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When Rainy Days are Cause for Joy

I love this time of year. It's rainy season in South Florida and the darkened skies that blanket our afternoons and lash us with quick moving squalls are like liquid sunshine.

Prior to the daily deluge of the past two weeks, we've had months of humid, but rainless, hot weather that scorched our lawns turning them helplessly brown and made going outdoors a hot, humid mess. Now the relentless sun and heat have been replaced with skies as dark as early evening, puddles at the end of our driveways, and green lawns. It's also created a nice scene changing, mood shift for our little perpetually sunny town. Somehow this dramatic change does us good, it feels more grown up around here, more urban, perhaps chic?


photo credit: http://www.lcra.org/newsletter/currents/nov06/images/rain_day.jpg

26 May

Over the past five months I've listened to Steering by Starlight twice in audio book format, driving around town. However, though I've checked it out at least twice from the library, I've yet to get through the hardback and the included exercises. While checking my library book due dates this morning, I realized that the poor book is due at the end of this week and cannot be further renewed. I've resolved to finish the book this week, I've checked it out enough, this has to stop! So, I'll be working on that this week.
I've actually got a tall stack of books in the 'find yourself' genre, all checked out from the library and waiting for me to read them so that they can impart their words of wisdom on my future direction in life. Here's a sampling of the titles:

To build the life you want, create the work you love
Secrets of the millionaire mind
Mortgages for dummies
The career guide for the creative and unconventional
48 days to the work you love
I'…

26 May

Over the past five months I've listened to Steering by Starlight twice in audio book format, driving around town. However, though I've checked it out at least twice from the library, I've yet to get through the hardback and the included exercises. While checking my library book due dates this morning, I realized that the poor book is due at the end of this week and cannot be further renewed. I've resolved to finish the book this week, I've checked it out enough, this has to stop! So, I'll be working on that this week.
I've actually got a tall stack of books in the 'find yourself' genre, all checked out from the library and waiting for me to read them so that they can impart their words of wisdom on my future direction in life. Here's a sampling of the titles:

To build the life you want, create the work you love
Secrets of the millionaire mind
Mortgages for dummies
The career guide for the creative and unconventional
48 days to the work you love
I'…

26 May

Over the past five months I've listened to Steering by Starlight twice in audio book format, driving around town. However, though I've checked it out at least twice from the library, I've yet to get through the hardback and the included exercises. While checking my library book due dates this morning, I realized that the poor book is due at the end of this week and cannot be further renewed. I've resolved to finish the book this week, I've checked it out enough, this has to stop! So, I'll be working on that this week.
I've actually got a tall stack of books in the 'find yourself' genre, all checked out from the library and waiting for me to read them so that they can impart their words of wisdom on my future direction in life. Here's a sampling of the titles:

To build the life you want, create the work you love
Secrets of the millionaire mind
Mortgages for dummies
The career guide for the creative and unconventional
48 days to the work you love
I'…

20 May

Insomnia continues. Luckily I have some new books to read.





The good news:

I received a call from the agency handling long-term rentals in Incline Village. She suggested that I come out in July or August to tour and confirm a lease for September.
My computer has been sent back to HP for a new hard drive. It should return in a week or so. In the interim, there's the office and the library.
I'm revising my resume. I was invited to apply for another job in Denver, so I did.
Reading "To build the life you want, create the work you love". Interestingly I resisted the words at first, now I find them wise and reassuring.
I find that FEAR of making the wrong decision, of failure, is my greatest obstacle right now.photo credit: http://www.lifepurposediscoverysystem.com/blog/uploaded_images/fear-of-failure-768216.gif

20 May

Insomnia continues. Luckily I have some new books to read.





The good news:

I received a call from the agency handling long-term rentals in Incline Village. She suggested that I come out in July or August to tour and confirm a lease for September.
My computer has been sent back to HP for a new hard drive. It should return in a week or so. In the interim, there's the office and the library.
I'm revising my resume. I was invited to apply for another job in Denver, so I did.
Reading "To build the life you want, create the work you love". Interestingly I resisted the words at first, now I find them wise and reassuring.
I find that FEAR of making the wrong decision, of failure, is my greatest obstacle right now.photo credit: http://www.lifepurposediscoverysystem.com/blog/uploaded_images/fear-of-failure-768216.gif

20 May

Insomnia continues. Luckily I have some new books to read.





