Tips for Back to Work

Although, I understand the push for us to return to the office and our children to go back to school, let’s not move too fast… we are not out of the woods yet. Here are some tips for going back to the office that you might find helpful:

  1. “Don’t jump right in. Put your toe in the water. Go back to your office before your official start date. Look around. Sit in your chair. 
  2. When you do your dry run, take some cleaning products with you and spend some time getting your space ready. 
  3. “The right wardrobe can help you transition back into your role. Consider buying a new outfit or refreshing your wardrobe a little by adding pieces that make you feel comfortable.
  4. Remember we talked about “Tackling Your Closet“!

Let’s take it One Step at a Time!

For More Tips (for Informational Purposes Only):

Health Essentials for Returning to Work

Take Time for Self-Care

During the month of July, my “Moving Forward by Faith” Interview and Video Series focused on Self-Care, Health & Wellness. We had the opportunity to speak with Ms. Quay Holland, Integrative Nutrition and Autoimmune Health Coach and Owner of Q ur Body Lifestyle LLC. She answered the question, What is Wellth? and much, much more. Ms. Holland believes that while on our life’s journey, we discover that we lack purpose, alignment and true WELLth™ in many areas of our personal, professional, financial lives. This unstable lifestyle can negatively impact our bodies, minds and souls in profound ways, like unhealthy relationships with food, environments or individuals and lack of self-care. It’s time for a change!

We also shared some Words of Wisdom from Ms. Mocha Lee, Certified Personal Trainer and Owner of Fitness Fanatics. A very, very busy mom herself, wife and an entrepreneur, she understands that we don’t have hours to spend at the gym… and “what about our hair!” Mocha Lee suggested that we start our day with our devotionals, prayer and meditation. Then, if we would spend ONLY ten minutes in the morning with low impact cardio exercise, we would be amazed at how much more energy we would have throughout the day.

MOCHA’S METHOD – The Four “M’s”

1.   Motivation
2.   Morning Movement
3.   Manage Meals
4.   Making Meaningful Measurements (Set Smart, Attainable Goals)

Lastly, we are working on one more video for this month, entitled “Coping during COVID” (formerly entitled “Coping with our Emotions during Isolation”), A Conversation with Dr. Sadie John, Christian Clinical Psychologist.

So Stay Tuned…

However, in the meantime, I believe that someone out there needs to hear this today!

Please Share…. and Have a Blessed Week!

“Moving Forward by Faith” Interview/Video Series – Part I/II

Although I’d promised you the June issue of our Order Your Steps newsletter, I’ve decided to take this opportunity to give you an outline of our 2021 interview/video series, thus far and where we’re going for the 2nd half of the year. We began with interviews with three AMAZING young women, who were gracious enough to chat with me about a portion of their life’s journey, to include the unexpected moments, their lessons learned and the Lord’s blessings along the way.

“You’ve Finished College, Now What?” by Ms. Myiesha Speight…

She discovered that adulthood what not exactly what she thought it would be.

“How did I get Here?” by Ms. Elayna Speight…

She started her graphic design business at 23 and she will soon be celebrating her 10th anniversary.

“30-Something is Not what I Expected” by Ms. Amber Brown…

She’s an IT professional and the wife of an Elder, with a growing ministry.

If you don’t have a lot of time, there are SNEAK PEAKS of each of these videos posted on YouTube. I truly believe that no matter your age or place in life, there a message in each video for you or to share with someone you know.

No Order Your Steps LLC interview/video series is complete, unless you have a few videos about “Organizing Your Space“.

“Virtual versus On-Site Organizing” – An Interview with Detra
“A Virtual Organizing Project during a Pandemic” – An Interview with Nikki
“It’s Time to ReVamp our Closet” – Tackling Our Closet – 2021 ReVisited

Here’s our entire “Moving Forward by Faith” Interview/Video Series Playlist on our Order Your Steps LLC Youtube Channel. Don’t forget to take a moment to Subscribe…

As we move Forward by Faith in the month of July, we will be discussing Wellness and Mental & Emotion Health. We will look at the following topics:

“What is Wellth?” – An Interview with Quay Holland, Integrative Nutrition and Autoimmune Health Coach
“Coping with our Emotions during Isolation” – A Conversation with Dr. Sadie John, Clinical Christian Counselor
“Grief & Loss” – A Conversation with Evangelist Carolyn Starks, Psychiatric Nurse & Consultant and Wellness Coordinator

In the months ahead, our video series will have two arms, one arm will be “Before / After the Business Plan” for the entrepreneurs and those with an entrepreneurial spirit. Our other arm will be “Ordering Your Steps in your Space!”. We will be looking at revamping our closets for our new personal/work environment and downsizing in preparation to move physically and spiritually.

We are living in really challenging times right now, but we are praying that these videos and the messages within them, will inspire, encourage and motivation someone to move forward by faith!

We welcome your comments, thoughts and ideas for future videos on our Youtube channel, Facebook or simply email us. We would love to hear from you!

Time to Take a Pause and Re-Center

We still may be trying to balance too many things… Daily routines constantly changing, schools and offices reopening, trying to avoid CICADAs! We can not do ALL of this by ourselves.

“Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word”.

Psalm 103:20 KJV

So Take a Pause!

<>Stop

<>Take a Breath

<> Observe

<>Listen to the Holy Spirit

<>Speak God’s Word

<>Re-Center

<>Proceed

<>Moving Forward by Faith

Stay Tuned for the June Issue of our Order Your Steps Newsletter…

Life at Home during a Pandemic

There are times that it feels like some people have forgotten that we are STILL in a Worldwide Pandemic. For some folks, like me, we are reminded EVERY day. I live in the house with three (3) adults; my husband and my two grown daughters. My husband has not missed a day of work since the pandemic began and I’m sure that he needs a break from time to time from us ladies, hormones and all. For us ladies, we are homebodies by nature and for the most part introverts, so we haven’t gone totally stir-crazy being in the house. Believe this or not, we not only love each other, but we really like each other, so it has been a rather peaceful existence. Now there are those moments, when we may step on a nerve or two, but we try to resolve all issues quickly and not let them fester. This means that it’s imperative that we have our own spaces. Please don’t misunderstand, we spend most of our day in our own spaces, but we still visit each other periodically, especially when we need a break from our computers or Zoom or it’s time to eat.

For my oldest daughter, the graphic designer and entrepreneur, she spends most of the day between her office and her bedroom. For my youngest daughter, who has her Masters Degree in Library Sciences and Information Management, her bedroom also serves as her office and she spends a lot of time on Zoom.

As for me, my bedroom has always been my place of Peace and Serenity. It is so critical, especially now, that we all have a place for some “me” time. We want to make sure that there’s NO clutter in our area of Rest. Yes, I always have my professional organizer hat on. Many of my clients have removed their TV from the bedroom, so that they can read instead and I strongly suggest that we not work in bed. You can see that I have a small area in the corner of my bedroom, which serves as my office.

I may have shared with you, once or twice, that I truly prefer organizing over cleaning, so although I’ve had a lot more spare time, I really haven’t wanted to do either. .. but, no I don’t have a dirty, unorganized house, I’ve just be a little slothful at times. :-/ Recently, I had my 2nd COVID vaccine and was down for the count the following day…. but the next morning, I had to work on my OWN pantry and lazy susan!!

As I’ve already mentioned, I live with three adults and stuff may not go back “exactly” where they came from, but hopefully, the items will be put in the same general area. Since we will be continuing to grocery shop on-line, at least we can kinda see everything and won’t purchase duplicate items. Note: If you purge and organize any area, I can ALMOST guarantee that you’ll have more space!!

Well, you have now seen a glimace of the day in the life of a professional organizer on hiatus due to COVID, but let’s not forget my relaxation / “me” time, which is spent reading bible plans, doing jigsaw puzzles and Words with Friends.

So by now, you may be wondering why am I telling you all this… Although this last year has been one that we have NEVER EVER seen before and it’s not over, we’ve made adjustments, some were major. There’s a Lot that we truly don’t understand, but in spite of what we see and feel, God has continued to bless us beyond measure. Since I started my mission, Order Your Steps LLC, almost 10 years ago, along with this blog, my messages has been, and will always be, to encourage you to not only Survive, but to Thrive, no matter your situation or circumstance.

Whether you are Revamping your Closet, Reevaluating your Career or Reigniting your Business…

We must keep “Moving Forward by Faith”! We running toward the Goal!

We are Not looking back because it will only SLOW us down!!

Stay Tuned for more of my story, interviews with others and a lot of info sharing, which will hope will we want to inspire, encourage and motivate you!

“You’re Finished College, Now What?”

Our “Moving Forward by Faith” Interview Series begins with “You’ve Finished College, Now What?” with Myiesha. You may be/know someone who has just finished college, undergrad or grad and their path may not be as clear as it once was… Please take a moment to listen to Myiesha’s journey and Be Encouraged!

For Mya’s Bio, along with more info on our 2021 Interview Series, please click link…

Moving Forward by Faith means to seek the Lord’s Guidance and Direction with our Every step… One step at a time. Stay Tuned, there’s more to come…

It’s Here! Our 2021 “Moving Forward by Faith” Interview Series

Welcome to our 2021 Order Your Steps “Moving Forward by Faith” Interview Series! This year, we decided that in lieu of a virtual conference that we would present to you a variety of interviews that we hope will encourage, motivate and enlighten you or for you to share with someone you know.

Our series begins with interviews with three AMAZING young women, as their share their walk of Faith through this journey called Life! We invite you to take a break, set back, have a cup of coffee or tea … and enjoy the next few moments with Order Your Steps. We welcome your comments, thoughts and questions. We hope that you will actively interact with us and possibly share a bit of your story… Everyone has a story!

Coming Soon!

Topics on Self-Care, Wellness, DeCluttering Your Mind, Organizing Your Space, Before the Business Plan (for the entrepreneur in you!) and much, much more…

You don’t want to miss any of our upcoming interviews…

Let’s Stay Connected !

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Video Music Credit: Timpani Beat by Nana Kwabana

Focus on the Goal

“I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.”

Philippians 3:13-14 MSG

Keep Moving Forward by Faith!