Your Boss or Your Life?

When your boss says jump, is your response “how high?”

Isn’t it ironic that we are conditioned to accept the direction of a boss, and we all do just what they tell us no matter how hard it may be, but when faced with some financial goal of our own we buckle under the strain? If it wasn’t so sad it would be funny.

What would you do, starting tomorrow, if you had to earn an extra $10,000 per year? Would you try and impress your boss to get a promotion? Beg for a raise?

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I would like to suggest you look into starting your own home business. The tax advantages alone are amazing!

Someone asked me not long ago to help her write a new resume because she was laid off after 10 years at the same company. That’s 10 years of her life she’ll never get back. I’ve been urging her for a long time to have a Plan B, but she didn’t listen. Now she’s going through filing for unemployment, the job search, the stress of interviewing, walking out of the interview hoping it went well but never really knowing. It seems like almost every company out there is firing employees. There is now a record number of people without jobs and incomes, as the reality sets in of a winter just around the corner with no money to even pay all the bills.

However, there is a growing number of people who are largely immune to these mass-firings and insane unemployment figures. A group of people who can no longer be fired. They’re creating their own economy. Imagine sending the following letter to your boss one day:

Dear Boss,

I write to inform you that due to financial circumstances completely within my control, I can no longer justify keeping you on as my employer. Effective immediately, please accept this letter as my formal resignation, as I will now commence a life of full-time freedom filled with activities and income based on my choices, not yours.

Yours sincerely,

Your Former Employee

What would your boss say to that?! You know darn well they’d be secretly jealous.

To make it happen, though, first you need to commit to it. Then you need to decide WHEN your boss gets that letter from you. If it takes you 3-5 years to be financially independent, would it be worth it? Imagine you got started 3-5 years ago. Hmmm.

Let’s be honest. If your boss were to tell you tomorrow that you would be fired in 3 years time, what would you do? Would it spur you into action? Or would you wait, filled with indecision?

You have that very option … right now. You can start your own side business part-time from home, and build up your income. Then when your side business income overtakes your job income, it’s good-bye boss!

It starts today, because when you look in the mirror come Monday morning, that’s your boss staring back at you. The only person responsible for your financial future is you.

So…what are you waiting for?

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Angels Are Everywhere

Yesterday my children lost their father. There is no way I can take away their pain. If only I could, but I don’t know how.

Grief takes many forms, one of which is guilt. We ask ourselves, “Could I have said or done something differently? Could I have been more kind? Could I have said I love you more often?”

These are the kinds of questions that go through the mind right after the loss of someone you love. It happens.

At all times, but especially at a time of loss, angels step in, bringing us reminders that love is everywhere. They can take the form of friends, acquaintances, even strangers. Even in the form of grocery store clerks.

I went to pick up some food yesterday for us, in an attempt to make sure my kids kept their energy up. It’s a Mom thing I guess. While in one of the aisles, a young clerk came up to me and asked if he could help me find anything. When he saw the tears in my eyes, without hesitating he asked if I needed a hug. All I could do was nod my head. He hugged me.

At that moment, I was reminded that there are angels everywhere.

Rest in peace, Stephen. If you and I did nothing more, we brought two wonderful human beings into the world together. I know that you will find ways to look after them from the other side and I will do it from this one.

Absentee

It’s been a while, dear ones, but it’s been a busy summer so far…and hot! Way too hot here in the PNW. I know, I know…not an excuse when other parts of the world are experiencing triple digits.

Business is taking off like a rocket on social media, and I’m still editing my first novel. Writing is NOT for the faint of heart 😂❤️

Well, actually writing isn’t hard. Truth be told it’s the editing. That’s when the inner critic shows up and says “Eeeww, I don’t think so.” I just want to slap her into oblivion sometimes!

I hope all is very well in your part of the world. Stay cool, be good to yourself and each other.

National Camera Day

How could I not celebrate #NationalCameraDay? These images are a few I shot with my handy Nikon Cool Pix P510. I like it because it’s small enough to throw into my purse and just go. No camera bag to lug around. It also has a 42x built-in zoom, plus wide angle.

I also like it because it came highly recommended from a fellow blogger. She’s an amazing photographer and brilliant author. Check out her blog: http://awindowintothewoods.com Much love, Miss Z!!!

That’s all for me today. Gotta run, but have an amazing weekend.

