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Worth repeating: Finding time to feed your soul

20 July 2017 | Comments [0] »

I wrote this post in 2014 and I’m happy to report that I’ve managed to make doing genealogy research part of my morning routine so I’ve succeeded in finding time to feed my soul. If there’s something beneficial you’d like to start doing regularly, this post might help you find a way to find time.

I love doing genealogy research. It’s a fairly big part of my life—I blog twice weekly (most weeks) at my genealogy blog, Organize Your Family History, so I actually think about my family research quite a lot.

But I don’t actually research as often as I’d like. And that’s a shame, because researching my family history feeds my soul.

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The Happiness Project Mini Posters Coloring Book: Pure joy

3 April 2017 | Comments [3] »

I love Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project. She’s a fantastic communicator with amazing ideas. I’ve heard her speak and I love the positivity of her message.

When I learned that she was creating a coloring book, The Happiness Project Mini Posters: A Coloring Book rushed to pre-order on Amazon. Then I forgot about it. What a joy it was to receive it in the mail last week!

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Floating: My secret weapon for goal setting

15 December 2016 | Comments [0] »

I love taking some time at the end of the year to create order and set some goals for the coming year. (I wrote in my newsletter about it today.) I’m setting aside next Friday as a retreat day and the centerpiece of the day will be my appointment to float for 90 minutes at F.L.OA.T., my favorite flotation tank in St. Louis.

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Coloring folders giveaway winner!

7 July 2016 | Comments [2] »

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Smead's Coloring Folders: Review and giveaway

30 June 2016 | Comments [9] »

When I attended the annual conference of the National Association of Professional Organizers this year, the item in the trade show that got me most excited was the SuperTab Coloring Folders being sold by Smead. That’s right, coloring folders. File folders that you color on.

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A storage solution for my colored Sharpies

22 February 2016 | Comments [8] »

Several weeks ago, I blogged about organizing my coloring supplies. I enjoy coloring in coloring books intended for grown ups and I use colored pencils and Sharpies primarily.

In that blog post, I showed how I organize my dozens of colored pencils. (I use Prismacolor Premier pencils.) And I mentioned that I had yet to figure out a good way to organize my colored Sharpies. At the time, they were laying flat in a box all mixed together.

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Organizing coloring supplies

1 February 2016 | Comments [5] »

I jumped aboard the adult coloring book craze last June. I loved coloring as a kid and I love it now. It’s so wonderful that so many interesting types of coloring books are available. And the coloring supplies! When I was a kid, I used Crayola crayons. Now, I use pencils, pens, markers…it feels like the sky’s the limit.

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How do you relax?

2 September 2015 | Comments [0] »

I think regular rest and relaxation is very, very important. It’s so easy to get caught up in work and chores and family and never take time for yourself. That’s particularly true, I think, when you struggle with disorganization and feel like you should spend all your spare time “getting organized.” (That’s a fallacy, of course.)

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The ultimate relaxing experience

26 February 2015 | Comments [0] »

Two years ago, I was introduced by friend, Shannon Wilkinson to flotation therapy. I blogged about it in a post called Floating with my thoughts.

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Finding the time to feed your soul

17 October 2014 | Comments [0] »

I love doing genealogy research. It’s a fairly big part of my life—I blog twice weekly (most weeks) at my genealogy blog, Organize Your Family History, so I actually think about my family research quite a lot.

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Floating with my thoughts

25 January 2013 | Comments [0] »

I had the opportunity on a recent trip to Portland, Oregon, to visit a flotation tank and experience the sensory isolation of a 90-minute float.

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Ten things I learned on my vacation

12 November 2012 | Comments [0] »

As I mentioned in my last blog post, last week I went to Barbados with my college buddies, to celebrate a big birthday.

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Gone fishing

2 November 2012 | Comments [4] »

I haven’t really gone fishing…that’s not my idea of a good time. (I feel sorry for the fish.) But I might look at some fish next week through a mask, because I’m going to an island, baby!

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In praise of downtime

29 May 2012 | Comments [0] »

For the first time in quite some time, I actually had a three-day weekend. The curse of being self-employed tends to be a certain lack of downtime. When a three-day weekend rolls around, I usually see clients (because they’re available) or at the very least work at my desk at least one day of the weekend.

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The beauty of R&R

10 October 2011 | Comments [0] »

In September I felt like I was on a hamster wheel. Due to my travel and work schedules, I didn’t have any time to relax at home. I did take a weekend away, which was great, but it wasn’t the same as recharging my batteries at home.

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Overcoming inertia

27 June 2011 | Comments [1] »

On Friday, I blogged about how I was going to work hard on Saturday so that I could relax on Sunday. That was my plan, rather than relaxing first or trying and failing to work on Saturday and then never getting to relax.

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Planning to relax

24 June 2011 | Comments [0] »

This weekend I have no client appointments. That’s pretty unusual these days, since I tend to have one client appointment each weekend. (I try not to have appointments both Saturday and Sunday.)

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Practicing what I preach

18 November 2010 | Comments [0] »

I often tell my clients (and anyone else who will listen) how important it is to reward yourself. Most of us work so hard and we often don’t let ourselves take a break. Especially when it comes to big clutter projects, I think it’s really important to reward progress and not wait until everything’s finished before you let yourself have some fun.

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Take some time out for a retreat

16 January 2010 | Comments [0] »

Last year around this time, I blogged about Jen Louden’s Virtual Retreat. It was a weekend event where participants got to hear interviews with a variety of self-help folks to help them nurture themselves.

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When is lounging around self-care and when is it sloth?

24 August 2009 | Comments [0] »

Last Monday I blogged about my glorious Sunday (the day before) during which I did nothing but watch movies, do crafts, read and nap. I was enraptured at the rejuvenation I felt after taking a day to myself. I stand behind that post.

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A day to myself

17 August 2009 | Comments [0] »

I had a glorious day yesterday in which I placed no demands on myself. After working with clients the last couple of weekends, it was great to have a Sunday to do whatever I wanted to do. (I got my home-related chores taken care of on Saturday.)

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Away again

25 June 2009 | Comments [0] »

I was home for a day and am now heading to Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania for my husband’s family reunion. Because of all the coming and going I haven’t had time to blog.

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R&R - practicing what I preach

18 June 2009 | Comments [0] »

I encourage my clients (and Declutter Happy Hour participants) to be sure and take breaks and build in rewards when they’re working hard (on clutter or anything else).

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The weekend work/rest balance

16 February 2009 | Comments [0] »

On Friday I wrote that I was overwhelmed with tasks and clutter and that I really wanted to put my feet up this weekend, but had so much to do that I feared that wouldn’t be prudent. So I decided to create short task lists for each weekend day and relax only after I’d completed all the tasks on them.

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Feeling overwhelmed

13 February 2009 | Comments [2] »

So far this year, things have been running really smoothly. I’ve been gliding through the days, getting lots done, meeting some terrific people, making some money. Kind of idyllic, in fact.

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Need some comfort, courage and calm these days?

12 January 2009 | Comments [0] »

While the new year also feels ripe with possibilities for me, I have to admit that the advent of 2009 is a little scarier than usual. I have great hopes for a turnaround in our economy, but I know that for many people (including me, sometimes) the economic situation makes taking action—or even feeling good—a little difficult and scary.

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Taking a day for myself

3 November 2008 | Comments [0] »

Yesterday I had what we call around our a home a Lazy Day. We had that extra hour, due to the end of Daylight Saving Time and, as I said I would on Friday, I used that time to knit and watch TV. It sure didn’t stop at an hour, though. I knit so much yesterday that my shoulders started hurting by the evening (so I stopped)

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