Life and Spiritual Coaching

May 18, 2008

Working From Home

Filed under: Life Balance — by Donna Ritter @ 3:42 pm
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Working from Home:

One thing Chad Brown doesn’t stress about is his daily commute. Rolling out of bed, washing his face, and walking 10 paces to his computer, he’s already at work. The CEO of Plus 1 Tickets, a home-based, ticket-brokering firm that sells sports, theater, and concert tickets throughout the nation, Brown is one of the more than 4.2 million Americans who are ditching the daily commute in favor of punching in at home.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, almost half of the nation’s small businesses operate from home-based offices — and why not? As employer loyalty wanes and low-cost, lightning-speed technology becomes more accessible, it’s easier than ever to launch your own firm without leaving home.

Below are five skills you’ll need to kiss the cubicle goodbye.


Sure you’ve got industry knowledge, but do you have what it takes to be the boss? According to Tamara Monosoff, author of the best-selling book “Secrets of Millionaire Moms” and the CEO of the Alamo, California-based product marketing firm, Mom Inventors Inc., it takes more than good ideas to make a business work. “A successful business is really about knowing what steps you need, and taking action,” she says. “It’s about making a plan, setting concrete goals, and shaping the business the way you imagine it to be.”

Entrepreneurship courses offered through your local chamber of commerce, small business association chapter, or online through schools like DeVry University can help new home-based business owners get off the ground.

Tax Planning

When you own your own business, it’s all about thinking financially. “As a new business owner, one of the first things you need to know is how to structure your company to have maximum tax benefits,” states William Ellyson, a Richmond, Virginia-based attorney who specializes in small-business issues.

Entrepreneurs can find basic tax planning courses through local community colleges and small business association chapters. Those looking for more in-depth knowledge can check out year-long financial planning certificate programs offered online.

Public Relations and Marketing

“The main thing my major has taught me is how to network,” states Brown, a public relations major at Virginia Commonwealth University whose networking skills grew his ticket-brokering firm from a sideline hobby into a nationwide company with more than $150,000 in sales each year. “I’ve also learned how to effectively talk to clients and efficiently deal with problems.”

No matter the industry, all home-based entrepreneurs must be able to promote their services, reach the target demographic, communicate effectively with clients, and create a professional image for the public. While four-year institutions like Virginia Commonwealth offer bachelor’s degree programs in public relations, home-based business owners can also find PR courses through their local community college or chamber of commerce.


“Five years ago, the attitude was ‘Yeah, I know I need to have a website, but I’ll get around to it,'” says Gene Fairbrother, lead small business consultant for the National Association for the Self-Employed. “Today you’ve got to have a Web presence to be in business.” According to the market research firm, Forrester Research, Inc., e-commerce retail sales topped $175 billion last year, with the industry projected to grow another $160 billion by 2012.

Brown fine-tuned his e-commerce strategy, moving his products from eBay to larger ticket broker sites such as and, increasing sales by an estimated 200 percent. To learn how to set up, manage, and promote your business online, check out e-commerce courses offered online through the University of Maryland University College and the University of Phoenix.

Project Management

Being the CEO, chief sales officer, HR director, bookkeeper, and janitor requires expert multitasking. “It’s very difficult to manage it all,” admits Monosoff, who leads a multi-million-dollar home-based business while raising two children and writing a monthly column for Entrepreneur Magazine. “You have to have discipline, organization, and be able to prioritize.”


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Career Assessment Tests

Filed under: Life Coaching — by Donna Ritter @ 3:40 pm
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Career assessment tests have come a long way since your guidance counselor gave you the “fill-in-the-dot” model. Today’s crop includes versions that are interactive and — sometime — even fun.

My Queendom for a Career Test When it comes to career tests, has the mother lode, with 35 tests measuring everything from “Coping Skills” to “Power Profile.”

What Color Is Your Work Style? Based on the popular “Birkman Method,” this 24-question, color-coded test can help you zero in on your ideal career.

reveals the medieval occupation that suits you best.

Business Etiquette Who barts the bill for a business lunch? Who initiates a handshake? Etiquette Ladies to the rescue.

The ‘Stressometer’ How stressful is your job? Take a breather — and this quiz — to find out.

Job Satisfaction This calculator computes how close your current job is to your ideal job.

Childish Career Quizzes The companion site for “Bob’s Job,” a children’s TV show focused on careers, features some quizzes for the kids.

The Three Rs Are you ready to retire? Find out with your Retirement Readiness Rating.

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John Prine Songs – some of my favorites

Filed under: Music — by Donna Ritter @ 3:38 pm
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Here are some of my favorite John Prine Songs. His lyrics are mind bending and thought provoking! He is truly a genius among song writers.

 A Christmas Song

All the snow has turned to water;
Christmas days have come and gone.
Broken toys and faded colors are all that’s left to linger on.
I hate graveyards and old pawn shops,
for they always bring me tears.
I can’t forgive the way they robbed me of my childhood souvenirs.
Memories, they can’t be boughten.
They can’t be won at carnivals for free.
Well it took me years to get those souvenirs,
and I don’t know how they slipped away from me.
Broken hearts and dirty windows
Make life difficult to see.
That’s why last night and this morning
always look the same to me.
And I hate reading old love letters
for they always bring me tears.
I can’t forget the way they robbed me,
of my sweetheart’s souvenirs.
Memories they can’t be boughten,
they can’t be won at carnivals for free.
Well it took me years to get those souvenirs
and I don’t know how they slipped away from me.


