Wouldn't it be great if, instead of: a) your child coming home with yet ANOTHER thick catalog with a bunch of too-sweet-candy, semi-useless gadgets made over-seas, or over-preserved (and salted) pre-prepared meals...
b) came home with a list requesting supplies from your recycling bin and a huge gleaming smile, proclaiming: "Guess what? For this year's fundraiser, we're gonna be selling ___________ that WE're actually MAKING!!!"
Well, I (and many more of you like-minded sisters) will be exploring making option B a reality, sooner rather than later. I'd love your input, and am asking that you join us in this discussion. Please come to my community "Profitable Play". I look forward to connecting with you there! Cat
Many of my earliest memories involve sitting on my family's kitchen counter. It seemed life happened in the kitchen. The cooking, the baking, the endless stream of dishes and homework papers my mother corrected while she was doing the cooking, baking and dishes!
I wasn't (thankfully now, and resentfully then) one of those kids that grew up on WonderBread. My mother made every single loaf we consumed. Usually, this took place once a month on the weekends, a grand ordeal indeed.
While she spent hours flouring, mixing, kneading, rolling etc... I did the same up on the counter. She had bought me my own little baking set, and would always give me what I needed to make my own bread (or cookies or whatever). I sat up there, mimicked everything she did--with some artistic liberties of course-- and by the end of the hours, edible or not, had made some bread (or cookies or whatever!)
As time went on, she also taught me what the different ingredients did, the difference between baking soda and powder for example. I got pretty darn good at the cooking/baking thing and on my 12th birthday, was honored the title of "Weekend Breakfast Chef" when I got my own waffle iron. The time I spent on that counter and in that kitchen made me appreciate a whole lot. I loved the sound of sifting flour, the feeling of dusting the counter with it. I liked knowing by touch that the dough was right, or if I'd overworked it. I loved looking over at my mother, flour on her face and oven mitts in her hand as I debated with her which loaf had a hair in it (one always did!)
Ultimately though, the greatest gift my mother shared with me was the art of CREATION. Taking a bunch of small parts and making a wonderful whole. Then, taking those same small parts, combining them differently, and making a completely different whole! What joy and triumph I felt when that oven opened up and wonderful golden-topped loaves came out and I could say: I MADE THAT!!! I was responsible for the satisfied sighs as warm bread and melting butter did the same on our tongues.
I don't remember every recipe we made, or every conversation we had, but I DO remember the feeling of satisfaction of creating something with my mother, and I truly thank her for "creating" those memories with me.
Oh, and by the way...although I appreciate them, I don't think I'll ever buy a bread machine--in my world, an oven and bread pan equal love.
Creative Cat...yep, that's me! And I'm learning how to turn my play into profit. Although I'm creative, I have not an artistic bone in my body. I do, however, seriously appreciate art. When I created the Profitable Play community (which I've neglected recently but will be coming back to shortly) the idea was to provide a forum to explore turning fun into funds. Well, I'm happy to announce that I'm walking the walk, even if not talking the talk. The three major hats I'm wearing right now all involve creative expression.
During the "season" for Fashion, I assist my friend who is the state-side representative for an amazing German designer by the name of Rundholz (he creates Black Label, Dip* and Rundholz). It's a lot of fun, I get to model the clothes, make look books, swatch books etc. Basically, I get paid to have fun and "play" with amazing, high end clothes.
Secondly, I have my own small business: Soul Source, which is a Soy Candle company. I hand pour them, make massage candles, give classes/workshops etc and show other women how they can earn extra income making healthy soy candles.
Finally, and most exciting for me at the moment, is that I just launched an artist by the name of Maxine White. She has been a full-time artist for several years now. She loves what she does, but hadn't made it profitable yet. I am honored to be the business end of Maxine White, LLC and to free her up to be the CREATOR that she is. Again, I am having an amazing time working with her (just got her website launched, we have an event tomorrow, and have already procured 2 orders in just as many days!!) Bottom line, I'm NOT working!! I'm turning what I enjoy doing into cash money, making amazing connections while doing it and more importantly, helping others turn their play and passion into profit as well. My two business are still in development, but I'm striving for action and not perfection. Any feedback on the site, or ideas in general are welcome. www.maxinewhite.com is the site. Thanks for listening, BraveHearts! Creative Cat
If you are not currently a Core member, you may want to consider becoming one. Also, if you ARE a core member, but haven't been listening to the prosperity hormone calls, I'm nudging you to listen to some of the recordings and/or join the next call.
I find these calls to be so "on time" for whatever challenge I'm experiencing at the moment. Even when I miss them and go back to listen to a recording, the topic is appropriate for what I require.
Tonight's call was with Anne aka whisperer, moderator of the Bold and Classy Women community (www.boldandclassy.com) I won't go into what the call covered, I just wanted to remind folks that the calls, recordings and resources are all there and they are POWERFUL!!
Ellie, Anne and all the other interviewees...thanks again for such wonderful content. It's assisting me in transforming my life and I appreciate it. Cat