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June 26, 2008

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Opportunity Knocks

Recreate Your Life: Summertime is the Perfect Time to Grow a Dream

Featured Resource

Make Money Growing Small Plants- Even if You Have a Small Yard 

Guest Article

Upcoming Workshops and Teleclasses

  • Opportunity Hour Teleclass

  • The Ultimate Travel Writer's Workshop

  • Romance Writers of America National Conference

The View From the Other Side

Resources for a Change

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In order to do what really matters to you, you have to, first of all, know what really matters to you. ~ Dr. Ed Hallowell

Opportunity Knocks: Creative Ways to Make a Living Without A Job

Recreate Your Life: Summertime is the Perfect Time to Grow a Dream

Valerie and her shelter dog,
"Cokie Roberts"

By Valerie Young

Has the school calendar of your youth hardwired you into seeing September as the time for new beginnings? If you yearn for a new job, a career change or maybe even a total life makeover – summertime is by far the best time to act.

Summer is synonymous with fun. It’s possible to make a change and still have time for recreation. In fact, the word recreation literally means to “re-create.” And what better way to spend your summer than recreating your life! Here are six ways you can use the rest of the summer to grow a dream:

1. Catch a falling star.

When my best friend, Elaine, and I weren’t building forts or skipping rope we could be found lying beneath a shady tree or a star-filled sky. These weren’t idle pursuits. We were flexing our imaginations. As the most carefree of the four seasons, summers are made for dreaming. It’s the perfect time to gaze upward, to look inward and to imagine what could be.

2. Grow a dream garden.

Look within and you may find the seeds of a dream planted long ago. Left untended though, dreams will fail to sprout. Summer is the ideal time to cultivate our dreams both old and new. Start with good soil. What is it you care deeply about? What makes you happy? What do you want your life to look like? Now get rid of the weeds – the lame excuses, apathy, self-doubt, and fear born from lack of information. Tend to your dreams and watch them grow.

3. Take advantage of the longer days.

Even though those so-called lazy days of summer have gotten a lot busier of late, the additional hours of daylight do seem to add a bit more time to our lives. Once you’ve engaged in some active reflection, use some of this “found time” to start working toward your goals. Even if it’s only 20 minutes a day, it’s all forward motion!

4. Read a real thriller.

As you’re packing for the beach leave the romance novel or who-done-it at home. Instead treat your life like the adventure that it is by picking up a real thriller like Paul and Sarah Edwards' The Practical Dreamers Handbook or Create a Life That Tickles Your Soul by Suzanne Willis Zoglio. Maybe you already have a new direction in mind. Then take this time to read up on that exciting new career.

5. Invest in your dream.

Save both money and time by spending your vacation at home. Make it a real vacation by doing the kinds of things a tourist on a budget might do – go on a picnic, head to a museum, take a day trip. Stash the money you would have spent on a more costly vacation into a “dream fund.” Use your savings to take career-expanding classes, buy some snappy new interview outfit or even start your own business. If your dream includes relocating, do hit the road by using your vacation as an exciting research expedition.

6. Summer is the ideal time to ease into a new job.

With all the overlapping vacation schedules, many organizations operate in a somewhat more relaxed mode in July and August. As a new hire, that means the trial by fire period is apt to be a little less trying. If you’ve been putting off a job move until the fall, keep in mind the slower pace makes summer a great time to learn the new job ropes before the workplace once again launches into fall overdrive.

Recreating your life is about making choices. What choices are you willing to make to grow your dream? Whatever you decide to do, have a safe, relaxing, and inspired rest of the summer!

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About the Author

"Profiting From Your Passions" expert Valerie Young abandoned her corporate cubicle to become the Dreamer in Residence at offering resources to help you discover your life mission and live it. Her career change tips have been cited in Kiplinger's, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today Weekend, Woman's Day, and elsewhere and on-line at MSN, CareerBuilder, and An expert on the Impostor Syndrome, Valerie has spoken on the topic of How to Feel as Bright and Capable as Everyone Seems to Think You Are to such diverse organizations as Daimler Chrysler, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Harvard, and American Women in Radio and Television.

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It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters, in the end.~ Ursula LeGuin

Featured Resource

Make Money Growing Small Plants -
Even if You Have a Small Yard

That's what Mike McGroarty does. And he's made thousands of extra dollars doing it.

