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June 24, 2018

As I walked to my car this morning I passed by a long line of immigrants from Mexico waiting to enter the Chapel door of the Cathedral where I go to church.  It was silent.  I passed somber looking faces & made eye contact with as many people as I could, smiling respec...

June 20, 2018

Serendipity brought me to an unplanned brunch after church one day when I went to my favorite restaurant, Cherie Inn.  As I waited for my table, I saw two friends I hadn't seen in some time & chatted with them asking how their recent vacation to Saint Thomas in the U.S...

June 9, 2018

I have always said if I could be one person in this world it would have been Anthony Bourdain.  I also used to joke that if Martha Stewart & Anthony Bourdain had a baby it'd be me...I'm not so sure how the two of them would feel about that idea but that's the easiest w...

May 30, 2018

You've heard it before, your morning sets the tone for the day.  Many sayings, quotes of the day and experts are preaching, coaching and proclaiming about it.  If you're not a morning person these words of wisdom fall flat especially if you're a night owl that is produ...

May 29, 2018

My clients often let me into a very vulnerable space. Sometimes it's a space that their extended family members, friends, therapists, doctors, personal trainers and co-workers don't see. It's a space that makes them feel less than worthy. I hear people say, more often...

May 24, 2018

In my last blog post I shared my advice on how to decide which room or closet to start with within your home.  The next step is to make sure the room has a name.  It sounds simple but often when I talk with my clients for the 1st time I hear that the room is a multi-pu...

May 22, 2018

I start all of my clients out with a Needs Assessment by phone.  It's old fashioned, I know.  A phone call.  I'm a throwback.  Not Snapchat, not a facebook message, not texting back & forth.  An actual human voice going into another person's ear.  It's amazing how much...

May 20, 2018

Lately I've been pushing myself to do more for my neighborhood and community.  To stop thinking that someone else is going to step up to the plate and donate blood when there's a shortage.  To stop thinking I don't have time to volunteer.  To push myself to help get my...

April 30, 2018

I work with a lot of avid recyclers.  They painstakingly go to tremendous lengths to make sure their unwanted items get to the right place: tech stuff to places like Comprenew; paper carefully watched for glitterific embellishments added to them to keep those out of re...

April 8, 2018

I've lived without immediate access to the bulk of my belongings twice in my life.  These times were extended moments of pretty extreme circumstances both of which laid a great foundation for what makes me really good at helping people let go of their belongings.  Here...

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