Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Best Mother's Day!

We had no idea Blondie was coming home from college but we managed to coordinate our outfits perfectly! How in the world?!

I had the BEST Mother's Day! My sweet College Girl surprised me - I had no idea she was coming home (she told me she had too much homework, etc.). But she popped her gorgeous self into my room at 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning, brought me a bouquet of white roses and went to church with us! 

With my sweet momma and my "3 girls and a prince"

The night before my sweet "Jelly-in-the-Middle" stayed up past midnight helping her daddy plant flowers all over our front and back yard for "me" and she also baked me a delicous Kahlua chocolate chip bundt cake! 

Sweet "Sugar" lived up to her name by writing me the sweetest card - "the best thing about having you as my mom is having you as my children's grandma." (She doesn't have kids yet but she's thinking ahead!)

The Prince has learned to how to mow the lawn and he also made me a bouquet of paper flower coupons that I adore. His sweet smile lights up a room!

Why was this the best Mother's Day? Because my kids "showed up."  Plain and simple. They each gave of themselves in a special, unique way. Due to a "series of unfortunate events" this has been one of the toughest years of my parenting journey by far....but God is faithful and on Mother's Day he gave me the encouragement I needed to keep on keeping on. 

I am grateful for life! For these 4 smiles and these 4 hugs from these 4 amazing kids who call me Momma! 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

De-clutter and digitize old VHS tapes and other media

Part of de-cluttering and simplifying my life in 2016 is getting my old VHS and 8mm tapes transferred to DVDs and Cloud Storage. I chose to become a Legacy Maker with Legacy Republic so that I could get the Consultant discount and earn commission on my own order(s). 

This short 4-minute video gives an overview of why I chose Legacy Republic in Santa Clara, California to send my precious memories to. They truly take the care, attention to detail and security seriously. 

One of my recent clients had her wedding and honeymoon videos digitized as a surprise Christmas gift for her husband. She hadn't been able to view them for years. When she received her first batch of digitized videos, she was overwhelmed with emotion. You see, her mother was on those videos (the wedding ones, not the honeymoon!) in living color and vibrant voice. Her mother had passed away recently so having her "back" through these videos is a legacy she can now share with her own children.

That is just one of the unexpected benefits of rescuing our old movies. And another reason I am a Legacy Maker.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Choosing my 2016 Planner

Happy New Year! Happy New Planner(s)!

New Year's Eve could arguably be one of the most justifiable times of the year to purchase a new Planner. 

2016 I will be using:
This Eccolo Monthly/Weekly Planner - just $7 - who knows how long it will last but I "plan" to stay committed to it until at least August (Ha!)
sugar paper 2016 Planner Notes - monthly calendars and notes - probably won't use the monthlies in the front but the rest is alternating page of lined notes on one side and 3-column lists on the other side.

Menu Planner pad by Lady Jayne Ltd (also picked up at Marshall's for about $3) - 8"x5" - isn't this the best?!

Now...on to the big guns - 

iBloom. Life and Business Planner, 9"x12" spiral bound, great quality paper, $50 plus s&h or $30 for the download to create your own. I love iBloom's spiral bound planner but the size prevents me from using it outside of my office. For me, I prefer a planner that is portable and small enough to fit into my bag (and light enough to carry around everywhere). This planner includes bible verses and online video support. It is the best planner I have found for prioritizing values, breaking down projects into small attainable weekly/daily tasks, and living with intention and purpose. 

CEOofMe For my business binder - business planning and management, I use these planner printables that I put into a 3-ring binder. I'm an affiliate for CEOofMe because I love her system so much and the price is extremely reasonable. The entire download is only $37 (on sale now for $32) and includes over 120 printables, all 5 designs (so you can mix and match or use different designs for different businesses/projects) and it includes a training video full of ideas and inspiration. If you join her Success Club (direct sales training and exclusive monthly printables throughout the year), then you get the Planner printables for free. 
CEOofMe does not spam you with annoying ads or pressure you with constant upgrades and additional purchases.  I ordered the entire package, received valuable training, inspiration and encouragement, access to Misty Kearns (the creator) Facebook training group page and more. I was super pleased that Misty is a "real" person (and she emails back when I have a question) so that is why I feel super comfortable sharing her planner info.  

