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August 26, 2010
Barbara Winter's Joyfully Jobless News
 
 Ask whether you can do something and
your mind produces a list of pros and cons.
Ask how you can do something and you mind comes up with all the ways to do it.
Which is going to move you forward?
~ John Williams
In This Issue
Note From Barbara
How I Learned to Afford What Matters
Barbara Online
Buon Viaggio Blog
 
The theme this month is
Alternatives.
NOTE FROM BARBARA
About the time I'd written on my blog, "You can either have your excuses or you can have your dreams. You can't have both", I got this e-mail from Jami Yanowski that began, "Most of your blog, newsletter and Winning Ways readers are now well aware that we are planning the inaugural Joyfully Jobless Jamboree in Austin, Texas in October. The Jamboree is going to be a huge celebration of self-employment, with like minded people attending, fabulous speakers and interactive workshops. Sounds great to me. It's a good thing I already signed up! "
 
Jami really wanted to share something with you and I'm certain many of you will identify with her story.
HOW I LEARNED TO AFFORD WHAT MATTERS

Jami Yanoski
Jami Yanoski
By Jami Yanoski

I know there are many of you sitting out there right now, that keep getting e-mails about the Joyfully Jobless Jamboree, keep seeing information about it. I know what you're thinking. YOU WANT to come to the Jamboree because it sounds like a ton of fun.
 
You WANT to come to the Jamboree because you know you will benefit from the speakers. You want to come to the Jamboree because you want to be in a room full of people that think like you do. Yee-haw! 
 
So here's the kicker: I also know exactly what's going through your head right now and these following statements (or variations of) might be part of it:
 
  • I really want to go to this Jamboree, but I shouldn't be spending the money.
  • I need to save money in this tough economy. Maybe they'll have another one next year and I can go to that one.
  • School just started, and I'm shelling out money for new clothes, sports equipment, etc. that Junior needs, so I really can't afford it right now.
Let me tell you something, I feel your pain. I get it. Two years ago, I would have been telling myself the exact same thing. But in my long journey of leaving Corporate America and becoming Joyfully Jobless, I had a couple of eye-opening experiences that I'd like to share with you, and I hope it will help you in your decision making regarding the Jamboree.
 
About 1.5 years ago, Barbara Winter and Alice Barry put together a weekend event called Follow Through Camp held in Dodge City, Kansas. The idea around the camp was to dust off an idea you have had but never followed through on. I hemmed and hawed about attending the workshop (doing the self talk "I shouldn't" in my head), and finally registered the last day of early bird registration.
 
It was the best thing I ever did. I met my people, my posse, my support system- the people who get me-and I get them.
 
I still talk to most of the people from the camp on a regular basis. We have formed friendships based on our Joyfully Jobless life and our dreams and goals.
 
That's not my only experience, however. About five years ago, Barbara hosted a weekend workshop with Valerie Young in Northampton, Massachusetts called Work at What you Love. I attended that workshop. I knew I wanted to be Joyfully Jobless, just didn't know how I'd go about doing it or what I wanted to do.
 
In the effort to save some money, I ended up sharing a hotel room with a complete stranger. We found each other on the message boards set up for the workshop. She happened to be close to my age and the hotel was sold out, so I agreed to share my room with her. To this day, we still keep in touch. I know that I have her on my team no matter what and we've been through the ups and downs of our transition from Corporate America to joyfully jobless together.
 
So how about we address the resistance and approach this "I shouldn't" self talk in a different way? Instead of telling yourself "I can't afford it" what about changing your words around, and in turn, change your thoughts around?

MAKING IT AFFORDABLE

In the words of Robert Kiyosaki, what happens if you ask yourself "HOW
can I afford to go?"

One way is to create a small entrepreneurial project to fund the fun. Here are some general ideas I'll throw out to you:
  • Can you clean out your garage, and sell your old ski equipment, roller blades, snow shoes, any other miscellaneous sports equipment you no longer use?  How much will that bring if you sell on Craigslist? $50? $100?
  • How about eat out 2 times less in the next 4 weeks?  How much will that save? $100? That's $100 you can put towards the Jamboree.
  • What about brand new or next to new nice clothes, shoes and jewelry? Is there a re-sale shop close by that will take them on consignment?  That could be another $100 right there going towards the Jamboree.
  • Can you find a Jamboreeroommate, to share hotel expenses with? We'll be posting a message board on the JamboreeWeb site soon and you can visit the Jamboree page on Facebook. Here's a great opportunity to find a like-minded tribe member to share hotel expenses and you will probably make a lifelong friend.
  • What about frequent flier miles? Do you have any saved up? Can you use the mileage towards your airfare (like I did) to Austin?
A BIT ABOUT ROI

If, for the past couple of months, you've been telling yourself you'll go to the Jamboree "Someday, when I can afford it," how about I tell you this: "Someday is Here. Someday is right now. Someday is seeing you in Austin in October."
 
There are many experiences you are going to have at the Joyfully Jobless Jamboree. I will 99.9% guarantee you will meet people that you will stay in touch with for years. I will 99.9% guarantee you will walk away from these two days on your own little high, full of energy, motivation and ready to conquer the world.
 
And I'm going to 100% guarantee you are going to have FUN.
 
Early Bird Registration for the Jamboree ends in less than a week. Do yourself, your loved ones and your business a favor and INVEST in this (it's even a tax write off). You won't regret it.
 
Come to Austin in October. Feed your mind, body and soul at the Jamboree and we'll be there welcoming you with open arms. Can I get a "Yee-Haw" from ya'll?
 
From the bottom of my heart,
Jami Yanoski
Proud member of the Pard'ner Posse

Joyfully Jobless Jamboree

Joyfully Jobless Ticket
Buona fortuna,
 
Barbara Winter

Barbara Winter

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