2021-02-24 - 3:24 p.m.
I am very pleased with envisioning how I would like my life to be and then doing what needs to be done to create it.
I just read an article about the creator of Authentic Talent Agency.
He lived in NY with a family and wanted to continued to be rooted with his family. He was out of a job and the opportunities were all in LA.
So he did the only logical thing.
He started his own business.
Solo, then with one other person!
It was a belief in himself and yes a lot of hard work but more so wanting to prioritize what was important to him.
He talks about how philanthropy, service to others and giving what one can to the world were his goals.
A student of Buddhism he CREATED a life grounded in his spiritual practices by keeping that foundation strong.
What a great story!
18 years late ( I think? something like that) his talent agency is now a top one in both LA and NY.
And he still gets to go to Haiti to support the work he feels is important there of providing good medical care to pregnant moms for healthy babies to be born. Something like that... as well as service project for the company to participate in in India and local in NYC, and the Dominican Republic as well.
Great vision , with belief in his capability and then figure out how to do it.
As for me the biggest challenge is getting my company EMAIL up and running. I tried to configure that myself and failed. It may be that I didn't hit GO LIVE on the hosted web site and it might be linked?
I LAUGHED at myself as when I managed the web site for the Arts ORG I used WordPress. So when the hosting provider I found a great rate for, including security I would require IF I had some government consulting gigs offered WORDPRESS I figured " Oh Good, I am familiar with that tool. EVEN if complicated and not the easiest to use- I have used it successfully."
So I went ahead and purchased the domain with all the bells and whistles of its basic their security knowing it can be bolstered.
Part of the reason for the quick purchase is I got a Great price for the domain name I wanted and I KNOW the minute search for a domain name GO DADDY is ON IT ... and will often buy it... then jack up the price.
However how could I forget the research the next marketing director of the arts org did to find
I have a bare bones site.
I want to register the business using the new email with the new company name.
Gmail is NOT secure, so having the email through this hosting provider is a better idea.
I am happy with some good interviews and options for work but the offers coming in are to be a W2 employee!! I really did not want that frankly. Since dedicating part of home for an office I did hope to deduct its expenses. However, I am holding out for the right fit and am looking forward to an offer that is coming TODAY!!! YEAH! I am very excited about this possibility and even though it is a W2 if they come in paying me the rate discussed and agreed on I can make it work.
At every interview I set forth that I want to run my own company. I am not opposed to being an employee as long the employer allows me to do so with the promise I will not compete with the employer.
I take that VERY seriously.
One fun fact. Tax code changed in 2018 ( I think?) and through 2025 a deduction for use of home for business is NOT applicable for any remote work done for an employer if one is a w2 employee. Previously such deduction was allowable.
After the LAST job where I was literally remote from my kitchen table all year... or the porch outside in GOOD weather, I decided after the blender incident that may have impacted my boss' decision to fire me, I really needed to do SOMETHING different to effectively work from home.
I am pleased to have set up a basement office AWAY from the fray. It was in a space designated as a bedroom for one teen that NEVER spends time there. That teen preferred to take over the common area in an adjacent room. So I am moving myself into the basement. My teen was super helpful and we moved out their bed, and moved in my desk and I am in the midst of house cleaning and re-organization. It felt so good! I basically 'staged' a nice area for interviews by moving plants down there and a nice end table with some trade magazines. My desk is pristine (for now), however I am sorting through the pile of former desk contents that is on the kitchen table. Over the past two days I made progress of sorting and purging, throwing out stuff.
For some reason I have a problem parting with those personalized labels that celebrate every possible holiday as well as themes aligned with the non profit I sent money to. Some are do darn cute! I mean I have hearts for Valentine's day on return labels ( recently used 25 of them as I sent out church members a a cherry card and have yet more for next year!) ; Cute Christmas labels, myriad Native American themed, Trees and more trees ( That you National Arbor Society), music themed.. art themed... Easter seals, Pumpkins and apples for Fall, winter scenes, lighthouses ( no clue why), Save the Bay .... etc and on and on.
I have to say I have an aversion to marketing campaigns that send free stuff to try to guilt one into donations. BUT I SO ENJOY THOSE LABELS!
Its hilarious that I could fill a whole shoebox sized storage container with them, set with the sheet upright, the box packed end to end. I formerly kept them in one of those metal file organizers, the kind with shelf like slots on one side, and vertical slots on the other. These were bursting forth along with cards sent in thanks ( or with guilt to try to induce money sent).
I respond to gratitude but not guilt.
I admit once in disgust I CASHED the $1 check sent from Mother Against Drunk Driving. It was not that I don't support the organization but I cringe at the ridiculousness of that tactic of sending money in hopes to guilt the person to say " OH how NICE You sent me a dollar check! SURE I will rip it up and send you back ten dollars. What a great idea!"
Now it might work...
But just NO
I do not want to support that kind of marketing technique!!
So I cashed the check hoping it will STOP.
Or at least I would be off their list...
I mean I did send them money once. But the thing is, I try to SHARE the love.
So it is annoying to be on the list forevermore and to have some places sell my info so suddenly every Native American relief org in the SW sends me solicitations.
Oh but I do like the socks one sent...
That was a bit clever... Random cute socks. LOL
And I have to admidt after bitching about that tactic I did send money after I received a Water is Life T shirt. Heck I searched for similar shirts which was a Christmas gift sent to my son and his girlfriend a few years ago. Donations in their names with shirts ordered to be sent to them. She is Hawaiian , mother native. so I knew that would be appreciated.
Change is good! I came back here just to edit as the page was open after I saved it and I went on about those labels...
as I really should just toss most out! But they are this fun thing I so enjoy for some reason! I LOVE the idea of writing old fashioned letters. I love sending post cards.
I think it is because I really just so enjoy writing to someone and reading a letter from someone.
Nothing quite as much fun I think. I feel like there is something lost when we don't communicate through writing.
There is a richness to written thoughts which I think is often alluded in the spoken conversations. There are of course nuances of body language, expression
but I think people react and modify their thoughts based on how it is received.
OR They are not good at reading body language and not good at self regulation of their own bodies, be it body language or tone of voice that for some there is a block to good communication in person. OR there are those with an ego that just gets in the way...
they can't hear anyone else.
So I think that writing to another is a wonderful means of connection.
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