What I like best is it includes over 120 pages but I control which pages I want to print and use in my Business Binder(s) to personally fit my business planning, goals and projects! My personal favorite design is the Dreamy Confetti design (top left).

Misty introduced a new design for 2016 for those who may prefer a more subtle, neutral design called Grey Expectations:

(I can picture this being a fun option for Doodlers who like to color and doodle while they are on the phone.)

I use the CEOofME pages in my business binder(s) to organize goal setting, business growth, monthly action plan, marketing, blogging, social media, weekly action plan, vendor event planner, team meeting planner, the list is endless! That is why I love CEOofME and all she includes for just $37 (currently on sale for $32).

Am I a Planner Addict? I prefer the word Planner Enthusiast.

You can see all my Planner Obsessions on my Pinterest board.  
You can see what I used in 2015 here.    

Sunday, December 27, 2015

On becoming a minimalist

The aftermath of Christmas reminds me I am far from being a minimalist; however, that does not dampen my desire. 

The week between Christmas and New Year's is one of my favorite weeks of the year because I like to clean and plan. I love the idea of a "fresh start" which is why New Year's Eve is one of my favorite holidays. I especially enjoy clearing clutter and always seem to be on a quest to "simplify" my life. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to get ahead of the "stuff." 

You see, the more I give away, the more I receive. It's a law of nature I suppose (I'm always telling my children, "You can't out-give God!"). It has gotten to the point that when they bring one new item into the house, I ask them to give away 3-5 items in its place...hoping we will make some headway by more than doubling our giveaways.

2016 is the year I will continue on this quest of becoming a minimalist.
Accumulate less, give away more 
Sell things online
Bless and Release
Pass along to someone in need
Keep and use the things that give me Joy

I envision this quest affecting my weight as well as my bank account. 
Eat less, move more
Spend less, earn more

Please, God, give me the discipline I so desperately need on this quest

Friday, December 18, 2015

It's the most wonderful time of the year

I have been decking the halls, trimming the tree, shopping online,
caroling, baking, decorating, wrapping, corresponding,
and loving this
time of the year!

This year I actually started my holiday preparation in late October just like the organizedhome.com suggested. What a difference that has made in my enjoyment of the hoidays! I am feeling more present and calm and just soaking it all in. 

Of course there are things I will tweak for next year but I just wanted to check in and encourage my future self to stick with it next year!  Do this again! It really works.


Saturday, October 24, 2015

Christmas countdown!

I'm so excited! Today I received Email #1 in Cynthia Ewer's Countdown to Christmas and this time I am actually going to do it! 

I love Christmas and I want to enjoy every minute of the holiday festivities - from Thanksgiving through New Year's! For a busy mom of 4, it takes some planning and preparation in order for me to truly enjoy "the reason for the season" and not get suckered into a frenzy of consumerism, stress, and unrealistic expectations.

If you would like to get started on an Organized Christmas too, head on over to Cynthia's blog and sign up for her email assignments. You can also download her free Christmas Calendar/Planner notebook!  Sweet!!


Thursday, October 8, 2015

Book Review: the life-changing magic of tidying up

I just finished reading "the life-changing magic of tidying up" by marie kondo.

I like this book because I crave simplicity and this book delivers ideas and inspiration for that. I also enjoy autobiographies and marie kondo is skilled at weaving her personal stories throughout.  

I do wonder how much got lost in translation though...in the English version the author comes across as someone who is able to converse with inanimate objects. She has a sweet, unwavering belief that inanimate objects are real and my socks (among everything else in my household) have feelings.

And not just feelings....but conversations! And grievances....And burdens, apparently...from all the weight I'm putting on them all day.

I have four kids and a cat; I don't have time to worry about my socks' feelings.  But now, sigh, I do.  Read with Caution! 

On the plus side, my drawers are starting to look really good!