How far would you go to clear the clutter?

An old friend has decided her home/space is too crowded. But can you imagine–she’s going to live without a TV and VCR? I’m sure I could adapt eventually, but it seems that television/movies have been pretty good friends for a couple of years(especially during a recent recuperation–though I’m reading a LOT, too).

It’s a hard habit to break because it’s so easy to just settle down and let yourself be entertained. Watched Amadeus last night–I remember when I first saw it years ago I was so turned off by the way the guy played Mozart’s character (sleazy and laughing like an idiot) that I refused to watch it. Turns out it was pretty good once I got past that part. And the MUSIC! I like movies with good music in them. I love the movie Ray, and Walk the Line, and the one about the life of Jerry Lee Lewis.

How far would you go to clear out your life? What would you be willing to give up? How hard do you think it would be for you to adapt to life without TV or movies? Imagine if we had a massive electrical failure (like we did several years ago when the grid went out for a couple of days) and we’d have not only no TV but also no computers! I think I’m going to get on the Internet right now and buy one of those hand-crank-powered radios. Hey, maybe I’ll even buy a manual typewriter so I can keep writing. But then…I’d just be putting more clutter in my space.

On second thought, my hand-written journals have always been a comfort when I’ve had time. Guess without computers, I’d have a lot of time since these days, as a freelance writer, I’m in front of one virtually 10 to 12 hours a day. I remember vaguely there’s a non-computerized way for writers to make a living, but it can’t be as easy as writing from my home office.

Does your clutter ever get you down?

Conquering the fear of being an entrepreneur

It takes tremendous courage and commitment to become an entrepreneur. And it can be even harder if you’re a single woman–let alone a single mom. Not only because you often don’t have any kind of financial backup, but you seldom have anyone else to help with anything. And if you don’t have a financial cushion, that gets even more problematical.

This interview of the author of a book about entrepreneurial moms talks about a big secret when you create your own business–you are your biggest asset. A nice quote:

With the help and support of family and friends, she [a woman in an abusive marriage] not only got out of a bad situation, she started a business and regained her self-respect. That day was a turning point for me, when I realized how profoundly women could be impacted by a little bit of knowledge and encouragement.

Sound familiar? I can totally relate. When I wanted to start my own business, I was held back by my fear of there being enough work out there. And one day, I stumbled on an article about freelance writing as a career that said “almost every company uses freelance writers.” That was all I needed to know.

Oh, and a couple of years ago, a friend who runs her own very successful massage/trigger-point-therapy business, said her brother–a successful serial entrepreneur himself–told her this about it: “If you’re any good at what you do, you’ll make a living.”

If you’re dying to try your own business, take these words of encouragement with you.

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