Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Adventures of Rainbows

The other day I was having a “blah” day, where things just weren’t quite working out as they should, and I became really pensive and started my end-of-the-year ruminating early. I started having those “doubts” that I think every entrepreneur has, wondering if I was making the right choice of continuing to move forward, even in the face of what sometimes seems to be insurmountable adversity. I feel fairly confident in knowing and believing I’m on the right path, but the hardest part of my day is trying to keep getting back up every time I fall down. 

I was thinking all these thoughts on a rainy day right before Thanksgiving, and I was dragging myself to get through the list of errands I had to run. Just then, on my way out into the parking lot, at about 25 minutes before sunset, I saw a rainbow. It was breath-taking! I was immediately drawn to a happy place and it was a spectacular phenomenon to witness. Everyone walking in and out of that parking lot took note of it, and some people even came from outside of the building to see it. It managed to put a smile on even the most sour faces that day, and I took that little moment as an opportunity to learn a lesson.


First, for all the unremarkable sunsets I’ve seen in my lifetime due to my propensity for pulling overnighters, I have seen a paucity of real rainbows in my life, so much as, that seeing one definitely rests in my mind as a rare occurrence.


Second, in my haste to get about the errands I had to run for the day, I actually failed to charge my cell phone, and for me, that’s such a rarity, because I keep my phone charged 90% of the time I have it on me. The fact that it wasn’t charged then was a fluke, and sure enough, when I first ventured out, I thought I should start charging my phone during my drive from location to location, but I didn’t. When I saw that rainbow, and it’s beautifully breathtaking display, I immediately wanted to take a picture of it, but when I took out my phone and turned on the camera, the low battery light came on, and I wasn’t able to.


The two things I learned the most from this experience was that:

1) Great things can happen at any moment and take you by surprise and be totally uplifting in the process, and 
2) if you aren’t ready when the opportunity hits you, you’ll regret it.
 

For me, a person who plans to plan with back-up plans just in case, this low-power cell phone debacle surely smarts, but it was a great reiteration of a message I needed to hit home: ALWAYS BE PREPARED!
 

So my question to you is: When’s the last time you’ve seen a rainbow? 
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Kindra

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Adventures of Being Thankful in 2011

In this podcast, I talk about how on Tuesday, I was having a rather “blah” day. I had just experienced two setbacks which meant that I wouldn’t be making my sales quota for the month, and as always, I had taken two steps forward, only to experience taking another three steps back. I didn’t revel in my sadness for long, but it sent me out into the rather dreary and rainy day, in a bit of a ho-hum mood.
 

I often get reflective in times of sadness, especially when it’s two days before Thanksgiving, and once again, I can’t afford to travel home to see my family. It saddens me when I can’t come home as often as I’d like, but I don’t mind spending Thanksgiving by myself. In fact: I PREFER IT! I’ve had too many experiences of being a fifth wheel at people’s family Thanksgivings, that I’ve grown a preference for only being around my own family during that time of year, and if I can’t have that, I’d rather have nothing. Plus, I start to resent people that send me “pity invites” to their Thanksgiving festivities at the last minute, when they find out I’m not traveling home. And how, you may ask, do I know these are “pity invites”, well, I take “last minute invites” to mean, you weren’t really thinking of inviting me, but you’re doing so because some sort of social cues dictate that you should, for everyone FEELS that being “Alone on Thanksgiving” is some sort of terrible circumstance short of death. I can tell you it’s not. Those of us that live through it every year can attest to the fact that it’s certainly a manageable holiday, given the alternative.

One of the reasons I look forward to the day, because it’s a day I know I’ll virtually have on interruptions, short of the few phone calls I’ll make and receive loved ones and friends periodically. I get the opportunity to catch up on work that’s been lacking, and luckily, at least as of this morning, I’m actually caught up on my business blogging! So that’s good news. Other good news is that my new business website is 70% done, and I’m looking forward to unveiling it in a few weeks, so I’m really excited about that too. I imagine that once this week passes, I’ll be breezing through the rest of 2011, and happily welcoming 2012 into the foray! I am really looking forward to the New Year, and while 2011 has had its good and bad, I’m ready for the next one right about now! 

I would usually end my post by asking some sort of comment-inspiring question, but I suspect there won’t be a lot of people on the internet this Thanksgiving day, and those that are, probably aren’t checking out blogs or podcasts, so if you’ve made your way here somehow, either on Thanksgiving or some day eons later, leave me a message below or give me your feedback directly, either by email “podcasts @ exclusivemultiplicity.com”, or by finding me on Facebook, Twitter (@KindraCotton), or LinkedIn.  You can also contact me via Skype at my name Kindra.Cotton, and you can now call me on my Google Voice line at: (201) 870-0234.  If you leave a message on my Google Voicemail line, please be sure to mention which podcast you listened to.

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Kindra

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