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In “Alice and Wonderland’ and ‘Through the Looking Glass’ Alice sees many a strange thing in her travels. On one occasion, Alice exclaims “Curiouser and Curiouser” meaning to her perplexed mind suddenly all that was confusion became perfectly clear. So, what do you do when you find a person or that person finds you that can actually help you obtain your goal(s), but monetary value holds you back?

Yesterday on a phone call after many an email exchange, I met Cami Baker. Before we met online, Ms. Baker had me fill out a questionnaire of sorts so that when we finally spoke, she and I would cover all the necessary topics so nothing would get lost in translation.

In my case, nothing was lost because Ms. Baker thoughtfully recorded our almost 2-hour conversation (when it originally was scheduled for 30 to 45 minutes call). After the phone call she emailed me the conversation in case I wanted to revisit what both of us said to each other.

Now, my son would tell you that I’m a pretty strong person. It takes a great wind to blow me over. But like the reeds in the swamp, I bend in the wind rather stand up tall and straight and become uprooted when a greater wind comes along.

Ms. Baker gave me a lot to think about and a lot to consider. One of the thoughts that gave me pause was not how much her services cost, but how much I wanted to invest in myself.

Yes, invest in myself. Quite a novel concept because I’m usually the one giving away my value for free to other people. It made me pause and think about what she had said.

So, what do you do when someone asks you, when was the last time you invested in yourself?

You know, I’m still thinking about my answer to her. I never gave it much thought on how much value I place on myself. And, what about you all? Do you place much value on yourself? Is it worth your time, efforts, and self-education to continually add value to yourself?

Or as Ms. Baker puts it: What was the last time you found a mentor who could help you achieve that particular goal or find that particular path that’s been eluding you for so long?

And, when you finally find that person, what is your true worth to yourself that you’re willing to spend that kind of money? Money is always tight. It’s like debating the old age question, when is it time to have a child? I’m pretty sure most of you still ask yourself that particular question only it’s coached with other words, like?

When I have enough money I’m going (fill in the blank or blanks).

When I make my first million before 30, I’m retiring from (fill in the blank).

When I grow up, I’ll do what?

I’ve got to confess I’m still trying to decide what I’m going to do when I grow up. And, geesh, one would think that at 65 years young, I would know.  But then my inner child would say, why should I make a choice? Why can’t I do all of them?

And, then my entrepreneur voice whispers: Until next week….. .

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About Lillian Cauldwell

Own and operate an Internet Talk Radio Network for 10 years, 2005 to Present Published Author of Non-Fiction Book, 1996, "Teenagers! A Bewildered Parent's Guide. Published Author of several fiction books, 2006 "Sacred Honor" and 20010 "The Anna Mae Mysteries: The Golden Treasure." Playwright of Theater of the Absurd and Black Comedies. Screenwriter, Black Comedies

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