But if you… or someone you know… love the idea of turning that green thumb into the kind of green you can take to the bank, then Mike is your guy. After years of running a thriving home-based plant business, he finally arranged his entire system into an easy step-by-step format that shows you everything you need to make extra money growing plants from your home.

This could be a great seasonal income stream for this year or, since a lot of the planting happens in the early spring, it’s a great way to get yourself up to speed so you are ready to go full steam nine months from now.

Once you enter Mike's site you'll see a link that says “Make Money at Home Growing Small Landscape Plants on 1/20 Acre or Less.”  That’s where you want to go! Visit Mike online at


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Guest Article

Do You Want Change In Your Life?

By Peter Vogt

Since graduating from college I'd always wanted to "do myown thing," to "be my own boss." And, most of all, I wanted to help people.But Ididn't know how to put all of this together; I didn't eventhink it waspossible. That was the kind of thing only "other people"could do - notme.

So I did the only thing I knew how to do at the time: Iburied myentrepreneurial desires and went to work in the "realworld," first atthe local newspaper (as a sports reporter) and then for anewsletterpublishing company (as a writer covering higher educationissues). But over the next five years and beyond, Idiscovered that when
it comes to wanting to be a "free agent," you can run - fora while -but you just can't hide.

The desire to be on your own never goes away - never. Infact, it justkeeps bugging you, constantly, trying to get you to listen.How? Thereare any numbers of examples:

  • You're in a staff meeting, listening to yet another "plan" for what your division or company intends to do in the coming year, and all you can think of is, "We could be doing SO much more, and SO much better!"

  • You take a daily lunchtime walk with a colleague, and all the two of you talk about is what's wrong with your company and what it should be doing. (Corollary: You're dubbed as "negative" by some of your co-workers because "all you ever see is what we're doing wrong.")

  • You lie in bed most nights unable to sleep because you have a thousand ideas running through your mind, all of which, you believe, can "change the world."

  • Where others see "problems" or "needs," you see solutionsandopportunities.

Are these and others signs of the free agent calling aregular part ofyour life? If so, I don't have any magic answers for you onhow toanswer them. (I only answered mine, in 1995, when I reacheda pointwhere NOT answering them was the greater risk!) But Ido know this: They are not going to go away.

No, in fact they're just going to keep growing louder andmore animatedas you get older; as you learn more about "what's out there"and, asimportantly, what's not; and as you slowly begin torecognize that theonly difference between you and the thousands of others whoare makingtheir own way is that they've merely reached a point intheir liveswhere they've developed the "gumption" or the "chutzpah" to declarethemselves "knowledgeable enough" or "good enough" or"experiencedenough" or "________ (fill in the blank) enough" to followtheir ownpath, whatever that path may be.

Is it easy to listen to this badgering "voice" inside ofyou? Of coursenot; if it were, everyone would listen and listen well! Butif you thinkabout it - really think about it - the costs and risks ofNOT listeningto it, in the end, are much higher than those of heeding it.You'll beable to get away with burying the voice for a while. Butyou'll never beable to ignore it. It will nag you, cajole you, kick you,gnaw at you,and even bite you until you give it theattention it deserves.

And then - amazingly - it will lead you. It will transformitself from"annoying nag" to "insightful guide." You'll learn HOW tolisten to thevoice and, more importantly, how to act upon the same thingsit's beentelling you for months or even years. You'llbegin to understand that you are ALREADY "_________ (fill inthe blank)enough," and that the feeling of not being "________ (fillin the blank)enough" doesn't really ever stop - no matter how old,experienced, orknowledgeable you are - until you simply declare it null andvoidyourself.

Certainly there are risks involved in pursuing your ownpath. But so tooare there risks in NOT pursuing it. Ultimately, that's whatthat nagginginner voice of yours is really screaming about day afterday, hourafter hour, nonstop. So give that voice "equal time" - trueequal time.

Unbury it for a while. Let it speak. You will always be itsone-personcaptive audience. You've heard enough of its nagging,begging, andpleading. Give it a chance to present its ideas on the open"stage" ofyour mind, heart, and soul. Get beyond mere listening sothat you hearwhat the voice is saying and UNDERSTAND it, perhaps for thefirst time.

Only then will you be ready to ACT in a way that starts youdown thepath of your dreams.

