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What to know about hiring a professional organizer – 2/15/2018 Washington Post article

By Lauren Williams | February 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

This February 15, 2018 Washington Post Home and Garden article “What to know about hiring a professional organizer” by Kevin Brasler is worth analyzing, line by sometimes-painful line. So I’m reprinting it in its entirety, with my comments in red. A National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals colleague sent us the link via a Facebook…

Hello, My Name is Doris

By Lauren Williams | February 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

I broke up with BNI Sky Valley Business Boosters Monroe on Valentine’s Day 2018. It’s painful. The relationship had been great: supportive, fun-filled, intellectually stimulating. I unhesitatingly recommend BNI as a source of highly competent professionals for hire in a wide range of industries, and as a mechanism for business professionals to grow their businesses…

The Difference a Digit can Make – Bookkeeping for the Faint-of-Heart

By Lauren Williams | February 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

I’m tormented with reconciling my bookkeeping for tax year 2017, a task I’m abysmally fond of putting off as long as possible. Far as I’m concerned, it’s with good reason. $116.89 for lunch?!??!??!??!?!??!??!????? My teenaged son, who like all teens has to be stopped before he eats the refrigerator or the plates, and I, but…

Valentine to my Clients 2018 – Thank You

By Lauren Williams | February 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Because You fired me when I tried, earnestly and with ill-consideration, to give you a compliment and I shamed you instead. I will always remember the reminder to take care with my words and intentions. You don’t automatically agree with me, questioning me when I’m not making sense. I’m not all-seeing, don’t want to be…

Fun, informative talks for Seniors in the Puget Sound Region

By Lauren Williams | February 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

 I’ll be presenting The Organizer on the Road Show Tuesday April 3, 2018 at Sno-Valley Senior Center 4610 Stephens Avenue Carnation, WA 98014  1:00PM – 2:00PM as a guest during its Health and Wellness Fair. AND Monday April 23, 2018 at Kenmore Senior Center 6910 NE 170th Street Kenmore WA 98028 10:00AM – 11:00AM  …

My first video – Interview with Charles Mendelson, Seattle Holistic Beauty

By Lauren Williams | February 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

My gratitude to Charles Mendelson, EAMP, the talented and thoughtful Senior Clinician acupuncturist of Seattle Holistic Beauty for giving me the opportunity to be his first interviewee on his YouTube program Kallosophia: Living the Beautiful Life. Charles hopes to introduce his audience to service providers in the Puget Sound Region health, wellness, fashion and beauty industries.  

Monroe Goodwill just got beat

By Lauren Williams | February 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

You may remember my post about a Monroe Goodwill which got a donation of marijuana? A Goodwill in Manasota, Florida just got a grenade launcher.   http://www.newsweek.com/loaded-grenade-launcher-found-florida-goodwill-charity-bin-797031 For a really funny take on it, listen to The Danny Bonaduce & Sarah Morning Show (2/2) – Hour 3  

Edward Hallowell’s Delivered from Distraction

By Lauren Williams | February 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Edward Hallowell is an extremely gifted writer. His work is lyrical, poignant, often funny, and always to-the-point and accessible. I seldom want to write a review which is nothing but quotes from the book under consideration, but I had to fight the impulse this time. Instead, I will simply urge everyone who has any interest…

Dead Storage, #3 by Mary Feliz

By Lauren Williams | January 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

Ms. Feliz is becoming a more accomplished storyteller with each new work. I did intuit the bad guy, but talked myself out of my hunch because I really couldn’t settle on a favorite among a satisfying range of suspects. I was completely led astray by her red herring. As always, she offered up quirky, well-imagined…

Level I Certificate of Study in Basic Hoarding Issues with the CD Client – #6 from ICD

By Lauren Williams | January 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

Level I Certificate of Study in Basic Hoarding Issues with the CD Client – #6 from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization for continuing education credits as a Certified Professional Organizer. Time to set aside Level I and start on more advanced Level IIs. I’ll be sitting for the first one in May.