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August 20, 2010
Barbara Winter's Joyfully Jobless News
We are all pilgrims on the same journey
but some pilgrims have better road maps.
~ Nelson DeMille
In This Issue
Don't Wait to Celebrate
Calling All Thrifty Entrepreneurs
Hello, Denver
I Plan to Celebrate This Also
Barbara Online
Buon Viaggio Blog
The theme this month is
CelebrationGoing after a dream is an act of courage, of commitment, of creation. It is a journey that too few ever make. Howard Schultz, founder of the ubiquitous Starbuck's coffeehouses said, "There are so many older people out there who are bitter and angry at the world. But at the end of the day, they are angry with themselves because they didn't follow their dreams."
If you're planning to be one of the older people who are thrilled and excited about how you've spent your life, give yourself some credit for that all along the way.
Many entrepreneurs, excited by their ideas, plunge into project after project, hardly pausing to take a breath. In the long term, this devotion to getting things done may not be sustainable. Smart dreambuilders know that even little milestones need to be noticed and celebrated.
However much or however little progress you've made in this past year, it's time to celebrate how far you've come and celebrate how far you plan to go.
Such celebrations don't have to be lavish or expensive, but they do need to be heartfelt. You've earned it by your own efforts, after all, and that's worthy of attention and delight.
There's only one rule for a dream celebration: it should be unique and pleasurable. Going out for dinner at the restaurant where you always go on Friday night doesn't count. This celebration should take you off the beaten path and allow you to indulge in a new experience.
"Although self-acknowledgement may seem obvious," writes Lucia Capacchione in her wonderful book Visioning, "most people don't do it enough. It's so much easier to get caught up in what you didn't do, what you did wrong, or the things you still have to do."
When I visited Karyn Ruth White's home, I noticed  her refrigerator had a number of those little cards that come tucked in with flowers. She explained that when her business was six months old, she sent herself six roses with a card congratulating herself on starting her venture. At a year, she sent a dozen roses along with more congratulatory words. This twice yearly ritual has continued, causing her to notice and delight in her progress at regular intervals.
If roses aren't your style, write a fan letter to yourself and mail it. Or send a card that says "Bravo!"  Make it a habit to pay attention to what you've done-even if that means applauding yourself for sticking with it when it would have been easier to quit.
Milestones also are a perfect opportunity to thank those who have supported you on your path. Who's helped you? Have you told them lately how much you appreciate their faith and trust? Write a letter of thanks to everyone who has made a contribution to your progress. You might even thank a former spouse or lover for moving out of your life.
If you've completed a project or seen a dream come true, it's time to celebrate in a bigger way. Artists and actors seems to be especially good at celebrating completion and we can learn from their example. Anyone who's ever worked on a play or movie knows that a cast party comes at the end of the production. Award ceremonies to publicly acknowledge achievement abound in the arts community.
The self-employed can learn from their festive example.
There's an ancient principle that has had a profound impact on the lives of those who embrace it. That tiny bit of wisdom states, "whatever you focus on expands." So take Tom Peters advice and "Celebrate what you want to see more of." Repeat as necessary.

Joyfully Jobless Jamboree There's a big difference between being thrifty and being a cheapskate. As advertising whiz Bernice Fitz-Gibbon liked to remind Macy's customers, "It's smart to be thrifty."
We've done our best to make it easy for you to celebrate with us at the Joyfully Jobless  Jamboree while still being smartly thrifty. However, deadlines are looming and we don't want you to miss out.
Let us know you're coming before August 31 and you can save $100 on your registration. Sign up with a friend and you can both save even more. We've also negotiated a fantastic discount with Lakeways Conference Center, but that room block also goes away after August 31.
Oh, and we've added some new info to the Website including a few FAQs. Join the celebration now.

Joyfully Jobless Jamboree

Joyfully Jobless Ticket

Just a quick reminder that I'll be back at fun Colorado Free University for my final seminars of the year on August 27 & 28. We'll be exploring How to Support Your Wanderlust, Making a Living Without a Job and Establish Yourself as an Expert. Love to see you there if you're in the neighborhood.

Colorado Free University
Moving BoxesI've spent the past month packing and purging in anticipation of my upcoming move. While I wasn't the one that instigated it, I'm getting excited about starting this new adventure. Once the grunt work is over, I will be celebrating loudly.
Should you wish to patronize the USPS and write to me, my new mailing address is PO Box 800971, Valencia CA 91380.
Buona fortuna,
Barbara Winter

Barbara Winter

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