Blog Chill Day # 2

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Order Your Steps (OYS) is hitting the road again.  We have been given an AWESOME opportunity to speak to the Sisters Network of Prince George’s County on tomorrow (Saturday).  The Sisters Network is a support group for breast cancer survivors.  My topic will be “Organizing for the New Year!”  I hope to have pictures for you next week.  Say a little prayer for me.

Have a Blessed Weekend!

Ramblings on What’s ahead for Me in 2014…

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First, I must say that it’s amazing to look at your life through the eyes of God’s Grace… for the last 3 years or more, I have entered a new year with much anticipation and I have looked at the year that I have left behind, with a sense of calm & peace. Now don’t misunderstand, the previous 20+ years had been “Thank God I don’t have to do that again!”  But for the past few years, my only real challenges have been my son … and my finances (from my skewed perspective!).  See the Lord has always provided for us financially.  There’s always been a ram in the bush!  Our needs have been graciously met; we have always had shelter and food on the table … BUT, I would prefer not to live from paycheck to paycheck.  So I have asked God for an over-abundance (and not just financially) and He has asked me to wait until it’s my season!  I know that God wants me to trust Him with my whole heart.  Money, or the lack thereof, seems to always keep me a little unsettled, thus it continues to be my area of opportunity.  As far as my son goes, I have finally, finally turned him over to the Lord and now I am truly letting God handle it.  I am patiently waiting from my son’s deliverance and I refuse to interfere.

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Now on to 2014… With each new year, I want to grow spiritually, walk in my purpose and always seek to get better and better at what I do.  2014 is no exception!  Order Your Steps continues to grow as more and more doors are opened. Many of those doors have been opened via ShelfGenie and for that, I am truly grateful.  However, there are four (4) major objectives that I would like to accomplish this year:

  1. Write an eBook entitled “It’s more about Order, than Organizing”.  I even have the dedication written.  I want to do a compilation of my best posts and put them into book form.  I would love to be able to offer some type of product(s) with my other professional organizing services.
  2. I would like to do more speaking engagements.  I have three (3) different “Order Out of Chaos” presentations prepared and I can customize them to suit the group that I am speaking to.  This may require a new marketing strategy, more networking, etc.
  3. I want to further my education by taking the certified professional organizing courses, which I wasn’t going to do initially.  However, now that I am going into my 3rd year of business, I believe that it would be an added benefit.
  4. Research the qualifications to become a certified Life Coach and begin to map out a path to add this skill to my business portfolio.

So I practice what I preach… I have identified and documented my 3-4 BIG objectives.  I believe that they all are realistic and achievable.  Now I must outline the specific actions needed, time-frames and deadlines to reach my goals.

As we journey toward our dreams, I have promised to keep an eye on you and I will keep you posted on my progress as well.

I am so excited!!

How about you?

Back from St. Louis and 2014… Here we come!

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Well, my husband and I got home last Monday from St. Louis.  Our trip to St. Louis was great!  I should have told you that we were there for our church convention, although I thought that we would get in a little sightseeing.  The week was packed with almost 24 hours of church services.  It was truly an extraordinarily spiritual experience.  There were tens of thousands of people worshiping God together.  There was endless hours of Gospel preaching, teaching and music.  On Thursday and Friday, we have midnight musicals and I saw Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Kurt Carr, VaShawn Mitchell and countless other awesome gospel music artists.   I may have mentioned that it had been over 30 years since I had attended our convention and yes, I was a lot younger.  But this has been an experience that I will not forget and I definitely plan to go back next year.  The weather was in the 60’s for most of the week and by the way, our hotel was right across the street from the Convention Center.  I am sorry that I don’t have more pictures…

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Although, we were blessed to return on a holiday, we were shoved back into our normal work routine fairly quicker.  Back from St. Louis and 2014, Here were come! The New Year is only 44 days away!   We have Fallen into Order in September/October and although, it is not too cold at the moment, we are moving quicker into Winter.  As we are preparing for the holidays, just keep in mind, there’s a brand New Year quickly approaching!

As always, it is time to put some order to the possible chaos, as everyone comes back inside to the warm and cozy.  We have had 11 months to accumulate MORE Stuff and for some of us, we are going to have to find some room, but all the new stuff that we will get in December…So we may need to sort, purge and organize our spaces. Let’s not go into the new year with more clutter than we had last year.  Order Your Steps can help! Check out our Fall/Winter Special… Click Here

Order Your Steps – First Year(s) in Review

As promised, I wanted to share my own Order Your Steps (OYS), First year(s) in Review!  It has a very AWESOME, yet interesting 2 years. I officially started the business in Sept. 2011 and was able to work at it full time, starting in January, 2012.

Here are a few highlights:

  •  Initially, I worked as an organizer’s assistant and received my first $100 in February, 2012.  No one told me that this job was going to be very labor intensive !  😦

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  • On Feb. 27th, I posted my organizing post  with the most “LIKES” and comments.

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  • By March, I had three (3) new customers of my own!  My first testimonial…

I called Candy hoping to find someone who could do more than organize a room or closet.  I had a storage unit that I was paying $198.00 a month which was an accumulation of my beloved 19 year old daughter personal affects, along with my parents and my in-laws possessions that I could not keep.  It was an overwhelming emotional task and after 12 years I realized I needed help… To read more Click Here

  • Later in March, I met Arline, Franchise Owner for ShelfGenie of Maryland.  I signed up and became a designer…  The Lord opened doors that may not have been opened otherwise.  Lord, Selling was not in the plan????  But what a great product to add to my OYS portfolio!  
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ShelfGenie Customized Spice Rack

  • In June, I posted a personal blog post entitled “My Son Reappeared, BUT…” that had the most “LIKES” and comments.

