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25 July

Reading: What Color is Your Parachute and Creative Visualization.

Doing: Looking at house rentals in my prospective towns.

I believe it's all going to come together.

25 July

Reading: What Color is Your Parachute and Creative Visualization.

Doing: Looking at house rentals in my prospective towns.

I believe it's all going to come together.

25 July

Reading: What Color is Your Parachute and Creative Visualization.

Doing: Looking at house rentals in my prospective towns.

I believe it's all going to come together.

Blessings at a Car Wash

Sometimes it's the random occurrences in unexpected places that stay with us the longest. This morning I was in the Hummer on my way home from a morning workout at the beach. I passed a couple kids on the side of the road holding signs reading,

"FREE CAR WASH...really! no donations allowed!"

I didn't believe it, but I decided to turn around and check it out it for two reasons, 1) 'Petunia' my precious white Hummer was sorely in need of a bath, and 2) I'm a sucker for a school car washes and the opportunity to help the little darlings raise money for whatever they need.

They wave me in like deckhands on an aircraft carrier and I glide Petunia into our designated slot. They greet with me with smiles and suggest I take a seat in one of the chairs under a nearby tree while they get to work. I ask what group this is benefiting and am surprised to find out that the car wash is a monthly service project of Calvary Chapel, a local mega-church that has grown over t…

22 July

Incline Village, Nevada


Truckee, California


Evergreen, Colorado

Which place will I call home?

22 July

Incline Village, Nevada


Truckee, California


Evergreen, Colorado

Which place will I call home?

22 July

Incline Village, Nevada


Truckee, California


Evergreen, Colorado

Which place will I call home?

Encouraging Words for the 'Newly Self-Employed'

Today over at GalleyCat / MediaBistro an inspiring and encouraging interview with Susan Colon, former senior editor at O: The Oprah Magazine who used the time after being laid-off to write a book, Cherries in Winter, which has just been published.

I love these 'making lemonade out of lemons' stories, which are not only the type of stories we need right now, but provide valuable lessons on how to use our time wisely, and just how much we really do have a say in determining our course in life even when big, huge, untimely, ego-threatening obstacles like lay-offs are thrown in our path.

For your convenience and edification, here's the interview from YouTube:


20 July

I've now moved into the mode of looking at houses to rent in Incline Village, Nevada (Lake Tahoe), Truckee, California (near Tahoe) and Evergreen, Colorado (cheaper houses, better economy, more jobs?). Since I don't have a job out west yet buying a house is probably premature, even for me, the perennial cart-before-horse type. Today I am querying property managers in each place asking for monthly rental rates on specific houses I see on their websites. I'm excited to be moving forward again after getting stuck for a while.

The plan is go out there, satisfy my desire for change of seasons, look for work and shop for houses. When I'm feeling scared about this whole endeavor, I find it helps to take baby steps and sneak up on the thing slowly.

Every day do one thing.

20 July

I've now moved into the mode of looking at houses to rent in Incline Village, Nevada (Lake Tahoe), Truckee, California (near Tahoe) and Evergreen, Colorado (cheaper houses, better economy, more jobs?). Since I don't have a job out west yet buying a house is probably premature, even for me, the perennial cart-before-horse type. Today I am querying property managers in each place asking for monthly rental rates on specific houses I see on their websites. I'm excited to be moving forward again after getting stuck for a while.

The plan is go out there, satisfy my desire for change of seasons, look for work and shop for houses. When I'm feeling scared about this whole endeavor, I find it helps to take baby steps and sneak up on the thing slowly.

Every day do one thing.

20 July

I've now moved into the mode of looking at houses to rent in Incline Village, Nevada (Lake Tahoe), Truckee, California (near Tahoe) and Evergreen, Colorado (cheaper houses, better economy, more jobs?). Since I don't have a job out west yet buying a house is probably premature, even for me, the perennial cart-before-horse type. Today I am querying property managers in each place asking for monthly rental rates on specific houses I see on their websites. I'm excited to be moving forward again after getting stuck for a while.

The plan is go out there, satisfy my desire for change of seasons, look for work and shop for houses. When I'm feeling scared about this whole endeavor, I find it helps to take baby steps and sneak up on the thing slowly.

Every day do one thing.

A Dog's Life

Friday over at the New York Time's Op-Ed page, Bo the Presidential Dog (DOTUS?) gave us a review of his first one hundred days in office. His temperament is friendly and reasoned considering the paparazzi dogging him (eek!). As we enter the dog days of summer, it's nice to see a pro take it all in stride.



