Even though gallivanting takes on a connotation of ‘goofing off,’ it is also cultivating relationships, pondering my business strategies, and soaking up new information to utilize as life progresses. I am working while having fun, which is what pursuing one’s passion is all about.
One friend hosted a fabulous gratitude party for a new venture she has taken on.
Photo courtesy Valerie Beck
Author Valerie Beck (coral dress) with book launch partiers
Books were purchased and autographed as well.
The Newberry Library held its annual book sale. I could only browse for 20 minutes, but came away with some fun finds.
WIN Committee in front of Jenny Learner’s encaustic pieces
My drawing class is about to come to a close, and I am happy with my progress on various levels.
Meanwhile my lepidopterist research continues with another fascinating lady, Margaret Fountaine.
Interlibrary Loan is a wonderful thing
There is no true summer break as an entrepreneur, but I am happy to pursue this path and allow each bend to help me grow, even if it sometimes feels like an uphill climb or a detour that slows me down. The following insight came to me the other day, and I will heed it as life keeps moving along and numerous options keep coming my way that may detract from what I think I need to focus on.
“Make today a Self-Appreciation Day.
If you were up late last night
frustrated with how much is still left on your to-do list (like me),
take a moment to reflect back on where you were January 1 this year.
I’m sure you have grown, gained experience, learned something,
loved family, been a good friend, and achieved a milestone in some way.
Even if you’re not as far along as you were hoping you would be,
remember that you are one step and one day closer to
your very own lifetime achievement award,
and every day is part of your custom journey to the fulfillment of your dreams.
So pat yourself on the back, you’re doing GREAT!”
Sporting sunglasses I won at the J. Crew WIN Innovation Circle’s raffle,
while modeling one of their hats and beckoning someone to enter the photo with me
ADDENDUM: As of March 10, 2013, I no longer support the WIN Board and its actions. However, I do support small business, women-owned businesses, and the gracious hosts of past WIN events.