February 3, 2016
Barbara Winter's Joyfully Jobless News
If the environmental conditions surrounding our life support our evolution toward self-actualization, we will move in that direction. If the environmental conditions in our life don't support this movement, then we won't.
~ Stewart Emery
In This Issue
Postcard from Barbara
Transplanting for Fun and Profit
Cause to Celebrate
Barbara Online
The wonderful @joblessmuse giving a brilliant free range sermon at #scannersnight
Yes, there has been a gap in mailings. It seems that I was in need of some radical self-care and that required a shift in my attention.

After talking things over with my wise and supportive boss, it was obvious that a hiatus was in order. However, I am reaping the benefits of that and working on several new projects that you'll be hearing more about soon. 

Thank you so much for sharing the Joyfully Jobless Journey with me. 

Barbara's New View
You probably have stumbled across the popular admonition to bloom where you are planted. It sounds encouraging, but it may not be the wisest advice. In fact, growing a business requires fertile soil. 

One of the most memorable examples of this comes from author Stewart Emery in his insightful book, Actualizations. He writes, "If you were a willow tree living by the riverside, the environmental conditions that support your evolution toward becoming a fully actualized willow tree.

"If, on the other hand, you were a willow tree and you were planted in the desert, the chances of your making it would be virtually nil."

He goes on to point out that the difference between a willow tree and us is that we have the ability to move ourselves into an environment that supports our growth. 

I have just watched a most dramatic example of that with my granddaughter Zoe who recently transplanted herself. Now in the sixth grade, Zoe was a good, but not enthusiastic, student in her traditional elementary school. After paying a visit to a local charter school, she was ready to switch. 

Here's what her mother had to say about what's happened: "Since transferring to a project based school 8 weeks ago, Zoe has signed up for two new sports, is in the process of creating an art project to help endangered animals, wants to join the school's sketch comedy group and is now writing her first novel. The artist has been re-awakened."

The change in Zoe is profound. Apparently, Rumi knew what he was talking about when he advised, "Be with those who help your being."

As Stewart Emery warns,  "If we persist in seeing ourselves as victims of an environment over which we have no control, then we will lead a colorless existence as members of the living dead."  It doesn't have to be that way.

If you're self-employed, you can (and must) create an environment that supports your growth. It begins with an awareness of what feeds your soul, what calls your best self to come out and play, and what people inspire that in you. Become clear about the activities that turn on your creative spirit.  

There's a simple, but powerful, exercise in the wildly successful The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Author Marie Kondo, who is motivating millions to get rid of the clutter, suggests that you challenge each item in your environment to this test: does it bring me joy? If not, it goes out. If it does bring joy, it remains.

That five-word question can do more than just help us clean out our closets. It can inspire us to create our own richest environment, the one where we discover we are capable of doing more, being more. It's the place next to our personal riverside.

When Terri Belford and I decided to launch our new program, Marketing Magic for Makers, as an in-person event, we knew most of the attendees would be local. We recognize that the best way to hold a local event is to have an ambassador on the ground. So we'll be taking Marketing Magic for Makers to cities where our readers are asking for it. After all, you know your town and where makers hang out.

Would you like to bring this workshop to your area? As a host, you'll secure a venue, connect with and promote to local artists, crafter, makers and bakers. We'll handle the registration process, show up and facilitate the workshop and give you a percentage of the profit.

If you'l like to partner with us, contact terri@inspiredlivelihood.com and let's get it on our schedules. 
Winning Ways When I saw this note from Anne Cantanzarite, I smiled. She wrote, "First started getting Winning Ways when I took my first class with you in DC in 1993. Wouldn't miss it! Continues to inspire, motivate, educate and amuse me."

While 1993 sounds like a long time ago, my newsletter had already been published for 7 years. That means, of course, that there's a milestone coming up when Winning Ways turns 30 with the March/April issue.

Why have I hung in there so long? It's simple really. I've learned in my own journeys that  change doesn't happen quickly and it never happens without nourishment and reinforcement. Quite simply, Winning Ways is the ideal vehicle for me to share the best ideas, information and inspiration I can track down. 

Winning Ways is designed to be a permanent resource that can be consulted again and again no matter where you are in your Joyfully Jobless Journey. I store mine in 3-ring binders and even though I'm the one who wrote all those issues, I haven't memorized every word so I consult back issues frequently.

Although I'm planning a number of celebrations to mark this anniversary, you don't have to wait to become part of our tribe of readers. Whether you're a new or renewing subscriber, if you order before March 1st you'll be entered in a drawing to win a copy of Bernadette Jiwa's terrific book, Make Your Idea Matter

Buon Viaggio,


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.