The good news:

I received a call from the agency handling long-term rentals in Incline Village. She suggested that I come out in July or August to tour and confirm a lease for September.
My computer has been sent back to HP for a new hard drive. It should return in a week or so. In the interim, there's the office and the library.
I'm revising my resume. I was invited to apply for another job in Denver, so I did.
Reading "To build the life you want, create the work you love". Interestingly I resisted the words at first, now I find them wise and reassuring.
I find that FEAR of making the wrong decision, of failure, is my greatest obstacle right now.photo credit: http://www.lifepurposediscoverysystem.com/blog/uploaded_images/fear-of-failure-768216.gif

Suzanne Battles the Bulge

"Camille, do I look any thinner? I've been running in the morning."

My friend looks up from her desk, gives me the once over and then pauses, "Do you want the truth?"

No. I mean, yes. "Yes, of course."

"You look the same. Sorry."

This is my mid-life tussle with weight. I get up three mornings a week and go for a 30 minute walk/run around the neighborhood. On the odd days, I do a variety of things while laying on my back all of which are supposed to tighten my abs and slim my waist.

I still look like a succulent ripe apple. (yum-o! says Rachel Ray!)

Last winter dear friend gave me a gift of some lessons with a personal trainer and we trained and I ran a 5K to celebrate the culmination of our work together. That I managed to run the entire race was a sweet victory. That I didn't lose a single pound during our time together was a disappointment.

My trainer suggested that food, not exercise was the issue. My fondness for baking luscious chocolate c…

18 May

Had an interesting deja vu moment today: On Sunday, I was thinking about my old address in Incline: 949 Dana Court. And the number 4 popped into my mind and a $350K price. Then this morning, I received an email via Trulia with the latest listings from Incline. There was only one, it was 949 Dana Ct. #4, with an asking price of $399K. Interesting isn't it?

The realtor who handles long-term rentals in Incline Village has not responded to the online query I sent them on Friday. So I queried them again, twice, today: once via email, once via their website, and then I sent my local realtor there in Incline an email telling her they were being non-responsive. Huh.

My computer has managed to lose it's hard drive...really....when I try to run a diagnostic test to find out why it won't run it says: 'hard disk not found'. Not good. It's still under warranty with HP but it will take two weeks for them to send out a box, ship it, fix it, and ship it back. My concern is that …

18 May

Had an interesting deja vu moment today: On Sunday, I was thinking about my old address in Incline: 949 Dana Court. And the number 4 popped into my mind and a $350K price. Then this morning, I received an email via Trulia with the latest listings from Incline. There was only one, it was 949 Dana Ct. #4, with an asking price of $399K. Interesting isn't it?

The realtor who handles long-term rentals in Incline Village has not responded to the online query I sent them on Friday. So I queried them again, twice, today: once via email, once via their website, and then I sent my local realtor there in Incline an email telling her they were being non-responsive. Huh.

My computer has managed to lose it's hard drive...really....when I try to run a diagnostic test to find out why it won't run it says: 'hard disk not found'. Not good. It's still under warranty with HP but it will take two weeks for them to send out a box, ship it, fix it, and ship it back. My concern is that …

18 May

Had an interesting deja vu moment today: On Sunday, I was thinking about my old address in Incline: 949 Dana Court. And the number 4 popped into my mind and a $350K price. Then this morning, I received an email via Trulia with the latest listings from Incline. There was only one, it was 949 Dana Ct. #4, with an asking price of $399K. Interesting isn't it?

The realtor who handles long-term rentals in Incline Village has not responded to the online query I sent them on Friday. So I queried them again, twice, today: once via email, once via their website, and then I sent my local realtor there in Incline an email telling her they were being non-responsive. Huh.

My computer has managed to lose it's hard drive...really....when I try to run a diagnostic test to find out why it won't run it says: 'hard disk not found'. Not good. It's still under warranty with HP but it will take two weeks for them to send out a box, ship it, fix it, and ship it back. My concern is that …

15 May

This morning I woke at 4 a.m. worried that I have not been doing enough, that I am in the same place that I was a year ago, that I want to move to Incline Village, but that I am being foolish and should (still) choose a cheaper place (though I do seem able to afford to rent a house there and contacted an agent to inquire about two of them today), that I have not revised my resume yet becaue I don't know how to write one for a job I've never had(in books) but want, rather than one that I don't (in sales) which I've had, that I have not found a job yet because I haven't completed that resume, that there are many more qualified, wiser people 'out there' who will be able to get a job, career, home before me. And that the anxiety of trying to figure out which of these things to complete first (while admonishing myself for not completing any of them yet) is causing me great heaps of anxiety which wake me at 4 a.m.

