Rebecca Gallo

I will surely not be on my deathbed saying, “Oh I wish I had done…”

I’ve tried plenty of things – just for a taste, to see how I like them. Some I’ve said, “Well, that was fine, but I don’t need any more of it” (like skydiving…and woodturning) and others I’ve said, “Mm…this is good.  I might have a bit more” (like writing and contradancing). I blog about these adventures at

Taking Barbara’s “Making A Living Without a Job” seminar ten years ago changed my whole outlook on the “working life” – and life in general.

I’m thrilled to be able to help her share her message with the Asheville community.

Gillian Lancaster

I am a freelance graphic designer based in the greater Philadelphia area. This is my second career as I originally trained as a classroom music teacher and taught in England, before moving to the US in 1988. This curious background – along with my lifelong love of singing – have resulted in an ongoing love of organizing, teaching, designing and creating things, and to my surprise, the nerdy pleasure of persuading technology to conform to my wishes!

I decided to participate in the Joyfully Jobless Weekend project because it was the lure of doing something new and different, plus the chance to work with Barbara.


Christine Johansson

I discovered Barbara years ago when I was living in the San Francisco Bay Area and happened onto one of her workshops. I was immediately hooked! She completely shifted my view of work and helped me find a whole new way of using my diverse skills and interests.

My husband and I moved to Missouri in 2008 where we started a small, seasonal café (The Traveler’s Table). We are located in a beautiful part of the Ozarks and plan to expand in the next few years to add upscale camping, cabins and eventually a retreat center next to the restaurant.

I also have counseling practice in Rolla. I love working with people as they overcome issues from the past and move on to build more positive and creative lives.

As part of practicing what I preach, I am also reconnecting with some of my old passions: jewelry making, textile arts, writing and teaching. In the process, I have started working with the local Steelville Arts Council, a group of fun, talented souls dedicated to creating all kinds of venues and opportunities for local artists.

I am so excited to have the chance to bring Barbara’s Joyfully Jobless Weekend to Rolla. There are so many talented people in this part of the country and I know that her message and practical suggestions can inspire them take that leap to start making a creative living without a job.

Susan Hamm

Susan K. Hamm is a creative entrepreneur who uses her skills in various pursuits, including as a magazine writer, book author, editor (The Write Word) memory/photo book designer (Out of the Box Photos), cooking camp owner (Gourmet Girls & Guys), and account executive for an educational supplier (Beecon Learning). As Barbara recommends, she likes to have multiple profit centers.

“When I signed up for several of Barbara’s seminars in Dallas in 1999, I didn’t know that I was about to be fired from my well-paying executive job. Barbara’s various seminars on the joyfully jobless life came at just the right time for me and I’ve been self-employed since then (and a faithful subscriber to her newsletter). I want others to have access to the same encouragement and ongoing inspiration.”


Rasheed Hooda

Rasheed is an Artist, a Communicator, and an Entrepreneur.

He delights kids of all ages with his balloon creations at local venues and private parties and corporate functions.

He is also an award-winning speaker who has been speaking audiences small and large since 1966 when one of his teachers “volunteered” him to speak in front of 500 of his peers and faculty. He is addicted to making an impact in people’s lives through public speaking.

As an entrepreneur, he coaches and consults others in getting started in their own business and help them create Multiple Profit Centers.

After having been a protege’ for years, it was natural for me to take the plunge to promote Barbara.

Bob Wilson

Bob Wilson, grew up in a small Iowa town in a large family. He is a reformed IT Manager who left the corporate world to form his own business and life coaching company: Smartful Coaching. Through both individual and group coaching, Bob now shows people a better way to reach their goals & dreams.

Why I decided to participate: I became a huge fan of Barbara’s when I read her book: “Making a Living Without a Job”. Both the book and her blog posts were instrumental in helping me leave corporate America to start my own business. When the opportunity to work with Barbara arose, I jumped at the chance.

Susan Haas

I am a serial entrepreneur, mother of 2 teens and seeker of all things fun and outside the box. Over the years, my professional life has been quite diverse but a big chunk of the time, I ran my own real estate investment business while homeschooling and raising my kids. I am currently involved in several business ventures. As a HeartMath® Provider I help others with stress management and other health issues. Most recently, I began making herbal soaps, salves, lotions, etc. in order to create another stream of income. Additionally, I work in a retirement community as a salon owner/stylist.

The main direction that I have been moving in for many years is toward creating a life that is as holistic and sustainable as possible through organic gardening, wildcrafting herbs and plants, bartering, connecting with like-minded individuals and studying different wellness practices. The plan is to continually grow and expand this passion.

Barbara’s focus on the beauty and freedom of being joyfully jobless and being able to support your wanderlust is really quite appealing and exciting to me since I love being independent and I love to travel. I have been a fan of hers for several years so I jumped at the chance to bring her to Milwaukee!

Jane Kirsch

I’m a sixty-something, single, Jill-of-all-trades grandmother. I’ve lived in 8 states, had a dozen careers and lots of unique experiences. (I was a magician’s assistant for 12 years!) On my last day of full-time employment in 2007 I was at a “Work at What You Love” seminar with Barbara Winter and my life took a wonderful new turn.

As the founder of Life and Work by Design, my passion is educating other mid-lifers about all the possibilities for fun, lifelong learning and rewarding work or community contribution.  I believe that we can choose to create a happy, healthy life and I constantly look for ways to help folks who want to do that.

In my own mid-life phase I am returning to my passions for fabric arts and writing.  A book about life as a single woman over 60 is my main project currently.    My goal for this time of life – “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”   (Maya Angelou)

At an important transition point of my life, Barbara Winter inspired me to found my own business and I’m thrilled to help bring her wisdom and valuable workshops to the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area.

Jean Morehouse

Jean is a joy philanthropist and coach who is making the world a better and more joyful place by empowering people to uncover, acknowledge and live out their dreams!

She is a board certified coach, a graduate of the University of Central Missouri Honors Program with a BA in sociology and a minor in psychology, and a Certified Equine Guided Educator. She has been married to her wonderful husband, Paul, for 36 years and lives on 25 lovely acres in northwestern Missouri with a cat, a dog and four mustangs (horses, not cars!). Her family also includes four adult children who are married, two grandsons, a granddaughter and another grandchild due to arrive in early March of 2013!

Jean loves to experience new places, people and the outdoors and enjoys connecting and spending time with friends, family, and her horses, participating in Parelli natural horsemanship training, music, quilting, knitting, baking, fishing, and gardening.

She has helped people grow their businesses, improve their relationships, take control of their finances, lose weight and learn how to maintain a healthy life/work balance. She believes that it truly is possible for people to create and live the lives they want and she loves to inspire and support people so they can!


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