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June 17, 2010
Barbara Winter's Joyfully Jobless News
We are not here to do what has already been done. ~ Robert Henri
In This Issue
Making Things Happen
Making Time for What Matters
Listen and Learn at Your Convenience
Making Connections
Barbara Online
Buon Viaggio Blog
The theme this month is Making It Better.
Barbara in a red capeIt might not have been a full-blown epiphany, but it had a profound impact on me just the same. Here's what happened. One day, several years ago, I was doing something rather ordinary like baking cookies, and a  new thought grabbed me. "I am happiest when I'm making stuff -- and it doesn't matter what that is."
In other words, I understood that their was no order of importance when it came to makng things. Making a tidy office was as satisfying as making a speech. It was the creative act that brought me joy. Of course, my next thought was, "Then just keep making stuff."
On a drive to Trader Joe's this morning, I began musing about the word "make" and I occurred to me that it's one of the most used words in our language. We talk about making a difference, making money, making decisions, making love, making a plan, making memories. My dictionary has 16 definitions for the word "make".
To the entrepreneur, "make" is more than just part of their vocabulary, however. Making things happen is what being joyfully jobless is all about.
Yet so many people who tell me they're stumped, have no clue, haven't discovered that living the life of your dreams isn't  an intellectual exercise. It begins by noticing what's right in front of you that needs doing, fixing, changing, improving, creating-and then making things happen to alter current conditions
Want to accomplish more? Have better ideas? See more dreams come to life?
I'd like to invite you to share an experiment with me. (Warning: this sounds so simple, that it's easy to dismiss it. You'll only discover how powerful this exercise is if you put it to work.)  Here's how it works: every morning for the next year, as soon as you awaken, ask yourself, "What can I make today?"
Your answers might be simple or silly or serious. You could make:
                   a list
                   a sale
                   a garden
                   a poem
                   a statement
                   a grumpy person laugh
                   a toast
                   a profit center
                   an apology
                   a promise
                   a mess
                   a sacrifice
Just keep asking the question, "What can I make today?" and follow where it leads. See if you can come up with a different answer every day. Then get busy making it happen. Engage your head and heart and hands. Amaze yourself.
You may not change The World, but I bet you change Your World. It is, after all, the direct path to becoming the artist of your own life.
Then add this in: "I make the most of all that comes," mused poet Sara Teasdale, "and the least of all that goes."
Remembering that could make a big difference.
FamilyAnne Lamott is not only a brilliant writer, she also sometimes teaches writing classes. Of course, she's heard all the moans about not having time to write.
In this wonderful essay from Sunset magazine, Time Lost and Found, she offers some insightful suggestions.
Many of you are already fans of TED Talks, but if you've missed this one, check it out. Cameron Herold suggests a radical notion: Let's Raise Kids to be Entrepreneurs.

Although I'm working on some new teleclass subjects, I'd like to remind you that  previous events are available as audio downloads. You'll find a dozen titles including A Beginner's Guide to Getting Published, Better Than Brainstorming and I Hate Marketing.
When it's too hot to be outdoors, turn your indoors into a classroom and add to your Joyfully Jobless Toolkit. For the rest of June, you can order any of my teleclass recordings at a 20% discount.

Joyfully Jobless Teleclass Recordings
Joyfully Jobless JamboreeWhen people set out on the self-employment journey, they often do so without much encouragement  from family and friends. Connecting with others who are working independently is critical to success.
That's where the upcoming Joyfully Jobless Jamboree comes in. This two-day event is designed to shine a spotlight on creative independents. While celebration will be a large part of the event, so will opportunities to connect and collaborate with others from around the US, Canada and the UK. Workshops at the event will highlight the theme: More Time, More Fun, More Money.
You'll be hearing more about the Jamboree as time grows closer, but it's not too soon to start making plans to join us in Austin TX on October 15 & 16. Visit our Web siteto learn more.
And come back often to see new things we'll be adding on the site.
Buona fortuna,
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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