Short but So Sweet

12 04 2016

It’s been ages since I spent any time with my friend Holly – and when I say ages, I really mean over 18 months, so when I bumped into her at a networking event one evening, we made plans to have lunch together and actually put it on our calendars.

The day before the calendar entry, I reached out to Holly and confirmed our plans.  We made a slight adjustment to meet over a cup of coffee at a local coffee place.IMG_3717

The next hour (plus) was spent talking about our businesses, current and past.  We shared tips and ideas for growth for one another’s business; who we’ve seen lately, who has moved away; key factors of what makes our own businesses work and who we like to work with.

It was a great hour…no pressure from either of us to get the other to use products or services.  We now know what the other does in a deeper, more value-packed way.

This is how real business is done-at least from my perspective.  Only an hour provided both of us with so much value, that we vowed to do it again!





This is long, but so was my walk!!

5 04 2016

There’s come a time when, even though you don’t want to, you have to admit that you’ve done something stupid—maybe even incredibly stupid.

On a recent visit to New Orleans as a tag-along traveler to a business trip for my husband, I found myself left to my own creativity to spend the daylight hours. Since I knew that my husband was tied up with work from early morning until well into the dinner hour, I reached out to people on Facebook to see if anyone knew anyone that could spend some time with me while in the Big Easy and share their city with me.  You see, I’ve only been here once before and that was about ten years ago, and I wasn’t quite as adventurous then.

And so my time in New Orleans has found me reaching outside of my comfort zone—and growing as a person.  I’m not one to go to a restaurant to dine alone, and yet I had no choice but to find a cozy table in the sun at a small breakfast place and enjoy my own company.  The French Quarter has taken on a slight change as i noticed I didn’t come across the voo-doo parlors that I remember from my last visit; rather there were more neon-lighted souvenir stores with masks, masks and more masks!

But this does not come close to the following day where my actions lead me into steps of stupidity.  Many, many steps!IMG_3915

 

I made contact with the friend of a friend, first by Facebook chat and then by text. He had Sunday morning obligations with his church choir and wasn’t available until 2pm at which time we would meet up on Moss Street at the bayou.  He wanted to see the Mardi Gras Indians that were coming out to entertain the crowds and, as he explained, it’s a special rarity.  I was ‘in’ for this treat!

I checked my Google maps to find that the meeting place was only 2.6 miles away-an easy walk for me.  I readied myself, grabbed my 6oz small bottle of water, my phone with the map and walking directions and headed out, not having a single idea of where the heck I was going.  I walked back thru the French Quarter, made a left turn, right turn, left turn, following the voice streaming through my headphones and trusting, trusting.

Even though I was watching the traffic and trying to be courteous, I still got honked at and flipped off (there are no pedestrian walk/don’t walk signs that were working!!).  As if that wasn’t unnerving enough, I found myself walking through neighborhoods that were, hmmm how should we say—scary!! Clearly, I wasn’t where I should have been.  Sirens were screaming every few minutes…low riding dark-windowed vehicles were slowing driving down streets, glass on the broken sidewalks, boarded up homes….my comfort level was running in the negative.  I remember thinking to myself ‘this is not good…this was a mistake’, but after an hour of walking, I couldn’t turn back.  And calling a taxi would mean I would have to stay in one place and wait—I figured it was safer to just keep moving.

And so I did…I walked under freeway passings and more un-easy neighborhoods.  Among the homes that needed some deep loving, there would be well-kept and even pretty homes.  They offered a sigh of relief, for a few moments. IMG_3876

Sunday afternoons welcomed some of the neighbors to be outside in their chairs watching the traffic and as I passed and smiled, the return was “how you doing, baby?”, but not the scummy ‘baby’; more like the welcoming southern ‘baby’.  I enjoyed that.

As I approached the crossroads of where we were to meet, the waterway and Moss Street,IMG_3879 I felt accomplished, full of confidence—warmed by the sun and taken by the beauty of the bayou, with the homes of history staring back at me.  I didn’t see any activity in the immediate area, so I continued walking towards the traffic up along the bayou. Turning the corner, I found the street car line stopped right in front of City Park.  Yes, the same street car that travels from right in front of the hotel we are staying at and ends at City Park.  A moment of frustration and self anger until I settled myself that I had no idea that we were meeting near City Park.

