Gratitude



This past weekend we had a mini-family reunion at my sister’s home to celebrate my son’s 50th birthday. I am overwhelmed with gratitude and love for my family.

My sister, Ann, opened up her home for this event and her son, Tod, and his partner, Richard, also opened up their home for overnight guests. Ann, Tod and Richard also spent a lot of time in the kitchen preparing food. Husband, Rob, also spent time in the kitchen cleaning up.

My son, Ben, came to this event even though his lovely wife, Kellie, was not able to make the trip. He flew in and met up with my brother, Jim, and his wife, Mindy, at the airport late Friday night and left again on Sunday evening. Jim and Mindy were on about the same schedule and were still fighting jet lag from a trip abroad. Even the family that were local had to really work their schedules to carve out this special time. I really appreciate that effort.

We spent a lot of time catching up, telling stories, and laughing. These times with family are the best vacations ever. I am forever grateful for my family.

Jonda S. Beattie

Professional Organizer

Priorities and Self Care

I love my work and I love my hubby. Sometimes it is important to put the work aside for a few days and just enjoy some “our time”.

I try to schedule a couple of days each month for us to just go off and play but sometimes a little more is needed. It’s great to put the daily routine aside and really let go and relax. I find myself laughing more, enjoying food I haven’t prepared, taking in different scenery, and just feeling grateful for this time. I feel healthier and invigorated. I know I’ll come back from vacation a renewed person.

Good memories are made on vacations. I’d rather have a vacation than a piece of expensive jewelry or a new gadget. When we vacation we experience new things and meet new people.

It’s important to take time to take care of yourself and enjoy vacation time. Vacations are healthy. When we return, we will both appreciate our home life even more.

Now, pardon me while I pack.

Jonda S. Beattie

Professional Organizer

Book Launch


My Book Launch for From Vision to Victory A Workbook For Finding a Simple Path to an Organized Home, at Eagle Eye Book Shop was quite a success. I really appreciate all of you who came out in the cold, icy weather to attend. I enjoyed giving the presentation and answering the questions. I loved that so many of you bought books and had them signed. It was a really special day for me that culminated a lot of time and effort. It was great that so many of the people who contributed to the book were there. My Goals Group was there, some of my BNI (Business Networking International) group, as well as my graphic designer-Brenda Sanders, my media organizer-GiGi Miller, my proof reader-Sue Clements, and my business coach-Wendy Watkins. Judith Kolberg, my writing coach, could not attend as she was in New Orleans, but she sent a card. My son, Darin, attended as did many of my friends. It was a real celebration for me. I am now enjoying selling my book on my website. At some point running to the post office to mail off ordered books may become tiring-but not yet!

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

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Overdue book


They say it takes as long to birth a book as a baby. Well, I’m about 4 months overdue and feeling the pressure. This baby.. er book has got to be delivered this month. With any luck it will be at the printers by next week. I’m excited about the prospect but nervous as well. I’ll want to look it over carefully to see that all the parts are there and that nothing is wrong. I dream that it will grow up to be useful to a lot of people. I want to watch over it but let it stand on its own as well.
They say it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it certainly has taken a village to get this book up and running. My goals group has been with me and encouraging me from the beginning – helping me make decisions about the cover and letting me bounce content ideas off of them. Judith Kolberg has been coaching and teaching me almost from gestation. Sue Clements has been proofing the progress. Brenda Sanders (my graphic designer) has been there for the last months before delivery. Eagle Eye Bookstore is going to give it it’s Christening Party…
I hope all of my friends will welcome it into their homes!

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

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Thanksgiving

Today is the day we stop and count up all that we are thankful for. This past year has certainly been a year to allow me to have quite a long list but I am going to reflect on my top three.
My family- You see in the picture my son Darin, my son Ben, and my daughter-in-law Kellie. Ben and Kellie live in Virginia and visited me yesterday. Today they are running the marathon in Atlanta. Darin lives in Tucker and is always handy for cat sitting when I am gone and for going out to dinner or an event. I also have two sisters and a brother that are very special to me. All of them are married to great spouses and my family is extended through them- not to mention all the nieces and nephews. It is a wonderful, comforting thought to always know my family is there for me.
My friends- I have wonderful friends who are always available to give me a hand or to go out and just have fun. They have supported me through some tough times and have been available to celebrate my good events. It is comforting to know that I have that support.
My health-Although a little overweight, my health is good. I am able to be active on my job and able to go on vacations like the canoeing one from which I have just returned.
I don’t take these big 3 for granted. I know they are gifts and I also know I need to nurture these gifts.
I would love to hear what your big 3 blessings are. Leave a comment or send me an email.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

