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Weaving Dreams: The Joy of Work, The Love of Life

Weaving Dreams: The Joy of Work, The Love of Life

Tami Longaberger

ISBN: 978-0-470-92590-4

Aug 2010

251 pages



Tami Longaberger is CEO of The Longaberger Company, the premier U.S. manufacturer of handcrafted baskets and other home and lifestyle products. With great tenderness, transparency, and candor, this book opens her heart, offering readers a glimpse of her unique “American Dream”—the kind not handed down or given freely—but earned by hard work and fierce tenacity. Whether sharing memories of her impoverished childhood in Appalachia or accounts of reaching out to business women of the Middle East, Longaberger evokes a balanced nostalgia for the sweetness of the past comingled with a passionate call for hope for the future.

Weaving Dreams prompts readers to dream bigger, think more broadly, and risk taking the road less traveled in business and in life. The life lessons remind us that we are all much more similar than distinct, that we have much for which to be grateful, and that the love of family is a treasure to be valued above all else.  In Weaving Dreams: The Joy of Work, the Love of Life, Tami Longaberger emerges as a clear voice of encouragement and inspiration, challenging us all to live each moment to the fullest.

Foreword Bernie J. Kosar xv

Acknowledgments xix

Part 1 AMERICA 1

1 Love Where You Live: Finding Joy at Home 3

2 Only in America: Seizing Opportunities and Finding Silver Linings 9

3 Lessons from Purple Hands: Learning Work Ethic from My Father 15

4 With Feet Planted: Learning Respect for Our Country 19

5 A Pocket Full of Coins: Connecting with Bravery and Honor 25

6 An American Privilege: Being a Voice for the Voiceless 29


7 The Legacy of Right and Wrong: Learning from Mom and Dad 37

8 Right Is Right: Taking the High Road behind the Scenes 41

9 Parenting with the End in Mind: How I Worked to Instill Responsibility and Work Ethic in My Children 47

10 Making Things Right: A Consultant’s Story of Longaberger Values 53


11 ‘‘Getting It Right’’: The Struggle toward Self-Confidence 61

12 Our Minds Are Double-Edged Swords: The Power of Positive and Negative Thinking 71

13 Finding Balance: A Four-Part Recipe to Positive Thinking and Harmony 77


14 Reflecting on a Legacy: Dad’s Enthusiasm Was Contagious 83

15 From the Homestead to the Office: Promoting Enthusiasm 87

16 Feeding Joy: How I Remain Enthusiastic 93

17 Applause!: One Consultant Reflects on Finding Joy and Purpose with Longaberger 99

Part 5 LEARNING 105

18 Cream Pies and Ohio Buckeyes: Defying My Dad and Going to College 107

19 Supporting My Kids: Why Education Is So Important to Me 113

20 What Diversity Can Teach Us: Lessons in Tolerance 119

21 Longaberger 101: Improve Yourself and Pass It On! 125

Part 6 FAMILY 131

22 Thick and Thin: Sticking Together as a Family 133

23 Memory Making: How Family Traditions Became Our Glue 141

24 The Best Medicine: Laughter Is Critical for Any Family 145

25 Expanding My Family: Opening Doors for Longaberger Consultants 149

Part 7 COURAGE 157

26 Learning to Pull Myself Up: Finding Courage Within 159

27 Empty Shoes at The Bee: Finding Courage in Loss 167

28 Grace in the Trying: Finding Courage in Difficult Circumstances 173

29 Horizon of Hope: Finding Courage in Illness 179


30 Hands in Dresden Dirt: My Love for Nature and the Beauty of the Earth 189

31 Random Acts of Kindness: Teaching My Children the Joy of Giving 195

32 Come Along with Me: Sharing My Days with Others 201

33 Landing in the Desert: Sharing Business with the Women of the Middle East 209

34 Philanthropy: A Way of Life 215

Part 9 GRATITUDE 223

35 Remembering to Say ‘‘Thank You’’: Important People, Important Moments 225

36 A Posture of Gratitude: How I Live with a Grateful Heart 229

37 How Can I Say ‘‘Thanks’’? A Consultant’s Gratitude 233

38 Grateful to You: People Make Longaberger What It Is 239

Index 243