15 July

I know, I know. Nine days since I last posted a progress report here. I have not been completely idle in that time. I have been on a career exploration/hunting bent during this time. I am emailing my resume to headhunters, I am reading two terrific career-search books, the classic What Color is Your Parachute and a highly recommended The Pathfinder. And I had a free resume evaluation completed.

I also continue to contact real estate agents to discuss the relative merits of homes in their area. Most recently the Big Fork and Lakeside Montana areas, sitting on opposite sides of the Flathead Lake in northwest Montana. The cost of real estate is much more reasonable, however, the winters are very grey and the town's population drops from a summer-time high of 10,000 to 1,500, which doesn't sound great for the sense of community I was looking for.

Yesterday I did some online research looking for feedback on what it would be like to be a single, non-Mormon, woman living in Utah. The r…

15 July

I know, I know. Nine days since I last posted a progress report here. I have not been completely idle in that time. I have been on a career exploration/hunting bent during this time. I am emailing my resume to headhunters, I am reading two terrific career-search books, the classic What Color is Your Parachute and a highly recommended The Pathfinder. And I had a free resume evaluation completed.

I also continue to contact real estate agents to discuss the relative merits of homes in their area. Most recently the Big Fork and Lakeside Montana areas, sitting on opposite sides of the Flathead Lake in northwest Montana. The cost of real estate is much more reasonable, however, the winters are very grey and the town's population drops from a summer-time high of 10,000 to 1,500, which doesn't sound great for the sense of community I was looking for.

Yesterday I did some online research looking for feedback on what it would be like to be a single, non-Mormon, woman living in Utah. The r…

15 July

I know, I know. Nine days since I last posted a progress report here. I have not been completely idle in that time. I have been on a career exploration/hunting bent during this time. I am emailing my resume to headhunters, I am reading two terrific career-search books, the classic What Color is Your Parachute and a highly recommended The Pathfinder. And I had a free resume evaluation completed.

I also continue to contact real estate agents to discuss the relative merits of homes in their area. Most recently the Big Fork and Lakeside Montana areas, sitting on opposite sides of the Flathead Lake in northwest Montana. The cost of real estate is much more reasonable, however, the winters are very grey and the town's population drops from a summer-time high of 10,000 to 1,500, which doesn't sound great for the sense of community I was looking for.

Yesterday I did some online research looking for feedback on what it would be like to be a single, non-Mormon, woman living in Utah. The r…

6 July

I'd like to say that everything is going swimmingly, but that's simply not true, though I have hopes that an epiphany is imminent. Saw friends this weekend who are sure that my moving away from Florida is a mistake, or at the least should be undertaken on a temporary basis of 3 months a year, and not on a permanent basis. They are afraid that I am making a mistake, will move to a place where I know no one and be lonely, and have advised renting before buying.

Here's a picture of a 4/2 house in a little place called Lakeside, Montana. It has beautiful views over Flathead Lake and can be purchased for the very reasonable sum of $249,000. I have never been to Lakeside, it looks like a lovely area, though according to the data I've seen on City Data's very useful webite, it's not the sunniest place during the winter....which doesn't bode well for my Seasonal Affective Disorder which I don't have yet but I'm sure to develop as soon as I'm placed in th…

6 July

I'd like to say that everything is going swimmingly, but that's simply not true, though I have hopes that an epiphany is imminent. Saw friends this weekend who are sure that my moving away from Florida is a mistake, or at the least should be undertaken on a temporary basis of 3 months a year, and not on a permanent basis. They are afraid that I am making a mistake, will move to a place where I know no one and be lonely, and have advised renting before buying.

Here's a picture of a 4/2 house in a little place called Lakeside, Montana. It has beautiful views over Flathead Lake and can be purchased for the very reasonable sum of $249,000. I have never been to Lakeside, it looks like a lovely area, though according to the data I've seen on City Data's very useful webite, it's not the sunniest place during the winter....which doesn't bode well for my Seasonal Affective Disorder which I don't have yet but I'm sure to develop as soon as I'm placed in th…

6 July

I'd like to say that everything is going swimmingly, but that's simply not true, though I have hopes that an epiphany is imminent. Saw friends this weekend who are sure that my moving away from Florida is a mistake, or at the least should be undertaken on a temporary basis of 3 months a year, and not on a permanent basis. They are afraid that I am making a mistake, will move to a place where I know no one and be lonely, and have advised renting before buying.