About the Author

Peter Vogt, M.S. is a career counselor, writer, and speaker who encourages people — particularly introverts — to explore their many career possibilities and challenge the limiting beliefs, assumptions, and perceptions they often have about themselves and the world of work. You can visit him online

Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work. ~ HL Hunt

Upcoming Workshops and Teleclasses

Turning Your Interests into Income:
The Opportunity Hour Teleclass With
"Opportunity Analyst" Valerie Young

Valerie Young

There really is no shortage of creative ways to get paid to do work you truly love. The problem is most people don't know how to profit from their passions.

Viable and fascinating business ideas are literally all around you. You just need to know where to look!

Listen in as serial "Opportunity Analyst" Valerie Young delves into her vast Opportunity Files to reveal some fascinating ways that regular people – just like you – have turned their interests into income!

You don't even need a lot of money. All it takes is a little creative thinking, which is a good thing because Real Success Without a Real Job author Ernie Zelinski calls creative thinking "the poor man's wealth." Ernie was spot on when he said, "There is nothing quite as exhilarating as coming up with a brilliant idea, putting it to good use, and eventually being rewarded handsomely for my efforts by the marketplace."

So join a community of dreamers and dream doers for an exhilarating hour of creative thinking, opportunity angling, and possibility-provoking fun! The rewards could be enormous!

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Over Three Power-Packed Days, you’ll... 

  • Learn the secrets of writing travel articles you can sell from a group of the best editors and writers in the business...

  • Discover little-known techniques travel writers use to land concert tickets... meals... vacations... and more... without paying a dime...

  • Walk away with a short publishable article in hand... and the contact information for editors we know who are happy to work with you, even if you've never sold a story before…

  • See for yourself how you can have the time, adventure, and freedom you’re looking for as a freelance travel writer…

The Ultimate Travel Writer's Workshop
San Francisco, CA

July 24 – 26, 2008

Go here and for more details about this event, or contact Terry Frank toll-free at (866)415-1425 or local at (202)370-6459 from 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m. Eastern Time.

Romance Writers of America
28th Annual National Conference

Join the Romance Writers of America in San Francisco to:

  • Enhance your writing and knowledge of the ins and outs of publishing at more than 100 workshops

  • Get the inside track and let your voice be heard at panels and round-tables featuring publishing professionals

  • Schedule a one-on-one pitch meeting with an acquiring editor or literary agent

  • Attend parties and network with the stars of romance fiction

  • Be a part of RWA's massive, 450-author strong "Readers for Life" charity book signing. And let's not forget the 2008 RITA and Golden Heart Awards.

Romance Writers of America
San Francisco, CA
July 30 – August 2, 2008

Go to for more details on this event.

Not being able to do everything is no excuse for not doing everything you can.
~ Ashleigh Brilliant


The View From theOther Side

“Half of all new college graduates now believe that self-employment is more secure than a full-time job. Today, 80% of the colleges and universities in the U.S. now offer courses on entrepreneurship; 60% of Gen Y business owners consider themselves to be serial entrepreneurs, according to Inc. magazine. Tellingly, 18 to 24-year-olds are starting companies at a faster rate than 35 to 44-year-olds. And 70% of today's high schoolers intend to start their own companies, according to a Gallup poll.

 ~ Michael Malone in an essay that appeared in The Wall Street Journal on entrepreneurship being the next great frontier. His next book is The Protean Corporation (Random House)




Resources for a Change

Is There a Romance Novel in You?Let best-selling romance authors show you everything you need to know to quickly turn your love of fiction into a fun and profitable business. You can have a market-ready manuscript in a matter of months with AWAI's Writing for Love & Money. Learn more at

Work From Home By Running Your Own Home Repair Referral Network There are over 200 Homeowner Referral Networks (HRN) operating in the U.S., Canada, and abroad. HRN was rated the #1 Business Opportunity for 1999 by Small Business Opportunities Magazine and founder Debra Cohen has received tons of national media coverage. Basically, the business involves matching homeowners with reputable independent home repair contractors who in turn pay you a percentage of their fee. A range of business start-up kits are available all of which include The Complete Guide to Owning and Operating a Successful Homeowner Referral Network and unlimited leads from the HRN Web site. To learn more about how Deb got started, click here

Program in Earth Literacy is one of the many programs and activities offered at Genesis Farm in northwest New Jersey. Founded in 1980 by the Dominican Sisters this 140-acre farm includes an ecological learning center that offers a wide variety of programs, including a 12-week accredited graduate certificate program at 




Note: Changing Course does not accept paid advertisements from any of the resources listed here. This list is provided to expand your thinking about just how many interesting ways there are to make a living without a job!