The Importance of Taking a Vacation

Our work and our life style often leave us tired and a bit stressful. Getting away for regular vacations lets us leave our everyday stress and gives our bodies and minds a break. The change in our routine and getting more rest helps our body recharge.

For me, vacations allow me to spend more time taking care of myself. I tend to walk more, eat foods that are more varied, and have more down time to read and rest. I feel healthier.

When I return from a vacation, I feel I can focus and concentrate better. I get a clearer perspective on projects I have been working on. It helps me revisit my priorities and just step back and look at what is really important.

The time away from home is also good for strengthening family relationships. My husband and I have more quality time together and this last trip also included other extended family that I had not seen for a some time.

Vacations are fun! They make me happy. Not only am I happy during the vacation but also during the preplanning and imagining and then the looking over pictures and recapping the experience with my husband.

Do yourself a favor. Make yourself a priority and take some time off. It can be a long vacation abroad or just a long weekend away from home. Enjoy!

Jonda S. Beattie

Professional Organizer

Re-purpose Party

This past weekend I held a re-purpose party. Everyone was to bring or tell about something that they re-purpose. What a wealth of ideas! Some were very practical, some were whimsical, some were artistic. Let me share some of these ideas with you.
The picture shows a piece of art done by Tami Puckett made from found materials. It is made from: the tip of a palm frond, a peach pit, cherry seeds, the end of a paper roll, Celluclay (an instant paper mache), beeswax, colored pencil and acrylic paint.
Ann Langley took a piano apart that they could not even give away and used parts of it for art. I especially liked the use of the wooden music holder as a piece hung over a doorway. She also has used the rack of hammers as art on the top of a bookcase and intends to use the soundboard as wall art or a sculpture. She is also wanting to use some of the wood as shelving.
Feriel Feldman uses a footed sewing box to hold her dog leashes and collars near her front door. She also uses an antique pottery chamber pot for mail, floral glass frogs to keep small jewelry tools, and a man’s tie rack to hang jewelry.
Diane Robinson uses a bucket to collect air conditioner water to water plants or put in her fountain. She also uses tins (the kind foods or cookies come in) to store food or to wrap and transport gifts. Doug made a beautiful dining table from old found rafter wood.
Claudia uses bounce sheets in many ways- in place of stabilizer on fabric or to put her needle through when sewing (it stops thread from tangling), to freshen the air in drawers or shoes or car seats or the trash can, or to collect pet hair off the furniture. She also had uses for empty cardboard rolls, newspaper bags, sand paper, and freezer paper. She sent me a whole page and could do an entire blog herself.
Darin uses his cappuccino maker to quickly heat water for tea.
Len made a unique candle holder out of a glass P-trap from a lab. He also came up with the great idea of using a metal pasta ladle to clean out gutters (his sister, Ann, also said they were great for dipping ice out of a cooler.)
Amelia suggested using egg cartons for sorting earrings and I used the lab beakers for vases.
I’m afraid there were some other good ideas that I may have forgotten.
I would love to hear from some of you about what you re-purpose.
Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

Upcoming NAPO conference

Next week I will be attending the NAPO conference in Columbus, Ohio. This will be my 4th conference. Before I go to conferences I set goals for myself.
One of my primary goals is to come away with new knowledge. I will learn what organizers across the country are doing. I will learn what changes are happening in our industry. I will learn new resources. I will see new products.
Another goal is to personally connect with other organizers. I will catch up with organizers I have met before. I will get to meet face to face with some organizers I have chatted with online or read their blogs. I will meet organizers by chance when we sit side by side at presentations.
I also plan to promote my book, From Vision to Victory. It will be for sale at the conference. I will also get to see the new releases of other organizers.
Then, I also plan to have fun. There will be a meal when all of our organizers from Georgia will be together. There will be a social the evening before conference starts. My brother lives nearby and at the close of the conference I will go to his home for the evening before starting back home. If I”m lucky I will even get to squeeze in some time to go geocauching.
The day I return I have set aside to develop an action plan from this great experience.

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

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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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Christmas Memories

Every family has their traditions – the things you do year after year that flavor the holiday – the things you look forward to and look back and remember. One of the traditions that stands out for me are Christmas stockings. Our stockings held some of our most remembered gifts. I remember a ring when I was a preteen. I remember some fishing lures the year I received my own fishing pole. Our stockings were put out in different locations depending on what house we were in. I remember them by the heating stove. I remember them on the mantel. I remember them going up the stairs – one on each step. Christmas morning, the stockings were placed on each person’s lap. Adults had them too. We would delve in and you could hear the comments and laughter as items were fished out of the stockings. At first I am sure it was my mother who was responsible for the stockings when we were little, but as we girls grew older, we each contributed as well. At this point in our lives, we women go into a bedroom on the eve after any little ones are in bed and lay out all the stockings of everyone in the house. Sometimes it can be close to 20. We pull out our bags of goodies that we have been accumulating. Some items are for very specific people and if it is for one of us, we tuck it in when the recipient isn’t looking. Some gifts are more generic – socks, pens, candles, candy, lotions and they go into stockings that look like they are needing a little bit more. But the next morning– oh, the fun of it. We often know who put what in our stockings and smile our thanks to that person.
I have my bags of goodies ready to take to Florida and tomorrow night I will help with being one of Santa’s elves. Such fun!

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

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Priorities


My clients,my business, my commitments to organizations I belong to, my book I’m writing- are all very important to me. My family, my friends, my cats – are all very important to me. I also acknowledge that I am important to me, but sometimes that slips off the horizon or is put off because there are tasks which seem more urgent (although not always more important).
The time has come for some “me time.” Next week I can combine the priorities of taking care of me and spending time with friends and family. I am taking 6 days to fly to Seattle for a vacation. I intend to geocache, rest, eat some terrific seafood meals, read, perhaps bike ride, and visit with my two sisters and their spouses. I am going to sleep more, breathe more deeply, and come back refreshed and ready to continue my normal routines (with perhaps a closer weekly look at those priority balances).
Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

Children’s Areas

I love to work with children in their rooms. It can be their bedroom, playroom, or study area. They have very distinct ideas about what they want (I want my bed on the floor beside the video games and my bookcase) and they will work hard with you. They are great sorters and they are usually very good about getting rid of anything they no longer need or want. They especially like the idea of giving to those who don’t have as much as they do. They’ll draw you pictures of how they want things to look. They are great at re-purposing items and furniture. They can tell you what is bothering them about their area now. They’ll help you move and even remove items until it is right. They are so happy when it turns out the way they want.

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

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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.

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).