I was trolling on Facebook a few weeks back and went to a page I had not visited in a while and was surprised to see a post from someone lamenting the end of the group and wondering - in a nice way mind you, how they did not get the same hostess rewards as others in the group.
You see, it was one of those buying groups that last for 12 months and then end. Except this one ended badly for the December hostess - no rewards.
So I decided to ask her for the information, address and such and let her know to check her mail in a few weeks for a package. I decided to send her hostess rewards, the amount she would have received from an average party.
It just felt great to send that package out in the mail. And to be honest, that good feeling inside is more that worth the cost of what she received.
Think about it, how just one idea, one helping hand can be the positive one.
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Sunday, September 15, 2013
So another year passes in the Jewish calendar and as a group we have “cast our sins” away in water, “pounded” our chests, “chanted” our sins and “asked” God many times to forgive and seal us in the Book of Life for another year.
I do these things because I believe in them, and I know that God is willing to listen to me and know that I do seek forgiveness and will try very hard not to make the same mistakes.
But how do you keep from making the same mistakes? How do you not involve yourself in a gossip session or when in traffic, not lose your cool? I’m not sure anyone can be that good.
One thing I often think about is doing my best to write down those things that I believe may need to be “cast away” come the following year. I could then actually throw away that list as opposed to trying to remember what I may have done.
And so I will. Keep a list. And throw it away next year. And once again ask God and all who I have hurt to forgive me.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
There have been a lot of changes over the last few months and I am excited to share with you so many good things.....
Utilizing my Dream Board, I continued to work on the actions needed to move in the right direction and I realized that working at the part time jobs I had was not moving me towards my goals, but to a place of dissatisfaction and frustration.
And really, who wants to be dissatisfied and frustrated every day?
So the job hunt began in earnest, and I was blessed to find a position at a non-profit that supports adults who are developmentally or physically disabled. It's been wonderful to be back to work full-time and working in a new area and meeting and working with some very nice people. In my first few months, I have been able to visit a few of our group homes, plan a great picnic for our clients and put some processes in place to streamline things. (and you know how I love process!)
Best of all, I get to utilize my decorating skills. Many of the group homes need some "homey" touches, new furniture and we are building a new home that needs to be filled, and guess who gets to do that...me! Yea, for that added bonus.
The Cookie Lee jewelry aspect of things has been great as well. I promoted to Team Manager and have a great team to work with (if you are interested in 50% profit, let's talk or check it out here) and the new Fall/Winter catalog is just filled with lovely pieces.
There are times in your life that you need to look back and reflect on how far things have come. I know that my Dream Board has helped me to visual my goals and push them to reality. There is still a ways to go, but I really like the path.
Sunday, May 26, 2013
I have been consulting with a client on a kitchen redesign and one of the biggest topics of discussion in changing the current inefficient island to something useful and beautiful. Luckily for me, they are open to ideas, but the overall feel is "modern with traditional touches".
So I have been searching the web for different islands and I wanted to share some of the most interesting ones I have found along the way.
I love this first one, the stainless steel look contrasts nicely with the wood and it would work great in a larger space. Plus it would look amazing with stainless appliances. I really like the idea of the chef being on display while friend/family sit and talk and be an audience. I think it's a bit too modern for my client, but otherwise quite cool.
Something a little more traditional, great for a smaller space and it can certainly be moved around as needed. But I think it's kind of plain and does not add much to the design of the kitchen.
The curves of this kitchen island lend it a certain sexiness that makes it stand out in any kitchen. I love the two level and I think you could again do a cook-top or the sink as shown. This has a great deal of storage opportunities as well and the wood on the front is natural, not the white as you see. This fits the client's aesthetic, but I am concerned it may be too big. Could it be smaller and still as attractive, I'm not sure.
Again, really love the curves, but this one does not seem as functional - I would be concerned that it would be more of a collection area than a real working island. But it does look great with the stainless steel and with the wood.
Another example of a stand alone piece of furniture. There is nice storage here, and it does have the modern and traditional elements, but it seems too heavy for a smaller space.
Well, these are definitely some good options...but I still need to keep looking! What do you think is important when choosing an island?