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What's up with me? Well, let me tell you...

Our computer really broke, wouldn't charge, battery was busted, no access at the beginning of the year. My dad came to the rescue and fixed it! Yeah! And then it got something that made it super slow and painful to use. It was time to do something about it. Actually, it was clear it was time to do something about it last fall. I started squirreling away some funds here and there. It was slow and painful, but not nearly as slow and painful as getting on the computer and doing anything on it. It would take me an hour to write and post something, with only about ten of those minutes being utilized for the actual creation of something to write. Meaning 50 minutes of computer wrestling. UGH! I felt like my life was being sucked away every single time I had to get on the computer to do something. Well, this summer, it got worse, taking forever to turn on, going through several reboots every time. You've all heard this story before, I'm sure. Well, finally, we got enough money pulled together and bought a new computer. A fast, efficient, speedy computer.
The other day, I got on to post my latest book review. It was so lovely, my first thought was, "I miss blogging, I should go do that." And so here I am today, telling you the age old story of busted computers and the need to replace them.
I've also had something else going on in my life. I got a job! Yes, me the perpetual stay at home mom, the house wife extraordinary. I got a job. And you know that if I got a job after 15 years of housewife bliss, it must be something extraordinary. And no it wasn't a need for funds, it was a need to learn something new and to explore my purpose in a different way.
I'm a compassionate entrepreneur with Trades of Hope. If you haven't heard of them, they are amazing!! I have been a customer for the past three years or so and just loved all the things!! And finally, this past summer, I decided to take the next step and help other people find their favorite stories and pieces.
Trades of Hope is a direct sales organization that is working to empower women out of poverty. We partner with artisans in 16 different countries to market their jewelry, scarves, handbags and home decor. You can see the entire line online at http://www.mytradesofhope.com/tinapuntigam  I've really been enjoying telling people about our artisans and helping them find beautiful items to add to their collections. It's also been a lot of work.

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