Monday, March 1, 2004

AOL BizTalk

Freeepeace and Journey to Peace - Alligator Wrestling - are featured today at AOL's People Connection:  AOL for Small Business: Business Talk  - Keyword: BizTalk [AOL-only link]

Today, of all days!  A day when I'm anxious, on edge, worried about my career decisions.  Not to mention my personal and spiritual life.  Everything seems so up-in-the-air right now. Like I'm falling without a net.

It's okay.  I go through this all the time.  Something's gotta give.  I'll  bounce back, or I'll crash.  Either way, I'm always caught in the arms of the universe.  That's what my spirit knows.

It's what my brain tells me that messes me up.  Thoughts get in the way of fully living sometimes.  I've heard "the mind is a wonderful thing to lose."  This makes complete sense.  What keeps me locked in fear?  Past experiences.  Where do I store negative images of the past?  My mind. 

I lost a client last week.   I loved their dogs.  I wasn't even charging them full price for my services.  And still I had to beg to get paid - the full amount - on time.  These people were constantly disrespecting me and their dogs.  I provided a safe, fun haven for their dogs twice a week.  Other than that, they were locked in a cage in the kitchen most of the time.  They fired me when I left a message for the fifth week in a row, saying I expect to be paid for my services.  I won't miss the clients but my heart aches over how much I already miss their dogs.

On the flip side, I have one client/family who are greater than I could ever have imagined.  They pay on time [usually early].  They love their dog as if she were their first born.  And they love and respect me.  I will go out of my way to provide the best service for them because they do the same for me.  It's an even exchange of energy.  That's what creating abundance is about.
 
Perhaps the loss of one client opens a door for a greater experience.  Trust in the universe.  Easier said than done.  But great to aspire to.

45 comments:

lisbnjvi said...

Freee, I just have to say how much I love the way you set up your entries. You make them so much easier to read with the bold in the beginning of the sentences and the paragraph breaks. Okay, enough compliments on that, I am off to read about you in the Business Talk section! BRAVA Girl!!
Hugs and love, Lisa

lisbnjvi said...

What a GREAT pic of you! Love the tat too!! You have such a warm and genuine smile and are so beautiful! Oh, you wanted me to read the story too, sorry, have to go back now. Hee-hee!
Hugs and love, Lisa

wayoutdacloset said...

CONGRATS ON BEING FEATURED. THATS GREAT. I KNOW EVERYTHING WILL WORK OUT FOR YOU FAITH PLACES THE NET UNDERUS IN A NICK OF TIME~BERLY

s0ngbird1962 said...

Congrats Freee on being featured, how cool!!! It's a great pic of you and Hunny : ) Feeling like you're falling without a net is scary, but I'm betting you'll land on your feet. (This of course, after doing a triple somersault, lol).

aynetal3 said...

WoW Free! You are like famous now ... we'll want to know, of course, what all the perks are up at the top? Maybe there will be gold painted fire hydrants and afternoon teas after shopping in the glitter district? Oh? There's no money involved? Yeeks ... well at least there's something to say about being an allegator wrestler! Congrats!! Our love, Ayn and all

geminiwilder said...

congrats on this humble honor, freee....oh, crud, now i have to go and make you a congratulations card or something? sheesh! :~) i'm hardly getting going on the first one yet...feeling it has to be just perfect `````i'm not worthy`````
xo~cindy

viarbooba said...

congrads on being featured. i find your lifestyle very refreshing. i am one of those ppl that cannot stand structure but just haven't found a way around it yet. other than switching jobs at the drop of a hat. lol....i ordered your cd. i don't know when it'll be here but i'm looking forward to it. you rock!

diannevan said...

What a thrill it is to open up another place on AOL and see my beloved Freee's face! It's almost like the feeling I got when I saw you on Wings. You totally rock!

robbygoe said...

Thats awesome that you were in the BizTalk but that link doesn't like me, at least not at the moment, It says its unavalible at this time.

I can relate to your feeling of falling without a net, I'm actually there with you now. If you land first can I just fall on you? PLEASE!

robbygoe said...

Oh I read that you can't read beta journals in Internet Explorer, but actually I can. I have no problems accessing any of the beta journals in IE.

andreakingme said...

I TOLD you that alligator Entry was a good 'un! Woo-hoo, good for you.

I'm sorry about those poor doggies whose owner's heads are up their arses. That really sucks, but you were absolutely right to demand payment. Just because you're a single operation doesn't mean that this isn't business. And asking for money for services rendered isn't personal (even though it feels like it is).

You ever make nice with a couple of your local veterinarians, Trish? :-)

queenz43 said...

Hey Freee, Congrats to you. That entry was one of my favorites. I couldn't get into the BizTalk section either. I'll try later. Never lose your faith or trust Freee. Just keep hanging in there.
{{{{HUGS}}}}
~RC

freeepeace said...

LISA - Thanks for the compliments. Very generous. I have to say, everytime I read something you've written, I hear it in your voice now that I've heard your phone entries! :)

BERLY - Agreed. Faith IS the net.

