Life After Kids TV – 2/8/11- Being Your Own Boss

On the next “Life After Kids with Marla Schulman,” meet an accomplished business woman, “solopreneur” and a wonderful woman I am happy to call a friend, Rebecca Quinn.  She’ll be discussing life after working for a big corporation, how to become a solopreneur and offer you some insight as to the joys & pitfalls of being your own boss!

Also, she’ll be giving you some great tips on starting over, networking and how you can find new clients ! So tune in to Life After Kids tonight @8PM Eastern/5PM Pacific!

Here’s the Link to the Live Show  And don’t forget to get your free Stickam.com account so you can log in & chat with us LIVE !

Emptying The Nest or the Re-Organization of Marla

Marla's Messy OfficeSomehow I got my dates mixed up, and thought Mercury was going into retrograde today, though I should have known my bestie, Zoe Moon, and THE best astrologer I have ever met EVER, would have sent up the smoke signals to let me know.  So, working on that assumption, I decided to re-organize my office which has been in a total state of disarray since it was primarily being used to house my foster pups and boxes of papers, files, books, magazines, old batteries, power cords, cell phones – all waiting to be recycled, photographs waiting to be put in albums, business cards waiting to be scanned in, and office supplies I keep buying because I can’t find the ones I bought the last time I couldn’t find them.

Okay, I admit, I have a problem with throwing things out – probably because my dad was a depression baby and he saved everything for a rainy day – I learned to hang on to every thing cause you never know when I am going to need that little piece from the thing-a-ma-whatcha that I can’t find now, but I will some day.

I hate living like this, but I do and I don’t do anything about it until Mercury is in Retrograde, when I would then tear apart my drawers, my office, my garage and make some headway….but there was always that few boxes of stuff that I could never part with that has gone from move to move to move to room to garage to closet.  You get the picture.  I am not a hoarder by any means, but I just feel comfort knowing I have my stuff there for a rainy day. In fairness to myself, my back injury did not allow for any physical activity and I was able to hire a local handyman to handle some things for a while, but he can’t got through boxes and files, and I wasn’t able bodied enough to do it.

But my back isn’t getting better, but it’s not getting worse and the time has come to really empty out my nest, and let go of whatever it is that I am holding onto…to clean out my closets, garage, files and life of those things that I really don’t need anymore….

What don’t you need anymore and how are you going to handle it ???

Let’s talk about this tonight at 9pm ET/6pm PT on LifeAfterKidsTV!

Tending My Garden

Stop and Smell the Flowers!I  love my garden!  It has always been my place of refuge and renewal and now as spring has sprung, the energy is palpable as everything is starting to bud and bloom. So today, I took some time to sit in my backyard and surveyed the new palette of colors about to spring forth. The lushness of the green grass, the bursts of magentas, reds, pinks and yellows bursting forth and and thought how my garden had evolved since I first moved into my house three years ago.

Until I injured my back over a year ago, I was the sole CGO – Chief Gardening Officer of a large, but barren backyard I acquired I bought my house.  It was one of the main reasons I fell in love with this property.  I saw the possibilities in this brown patch of earth that was now all mine.  Before I settled in this house, I had to move 7 times in ten years (that’s a story for another time) so I would plant flowers and herbs in containers and take them with me when I left.  After all, these were my creations, living art, as it were, and I could not bear to leave my masterpieces behind for someone else.

Anyway, from the moment I settled in and until my back injury of ’08,  I would always find something to plant all year ’round.  I reveled in trying all sorts of flowers, shrubs and grasses and learned along the way why some varieties made it and some didn’t.  Was it the poor soil that needed enriching, was it the sun – too hot in some areas – too lacking in others, was it what fertilizer I used or was it too much water or not enough.   I would not be discouraged when some plantings wouldn’t take, because there were others that did, or, surprisingly enough some would come back from the dead the next season.

Nature like life is very unpredictable.  So today as I surveyed my pride and joy, I felt that my commitment to experimentation, in the face of failure, had finally paid off.  I felt a hint of sadness since I would not be able to do any planting this year and there are so many more varieties left to be tried.  But, for now, it is not to be.  Instead I have been made to realize, that it’s okay not to do, but to be.  Stop, as they say, and smell the flowers and be satisfied in a job well done.

What is your “garden”?

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