Friday, December 19, 2008

Christmas traditions


I love our family Christmas traditions. Every year we gather at one sibling's home. Everyone tries very hard to get there at some point in time. Some may have to come before Christmas and leave on that day, while others may arrive late on Christmas day and stay a while. Some are only able to come for one day. Whoever has the host home that year puts out flamingos. At some point in the gathering time we will play Trivial Pursuit. Certain foods made by family members are expected- Lindal's sausage gravy and biscuits, Tod's cheese ball and his potato dish, Darin's party mix, Jamie's spinach dip, oyster stew, my cookies and fudge are all mandatory. We do Christmas stockings- might not be on Christmas morning but will be when everyone has arrived. I look forward to this time of year all year long. I love my family and their crazy traditions.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Christmas redo

I've been in this house about 15 years and unless I have something new I seem to put the same items in the same place every year. This year I felt it was time for a change. I started by moving the tree to a new location. Then I pretty much put things where they had been but when friends come over I have them move 3 to 5 items to a different location and tell me why they moved them. The place is starting to look different and it is a lot of fun. I'm really seeing my things that I love again and some decorations are simply being "retired".

Friday, December 5, 2008

mission statements


I developed a mission statement when I began my business and updated it this year. My mission statement simply says that my mission is:
"helping people navigate through life changes by offering a supportive and structures approach to organizing time and space and developing skills to manage the changes in their time and space"
I have not had a lot of experience in developing mission statements and would be interested on comments on my statement or with people sharing their statements.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Tuna Christmas


This past weekend, Len, Darin, and I went up to Johnson City, TN to see my nephew Tod in the opening production- Christmas Tuna- in the newly opened Blue Moon Dinner Theatre. The show was hilarious and the food was terrific. The Dinner Theatre has a 5 course meal offering at a formal dinner table setting. Wow! A special cake was brought to our table because my sister, her husband Lin, and his sister Jamie were also present and it was his parents wedding anniversary. I always enjoy getting together with my family and this was a really great weekend!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Soup Season

When the weather gets chilly and the winds start to blow-it's soup season. I love to fix and share soup. This past week I made one of my favorites- a vegetable beef soup. I might make it once a month in the winter but it takes about 6 hours to complete so I have to plan it on a day that I am mostly home. It makes 15 servings and does not freeze well (the potatoes and carrots get mussy when frozen). My answer to that is that I eat it several times that week and give the rest away. My friends love it when I make this soup. Earlier in the week I had also made chicken noodle soup. However, that does freeze and only 2 friends got servings of that. My sister and her husband are coming up the day after Thanksgiving- I think I'll make chili.
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Thursday, November 13, 2008

NAPO in the schools

I did a couple of NAPO in the schools presentations today. It's interesting to work with the children to help them see the importance of organization and some of the steps towards organization. We go through the process of discussing what disorganization is and then take poor disorganized Drake and organize him. The kids also do a hands on activity of organizing a set of items. It is fascinating to see how they work out their sorts. Today I had the usual sorts by size, color, function. I was studying one fellows sort and could not figure it out so I asked him. He sorted by hard and soft items. I feel like organizational skills should be part of the school curriculum.
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Thursday, November 6, 2008

geocaching


This Sunday I took some time off for enjoying one of my favorite activities, geocaching. It was a beautiful day and 3 friends and myself found some unusual finds. Out of the 5 we looked for we found 4 including one in a small, old historic graveyard very near my home. Geocaching is like a treasure hunt and a great way to enjoy the outdoors and see things you normally would not know were there. The picture is from a previous find that was very unusual. Drop me a line if you also enjoy geocaching and tell me about one of your favorite finds.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

networking

Networking overload!
I realized when I looked over my calendar that I had been to 6 networking events this week. I guess I have had on my marketing hat to the exclusion of about everything else. I have managed to work with a few clients and take some time to go to a movie (The Secret Life of Bees - a must) and help out a couple of girl friends with projects but other office jobs have simply fallen by the wayside. I want to get known by others so that they will feel comfortable putting me on their vendor lists and recommending me- but enough is enough. I would be interested on how much time other sole entrepreneurs out there spend on networking. How much time should one budget on this task?

Thursday, October 23, 2008

GA-NAPO conference

The GA-NAPO conference last Friday at the Loudermilk Conference Center was awesome. It made me proud to be part of such a fantastic, hard-working organization. Top-notch presenters and panels were enthusiastic, helpful, and entertaining. I had the privilege of introducing one of my favorite presentors, Judith Kolberg, who spoke on the "Super Powers of Disorganized People". I am back at the home office now working on that follow up action plan.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Party time!

I love to organize and plan parties- all kinds of parties. Theme parties are the most fun and I have been giving them for years. This year a special friend of mine was turning 50. He had been to many of my parties and usually picked at my food. Once I asked him what food he would serve if he was giving a party and he replied "chili dogs". I remembered this and also was aware of his love of RC and the Varsity. So for a surprise party for his 50th- we had chili dogs, naked dogs, slaw, fried peach pie, moon pies, peanuts in the shell and RC as the main menu (also tucked around was some shrimp, vegetables, cheese, fruit, a regular birthday cake and wine for the not so chili dog group). I thought I had ordered plenty of chili dogs but they disappeared fast. My friend, Len, was certainly surprised and a fun time was had by all (especially me as it was not at my house).

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Presentation Jitters

cartoon_icandeal-274x300.gifHow do you handle presentation jitters? My material was good. My handouts were good. I had practiced. But I still started to sweat. I didn't project well. I started rushing during the middle of the presentation. Perhaps the woman who was seated in the middle directily in my line of sight and who seemed to either be falling asleep or watching her watch to see when lunch was goin to be served had something to do with it. What tricks to you use to stay calm?

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Procrastination


Did you know the 1st Wednesday in September is Fight Procrastination Day? I meant to tell you earlier but ….We’re all guilty of putting things off. Why?

Maybe the job is boring, difficult, distasteful, or you just don’t know quite how to do it. If you tend to procrastinate (and who doesn’t at some time?) one tip to get over it is “kiss the frog” first thing in the morning ( I think this is the Flylady’s idea)-meaning do the nastiest thing- the thing you have been putting off- first and the day can only get better. Another tip is to break a big task into smaller bits and do some each day or week. A third tip is to set the timer and just work at the task until it goes off. Good luck!