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…

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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What’s Sucking Up Your Time?

Do You Know What’s Sucking Up Your Time?

clock-blogWe live in hectic times and our most precious commodity is and always will be time. You can’t grow more of it and when it’s gone you can’t get it back.

How often do you tell yourself that you can’t do what you want to do because you don’t have the time? We all do it. We want to live with more purpose, volunteer, or simply spend more quality time with our family and friends, but there just isn’t enough time to do it.

The cold hard truth is that there is plenty of time. It’s simply a matter of prioritizing what you spend it on and cutting out some of the things that suck up your time. We all have them and, while the specifics may be different from person to person, the solution is the same for everyone. Find out where you spend your time and then make educated decisions on what’s important and what isn’t.

One of the best tools for figuring out exactly where you’re spending your time is a time journal. This can be a simple little notebook, a stack of scrap paper, an Evernote doc on your phone, or a spreadsheet on your computer.

Next start writing down what you’re doing every 15 minutes from the time you get up to the time you go to sleep. Keep this up for about a week and see what you come up with.

Reviewing your time log can be a real eye opening experience!

You may discover that you spent a lot more time on the computer doing busy work, or surfing the web than you realize. Or maybe you had no idea that you spent an average of four hours a night watching TV, or 2 hours per day commuting to and from work. In other words, you’ll start to recognize patterns of behavior and where you tend to spend your time.

While there are quite a few areas that we don’t have a lot of control over (you have to show up for work or school, make time for personal hygiene, and get some sleep), there are quite a few hours in each day that we can fill however we like.

Keeping a time log for a week or two provides you with the information you need to be able to make educated and conscious choices about how to spend that time. That in turn allows you to live more purposefully, no matter what your goals and aspirations are. Sometimes, you want to sleep in, spend the day reading or playing video games, or simply daydream and that’s ok. It’s a great way to unwind, distress, and recharge. On other days, you may choose do so something more active or social.

The point is that when you become aware of how and where you’re spending your time, you have more control and can be more intentional with how you spent it.

How to control your own economy and have more time

The Day That Time Stood Still

What if it’s true that we humans are the only life forms that experience linear time?  You don’t see birds, flowers, dogs, cats, or any other beings wearing watches, right?  And none of them have electronic devices to measure time.  They all live in the NOW.  This year I’m trying more and more to do that.  To be more conscious of where I am and what I’m doing, rather than doing things by rote.  I’m also trying to remember to just breathe in the moment of now.

I took this photo at a jewelry repair store here in town while WS was getting his watch repaired, and I thought it was pretty unique what the owner did with all of these “dead” watch faces.  The picture only shows a small portion of the entire wall.  Namaste’

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Filled With Glory

LOOK AT EVERYTHING AS IF YOU WERE SEEING IT FOR THE FIRST OR LAST TIME. THEN YOUR TIME ON EARTH WILL BE FILLED WITH GLORY~ Betty Smith

What would change in your life if you looked at things as if seeing them for the very first time?  Or what if you looked at them as if it were the last time?  We never know what’s going to happen in the next minute, let alone tomorrow.  Lately I’ve been more aware of my surroundings, the things I see, and wondering why I hadn’t noticed certain things before.  Have they been there all the time and I just didn’t notice?  Or is our planet changing and I’m just noticing THAT now?  I feel like a kid in a candy store.  Really!

Today’s photo was taken as I was heading out this morning.  The cloud caught my eye because it was so intriguing as I faced it head on, driving down the road and it was the only one I could see.  I found myself thinking, “Either pull over and take the picture or keep your eyes on the road.”  As soon as I got to a place I could pull over, this is what I got.  Namaste’

About Tomorrow …

 Yeah we all shine on, like the moon, and the stars, and the sun.~ John Lennon

Tomorrow is World Liberation Day and the super moon of 2012.  So what exactly is World Liberation Day?  Millions of people around the world will gather and visualize the liberation of our planet and her inhabitants … healed ecosystems, abundance, and freedom from every kind of oppression for all of humanity.  I plan to be outside tomorrow night and do the same thing.  Something else that I’m going to visualize is how I would like my own life to be from this point on.  The key to this whole visualization thing for me is to not only see it in my mind, but to feel the feelings associated with it.

I think it’s pretty cool that there will be a lot of us watching the super moon tomorrow night at the same time around the world.  How’s that for a connection?  Might be the perfect time to take a few deep breaths and just BE. The moon will officially turn full on Saturday, May 5, at 11:35 p.m. EDT. And only 25 minutes later the moon will also arrive at perigee, its closest approach to Earth — a distance of 221,802 miles (356,955 kilometers) away.  The effect of this coincidence is a stunning skywatching sight called the “super moon.”

In fact, this month’s perigee is the closest of any perigee in 2012 (they vary by about 3 percent, because the moon’s orbit is not perfectly circular). The result will be a 16 percent brighter-than-average full moon accompanied by unusually high and low tides this weekend and into the new week.  In contrast, later this year, on Nov. 28, the full moon will closely coincide with apogee, the moon’s farthest point from Earth. [Amazing Supermoon Photos from 2011]  I think I’ll be setting up my tripod early tomorrow night to see what kind of an image I can get as it comes up over the Catalina mountains.

As for today’s photo, if I could post one of me doing the happy dance, I would, but instead you’re getting this box of tissues.  Why?  Because my imagination took a mini-vacation to the moon, and this is what came to me when I realized that I no longer have to tote this box around to catch my runny nose.  All gone.  Color me happy!   Namaste’

It’s About Time … Really!

Today’s photo was taken with my phone while I was shopping.  I can only imagine what the other shoppers were thinking as I was snapping pictures of this clock.  The reason I took it is because I feel that time is speeding up.  And it seems to me that since the beginning of this year, I’m feeling it more and more.  This picture reminds me to be present now.  As a fellow blogger pointed out, Ram Dass said, “What time is it?  NOW.  Where am I?  HERE.”  (Thanks, KT – it was such a needed reminder for me.)

What do you think?  I’d love to hear from you on this subject.  Please tell me I’m NOT the only one who is feeling this way.  Namaste’

A Salute to Day 100

Wow! Little did I know when I committed to a photo a day for all of this year how fast the time would go.  Or how interesting it would become to find things to photograph and then write about them.  It’s now Day 100 and I’m still at it … only 266 days to go!  Color me more happy, more grateful, more persistent, more creative, and more aware than I was 100 days ago.  Life can be such an adventure, even in the tiniest of ways.

Today’s photo is a salute (of my favorite Merlot variety) to all of my fellow 366’ers and blog readers.  Bravo to all of you photo bloggers who have hung in there and grown through this process; sharing your hearts and souls with all of us through your photographs.   And here’s to all of my other blog readers who have cheered me on and inspired me with your comments.  I am humbled and grateful.  Cheers and Namaste.

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And … as for my reflection on the glass, it brings to mind one of my favorite songs by Fleetwood Mac.