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I'm giving myself permission to refuse to write every day - too much pressure!!! I'd never enjoy writing again, and I'd bet my audience would start making comparisons between me and a mosquito. I'm told I have a good sense of humor - I know I enjoy finding ways to laugh and to get other people to laugh. Don't take any of it too seriously, except of course the serious stuff. And, after all, everything is about our stuff.  

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Interfaith Calendar, Sacred Events

By Lauren Williams | April 16, 2017 | Comments Off on Interfaith Calendar, Sacred Events

Mid-way through a month which holds sacred events for many of us, I was curious to see just how extensive that list of events might be. This interfaith calendar is compiled by the Pew Research Center, an extremely well-regarded think tank. This link gets you to the calendar. Peace to all of us, and the…

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Rob Macauley 1st Security Bank

By Lauren Williams | April 8, 2017 | Comments Off on Rob Macauley 1st Security Bank

Rob Macauley, a Loan Officer with the Home Lending Division of 1st Security Bank is another of my BNI colleagues. I could never have understood that doing math, reviewing paperwork, and coaching people along about the process of buying a home, could be done with as much passion, grace, and good humor as Rob brings…

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Artfully Organized – Dayton Street Plaza Pocket Park in Edmonds WA

By Lauren Williams | April 7, 2017 | Comments Off on Artfully Organized – Dayton Street Plaza Pocket Park in Edmonds WA

Edmonds WA’s second pocket park, Dayton Street Plaza, dedicated April 5, 2017 according to “Don’t blink – you might miss Edmonds’ newest petite park” in the March 30 edition of the Edmonds Beacon, is exquisite. The photo above is one image of some of the artwork. Pocket parks, also known as mini-parks, parkettes, vest-pocket parks or vesty parks (I…

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Dust in my hair and a smile on my face – new motto?

By Lauren Williams | April 1, 2017 | Comments Off on Dust in my hair and a smile on my face – new motto?

I’m considering “Dust in my hair and a smile on my face” for my new motto. Not really, I’m quite pleased with myself for “I help you think outside of the box to get something into the box,” which is quite versatile at need – for example, I recently asked for help at a business…

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Peter Walsh – Organizer and Marriage Counselor

By Lauren Williams | March 30, 2017 | Comments Off on Peter Walsh – Organizer and Marriage Counselor

I was a Clean Sweep fan. I admit it. Peter Walsh was part organizer, part marriage counselor, and all no-nonsense. I like two of his books, and these are the reviews. “It’s All Too Much” This book is NOT just a copy of the “It’s All Too Much Workbook.”  Mr. Walsh, with humor and compassion,…

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Lee Alley Northwest Business Photo Services

By Lauren Williams | March 26, 2017 | Comments Off on Lee Alley Northwest Business Photo Services

Lee Alley is Lead Advertising Photographer of Northwest Business Photo Services. And a keeper of 8,000 bees. And proud Papa of people and pack goats, which is why he generously gave three hours of his time to photograph dozens of babies at Puget Sound Goat Rescue. That and he admits the day was a “hoot.”   Lee’s…

BNI – Business Network International – my secret weapon

By Lauren Williams | March 25, 2017 | Comments Off on BNI – Business Network International – my secret weapon

I belong to the Sky Valley Business Boosters Monroe chapter of BNI – Business Network International. BNI is a quietly-kept not-so secret, a for-fee referral society with a strict but humane code of conduct, an initial screening protocol, and over 200,000 members worldwide. BNI members who stay long-term can be counted on: we are building professional…

Spring Cleaning, Spring Remodeling?

By Lauren Williams | March 23, 2017 | Comments Off on Spring Cleaning, Spring Remodeling?

“Complete Home Storage” by Southern Living magazine, 1999, is one of those things I love to find in thrift stores, or, in this case, the fundraising bookstore of a public library in Bellevue, WA. You never know what excellent advice special editions of magazines are going to have. It’s not on my reading list for…

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The 3rd best time management tool ever

By Lauren Williams | March 22, 2017 | Comments Off on The 3rd best time management tool ever

And I think I invented the third best time management tool ever, but if I’m wrong someone please let me know. It’s the Wish List calendar. I keep a calendar just for events I’d like to do: scheduled just like appointments for the doctor, the car in the shop, the children’s soccer games except Wish List appointments aren’t…

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Non-Profits DO make a difference

By Lauren Williams | March 21, 2017 | Comments Off on Non-Profits DO make a difference

Non-profits make a huge difference in our communities. This post is for those of you who may feel a dispirited “How can I make a difference?” when anticipating the Spring holiday season and what it means. Baltimore The Village Learning Place (VLP) is an independent community center and library reclaimed from a decommissioned Baltimore City public library.…