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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Weekend Wednesday #2 - office drawer

Welcome to Week 2 of the 2017 Weekend Wednesday program!!!

Before we dive into week #2, how was week 1? Be sure to post your pictures on Facebook to share your success. You never know who you will inspire.

Photo credit: Morguefile.com
WEEKEND WEDNESDAY #2 - office drawer

Step 1 - Take a before picture.
Step 2 - Pull everything out of the drawer.
Step 3 - Evaluate and purge/move (Used it in the last year? Broken? Not an office item?)
Step 4 - Organize/categorize & replace.
Step 5 - Take an after picture.
Step 6 - Share!!!! Post your before and after pictures on the Jaxtastic Life Facebook page or on Twitter or Instragram. Be sure to use the hashtag #weekendwednesdays

QUESTIONS???
Post your questions on the Jaxtastic Life Facebook page.

What is Weekend Wednesday?
Weekend Wednesdays is a weekly program of small projects to help you build your organization muscles. Every Wednesday, I will post a project, along with supplies or actions needed to prepare for your weekend work.

2017 WEEKEND WEDNESDAY - ALL PROJECTS
Want to look ahead? The full list of 2017 weekend projects is available here.

#weekendwednesdays #professionalorganizing #buildorganizingmuscle #jaxtasticlifeorganization

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Unsubscribe Sunday 1/8/17


Welcome to Unsubscribe Sunday!!!
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http://www.freeiconspng.com/icons/email-icon

We all have too many emails. Most of the time, it is just easier to quickly click delete than to take the steps to unsubscribe.

Every Sunday, I will post here, in the blog, as well as on Instagram (@Jaxtastic), Twitter (@JaxLBC) and Facebook (Jaxtasic Life) to remind you to:

  1. Select two (2) emails that you want to stop receiving.
  2. Click the unsubscribe link in the emails.
  3. Enjoy a smaller inbox.
Eating the email inbox "elephant" one bite at a time.

UPDATE (1/8/17, 1:55pm) - Facebook follower, Regina, shared a great resource called Unrollme.com where you can unsubscribe from multiple email addresses at once.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Weekend Wednesday #1 (1/4/17)


Welcome to the launch of Weekend Wednesdays!!!!

Now, before we get bogged down with a "days of the week" discussion, just stick with me or as Uncle Hulka* says it best....

Photo Credit: PandaWhale.com
Weekend Wednesdays is a weekly program of small projects to help you build your organization muscles. Every Wednesday, I will post a project, along with supplies or actions needed to prepare for your weekend work.

WEEKEND WEDNESDAY #1 - Small office desk drawer

Step 1 - Take a before picture.
Step 2 - Pull everything out of the drawer.
Step 3 - Evaluate and purge/move (Used it in the last year? Broken? Not an office item?)
Step 4 - Organize/categorize & replace.
Step 5 - Take an after picture.
Step 6 - Share!!!! Post your before and after pictures on the Jaxtastic Life Facebook page or on Twitter or Instragram. Be sure to use the hashtag #weekendwednesdays

QUESTIONS???
Post your questions on the Jaxtastic Life Facebook page.

2017 WEEKEND WEDNESDAY - ALL PROJECTS
Want to look ahead? The full list of 2017 weekend projects is available here.

#weekendwednesdays #professionalorganizing #buildorganizingmuscle #jaxtasticlifeorganization

*Who is Uncle Hulka? Look it up kids!

Monday, January 2, 2017

New Year's Resolution...New Year's Smeshaloution

Every year we do it. On January 1st, we create new year's resolutions and let them die a slow death over the next few months. Let's take a look at what you can do to create a great 2017.

Non-Resolutions
More and more, people are releasing themselves from the "vicious cycle" of new year's resolutions:
3 and 1
Take a look at your 2016. What three things were great? Do you want to continue doing them in 2017? What one thing didn't go so well and what lesson have you learned that you can take into 2017?

This is YOUR year. Make it YOUR version of great. 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

9/11 Day of Service & Remembrance - What Will You Do?





15 years ago tomorrow, our country was brought down to it's knees with the attacks on the World Trade Towers.

Each year we commemorate/remember/honor in different ways. One friend wears a 3-piece suit, another wears black for mourning, another wears white for hope, and I wear pearls to remember that beauty can surround a bad thing (read about it here).

As we remember, we can also take action to create more beauty in the world by giving back to our world. I encourage, no, I challenge you to take action in some way tomorrow to honor those we lost, those who lost and those who survived.

The how is up to you. You can make a donation of money. You can donate items to a local charity. You can participate in an event. You can pray. You can meditate. YOU decide. You do YOU.

