Never Stop Growing

Never Stop Growing

Have you ever heard the words, “You haven’t changed one bit!” If that statement is referring to your age, good for you. However, I don’t ever want to hear those words if they refer to me as a person. I hope to always be changing and growing and learning and becoming better than I was yesterday. With the internet, and websites like Lynda.com and YouTube, there is no reason we can’t all be learning new things every single day.

I like to keep a list (as I do for every thing). The list is called, “Things I Want to Learn.” Each time I realize I don’t know how to do something, I write it on the list. Technology changes so fast and I am determined not to be one of those peoples who can’t keep up, so I add to my list and look up how-to’s. There might be a skill like cooking or sewing that you want to learn. What about sports you want to try like golf or scuba diving?

Create your list today. Don’t worry about having the time or money to learn these things, just make it as long as possible. Explore every idea or interest you have and write it on your list. When you are looking for something to do, instead of turning on Netflix, search one of your items and begin to learn.

Learning leads to personal growth. Unlike the popular TV add which says, “The more you know.” I believe that the more you learn, the more you realize you don’t know. So keep adding to your list and keep learning and keep growing. Don’t let anyone ever say to you, “You haven’t changed one bit!”

List to Learn
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Organizing Tip #2: How to Sort Stuff

Organizing Tip #2: How to Sort Stuff

Whether we are cleaning a closet, a kitchen drawer, or the garage, it all begins with the sorting. The big pile of stuff can look overwhelming and even defeating so we might quit before even beginning; however, take courage. The process can be broken down into simple steps.

Step One:  Make two piles – stuff to keep and stuff to get rid of.
See? That’s wasn’t hard. Just by eliminating what you don’t want we are half done already. A good rule of thumb when deciding what to keep is, “when was the last time I used this item or how often do I need this item?” If your answer is longer then one year, you probably don’t need to keep it.

Step Two:  The “Get Rid Of” Pile
Since we have already decided to get rid of this pile of stuff, you won’t have to think too much for the next step. You will either throw away or give away these items and this decision is based on the condition and usability of each thing. I am a big proponent of reuse and recycle or if someone could you use, donate it or give it away. But no one wants your trash so if it is no longer usable, throw it away.

Step Three:  The “Keep” Pile
The good stuff, the stuff you love, is in this pile and once again, we have another quick decision to make. Do you use each item often or occasionally? This determines if the item needs to be accessible or put in storage. The items you use often should be placed on the shelf at eye level. The items for storage should be placed on the top shelf where you may need a stool to reach. Make sense?

Sorting anything follows these same mental steps and once you get the hang of it, you will do it automatically, every time you clean out a closet or pack for a move or rearrange a room. Now you can tackle that big pile with confidence!!

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Personal Touches

Personal Touches

With all the technological advancements, it is now possible to stay connected to people from all over the world. Within seconds we can text, email, call, invite, friend, snap, or pin. We have thousands of followers and friends. Or do we? Are we really staying connected or is this just the modern way to keep our social circle in tact? Another option, the actual mailing of a handwritten card, is now considered to be outdated and affectionately called snail mail. But I believe that this mode of communication adds the personal touch that technology fails to provide.

Do you remember the last time you received a card in the mail that had a special handwritten note inside? How did you feel? Did the experience make you feel loved and put a smile on your face? For me, it feels wonderful to receive such a gift because I know the person cared enough to first pick out the card, and second, to think about what they wanted to say to me. I know it took time to hand write the message, address the envelope, and mail it to me.

Using snail mail may be considered outdated, but isn’t it time to revive this tradition and send the personal touch of a handwritten card?

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