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For all those who are striving for happiness and
success in their personal and professional lives.

Self-employed at home for most of her adult life, Barbara Brabec continues to move in new directions as an author, independent publisher, and author's consultant. This ad-free site reflects her professional and personal interests, philosophy, and Christian beliefs.

Looking for new perspective on dealing with various life and business-related issues? Want information you can trust from an acclaimed writer experienced in every topic she writes about? Then you've come to the right place.

“The surprising thing about perspective is that the farther away we come from a particular life experience, the more clearly we see the valuable life lessons we learned during that time. Perhaps the hardest lesson Christians must learn is that God’s timing and direction for our life rarely coincide with the roadmap we’ve so carefully laid out for ourselves.” – from Barbara’s new post, “Lessons Learned in the Valley”

“When your life here on earth is over physically, how do you want to be remembered? What do you want people to say about you? What difference will it have made that you even lived? And what will you leave behind that has any lasting value?” – from a sermon by Pastor Charles Stanley, “Our Life after Death: Leaving a Godly Legacy.”

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After 21 years on my former home-business domain, I opened this new site in late 2021 so I could continue to encourage and help others through my writing and professional services for years to come.

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For an overview of articles in 14 life-related topic categories, visit the ARTICLES Table of Contents page. Here you’ll be linked to my newest content and dozens of my most popular and timeless articles, reports, and PDF documents, all updated for today’s times.

Featured Articles

NEW! “Personal Musings” post: “Lessons Learned in the Valley.” Barbara reflects on a particularly painful decade-long ‘valley experience’ and how she got through it. 

 Living in Two Different Worlds. How to live with peace and joy in your heart when our country is now a complete reversal of what it once was. “clean up” your writing prior to hiring someone to edit it. Use this helpful checklist to find errors you may have missed.

 My Father’s Garage. Barbara remembers the legacy of her father, a farmer-turned-mechanic in the fifties, and his entrepreneurial spirit in building a home and business in the small farming community of Buckley, Illinois.

Humorous Stress-Busting Strategies. Finding the humor in your daily life is one of the best stress-busting things a home-business owner can do.

NEW! Barbara’s June Brabec Bulletin: “What is Your Legacy?” If you’re not yet a subscriber, you can read this issue by scrolling to the bottom of the blog page for links to all Bulletins published this year.

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Remembering Harry
1927 – 2005

Barbara and Harry Brabec in 2001

Barbara and Harry Brabec partners in both life and business for nearly 44 years. Barbara's memoir of their unusual and adventurous musical life together is documented in The Drummer Drives! Everybody Else Rides.

Remembering Harry Brabec. Barbara's tribute documents Harry's unusual and amazing professional life, with historical music information and colorful stories and photos.

A Widow’s Thoughts and Advice. A PDF collection of Barbara's series of articles for widows and other grieving hearts.

My Favorite "Harryisms"

“The world is round, but I am square.”

“He was always difficult, but he never was a bore.”

“I have a weight problem. When it comes to eating, I can hardly wait.”

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