Why You Want To Start Your Christmas/End Of Year Letter Now!

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Do you “mean to” write a Christmas, or End of Year form letter each year, but just get too overwhelmed and can’t remember anything that happened noteworthy, don’t have the time by mid-December and so don’t do it?

Do you think that Facebook or other social media takes it’s place well enough? Hmmm, I don’t. I like the traditional Christmas letter, and here’s why.

I love getting my annual letters with photos from others, even though I am on Facebook and such, I still like getting the End of Year snapshot of what they want me to see as they and their families change and grow, businesses advance, etc. I also share these little compilations of history with my friends when we get together for Christmas or throughout the year so that they see my “other friends” and family that they don’t know directly, since their stories are naturally laced into conversations throughout the year, they can now put a face with the story.


If you do write a year end/Christmas “form” letter to send out to your friends and family, like I do, you may realize after the fact that you forgot to share some good, or just interesting stuff that happened to you during the year. Why? Because our brain is not equipped to remember every detail of the past twelve months of our busy lives, and shouldn’t.

How do I know this?

While preparing my taxes this weekend, OMGosh! . . . I found a receipt from an event I went to last year that I would have loved to tell others about in my Christmas letter.  The event?Cirque du Soleil!

cirque de soliel

WOW! That’s a big forget!


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Get out a notebook, or make a folder on your computer, where you write in weekly, or at the very least, by the end of the month, your (and your kids, families) fun, interesting, good, bad, etc. things that happen throughout the month. Yes, write in something by the end of each MONTH.

Then, by the first of December, you’ll have lots of input to choose from to copy/paste/or, leave out, to easily create your End of Year Form Letter to share with your loved ones. Tell them to do the same!

EZ PZ!! Start keeping track today before it’s July!

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Happy New Year!


Comic Book Heroes Lift Spirits, Fight Grime at Children’s Hospital

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Superheroes are not a dime a dozen, and we could all use one now and again. These guys get massive kudos for suiting up for sick kids.

Wow. I was in tears when I saw these photos, video and story. The patients at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh were barely awake Monday morning when the first ropes unfurled from the roof 12 floors up. Everyday window washers appeared outside windows clad as comic book superheroes, lifting the spirits of children and staff alike.

It’s not a new story, but new to me and maybe to you too. It’s sometimes the fun, little things in life that help others in their tough times.

Think of what you could do like this to help another, even for a moment, to laugh, release stress, pain and worry, and create images and pictures in their minds that will lift them for a lifetime.

Good job, high five! Read more here, see more pictures and video.

National Tie One On Day – Aprons That Is! The Day Before Thanksgiving

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National Tie One On Day™ celebrates the humble apron and the spirit of women of earlier generations who donned the universal symbol of home, family and mothering as the uniform of their daily wardrobe and helped make America the great country it is today.

National TIE ONE ON DAY™ is the opportunity to put the “give” in Thanksgiving by sharing our good fortune with someone in need of a thoughtful gesture. Annually recognized by Chase’s Calendar of Events and celebrated the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Nov 21st this year.

On the day before Thanksgiving, EllynAnne encourages us to pause in the preparation of our own meal, wrap a loaf of bread in an apron, tuck a prayer or note of encouragement in the pocket, and tie one on…an apron, of course!, and deliver the wrapped bundle to someone in need of spiritual or physical sustenance.

According to EllynAnne, no matter which way you turn out of your own front door, someone who is deserving of a hug is very close by.

“Women clad in aprons have traditionally prepared the Thanksgiving meal,” says EllynAnne, “and it is within our historical linkage to share our bounty.”

Find out more here and get involved!

My Gift to You! Use “My Money Pocket” to Help You Stay Out of the Red on Black Friday

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There are plenty of “good deals” (maybe) this time of year with Black Friday, the Day After Black Friday, then Cyber Monday and DOOR BUSTER SALES for weeks to come, but, you don’t have to buy so much or anything at all and still have a great holiday!

Before you go shopping:

  1. Take a deep breathe.
  2. Check your list of to-buys.
  3. Then check with the reality of your checking account! (not your credit card)
  4. You may want to choose again in order not to set yourself up for another January of regrets and credit card statements glaring at you.
  5. Remind yourself of the deeper reasons for the holidays – which has nothing to do with spending yourself into debt.


I’m giving My Money Pocket again this year as I know it helped plenty of people last year and I want you to enjoy it too.

If you sometimes overspend on credit cards, My Money Pocket will help you to ask yourself a list of questions to wake you up and re-decide before falling into old patterns, guilt and money problems.