I love the Title of this song – The Speed of the Sound of Loneliness. It was recorded with Nanci Griffith by John Prine

You come home late and you come home early
You come on big when you’re feeling small
You come home straight and you come home curly
Sometimes you don’t come home at allChorus:
So what in the worlds come over you
And what in heaven’s name have you done
You’ve broken the speed of the sound of loneliness
You’re out there running just to be on the run

Well I got a heart that burns with a fever
And I got a worried and a jealous mind
How can a love that’ll last forever
Get left so far behind





Hello in  There  – this song reminds me of how important older people are and how much they should be valued…

We had an apartment in the city;
me and Loretta liked living there.
Well, it’d been years since the kids had grown;
a life of their own left us alone.
John and Linda live in Omaha,
and Joe is somewhere on the road.
We lost Davy in the Korean War,
And I still don’t know what for, don’t matter anymore.Chorus:
Ya know that old trees just grow stronger,
And old rivers grow wilder every day.
Old people just grow lonesome
waiting for someone to say, hello in there, hello.

Me and Loretta, we don’t talk much more,
she sits and stares through the back door screen.
And all the news just repeats itself
like some forgotten dream that we’ve both seen.
Someday I’ll go and call up Rudy;
we worked together at the factory.
But what could I say if asks what’s new?
Nothing, what’s with you? Nothing much to do.

Repeat chorus:

So if you’re walking down the street sometime
And spot some hollow ancient eyes,
Please don’t just pass em by and stare
As if you didn’t care, say, hello in there, hello.




Repeat chorus:Its a mighty mean and a dreadful sorrow
Its crossed the evil line today
Well, how can you ask about tomorrow
We isn’t got one word to say

Repeat chorus:

You’re out there running just to be on the run
You’re out there running just to be on the run
You’re out there running just to be on the run





I Guess I wish you all the Best – I see John breaking up with a wife but still wishing her the best

I wish you love  
And happiness
I guess I wish you  
All the best
I wish you don’t  
Do like I do
And ever fall in love with  
Someone like you
Cause if you fell   
Just like I did
You’d probably walk around the block 
Like a little kid.
But kids don’t know   
they can only guess
how hard it is 
to wish you happiness

I guess that love   
Is like a Christmas card
You decorate a tree 
You throw it in the yard
It decays and dies  
And the snowmen melt
Well I once knew love  
I knew how love felt
Yeah I knew love  
Love knew me
And when I walked  
Love walked with me
And I got no hate   
And I got no pride
Well I got so much love 
That I cannot hide

Say you drive a Chevy  
Say you drive a Ford
You say you drive around the town 
Till you just get bored
Then you change your mind   
For something else to do
And your heart gets bored with your mind 
And it changes you
Well it’s a doggone shame   
And it’s an awful mess
I wish you love   
I wish you happiness
I wish you love   
I wish you happiness
I guess I wish you   
All the best.





Love after Love – a lovely poem

Filed under: Writing — by Donna Ritter @ 3:37 pm
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Love After Love
  The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved youall your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.


— by Derek Walcott

A Poem I recieved from a Friend

Filed under: Fun — by Donna Ritter @ 3:35 pm
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A Keeper

Their marriage was good, their dreams focused. Their best friends lived barely a wave away. I can see them now, Dad in trousers, tee shirt and a hat and Mom in a housedress, lawn mower in one hand, and dish-towel in the other. It was the time for fixing things. A curtain rod, the kitchen radio, screen door, the oven door, the hem in a dress. Things we keep.

It was a way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy. All that re-fixing, eating, and renewing, I wanted just once to be wasteful. Waste meant affluence. Throwing things away meant you knew there’d always be more.

But then my mother died, and on that clear summer’s night, in the warmth of the hospital room, I was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn’t any more.

Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used up and goes away…never to return. So… While we have it… it’s best we love it… And care for it…. And fix it when it’s broken….. And heal it when it’s sick.

This is true… For marriage…. And old cars…. And children with bad report cards….. Dogs and cats with bad hips…. And aging parents…. And grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it. Some things we keep. Like a best friend that moved away or a classmate we grew up with.

There are just some things that make life important, like people we know who are special…. And so, we keep them close!

I received this from someone who thinks I am a ‘keeper’, so I’ve sent it to the people I think of in the same way… Now it’s your turn to send this to those people that are ‘keepers’ in your life. Send it back to the person that sent it to you if they too are a keeper.

Good friends are like stars…. You don’t always see them, but you know they are always there.

People are made to be loved and things are made to be used.
There is so much confusion in this world because people are being used and things are being loved.

Writing Your Mission

Filed under: Life Coaching — by Donna Ritter @ 3:14 pm
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These are the things to think about:
What are the goals I most want to accomplish?
What are my major roles?
What are my governing values?
What is my 1 year, 5 year, 10 year and 20 year vision for my life?
When I day dream, what do I dream about?
If I had unlimited time and resources, what would I do with them?
When I look at my work life, which activities do I consider of greatest worth?
When I look at my personal life, which activites do I consider to be of greatest worth?
What do I consider to be my most important future contribution to others?
What talents do I have? What talents do I wnt to develop?
Are there things I feel I really should do even though I may have been deflecting these desires for various reasons? Why?
Who has served as a role model for me and has had a significant impact in my life?
Why did this person have such an impact?
What qualities does this person have that I would like to emulate?
What do I what people to say after I’m gone?
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Nature’s Boy

Filed under: Fun — by Donna Ritter @ 3:10 pm

From time to time, I like to post lyrics of music I really like. This was written by Eden Ehbez, made famous by Nat King Cole and sung on the recent Moulin Rouge.


Words and Music by Eden Ahbez

There was a boy…
A very strange enchanted boy.
They say he wandered very far, very far
Over land and sea,
A little shy and sad of eye
But very wise was he.

And then one day,
One magic day, he passed my way.
And while we spoke of many things,
Fools and kings,
This he said to me,
“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn
Is just to love and be loved in return.”

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