Do You Give Money To Panhandlers?

PanhandlerIt was a cold day in Minnesota today as we were digging out from 15″ of new snow.  This morning, I did my typical, just-returned-from-Aspen tasks like picking up my mail at the post office, paying bills, and going to the grocery store for the basic staples like milk, eggs and bread.

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Continuous Learning

One of the most important lessons I have learned in my life was a saying that came from my beloved grandfather.

“Connie, you may lose your friends, you may lose your money, you may lose your home…but the one thing that no one can ever take away from you is your education.”

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About Me

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Connie Hammond

A self-proclaimed “Idea Woman,” I love all things creative.  But I don’t just love those creative endeavors, I act on them.

One of those creative things includes brainstorming with friends or clients.  I find it satisfying when passionate conversations turn into and problems solved or options developed. 

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Create A Vision, Then Disect It

When I dream about my future, I dream a complete dream. Not the parts. Not the various stages. I dream the finale. I’ve always done this, and I think it’s one of my best attributes. With that fully-hatched vision in mind, I dissect it. And then I get to work.

After my divorce in ‘02, I spent a summer in NYC attending an intensive program at NYU, where I immersed myself in art and jazz. All summer long, I ebbed and flowed with the pulse of the city. This freeing period in my life provided the space I needed to create anew.

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When You Get the Wind Knocked Out of You…Breathe

The other night, I got the wind knocked out of me. And I literally lost my breath.

I had the excruciating pleasure of falling down a flight of stairs. It wasn’t a rolling tumble by any means. It was the type of fall that hurt. I stepped on the edge of the carpeted stair, my feet flew out from under me and my back crashed with a forceful thump against the treads. I slid down the rest of the stairs, caught my breath, checked myself, and cried.

Actually, I sobbed.

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The Hokey Pokey

“You put your left foot in. You put your left foot out. You put your left foot in…and you shake it all about.”

This childhood favorite pretty much sums up my entrepreneur life these days at HireMeAspen. Make a decision. Change that decision. Remake that decision. And then shake it all about. Do the hokey pokey while I turn myself around…

And I’m not indecisive.

It sure does seem like I’m shaking it all about these days though. But then again, these are crazy times.

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HireMeAspen Unplugged.

21 months ago, I started running, not walking, down the entrepreneurial path. A hilly path filled with ups and downs, brainstorms and lulls, grand successes and admitted failures, but it’s been an incredible journey nonetheless.

Before I set out, I did set some life goals. Mostly those goals were stepping stones to a broader vision I have for my life: freedom.

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Are you sick of the rat race?

Change can be good.  As a NYC-pseudo-executive-turned-struggling-Aspen-entrepreneur, trust me, I understand the frustrations. 

A life lived on the rat-race wheel, chasing dollars to maintain a lifestyle that no longer serves your emotional well-being, is no fun.

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Now that I’m familiar with the lingo, I’m all for RERO.

RERO stands for “Release Early; Release Often.” But this whole RERO idea is starting to make me crazy with anticipation. Mad with anxiety. Wild with desire…for perfection. RERO is starting to remind me of REDRUM because it’s beginning to feel a bit like MURDER.

When playing this internet game, you can’t afford to wait for perfection to occur. Instead, you crank out lots of ideas, implement a few, hope for the best, then start all over again.

It’s exhilerating. It’s exhausting.

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

THE GOOD: Making Decisions.

As a small business owner, you have to make decisions every step of the way. There’s no time for being wishy-washy. I have to admit, I’m pretty good at making a final decision swiftly and moving forward with confidence. I believe that any decision, good or bad, is better than no decision, at least most of the time.

Since my HireMeAspen website launched a little over a month ago, I am amazed at all the questions that needed answers. I’m amazed at all the decisions I’ve made.

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My Friends Give Me A Headache!

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It’s not what you think.

I love my friends. I actually have the best friends in the world. They are my biggest supporters and such a joy to be around. They are smart. They are kind. They are funny. They are thoughtful and considerate.

The problem isn’t their personalities. The problem is that they challenge me.

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Who Can You “Kudo”?

After I awoke this morning, I meditated to one of my guided meditation tapes to start my day off right.  I always intend to do this, but I’m not always successful.

Today’s guided meditation was my favorite one called “trust and surrender” composed by Jedda Mali (I can’t recommend the Seeds of Enlightenment meditation tapes highly enough, btw).  The meditation is completely appropriate and much needed during my business launch period.

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The Call of Redstone

Today was a great day when it comes to promoting my website I awoke to the news that my business had a pretty big write up in the Aspen Daily News; you can view the article  here . Between this article and my Buzz on 82 show appearance last Friday, I feel like the snowball has finally started rolling. And, the best news? Sales are starting to trickle in.

But I’m not resting on my laurels by any means. Today, I kept true to my plan to start promoting the business and my Partner Program to potential partners. After all, my hard-working locals will need to save money too!

My gameplan led me to Redstone, CO, the “Ruby of the Rockies.” Ahhhhhh…you gotta love the meandering drive to Redstone!

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Too Busy To Slow Down? Doubt it.

I’ve been taking it really easy since all my hoopin’ and hollerin’ Friday night at the Michael Franti concert. This is definitely a good thing. I’ve been cranking out some work, and admittedly, I’ve been recuperating from the over-indulgence.

There’s definitely something to be said for stopping. Just stopping whatever you’re doing and getting present.

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Paralysis of Analysis

When you own your own business, you’re always thinking about it but you really don’t mind. 

But I’ve noticed that about every 7-10 days, I get overwhelmed with all the to-dos that I freeze up and get paralysis of analysis.  Or I find myself focusing all of my attention on one particularly brainless thing like Facebook or Twitter which is probably a coping mechanism until my brain unravels.

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