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Lemons to Lemonaide or Pecan Tree to Mulch

This was a sad week for me. The huge pecan tree that has sat in my front yard and partly on my driveway since I bought this home had to be taken down. Due to damage done serveral years ago when another tree fell on it, pulling the power line on it, and causing a fire that burned for hours, a huge part of the tree had rotted away and was now unsafe. This tree made my yard and home cool in the summer. This tree had been home to many birds and squirrels. People stopped to pick up the pecans and chat. At one point in my life I had placed a ceramic wizzard in the tree and the tree had grown around the wizzard. I always smiled to think of my wizzard living in the tree. But, the tree had become unsafe. My home and my neighbor’s home could be badly damaged if it fell.
There is a time and season for everything and this was the time to say goodby to my tree.
I had a wonderful arborist helping me. Gerry Korzi of Valley Crest Tree Care Services, gkorzi@valleycrest.com , gave me a lot of advice and support. He went way beyond the top with his service. He found someone in Clarkston who sold firewood and made sure that this person got the wood so that it could be used and not end up in landfill. He asked the crew to chip what wood they could and leave it for me as mulch. The crew cleaned my yard and my neighbors yard. Everyone was so professional and kind.
As many of my clients know- it’s hard to let go of things you care about, but sometimes one must just shed a quiet tear and look to the greatest good.
Goodby tree.

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

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Gift Cards


You would think that as a Professional Organizer I would like the idea of giving gift cards. After all, they take up very little space and the recipient can buy exactly what they want with the card.
Actually, I am really against them. Time and time and time again while decluttering with a client I come across old gift cards. Sometimes I come across whole stacks of gift cards. They are often years old and no longer good. Someone who cared about this person put out money that was basically just thrown away.
There are many reasons why this happens. One reason is that the person receiving the card is in some type of transition or stressful time and is not 100% there.
I have recently come across bundles of cards from a couple of clients that were married several years ago. Now we are going through the wedding gifts, cards, and pictures and making decisions about them. It’s sad to see all of these gift cards that have not been cashed in or used. I have also had some clients who were given the gift cards when they were recovering from a fire, an illness, or a death in the family. These gift cards were lumped in with the greeting cards and put in a box or a drawer. The clients are just now getting the courage to go through these items and make decisions about them. It saddens them again that they did not cash in the cards and lost the gift that was given to them.
At other times, the recipient has ADD and has laid the cards in a stack of papers or on a bookcase “just for now” and forgotten about them. They don’t mean to not use them- they just forgot. It makes them feel dumb that they forgot about the cards.
So we now have not only money spent that did not get used but we are in the long run making the recipient feel bad instead of good when they refind them.
If you do give a gift card, please follow up and see what they were used for. Maybe go shopping with the friend and help them get something they need.

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

Many Thanks to IKEA

Kudos to IKEA for several reasons. IKEA is an Associate member of GA-NAPO. Wednesday they set aside a very nice conference room for our GA-NAPO board to use for a meeting. They even set us up so we could do a conference call with one of our members who could not be there in person.
After the meeting I had a little personal shopping I wanted to do 🙂
I made my purchases and went back to my car. I carried the receipt in my hand as one of my purchases was just being carried with out a bag and if anyone would ask, I wanted my receipt handy. When I got to my car, I loaded in my items and reached into my purse to retrieve my wallet so that I could put my receipt away.
No wallet! I checked my NAPO bag to see if it had fallen in there. No wallet! Panic! I raced back to where I had checked out. The cashier was very kind but had not seen my wallet. He directed me to the service department. I rushed upstairs and the woman behind the desk asked me for a description- I told her it was black and looked like—THAT! My wallet was sitting in front of her. After checking my picture ID in my wallet, she returned it to me. One of the people at IKEA had seen it on the floor and taken it right up.
I have no idea who it was, but according to the woman behind the desk (whose name I did not get- shame on me), this happens often.
Thanks again for all the wonderful, honest people in the world.
Life is truly good.

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

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