Be good to yourself and each other. Namaste’

What’s Missing from the Movie, The Secret

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WHAT THEY DIDN’T TELL YOU IN THE SECRET MOVIE

Did you ever read the book or watch the movie, The Secret? If you’ve tried the Law of Attraction techniques that were spoken of and nothing has happened for you, just know that you’re not alone. Below are some concepts that might help:

  • You have to “act as if” through work – that means to take the steps, even if small, toward what you want every day. Example: if you want to be an author, write something every day, even if it’s just a paragraph or a page. You’ve got to put yourself out there. Make a list of five things you can do every day to get you closer to your dreams. The Universe won’t level up unless you show up!
  • Subconscious reprogramming – your thoughts become things, right? 95% of your life is subconscious. It’s a habitual pattern that plays itself out in reality. There’s an actual art and science to reprogramming your subconscious mind. In order to do that, you need to retrain your subconscious into believing that you will get what you want. How do you do that, you may be asking. Read on.
  • A lot of people use self-hypnosis, meaning they brainwash themselves, rather than letting the outside world do it. Most use some form of audible or subliminal positive affirmations that play in a loop. Some say that 17 minutes twice a day will do the trick. I use one that takes 36 minutes; well worth it in my opinion.

There’s really nothing you have to do but listen, even if you’re doing something else at the same time. Your subconscious mind hears everything. Whether you want more money, better health, fulfilling relationships, etc., there’s lots of self-hypnosis audios available.

I happen to use one from Jake Ducey. Just because I like who he is and what he says resonates with me. If you’d like to check it out, he has a wonderful YouTube channel and offers a free self-hypnosis download, which he tells you how to get at the end of each video. Yes, you’ll have to put in your name and email address, and yes, you’ll get emails from him, but hey, he’s offering some really good stuff.

(I do not receive any remuneration for recommending him. Just thought it could be helpful for a place to start. And I happen to think he’s a great guy).

Be good to yourself and each other. Namaste’

Day Seven of Seven

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For the last day of this project, I chose this image of Metal Man, aka Photog, aka my muse. I shot “Photog” in Tucson, where I found him standing there with his camera pointed. He’s a life-sized sculpture created from sheet metal. He and I spent many hours together. I talked; he listened. Ha! I photographed him from every angle possible, short of me lying on the hot concrete to get him from the bottom up.

I added the text to his lens because of the origin of the word IMAGINE …

mid-14c., “to form a mental image of,” from Old French imaginer “sculpt, carve, paint; decorate, embellish” (13c.), from Latin imaginari “to form a mental picture, picture to oneself, imagine” (also, in Late Latin imaginare “to form an image of, represent”), from imago “an image, a likeness,” from stem of imitari “to copy, imitate” (from PIE root *aim- “to copy”). Sense of “suppose, assume” is first recorded late 14c. Related: Imaginedimagining.

After all, isn’t that where any image comes from? The imagine-ation?

Be good to yourself and each other. Namaste’

 

 

Day Six of Seven

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This has been such a fun project! Only one more day to go, but that doesn’t mean I’ll stop blogging. Photography and writing feed my soul.

This particular image was taken when I was with my BFF, Patricia, when we were on one of our adventures, this time in southern CA at Venice Beach. As I look at this, I’m aware once again of the power of the ocean to make me feel humble, peaceful and serene. And the value of friendship.

Don’t you just love looking at a photograph and being instantly transported back to that time and place?

Go to the beach!

Be good to yourself and each other. Namaste’

 

Day Five of Seven

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I have to say I’m very grateful to my uncle for this image. He’s the one who taught me how to use a bounce flash (and bought me my first one). This was taken with my Olympus DSLR, which is what I used the most before I purchased my Nikon. I guess you could call it my first love.

For this image, I isolated two flowers from a bouquet I bought at the store. Yes, I know you’re shaking your head, knowing that no flowers come into my home without being photographed. They make the best subjects because they don’t blink when the flash goes off. LOL.

Next, I put these up against a white backdrop, arranged them the way I wanted, used the manual mode on the camera, and positioned the bounce at different angles until I got what I wanted.  I did this on the patio, where the ceiling was lower. I found that high ceilings don’t work very well for getting this kind of effect. The light from the flash has to travel too far.

Have a great weekend, dear ones. Be good to yourself and each other. Namaste’

 

Day Four of Seven

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This is one of my favorite images that’s in my archives. It’s especially sentimental because my Mom gave it to me, and it has an honored place in our garden. She gave it to me several years before she died, and it has moved with me over the years, always adorning the yard.

She said, when she gave it to me, that it reminded her of me as a child. I’ve always loved to read and she would find me curled up in the sofa reading to my stuffed elephant.

I remember doing that. Some memories never fade. Now when I go out to the garden and see this statue, I smile, thinking of Mom and my stuffed elephant. She gave me that, too. I love you, Mom!

Be good to yourself and each other. Namaste’

Day Three of Seven

Day Three’s image is a Harris Hawk, spied one morning as I was watching the sunrise with our beloved dogs, Daisy and Foxy.

I zoomed out as far as I could so that I didn’t scare it off with movement. Fortunately for me, I had my camera handy. You’re not surprised, are you? Haha!

Was he looking at me while I was looking at him? Maybe. Eyes like a hawk …

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