If nothing ever goes wrong,
the chances are that nothing ever goes at all. 
~ Charlotte Paul 

In This Issue
Lessons From the Road
Meaningful Money Making
Support Your Wanderlust 

Lessons From the Road 
As I mentioned in the last JJ News, my three sisters, brother and I are about the embark on a trip down Memory Lane. After dozens of emails to organize our visit to Minnesota where we all grew up, we're still wondering how to squeeze in everything we want to see and do.

I take it for granted that we'll have another great time traveling together. That wasn't always the case. 

Our first attempt at a family trip came in 1999 when we headed to Tuscany. That trip was more than a bit rocky. Part of the trouble may have come because 4 of the 5 of us live alone. The twenty-four-hour togetherness was as foreign as the drivers on the autostrada. 

Midway through the trip I found myself sobbing in a restaurant bathroom after being snarled at by one of my dinner companions. Fortunately, the beauty of the Italian countryside and the daily explorations made the rough spots less rough. 

It was five years later before anyone mentioned traveling together again. Amazingly, we all agreed. That trip took us to Lucca, Italy to celebrate my sister Nancy's milestone birthday. We rented an apartment on the second floor of a house that looked as if it might have been a convent or monastery. We were noticeably more at ease.

What caused the change? I'm not entirely certain, but it seemed that without ever discussing it, we had all made a decision to figure out how to enjoy traveling together.

Emboldened by that trip, we gathered the following year at a country home in the lovely Cotswolds of England. The next year we explored Venice together. Two years ago, we made the trip I named Stalking Van Gogh which included stays in Amsterdam, St. Remy in the south of France, and Paris. 

Every trip got easier. We became masterful at negotiating our daily agendas. We accepted personal quirks and desires. We were functioning as a team and truly enjoyed being together. We laughed a lot. We survived the growing pains. 

As I'm packing for the upcoming excursion, I realize how many wonderful adventures we would have missed had we given in to the frustrations of that first experience. 

Seems to me that anytime we make a change, start a business, relocate or take on a challenge, growing pains are part of the deal. They may be a more important part than we realize. 

As J.R.R. Tolkien pointed out, "It simply isn't an adventure worth telling if there aren't any dragons.

Being aware that There Be Dragons, we can also apply this advice from Dr. Jason Kolber.
"When I find myself facing adversity, hassles, challenges or aggravation, I try to remember to ask myself, 'Where's the opportunity? What is the blessing? How can I turn this around so something good comes out of it?' Seeing the world through the eyes of 'where's the opportunity' isn't asking you to put on rose-colored glasses, but rather it is asking you to draw on your internal reserve and choose once again to take another step forward into the future of what ultimately becomes a building block of your life."

So if the real purpose of growing pains is to help us gain clarity and make new discoveries, growing pains are the catalysts that help us grow into our best selves. Seems like a great reward for not running away from discomfort.

Buon viaggio!
The delightful Stacey Smith of  incomeify.com helps consultants, coaches and advisors increase their sales, income and time off. She recently invited me to be interviewed on her podcast. I was surprised by how much of the conversation involved the growing pains I survived in starting my business.  

Because Stacey is eager to help her audience build their very best businesses, she asks great questions. Give a listen and you may get some tips you can put to work for you.

block3 Support Your Wanderlust
If travel is part of your life's adventures, here are two useful resources to investigate. 

Charles McCool writes a fun travel blog that always includes fresh tips and advice. I especially like his current post  11 Useful Travel Tips You Have Never Seen.

For years, International Living has been giving advice to folks wanting to move abroad. They expanded their offerings four years ago with a new publication called Incomes Abroad. The monthly newsletter shares useful information about starting a business in a new address. 

In addition, their website and mailings have numerous ideas to share. It's been my pleasure to be part of this project that helps Fund Your Life Overseas. If you haven't done so already, check them out. 

Buon Viaggio,
Barbara Winter 

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