September 18, 2014
Barbara Winter's Joyfully Jobless News

About a third of the way through your seminar, the alarms went off and my whole world  exploded. All of my walls of "you can't do that" became bridges to "I really can do that."


                                           ~ Seminar Participant

In This Issue
Postcard From Barbara
A Long Love Story
A Little Zoe Story
Dreaming of Being an Expat Entrepreneur?
Barbara Online
Buon Viaggio Blog
The theme this month is
Postcards from Barbara

After the Un-Job Fair in Denver in early June, Terri Belford, Lynn Girardi, Jami Yanoski and Karyn Ruth White took a little side trip to Estes Park where they cooked up a huge surprise. 


After enlisting the aid of Lisa Tarrant, my Web Wizard, they accessed my email list (and warned me not to open any such mailings myself) and invited anyone who was so inclined to contribute to a book of personal experiences inspired by my work. (If you're reading this, it's probably not a surprise to you!)


They gathered all these stories from far and wide, invited my granddaughter Zoe to create a cover, and produced a gorgeous book that is now the favorite in my library. It's simply dazzling and I am so grateful to everyone who played a part. Grazie tantissimo!


As I've been reading the kind words and stories that have been submitted, I also keep thinking about people stuck in jobs and situations that are screaming to be abandoned. How can we convince them that it doesn't have to be that way? 


The testimonials in this little book are living proof that the ideas and information in my seminars have helped launch hundreds of dreams. I want to live in a world where making dreams happen is a life skill for everyone who is willing. 


Back in the Twentieth Century when I was getting my self-employment seminars launched, one of the first places that invited me to teach for them was Colorado Free University in Denver. This independent adult ed center is an incredible resource for the community and it's been a joy watching them grow and change and survive. 


I have made many wonderful friends in Colorado and it's always a bonus for me when I go back to connect with them.


My final visit for 2014 is coming up next week. If you're in the area, check it out. If you aren't in the area, see what they had to say about our long running collaboration. 


On the day that Zoe was born, I realized I had a new mission in life. That mission was to make sure that nobody ever stole her dreams. 


Long before she was toilet trained, Zoe approached making art with an earnestness and concentration that seemed exceptionally mature. Fortunately, her parents understand how important it is to her. 


My daughter said she'd noticed that Zoe becomes agitated when she hasn't painted for a while. "When I pick her up from pre-school and ask her how her day was, she'll glumly report, 'We didn't do art today!' or she'll happily tell me, 'We did art!'"


When Zoe was 4, I bought her glass artist Dale Chihuly's art kit for kids. It's full of exercises and stories about how he started to see the world as an artist when he was a kid. We began with a hilarious exercise that involved melting marshmallows in the microwave and then stretching them as glassblowers do with liquid glass.


We moved on to her bedroom and she began drawing. As she was working, I thumbed through the book and would share little bits of information. "Chihuly said he never met a color he didn't like," I told her. 


She didn't acknowledge that she'd heard me, but when she finished she showed me her drawing. "It's Chihuly as a boy," she said.


A framed version of it now hangs in my office and a copy was sent to the inspiration for this piece at the time when she did it. Not only did we receive a lovely reply, it was accompanied by several books of his work and DVDs of his public television programs.


Of course, Zoe knows that making art is the reward of making art. 


As Steve Jobs said in his famous commencement address at Stanford, "The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know it when you find it. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle."


Zoe already knows that and I'm going to make certain that nobody tells her otherwise. And if art turns out to be a passing fancy and not a passion, I'll make sure she knows that it's okay to change her mind.


Up until recently, if you wanted to relocate to a new country and make a living in your adopted home, there was no reliable place to begin gathering the necessary tools and information to succeed. 


With the birth of International Living's Fund Your Life Overseas, that's all changed. Experienced expat entrepreneurs, with years of success between them, generously share what they've learned so you can benefit. They'll help you avoid the pitfalls and point you in the direction of opportunity. 


If building a life abroad is a high priority for you, join us in Phoenix on November 16-18 for the Fund Your Life Overseas Conference. You'll go home with ideas, information and power tools that can be put to work creating an income and a lifestyle that fits you perfectly. 

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.