A heated discussion

I’m gifted to be a member of a peacemakers group that has lively discussions on many different topics.  One of the most recent was about the mistreatment, torture and murder of animals in a ‘named’ country.  This country happened to be listed in one of the documentaries I had watched and commented about because there were 25 million people in that country without any other type of work except illicit trade occupations. 

The discussion was about exposing the country to the world, and action against them.  Ultimately though, is it not the market that drives the need — for anything that is sold?  If people are sold, it’s because somebody is buying them.  If animals are killed for profit, it’s because somebody is buying the parts.  If there is no market, will the killing stop?  I’m sure it would shift the focus onto something that has a market, even if it is something just as malicious, just focused on another target. 

This gives me lots to think about, and lots more to write about.  And that makes me sad.

To your prosperity,

Sue

Long time, no posting

It’s been quite some time since I last posted.  I find it amazing that each time I work a “job” job, I tend to not have the time nor the energy to devote to my own passions.  So, what’s up with that?  I ask myself. 

How can I either (a) get a “job” job that doesn’t sap my energy or use up all my time, or (b) do what I love and generate an income by doing that?  Isn’t that everyone’s dilemma? 

I ended my “job” job three weeks ago, in order to fulfill a promise to my daughter — to attend the birth of my first grand baby.  It was an amazing experience that I would NOT have missed, no matter what, and giving up a job to do that was hardly a second thought.  This was definitely more important, and most likely one of the greatest experiences in my lifetime. 

So, I am now in contemplation mode — and thinking of ways to generate an income (which will enable me to meet many of my needs) while feeling very fulfilled at the same time.  I have put out many applications since my return home from the birth and I find it interesting that I have not heard back, or have not been chosen, for any of them.  Am I upset?  No.  Perhaps a bit confused, but still relishing the fact that I may have to focus more, and only, on my passion projects.  I am not upset about that — no way, no how. 

I’ll keep you posted on how things progress.

To your prosperity,

Sue

Sharing a personal decision I made last week

I had an interesting dilemma last week.  To start off, let me just share that the Law of Attraction has been working quite well for me.  If the law is true — that what we focus on “expands” — then that is truly what has been happening for me.

I’m in the middle of a mini-book program, which I shared previously.  I am focusing on two different mini-books — one is The Money Effect book, which relates to this website, and the other is a book on Divine Parenting, and identifying our needs.

I moved two and a half months ago to a mountain resort town.  I have been looking for work — sending out a lot of applications to many different places.  I had decided, early on, to do something that I have never done before.  I wanted to expand myself and learn and grow in another way.  To this end, last week I had two jobs offers.

One job offer was at a daycare.  I would be responsible for looking after the wee infants, 0-2 years of age.  I would be partnered with at least one other person, with a maximum number of children in the room set at seven.  It’s been a long time since I spent time with small children, so I’m very much out of practice.  However, there is government-funded training — three levels to be completed within three years.  Divine Parenting, made manifest.

The second job was working for an international arts centre, in the HR department responsible for payroll.  The benefits are tremendous, including access to a fitness centre, potential for staff accommodation, free food, training in all different areas, free events, etc.  The Money Effect, made manifest.

The two job offers came within a two day period.  I had waited for all this time and now, I have a choice.  Hmmm…  to play with the beautiful “new” children, and have them teach me so I could teach others?  Or, to challenge myself with working in a brand new field (for me) with over 700 new people, from all around the world, and learn more about money to share with others?

How did I decide?  I had to look at all the pro’s, and ultimately, the international centre won out.  Could it have been the potential accommodation option, the fitness centre, access to the phenomenal creative energy?  Or could it have just been the $1,200 per month difference in wage I would be receiving as a result of this choice?  Or, could it have been all of that?

Money definitely plays a part in our decisions.  I need funding for my projects, and I’d like to be able to fund them myself.  This gives me that option, and access to a lot of other things focused on my life purpose and direction.

It may have been my wish to work with the children more.  I would like to see a parent receive funding to stay home with their children, with access to the early childhood education courses that the daycare workers get.  Imagine if moms could afford to stay home AND get training on how to be a great parent!  I would vote for that…

In any event, my energies are now divided even more, as I am back in the working world for at least a 2-year term.  It may delay some of my projects (because I cannot focus all my attentions on my life-purpose work), however, I may make connections that will take me in new directions I might not have thought of otherwise.

I’m looking forward to this adventure.  I hope the learning curve will not take as long as I think, and that I will ease into a comfortableness soon.

To your prosperity,

Sue

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Wednesday, August 20th, 2008 Money & Childbirth, Money & Employment No Comments

Lending money to friends and relatives

I came across this article today about a high profile actor suing his father and uncle for an unpaid loan.  It just made me smile, as it reminded me of some saying about never lending money to people you like or love, cus it can ruin the relationship.

Quite a few years ago, I lent some money (more like gave it, cus I don’t lend things) to a close relative in order to help their family move and get a fresh start in a city that had better employment opportunities.  So, I really had no expectations — I never would have given the money had I had expectations of repayment, because expectations breed disappointment.  So, I lent the money, and didn’t hear from that relative for a few years.  They didn’t have the money to pay me back in that time period, and so didn’t want to initiate contact with me, out of a sense of guilt.  Eventually, I received a card with a cheque with the money and a bit of interest all paid back.  Since I was upset with them for not communicating with me for that time period, I never called or responded to the receipt of the card.  Eventually, I received a phone call from them, asking me if I received the card and the cheque, and was everything ok.

I told them I was upset, and they were puzzled.  I said I’m not upset about the money — I’m upset because you chose not to speak to me as a result of it.  It was like I had done something wrong, and was being punished for it.  Interesting…

Would I lend money to someone?  No.  Would I give it away if they needed it, and I had it?  Yes.  It is not a difficult decision if the need is truly genuine.

To your prosperity,

Sue

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Profiting from War

As a result of watching the document, Why We Fight, (see previous post) I became aware of  the Center for Public Integrity. Cool name, and interesting purpose.

They published a book entitled Making A Killing — The Business of War, and here is a link to the site, with some accompanying articles of interest.

To your prosperity,

Sue

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