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My Home Improvement Projects and Priorities

By | accomplish, change, Closets, Garden, home improvements, Priority, projects

Recently, I’ve been neglecting my blog. I have turned my attention away from my computer and toward some much needed home improvement projects. Last year, I juggled writing my blog with time spent on clients, time on the business of running a business and time attending to home improvements. The past few months, honestly all of this year, I have devoted more time to my clients, running my business, and home improvements. I completely neglected this blog. So, I thought I would give you an update. As I think many of you know, I moved into my house a couple…

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Transforming My Budget

By | Budget, change, Finances, money, save

A little while ago I told you about my word to describe 2018: Transformative. I plan to transform my different aspects of my life. One of them is my budget. I am going to transform my budget and the way I handle money in general. Before I tell you my plans, I’d like to ask you to think about your budgeting process. Have you actually sat down and written out a budget?   Do you just operate, the way I used to, with a vague idea of what your expenses will probably be and then save a little here and…

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2018: A Transformative Year

By | accomplish, change, Closets, mindful, Organizing Strategies, transform

    I took my own very good advice for self-care and took a vacation for 10 whole marvelous days. This is the view from my balcony. Paradise on earth for me.           I love to swim, lounge on the beach, read good books and eat lots of good seafood. I did all that and more. I really relaxed. It’s been sometime since I took extended time to completely unwind. It felt so good. I’m already thinking about where I may go at the end of 2018. I had plenty of time to think about the…

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Mindfully Thankful

By | ballroom dance, change, exercise, family, healthy, mindful, self-care, thankful

      I love Thanksgiving. It is my favorite holiday. It allows me to express just how thankful I am for all the blessings in my life. I am very lucky as I have many. This year, I am doing my best to be mindfully thankful; to notice the trivial things as well as the big obvious things for which I am thankful. It goes without saying, even though I am going to say it, that I am very thankful for the wonderful and delicious thanksgiving feast in which I will take an active part. I am cooking an…

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New Routines and Habits

By | change, chores, family, habits, Routines, self-care, Time Management

I wrote several posts earlier this fall about routines and habits. I’m circling back to this topic because I recently spent the best weekend with my son, daughter-in-law and their baby – my first grandchild! This baby was born in mid-October and so was very new in this world. My son and his wife very quickly figured out that their previously established routines and habits would have to change. They needed to create new routines and habits to accommodate this addition to their family. They had read lots of books on child-care, but nothing ever really prepares you for the…

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Habits

By | change, effort, habits, mindful, needlepoint, patience, practice, reminder

Last week I was talking about organizing time or rather organizing what you do to make the best use of your time. I told you that your habits and routines can help or hinder you in this regard. Today I’m talking about habits. Do you have habits? What are they? I have a habit of waking up early in the morning. I love this. There’s a hush outside. Usually the air is still. It’s so early the birds aren’t even up yet. I love to sit outside with my cup of tea and listen. Slowly, the birds start talking to…

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Organizing Lessons Learned on the Dance Floor

By | change, Clients, Organizing Strategies, Planning, projects

Many of you know that one of my hobbies (a hobby about which I’m passionate) is ballroom dancing. A couple of weeks ago I attended the 20th Anniversary of the Millennium Dancesport Competition run by Mr. Michael Chapman. This competition is absolutely one of the best. It is really well organized and lots of fun! Mr. Michael Chapman always has a theme. This year his theme was Addicted to Love. As you might imagine the colors in the ballroom reflected his theme. The chair coverings were black with a red band wrapped around the chair back. The table tops were…

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Limits?

By | change, choice, Closets, clothes, goals, limit

  Happy New Year! I’m so happy to be starting this New Year by writing a blog to share with you. I’ve been thinking a lot about limits recently and why it’s important to know what your personal limits are. This has come up because some of my clients have had trouble determining how much is enough. We all have physical limits that are pre-determined by the home in which we live. The closets and cupboards can create limits for us if we let them. However, we sometimes (and yes – I am including myself in this discussion) cram things…

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Do You Ever Feel Like A Hamster?

By | action, calendar schedule, change, daily list, responsibilty, volunteer activities, work/life balance

I’ve been talking about moving and changing routines the past few blogposts. I was going to say weeks but I know I haven’t been posting every week – life has been getting in the way.  That leads me to the title of my blogpost this week. Do you ever feel like a hamster? I’m not talking about a hamster who is idly nibbling on a carrot or a piece of apple. I’m talking about a hamster who is stuck in a wheel. No matter how fast or how long the hamster runs he never gets out of the wheel –…

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Changing Routines

By | change, daily routine, habits, moving, Planning, Routines, tasks

Last week I let you all know that I spent the last month or so preparing to move and then moving. I am going to spend the next couple of weeks talking about what else has to change – other than the physical address. Are you scratching your head wondering what I mean by that? Let me give you a little personal history. I grew up in New York City. My family moved apartments 3 times before our final move to Connecticut when I was 16. That’s the house my mother lived in until she passed away in 2009 and…

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