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  • The Lord always provided me with a steady flow of OYS customers. I was so sure that I could work with anyone, but there was only one of them that really showed me that “it’s Business, not Personal! …Refund???”

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  • In August, my Xerox checks stopped and RETIREMENT took on a whole new dimension!!!  Thank God, I had my 401K to draw from… but I still don’t have to get out of bed before 9 am, unless I want too.  I am also on track to be able to stop taking my high blood pressure medicine.  There is little or no stress now!!! 

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  • I conducted my first “Order Out of Chaos” Workshop for Seniors in October at the Vistas in Largo.

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2013 has been slow & steady, and Wow! Year TWO is almost over. The Lord has always provided.   For the past few months, I feel that there is about to be an OVERFLOW!  I hear the sound of an abundance of rain, the windows of heaven are already open.  I have sown the seed and harvest is coming!

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  • I am on Angie’s List (haven’t signed up for advertising yet!)
  • My profile is on FindMyOrganizer.com
  • I am supporting ShelfGenie in Maryland, my primary territory, Baltimore and soon, I will be taking appointments in DC.
  • I’ve signed up for Living Social and my campaign should be launched in the next month or so.

I am sooo excited about what my third year will hold.  It may not look like much to you, but I am in awe of what God has done.  This is about SO much more than money, it about ministry!

Stay Tuned… There is A WHOLE LOT more to come!

Where is your Clutter?

clutter2150x100There seemed to be a fair amount of interest in The Psychology of Clutter.  Thanks to all of you that took time to comment!   It is interesting to look at a scientific perspective on the effect that clutter has on our mind, our behavior and our overall disposition.  From a spiritual perspective, I have shared more than once how I believe that clutter / disorder has an affect on many aspects of our lives. Order Your Steps has been in existence for almost two (2) years.  It has been a blessing to have a steady stream of clients, although customers have come and gone. We have looked briefly at those individuals that try a professional organizer (PO) and decides not to stick with it, but there are others that have not made the call…

 Are YOU one of them?

If you were to call in a PO for help,

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We must be patient…. even if it takes a lifetime!

Patience (1)I may be going out on a limb here, but we “organized” people must be patient… we can not force anyone to be organized!  The nagging and nagging and nagging will not only make for a very disruptive home and family, but it will make the person(s) more resistant and defensive.  We must be patient!

Now to get that person (my husband) to pick up the trail of wads of paper towels left behind is a whole different story… LOL!!  

But seriously, us “organized” folks must be patient!  We must first search ourselves and adjust our tolerance level.   We may have to accept having all the “A” spices together versus having the Allspice and Aregano in alphabetically order (just kidding!) … but you get my point!  🙂  

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ShelfGenie Customized Spice Rack

Usually it isn’t even that level of detail that’s the problem.  It’s opening the daughter’s room and it looks like a hurricane hit it, just before the tornado hit the husband’s closet!   We must take small bites out of the elephant.  Ask the husband/wife to put the shoes back where they belong… Honey, have you seen my white shoes?  Children, please pair up the socks before you put them in the drawer, please!  

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We must be patient, even if it takes a lifetime!  Order does not happen overnight, but with Order comes Peace.  We want our homes to be Peaceful.  There are those of us who are more organized than others, who just don’t want to be the ones creating the Chaos…   THINK ABOUT IT!

But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.   James 1:4   NJKV

I have spent a lifetime, thus far, learning this lesson and I am still learning.  Comments are Welcome!

Order Your Steps is going on the road… sorta!

It is interesting how my life has evolved and the Lord continues to confirm my true purpose and how Order Your Steps plays a key role in that evolution.  My eyes are being opened to see how I can best utilize all my gifts and talents.  When I graduated high school, I wanted to be a teacher…. now I can teach organizing.   How great is that!!!

During the later part of last year, I started conducting the Order Your Steps“Organizing Made Simple” workshops at Senior Living Facilities.  Then I branched out to locations like Wegmans at Woodmore and Largo/Kettering Public Library, where I introduced “Investing Your Time Wisely!”    

Order Your Steps is in the house!!

Order Your Steps is in the house!!

Last week, Order Your Steps had a booth at  the Senior Health and Fitness Day that was held at the Prince George’s County Sporting and Learning Center in Landover, MD. and NOW, we are preparing for the Bowiefest 2013 Home and Health Expo on June 1st.   I hope to see you there!  For more info, please click the link or check out my Facebook page (please “LIKE”, while you are there).

If we would just wait on the Lord, not sitting in idle, but waiting in expectation.  Doors will open as God has promised, and we can walk right in…

#14 = Spiritual Perfection

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In my last post, I found it very interesting that I purposely listed 14 activities that may be considered opportunities in our lives, especially if we are disorganized.  So why / how did I connect these opportunities to “Spiritual Perfection”?  I must admit that for several moments, I wondered the same thing??  However, these  14 activities are time robbers.  Things that need to change in our lives, so that we will have the time to do other activities that would help us to create more order in our lives.  The things that we may consider small, but do matter!

In my mind, “Spiritual Perfection”, begins (or continues) when we identify our opportunities, our imperfections and allow the Lord to step in to perfect us.  Many times, we try to change things in our lives, on our own … but the Bible says His strength is made perfect in our weakness.   We can’t do it by ourselves.

The Lord will continue to perfect us until He returns … to establish His divine order for our lives as He has ordained.  But we must acknowledge our opportunities, make the time to do what needs to be done and most of all, allow Him to Order Our Steps!

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Have a Happy …!!!

“Blog Chill Day” will return next Friday.