I want to help you take care of your financial wealth and health.

I’ve created a FREE TOOL to help you stop the stress and insanity of it all.

It’s called “MY MONEY POCKET.”

That’s the best place for you money… in your pocket!

CLICK here and download the pdf with instructions on how to assemble (yes, a little assembly required!) and then use it for your greatest good!

Happy Holidays and Wise Shopping!


Repurpose Hats: Organize and Decorate the Walls at the Same Time!

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Sunny, one of my clients, has a lot of great hats that she loves wearing in the summer, but, they are easily forgotten as they are in a bin that gets stacked on top of.

So, we had a cool idea while organizing her garage. She had one hat up on the wall already, so we added more nails and vwalla! How fun! She can see and reach them and remember to use them more often, plus, they are also decorative and lovely to look at every day!

What can you take out of closed storage and bring out into open storage and enjoy several ways?

Conquer Your Clutter With A Pal Purge Party!

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Does the clutter in your house interfere with or limit your activities, your life and your joy?

I have had more than one client who is

  • frustrated with unfinished projects sitting around because parts and pieces to finish the project are “somewhere”
  • unable to redecorate their home due to the fact that clutter is in the way and overwhelming them, they can’t focus on and stick to their projects
  • closets are spilling over into other areas of the house
  • doors to bedrooms can’t even be opened due to piles and heaps of indecision

If you have so much clutter in your home that it has taken control of your time, thoughts, energy and discussions about your life… it’s past time to change!


Make your project go much faster and have much more fun by inviting your friends, your pals, over to help out! Guarantee them that you’ll feed them, laugh a lot and help them when they’re ready for help! You can give them a Confidentiality Contract of Silence if it helps you feel better!


1) Plan a half or full day.

2) Schedule it with a pal or two, or ten to come help you.

3) Choose one project or area of a room, or more depending on the time and helping hands.

4) Get your sorting containers ready for: keep, toss, mend/repair or clean, projects in process and to donate.

5) Get good eats ready.

6) Jump in!

7) Plan how the donation boxes will get to the thrift or charity stores and get them moving out. Out. OUT!


We all need a little, or a lot, of help now and then. Dump the “inner clutter” about all this – the embarrassment, fear, guilt and shame – out the window! Our friends love us “no matter what!”

This is also a great exercise in growing and deepening your relationships. It’s good for your heart, mind and health.

Plus, a pair of fresh eyes and energy may help you to see where you might use better containers, systems or furniture placement to make your home more functional and streamlined. Hey, give ’em a paintbrush while they’re there and really refresh your space! 🙂

Have fun!


8 iPhone Apps to Help You Organize Your Life

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Did you know that your iPhone is a perfect organizing tool?

The iPhone can be used for everything from listening music to recommending a nearby restaurant. With the addition of thousands of downloadable apps, there’s little the phone can’t do. This makes the device the perfect organizing tool for the busy student or worker on the go.


Whether users need help remembering a date or sharing files, the follow eight apps are sure to help users organize their lives.

1. Due – to Remember Important Dates

2. Mint – for Personal Finances

3. eWallet – for Account Management

4. Dragon Dictation – for Texting And Typing

5. Air Sharing – for Wireless Transferring

6. Dropbox – for Automatic Sharing

7. Quickoffice – for Typing Notes.  Quickoffice is ideal for the iPhone user who is still in love with Microsoft Office.

8. Scanner Pro – for Scanning

Find out more specifics and the links for each here. 

— Guest post: Eric Thompson www.officespaceforrent.org 


Longmont, CO Home Goes All Out Decorating for Halloween!

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These folks are amazing! A pirate ship sunk into their front lawn with skeletons and such all over. A lot of work went into this one. They rock!

Yikes! The cracken monster!

No shortage of detail went into this.


Thanks folks for a great Halloween treat! Daughter “Wednesday” was there too! How fun! What great Halloween memories.

Also, strangers came to them and gave the all kinds of stuff to make it even better! How fun! They gained new friends by having fun. That’s the way to live.


Get Creative With Halloween Costumes For Kids and Pets In Wheelchairs

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Is this too fun or what?

Get creative for your child this Halloween!

What a blast for them and everyone who gets to join in the fun of seeing them have so much fun in their very cool costume, enjoying Halloween with the rest of the kids. Boy, talk about making memories to last a lifetime!

Here’s another one.

Have fun kids!

Okay, and here’s one for a dog. Ohhhhhh!

I got these off of Facebook… but I just Googled and found many more! Have fun creating yours.


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