Call for creative entrepreneurs

I’m in the process of collecting stories of people who have started their own businesses, as part of the research that I’m conducting for the book I’m writing. If you or someone you know fits one of the following three descriptions, please send an email to me at with “inspirational individual” as the subject line.


I’m looking for the following:

Specialty coffee individuals who have started their own coffeehouse or roasting company

and who meet the following requirements:

  • Have operated their business for five or more years

Individuals who have found success by making their crafting business their livlihood

and who meet the following requirements:

  • Have previously worked in the corporate world or who who left their previous occupation due to feeling unfulfilled

People who experienced unique or major life changes when they were 28-30 years old

and who meet the following requirements:

  • Can recount their experiences through recorded storytelling or documented their years of being 28-30 via writing (journals or letters) or photographs

Thank you in advance for spreading the word on facebook, Twitter and the like! Inspiration is contagious; I hope to share some of these stories so that the world at large is a slightly more pleasant place to exist.





The future is…nuh…Nuh…NUH…NOW

Happy Friday party people.

One of the challenges for the 2011 Online PY Pledge Class is to “Go Public” in March. That is, share projects with the public. I don’t like to ask others what I’m not willing to do myself, so I went public with some of the values that drive Bean Again at this month’s installment of The Forecasters—I shared my vision of the future.

Although the audience turn out was light (guessing the fact that it was St. Patty’s Day had something to do with this), the quality of the five presentations was solid. Plus, preparing to share your ideas in a public manner is a process that helps develop those thoughts in a way that just is not possible otherwise—even if you don’t perfectly execute expression to your audience.

Public speaking is not my favorite, but I understand its value and its importance to improving creative projects. When’s the last time you went public with one of your projects?


Meetings with myself

An old co-worker of mine recently told me about how she was thinking about having weekly meetings with herself, in order to stay on track. This is brilliant.

As a contract worker, I appreciate the need to frame time with designated check-in meetings; these are usually with others, but why not schedule weekly meetings with myself? As a matter of fact, I just added a recurring meeting to my ical for Wednesday mornings at my neighborhood coffee shop.

Now, I have never been a fan of meetings with no purpose. I hate sitting through them and I’ll be damned if I begin planning them—for me to have with myself. So, here are the initial objectives I have come up with for my weekly meetings:

  1. Visit progress of current contract work projects—tie loose ends
  2. Visit progress of Bean Again—assign next steps
  3. Search for grants/sponsors related to curriculum and community events that BA wants to create

I’ve been doing a lot of remote these days, yet have been avoiding the coffeeshops because they cost me money and I have plenty of delicious coffee at home.  However, there is something about getting out of the house that does a brain good.

It’s become more difficult to shift into professional mode when I’m at home. Even though I have an office and desk, there is just something so tempting about dirty dishes that pulls me away from the task at hand. So, from here on out, or at least for the next several weeks, I’m going to give weekly meetings at the neighborhood coffeeshop with myself a try.




The fifth rule of the Power Year

And so we come to the fifth and final rule I gave myself during my Power Year:

Pay attention and learn from the lives of others. Yours isn’t long enough to make all your own mistakes.

This rule reflects my belief that you really can learn something new (and useful) every single day. Learning from the lives of others (from watching documentaries and reading about inspiring individuals) led me to adopt these practices into my life on an ongoing basis:

  • Make the invisible visible and experienceable
  • Record memories
  • Find beauty in odd places
  • Be intimate with everything that you can
  • Explore the in-between space
  • Build bridges of communication
  • Open your thinking to the “know how” of others

Life is fleeting. I feel fortunate to be alive and strive to honor those who have come before me.



Halfway through with MARCH MADNESS

You’re right. It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything on ye ol’ Power Year blog. That’s because March Madness has made me nuts! Okay, maybe just half crazy. I’m happy to report that I’ve crossed three of the seven items off my “MARCH MADNESS Things To Do List.” And after Thursday night, I’ll be able to cross off one more. Whoop!

Three down, four more to go...

If you look closely, you’ll notice that sometimes, due dates must be flexible, because acquiring something like a sewing machine takes research, thought, and a kick-ass discount. I’m still waiting on that last part.

If you’re part of the 2011 Online Power Year Pledge Class or have launched your own Power Year, how are things going? What lessons have you learned so far and what advice can you offer to others? How are you documenting your progress so that you can look back on this year and give yourself a big pat on the back?





Positivity is a key ingredient

I’m grateful for my friends; they’re creative, optimistic doers; they’re honest communicators; they’re innovative thinkers; they’re supportive; they’re inspiring and encouraging; and they know life is too short to create unnecessary drama.

Your Power Year will be more productive if you surround yourself and spend time with people who are positive doers. It is not your job to hold the hands of naysayers and try to convince them that they should be more positive or try new things. The best thing you can do for those Debbie downers in your life is live by example—do something extraordinary and hope that a small spark lights under their arse.