Monday, November 30, 2009

Currently Reading : The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

This book is definitely helping me understand why I am sometimes the way I am and why people are the way they are, not 100% but a little more than I was ever understanding. I am currently in the section of the book where Tolle writes about letting go of Psychological time. What is Psychological time ? Psychological time is when you keep identifying yourself with the past and have this obsession with the future. Tolle says, " All negativity is caused by an accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present. Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry- all forms of fear- are caused by too much future and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of non-forgiveness are caused by too much pass and not enough presence."
I was particularly touched by this section of the book last night because of a situation that has been going on for years with a friend of mine, that once again has come up. There is a underlying issue between us that keeps coming up through her negative actions towards me. I am not a mind reader , therefore I have no idea of what she has been upset at. I mean every time we do see each other, things seem fine to me, and then I get some negative text message. It has come to the point that I have been disturbed and actually asked her what the problem is and recommended this book to her. She misunderstood what I was trying to say and treated our conversation as an end of our friendship. This was not my intention.
It was wrong of me to recommend the book, but I have been trying and trying and trying to figure out what I did wrong and I have yet to hear an answer. All I keep getting is cold shoulders and unanswered calls. It just so happens that I was at this point in the book last night. Even though I have been told to stop stressing this issue , that it is out of my control. I did not believe it until I read this paragraph. IT IS OUT OF MY CONTROL. Unfortunately this person is clearly living in the past and not in the present and can not get over what ever the issue is.
I have done everything I can to figure this out. I can not figure it out without the other person's help. Therefor I will continue with my life until the person comes to the realization of why they are who they are and tries to do something about it. I have come to the realization that though I may be some sort of "life coach" to some people, I can not help anyone , unless they start looking within themselves first.

Quote of the Day

Courtesy of The Daily Love:

"It's simple. Life is messy. Your dreams are real. Only you have to believe it. Excuses are non. You're always taken care of. Your thoughts create your life. What's happening to others has nothing to do with you. The future is not the past. Fear is an illusion. True love comes from within. The time is now. What are you waiting for?"
- Mastin Kipp, is the other 1/2 of the Love Yourself Company who wishes more people laughed at his jokes.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Recession Proof business

I have been very interested in businesses that are doing well during this recession because they inspire me to run wild with mine so that I too can do well. This story in particular blew my mind. This 27 year old guy, Jason Sandler from Jacksonville, Florida lost his job and thought of the most creative way to make money. He decided to become a walking advertisement.
He started on January 1st of this year charging $1 to wear a T-shirt with a logo on it and everyday after he added $1 more to the fee. All he does is wear the shirt, take a picture of it, sends it to his friends via email and vlogs about the company on his blog. Jason will be making about $84,000 this year just to wear T-shirts with logos on them. Geeez, Talk about saving money, with 365 t-shirts in your closet given to you for free, why even think of buying any?
Next year Jason plans on bringing a 2nd person on to the team starting out with $2 on January 1st and adding $2 dollars to everyday after.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Recession Proof Business

I was just reading the New York Times and came upon this article, I had to check Rent the Runway out. I immediately thought how smart and awesome this idea of renting dresses for special occasions was. In today's tough economy it's hard to start a business that will work when no one has the funds. The fact that I can rent a dress for $50- $200 dollars for four nights is amazing. I wish I would have known this sooner. If I did, my Nicole Miller dress that I wore for my cousin's wedding will not be sitting in my closet. The truth is that women rarely wear a "special occasion dress" twice. We will spend hundreds of dollars on that special dress and not wear it again. Now we can rent as many dresses as we want and still have the closet space for our everyday wears. The site is invitation only, but for a limited time you can sign up for the waiting list. Get yourself on it now !