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Destination Weddings

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Last weekend my son was married at The Sullivan House on Block Island. Nick, my husband, and I had never been to Block Island. It was everything we had been told and more. The views were stunning, flowers lush, and the town quaint. Friends and family came from near and far. This couple was surrounded by love. The weekend was nothing short of magical. Nick and I arrived on Wednesday by ferry from Point Judith. As the ferry approached Block Island we saw a huge tent on a bluff and wondered if this was where our son would be married. It was!…

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Professionalism

By attitude, Organizing Strategies, Professionalism

Last night my husband, Nick, and I went to the Atlanta Opera. Cosi Fan Tutte by Mozart was playing and we are opera fans. In case you didn’t know, there were alerts for storms in the area – and the skies were definately threatening. We met up with some friends, had dinner, and went to our seats at the appointed time. Then the power went out. So, here we are in this huge performing arts center with no lights. Now, let me tell you the place was packed full of people ready to listen to beautful music. In fact, the orchestra was…

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Small steps toward change

By Organizing Strategies

Recently I took a class offered by the Institute for Challenging Disorganization titled Kaizen – The Next Step for the Chronically Disorganized Client. It was a fascinating class. Kaizen is a word which comes from two Japanese roots, kai which means change and zen which means good. During this class I learned that when a person is taught how to make small changes toward a stated goal there is a better chance of success. You might wonder why that is true. Let’s think about this. I am going to use the example of a lifestyle change. Let’s say that ‘Joe’…

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Time Management

By Time Management

At the beginning of this calendar year I made a quiet little promise to myself that I would write a new blog post every week. As you can tell, since it is now the second week in March and my most recent blog post was the second week in January, I did not keep my promise. I got really busy and something had to fall by the wayside – I let that something be this blog.  One of the things I teach my clients is better time management. So, how is it that I didn’t have time for this? Honestly? I…

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New Systems

By Clutter, Time Management

It can be really frustrating to have a system in place to manage your filing or paper work only to find that it is not meeting your needs. What to do? Well, you can throw out the old system and start over or you can modify the exisiting system that actually worked well for you for awhile. When given a choice I always modify the exisiting system. Understand that life is never static. Things change, your needs change, the way you think about things may change, the way you want to retrieve documents may change – be flexible and adapt…

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New Year’s word

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Last year I chose a word that would help me to define my goal for the year. My word was persevere. I had some serious challenges to overcome. My mother passed away after losing her battle with acute mylogenous leukemia, I had a nasty accident which resulted in having surgery and a metal plate put in my ankle, to name just a few things… I made the decision that I would persevere. I decided to focus on all the positive things in my life and to work hard to honor my mother. It really helped me to have this word to…

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Receipts – take them or not

By Budgeting

Recently, I have noticed, when I pay for an item at a store the person accepting my payment asks this question ‘Do you want you receipt?’  I always answer ‘Yes!’ So, yesterday when I was paying for a haircut and the woman asked me that question I asked ‘Does anyone ever say no?’ The cashier told me that most people do not want the receipt. Her answer really surprised me and I indicated that. My question was ‘ how do you track your expenditures without the receipt?’ The cashier told me that she never takes a receipt. She tracks her expenses…

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Goals

By Clutter, Time Management

Now that summer is officially over and most of us are back in the swing of our routine it is a good time to reassess our goals for the year. Do you have lots and lots of goals? You may want to take a moment and decide which of these goals (pick one or two) you want to focus on now. Are these reasonable goals? If they are not, choose goals that are attainable. You don’t want to frustrate yourself by picking a goal that you know, for sure, is out of reach. Figure out which of these goals you…

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Back to School?

By Budgeting, Young Adults

Is the young adult in your family going back to school soon? If so, this is a very busy time for you. I remember somewhat fondly when our boys would get ready to go back to school. What they needed to do to prepare often depended on their upcoming living situation. In other words, if they were going back to a familiar dorm and had put some things in storage nearby then we had less to do to get ready. If they were moving into a house or an apartment with some friends in a completely new town then we…

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Freedom

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This weekend as we go about our Fourth of July celebrations please take a moment and remember our troops. Remember those who have gone before us and fought so that we may be free. Remember also those who are currently serving in our Military. Smile and say ‘Thank You’ if you happen to meet anyone in the armed services. This past winter I was at the airport with my family. We were going on vacation and we shared a table in the food court with a young man who was returning from a tour of duty. He was on his…

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