“The future, is comin’ on…”

Pandora Plus® fed me the Gorillaz song “Clint Eastwood” this morning for breakfast. This post title is the hook line from that song, and a perfect segue for today. Yesterday I disclosed my plan to my employer to take a leave of absence. Today we will discuss it over coffee at Caribou.

It’s becoming a reality.

Denise DT is dead-right about pursuing goals that scare/inspire us in equal measure.

Despite that fact that I have NO idea how we will cover our bills for awhile, in my heart, I know that I’m doing the right thing. My parents and our little nuclear family deserve my undivided attention. Attention doesn’t pay cash, but perhaps it does generate dividends. That will have to be okay for now. In the meantime, my fear about it will store nicely in a SpaceBag. If it’s still there when I come back to open it, I’ll deal with it then.Ziploc SpaceBag

Rolling up my sleeves, and away we go!


Cheers to re-directing your life! kb.xo

Learn to “receive gracefully”

That’s Step 5.  Learn to receive gracefully.

This final tidbit comes from the “Lucky Bitch Manifesting Formula”.

I spent 2 hours this evening watching all 5 parts of this free training course:             Denise DT’s Manifesting Formula.  Printed the Worksheet, took notes, did the work, made an action plan.  Intuitively,  it feels right, familiar even.  I have personally experienced how things come together when you are open about your goal. It is magical. An example comes to mind:  Several years ago, a friend and his wife agreed to take in for one year (at minimum)  4 of his own grandchildren while his daughter sought treatment to overcome an addiction.  The children lived in Texas, these friends were in Minnesota.  The kids were ‘relative strangers’ in a very literal way.   As my friends made preparations to welcome the kids and to have sufficient sleeping areas for them, it occurred to me that I could contribute by sewing some quilts.  While I had made some quilts many years prior, I was out of practice and knew I needed help.  So I started talking to family and friends about what I planned to do, and next thing I knew, help began to trickle in.  Co-workers donated funds to purchase materials.  My daughter and her friends jumped on the quilt-wagon too.  One offered a box of fabric remnants and a couple of others (who were art students at the time) used their artistic training to design 2 quilt themes using the fabrics we had gathered.  Another girl made the calculations and we had a happy afternoon cutting squares and laying them out to build the design.  Then we got busy sewing.  After the initial weekend, it was just me working on the quilts every night after work and on the weekends.  They had to be done before the kids arrived – one month was the deadline.  My Mom decided to chip in her crocheting talents and make 4 afghans – one for each child to keep as their own.  Somehow, everything was complete, washed and delivered on time for Day One.

Warm colors: Complete!
Cool colors: WIP…
Basted and ready for borders to be sewn

Ta-da!  Proof that manifesting works.  Decide what you want to accomplish and then,  GO, make it happen!  I highly recommend that you watch Denise’s video series.

See what you can make happen for yourself!      kb.xo

Whose life IS this anyway?!?

pexels-photo-490411.jpegIt cannot be mine, it’s ill-fitting.  What I need is a life tailor.

Step 1:  What do I WANT and Why?

Step 2:  How do I get there?

Step 3:  Research and resources

Efforts to-date:

  • Entrepreneur magazine
    • Jobs for Introverts and/or Stay-at-home Moms
  • Asked a neighbor, a children’s book editor, for advice & tips
    • She provided a treasure-trove of reference books, content editing checklists, style guides, education & publication ideas to consider 
  • American Copy Editing Society: Quizzes on grammar, punctuation, syntax
  • MediaBistro:  proofreading course
  • Laptop
  • Search out local small businesses who need a little extra help now & then
  • Virtual Assistant?  Personal assistant?  Order fulfillment?
  • Consider Etsy store or Seniors Craft store to market my handiwork
  • Podcasts and webinars
  • Normandale CE course catalog
  • Consider learning to shoot/edit/photoshop videos
  • Consulted with millennial freelancer about my plans
    • She encouraged me to chronicle my steps to transformation on this blog

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”  –Lao Tzu




What I am, what I will be

I want to leave the world of numbers and enter the world of language.

Sounds simple enough. Pack up my belongings in an “I’m outta here” box and leave the premises.

Then comes the next day….



So, a bit about me:

I’m a 57 year old married woman living in the suburbs of Minneapolis. All of my previous work has involved cash or cash equivalents. From cashiering at a theater to DQ to Sears Auto Center in the late 1970s, on to bank teller => bookkeeping => Wall Street brokerage house for a decade straddling the 80s-90s. Next up: collections, A/P, A/R….you get the picture. My career to date has gone from learning elementary accounting in high school using columnar paper & pencils and progressing through NCR registers, Bunker Ramo screens, PCs to Macs, Microsoft Works (that’s SO 1990s)… Excel, QuickBooks and eventually the lot of it being replaced by all things Google. I think that about covers it. Much has changed. Wouldn’t you agree?

The jobs I’ve had were good work. I’ve been more fortunate than most to have good employers and decent conditions. I have felt respected and needed at each and every place. Along the way, I’ve learned to be an administrative assistant, overcome “call-reluctance”, learned how to deal with the typical stereotypes that populate every office environment the world over, oh – a little bit of IT. You know: networks and routers and IP addresses, that sort of gobbledygook. Mostly what I’ve learned is that work is just about figuring stuff out. That’s it. Someone hand me a nutshell to contain this gem. Add that baby to the Marvel Comics Infinity stone collection.

But you know what? I’m bored. I need something else to do. I can figure this out.

So…what are all the cool kids doing nowadays? They have laptops and lattes. They tote them around and work wherever they want to work. They use insomnia as an asset. Some of them even travel while doing it! Digital nomads. Remote workers.

THAT’S WHAT I WANT TO DO!!! Where do I sign up?

Got my laptop, a cup of Folgers with vanilla CoffeeMate and a blog on WordPress! I know how to work; I just need to learn how to work differently. Again. That’s the takeaway from 40 years of labor.

“Back in my day”… you had to enroll in a school to learn things. Show up, on time, (ugh) with your notebook and sharp pencils and pay attention. I’m NEVER doing THAT again. Now you can learn how to do ANYthing online. (As long as you have good wi-fi)

So Hunny, remember that deal we made 31 years ago when we got married? i.e. I’ll support you while you get an education and someday you’ll support me??

Well, “someday” turns out to be TO-DAY.

PS- Thanks for the new MacBook Air and sofa desk. I love it! KB.xo