I waited over an hour and a half for my new friend to arrive after we made contact.  During that time, I sat on a park bench in the park and watched a group of men in their senior years erect a volleyball net in the park…I watched dogs guiding their humans down the walkway…a woman asked if she and her dog could come sit with me and we chatted for a bit; she’s a foster mom for the dog and had no idea where she parked her car.  Talking with her was a delight to my ears with her southern drawl and her fun speech.

When my new friend arrived, he found me in front of the museum where we agreed to meet.  The first thing he said was that we missed the Indians…they had already preformed at an area many blocks from where we were.  I told him I walked from Canal street and he said “Why’d you do that ‘baby’??…the street car could have brought you right here”!

We walked out of the park, back across the street where I had emerged from on my way in, down Esplanade to a cemetery.  Not like any cemetery I’ve ever been in before.  Because of the water level in this city, there is a unique way to bury family members.

Personally, I think this is very ecological in the thinking and it might be a great way for all cemeteries to consider.

After awhile being educated about this practice, we continued our walk down into the neighborhood that was lined in dogwood trees and graced with some amazing homes that were total eye-candy.  We met up with my new friend’s  partner who had his car.  My legs were ready for the break in walking. We then had to pick up a long-time friend from church and get them to their next singing obligation in a revival tent.  The conversation in the car was so amazing to hear between the two natives of New Orleans.  Fun and refreshing.

I was given a ride back to my hotel…and I so welcomed it since my feet and legs were noticing the 25,000 steps that my fitbit tracked. A hot shower and a pain reliever and I was ready to enjoy dinner with my husband.  As we walked to the French Quarter to grab a po’ boy, I shared my story….and how stupid turned into good.

 





It Feels Good!

29 03 2016

It’s quite flattering when someone asks you to be interviewed…and very much a different way to present yourself.

First, there’s no ‘take overs’. Once the light turns on, it’s a ‘go’. I do have to admit that this experience was quite comfortable, thanks to the professionalism of the interviewer, Jeannine Barcarse of SoCal Marketing Consultants. She asked pertinent questions and allowed me all the time I needed to answer the questions, and then did a great recap.

Coaching is a system of investigating and asking open-ended questions to ensure that the client is thinking deeply to discover the proper route to accomplish their goals. A trained coach knows how to ask those questions; how to listen carefully to the answers so the process continues towards the outcome of desired goal. A well-trained coach has tools that can be used to help reach those goals as well.

This interview revealed that I’m very excited to help others with their confidence in their personal life and in making decisions about a business.

Here’s the interview–I’d love to hear your thoughts:
http://businessinnovatorsmagazine.com/debe-bloom-certified-confidence-coach-and-entrepreneur/

 





One Month Beyond

22 03 2016

We are coming up to a month since I had to make the gut-wrenching decision to set my sweet little doggy, Julee Rose, free.  It’s not been easy.  I’ve made it a point to fill my days with activities to keep my heart from ripping out of my chest…and although some of the activates were centered around preserving the memory of Julee, it has been helpful.  Or so I think.

The day I searched and found the perfect rose tree…the golden orange blossom with yellow centers, and the perfectly matched pot, I received the most extraordinary gift from a long time friend & neighbor.  He had a tile made with Julee’s image on it; something that will sit nicely in the pot at the foot of the rose tree.

A few days later, a package came in the mail from another friend who lives across the waters….she had read my previous blog about sleeping with Julee’s blanket and had a pillow cover made with Julee’s picture on it.  Such a wonderful thought.  (Not to miss mentioning the many gifts of donations in Julee’s memory that will go to help other furbabies that are ‘in need of’…her memory does live on!)IMG_3706

My little furry friend certainly has great tributes that surround my home.  And yet, when I go outside to water the garden and talk to my fruit trees, I fall into such a state of sadness.  My heart misses my Julee to such a deep degree as my mind envisions her basking in the sun in her favorite places, or following me around the yard.

A part of me has reasoned that Julee came into my life as a rescue to fill a small place in my heart that needed to be filled. And she did that so incredibly well—her job was fulfilled.  But over the course of the eleven plus years together, that small place grew to an extraordinary size as we bonded into the friendship we had.

I have already looked on rescue websites for doggies that need a forever home.  Our home needs to be completed by the being of a doggy—and yet I need to agree with my son as I don’t think it’s the right time.  I need to honor the relationship I had with Julee.  I often asked her “what would I do without you?”….even asked her that as recent as 2 months ago….