Here are some resources to help you take action:
How will you remember and give back? Share in the comments below.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes - Jaxtastic Life Book Report

I know, I know. This isn't a picture of Shonda Rhimes. It's the character Hannibal from the early-80's show, The A-Team (don't even try and bring up the remake, stick with the original). He's the mastermind of all of the A-Teams activities and always, in true 80s TV series fashion, the plan executes to the desired end. These plans pretty much involve some poor soul contacting the A-Team for help, Hannibal creating a fabulous plan that includes a chase scene or two and explosions, drugging poor Mr T to get him into a helicopter flown by "Mad" Murdock and Faceman looking beautiful.

My most recent plan does not involve car chases or explosions or drugging anyone or flying a helicopter or looking beautiful. Well, I will own the looking beautiful part. :-) (My first nod to Shonda Rhimes's and her "owning your badassery" theme in her book).

This plan involves Oprah's Super Soul Sunday, Oprah's interview with Shonda Rhimes, Overdrive, an audiobook and kicking off my exploration of "saying yes" (and "no," on occasion).


I can't pinpoint who first got me hip to Oprah's Super Soul Sunday. If I had to guess, it probably was my great friend, Alyssa. However, I knew I needed to start recording it when I learned that Oprah interviewed former President, Jimmy Carter. Instead of setting the DVR to record one episode, I had it set to record all.

Before I knew it, I had at least 10 episodes in my Super Soul Sunday DVR folder. I scrolled through and saw that the Jimmy Carter interview was in the list. Then, I saw the Shonda Rhimes interview and something inside said, "Watch this first."

Now, I'm not a hard core Shonda Rhimes fan. I never swooned over McDreamy in Grey's Anatomy. I didn't closely follow the planning and expertise of Olivia Pope (a modern day Hannibal, if you ask me). Don't ask me to name a character on Private Practice or How to Get Away with Murder. This is where the genius of episode commercials and word of mouth from friends comes in. Although I didn't follow any of these shows, what I saw and heard showed me strong female characters and a glimpse of the real word (aka all inclusive) on series TV and I wanted to know more about the amazing woman who created these worlds.

I will spare you the details of the great interview. You can watch it for yourself, the link is above. What I will share is about her fabulous book, Year of Yes that was discussed in the interview.


When I had finished watching the Oprah - Shonda Rhimes interview I wondered, "Can get the book on Overdrive?"

What is Overdrive? Overdrive is your FREE pathway to checking out digital library books and audiobooks. It's available for your mobile devices as well as your computers.

Much to my absolute delight, Year of Yes showed up in the Overdrive search results in audiobook and digital book form. Both versions were on hold. That was not stopping me. The "thing" that was stopping me was making the decision between audiobook or digital book. I oped in for the audiobook and got in the "hold line."

Finally, 2 long weeks later, the book was ready for me to check out. I immediately downloaded it to my phone and thanked my lucky stars that I was driving to work the next day.

This has been an wonderful audiobook read by Shonda Rhimes herself!!! The HUGE bonus about the audio book is that it includes recordings of her speeches that she references in her stories.

I am not yet done with the book and I have already been inspired to explore to what I will say "yes" to and to what I will explore saying "no" and I'm having a blast.

This book will be forever in my "recommend reading" list.

What are you waiting for? Get or check out a copy of this book and explore your year of yes!!!


Saturday, April 2, 2016

The World's Most Expensive Banana Bread Mini Muffins

This week, I had a set of bananas that was going to go bad at any minute. We are talking R-I-P-E ripe! 

I knew the thing to make that would satisfy my sweet tooth and avoid the guilt of throwing away the bananas or putting on mega pounds. I pulled up the Chocolate Banana Bread recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie (CCK). I could go on and on about CCK (ok she doesn't refer to herself as "CCK" but it's just fun to type) or Katie herself but I'll save that for another blog. Let's just say, that I'm a fan.




Back to the banana bread. This particular evening, I decided to experiment with making a mini muffin version. I get to work and as I'm combining the wet and dry ingredients I realize that there is a
strong cinnamon smell. "Funny," I thought to myself. "I don't recall the recipe calling for cinnamon."






I grab the bag of cocoa from Penzy's Spices (also LOVE Penzy's, I can spend an entire blog about Penzy's). I read the label and let out an "OH NO!!!!" Turns out I had just put in a 1/2 cup of cinnamon in the batter. I might have to deal with the guilt of not only throwing out the bananas but also the other ingredients used to make the batter. I grab a spoon and have a taste. Not bad. Whew!



Then I realize, that I now have the world's most expensive mini muffins. Ok, we are not talking "Gwyneth Paltrow $200 smoothie" expensive  (although this Vanity Fair article says they don't cost $200) but it was an expensive mistake.

I send a text to my mom sharing the culinary blunder. She doesn't respond for a while. She texts back something to the effect of , "I'm sorry for not texting sooner. I had to stop laughing." I lighten up and get to focusing on baking these cinnamon mini chocolate chip banana bread muffins.

I bite into the first baked mini muffin and it's great. I smile and decide to add this story to the chapter of lifelong culinary journey which contains the "Beef Wellington Incident."