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When you feel you can’t

At one point, the tagline on my business cards and advertisements was:

Success begins with a single step, I believe in YOU!

I still totally believe that it does!

Saying I Can’t is easy, taking the first step is harder. I do believe in my clients and in the job seekers I interact with daily on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. You can do it!

Perhaps you think I sit in my comfortable office chair with not a care in the world?

How can I possibly know what you face if you are struggling in your career or presently without a job? I assure you that life has been bumpier for me than many people’s lives.

As someone who has faced many bouts of feast or famine because my husband and I have chosen to be self-employed for more than 20 years, believe me, I understand fiscal challenges.

In addition, I was blessed with two strong-willed sons, one who is still struggling with his choices at age 24 and the other who rebounded better but still hits his share of bumps.

As I admitted in last week’s post, I have had issues with the wrong kind of helping.

This year, my husband had hernia surgery that we procrastinated because we don’t have health insurance right now. The bills for that non-elective surgery (the hernia had grown to the size of a grapefruit) are starting to come in, looks like those will total $11,000+. We explored options for help and completed paperwork in advance but we don’t qualify. The bank called last week in a marketing call so I thought we would explore some new financing options there but in the end, underwriters don’t understand self-employment.

Oh, and son #2 was t-boned by an uninsured and unlicensed driver a couple weeks ago so now 3 of us share one car and it is gone from about 7am to 7pm 6 days a week as my husband cares for his dad. (sandwich generation)

All this fun news should have set me into a spiral of despair.

But I decided I am done with that. I was sharing some of this with Melissa Cooley yesterday on Skype and I told her:

I am just going to tough it out… find clients. keep writing. find passive revenue. build alliances. and then stick my tongue out when someday before I am 97, I am debt-free…

That may sound silly but I have decided that I am in control of my future. I may hit another hundred roadblocks but I believe that I can do it. I share all of this because I want you to know that when I tell you you can do it, I have walked in your shoes.

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Where do you recharge?

I’m trying to learn, this year, how to make time for recharging. It’s a hard lesson for me. Even taking moments out of my day to sit in the sunshine is hard for me, but I am trying. Early starts I tend to start my days very early. My alarm on weekdays is set forContinue Reading

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Is everyone instinctively competitive?

Meet Beau and Titan, the visiting Newfoundland puppies who come to be socialized with Teddy, our German Shepherd. Beau and Titan belong to Lee, a friend of my sons, and his dad. Titan is Lee’s and Beau is his dad’s puppy. At 10 weeks old, they compete to get the same toys. Even when IContinue Reading

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Career Mentoring from 4th of July Raspberry Picking

Yesterday, I picked raspberries at my father-in-law Bob’s house. The raspberries are early this year. In other years, the raspberries were at their peak during the week of the fair in early August. But spring came early and so did the raspberries. No ordinary raspberry patch Bob has no ordinary raspberry patch with just aContinue Reading

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Did you review your resolutions yet?

My Facebook and Twitter friends greeted me with birthday wishes starting yesterday and continuing today. What a wonderful feeling to have a global community of friends to help me remember another milestone! Halfway through the year When I was thinking about the date that marks my 54 years on this earth… July 1, I realizedContinue Reading

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When change happens, what do you do?

My German Shepherd, Teddy, has had long time love of his orange deflated basketball. He has hauled it all over the house and knows who is likely to play with him. He loves to have people kick the ball to him. One of my sons’ friends even developed the habit of coming over to playContinue Reading

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