15 May

This morning I woke at 4 a.m. worried that I have not been doing enough, that I am in the same place that I was a year ago, that I want to move to Incline Village, but that I am being foolish and should (still) choose a cheaper place (though I do seem able to afford to rent a house there and contacted an agent to inquire about two of them today), that I have not revised my resume yet becaue I don't know how to write one for a job I've never had(in books) but want, rather than one that I don't (in sales) which I've had, that I have not found a job yet because I haven't completed that resume, that there are many more qualified, wiser people 'out there' who will be able to get a job, career, home before me. And that the anxiety of trying to figure out which of these things to complete first (while admonishing myself for not completing any of them yet) is causing me great heaps of anxiety which wake me at 4 a.m.

15 May

This morning I woke at 4 a.m. worried that I have not been doing enough, that I am in the same place that I was a year ago, that I want to move to Incline Village, but that I am being foolish and should (still) choose a cheaper place (though I do seem able to afford to rent a house there and contacted an agent to inquire about two of them today), that I have not revised my resume yet becaue I don't know how to write one for a job I've never had(in books) but want, rather than one that I don't (in sales) which I've had, that I have not found a job yet because I haven't completed that resume, that there are many more qualified, wiser people 'out there' who will be able to get a job, career, home before me. And that the anxiety of trying to figure out which of these things to complete first (while admonishing myself for not completing any of them yet) is causing me great heaps of anxiety which wake me at 4 a.m.

8 May

Image by Today is a good day via FlickrThis week there was a terrific article in the Wall Street Journal describing the rise of freelance careerists. This alternative career path is a win-win for both the company that wants to cut down on overhead staffing costs and for the individual.

For the company, hiring freelance staff allows them to hire staff for short-term specialized projects, without having to provide a desk, a 401-K, a paid vacation plan. It also allows them a relatively painless way to increase and decrease staffing levels more fluidly in response to demand requirements.

The freelance employee makes their own hours, work where they want, chose their projects, and have multiple clients, thereby increasing potential income sources rather than relying on just one. This option would provide me, if not with full income potential, at least a soft landing in my new hometown as I look for more traditional work. Who knows, it might be a way to fulfill my desire to work from home.

How…

8 May

Image by Today is a good day via FlickrThis week there was a terrific article in the Wall Street Journal describing the rise of freelance careerists. This alternative career path is a win-win for both the company that wants to cut down on overhead staffing costs and for the individual.

For the company, hiring freelance staff allows them to hire staff for short-term specialized projects, without having to provide a desk, a 401-K, a paid vacation plan. It also allows them a relatively painless way to increase and decrease staffing levels more fluidly in response to demand requirements.

The freelance employee makes their own hours, work where they want, chose their projects, and have multiple clients, thereby increasing potential income sources rather than relying on just one. This option would provide me, if not with full income potential, at least a soft landing in my new hometown as I look for more traditional work. Who knows, it might be a way to fulfill my desire to work from home.

How…

8 May

Image by Today is a good day via FlickrThis week there was a terrific article in the Wall Street Journal describing the rise of freelance careerists. This alternative career path is a win-win for both the company that wants to cut down on overhead staffing costs and for the individual.

For the company, hiring freelance staff allows them to hire staff for short-term specialized projects, without having to provide a desk, a 401-K, a paid vacation plan. It also allows them a relatively painless way to increase and decrease staffing levels more fluidly in response to demand requirements.

The freelance employee makes their own hours, work where they want, chose their projects, and have multiple clients, thereby increasing potential income sources rather than relying on just one. This option would provide me, if not with full income potential, at least a soft landing in my new hometown as I look for more traditional work. Who knows, it might be a way to fulfill my desire to work from home.

How…

5 May

Image by Getty Images via DaylifeCreated an ad to lease out my condo starting September 1st. We're going to post the ad at a local seminary to target graduate students looking for fall term housing within walking distance of their school. Nice way to insure I have to move isn't it?!Contacted an Incline Village realtor that handles long-term rentals and told them that I am looking for a home to rent beginning in September, gave them my budget and my requirements.
Do you think that if I close enough doors, the right one will open?

5 May

Image by Getty Images via DaylifeCreated an ad to lease out my condo starting September 1st. We're going to post the ad at a local seminary to target graduate students looking for fall term housing within walking distance of their school. Nice way to insure I have to move isn't it?!Contacted an Incline Village realtor that handles long-term rentals and told them that I am looking for a home to rent beginning in September, gave them my budget and my requirements.
Do you think that if I close enough doors, the right one will open?