Quarterly Review

We wrapped up March yesterday, which also means we have finished the first quarter of 2019! Time for a quarterly meeting; to overview your plans and goals for the year, make adjustments and moving forward with a revised plan for the next nine months.  A few adjustments I’ll be making: Go all in. I don’t do well with “sometime” or “most days”. If I’m going to cut out coffee, it’s all pr nothing. If I want to add something to my daily schedule, it has to be every day - not just weekdays or weekends. Adjust my expectations. I started…

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SAHM: Transitioning to the Work Place

I saw an interesting question posed on Facebook the other day that led me to do a lot of thinking and, subsequently, to this post. The question was: I’ve been a stay at home mom for the last 10 years but am working on my resume to go back to the workforce. What do I put on my resume? While this blog usually focuses in translating work skills into the home, this week we are going the other way: how do your skills as a stay at home mom translate into the workplace to give you an edge as a…

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Project Planning: Evaluation

In the world of substance abuse prevention, we use a tool called the Strategic Prevention Framework to establish and implement programs. It is a flow chart that walks you through the process using these steps: Assessment – what is the issue we most need to address? Capacity – do we have the ability and resources to address the issue? Planning – how are we going to get from where we are to where we need to be? Implementation – Put the plan in action. Evaluation – did our plan work? A focus on what needs to be changed or adjusted…

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Project Planning: The Partners

Moving along in our Project Planning Essentials series, we’ve reached a touchy subject (at least for me): outside partners. I mentioned them briefly in the Building Your Team post and again last week when we talked about Resources, but today I want to go a little more in depth about the importance of outside partners. You can’t do everything yourself.  Let me repeat that, because I need to type it again and actually listen to myself. You CAN NOT do everything yourself. At work, at home, in life – there are people all around you who impact your life, your…

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Project Planning: The Plan

Welcome to the first topic in our Project Planning Essentials series! We’re going to start out by talking about the actual plan. In event management, you have a clear and distinct goal or direction that you are moving toward. It is a little more difficult to define those things in household management so we will spend some time talking about how to discover what your goal is and how to develop a plan to move that direction. Event Management Goal: host a successful event.  Household Management Goal: What is your goal for implementing a household management system? Keep the kids alive…

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Project Planning: The Essentials

I wanted to pause today to go back to the basics of what Planned With Purpose is and how this blog fits in to the picture. Planned With Purpose is a business event facilitation company and our goal is to make planning your business event easier. We provide full planning services or we can assist with the bits and pieces of your event to help move the planning process forward. I have always been a detail-oriented person and love seeing all of the pieces fall into place so event management seemed to be a natural fit for my personality. It…

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Spring Cleaning: Linen Storage

I know what you're thinking - spring cleaning already?? Absolutely! Well, kind of... My goal the last two weeks was to use the list that I posted last year in the Keep It Clean series to get my house back in order now that everyone is back at school and work. We kept it picked up over the holiday break but definitely did not do any deep cleaning. We also are in the middle of rearranging and redecorating the master bedroom and bathroom which leads me to this topic: How do you store your linens? Before we got a dog,…

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Break the Circle

I heard a story on a podcast a while back and recently took the time to look up and dig into the details of it. It was a story about Pine Processionary Caterpillars and an experiment that a botanist did with them. Pine Processionary Caterpillars walk in straight lines; they follow head to tail after one another using a scent trail to direct them that is started by the line leader and supplemented by each caterpillar as he follows the trail. Normally, this results in large groupings of the caterpillars sticking together as they leave the comfort of their huddle…

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Kicking off 2019

Welcome to 2019! I hope your holiday time was full of family fun and memorable moments; but now it's back to the grind! Whether you are establishing new routines, or just changing every 2018 to a 2019 on all of your lists, it's time for a new year! This post is quick recap from the planning series I posted at the beginning of last year, as well as some updated checklists and printable reminders for your yearly, monthly, weekly and daily planning! These are all sized to be printed to fit on these half-page labels so that you can pull…

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Are You Ready for 2019?

Since October 1 I have: - walked 63.8 miles; - Read (and implemented ideas from) The Miracle Morning and High Performance Habits; - Not had any coffee or candy; - Drank ¾ of a gallon of water every day (some days more); - listed 290 things that I am grateful for; - Changed my wake-up time from 6:00 (plus a snooze some days) to 4:35 am every.single.day.   Why? The Last 90 Days Challenge. What? Over the summer I read a book called “Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis. In the book she takes different lies that women face…

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