YOU name it and I think my mind went there over the past 18 or so days. David and I went to South Africa to visit our son who is serving in the Peace Corps. It was an amazing, expanding, redefining, invigorating, exhausting, and motivating experience.
I don't know if you can relate to this, but I personally spend a lot of time in my own thoughts trying to wrap my head around those internal voices that make me fearful. Is my content good enough to be interesting? Is it worthy enough to capture the attention and dialog of others? Am I doing something that is worthwhile? Going to a truly other world place such as South Africa let me see how CRAZY that sort of conversation really is.
What did I gain from my downtime? Here are a few highlights in no particular order.
I like people . . . really enjoy them. We are an interesting, complex, unified and a diverse lot. Getting to know and experience the lives of others through stories and conversation is a joy. I was thrilled to return and discover thatEPRShad actually garnered some shared revenue with Blog Talk Radio! For me, along with the downloads of listeners, this is like winning the grammy of podcasting.
I like being an entrepreneur and recognize my experience is just as it should be. I vow to stop fretting about what I am not doing and just evolve as I can. The ride is a pleasure with both its ups and downs. It is the passion and the process that I find most interesting to hear from of others who own a business. The passing back and forth of cash for goods and services is just one of the placeholders for what is REALLY going on within the entrepreneurial journey.
I got a wonderful thank you card from a Storied Gift customer. I believe in the value of my work, but it is a special gift to be thanked. More often now, I'm seeing the power of telling our stories. Telling them solidifies their theme and importance for the teller. As a witness to the story, we connect with others through a shared experience and expand our own life encounters by "living" those stories.
dsmBUZZ continues to morph but the theme behind the effort is very important. I will trust that efforts will mesh with intent and this will continue to be a tool for both the consumer and merchant community. I'll be updating the merchant list, sending out a newsletter, and reporting the outcome of the VJ Market soon.
In the weeks to come, you can read stories of our South African trip both in blog posts on Storied Giftsand through photos and video on Facebook. If you're interested please befriend me on Facebook. I'll keep you alerted once I start posting some of our adventures.
The photo: We have loads of pictures of animals, people, townships, villages and incredible landscapes. We went from one end of the country to the other and clicked like mad all the way.
Until we visit again, I'll be headed off in a few minutes to see the doctor. I think I may have fractured my sternum while away. (A story there.) Ouch!,
I think this sign's warning sums up my clarity of all these thoughts.
Thanks for stopping by and reading.