Surprise – June 12th



I will not hide my tastes or aversions. I will so trust that what is deep is holy, if we follow the truth, it will bring us out safe at last. – Ralph Waldo Emerson


Think of a time when you didn’t think you were capable of doing something, but then surprised yourself.  How will you surprise yourself this week?

– Ashley Ambirge


In college, I sold a homework help manual called the Volume Library, put out by Southwestern Company, door-to-door. I worked seventy to eighty hours a week. No joke. Monday through Saturday we were up at six, then to breakfast with the team and then at the first door by 8am. I was pounding the pavement until 8pm. Sometimes later. I survived the first summer.

I recruited five kids the second summer to sell with me. They all went home after about four weeks. I decided I would too. From Wisconsin I drove and finally in South Dakota I answered my sales manager’s call. After a u-turn, I found my self in Tennessee for four weeks helping in the Southwestern office.

I had a nagging feeling though. I had quit. I had not finished my summer with the team that was still out in the field. I decided to go back out for the last four weeks. It was rough, but I did it.

As for surprises for this week, I think it could be difficult to top selling books door-to-door. However, after volunteering last week I have set a goal for myself to volunteer somewhere at least two days a week for the month of June. Being a bit of an introvert, it is easy to get engrossed in projects around the house. Instead, I will find projects outside of the house this month!


About Southern Adventuress

Transplant from California now living in Charleston, South Carolina after getting married in September 2010 to a Southerner. Join me as I reinvent my house on a strict budget, navigate the streets of my city; meet the challenges of pet ownership; and delve into education after institutional learning.

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