A New Venture!

It’s no secret that I absolutely LOVE organizing and helping people get organized. I can’t say where that enjoyment came from exactly. And I’m not sure why I seem to have a knack for it. Organizing is one of the things I never tire of doing and will happily work day and night on. What probably sounds like torture to many sounds like pure joy to me!

For some time, I’ve toyed with the idea of starting an organizing business. I taught a couple community classes about how to get organized, but never took the next step of making it a business. Well, I’ve finally decided to just do it! With lots of excitement – and a little trepidation! – I’m steadily working on getting all the pieces together.

My company is called Organized Is Bliss. The tag line is “Smart Tools for Simple Living.” What am I going to offer? Traditional organizing services require multiple sessions because they work on each area of the home with the client. This is outside the budget of many, so my goal is to provide a more cost-effective and valuable alternative.

I want to provide clients with the tools and vision they need to achieve success without paying an organizer to be there for every step. I want to help my clients change the way they think about their belongings and work through any mental roadblocks – often the most crucial hurdle to overcome. The steps for organizing can be applied to any space, so I want to teach them the process by working on one small area from start to finish. And I want to leave them with an action plan for the rest of their home so they can keep going!

I will offer this in a one-time session. Of course, I’ll happily do more sessions with clients if they want! But with this model, I can offer a unique type of organizing service that is attractive to more people.

My website can be found at organizedisbliss.com so please check it out! I’d love to hear any feedback or suggestions!

Christmas Crafting

You won’t find me posting a ton of crafts on here because I don’t seem to be very good at them – even ones that are supposed to be easy, lol. There are quite a few projects I’ve attempted that didn’t work out. But here’s one that I can say I actually finished! And it was one I could do with my nieces, so that makes it all the more fun. The instructions are extremely simple – cut a pipe cleaner in half and begin threading beads onto it, bending the ends so the beads don’t fall off. Shape it like a candy cane and there you go!

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The Man in the Arena

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

This quote is from a speech given by Theodore Roosevelt in 1910.

I want to live my life as the man in the arena, not the critic on the sideline!

Homemade Frozen Yogurt

We have a Kitchen Aid mixer at our house, including the fancy ice cream-making accessory. It should be simple to make a yummy frozen concoction, but I’ve managed to mess up on a different step each time, including my latest attempt at making frozen yogurt. One of these days, Kitchen Aid, I will achieve ice cream success with you! For Plan B, I just put the mixture in a glass dish in the freezer to let it harden. It still tastes good, so I recommend giving this easy recipe a try!

Ingredients

1 cup heavy cream
32 oz. full-fat plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
1 Tbsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
2/3 cup sugar
Toppings

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Directions

Blend cream, yogurt, vanilla and sugar until completely combined. Pour mixture into dish and freeze for about two hours. OR, unlike me, you can correctly follow the instructions for your ice cream maker and have it ready sooner! 🙂
Top with berries or peanut butter cups or whatever sounds good!

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Adapted from:
http://www.chelseasmessyapron.com/simple-vanilla-frozen-yogurt/

Perfect Peace

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”

                        – Isaiah 26:3

So often I’m filled with nothing resembling perfect peace. Instead I am filled with doubt, fear and anxiety. But I know it doesn’t have to be this way, and this verse gives me the answer to having peace – my mind must be focused on the Lord. I must remember who He is and that He is capable of taking care of my needs. When I truly put my hope and trust in His Word and His character, that perfect peace begins to grow. A peace that passes understanding. Thank You, Lord!