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Charity Choice Monday – Muslim Housing Services – RealChange 37

By Lauren Williams | January 27, 2020 |

Muslim Housing Services:   “Since 1999, Muslim Housing Services (MHS) has served low-income and homeless families in Seattle and throughout King County. We were founded due to the urgent need of culturally and linguistically competent programs and staff, after noticing that many families were not able to access mainstream services. Many of our clients are…

Sunflower and Butterfly

13 x 7 = 91

By Lauren Williams | January 24, 2020 |

13 x 7 = 91. That’s the other side of the coin of my 13 x 7 = 28 post. I didn’t fail. I made the best decisions I could in the time I had with the resources available to me. I conducted triage. I frequently remind my clients that triage is a critical skill.…

Everything Old is Old Again

By Lauren Williams | January 22, 2020 |

Storage, a 1997 DK Home Design Work Books, by Dinah Hall & Barbara Weiss, is sumptuous. The kind of book you wish magically came with fabric swatches, paint chips and squares of the wickers used in all the baskets. In other words, it’s gorgeous, wonder-and-envy-inducing and an awfully good example of what I call “Of…

International OCD Foundation Conference 2020 will be in Seattle

By Lauren Williams | January 21, 2020 |

The Annual OCD Conference informs and empowers the OCD community by bringing together health professionals, researchers, individuals with OCD, and their loved ones, with the goal of educating all attendees about the latest treatments, research, and practice in OCD and related disorders. Thursday July 30, 2020 – Sunday August 2, 2020 www.ocd2020.com The Annual Hoarding…

Charity Choice Monday – El Centro de la Raza – RealChange 36

By Lauren Williams | January 20, 2020 |

El Centro de la Raza – The Center for People of All Races – coordinates 42 programs and services, focused on the needs of the Latino communities in Seattle and King County. Its clients range from low-income toddlers to the elderly.   El Centro has an extensive wish list, everything from office supplies to haz…

13 x 7 = 28

By Lauren Williams | January 18, 2020 |

I admit defeat. I admit abject, miserable, wretched failure. A failure to practice what I preach. And ghastly consequences. Starting a business is always perilous. In my early Casual Uncluttering LLC days, I constantly juggled coinage, allocating every leaden penny as carefully as possible to those operations for which I couldn’t tread water if I…

Learn the Latest ADD/ADHD Research – Hallowell Todaro ADHD Center Speaker

By Lauren Williams | January 18, 2020 |

Megan Reimann, M.Ed., NBCT, Academic Support Specialist with the Hallowell Todaro ADHD Center will be offering the latest insights into ADD/ADHD – CEU-eligible February 4, 2020 Featured Business Partner: Meeting Format 6:00-6:30pm Networking 6:30-6:40pm Welcome to the meeting & Introductions 6:40-6:50pm Business Partner Presentation 6:50-7:15pm Roundtable/ discussion of a pre-planned topic 7:15-8:15pm Guest Speaker 8:15-8:30pm…

Charity Choice Monday – Community Lunch on Capitol Hill – Real Change 34

By Lauren Williams | January 13, 2020 |

“Community Lunch on Capitol Hill provides hot, nutritious meals and survival services to those experiencing homelessness and low-income people in Seattle. Our meal program serves four meals a week: lunch on Tuesday and Friday, and supper on Wednesday and Thursday. Our meals are open to all in a warm, welcoming environment. No sign-in is ever…

quilts and crate

Sergers, bobbins and tailor’s hams on pins and needles

By Lauren Williams | January 9, 2020 |

Every specialty has its secret language. A serger is a machine which finishes the edges of projects. I think. A bobbin is a wheel-shaped anchor that attaches and guides a spool of thread to a sewing machine. Maybe. And by the time I finished Dream Sewing Spaces by Lynette Ranney Black, published by Vancouver, WA-based…

Surprising

By Lauren Williams | January 8, 2020 |

One of my greatest joys is learning something surprising about a colleague or friend. My colleague Maria Mafi of 123 Declutter offered me something unique. Maria’s given me the first chance to say “I’ve met the founder of an international non-profit.” Maria’s husband Cyrus is Chairman of Impact A Life, a Christian community-services agency providing…