes, "Although we all started life with a Da Vinci-like insatiable curiosity, most of us learned, once we got to school, that answers were more important than questions." This book is a primer in creative problem-solving.
 
Brainstorm
Brainstorm
by Eric and Ann Maisel is subtitled "Harnessing the Power of Productive Obsessions." Maisel has written numerous books on creativity and in this latest  he shows how to get the most from your brain.
 


Delivering Happiness
Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh will probably be the talked-about  nonfiction book of the summer. As one reviewer said, "Zappos isn't a business. It's a movement." If you don't know what all the fuss is about, track this one down. (You can also find my review of it at Buon Viaggio blog. It's called They Just Happen to Sell Shoes.)

 The Read Aloud Handbook

The Read-Aloud Handbook
by Jim Trelease. If you're a parent who wants to make sure imagination remains alive and well in your children, is loaded with suggestions.
THE MUSE IN YOUR MAILBOX

Winning WaysToday I had a message from Michelle Hill that said, "Your latest newsletter is another smashing hit. My heart leaps when I see your newsletter in my mailbox because I know it's going to fuel my soul and my brain."

Of course, that made me smile because that's exactly why I've been publishing Winning Ways for 24 years. Loaded with resources, business ideas, and stories from our readers about how they turned their joyfully jobless dreams into reality, this bi-monthly publication is a resource you can consult again and again.

The theme of the current issue is Live in a Bigger World and I share my own journey from frustration to fulfillment. I'd love to have you along. Subscribe before June 15, and I'll send you the current issue as a bonus. In addition, in June I'm donating 10% of all subscription sales to KIVA to help spread even more entrepreneurial spirit.

Winning Ways


LIVE IN PORTLAND? LUCKY YOU!
Even on a short visit to Portland, OR it's obvious that it's home to a whole lot of creativity. Where else would you find Voodoo Donuts or CD Baby or Rejuvenation Hardware?
 
If you're a resident of this lively place, there's a new treasure that you may have not yet discovered. MindGlo was recently launched by Ken Lynch, a self-proclaimed passionate lifelong learner. Ken's vision is to bring all sorts of enrichment programs to the area.
 
Pay a visit to their website and you'll find classes on a wide range of useful and inspiring subjects. There's Reinventing Retirement, Secrets of the Frugal Fashionista and Paper Management at Home, to name just three.
 
Oh, and there are three more coming up on June 18 & 19 when I'll be teaching Establish Yourself as an Expert, Making a Living Without a Job and How To Support Your Wanderlust.
 
If you're in the area, I'd love to have you join me. And if you've got an idea for a class you'd like to teach, Ken would love to hear from you.

IN CASE YOU'VE BEEN WONDERING
Barbara in SedonaContrary to rumors, I have neither retired nor died. I have, however, for the first time ever, failed to send out a single mailing in over a month. What happened?
 
A jam-packed spring, that's what. It all started with Inspired Livelihood in Sedona in April.  Since this was a new program, there was an enormous amount of prep work that kept me busy right up to the moment when I got in my car for the drive to northern Arizona.
 
I was barely home from there and it was off to Denver for the spectacular (if I do say so myself) event known as The Un-Job Fair, which attracted over 140 people. It was a glorious day, but I didn't have much time to bask in the glow since a few days later it was off to Austin to celebrate Zoe's sixth birthday.
 
Once home, I had a looming deadline to meet for the May/June issue of Winning Ways. I got that sent off to the printer just before making an unscheduled drive to California where my brother was having back surgery.
 
That trip was followed by another to visit First Class in Washington, DC where I met some terrific students, including some old friends. There was no time to be a tourist on that trip, but I did have 14 hours of travel time which made it possible to finish reading The Lonely Polygamist, a genuine page turner.
 
When I finally got back to World Headquarters, it was obvious that my travels had caused total neglect of my home. My office is happily undergoing a total transformation and nesting has been a high priority.
 
However, Sandy Dempsey, Alice Barry and the Posse are all busily working on the exciting Joyfully Jobless Jamboree coming up in Austin, TX on October 15 & 16. It seems a long way off, but it's not too soon to start making plans to join us.
 
Although it's still a work in progress, you can get a glimpse of what we're planning by visiting http://jjjamboree.com. Do keep coming back to the site. We'll be adding all sorts of things in the next few weeks.

Buona fortuna,
 
Barbara Winter

Barbara Winter

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