Ellie Mencer, quester Posts

I have a number of artist friends from the beginner to the professional. The very successful will explain what must be done to get where you want to go. The newer artist, upon hearing it, will feel everything from hope to disappointment, possibility to intimidation, awe to fear, and nearly every emotion between. Each of them thinks their quandary is different than any other artist. They compare themselves to those they perceive as successful, talk about how ‘easy it is’ for that other artist, and entertain so many self-defeating thoughts. The professional knows exactly how each of these artists feels,…

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Business Possibilities

Growing older is disconcerting. Telling our story can be an act of courage! At 71, I have often found myself explaining to someone that I used to publish a tourism magazine in our community, actually I published it for ten years, only to feel utterly diminished to learn that they have no idea what I’m talking about. I only quit eight years ago! It’s difficult to explain this feeling. Your friends and family will nod their head and tell you that it’s okay. But it doesn’t feel okay. We want our stories to matter – we want our lives to…

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We use these labels interchangeably – small business owner/entrepreneur. But are they the same? Small Business Owner First of all, even the label “Small Business Owner” doesn’t mean the same in all circles. To some it’s the little retail shop in a small town. We often call them ‘mom and pop shops.’ But the government uses statistics that include 150+ employees or 3/4 of a million dollars and up in average annual receipts! I personally work mostly with the ‘mom and pop shops.’ They generally have 5 or less employees and the million dollar average annual receipts…. well, maybe one…

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Writer’s Block. Hmmm…. everyone talks about it. But is it really a block? Or are we just stuck in our heads too much. You know, all those should, could, would thoughts. Or even those demeaning thoughts we have about ourselves and our self-worth. Well, I’ve got some unique ways for you to break through all of that and it may be easier than you think. Look around you. Notice pictures on the wall. Maybe art on a book shelf. Or just look at the book titles on the book shelf. Where did they come from? Gifts? Art shows? Friends? Just…

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Ahhhh… or did you think I meant golf or baseball? Nope. I’m talking today to all of you who keep taking lessons, reading books, listening to audiotapes and live speakers, view video after video, but never take action. Always trying to make your efforts perfect – or at least, better! But as Stephen Pressfield in his book, Do the Work!, and Seth Godin have written about many times since, sometimes we “just have to ship it!” This message is more than it first seems. “Just ship it” is not about putting out sloppy work and moving on. The message is…

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Stephen Guise’s book, “Mini Habits” is revolutionary in its simplicity. I know. I know exactly what you’re thinking. Oh no, not another book on breaking bad habits. Not another book telling me I need to be persistent for just 30 days to a new life. Ya. Ya. Ya. Stephen Guise has done a tremendous amount of research in writing this book. Yet one of the first things you’ll read refers to his ‘one push-up daily’ routine and takes you from there. The most exciting part of his journey is that, as you read, you’ll be thinking, “I could do one!”…

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Starting a business is exhilarating and exciting. It’s also a daunting challenge. Your dreams and vision are standing face-to-face with every doubt you have. Today is the day to begin. “But how?”, you ask. START BACKWARDS! “What? You’re kidding me.” Nope, START BACKWARDS! Picture in your mind your business completed. Visualize your customers in your shop or your client at your desk. See your book being purchased or your class attended. Imagine your exercise class filled with participants. Now START BACKWARDS! Why do I say that? Because if you start from the end you’ll notice the hurdles more easily. In…

Read More How To Start Your Business – Backwards!

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Starting a business is absolutely challenging. It will push every emotional trigger we have and quickly drain our resources. The highs and the lows will be exhausting. But some of this push-and-pull stress can be released if we take a more realistic approach. Here are 7 comments you hear frequently from small business folks that we need to reconsider.   Do what you love and the money will follow This one is repeated so often that it is widely accepted. The reality: rarely connected!I can love to color DoodleArt Posters but that doesn’t mean that I can create a business…

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SIMPLICITY! That’s my theme for 2016. I’ve old patterns to discard to make room for new ones – figuratively and literally. Letting go of material ‘stuff’ that just takes up time and space to make room for creativity. Letting go of old ideas and completing unfinished products (that I deem important) to make room for new developments. Simplicity. We each tend to have lots of ideas… if only… we had… what? More time? More money? More help? More… whatever. But letting go of the old ideas to make room for one or two new ones may just offer a greater…

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Musings Possibilities Seniors Citizens

  It’s been many  months since my last post. Sometimes life just gets busy with ‘stuff.’ I’m getting back on track by taking advantage of the National Novel Writing Month – a challenge to write 50,000 words in ‘draft mode’ during the month of November. I’m not quite sure why I decided to take the challenge this year. I’ve a number of writer friends who have taken the challenge in previous years. Some of them do it every year. They always encourage me to give it a try! I’m usually not motivated by a ‘challenge.’ Even more ambiguous is the…

Read More The Interesting Connection: Minimalism and National Novel Writing Month

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A beautiful article written by Nancy Slonim Aronie in Vanity Fair, was ‘in memoriam’ to Peggy Freydberg, who died on March 27, 2015 just a few weeks after her 107th birthday. Every morning, even being very old, (or perhaps because of it), I like to make my bed. In fact, the starting of each day unhelplessly, is the biggest thing I ever do. ___ from Chorus of Cells Curious to read more, I ordered Peggy’s book, Poems from the Pond. I knew that any woman who likes to start her day making her bed would be someone I could relate…

Read More Starting a Career at 107

Musings Seniors Citizens

Paying 2014 Taxes Has Me Pondering My “Entitlement” Turning 70 this year, I’ve certainly read plenty about the selfish, entitled, senior citizen. I have waffled back and forth on this issue, feeling sometimes deserving, other times guilty. Then it finally dawned on me! I’ve been paying taxes as long as I’ve been accepting Social Security. I’ve worked part-time jobs (sometimes two, creating a full-time schedule). I also am self-employed in publishing, writing and some web design as well as small business consulting. I’m a little person – no big wealth picture here. But certainly no freeloader. This year I had…

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