Here's a picture of a 4/2 house in a little place called Lakeside, Montana. It has beautiful views over Flathead Lake and can be purchased for the very reasonable sum of $249,000. I have never been to Lakeside, it looks like a lovely area, though according to the data I've seen on City Data's very useful webite, it's not the sunniest place during the winter....which doesn't bode well for my Seasonal Affective Disorder which I don't have yet but I'm sure to develop as soon as I'm placed in th…

The Divining Wand - A New Spell is Cast

Back in February of this year it was my pleasure to introduce Larramie, who was in the process of launching her second blog. Through a series of serendipitous events, two blogs have sparkled into something even more remarkable...a site that feeds the passions of the literary set. For readers it's the place to find out about books before they hit the market, and for authors it's a great way to promote their work and gain a wider audience.

Now, let's see what Larramie's been up to....

You are creator of Seize a Daisy and the original Divining Wand. Please tell us how those sites became the impetus for the NEW Divining Wand?

Seize a Daisy's purpose encouraged visitors to try something fresh and new found on the Internet, including books written by debut authors. Even before the site launched I found Allison Winn Scotch's blog where she shared how her writing life and real life were affected by the upcoming publication of her first novel, The Department of Lost and …

1 July

I tried something new today: am trying out Resume Rabbit, a resume delivery service that promises to post your resume on 89 of the most popular job sites. Since I spent most of Saturday doing this myself, I hesitated to pay someone else to continue the effort on my behalf. Then I realized in a cost analysis of resume/hr basis, they were well worth the nominal price. Now let's see the results.

Onto the ongoing location debate: as I mentioned in yesterday's post, there are certain specific criteria that I would love to find in my next community. I listed a few, but I thought it might be a useful excercise if simply for clarification purposes to make a list of them, going into greater detail. I might even share them here. Who knows, maybe someone will read them and say, "I know just the place!"

You know, that old 'put it out there to the Universe' riff? Yeah, that one.

photo credit: Breckenridge, CO

1 July

I tried something new today: am trying out Resume Rabbit, a resume delivery service that promises to post your resume on 89 of the most popular job sites. Since I spent most of Saturday doing this myself, I hesitated to pay someone else to continue the effort on my behalf. Then I realized in a cost analysis of resume/hr basis, they were well worth the nominal price. Now let's see the results.

Onto the ongoing location debate: as I mentioned in yesterday's post, there are certain specific criteria that I would love to find in my next community. I listed a few, but I thought it might be a useful excercise if simply for clarification purposes to make a list of them, going into greater detail. I might even share them here. Who knows, maybe someone will read them and say, "I know just the place!"

You know, that old 'put it out there to the Universe' riff? Yeah, that one.

photo credit: Breckenridge, CO

1 July

I tried something new today: am trying out Resume Rabbit, a resume delivery service that promises to post your resume on 89 of the most popular job sites. Since I spent most of Saturday doing this myself, I hesitated to pay someone else to continue the effort on my behalf. Then I realized in a cost analysis of resume/hr basis, they were well worth the nominal price. Now let's see the results.

Onto the ongoing location debate: as I mentioned in yesterday's post, there are certain specific criteria that I would love to find in my next community. I listed a few, but I thought it might be a useful excercise if simply for clarification purposes to make a list of them, going into greater detail. I might even share them here. Who knows, maybe someone will read them and say, "I know just the place!"

You know, that old 'put it out there to the Universe' riff? Yeah, that one.

photo credit: Breckenridge, CO

Start Where You Are

March is the last time I reviewed a book of note and quite honestly I've become so absorbed with navel-gazing that I've forgotten to look outward. That was until a recent stroll through my blogging neighborhood revealed that some of my friends seem to be on the same-searching for meaning or a new direction or a new career or a new home-path. So in the interest of multiplying the wealth and spreading good karma, allow me to recommend a book...

Regular readers know that for the past six months I've been recording my journey to find a mountain home and a new career on my other blog: Every Day Do One Thing. I've also been reading or listening to the classics and newcomers in the motivational / career advice / find your purpose genre that alternatively offer to make all your dreams come true or at least get you started on the path away from the doldrums of your current less than satisfying life. Many of these books are sincere and helpful in their efforts to offer encouragem…