MICHELLE - Witty girl! We're all doing triple somersaults in life, it seems!

AYN [and all] - Right. The perks are fun but bring on the cash already huh?! :)

CINDY - Stand tall. There are to be no feelings of unworthiness in my journal [unless of course, they're coming from me - this is my place, afterall!] Whatever you create is perfect - I'm looking forward to going to my mailbox this week!

DONETTA - I used to switch jobs at the drop of a hat too [uhh...still do, kinda]. I'll check the PO today and get your CD in the mail. Thank you!

DIANNE - Your'e so good to me!

ROBBY - Geez, I was thinking I'd hit YOU when I got to the bottom. Race ya! :P

Oh, and I still can't read beta in MIE [it worked for like a minute the other day] So I just stick with 2500 characters so my non-AOL friends can read [HA! who am I kidding, thinking they're actually reading!] :P

ANDREA - Yes, you DID tell me that entry was a "good 'un" [i thought of that this morning]. And every veterinarian in Los Angeles is overloaded with cards and flyers of dogwalking and petsitting services [mine included]. I'm about to do another bombing of the area though. :)

RC - Thanks sweetie. I'm hanging :)

FYI : The link is correct but when that section is busy it becomes "temporarily unavailable." [figures]

miarenee24 said...

when reading this, I realize, although we are in a total different business from one another..we have the same type of things to deal with. I was nodding my head and saying yes to every word you said. I haven't even been to the link yet but on my way now. You spoke to my heart here today. Thanks! Love you!



freeepeace said...

MIA - Anyone who is self-employed or freelance can probably relate to the business end of what you and I endure. I'm JUST NOW learning about promotion and marketing. [ironically, I worked in these fields when I punched a timeclock. One would think I'd remember A LITTLE about it!]

viviansullinwank said...

{{{{{Freee}}}}} how cool is this! Congrats and thanks for letting us know! I know one day in the future we'll see you on the AOL main welcome page...they'll be talking about you being a super star with a successful music career! You go girl!

freeepeace said...

{{{Vivian}}} You keep holding that vision, Viv! Together we can believe it into consciousness.

donah42 said...

I'll never understand how people can treat their pets so badly! I treat our dog like my child!

linus131999 said...

yes u will find other clients dont worry be happy lol http://beta.journals.aol.com/linus131999/VanessasMentalplace/

montaukny said...

{{Freee}} Don't worry...if the universe doesn't catch you, I will! I don't understand the mentality of some people with their pets, how they can treat them so badly. My dog & cat are my life! Now that my dog is about 15 & moving slower each month, I actually dread any ending more than if she were a human child. Congrats on the feature, sweetie! Imagining you filling a stadium or music hall with your talent! ~Aunt Nub~

somenuttychic said...

First off, congrats on your AOL feature!

Second, sorry to hear about that tough client of yours, but as you said, maybe now this will leave the door open for someone better to fill that slot. Poor pups though. I despise people who disrespect animals.

Trust in the universe. Good advice. I think I'll take it.

derossetfamily said...

You look so cute on the business page!
Ugh, I feel so bad for those dogs..some people..grr..the dogs'll miss you for sure (not to make you feel any worse). ((hugs))
The mind is a wonderful thing to lose...hmmmm, I like it ;)
~Mary

yakima127 said...

I need to take this last bold part to heart...seriously. Thanks~Jae

yakima127 said...

I just jumped over to the business link...AWESOME!

irun01 said...

Wow. I posted in my journal, then came here to read. It's nice to know that I am not the only one out there . . . .

krobbie67 said...

Yeah! I finally got through. Great pic of Hunny and you! Sorry about the loss of the dogs, not the client though. After all, a no paying client is as good as no client at all. Now, I'm off to find a blank tape. :-) ---Robbie

sonensmilinmon said...

Very cute picture of you in the business section ~ beautiful smile. :) They mention the dog walking part, what about the lovely music? BTW, the check is FINALLY in the mail ~ I'm ordering my very own CD .. YEAH!!

Smilin Mon

alphawoman1 said...

I remember when you wrote that a month ago. So glad you are getting the recognition for your superb writing and interesting perspective on life.
Mary

musenla said...

Congrats on being featured! Sorry about losing a client, is this the couple with the big house? I never liked them ever since the entry where they locked you out and the dogs were left locked in the cage thirsty! Good riddance, though I hope they at least paid you the money you were owed?

When one door closes another one opens. Do you actively ask for referrals from your good clients? I bet they would be more than happy to oblige, given the excellent job you do!

karensull12 said...

You have a great attitude. And even though you'll miss the dogs, think of how much less stress you will have in your life without having to chase the owners for money all the time (which is inexcusable). Continue to trust that things happen for a reason...

nikki247 said...

It is always that way -- the one thing that you put the most effort into, kicks you in the butt on the way out. I am sorry about your loss with the dogs. I am sure they thought of you as their owner way more than their actual owners did. I am glad that you do have that one family that really appreciates you -- that really makes you feel that what you are doing means something to someone.

jennipooh3597 said...

