I know, I know, I haven't been blogging. I decided to get a life... a little winter pagan holiday gift to myself, haha. But, its "time to make the random thoughts!"
However, the new year is upon us and all attempts on my part to make annual resolutions I know I will never keep have been squashed and I am now secure in my ability to resolve to do things...daily. Its working out nicely, thank you.
This will, naturally, be a year of continued growth, moving forward, only looking back to smile and wipe a tear where warranted. I have nowhere to go but up and out and over >>>>>there! There were a few bumps in the road last year, easily paved over with either blanket dismissal or amused denial and I will continue to work on the various things in my life that work for me, knowing its pissing the hell out of people that I'm doing it all without breaking a sweat.
I took it upon myself to pick up a new copy of Laurie Beth Jones' book Jesus, Entrepeneur (old title "Jesus, Inc") as I apparently gave away my old copy and am focused on a daily movement toward what she calls "spiritrepeneurship"... finding my gift (done), shaping it (getting there) and presenting it to the world for what it is, my spirit, my gift from God, to others (check back this time next year... or sooner).
If you've never read any of Laurie's books, I happily recommend them. Written in bible study form, using real world, real time examples, she applies Jesus' teachings to the fine art of business. Yes, ladies and gents, you too can love God and make a living doing it without fleecing the flock. People do it daily. Check out her stuff sometime, seriously.
In addtion to doing a little light reading, I'm working on a bonified marketing plan for the jewelry store. I've signed up for a few online marketing classes, am figuring out how google analytics works (help me Jesus!) and networking with other jewelry designers who aren't so full of themselves that they think everything they do is top secret. I am doing a lot of custom work. I've been told to hit the craft fair circuit... we'll see, we'll see...
Teaching the middle schoolers has been the experience of a lifetime. Would you believe, this bunch of knuckleheads want to learn science? Who would have thought! In one of the first studies in Jesus Entrepreneur, Laurie talks about taking the leap of faith that leads to your spiritual entrepeneurship. I do believe I've jumped, flown, and may never land. I hope not at least.
Well enough randomness for the 7th day of the 2010th year since Romans figured out how to put together a calendar. I'm watching snow fall and wondering if maybe I should put off moving to St. Thomas for 5 years. Man, I love winter! (did I say that?)
To all that read this, Happy New Year, and do one thing differently, every single month this year. You'll be surprised at the result.
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