I still don’t have the answer…





A Hard Good-bye

29 02 2016

I woke up this morning with my arms wrapped around her blanket, my head resting on it…my face nestled in it.

When I got out of bed, the habit of concern and love continues as I looked over to where her bed was, where I would find her sleeping every morning…of recent anyway

Julee, Jules, Ju-Ju, Peanut, Face, Ju-Ju-Bee, My Doggy, My Baby, Monkey, Julee-Woolley, Ulie, Ules, Muppett, Sweet Thing, Daddy’s Girl —she answered to all of these names that she was given by me, by her ‘dad’, by her sisters, brothers, cousins, nieces.  She was one of those very special beings that everybody could & would love.

She had a face that you would either think was adorable — or just the opposite.  But her IMG_0069 (2)soul was her gold piece. She was always available to share her heart.  To people-big and small, to (most) other dogs, to cats, to birds!, and Guinea pigs. She never said no to anyone or anything.

Julee Rose—her name was a gift all by itself. When I decided to get a furry friend, it took me months to decide that I wanted a Pekingese -the breed I grew up with.  After another couple of months of searching for a dog that was being rehomed, i thought it just wasn’t meant to be. I looked one last time and there was the posting. After making arrangements to meet “Judy”, (who was impossible to house break) I spent about 6 hours chatting with my son trying to figure out a new name for Judy that a doggy would easily respond to.  When I met the woman who was rehoming the 1 year old pup, I was told her name was Julie & I found out we would be her 5th home!! I took Julie sight-unseen. No dog deserves to be pushed around so much:”the Peke Stops Here”, is what I was thinking.

On my way back to my office, Julie  became  Julee in memory of my sister. And a mile or so later, after calling her Julee Bloom, I gave her the middle name of Rose.

Six weeks Julee went to my office with me. She loved running ahead of me to the elevator, got in each morning and when we got to our floor, she would run ahead of me and bolt down the hall to our office door. When I needed to go to the bathroom, Julee went out first. She even had her own bed in the office, her Cleopatra bed!  Julee was always in the company of people–& never had a housebreaking issue.

She was my friend. My daughter. My sister. My babysitter. Her daddy’s relief (since his business takes him out of town & out of the house a lot). She was my charge–the reason I got out of bed — the reason why I was responsible at 5pm.  She was my dolly as I bathed her..brushed her..walked her. And of late, tended to her medical needs.

She was my hobby and my concern: my child (albeit furry) and my partner. My play toy and my silent voice of reason.  We travelled together by car, plane and boat. We hiked in the mountains and in the desert. We walked the neighborhoods and sat quietly on the sand.  We visited friends and romped in the park.  She was my lifeline.

We filled a void for each other.   And now my sister, my baby, my friend is gone.  I know she knew I loved her—I don’t know if I ever showed her how deeply it went.

Julee Rose Bloom—my yellow rose

September 10,2003 – February 26, 2016





Sharing is Caring

15 03 2015

♪ ♫ Will you still need me, will you still love me when I’m 64?♪♫ Yeah, it happened, my Beatles birthday happened just a few weeks ago.  I thought when I was younger that 64 was going to be the end.  What can I tell you!  When I was younger, 64 was so far away and it was the ‘old folks’ age. IMG_0163 So, here I am at age 64, and here we are with Facebook!  Through Facebook, I received so many birthday wishes, my head was spinning and every year, it seems to grow more and more, and I’m not trying to be here to toot my own horn, because there is a message I am going to be delivering in a second.  The last number that I found that Facebook shared with me that had birthday wishes was over 300, and that’s not the point here, the point is that every one of those people took the time to sit down at their computer and actually type out ‘happy birthday,’ and I feel in my heart of hearts, that it’s kind of important for me to respect them back equally, so I actually, throughout the day, sent personal ‘thank yous,’ to each and every one of those people.  So, yeah, it was tedious, but it was also soulful; you know what I mean, it filled my soul and it was my way of saying ‘thank you,’ to them at a deeper level than doing the whole ‘thank you everybody for all of your wishes,’ kind of thing.  There’s nothing wrong with that, if that’s the way you want to roll, I mean, I personally just wanted to let everybody know that I care individually and absolutely for every person that sent me a birthday wish.  So, that’s all, just wanted to put that out there that I took the time, because other people took the time.  I guess sharing is caring; there you go!  Debe Bloom, Nerium International.





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