Great entry! Yup. One door slams...another opens. Always. What is behind that door...somewhat of another question... ;) The Universe works in the oddest of ways. Mysterious chick she is :) Jenn

metski715 said...

Congrats and very cool on the BizTalk.
Sorry to hear about the client you lost. I know the pain in the butt people can be. I've learned from many years in retail that some people can be absolute jerks no matter how hard you try to be nice to them. The heck with 'em. You are too good for them.
:)
chris

babyshark28 said...

ummmm
didn't I comment here??? I remember commenting...
hmmm
anyway.
yea for freepeace!! but boooo about the clients and then again....yea for freeepeace!
phew! I am tired out.

ondinemonet said...

Trish, I am sorry to hear about the way those animals were being treated...I can't believe anyone could be cruel to such giving creatures. Here they give unconditional love to anyone, I will never understand. Be well honey, Always, carly :)

bridgetteleigh75 said...

It's maddening to me that people can treat dogs as if they're not living, breathing beings. Why even buy a dog in the first place, if you're going to keep it locked in the kitchen everyday? I just don't understand. A sad truth about people.

XO ~ Bridgett

jeffcomedy said...

I could have sworn that I had said congrats to you earlier. You see what happens...you pimp someone for selfless reasons....and bam someone bigger will pimp you. Woot. All aboard the karma train.
I'm sorry about the lost client. Mean people suck.
http://journals.aol.com/jeffcomedy/Whatthehell

derossetfamily said...

Just pokin' my head in...
~Mary

freeepeace said...

DONAH - I'm with you. My dog IS my child.

LINUS - Thanks for the vote of confidence.

AUNT NUB - Let's see a pic of your 15-year old 'child' - Hunny is 9 now and I long for those hyper puppy days.

NIKKI [nuttychic] - Even as I reread that statement: Trust in the Universe - I am again reminded :)

MARY - I do miss those dogs. I might post some more pics of them soon.

JAE - Thanks for popping in. Trusting is a challenge, on a daily basis...but rewarding too!

ROBBIE - You're a pal! :)

MON - Thanks :) I was at the PO yesterday - no CD order yet. But I'm ready for ya!

MARY - True how it's my "interesting perspective on life" because really, my life isn't as interesting as my perspective! hehe

MARA - Yes! Same client! And yes, I've put the word out to my current clients and they're actively spreading the word too. Moving right along!

KAREN - Trying to keep this great attitude. And yes, less stressful not having to act like a dog and beg for pay :)

NIKKI - True. With these dogs, our love was mutual. And you're right, when I am appreciated, my work feels that much more important.

JENN - Ha! I love that - referring to the Universe as a chick! Brilliant.

CHRIS - I worked in retail in high school [ugh, many years ago] and the only difference here is, if these people don't 'buy' my product, I don't eat. :P But you're right - they're not worth the aggravation!

freeepeace said...

SHARKY - Seems you're doing that a lot in my J lately...forgetting to comment. Now I don't feel so bad. I've been doing a lot of that. :) Thanks for the 'yeas'!

CARLY - I agree. It's hard to believe the way some people treat their pets. It's a completely different mentality. Truthfully, these are the kind of people who usually wouldn't get a dogwalker in the first place. So, I guess I was lucky while it lasted.

BRIDGETT - True. And these people did pay a lot for their dogs. They even shipped them to training school on the East Coast. [strange though - how do you expect a dog to listen to you if you're not actively reinforcing the training?]

JEFF - I love it! "All aboard the karma train." Very cool. [mean people suck - such an ironic statement] :P

MARY - Sorry I was late ... thanks for leaving a note! :)

jeffcomedy said...

I don't know if you know...But "Mean people suck" is a very popular sticker in New York. You see it EVERYWHERE around the NYU and Columbia campuses. Homeless people sell them for a dollar on the street wherever 19 year olds can be found! (Hunter, SUNY, CUNY...you name it.)

freeepeace said...

JEFF - I do know the bumper sticker - always thought it was ironic. I don't spend much time in NY - so I didn't know it was still being actively sold.

itsjustusinnc said...

The mind and body are two sides of the same coin. Your negative experiences are stored in your body as well as your mind. Be careful to keep that in consideration. Diffusing them in one and not the other is insufficient. Both must be healed. :-)

Gregg

txsguinan said...

One of the most difficult things about being in business for yourself is getting the respect you deserve, particularly in the form of cash! My brother is constantly put in the position of practically having to beg his clients for the money they owe him. I don't understand it myself. I mean, you don't see Halliburton begging for their monthly scratch, do you? NO!....(breathing)....om...trust the universe. I like that.... :)

horemhebi said...

Writer's block is an odd creature. It seems to have a life of it's own. It has never happened in the middle of a song for me, but I'll write three in a row and then BLANK! Usually I get inspired by other people. I wrote a song about a mother and her runaway Daughter, Angel. The words and music came easily. Don't worry about writer's block...it's only temporary.

K. Steele